Prayer is not a “one-size-fits-all” approach to God. Prayers do not look alike, sound alike, or even produce the same result. A variety of style, cadence, quality, and disposition exist within the construct of prayer. That means, when the writers of Scripture identified the circumstances that demanded prayer, they also unveiled the various ways God designed for approaching him. Thus, Christians are not simply called to pray they are called to pray correctly!
Suppose during the course of a week someone needed the services of a judge, a financial officer, and a lifeguard. Would the manner in which these persons were approached matter? Yes! And one’s approach to each of these persons is based upon rank and reason. Appearing before a Judge requires respectfully presenting one’s case by securing a principle of law. Negotiating with a financial officer requires proof of repayment. And when a lifeguard is needed, nothing matters more than vociferously attracting the lifeguard’s attention regardless of the clamor.
The Bible describes God as our Creator, Judge, and Savior. He is our Prophet, Priest, and King. He is our Lord, Master, and Shepherd. He is our Helper, Healer, and Deliverer. Scripture uses scores of designations to reveal God’s relationship to man. But these titles not only disclose God’s character, they help people understand the many ways they need him.
As we approach God as our Creator, we are inspired to worship him with praise and thanksgiving. When we acknowledge him as our Heavenly Father we are moved to pray with petition, intercession, and importunity. As we approach him as our Judge and Savior we can confess our guilt and accept his pardon. Such models of prayer disclosed in the Bible provide man access before God to receive from his grace as each circumstance demands.
Although I have discovered and disclosed twenty-seven Biblical models of prayer in this booklet, these models are not formulas! Nothing about the Bible is magical and it never offers “Recipes for Success.” Prayer is not successful because one calculates the right approach to God and chooses the right words. Prayer is effectual because right-hearted people, personally acquainted with God, approach him in faith, knowing that he “rewards those who seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6). This is what allows people to draw near God, touch his heart, and move his hand.
The following pictures, taken directly from The Diversity of Prayer, provide an overview of the invaluable insights revealed in the booklet.
A love for God's Word has captivated Robert D. Pace since his youth. After earning a Bachelors degree from Lee University in 1977, he entered full-time ministry specializing in evangelism and pastoring. His travel has included twenty countries, with much of his overseas work taking him to the Far East, where he was also the featured speaker for John Maxwell's Million Leaders’ Mandate, in Jakarta, Indonesia. In 2003, Pace launched his publishing ministry onto the Internet. It was initially known as PulpitToday.org and quickly reached over 100 countries monthly. At present, he has written over 250 online publications in an effort to freely dispense the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As the website grew through the years, so did Pace's vision for his website. It now hosts Pulpit Today Sermons, Endtime Prophecy Alerts, Prophetic Insights, On-demand Videos, and his Point of Inspiration devotional blog. After 35-years of ministry, and with mankind at the threshold of Christ’s Return, Pace is devoted to disclosing Biblical prophecies of the last days, as he seeks to stir prophetic awareness among God's people. Thus, Pace presents his eschatology insights by conducting Discern the Days Prophecy Conferences. He accepts speaking engagements for these Conferences, ranging from one day to one week, upon invitation. You can investigate his prophecy studies on the "Resources" page. You may view a 2-minute video of the Prophecy Conferences by clicking here: Robert D. Pace PO Box 801 Crestview, Florida 32536
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