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Communicating with God

Prayer is the means by which we communicate with God. Through prayer we manifest our dependence on God; we express our praise and gratitude to Him; we present our petitions for our needs and the needs of others.

We believe that prayer, far from being merely a religious ritual, should be a vibrant aspect of our relationship with God. Prayer can release God’s power, in accordance with His will, and bring about answers, supply, healing, comfort, peace of mind, guidance, and miracles. Jesus said, “Whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them” (Mark 11:24).

We believe that God seeks to communicate with people. He desires to be a close presence in each person’s life, and to provide guidance, encouragement, and instruction. He speaks to the hearts of all who seek Him, both through imperceptible means and visible signs of His presence.

God has promised to make His words known to His children through His Spirit (Proverbs 1:23). The ability to receive direct messages from God is referred to in the Bible as the gift of prophecy. Prophecy is a gift of the Holy Spirit, which is available to believers, and can play an active role in their daily lives (Acts 2:17).

  • Jeremiah 33:3; John 14:13–14; Matthew 7:7–8; 1 John 5:14–15; 1 Thessalonians 5:17; Romans 12:6; Acts 2:17–18; Proverbs 3:5–6; Ephesians 5:20; Psalm 34:1

Scriptural references

Jeremiah 33:3 Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.

John 14:13–14 And whatsoever you ask in My name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.

Matthew 7:7–8 Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.

1 John 5:14–15 Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 Pray without ceasing.

Romans 12:6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them; if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith.

Acts 2:17–18 And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, that I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see visions, your old men shall dream dreams. And on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days; and they shall prophesy.

Proverbs 3:5–6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.

Ephesians 5:20 Giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Psalm 34:1 I will bless the Lord at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth.

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