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Reading for Today…..Kupu O Te Ra Na….. Tuesday 28th April 2015….. PRAYER….. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. Matthew 6:6 …. Tupato….. And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.

Have you ever known someone who really trusts God? For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer…” 1 Peter 3:12
When you come into a personal relationship with JEHOVAH’s, through the power of the HOLY SPIRIT will hear your prayer, in return the ANGELS will take your Prayers direct to the Throne of God. This is the foundation for God answering your prayer.
When the whole world seems to be falling apart, God can keep us together… and the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will GAURD your HEARTS and your MINDS.

Learning how to Pray…..
If you have problems in praying here is a simple way how do you start? How can we learn to say prayers …..with confidence with a PURE HEART….. Prayer demands no drama, praying is simply talking to God, your prayers won’t be graded you can just speak to God as if talking to a love one – once you begin to pray, DON’T EVER STOP.

Learning to pray is the act of conveying a message to God, and this may seem intimidating—and the thought of praying with Family and friends can be almost paralyzing to some people! This helps to remember that when you pray, you are addressing a GOD ALONE who loves you. A major reason for approaching God is to have a close PERSONAL relationship with him.

Why pray to God for help if he knows what we need before we ask him! Psalm 139:4; Matthews 6:8 . Prayer shows that we have Faith in God and view him as the source of every good gift and every perfect present. James 1:17; Hebrews 11:6. Where there is a good father child relationship, there is warm communication. The same is true when it comes to our relationship with Jehovah, we always have access to God.

What a privilege it is that we can ‘pour out our heart’ to God in prayer. Psalm 62:8. Jehovah’s spiritual provisions and the blessings of a relationship with him in prayer are available with out price. Isaiah 55:1-2. What then is required! A right heart attitude is one essential. 2 Chronicles 6:29; Proverbs 15:11. In our heart we must exercise faith in JEHOVAH GOD AS THE HEARER OF OUR PRAYER: and the rewarder of those earnestly seeking him. Psalm 65:2; Hebrews 11:16. We must also have a humble heart. 2 Kings 22:19; Psalm 51:17. In one of his illustrations, Jesus Christ showed that when approaching God a humble tax collector with a lowly heart attitude proved more righteous than an arrogant pharisee. Luke18:10-14. Even wrong doers can come into a peaceful relationship with Jehovah if they repent and leave their former way of life. Proverbs 28:13. EVEN THE SON OF GOD MADE TIME TO SPEAK TO HIS FATHER JEHOVAH GOD IN PRIVATE PRAYER. Mark 1:35; Luke 22:40-46

Whetu Marama 31st March 1928 “Go right ahead and adopt the form of prayers you have chosen for your selves, but if this does not bear fruit….. for you, learn and accept, my form of prayer, which I give you namely – MATUA, TAMA, WAIRUA TAPU, MENGA ANAHERA PONO METE MANGAI….. If this gives you the fruit you seek, keep it with you.

It is fitting to start the day off with PRAYER, and before going to bed with PRAYER, we can thank Jehovah for the day’s blessings. We can pray silently in our heart, knowing that God can hear us, privately talking to God helps us seal our relationship with him, and praying to God daily helps us to draw ever closer to him. God also listens to prayers offered on behalf of groups of people. Kings 8:22-53. Whakamoemiti Kia Ihoa

We see, then that the spirit works in strange ways. Therefore if your prayer is true and genuine, you will be granted what you ask, and they [Nga Ariki] might even add more to what they give you. But when you pray, do not do so with the thought of adding to what you already have so as to fill your house with possessions instead, when you pray ask for what you need for your self, your wife and children, just as what the Scriptures say. God will give your Family just as what is contained in this prayer, Give us this day our daily Bread.

Whetu Marama 31st January 1925 T.W.Ratana Mangai ….. Look at Solomon, for example he did not pray for money, or for possessions, he prayed for knowledge instead, and he was given knowledge, but this was added too, in the form of gold and silver and other treasures and possessions. Chronicles 1:10-12.

Whetu Marama 18th February 1928….. The Apotoro, Akonga, and Awhina, you have access to the Bread of Life. When you want, or need something, pour out your heart in prayer, and verily you will receive the fruits you seek, do not neglect to reach out for this Bread of Life which is yours, lest it be lost for ever!

What Does God Teach Us About Fasting and Prayer…..
You can pray without fasting, and fast without prayer. It is when these two activities are combined and dedicated to God’s glory that they reach their full effectiveness. it is simply forcing yourself to focus and rely on God for the strength, provision, and wisdom you need. The Old Testament law required prayer and fasting for only one occasion, which was the Day of Atonement. This custom became known as “the day of fasting” Jeremiah 36:6 or the Fast” Acts 27:9.

Moses fasted during the 40 days and 40 nights he was on Mount Sinai receiving the law from God (Exodus 34:28). Prayer and fasting was often done in times of distress or trouble. David fasted when he learned that Saul and Jonathan had been killed
2 Samuel 1:12.

Prayer and fasting also occurs in the New Testament. Anna “worshipped night and day, fasting and praying” at the Temple Luke 2:37. John the Baptist taught his disciples to fast Mark 2:18. Jesus fasted for 40 days and 40 nights before His temptation by Satan Matthew 4:2. The Word of God does not specifically command believers to spend time in prayer and fasting. We are not to spend time in prayer and fasting in order to lose weight, but rather to gain a deeper fellowship with God.

In the prophet Isaiah’s time, the people grumbled that they had fasted, yet God did not answer in the way they wanted Isaiah 58:3-4. Isaiah responded by proclaiming that the external show of fasting and prayer, without the proper heart attitude, was futile (Isaiah 58:5-9). God will not give what we ask for, whether we fast or not.

Ete Ingoa o te Matua Tama Wairua Tapu me nga Anahera Pono me Te Mangai Ae……

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