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The Receiver of Our Prayers

Updated on January 20, 2016

A Symbol of the Trinity, One God, Three Persons

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One of the things you can do on Hubpages is post a question for others to answer. I discovered one that asked if it was okay to pray to Mary. My answer was no. I believe that all our prayers should be directed to God only. I realize that for Catholics this is more about asking Mary to pray for them, but why would you do that if you have direct access to the source of all power in the universe? There is also no guarantee that Mary hears us like there is when we pray to God or talk to a friend and ask them to pray for us. So, this got me thinking, who is God? Who is the one that hears our prayers and then answers them. That is what this blog is about.

God, myself, and prayer

Ever since I became a Christian, God has shown me how great He is. He has been my provider and He has answered all of my prayers. I will admit that at times He hasn’t answered in the way that I would have wanted. This summer is the perfect case for that. I have been searching for a job and it hasn’t panned out the way I wanted. But, I know that God is answering with a not yet. He is still providing for me and I can rest in his love and grace. (since writing this blog, God’s has provided a great full time job)

Indescribable is Our God

God of the Universe

Who is this God that we pray to? Here are some bullet points to read over and ponder (and, of course - pray about).

  • Creator: I like how Genesis starts off, it says, “In the beginning, God...” (Genesis 1:1). There is no disputing his existence. He has always been there - and He will always will be. No beginning, no end - always. The rest of the verse says “...created the heavens and the earth.” Just ponder that! The God that we pray to has the power to create by simply speaking it into existence. I suggest that you take some time to read the rest of Genesis 1 to have that really sink in, how he created by speaking the world into existence. If that doesn’t get you motivated to pray, maybe this next thing will.

  • Luke 18:1-8: This is one great parable. The story is about a widow who wants justice. She keeps going to the judge who doesn't fear God and men and she is able to win him over to get the justice she deserves. Jesus then contrasts God to this judge. God loves us, so how much more does he want to grant us things - just like any good father wants to do. And all we need to do is pray! He wants to know what we really want. I think that is what God wants us to know from this parable, that if we pray persistently, for what we really want -He is going to answer. Praying with persistence shows God what we really, really want. So I pray persistently for revival, because I really want to see that.

    • And speaking of praying with persistence, that is one reason why I think that God provided that new job. I didn’t give up on God that he was going to provide. So, what are you praying for that you have been praying for a long time? Let’s persistently pray for our friends and family to come to Jesus.

  • The Same Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: Just pause here to think about that. He doesn’t change. His character is the same from eternity past to now and into eternity future. We can be sure of what He is like because He doesn’t change. The best part of this is that we don’t have to worry about God changing to a personality that doesn’t want to hear us pray. That God will always love us and we can be sure of that. Isn’t that amazing, folks!

  • Jesus is the Pioneer and Perfecter of Our Faith (Hebrews 12:2): Placing our trust and faith in Jesus can be hard. But it was Jesus who pioneered faith and He is the perfecter of our faith. He is here to help us and guide us. Later on in chapter 12:2 it says “For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God”. Jesus did what he needed to win us back. He did that for us, and he still does things for us today. So when we pray, we are praying to a God who wants the best for us. Jesus, who is God's son (and who IS God) will do what He wants for us.

  • God is the Provider: Look up the passage from Matthew 6:25-27. We are told not to worry about clothing or food because God provides for the birds of the air. How much more will he provide for us? We can rest assure that God is going to provide for us. We just need to trust him. This makes me want to pray to him even more. How about you?

    As He continues to provide for me, it makes me what to pray more. Now I’m praying that my writing can become a source of income for me and I can have a part time paid ministry job. I will pray with persistence, knowing that no matter, He will provide and if it is not what I want, it would be better than what I want. What about you? Can lean into this when you are praying?

  • He Has Many Names: One of my favorite posters is one where it list the different names for God. Each one gives us a different picture of who God is. My favorite name is Emmanuel, God with us. I love the idea that God is with me. That He is here shaping me and guiding and leading me through life. Take a moment and read through this list of names and just allow it speak to your soul by His Spirit: Father, Jesus, Savior, Yahweh, The Great I am, Provider, God, etc.

  • How About You?: What characteristic of God do you think I’m missing? Remember, we believe in a God that wants to hear our prayers. So, let’s be praying. Of course, share anything that you think is helpful. I would love to read about more of God’s charactrics to help encourage us to pray.

When you pray, what name do you use?

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In Conclusion

God is amazing. I don’t why you would pray to anyone else. Let’s keep praying to the God of the universe. I’m praying for revival. What are you praying for? Let’s keep up the good fight in prayer. We are in the battle with spiritual forces, opposing everything that's good.

As always, pray, pray, and pray. Early and Often!

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    • D L Roderick profile imageAUTHOR

      David Lawrence Roderick 

      2 years ago from Old Town, Maine

      Brian, that's an interesting question. I'm sure that God will listen to your question and decide if it is a good idea. I can't guarantee anything, you might not know if he does bring the message. If anything, God would want to know what you are thinking and what you would like to say. He loves way to much for you to keep this to yourself and not share it with him.

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      Brian 

      2 years ago

      I have a question for you? If a loved one dies do you think there is anyway you can get god to maybe say a few words to them? I know you are not supposed to pray directly to them but I am not really sure how that would work.

    • D L Roderick profile imageAUTHOR

      David Lawrence Roderick 

      2 years ago from Old Town, Maine

      Brian, hold onto Jesus because he is holding on to you. God Bless.

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      Brian 

      2 years ago

      I slipped up pretty bad on September 21st when I was going through a lot of stress. I always do it in private I was so upset I cursed everything but the sky. I said some angry things in prayer and was asking for forgiveness at the same time. After about a week I started to feel forgiven.

      Luckily I have not slipped up since. Or atleast not as bad. I find that singing Jesus please save me helps. I hope that I learned something that day.

      The one thing I like about when I mess up like that is I see exactly what it is Jesus is saving me from. I see what a sinner I am. It seems like it draws me closer to god. Maybe it is all gods plan. He knows how I think. He knows my fears and weaknesses.

    • D L Roderick profile imageAUTHOR

      David Lawrence Roderick 

      3 years ago from Old Town, Maine

      No problem, Brian!

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      Brian 

      3 years ago

      Thank you and god bless you!

    • D L Roderick profile imageAUTHOR

      David Lawrence Roderick 

      3 years ago from Old Town, Maine

      Brian, I will pray for you. Be assure that God hears you and forgives you.

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      Sparkster Publishing 

      3 years ago from United Kingdom

      My answer would be that I believe it is what people refer to as God that is communicating with me... or the One Mind/Infinite Intelligence to which we are all connected and I believe this universal consciousness can be accessed via the subconscious ultimately making us all interconnected - we are all one. God and the universe is within us. Quantum Mechanics explains how we are the creators of our own reality.

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      brian 

      3 years ago

      Sometimes when I ask god to forgive me for my sins I cry tears of joy. It is like something comes over me. I have been taught that is the Holy Spirit. I feel more saved now than ever. But I still struggle dealing with sin. The sin I struggle with most is I get frustrated easy and curse under my breath. Sometimes I will even say the lords name in vein out of frustration. But I always beg god to forgive me and I know in my heart I don't mean anything by it. There is not a doubt in my mind that he forgives me. Thank you god. Love brian.

    • D L Roderick profile imageAUTHOR

      David Lawrence Roderick 

      3 years ago from Old Town, Maine

      Hi sparkster. Sounds like you are on a spiritual journey. My suggestion for you is to seek out the truth. Who is it that is giving you these visions? It looks like from your comment that you really don't know who it is. I pray that you will discover the truth.

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      Sparkster Publishing 

      3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Interesting. For many years I was an atheist and a skeptic but after some experimentation I began to receive "telegrams from above" in the form of intuitive visions and messages which always came to fruition in the future. My experiences became deeper, more profound and of a supernatural nature. I have now done this many times with astounding success and I believe this is the same principle that the Law of Attraction works on. It does work and it is real. I do not use any name. I just ask the the universe, or the source field, or the universal/cosmic God consciousness for what I desire. More recently, I have started seeing white orbs which provide an immense sense of love and comfort.

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