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Should Prayers Be Memorized or in One’s Own Words?

When we go out for outreach and missions, we meet hundreds of people that have never prayed before, and we helped them to start a relationship we God and communicate with him. Some of them feel uncomfortable praying, but they eventually learned.

So, should prayers be a free form of should they be memorized? Jesus Christ taught us how we are supposed to pray to the Father in an authentic way, using our own words so that we can express ourselves, our hopes and worries to God. He commanded us to pray everything to the Father through his name. While one can recite Bible verses, and it is helpful, sincere prayer is two-way communication, we speak with God to God. Over time, I have learned that I can pray and receive prayers from God.

Bible Teachings on the Manner of Prayer

Many people, in most religions, recite the Lord’s Prayer as a way of praying. While you may enjoy pondering on the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ while repeating the words of this powerful prayer, it should not be used as a substitution for communicating the feelings of your heart in an authentic and real way to God.

Before Jesus Christ gave the lord’s prayer, he had said “But when you pray, use not vain repetition as the heathen do, for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking” Mathew 6:7. This is where Jesus made it clear that he did not just want us to pray by simply engaging in vain repetition of words. The kind of prayer that Jesus gave was a powerful and heartfelt prayer.

Jesus then prayed …

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

Matthew 6:9-13

Why Express Our Worries in Prayer If God Already Knows Our Hearts?

One day while we were doing outreach, I was asked by a person why we should pray, and yet the bible says God already knows our hearts and all that we need, and he already has perfect knowledge of what to do.

I found the answer to him, which is well explained.

God is looking for fellowship; he wants intimacy and a relationship. There is no relationship that can stand the test of time if there is no communication. The object of making prayers is not to change the will of God, but to align ourselves with the will of God. By praying to God, we secure ourselves and put our lives in a better place to receive the blessings that God is willing to grant us but are on the condition of our asking for them.

Blessings require some work and effort from our part before we can obtain them. They are ensnared, and prayer is one form of work and an appointed means for obtaining the highest blessings.

In Acts 1:24 when the disciples wanted to select an apostle that would replace Judas after his death, they prayed to say, “Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen.” They recognized that God already knew their thoughts, but still, they went ahead and prayed anyway. They asked the lord questions that were difficult to answer for them. They prayed using their own words and did not recite any written prayer.

You Can Receive Knowledge from God Through Your Prayers to Him

Soon before Jesus Christ died on the cross, he gathered the disciples for last super. He said to them,  “Little children, yet a little while I am with you… But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you” (John 13, John 14:26).

This scripture shows how important it was for Jesus to leave the earth so that we could have a comforter and friend in the Holy Spirit. Though he could no longer be with us physically, he promised that whatever things he had said would be brought to remembrance by the Holy Spirit in us. The Holy Spirit will also give us knowledge that will guide our lives. He will also teach us how to pray, with words and groaning that cannot be uttered.

Most of the times when I pray, I pray in the spirit, I speak in unknown tongues. This is the supernatural language of prayer. The evidence of the baptism by the Holy Spirit that Jesus Christ had promised starts by speaking in tongues and extends to other areas of spiritual growth.

The majority of the times when I pray, I usually feel peaceful, but there may be no specific instruction from God as to what I should do. Most of the time, God would have us to walk by faith and not by sight 2 Corinthians 5:7. There are other times when those prayers would yield sudden thoughts that communicated clearly to me what I should do and how I should do.

More often than not, when I wake up in the morning and pray, or join fellow church members in the morning devotion, I find that the whole day I have access to the Holy Spirit. During the days when I forget to pray, I feel like I lack something, it’s like being naked and defenceless. After prayers, the lord would deposit a burden in me, I would start thinking of something I ought to do, or I would think of a friend and think of ideas of what we could do together.

Most of the times I have had subtle answers to my prayers that if I didn’t pay close attention to them, I might disregard them as my own thoughts. Most of the time, I have seen God show his power through an unusual and unmistakable way. These are the experiences that are private to me. They have helped me to know that the thoughts and feelings I get are coming from God.

Why Is It Wrong to Pray Only Memorized or Recited Prayers?

First of all, I do not think that it is wrong to recite a bible verse or a written prayer and meditate on it for a while. Joshua 1:8 says we should meditate on the word of God day and night to have success. Actually, this is a wonderful practice, staring at the word of God until it gets into you. This is what differentiates between a speech and a sermon.

However, this good practice can easily come between a believer and God if there are no prayers being made in one’s own words. This could keep us from praying about our lives and the issues that we are struggling with. In fact, it could cut off the flow of communication between us and God.

It is a good practice to pray every day, every time in the spirit than with the understanding also. The spirit part is when you pray in tongues and edify yourself. 2 Corinthians 14:1. Then when you pray with the understanding, this is where your mind profits, you pray with your words and address God and express yourself. If you are in a place where you can speak out loud, do so. But find a secret place and fellowship with God. 

Separate from prayers, you should have knowledge of the word of God. Begin a study of the scripture and read bible verses and meditate on them for some time without distraction each day. And pray to go to open the eyes of your understanding so that you understand what the scripture says.

Learn How to Pray.

If you would like to learn how to pray, I would first begin by asking if you have given your life to Christ. You pray to God as the Father, and if you have not welcomed him in your life, there is no place he can come in. The fellowship is for sons.

Would you like to place your faith in Jesus Christ? Do you trust him to save you? Then you don’t need any special prayer you must pray. However, you can respond right now with a similar prayer to this one here …

Dear God, I realize that I am a sinner and could never reach heaven by my own good deeds. Right now, I choose to place my faith in Jesus Christ, who died for my sins and rose again from the dead to save me from this evil age. Please forgive me of my sins and fill me with the Holy Spirit to help me live for you. Thank you for accepting me and giving me eternal life. Amen.

If you have made that prayer above, feel free to contact us and let us know to give you directions on your spiritual walk with God.


What Do You Understand By Faith?

If there is one word that is commonly used in Christianity circles but not well understood is faith. One of this confusion about the definition and understanding comes from the way the word faith is being used in everyday conversations. There are several uses of faith from, and one of the common ways in which people are using the term faith is a belief in something despite lacking evidence of it. But this is not what the Bible really means by faith. When the Bible uses the term faith, this is what it means. 

Now, faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. This is the closest the Bible comes to the definition of Faith in Hebrews 11:1. In Christianity, Faith is therefore defined as believing in the promises of God, Trusting in his faithfulness and relying on his character to act. Christian Faith differs from the teachings of other religions like Islam and Abrahamic regions because it mainly focuses on the teachings of Jesus as the son of God and his place as the prophesied Christ.

Christian faith also includes belief in the new covenant that is brought by Jesus Christ and the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. In the Bible, the object of Faith is God and the promises he has made. Without this faith, it is impossible to please God.

What is Faith in the Bible?

The Bible in Hebrews 11:1 tells us that having faith is being sure of what we hope for and being certain of what we do not see. There may be no other component of the Christian life that is more important than faith because it is something we can’t buy, sell or give to our friends and family. The Bible accrues more importance to faith such that we have no place with God if we have no faith; in fact, it is impossible to please God without Faith. Hebrews 11:6.

Where Does This Faith Come From?

Faith is not something that we are born with; neither is it something we can conjure up on our own nor is as a result of our diligence in studying and pursuing the spiritual. The Bible in Ephesians 2:8-9 makes things clear to us that this faith is a FREE GIFT FROM GOD. Not because we have done some works and we deserve it, have earned it or are worthy of having it as a result of our good character. Faith is not from ourselves; it is a free gift from God that we don’t obtain by power or by our free will.

It is in the holy and divine plan of God and his purpose to give men faith. This is along with the grace and mercy of God. In the end, it gives him all the glory. Hebrews 12:2 says that Jesus is the Author and the Finisher of our faith. Other versions say, he is the perfector of our faith. This means, therefore, that there is no muscle of man involved in getting and perfecting faith. This then means that Jesus is the one that controls our faith, steers it as a captain steers his ship and then presides over it as a monarch presides over his people. He also brings it to a conclusion as the finisher.

To sum up, what Hebrews 12:2 says, we, therefore, see that Jesus, as God, is the one that creates and sustains our faith. This is because saving faith is a gift from God and not something we come up with by ourselves. Jesus Christ is also the sustainer of our faith, and this means that the true saving faith is not something that can be lost, given away or taken away from you. Christ creates our faith; he cares for it and sustains it.

It is also important to note that God in Christ Jesus is not only the creator and the sustainer of our saving faith, but he also sustains our daily walk with him and the finisher of our spiritual journey. You are neither a true follower of Christ now born again if Jesus Chris is not the Author, perfector and finisher of our Faith through the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit. Ephesians 1:13-14 says we were sealed by with the promise of the Holy Spirit who is the guarantee of our inheritance after we believed. And am confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion until the day of Jesus Christ Philippians 1:6.

What Does Faith Mean in Our Daily Life?

Genuine biblical faith should be expressed in our everyday life. Faith being alone is dead without works James 2:17 because it works through love so that there can be evidence that is tangible of its existence. Galatians 5:6. There can never be obedience that pleases God except by faith. The just shall live by Faith Romans 1:17.  There should not be a mere sense of duty or obligation when it comes to exercising faith; it should be out of delight in the Lord. There is a difference between a husband that buys for his wife flowers out of delight and love and the one that buys them out of duty and obligation.

Imagine you are at a high waterfall and you see a tightrope walker pushing a wheelbarrow across that rope several times. Then he comes to ask for a volunteer who will sit in the wheelbarrow while he goes back and forth. Intellectually, you may believe that he is surely going to push you across, but you are not exercising the Biblical kind of faith until you get in the wheelbarrow and entrust yourself to the tightrope walker. This is what God expects of Christians in their daily life of faith. This is because faith is the means by which we get to receive the free gifts and benefits of what Jesus has already done for us at the cross.

In our daily life, faith, therefore, means relying completely on our Lord Jesus and what he has done for us to be made right with God. Romans 1:17. The righteousness of God is revealed from Faith to Faith … Righteousness is having the right standing with God. This comes by having Faith that Jesus Christ lived a perfect life of obedience to God and knew no sin. Then he died for us who were dead in sin so that we might be made the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:21. For he has made him be sin for us who knew no sin: that we might be made the righteousness of God. When we put our faith in him, we get forgiveness of sins and the gift of eternal life.

What is Not Faith?

Faith is Not Blind:

There is a misunderstanding of a Bible passage that is being misinterpreted in 2 Corinthians 5:7. For we walk by faith and not by sight. People take this part of scripture to mean that faith is blind and that Christians walk sightless or with their eyes closed. They forget to check the context of that Bible verse and get the meaning from it. But from what Apostle Paul is talking about is this world not being our permanent home. The point is to help Christians to stop focusing on this world as their home, forgetting the heaven home, which is their true home, which yet they do not see.

Faith is Not All or Nothing:

The point here is, even if you believe 50% that Jesus will do what he says he will do, then he can work with that. The only things you need to know with 100% certainty is that you exist and you are logical. Jesus said that we should have Faith unto God and whatsoever thing we shall say we believe that we shall have what we say Mark 11:22-24. But he never promised to answer all of our questions; there do not be afraid of any doubts and your questions because God meets you there.

Faith is Not a Feeling:

E word of God is truer than how we feel. Though the feelings you have right now may contradict to the promises that he has made. God created us to be emotional beings; even Christ had felt when he was here on earth. Having feelings is not wrong, and it’s not sinning.

Go is concerned about what happens to us and everything that we go through in life, but I believe he is even more concerned about how we respond to what we go through. The response is as a result of our will. God allows trials and temptations of life to come so that we have an opportunity to respond by either trusting him at his word or trusting our feelings.

You will grow spiritually by either listening to the feelings and the pressures of life or letting them control you or by being in the habit of taking God at his word despite the feelings and experiences of life.


Make a lifetime commitment to bank your life on the word of God. That is now faith; it’s a choice to believe in something with no concern of proof. The battles of life never go. John 3:16 God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. If you want to respond to Gods love, then place your faith in Jesus, his son, and he promises eternal life.

Without faith in Jesus, we remain to die in sin, and God cannot accept you in his presence. But with faith, we get access to the father as the children of God. John 1:12. When you have faith in Jesus, it means you reject all other ways of salvation.


Salvation is found in no one else but in Jesus through Faith. For there is no other name under the earth that is given to mankind by which we must be saved Acts 4:12. Salvation is exclusive; Jesus is the only way. John 14:6.

Would you like to place your faith in Jesus Christ? Do you trust him to save you? Then you don’t need any special prayer you must pray. However, you can respond right now with a similar prayer to this one here …

Dear God, I realize that I am a sinner and could never reach heaven by my own good deeds. Right now, I choose to place my faith in Jesus Christ, who died for my sins and rose again from the dead to save me from this evil age. Please forgive me of my sins and fill me with the Holy Spirit to help me live for you. Thank you for accepting me and giving me eternal life. Amen.

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