Feb 10, 2013

THE DOCTRINE OF MIRACLES & PRAYER


THE DOCTRINE OF MIRACLES
I believe a miracle is when God interacts in a unique and unusual way in regards to His creation. He does this to give Himself glory (Ex 15:11; Matt 9:8; Jn 9:3), as a miracle causes people to take notice and demonstrates God’s power (Ps 72:18). Jesus’ ministry consisted of miraculous signs and wonders (Lk 4:18; Acts 2:2; Matt 11:4–5). God the Holy Spirit acted more conspicuously in the ministries of Peter (Acts 12:5-17) and Paul (Rom 15:19; Acts 19:11-12; 28:8-9). Miracles authenticate the words of a godly message (Jn 3:2; Heb 2:4), demonstrate the power of God over Satan (Matt 12:28), and allow the gospel ministry to go forth unhindered by Satan’s ploys (Acts 16:17). God has compassion on those in need and sometimes it is in His will to heal or help them (Matt 14:14; 20:34).
 THE DOCTRINE OF PRAYER
I believe we should pray because we are commanded to (Matt 6:5) and because it gives God glory. We can pray boldly to the Father because of the advocacy of Jesus (Heb 4:14-16; 1 Tim 2:5) and trust God hears us and will provide if we ask Him (Matt 21:22; Jas 4:2). We should come to God in prayer with total trust (1 Jn 5:15; Mk 11:24) and humility, praying according to God’s will and not our own desires (1 Jn 5:14).

Unconfessed sin can hinder prayers (Ps 66:18; Pr 15:29; Matt 5:23-24; 1 Pet 3:7, 12) so we should confess our sins to God in prayer (Ps 51:10-12; 1 Jn 1:19). God is under no obligation to acknowledge the prayers of the unrighteous (Ps 109:7; Pr 15:29; 28:8; Jn 9:31) save the prayer of repentance and faith (Rom 10:9-10). Prayer is a vital mark in the life of the believer (Lk 22:39-62) and we should be in a constant state of communion with the Father (Lk 18:7; 1 Thess 5:17). When we pray we should praise God and give Him thanks (Ps 103:2). The Holy Spirit intercedes for us (Rom 8:26-27) when we pray and obedience to Christ gives us more confidence when we pray (1 Jn 3:22). We should pray for one another for healing (Jas 5:16), strength to withstand temptation (Jn 17:15; Lk 22:31-32) and wisdom (Jas 1:5).

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