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Blessings of born-again prayer

May 22, 2012

Blessings of born-again prayer. From a forum thread:

“to believe means having JESUsclassmiracles [/] within the hour of your prayer [/] st john 14:12” -.2 above

“You have placed an hour for the miracle from God to happen. Are you lord over God’s timing?” -.3 replying to .2

[Response to .3:] I do not believe that our friend [in .2 above] means to restrict “miracles” to the hour of prayer.

As Soon As Possible: Pray. (Eph 6:18 NKJ) praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints–

It is a rather common phenomenon for unusual enlightenment to take place during times of prayer and / or meditation.

This may be seen as “spiritual” by those who believe that the spiritual underlies the material. (The spirits involved may be good or bad.)

“Miracles” that contradict the normal established natural laws of the material world are rare.

Even during times of the writing of scripture miracles of this sort and other unusual signs happen mainly in certain times and generally precede substantial horrific judgements.

I do not believe that signs and miracles in the scriptural sense will be seen during the post-apostolic church age.

“Lying miracles” from evil spirits of various sorts are possible in this age.

But our friend seems to have had many substantial experiences of spiritual blessing. These are not miraculous in the strict sense, but there is no reason to believe that these are not the normal blessings of the born again who are properly and substantially involved in prayer.

Such blessings may also be relatively spontaneous. occuring in impromtu short periods of prayer or meditation. This is very precious. It shows that our blessings are the result of faith, not works.

John 14.12, referenced by our friend and quoted below, is not the best to explain the blessings of born again prayer and meditation.

(Joh 14:12 NKJ) Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.

It points to works. Instead of to faith and trust. A better explanation:

(Phi 4:6-7 NKJ) Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

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