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The spiritual prayers to ask for guidance from God are perhaps some of the most important prayers you can ever pray. As you read this article and listen to the audio below, remember that God wants what is best for you.
He loves us, and wants all of us who currently believe we are following God to know for certain that we are on the right path. And if we find ourselves on the wrong path, He wants us back on track.
The right way of life comes in small everyday choices we make. It may seem that the choices you make today are not that important.
Remember Judas, who betrayed Jesus for 30 silver coins? Though this no doubt was his second-worst sin, this wasn't his first bad decision. He had been stealing from Jesus and the disciples for a long time. His choices finally caught up with him. Not long after giving up Jesus for money, Judas would commit a sin worse than that perhaps - taking his own life.
Judas had been giving into his own impulses of lust and greed for a long time. He wanted a shortcut in life. He liked the easy road, where it was so broad that he could do whatever he wanted and (he thought) get away with it. But there's a problem with living life in a way that seems right to us.
Remember the popular slogan from a few years back, "If it feels good, do it"? That was the way Judas had lived most of his three years with Jesus, pretending in public to be a close friend of Jesus while privately taking advantage of Jesus, the other disciples, and those who had given money to the ministry. His small actions became his life choice.
You may recall on one occassion that Judas complained that a woman had poured costly oil on Jesus' feet - not because he cared for the poor but because he had been helping himself to the money! His life must have been miserable, living under constant fear of being discovered while never truly realizing that he was in the presense of Almighty God the Son - who knew absolutely everything. My guess is that Judas had no prayers to God, and little if any conversations with Jesus. He did his own thing, and had little time for the Master.
- George Baily, It's a Wonderful Life
Spiritual Prayers: "Lord God Almighty, Lead me to the path of life. Show me my life purpose through Jesus."
How often in life do we act spiritual in public, when in secret we are not? After awhile, our decisions to do this become so commonplace, we become unaware of our sin - so much so that we actually begin to think that our lives are spiritual and pleasing to God. We might find ourselves on a path of self- deception, and a very dangerous place to be. It's dangerous because we fool ourselves into thinking that we are actually on the path that leads to life.
Trying to find the easy way out is not the best method of living life. The spiritual way is one where our prayer is for God to guide us through the difficulties of life, and if and only if it's His will - we ask for a way to avoid the difficulty. God is pleased when we humble ourselves and ask for His help. He doesn't want us to be like Judas and publicly pretend we have no problems, while secretly we steal or cheat life in order to avoid the problems. God doesn't want us to deceive ourselves. He wants us to ask Him for help - for Him to show us the way.
Spiritual Prayers: "Lord God, don't let me take shortcuts - teach me not to be lazy in life."
No one likes to hear that they cannot get into their favorite exclusive club, did not win this week's lottery, will not be promoted to executive status where they work, cannot get that nice car that few can afford, etc. Whatever the situation, everyone wants to be the best, but not everyone wants to work hard to get there.
In recent years, sports teams and elementary schools are implementing an EVERYBODY WINS policy. "In our league", they say, "everyone gets a trophy, so there are no losers!" Now isn't that a great idea! After all, we don't want to hurt anyone's self esteem, do we? And this will help prepare them for how the world really is... wait a minute! The real world is never like that!
Spiritual Prayers: "Heavenly Father, draw me close to you through Jesus. I accept what He has done for me."
We know that this world doesn't work that way. Does everyone get an equal share in the world to come - in the afterlife? Will everyone be saved? Will some receive more than others? Will many people be saved? These are all questions we may have heard before.
But often we find that these questions are merely an attempt to redirect the attention away from our own responsibility to take action in our own lives and make a personal decision about what we've been told. The most important part of determining your life purpose is to know the One who created you. One of your spiritual prayers must be for you to be drawn to the Father through Jesus Christ the Son.
Before we continue, I want to remind you that God loves you and cares deeply for you. He longs for you to make good choices in life, and when you fail to do so - he doesn't love you less. He asks us to love Him and to love others. And we love him by keeping these commandments. Living a godly life means moving towards less of self and more of God and others.
If people in a local church have mistreated you or let you down, I pray that you don't fault God for this. Don't allow the sin of others to keep you from taking your sin to the cross, and asking God to cover it with the blood of Jesus. He loves you and longs to forgive you. Will you let Him?
When we look in the Scriptures, Jesus always answered the person he was speaking with by holding them accountable for their own lives - not the lives of the people overseas "who've never heard". We also find that Jesus spoke far more about Hell than he did about Heaven. While He was here on Earth, He warned many people of the coming judgment we are all destined to receive.
I've found that we sometimes encounter people who want to know what God is doing for the person out in the deserts of Africa who hasn't heard about Jesus. They want to know if there will be few people who are saved? Sometimes people want to know about the eternal destiny of others, but they don't want to know about their own destiny. Luke describes such an encounter between Jesus and one of these people. Let's see what we find out about the "narrow gate" (also known as narrow way or narrow door).
Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved?
And he said unto them, Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able. When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are:
Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets. But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.
There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out. And they shall come from the east, and from the west, and from the north, and from the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God. And, behold, there are last which shall be first, and there are first which shall be last. - Luke 13
Spiritual Prayers: "Lord God, now that I've entered through the narrow gate, keep my feet on the narrow path."
Yes, Jesus' words are very sobering here at several levels. Here we have people who believe that they ate and drank with Jesus, and Jesus was in their neighborhood. Yet Jesus responds to them by basically telling them that He was never the one that ate and drank with them. He was not the person who taught in their neighborhood! The next obvious and scary question is, "Since they had been with someone they thought was Jesus, who was it? Who did they think was Jesus?!" How did they make such a terrible deceptive life choice?
Another observation here is that the "narrow gate" is Jesus! He also said, "I am the way, the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father but by Me." John 14:6 The determining factor of whether or not we will go to the Kingdom of God or go to Hell was whether or not we know the real Jesus. These men did not know Him. They knew someone else that they merely thought was Jesus. As He said, "I know not whence ye are".
Disturbing also is the fact that there is a definite cutoff time for getting into the Kingdom of God. The door will be shut, and anyone left outside will be condemned. I don't know about you, but this passage is chilling. It reminds me to examine my own life choices - by lifting up these spiritual prayers to God and ask Him to guide me in truth.
In addition, we learn from Jesus that few people will find the way to life. The large majority of people will choose the broad way. When they arrive at the end of their earthly life, they will be destroyed.
I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes to the Father, but by Me.
- Jesus of Nazareth, God the Son
Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. - Matthew 7:13
We at EK Marketing Group want what is best for you. We want you to know the truth, and base your decision on the facts about why we are here and what the purpose of our life really is.
I hope you'll listen to this talk from Pastor John MacArthur. It could be the most important audio you will ever hear.
John MacArthur | The Crossroads of Life and the Ultimate Choice
Spiritual Prayers: "Father, help me to make good choices today - choices that please you. Make me less selfish."
Perhaps this article was not the most encouraging for some of you. It's a hard truth. However we owe it to you, to be honest and not hide the truth. And we owe it to God to share His words of warning and hope for all mankind.
EK Marketing Group has not only designed this website with a goal of helping others to get more of what they want out of life, but that people may find their life purpose in God. Your life purpose is a spiritual life purpose, because you are a spiritual being - temporarily housed in a physical body. This is why our Spirtiual Life section is the most important.. Click the link to the right for more on spirtual prayers.
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