Monthly Archives: March 2014

Prayer After the Fall – Genesis 3:9-13.

Sin messed things up big time, if ever you wanted a lesson in how not to pray, well here it is!

All Prayer in the Bible

But the LORD God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?” He said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.” He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit from the tree, and I ate.” Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent tricked me, and I ate.” (Genesis 3:9-13 NRSV)

This is man’s first conversation with God after The Fall.

God initiates the conversation and gives both the man and woman chance to repent. Instead they evade God’s questions.

You could say this is one of the best examples…

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Prayer Before the Fall – Genesis 3:8.

The first of my blogs looking at All Prayer in the Bible.

All Prayer in the Bible

They heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. (Genesis 3:8 NRSV)

In this first post I shall be looking at what prayer was like before The Fall. This actually says a massive amount about what prayer is, and how a life a prayer is in fact just a life ‘walking’ with God. I shall be looking at the effects of The Fall in the next post.

God was accustomed to meet with Adam and Eve ‘at the time of the evening breeze’, which is the beginning of the Hebrew day. Christians in the West in particular seem to think that they have to spend time with God first thing in the morning. The times I prefer are…

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Defining Prayer.

Here is the first post on a new blog I have started in which I shall work through All Prayer in the Bible. I thought the best place to start was to define prayer.

All Prayer in the Bible

How am I going to define prayer for the purpose of this study.

This is the beginning of the definition given in Easton’s Bible Dictionary,

‘Prayer, is converse with God; the intercourse of the soul with God, not in contemplation or meditation, but in direct address to him. Prayer may be oral or mental, occasional or constant, ejaculatory or formal.’

This is a very good description of prayer, but not quite the one I shall use. For the purpose of this study I shall define prayer as follows.

‘Prayer is our part in any conversation with God that does not wholly consist of an act praise or worship. It acknowledges that God is the greater partner in the relationship and we are the lesser partner.’

This is a very broad definition of prayer which is intentional. I know from my own personal experience that I do not just pray when…

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