Morning Devotion: Questions and Answers

Question: Is there a wrong way to pray? Answer: Yes it is wrong.

People for centuries have prayed, many to idols, many to the dead and many to satan.

Many religions worship idols rather than the true and living God. Rham, and Buddha are two of the main idols. I seen these idols in people’s yards with fruit and vegetables around them with incense sticks burning. I have seen shrines in homes to these idols. God’s word tells us that this type of prayer and worship is called idolatry.  

Exodus 20:3  Thou shalt have no other gods before me. 4  Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: 5  Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;

Isaiah 46:6  They lavish gold out of the bag, and weigh silver in the balance, and hire a goldsmith; and he maketh it a god: they fall down, yea, they worship. 7  They bear him upon the shoulder, they carry him, and set him in his place, and he standeth; from his place shall he not remove: yea, one shall cry unto him, yet can he not answer, nor save him out of his trouble.

There are those who pray to the dead like St. Peter, St. Christifer, Mary and even relatives who have passed on.

It must be understood, that nowhere in the bible is there an example of the living praying to the dead. THE DEAD ARE DEAD. We find in Luke 16, where the dead speak to the dead, never the living praying to the dead.

When a person dies, they are dead. Some people have the idea that they can pray to Mary or some Saint or a relative and get their prayers answered. You will not find that in the bible.

Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

Eliphaz, when speaking to Job inferred it was impossible for the dead to answer a prayer. People that dwell in houses die, even if they become excellent or rich in life, they die and that’s it.

Job 4:20  They are destroyed from morning to evening: they perish for ever without any regarding it. 21  Doth not their excellency which is in them go away? they die, even without wisdom.

Job 5:1  Call now, if there be any that will answer thee; and to which of the saints wilt thou turn?

Eliphaz was mocking Job saying, go ahead pray to the dead saints, they won’t help you.

Prayers to saints or any dead person is mute, they are dead and cannot help you. This notion that one can pray to the dead is one that religions have used to keep people shackled in their religion. Oh, pray to Mary and she will go to Jesus and request His help for you. Or pray to St, Christifer or St. Peter or who ever and they will help with whatever they are labeled for by the church.

Praying to the dead means a dead prayer.

Praying to idols or the dead is a tradition made by man and not God.

Colossians 2:8  Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

Matthew 15:9  But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

To whom should we pray?  God says pray to Him – Jeremiah 33:3  Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.

We pray to the Lord who is alive and living and has the capability to answer our prayers.

Jesus said in Revelation 1:18 “I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.”

There is one prayer that the Lord desires from you, if you are not born-again, that is the prayer of salvation telling the Lord that you believe in your heart.

Romans 10:8  But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;

9  That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

10  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

11  For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

12  ¶For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.

13  For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

The choice is still yours,

Pastor Cook