Welcome to the new blogsite. Glad you could join. My purpose, as in the former prayer blog, is to enable conversation on prayer.
Prayer is part of our relationship with God. Just like any relationship we talk and listen together.
Relationships deepen as we come to know each other better. God already knows us better than we know ourselves. We can come to know Him better by knowing Him by name.
Here are some ways Christ referred to Himself:
I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. -Revelation 1:8 KJV
Here’s a cool bit of trivia about that name “Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending”:
For thousands of years, the teachings of the great philosopher, Aristotle, defined how people thought about important things. Aristotle taught that all things had several “causes”:
One was the efficient cause (which is philosophy-speak for “the being who made a thing”).
One was the final cause (which is philosophy-speak for “the purpose of that thing that was made”).
The Greek word for efficient cause is arche (translated beginning in Revelation 1:8).
The Greek word for final cause is telos (translated ending in Revelation 1:8).
In other words, Christ is saying to us, “I am the Alpha and Omega, the One Who Made Everything AND the Purpose For Which Everything Was Made”.
His name says a lot. He made you (and everything). He made you (and everything) for Himself.
Prayer project: Give a few minutes’ meditation on His name, Alpha and Omega, the Arche and Telos. Give Him praise and ask Him what that means regarding your own purpose in life.
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