First, the person praying should have a clean heart for the Lord to answer a prayer. If not for this way and condition, he will likely to receive a curse instead of blessings. And whoever will eat the cursed food can do so at their own destruction. Let us not assume that the food with a prayer done by someone else before meals is already clean.
Prov 15:8 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight.
If you know that you are doing the will of god, why not pray for yourself? The prayer of a righteous person availeth much but God does not hear the prayer of the wicked.
Is 59:2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
Second, A Prayer is a direct communication between you and God so use it wisely. A Voluntary humility not according to the doctrine of Christ is not a sure way to salvation. Only God knows your heart not even satan.
Jer 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
Prov 16:25 There is a way that seemeth right to a man, but the end of it is the ways of death.
Prov 16:25 Col 2:18 Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshiping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,
Third, Anywhere and in any way, the prayer must be done in secret that no one can see. Pray in your mind that even the nearest person will never know what you are doing.
Mt 6:5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues, and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Verily, I say to you, they have their reward.
Mat 6:6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father who is in secret, and thy Father who seeth in secret, will reward thee openly.
1 Cor 14:15 What should I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my mind. I will sing praises with my spirit, but I will also sing praises with my mind.
The hypocrites do pray where anyone could see. You can never pray in secret at public places doing the sign of the cross, closing your eyes, holding hands together or sprinkling of water. Any action or gesture that displays an act of prayer publicly is unscriptural and against the will of God.
The desire of your heart is hidden to Satan. Pray in secret to mislead him of his evil ways. If he knows your plan, he will work not to make your wishes to happen. Always remember, no one knows the heart except God.
The first step to salvation is through water baptism. A method of purification for the forgivenes of sins committed because of not knowing the truth. Before the customary immersion in water, the recipient should repent first and accept Jesus as his saviour and as the only mediator between God and man.
1 Tim 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
Mk 1:4 John was baptizing in the wilderness, and preaching the baptism of repentance, for the remission of sins.
Water baptism is the beginning of struggle to perfection. There are statutes and judgment inside the Church of God that must be followed. He that shall endure to the end, the same shall be saved. It can be overcome by any person with faith because the yoke is easy and the burden is light.
Jn 16:33 These things I have spoken to you, that in me ye may have peace. In the world ye will have tribulation, but be of good cheer: I have overcome the world.
1 Jn 4:4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
We must reject the worldly desires of the flesh and set our eyes on things which are not seen because the things which are seen are temporal and things unseen are eternal.
Tit 2:12 Teaching us, that denying ungodliness, and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and piously, in this present world;
We deserve to be part of the promise of eternal life prepared by the Father of lights for those who love him. The just shall live by faith but if any man shall draw back, he failed the test of baptism with fire.
Lk 3:16 John answered, saying to them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit, and with fire:
The love of oneself prevent a believer to follow the teachings and ordinances of the Lord. If anyone will come after Jesus, let him deny himself, and take up the cross daily, and follow him. This is the word of the Lord.
God set before us life and death, blessing and cursing and establish reward and punishment which is eternal life and eternal damnation.
Death Penalty is not a deterrent to commit evil deed or heinous crime because even the Eternal Death Penalty set by God are ignored.
Therefore, death penalty is not a deterrent but a punishment for those people who opted to violate rules and the calling commanded on them to follow and obey.
The question now to the would be offenders is this; Why should you die before the time of your death set by God?
Eccles 7:17 Be not over much wicked, neither be thou foolish: why shouldst thou die before thy time?
All of us shall be judged according to our works while we lived whether death is caused by man or by the stipulated death set by God.
The compelling reason for a President to impose death penalty to a country damaged by corruption in government, illegal drugs and rampant criminality is therefore biblical. The imposition should not be prevented by human right advocates protecting the human rights of criminals more than the victims and by the religious groups pretending to be biblical but never ever come to the knowledge of the truth.