During the time of Jesus and before. Prayer was done in the form of hymns or chants. There was no Bible to read. There was no scripture to go by. However there was word of mouth. There were messengers that passed on information. This is how man has communicated for ions. In our times today messaging is instantaneous. No longer does it take days to get a message to someone. No longer must you seal a letter with your personal wax seal. No longer does your story take on a different meaning because it has to travel by person to person. The uniqueness about messengers and messages is no matter the source, be it phone, email, text the receiver still sees and hears what it is the message is trying to convey. It is very important that we trust our hearts when conveying messages. That we come from a point of view where we put ourselves in the shoes of the one receiving the message. Remember our tools today leave out the personal touch. You cannot see the other persons body language or facial expressions. Your words must be placed so that the reader has no room to interpret anything other then what you want to convey. Like Jesus did. His messages were told by way of parable many, many times. Parables were stories that showed the lesson in life compared to what he wanted you to take away as the message. It was better visualization.
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.