The Lord's Prayer . . . June/July 2016
In the Gospel of Matthew chapter 6, Jesus taught us how to pray. But we take this prayer as just that. A prayer. When it is so much more than that. It is a recipe for HOW to Pray.
Our Father Who art in heaven, Hallowed be Your Name ~
First thing to do when we come to God in prayer is to recognize Him for exactly who He is. God. Worthy of praise and honour beyond measure. He sacrificed His only Son for us so that we could be free, forgiven and enter into salvation and eternity with Him. To Hallow, is to Revere. Tell Him He’s wonderful, mighty, amazing, beautiful, and spend time worshipping Him.
Your Kingdom come, Your Will be done, on earth as it is in heaven ~
Pray that the revelation of His kingdom become real in our hearts and/or those we are praying for, and that His Will be done in our lives. Ask Him to help us get rid of distractions in our lives so that we can focus on what HE wants us to do for the furthering of His Kingdom. How to use our talents and abilities for the spreading of the Gospel. How to give Him our WHOLE heart.
Give us this day our daily bread ~
Pray for needs to be met as far as food and shelter go. But also pray for a desire to read His Word. A passion to delve into scripture and discover for ourselves the promises of God. Pray for revelation and inspiration as we read what will set us free from the bonds that can so easily envelop us.
And forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us ~
Bring any sin to Him and ask for and believe for forgiveness. Be repentant and ask the Lord to strengthen our resolve to stay clean before Him. Pray for those who have hurt us and that we may still be holding a grudge against. We may not like them or even ever want to associate with them again, but God commands us to forgive. As He forgave us. As Jesus forgave us and those who crucified Him. Unforgiveness only ever ends up hurting the one who holds it in his/her heart.
And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil ~
Ask God to help us to be able to handle the times of temptation. When those desires that are our most annoying weaknesses come upon us. Pray for His strength and protection from the enemy, who deceives us into thinking it as all right to sin. And pray for God to deliver us from any evil lurking around the corner that may be waiting to assail us. Protection on the journey to and from work, or on holiday. Protection from the flu’ season. Protection from any unforseen financial disasters. And the list goes on.
For Yours is the Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory, Amen ~
Recognize that it is Him, God, that we receive our life from, and that ultimately it is Him that we will answer to when we stand before Him one day and that it is His Kingdom we strive for, His power we will see working in our lives and that all is done for one purpose only . . . His Glory!
Prayer . . . 2014/15
In the book of Revelation it says that, our prayers are as incense, filling golden bowls in the throne room of Heaven. If we can get a picture of that in our minds-eye, our whole prayer life can change.
In 2 Corinthians it says that although we are fleshly beings, when we go to war against anything (when we are praying) our weapons are not of the flesh (physical things) but they are divinely powerful for the pulling down of strongholds. This means that, if we believe in God and His only Son, Jesus, who He sent to die for us, and that He (God) raised Jesus from the dead, then we are His disciples and the works that Jesus did while He was here on earth, we can do also.
"For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the pulling down of strongholds." 2 Cor 10:3-4
"He who believes in Me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go to the Father." John 14:12
We can also learn God's truth, and how to apply it to our lives, and that He (God) wants us to be healed and prosperous in all we do.
"If you abide in My Word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." John 8:31-32
Prayer is a powerful tool. It is our means of waging war against the enemy. Strongholds that are built up in our lives and our loved ones and friends we are praying for, are the result of unhealed hurts, unresolved issues, and unmet needs in our lives, and need to be brought down, defeated, made powerless, because it is these strongholds that can cripple us and therefore stop us from moving on in God; or even finding Him at all.
Unmet Needs ~ when something positive that should have happened in your life, DIDN'T.
Unhealed Hurts ~ when something bad that should not have happened in your life, DID.
Unresolved Issues ~ the ensuing anger and confusion about WHY. (Breaking the Power, by Liberty Savard)
To get the victory over these things, we need to apply prayer based upon Matthew 16:19 and bind ourselves and those we are praying for to God; at the same time loosing all the rubbish in the way to a closer relationship with Him.
The Hebrew and Greek words for 'bind' mean some very positive things ~ to knit, fasten, tie, weave together, wind around, and cause to coalesce and become one again.
The word 'loose' in the Greek ~ break up, destroy, dissolve, unloose, melt, put off, wreck, crack to sunder by separation of the parts, shatter into minute fragments, disrupt, lacerate, convulse with spasms, break forth, burst, rend and tear.
I was blown away by these definitions, and looked them up myself in our concordance, and wow! All that time I had been binding and loosing all around the wrong way. Now I loose and crack to sunder by separation of the parts, and shatter into minute fragments, the work of the enemy and bind myself or whoever I'm praying for to God; weave together and wind around God and become one with Him. It makes so much more sense now.
To learn more about Binding and Loosing get copies of 'Shattering Your Strongholds' and 'Breaking the Power' by Liberty Savard. It will open up a whole new adventure in relation to your prayer life.
It is prayer with faith that sets us free. Prayer is our weapon. Zechariah 4:6 says "Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord of hosts." The Lord, Jesus, Captain of the hosts of Heaven. He is the God of angel armies and always by our sides. When we pray and begin to loose the bonds of the enemy over someone, God moves.
"Have faith in God. Whoever says to this mountain 'Be taken up and cast into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he said is going to happen, it shall be granted him. Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they shall be granted you." Mark 11:22-24
I used to have so much trouble trying to imagine a mountain being lifted up and moved. I got a bit of a revelation recently, and now I just see the mountain getting lower, as if being worn down by my prayer and then just sliding into the sea, where it is utterly engulfed and forgotten.
Jesus left the earth and sent His Holy Spirit to give us the power and ability to do the very things He did on the earth. He walked in the power of the Holy Spirit. He was and is The Anointed One. We have that very same anointing and therefore the very same abilities. And He gave us His authority to use them. Matthew 28:18-19
But we can't really achieve anything in our Christian walk without prayer. Jesus always prayed first, to hear from His Heavenly Father. Prayer is our weapon and also our connection with God. However, we need to know Jesus, because our prayer goes through Him. He is our intercessor in Heaven. When we pray in Jesus' name, God hears us, and answers. John 14:13-14/John 15:7-8
We pray according to His Will and He hears us.
So, nothing in our lives will change without prayer. Paul said we should pray without ceasing. David declared that he praised God seven times a day. Try that and you find it is most of the day.
I want my prayers to be like incense filling golden bowls in God's throne-room in Heaven.
I know God answers prayer. He has moved all through my life and continues to move in my life today. With God all things are possible.
Ephesians 6:18 "With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,. . . "