Monday, October 31, 2016

October 31, 2016
Prayer

Mar 12:38 And he said unto them in his doctrine, Beware of the scribes, which love to go in long clothing, and love salutations in the marketplaces,
Mar 12:39 And the chief seats in the synagogues, and the uppermost rooms at feasts:
Mar 12:40 Which devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayers: these shall receive greater damnation.

Here's instructions on how NOT to pray - praying for a show - or pretense is not God's idea of praying - He's not in it for the SHOW - He's the REAL DEAL and wants us to be REAL too! Today October 31, many get dressed up and PRETEND to be something they are not - while it is fun in the natural realm - let us understand that it is one of the things God's HATES as we approach HIM - Flip side is HE LOVES it when we come to HIM in sincerity and truth! So let's not play church with God as there's no fooling HIM anyway!


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Sunday, October 30, 2016

October 30, 2016
Prayer:

Matthew 21:22
And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive!

What is left to be said? ALL THINGS! - IN PRAYER - BELIEVING! Don't you get the idea here that Jesus is trying to help His disciples see that it is not something we need to take years to LEARN to do - but rather an open door to confident conversation with HIS Father and ours! Hallelujah! What a Savior! Unlike our own human nature that once we find a good thing we try to keep it to ourselves - :-)

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Saturday, October 29, 2016

October 29, 2016
Prayer:

Matthew 23:14
Woe unto you, scribes Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows' houses, and for a pretense make long prayers, therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.

Here we see that prayers made for show or to impress someone are NOT what God is looking for! Heartfelt honest communication - that's our God's desire! So do NOT let your feelings of inadequacy in knowing how to pray STOP you from praying! All God is wanting is relationship and communication! :-)


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Friday, October 28, 2016

October 28, 2016
Prayer:

Mat 18:19 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.
Mat 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

Wow what an encouragement to pray together! Notice the word "ANYTHING" - ! I cannot even think of any words to add to these words that Jesus Himself spoke to His followers! How many times has someone asked you to pray for them in their need and you say you will but then forget. Just stop immediately when they ask you and agree together in prayer on the spot! Don't procrastinate! Let's just DO it! Pray together MORE! "There HE IS" right in the midst of us as we pray! Hallelujah! What a Savior!

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

October 27, 2016
Prayer:

Mat 11:25-30 At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.  Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight.  All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and [he] to whomsoever the Son will reveal [him].  Come unto me, all [ye] that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.  For my yoke [is] easy, and my burden is light.

In Luke this passage is connected with the return of Jesus disciples after He had sent them out two by two - to heal the sick and raise the dead and cast out demons and preach the gospel. He then goes on to call the weary workers to enjoy HIS REST  - for HIS yoke is easy and HIS burden is light - when the burden gets heavy and the days are dreary - stop and think that - HIS yoke is EASY - and HIS burden is light- the heavy ones are the ones of our own making! 

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

October 26, 2016
Prayer:

Matthew 9:36 -38 "When he looked out over the crowds, his heart broke. So confused and aimless they were, like sheep with no shepherd. What a huge harvest!" he said to his disciples. "How few workers! On your knees and pray for harvest hands!"

KJV: Mat 9:37 Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly [is] plenteous, but the labourers [are] few;  Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.

HARVEST DAY! - It was this thought that the book Hebrews calls "the joy that was set before Him" .... - He endured the cross because "Harvest Day was coming"! Pentecost was the feast of harvest - when the Holy Spirit was outpoured and the Church was born! No wonder Jesus implored His disciples to pray for laborers! Notice who sends forth the laborers - not us - but the LORD of the harvest! It's HIS WORK and HIS KINGDOM and HIS FIELD and we are HIS LABORERS! :-)! Hallelujah!


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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

October 25, 2016
Prayer:

Matthew 9:36 -38 "When he looked out over the crowds, his heart broke. So confused and aimless they were, like sheep with no shepherd. What a huge harvest!" he said to his disciples. "How few workers! On your knees and pray for harvest hands!"
KJV: Mat 9:37 Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly [is] plenteous, but the labourers [are] few;  Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.

WOW! Here is a direct instruction of our Lord as to WHAT to pray for/ When is the last time we followed this instruction? When we begin to pray as He instructed us to - this is what happens to our hearts - we become concerned about the harvest - because HE is concerned about the harvest! His heart begins to become our heart! May it be so today in greater measure within each one of us than ever before!


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Monday, October 24, 2016

October 24, 2016
Prayer:

The KJV
Mat 7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
Mat 7:8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

Direct asking and direct receiving - direct seeking and finding - direct knocking and doors opening! No dancing around it! No whining and wishing and hoping so - ! EVERYONE receives - in Luke it connects asking and seeking and knocking to receiving the Holy Spirit and tells us that the Father CANNOT deny that request! GO FOR IT! PRAY IT! Ask for the Holy Spirit to fill your heart today - HE WILL!!!!!! It's like the electric eye of the doorway into His presence! Wham! Door opens! Holy Spirit pours out into our hearts!


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Sunday, October 23, 2016

October 23, 2016
Prayer:

Matthew 7:7-11 "Don't bargain with God. Be direct. Ask for what you need. This isn't a cat-and-mouse, hide-and-seek game we're in.  If your child asks for bread, do you trick him with sawdust? If he asks for fish, do you scare him with a live snake on his plate? As bad as you are, you wouldn't think of such a thing. You're at least decent to your own children. So don't you think the God who conceived you in love will be even better?


How many times have we started a prayer with - "God if you'll do this for me ... I'll........" ? - Here it tells us not to bargain with God! :-) God is NOT trying to withhold HIS blessings and answers from us - HE is longing to pour them out on us!


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Saturday, October 22, 2016

October 22, 2016
Prayer:

Here is the Lord's prayer from the Message Bible:

Mat 6:5 "And when you come before God, don't turn that into a theatrical production either. All these people making a regular show out of their prayers, hoping for stardom! Do you think God sits in a box seat? 
Here's what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won't be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace.
The world is full of so-called prayer warriors who are prayer-ignorant. They're full of formulas and programs and advice, peddling techniques for getting what you want from God.
Don't fall for that nonsense. This is your Father you are dealing with, and he knows better than you what you need.
With a God like this loving you, you can pray very simply. Like this: Our Father in heaven, Reveal who you are.
Set the world right; Do what's best-- as above, so below.
Keep us alive with three square meals. Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others. Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil. You're in charge! You can do anything you want! You're ablaze in beauty! Yes. Yes. Yes.

Notice the emphasis on being REAL when we come to our Father! All He longs for is relationship with us - it is NOT complicated - WE make it complicated - if you have or had a Father that you could talk to and bring your needs to it is easier to understand this. But even if you did not - GOD is a KIND and GOOD and LOVING and MERCIFUL - Father that is just longing to hear how our day went and how we want/need His involvement in our living! I've had people tell me that they don't like to pray out loud because they cannot pray like someone else! That's just our pride getting in the way. Father God LOVES to hear us pray! Do not let any tricks or lies of the enemy keep you from prayer (communicating) with God! 


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Friday, October 21, 2016

October 21, 2016
Prayer:

Mat 6:6
But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

Mat 6:7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen [do]: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.

Mat 6:8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.

We are also told here not to use "vain repetitions" - in other words - just repeating a prayer over and over again as some do is not what God is looking for - He did not give us the "Our Father" to repeat like parrots do learned speech - but rather as a pattern so that we would learn to COMMUNICATE with GOD on HIS terms! Let's be good learners in God's school of prayer!


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Thursday, October 20, 2016

October 20, 2016
Prayer:

Matthew 6:6-8
But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen [do]: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.

In other words: Prayer is not a "show" before men to try to impress others - it is communication with GOD enthroned in Heaven in the HOLY place - which we have been given access to! When we are in communication with God - it is EVIDENT in our daily life! No hiding it! We don't need to tell others it will show! 


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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

October 19, 2016
Prayer:

"Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory for ever. Amen. Matthew 6:9-13

AMEN! - So be it! A powerful word of agreement meaning "let it be so!" - Since Jesus did not give us pages and pages of prayers to pray perhaps contemplating this pattern prayer and patterning our prayers after it might be a good idea! 

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

October 18, 2016
Prayer:

"Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory for ever. Amen. Matthew 6:9-13

...for ever... - Another reminder that this is not all there is to our existence - God already dwells in the forever - while we are struggling in time to comprehend eternal truths with our finite minds! What a wonderful reminder that wisdom does not end with us - our understanding cannot even take in ....for ever.... everything we know "comes to pass" - may God expand our understanding a little more as we meditate on this thought! FOR EVER!


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Monday, October 17, 2016

October 17, 2016
Prayer:

"Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory for ever. Amen. Matthew 6:9-13

...and the glory... Ah yes, HIS GLORY --- not ours! What another awesome reminder -- it's not about US - but it's all about HIM!!! This thought by itself could transform our prayer time! It is good to stop ourselves and check our motives: am I praying this so I'll get what I want, look "spiritual", get some brownie points, etc.? It's so easy for us to get derailed and side tracked. Good news HE even helps us with our infirmity to pray! 

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Sunday, October 16, 2016

October 16, 2016
Prayer:

"Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory for ever. Amen. Matthew 6:9-13

..."and the power" - ALL power belongs to HIM and HE has given US all power in Heaven and earth to act on Jesus behalf here on earth! But we must never forget that it is HIS power - not ours - as soon as we think we're ok by our own power we fall flat on our faces! Notice these thoughts come at the end of the prayer - as a reminder as to who is in control - sometime in our praying we try to instruct God as if we had all the wisdom, kingdom and control ---....... it just places us back in the right relationship/position to our wonderful all powerful, awesome God!


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Saturday, October 15, 2016

October 15, 2016
Prayer:
"Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory for ever. Amen. Matthew 6:9-13

"For thine is the kingdom" -
A reminder we are IN this world but NOT OF this world - we belong to a HEAVENLY KINGDOM - It's HIS Kingdom -- not ours -- we tend to forget sometimes that running the universe is not in our hands but HIS - "THINE is the Kingdom! :-) Notice it goes back to the thought at the beginning of the prayer that it's all about HIS KINGDOM. Jesus knew we would need to be reminded! 


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Friday, October 14, 2016

October 14, 2016
Prayer:

"Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory for ever. Amen. Matthew 6:9-13

"but deliver us from evil:" literally means "from the evil one" - No one needs to explain to us why we need to pray daily to be kept from "the evil one"! Always prowling about seeking whom he may devour and setting nasty "mind traps" for us to fall into! We need all the protection we can get - and have it as we put on the whole armor of God daily! Let's not think we can advance into any day without protection! We are still in enemy territory!


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Thursday, October 13, 2016

October 13, 2016
Prayer:

"Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory for ever. Amen. Matthew 6:9-13

"And lead us not into temptation" --- Often enough we lead ourselves into temptation! But here we are encouraged to pray that we will be protected from even the temptation to sin! God does not TEMPT us to sin! Just think how much easier our day might be if we prayed and "Let me not be drawn towards sinful temptation today!"


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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

October 12, 2016
Prayer:
"Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory for ever. Amen. Matthew 6:9-13

"And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us." Wow what a thought! Those 2 little words "AS WE" - however you look at there's a connection - we must FORGIVE all trespasses against us - another verse tells if that if we will not forgive those around us neither will God forgive us! Unforgiveness is as deadly as cancer! Forgiveness is HEALTH to our whole being. Forgiving someone does not release them from the guilt of wrong-doing nor does it say "it's ok to treat me badly" but it does release US from sin's grip! And it clears the way for our prayers to be heard and answered! Having trouble getting answers to your prayers? Checkup - do I have any unforgiveness in my heart? If so, we can take it to the cross and leave it there! 


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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

October 11, 2016
Prayer:

"Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory for ever. Amen. Matthew 6:9-13

"Give us this day our daily bread" - Tucked in the middle of this pattern prayer is the request for our daily sustenance. It is not a request for tomorrow's needs but for TODAY! In the wilderness when the Israelites were fed with Manna from heaven - they were only allowed to collect enough for the DAY! Not for tomorrow except before the Sabbath - there was no manna sent on the Sabbath - what they collected the day before was 2 portions to last them through the Sabbath. Sometimes we are so concerned about the future and what we perceive to be future obstacles and needs - but all we're promised is for TODAY! But TODAY we are promised ALL of heaven's resources that we may need. ASK away!

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Monday, October 10, 2016

October 10, 2016
Prayer:

"Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory for ever. Amen. Matthew 6:9-13

Notice it is not until we have acknowledged God with reverence for WHO HE is and prayed for HIS kingdom and will that we get to OUR needs. A good reminder for us as we pray and generally tend to jump right in with OUR needs way before any other thing crosses our minds. This prayer Jesus gave us as "pattern" to help us guide us in our praying - Since it's HIS idea - it might be good for us to apply it as we pray - often people question why they (seemingly) see so few prayers answered - well let's examine our praying and see if we're following the pattern that JESUS HIMSELF gave us to follow! Lord, TEACH us to pray! 


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Sunday, October 9, 2016

October 9, 2016
Prayer:

"Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory for ever. Amen. Matthew 6:9-13

"Thy will be done in earth, AS IT IS in heaven." That makes us stop and contemplate - just HOW is God will done in heaven? He speaks - angels do - that's it! How often we argue and reason and struggle with something we clearly know and understand to be God's will in our lives - no wonder this is part of the prayer Jesus gave His followers! Prayer is not a debate or argument to try to convince God to do OUR will! 


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Saturday, October 8, 2016

October 8, 2016
Prayer:

"Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory for ever. Amen. Matthew 6:9-13

"Thy will be done in earth" --- God has desires and plans and a WILL that needs to be accomplished IN earth! How can this happen without us? HE needs us as HIS hands and feet and mouthpieces and ears ....etc. to accomplish HIS will in earth. Often we are so consumed with OUR needs, wants, wishes agenda, that we do not even consider what God's ideas might be as they relate to ourselves. Today let us place ourselves at HIS disposal for HIS will to be done in the earth we live in.


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Friday, October 7, 2016

October 7, 2016
Prayer:

"Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory for ever. Amen. Matthew 6:9-13

"Thy Kingdom come." - We belong to a heavenly kingdom - we are not of this world - clearly as we look around us and hear and see the "doings" of mankind we can heartily pray "Thy kingdom come"!!! But not only do we pray for God's Kingdom to ultimately come to earth - but we pray for God's Kingdom to be set up and established in our hearts here and now! Notice it does not say "my kingdom come" ;-). Prayer is first and foremost about GOD and HIS KINGDOM! Our needs, wants, wishes are not even mentioned until later. 


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Thursday, October 6, 2016

October 6, 2016
Prayer:

"Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory for ever. Amen. Matthew 6:9-13

Hallowed be Thy Name. A reminder to us that God is HOLY - set apart from us - to be honored and reverenced and adored. God is not a Santa Claus - or slap stick comedy - type figure that we can treat any old way - It means we must come on HIS terms - believing in HIS son - washed in the blood and not on OUR terms! There is no other name given under heaven whereby we may be saved! We live in a world that is always trying to create new ways to God and convince themselves that everybody's way is ok - but that is NOT the truth of God's Word - it's HIS way or no way!
We come humbly, we bow before our Lord and Maker, we do not abuse our privilege with arrogance and demands. 


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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

October 5, 2016
Prayer:

"Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory forever. Amen. Matthew 6:9-13

"which art in heaven" - a constant reminder of heaven! Heaven is REAL - we tend to think of it as something soft and fuzzy behind some cloud - but it is not that - it is a real place - streets of gold - mansions being prepared for us - God's throne is there along with the angels of God - gates of pearl - no night there - When we pray we are praying to a REAL God who is ALIVE and we are on our way there! HOME! That's enough to put a spring in our step today!


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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

October 4, 2016
Prayer:

"Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory forever. Amen. Matthew 6:9-13

Relationship - Our Father - Jesus was constantly trying to help his followers understand that HE came for "relationship" - not for more pharisaical rules and regulations - Jesus was interested in heart to heart relationships and so is His Father! "He who has seen me - has seen the Father" - Let's throw out all the old tapes and replace them with this one God is totally desirous to have an intimate relationship with each one of us! What a plan! What a Redemption!


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Monday, October 3, 2016

October 3, 2016
Prayer:

"Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory forever. Amen. Matthew 6:9-13

Notice the first word - "OUR" - Jesus did NOT have to say it that way - if He had used the word "Jehovah" or "Mighty God" - or great "I AM" -  we'd have been ok with that and what a difference it would have made - but generously He adopts us in as sons and daughters - on the same level as Himself - He is trying to reveal to His disciples (and us) His Father - and help us to "GET IT" that we are in the family too once we BELIEVE in HIM! Whew - He just invites us into the throne room along with Himself! Are you getting this thought?! THRONE ROOM privileges! And we think prayer is a "duty" or "obligation" ?????? :-)

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Sunday, October 2, 2016

October 2, 2016
Prayer:

"Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory forever. Amen. Matthew 6:9-13

This is the answer Jesus gave to His disciples when they asked Him to teach them to pray - so it's a good starting point for us too. Our Father - first of all we pray to our Father. Often children are taught to pray, Dear Jesus, - but Jesus taught us to pray "Our Father" - secondly, Father gives us the picture of God that He is longing for us to understand - we are not coming as beggars before an earthly beneficiary - but to our HEAVENLY FATHER - a Father that supersedes every human father we can think of in His love and understanding and desire to do us GOOD and not evil! Let's pray as we mediate on these thought that we will understand them in a new and fresh way as the Holy Spirit opens our hearts to fresh insights.


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Saturday, October 1, 2016

October 1, 2016
Prayer:

"Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory for ever. Amen. Matthew 6:9-13

PRAYER. For too many Christians prayer is a fuzzy area of "hope so's" and wishful thinking and genie mentality. All of that can be cleared up by simply looking into the WORD until our understanding is enlightened and then the power of prayer is unleashed to us. God does not have special favorites that He picks and chooses to hear and answer their prayers more than another’s. I pray that as we contemplate this important topic "the eyes of our understanding" will opened" in new ways that will empower our praying and consequently unleash God's answers, into our own lives as well as into the lives of all those around us!


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Friday, September 30, 2016

September 30, 2016
Prayer:

      Luke 11:1 
And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.

Jesus’ disciples observed that Jesus prayed and prayed often. They also observed that He received answers to His prayers. They finally asked Jesus to teach them to pray also. Jesus response to them is what has been labeled “The Lord’s Prayer”. There is so much we can learn from this passage. We will take it one phrase at a time. One more general thought as we begin is that as we pray we must understand that we only see what is immediately around us, while God sees the BIG picture, the WHOLE picture, the FUTURE picture. We think we know best when actually it is GOD who knows BEST! Let’s open our hearts to learn and become more effective in our praying!


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Thursday, September 29, 2016

September 29, 2016
Prayer:

      Luke 11:1 
And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.

It has been said that as we pray, prayer changes us. That is true. But prayer is more than that. It is the vehicle God has chosen to bring heaven’s answers into our lives and the lives of those around us. Unfortunately, we have a warped idea that God should just zap His answers and His will into our lives and our loved ones lives. That is not what we find in scripture. God has given all of us a free will and He does NOT VIOLATE our free will. Prayer is an awesome sacred privilege! We do not HAVE to pray we GET to pray!


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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

September 28, 2016
     
Prayer
     
      Luke 11:1 
And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.

We are going to start a series of devotional thoughts on the topic of Prayer. I know we often cringe when we read that. J Prayer, however, is a PRIVILEGE we get to do and NOT a DUTY that we need to PERFORM. That thought right there can change our praying forever! Jesus did not say “unless you pray a certain amount of time each day you are out of my favor” Rather, He invited us into His Father’s throne room and gave us this amazing privilege to have the same access to God His Father as He does! If that does not blow you away, I don’t know what will! When we perceive prayer as an awesome privilege instead of a dreadful obligation it is life-changing! Prayer is not only a privilege but a full-blown benefit!


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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

September 27, 2016
The Promises of God:

"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin" (2 Chronicles 7:14).

Another promise of God's mercy - we are bombarded with messages that God is NOT merciful by a media that does not KNOW GOD! Manasseh was a King of Israel that reigned for a very long time and did enormous amount of wickedness but when he heard God's judgment pronounced he humbled his heart and God heard him and held off the judgment until after his lifetime! What amazing MERCY! Remember HIS mercy is towards you today and HIS MERCY endures forever!!!


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Monday, September 26, 2016

September 26, 2016
The Promises of God:

"The LORD your God is gracious and merciful, and will not turn away his face from you, if ye return unto him" (2 Chronicles 30:9).

What a comfort that God is merciful - along with all the other things He is - we would be in big trouble without His abundant MERCY! If you find yourself in need of His mercy today - go to Him - He is waiting for you!



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Sunday, September 25, 2016

September 25, 2016
The Promises of God:

"And there shall be no more curse" (Revelation 22:3).

"The LORD shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended" (Isaiah 60:20).

"Treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal" (Matthew 6:20).

"God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away" (Revelation 21:4).
The promise of heave is REAL - we're on our way home - there are a lot of things we DO know about heaven. It is easy in the daily day to day grind to forget that we are on our way HOME! This world is not our home - we just camping out here for a short time! Hallelujah!


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