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The LORD’s prayer – Part 5 – 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.

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The LORD’s prayer – Part 5 – 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 6:13 (KJV) 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.

As we close our series on the Lord’s Prayer we see that looking back it has been a well thought out prayer and we close with what the musically aware people would call a “crescendo” we have learned that God’s name is to be hallowed, God is always on his throne in heaven, that His kingdom comes on earth and heaven, why we pray for our provisions and lastly we learned why forgiveness is key. Now we end with temptation and why that is such an issue.

Fresh from the devastating revelations of the Ashley Madison hack and many people who teach God’s word being found online in a place that many would not have expected them to be, we realize that temptation is rife even in our churches. I am not going to labor the point here other than to say that this is a timely reminder of human nature and how far removed we are from the nature of God, even if we are immersed in doing his works. I urge you that even although you are reading a man’s words, do not follow the Pastor unless he is following the Master and at some point every man will let you down.

We are all tempted, my wife shared recently a link that was called “Why porn ruined my life” and that is just a common temptation, we are tempted to cheat financially on people, emotionally on people, we could cheat on our spouse, whether emotionally or actually, either way the hurt is still there, we could be tempted by food, tempted by self-indulgence, tempted by debt in fact there are temptations that I have not even thought about but it is true as the meme I read on Facebook which when quoted stated “The devil will not come to you wearing red and carry a pitchfork, he will come to you and promise you the desires of your heart”

That is as true today as it was when the world was created, in Genesis 3 Man only had one rule and the Serpent attacked that one rule right away and he did it by temptation, he twisted the words of God and coaxed the woman into quoting God into saying something that God didn’t actually say, from then on the temptation was set, temptation blossomed into sin and mankind was separated from God. That is how serious temptation is.

We cannot behave like Adam and Eve did and succumb to temptation, we must be more like Joseph when he was tempted by the wife of his master Potiphar, Let’s read from the book of Genesis…

Genesis 39:1 (KJV) And Joseph was brought down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him of the hands of the Ishmeelites, which had brought him down thither. 2 And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. 3 And his master saw that the LORD was with him, and that the LORD made all that he did to prosper in his hand. 4 And Joseph found grace in his sight, and he served him: and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he had he put into his hand. 5 And it came to pass from the time that he had made him overseer in his house, and over all that he had, that the LORD blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake; and the blessing of the LORD was upon all that he had in the house, and in the field. 6 And he left all that he had in Joseph’s hand; and he knew not ought he had, save the bread which he did eat. And Joseph was a goodly person, and well favoured. 7 And it came to pass after these things, that his master’s wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, Lie with me. 8 But he refused, and said unto his master’s wife, Behold, my master wotteth not what is with me in the house, and he hath committed all that he hath to my hand; 9 There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back any thing from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God? 10 And it came to pass, as she spake to Joseph day by day, that he hearkened not unto her, to lie by her, or to be with her. 11 And it came to pass about this time, that Joseph went into the house to do his business; and there was none of the men of the house there within. 12 And she caught him by his garment, saying, Lie with me: and he left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out.

It is important to look at what Joseph did here! He was a slave, he was a servant in his master’s house, due to his diligence he was given authority over the house and the one thing he was not allowed was his master’s wife. His master’s wife was like the woman from Proverbs 7; she attempted to make herself alluring and offered herself on many occasions to Joseph. Joseph followed God’s plan and not his and even although he would most likely have got away with the sin he was being tempted into, he chose the righteous path. Are you like Joseph? If you could get away with it would you?

Joseph suffered in the short term for being righteous, he spend a couple of years in jail where he worked diligently and then was trusted with looking after the other prisoners, what diligence and what humility that man had to follow God’s will even in the most dire circumstances! He was there until God gave Pharaoh a dream and again Joseph was again blessed more than he ever was before, God placed him in charge of the country! What a testament to following the will of God.

God will never tempt us but will allow us to periods of testing to allow us to grow, let’s look at 1st Corinthians 10…

1st Corinthians 10:13 (KJV) There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. 14 Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.

God will not give you a sufferance more than you are actually able to withstand, however you have the option through free will of embracing sin and going against God. James also talks about this…

James 1:12 (KJV) Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. 13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: 14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. 15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. 16 Do not err, my beloved brethren.

James paints a picture of what I was saying that temptation is the foundation for sin, you have the option at this stage to endure the temptation or go with your own lusts, allow yourself to be enticed and then allow it to grow into sin and sin as we know brings for death. Regardless of how good the temptation is, if it is not of God then please and I beg you do not do it! If we are praying to be removed from temptation and we are removed then we will be removed from the evil one. (Who wants to destroy you!)

And lastly we have a reminder that “: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.” And he is, he was and is and is to come, Holy is the LORD! One day we will be in glory with him and all of the struggles that we face today will pass away. What a day that will be! Anyone else looking forward to that one?

I pray that this article has been educational, challenging, convicting and exhorting, I pray that you received it well and please feel free to like, share and comment on whatever social media you wish as the LORD leads you too.
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The LORD’s prayer – Part 4 – And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors

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The LORD’s prayer – Part 4 – And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors

Matthew 6:12 (KJV) And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

Forgiveness is a big deal in Christianity; unless we understand forgiveness then we may not see the need for a Savior. That is a bold claim I know but it is true nonetheless! We have to understand the great weight of debt that we have been forgiven by a loving God and our requirement to forgive the minuscule errors that others do either to us or sins that affect us. I say miniscule as the things that we truly get mad about often times are not things that we will remember in a few years. I try my best not to but prior to me becoming a Christian and the real me is a hot head, I did not so much have a short fuse as no fuse at all. But I praise the LORD that as I have grown as a Christian, God has worked on me and my psychological pulse has slowed right down. I now first ask the question before I get all bent out of shape “Am I going to care about this in five years?” In the majority of the situations I can say “no” to most of it so I appear to let a lot of things fly more than I used to.

That is not to say that I have nailed forgiveness, we all have our hot buttons and if it was easy you would not be reading an article written about it by this weird Scottish guy! We will all have our areas that will inflame us; we will all have our people that rub us up the wrong way. Generally speaking the biggest “blue touch paper” usually sounds the relationships that we expect most from, our family and fellow believers.

That is the hurt that hurts most, when we feel aggrieved, betrayed, slighted, and downright hurt then we will build a righteous case against that person and then execute it in an unrighteous manner. We will “protect ourselves” we will “estrange that person” and we will build walls rather than do what God wants us to in this situation, God does not wish to see conflict, no that is the work of the other guy (Satan) and often times pride plays a part in damaged relationships. We will do stupid things like demand property back that has been lent and cut people off in order to divorce ourselves from that situation and that causes a deeper hurt in the end game.

God is a God of restoration, he desires to see his people walking together and walking in truth, he desires healed relationships, he wants us focused on being an example to the world showing them by your witness and by your example what true Christianity is. How can you witness to the world and be salt and light to a fallen broken world if you are just like the world. What are we teaching our kids also if we show them that relationships and forgiveness is not important. I know we can tell them but if our actions speak louder than words, do you shout forgiveness or unforgiveness not just to the generation that is watching you, but to the generation that they will raise also.

Jesus spoke about this when he spoke about the parable of the two servants, lets look at that here…

Matthew 18:21 (KJV) Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? 22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven. 23 Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants. 24 And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents. 25 But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. 26 The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. 27 Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt. 28 But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest. 29 And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. 30 And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt. 31 So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done. 32 Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: 33 Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee? 34 And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. 35 So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.

We need to remember that as stated in the prayer, we have been forgiven, but that does not mean that we do not have to have a repentant heart. This is why we ask to be forgiven or our debts but we have to pass that along to those who have wronged us. As humans we find it hardest to forgive emotional hurts and monetary hurts. I have come to the conclusion, probably because I have always been poor that money comes and goes, it is all going to burn and it really is not worth getting bent out of shape about. If we have it, then bless someone who does not, it really is as simple as that.

If you have a spare $20 in your bank account that you are not using and you know of someone who is going without dinner that night, then you have an opportunity to be used by God in a real and tangible way. Personally, I have been blessed with food when I have been broke; I have seen it as a tremendous blessing, what a blessing to be used by God to help out with the money that is not really yours anyway.

Emotionally, psychologically, physically and mentally you have to forgive those who have wronged you. We as humans were never designed to carry around the emotional baggage that many of us try to bear, which is why there are such bouts of depression, substance abuse, recovery programs and thoughts of ending it all in many folks. We have to “take it to the LORD in prayer” and then we have to be prepared to let it go.

I pray that this article has been educational, challenging, convicting and exhorting, I pray that you received it well and please feel free to like, share and comment on whatever social media you wish as the LORD leads you too.
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The LORD’s prayer – Part 2 – Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven

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The LORD’s prayer – Part 2 – Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven

Matthew 6:10 (KJV) Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

Jesus continues in his prayer, well I have always found it funny that we refer to it as the LORDs Prayer as it was a guideline in how WE should pray, it is OUR prayer too! After defending the name of God, giving the standard in which we should keep in honoring and keeping the name holy Jesus then goes on to talk about the heart behind the prayer.

We can say these words in a mutter like, mumbling through fashion as I have many times and that it how I learned this prayer, but the point of these articles are to look at what it all actually means. We can say “thy kingdom come” until we are blue in the face but if your hearts don’t match the words then we have a problem. When you pray are you really asking for “Thy will be done?” and do you understand the level of surrender that would take to go all in?

When we read the epistles we see often people who got this down, Paul, James, John, Jude & Peter all got this down by addressing or calling themselves either “servants” or “bondservants” of Jesus Christ in Epistles that are authored in their name. Are you getting where I am coming from now? By stating in prayer that you want the will of God to supersede and come first in your life goes against all form of human nature. Humans by default are more “My will be done” creatures and this will not come naturally. It is not in most people’s nature to serve first; if it is then I applaud you and wish I was more like you in that respect. I am a selfish person by nature and I do get aggrieved if I don’t get what I feel I deserve, so saying “thy will be done” the aspect of total surrender to a will that is not my own and a direction that in all actuality I may not like is something that I know I have to do but I do not find it easy all of the time.

We know it is God’s kingdom; we are reminded of this at the start of the verse, when we do God’s will we should be looking to build up God’s kingdom and not ours. I think I have spoken prior about how I baulk at lots of kudos and praise from the front of buildings and I am not keen to have folks look up to me as someone who should know things. Why I teach a bible study I have no idea, the studies come from the Spirit and are very little to do with me, whatever God does in this mission field will be in spite of be and not because of me.

We can’t plan out God’s kingdom, I know I have been guilty of this when I was a more immature Christian and this is exactly why God would only give me one piece of a puzzle at a time, I would be moving everything I could in order to do God’s work for him and often times that would not be in the timing that God wants. I am a knucklehead and despite the fact that I mean well, I would mess up if it was all up to me. All we are called to be is obedient and be ready to be used by God.

Whilst it is his kingdom we have to realize that is true both “in earth as it is in heaven” that the will of God will be done in both places and the ownership of that kingdom is uniquely God’s. Let’s look at heaven, is there any sin? Is there any rebellion against God? Are there anyone standing against God in heaven? Of course not! We as Christians should be praying without ceasing for his will to be carried out not just in heaven, but down here on earth. There is still work to be done down here and the very person who is reading it might just be the tool used by God to accomplish the next task for him.

Are you ready to request that his will be done both in heaven and on earth? Are you willing to go mind, body and soul into doing whatever God tells you to do to fulfill his will, his glory and his honor in your neighborhood? You won’t have to go as extreme as Jesus did when he fully submitted to the fathers will by becoming the sacrifice for our sins of a wooden cross on that dark hill at Calvary. Jesus is stating what he is stating knowing that he will do that for you, he did it for you whether you accept it or not, he rose again and conquered death on that third day to fulfil prophecy, show he was who he said he was and also meet with his disciples prior to ascending into heaven. Jesus is willing to put that into action, as one of his followers are you?

Just as I could easily do a household chore without the help of my daughter, I know that when she asks “if she can help daddy?” Then I beam with delight and take her up on her offer of help. Our prayers to God are the same way, God can accomplish his will without our participation or prayer, however we get to pray and we are allowed to partake in the glory of God. Remember he is “Our father” and like any loving father he loves it when his children make contact with him.

When was the last time you contacted him and gave him your all?

I pray that this article has been educational, challenging, convicting and exhorting, I pray that you received it well and please feel free to like, share and comment on whatever social media you wish as the LORD leads you too.
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The LORD’s prayer – Part 1 – Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name

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The LORD’s prayer – Part 1 – Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name

Matthew 6:9 (KJV) After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

Like any good piece of mail a good prayer has an address. If you were mailing a letter would you send it without first writing on the envelope and alerting the mailing service to the destination of the intended correspondence? What success would you give of even receiving it back if the front had no destination or sending address? Would you do likewise with an email? It won’t go without a recipient email address and also the same with a fax, without a fax number it will go nowhere. Whilst God is eternal, omnipresent and outside of time and our constraints I would not send anything out without assurance that my intended recipient would receive it.

So Jesus had just finished saying how we should not be doing good deeds in order to be seen to be doing good deeds. (Self-promotion of how spiritual if you will) He used the example of sounding a trumpet whilst giving and now he goes onto a subject very close to his heart which is prayer. If we are praying to flatter men or to impress our peers then think on it like this. Are you actually praying to God or insulting God? I would speculate that it is the latter and I do not know about you but I do not want to be knowingly insulting God. What Jesus said was like all aspects of conviction Jesus did not say this to make others feel bad, he said it as an exhortation and now he wishes to teach on how to do it according to the fathers will. He was not interested in condemnation but correction in this case. Whether we choose to be condemned or corrected is completely up to us.

When we are praying we need to remember the wisdom that we find in the book of Ecclesiastes chapter 5 verse 2 which reads…

Ecclesiastes 5:2 (KJV) Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few.

It is a conversation between God and you and in the same way that you would not babble with your best friend I would heed the example in Ecclesiastes that states do not do lengthy prayers for the sake of being heard, be real with God and be honest, let him see what he already sees in your heart is in your prayer life. What a glory to your relationship with God if you are willing to submit that much that you are in such submission that you let everything go and let it all out. That is true Christianity there and you would really be a man after God’s own heart.

Jesus addresses God as the “Father” we are praying to a loving father who has allowed us into a relationship to call him a title that is family. The Jews would consider that too close, too intimate and they would have a hard time with this. He is a father in heaven, ruler, full of majesty who is worthy of all glory, honor and attributed to all holiness. He is called “Our Father” which gives us all access to the same father; it is like we are in our churches, a community of believers that have a direct line to heaven, it reminds me of the lyrics of the song “What a friend we have in Jesus” when it states…

“All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit,
O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer!”

Jesus closes by giving due respect to the name of God. “Hallowed by your name” comes all the way back to Exodus 20:7 where we are told to not use the name of the LORD in vain. Jesus does his job by guarding the good name of God and reminding us that His name is holy. It should be hallowed. It speaks of separation from profane things, dedicated to God, consecrated, purify, to be cleansed, it is sometimes translated as “sanctified” and by using this word we are reminded that there is no spot or blemish on the name of God. His name should be treated with absolute care. (Greek word – hagiazo)

Jesus knows what he is talking about as far as the name of God goes, he was there at the beginning of creation and even when we are tried beyond what we can bear, God is still God and he will still be holy and just, his ways are far above our ways and I doubt many of us will ever suffer as Job suffered and in the book of Job at the end of the book Job challenges God on his plan for Job’s life and let’s look at the response…

Job 38:1 (KJV) Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said, 2 Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge? 3 Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me. 4 Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding. 5 Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it? 6 Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof; 7 When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy? 8 Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth, as if it had issued out of the womb? 9 When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddlingband for it, 10 And brake up for it my decreed place, and set bars and doors, 11 And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further: and here shall thy proud waves be stayed? 12 Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days; and caused the dayspring to know his place; 13 That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, that the wicked might be shaken out of it?

Regardless of how “high and mighty” we think we are with God we could not hold a candle to who God is. Even the smartest intellects of man still have not been able to create as God did. His name is holy and deserves to be hallowed.

I pray that this article has been educational, challenging, convicting and exhorting, I pray that you received it well and please feel free to like, share and comment on whatever social media you wish as the LORD leads you too.
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Lord’s prayer series – Introduction to the LORD’s prayer

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Introduction to the LORD’s prayer

St. Matthew 6:5 (KJV) 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 of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 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. 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. 8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. 9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13 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. 14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: 15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

I have chosen the King James Version of the bible for this series on prayer and the Lord’s Prayer because it is the version I am most used to in this part of scripture. Having attended Sunday School in Chapelhall, North Lanarkshire at the local Brethren Gospel Hall I learned from their preferred version of the bible which was the King James Version. As a child I learned this prayer and probably without much effort I could recite it verbatim but if I do not allow the words to permeate my life then really it is just nice holy words on a page.

I also know that elsewhere on this site we have gone through a very high level overview of the LORD’s prayer in our prayer (part 1) and prayer (part 2) page but these articles are looking to go deeper than this.

I am looking to split this up as follows

(v9) Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name
(v10) Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven
(v11) Give us this day our daily bread
(v12) And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors
(v13) 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.

and over 5 articles I hope to look at the heart of prayer based on what God has put on my heart to share. I pray that it is a blessing based on a piece of scripture taht has given comfort to millions and has provided a model for prayer for nearly two centuries.

Should we use just these words? 

Whilst it is a model for prayer we are told at the beginning not to turn the words into empty words, these words are not supposed to be a vain repetition or an unplugging of the brain or heart just to say the proper terminology or doxology to God. God is interested in the heart of the prayer and not the holiness of the words that are used. In fact I would go further and state that some of the finest prayers I have heard have been from newer believers who unload their hearts to God with abandon and have no care about sounding Christian or holy, they just want to reach out and lay their burdens at the altar of the one who offers abundant grace.

The reason I say it is a model is that it has the following components (which we will go into in greater detail in the articles themselves)

1) An address – “Our father, who art in heaven”
2) A reverence – “Hallowed be thy name
3) A shared goal – “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven”
4) A request for provisions – “Give us this day our daily bread”
5) A request for forgiveness – “And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors”
6) A prayer for deliverance – “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:”
7) A recognition of who God is and closing – “For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.”

I am sure you will agree that it covers everything we would really ask God for!

This is basic stuff!

I agree but in order to understand the finer things of God we really have to nail the basics. So I would ask you, how is your prayer life? If you were married to God would your relationship be on Jerry Springer? Would you be estranged? Would you be the most in love couple you can imagine? Would you be in couples counseling? Would you be in a long distance relationship? Do you take all of your needs to God? Is God your teacher? Is God begging for your attention but you are like an adulterous partner?

Wherever you are in your prayer life I am sure you will agree that you could be in a better place with God. Let me ask you a question, did you sin today? If so then your need for prayer is still there because prayer is a lifeline to God and vital if we want to grow in the will of God to have a strong and healthy prayer life. If your desire is to walk in the will of God then you have to pray to be in the will of God. I am not saying that you have to spend hours and hours in prayer in a daily basis, but if that is your calling and you have time to do that then please do so, however what you can dedicate to God then do so with a willing and grateful heart.

We are blessed in the Western world, we have our daily bread, God does provide for our needs and don’t get me wrong, sometimes we spend the money that God has provided for our needs on our wants, he is holy and does deserve our praise, we need to forgive as he forgives, we need help and I would say some supernatural help to not fall into temptation and the sin that that leads to and he is the power, it is his kingdom and he will last forever and ever and he wants to hear from us, sinful, messed up, damaged goods such as you and I. The creator of the universe wants to hear from us and desires us to confess what is on our hearts, he wants honesty, and he wants us to realize how far we fell in order to reach out to him. What a loving father that he designed a way for his lost children to reach out and reach out to Him, if your life is not sufficient, if it is not fulfilling then you may want to look at your heart towards prayer.

Be careful not to be a Pharisee

Jesus when he said this was talking to the ones who should have known better, he was speaking to the ones who studied the letter of the LAW but not the heart of the LAW. They know the words but were far from him in their hearts and they liked to let it be known who was the holiest, who said the holy words in the squares and town centers, their words were for them and not God.

God sees the heart behind what we are doing, my advice is go from the heart (go all in if you will) and do what they did in the article a few days ago when we spoke about Nehemiah (put link in) when they confessed everything that was on their hearts, confessed their sins and the sins of their fathers. Be honest with God as he sees what is going on in your heart and don’t be like those Pharisees that want to look the part but really it is all superficial and not based on real healthy relationship with the living God.

I hope this introduction was a blessing and a challenge, please stick around as I plan to break up the Lord’s Prayer into 5 parts in the next few days. Please share, comment and like on here or various social media as the LORD leads
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