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"LET US PRAY..."


"Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18



Prayer is such a powerful thing throughout the Word of God. It is used in blessing, in praise, in cursing, in trials and in surrender.

We are given so many examples of different prayers through the Bible, as well as instructions regarding prayer.



Two main objectives weigh in when we are looking at this potent tool:

🔲 Recognizing the sovereignty of God and acknowledging that sovereignty in respectful and honest adoration.

🔲 Having a true, unhampered, intimate relationship with our friend and first love, Jesus Christ.



There's a reason that Jesus laid out how to pray in Matthew.

He mapped it out.

Jesus gave us this as an example to acknowledge each facet of prayer.


We needed a guide --- not to give us the exact words --- but to lead us to recognize the components of what we are bringing to God.



Matthew 6:9-13

"In this manner, therefore, pray:

'Our Father in heaven,

Hallowed be Your name.

Your kingdom come.

Your will be done

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our debts,

As we forgive our debtors.

And do not lead us into temptation,

But deliver us from the evil one.

For Yours is the kingdom

and the power

and the glory forever. Amen.'"



That helps us to assemble an order in our prayer and praise to the Lord - making sure that we are acknowledging His power and His glory before all else.

There's a balance between that and also being honestly open with God.


We need to know that we can be real with God.

He desires a FULL relationship with us - not just rehearsed words or prayers that we recite out of memory, habit, or out of repetition.

He desires an unscripted conversation and precious familiarity as should be between a Father and child.







God wants us to talk to Him while also showing the respect and reverance and glory to Him that He is due.

We need to thank Him.

We can ask Him for help.

He welcomes us to come to Him.

Intimately. Fully. Unrestrained.

Jesus laid out a plan for us in Matthew but we're not just to recite those words. We're to use that "map" as a guideline to pray.




If we're not just reciting words, we're going to realize that it's not always going to be easy to pray.

There truly are times where all you might be able to do is cry and whisper,

"I love You, Lord... I praise You... I trust You."

And that's okay.



Take the "map" we've been given and use it to pray your heart. Break it apart and use your own words:


Our Father in heaven,

Hallowed be Your name.

  • "Lord, You are Holy and there is nothing and noone who compares to You."

Your kingdom come.

Your will be done

On earth as it is in heaven.

  • Lord, I may have many desires and wants and things that I perceive as 'needs' but what I really need and want and desire is for Your will to be done - because I know Your plan is better than mine.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our debts,

As we forgive our debtors.

  • Father God, thank You for providing for me. Thank You for Your forgiveness and patience. Help me as I work to continue to maintain a heart of forgiveness and thankfulness every single day.

And do not lead us into temptation,

But deliver us from the evil one.

  • There are so many things that pull me in this world. I trust You and choose to keep trying to focus on You and, through You, to resist the attacks of the enemy on my mind, heart and spirit. I know I don't wrestle against flesh and blood but against spiritual forces I don't always recognize.

For Yours is the kingdom

and the power

and the glory forever.

  • You, Lord, have the glory and You, Lord, have the authority in my life. I surrender to You and I thank You for taking up shield for me. There is none like You. I praise You.

Amen.

  • So be it! Amen!



Pray. Whether it's a few words or an hour long drive... Let us pray.


❤️

Sarah Jane

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