P & F – Day 7. Saturday, April 1. 2017
DAY SEVEN – The Simplicity of Prayer
Prayer can be something that at times can overwhelm us, and even intimidate us! How do I do it? Where do I start? AM I doing this correctly? I have asked all these question and more and I understand the need and desire to “pray right”; but there is an answer! IF ever you are not sure where to start, start with Jesus!
In Matthew 6:9-13 Jesus taught the disciples how to pray. In this prayer Jesus starts with calling God “Our Father” which places God as my father and your father making us able to ask God for anything!! Jesus continues by giving God praise, in saying “hallowed be your name” Jesus is saying that God is worthy of all praise, and this is something we need to remember when we begin to pray!
Jesus continues by speaking about God’s will being done on earth as it is in heaven, and as Christians we are called to bring the kingdom to earth and Jesus was a HUGE part of making this happen. We need to remember to acknowledge our call in this and to be active in this. Jesus then teaches us to ask God for the things we need, because God will provide them to us! Jesus also teaches us to ask for forgiveness because we are forgiven; if that isn’t a shot straight to the heart I am not sure what is! Jesus then finishes with asking God to keep us safe from the evil one, no need to take this apart, we all need protection and we need to ask for it.
As we go forward with this time of prayer and fasting let’s remember to not get scared or overwhelmed by talking with God, but to stay focused on Him and His kingdom and the part we play in bring it to this earth!
AUTHOR: Launa Usselman
PRAYER FOCUS: Lord, right now I stop what I’m doing, I take every thought captive that would distract me from this special time with You. Holy Spirit I invite you to help me understand the profound truth and glean from the clear wisdom found in this powerful prayer that Jesus gave to His disciples to help them develop a life of intimacy with the Father, just like Jesus had on a continuous basis.
THIS IS WHAT JESUS TAUGHT:
Matthew 6:9 NIV “This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, (10) your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. (11) Give us today our daily bread. (12) Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. (13) And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’ (14) For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. (15) But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
PERSONAL PRAYER: Father in heaven, please help me to be one that doesn’t just say this prayer, but to be one that lives it! May I always use your name with all the respect and honor that it deserves, may I never forget that your Kingdom has now come and that it’s your will to do on earth as it is in heaven; in my life, in my family. in my neighbors, in my friends, in my church, in my work place, in my school and indeed all around me as I go about my day. God, I am so thankful for your grace that has released me from ALL debt and condemnation. Help me to extend this grace to others and help me to keep short accounts; to forgive quickly and to not hold people in any kind of debt. Lead my steps Lord and help me avoid every snare and scheme of the evil one, and to sidestep every situation that would cause me to be tempted in any way. I ask all this in Jesus name. Amen.
CORPORATE PRAYER: Lord let us be a church family that is always aware of your Kingdom in our midst. Help us to constantly pray and believe for your Kingdom to come in everything we do at Harvest CFC. May we always have the faith to believe that it will done in our church, in our communities and in our city as it is in heaven. Amen.