Colossians 4:2 "Continue praying, keeping alert, and always thanking God."
We've talked a lot about prayer over many blogs but I still think there is still so much we can learn. Why do you pray? Do you pray? Do you teach your children to pray? It isn't always easy to remember to pray if we don't make it a priority in our lives, when we let our distractions take our time away. Before we know it, we could be crawling into bed too tired and just tell ourselves that we will remember tomorrow. Yet tomorrow comes and we can easily lose track of time and forget again. Or, we simply say a few words to God and call it good until we find more time. The problem is, if we wait for more time to spend with Jesus, we will never find the time.
Prayer is important not so we can check it off our daily tasks but so we can build a relationship with our Savior and receive all we need for each day to get through each day. Just look how often Jesus spent time in prayer or talked about prayer and depending on God for strength to face each day. Jesus prayed early in the morning. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 tells us to pray without ceasing. Philippians 4:6 tells us to let our request be known to God through prayer. The gospels give us the Lord's Prayer showing us a pattern for prayer. Ephesians 6:18, 1 Timothy 2:1-4, Colossians 4:2 and so many more verses direct us to prayer. The best part of prayer is that it opens the door to Jesus who becomes our intercessor for us to talk with our heavenly Father. Prayer is our link to God.
Yet sometimes we have trouble knowing what to say when we pray or how to not fall into a repetitive pattern. Today we're going to take a new look at the Lord’s Prayer, found in Matthew, in a way that could help us get out of the rut and open new ways to pray.
P- Praise- Hallowed be thy name.
Remember to open your prayer with praise to God. Praise Him for who He is and for the world He created for you. Ask Him to make His name holy in this world.
Psalm 71:8- “I am always praising you; all day long I honor you.”
R- Remake- Thy Kingdom come.
As this world is falling apart, we need to cling closer to Jesus and pray that He will remake this world into a place where He can be honored again. Look to Jesus as your salvation and pray you'll be ready for His return.
Revelation 3:11 “I am coming soon. Continue strong in your faith so no one will take away your crown.”
A – Attitude- Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
What is the Lord's will? Salvation for all men. He never intended sickness, and hearts turned away from Him but then came sin and attitudes have changed. Our prayer now is that we can be a shining light for Jesus and help further His will for salvation by spreading His Word to this world of sin. Pray not only our hearts change but others will find God again.
Psalm 25:4-5 “Lord, tell me your ways. Show me how to live. Guide me in your truth, and teach me, my God, my Savior. I trust you all day long.”
Y- Yummy- Give us this day our daily bread.
God has promised He will provide and take care of us. Daily, pray the Lord gives you and your family what you need and enjoy. Also pray you'll be filled with scripture to lead and guide you and help you grow closer to Jesus.
Philippians 4:19 “My God will use his wonderful riches in Christ Jesus to give you everything you need.”
E- Expose sin- Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.
Our prayers should ask forgiveness of our known sins and help us be aware of our unknown sins and seek forgiveness. God promises to forgive and forget them and give us mercy. We also need to pray we can always have a forgiving heart towards those who have hurt us or seek forgiveness from us. Let our hearts be like Jesus and show mercy to others the same way God does toward us.
Ephesians 1:7 “In Christ we are set free by the blood of his death, and so we have forgiveness of sins. How rich is God’s grace.”
R- Rescue- Lead us not into temptation and deliver us from evil.
We're told the devil prowls around like a lion to destroy us and his most powerful weapons are the temptations that can pull us away from God. Prayer is the most powerful weapon we have going into battle against those temptations. The Lord has promised to be by our side, go before us in the battle and fight for us. When we feel those temptations creeping in, we can turn to God in prayer and ask Him to help us overcome them.
Psalm 32:7 “You are my hiding place. You protect me from my troubles and fill me with songs of salvation.”
So, like I have said and will continue to say. Prayer is important, prayer is our link to our Savior, and we have been given the perfect recipe of prayer to follow. As you go before the throne of God daily, follow the recipe given by Jesus himself and like all recipes begin tweaking it to fit what's best for you. Each day add a little more and watch the blessings and answers come your way.
Have you received a blessing or some new insights from Philippians? Hopefully you have found time to join me in furthering your study time through the Bible. We have already covered Philippians Chapters 1 and 2 and today we will be reading Philippians Chapter 3. If you are joining me today I have posted a link with a short lesson for each chapter to follow or you can read it on your own letting the Holy Spirit speak to you. For the first two chapters just go to the last two blogs and you will find them at the end.
Philippians Chapter 3- https://www.docdroid.net/7JKED1I/philippians-chapter-3-docx
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