Sunday, October 29, 2017

Bible Study: The Prayer Jesus Taught His Disciples Week # 2

Matthew 6:5-15

 

Beginning Prayer:

 

Father in heaven, we praise You and give you glory and honor this day; Hear my prayer, O Lord, give ear to my supplications: in thy faithfulness answer me, and in thy righteousness. And enter not into judgment with thy servant: for in thy sight shall no man living be justified. For the enemy hath persecuted my soul; he hath smitten my life down to the ground; he hath made me to dwell in darkness, as those that have been long dead.

Therefore is my spirit overwhelmed within me; my heart within me is desolate. I remember the days of old; I meditate on all thy works; I muse on the work of thy hands. I stretch forth my hands unto thee: my soul thirsteth after thee, as a thirsty land. Selah. Hear me speedily, O Lord: my spirit faileth: hide not thy face from me, lest I be like unto them that go down into the pit. Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee. Deliver me, O Lord, from mine enemies: I flee unto thee to hide me. Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness. Quicken me, O Lord, for thy name's sake: for thy righteousness' sake bring my soul out of trouble.  And of thy mercy cut off mine enemies, and destroy all them that afflict my soul: for I am thy servant. AMEN.

 

Subject:   "The Lord's Prayer" (Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy name)

 

Is the Lord's Prayer for Today?

 

In the thinking of many through the years and into the present hour, the following glorious petitions fall under the caption of "The Lord's Prayer:" 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. (Matthew 6:9-13) But should this really be called "The Lord's Prayer"? The confusion in title is well illustrated by a conversation between two men who were boasting of their respective knowledge of the Bible. The first man commented to his friend, "Why, you do not even know the Lord's Prayer." The friend stated that he certainly did and began to pray. "Now I lay me down to sleep. I pray the Lord my soul to keep. If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take." When he had concluded, the challenger said, "Well, you sure fooled me. I didn't think you knew it." For the want of accurate information, much the same confusion surrounds our use of the title, "The Lord's Prayer." Technically speaking, John 17 is the Lord's Prayerthat is the prayer which He prayed. He could never have prayed the prayer recorded in Matthew 6 and Luke 11 that, to us, has always been known as "The Lord's Prayer." There are many instances which show clearly that this could not have been our Lord's own prayer. For instance, He could not have used the first word "our". Have you taken note of the fact that His relationship to God is different from that which we hold? We call Him Father because of regeneration; He called Him Father because of His place in the Godhead. He was always careful to use the terms, "My Father" and "your Father," never "our Father." Also, Luke records, "Forgive us our sins" (Luke 11:4). The Lord Jesus had no sins to confess. As far as we know, He never took an offering into the temple for Himself—He was the sinless One. He said, "Which of you convicts Me of sin?" (John 8:46).

 

Therefore, strictly speaking, this is "The Disciples Prayer." But with this differentiation drawn, and for the sake of ease of writing, we shall use the accustomed title, "The Lord's Prayer." Now the charge is often made against those of us who are conservative and premillennial that we slight the Lord's Prayer, do not reverence it, and that we ignore it altogether. A further charge is made that we strike it out of our Bibles and consequently never use it in our public services at all. This charge is obviously untrue. I believe that the Lord's Prayer has a real message for us, and I trust that studying it will give us a new appreciation and reverence for this prayer. I have a notion that the Lord's Prayer is used many times and in many places today simply because it is something with which to begin a service. Those with elaborate rituals and extended liturgy always include this prayer. It has been used by the most unlikely groups at the most inopportune times. For instance, it is a matter of record that at the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago a strange thing occurred at the opening of the World's Congress of Religion. There were present Buddhists, Hindus, Taoists, in fact, representatives of all religions of the world. And they all stood and in unison repeated the Lord's Prayer!

 

Let us consider the mechanics of this prayer. It was given as a model to the disciples in response to their request for Jesus to teach them how to pray. Every born again child of God has a longing to have fellowship with God. Beloved, it is the mark of a regenerated person that, having come to the knowledge of God, he prays! You may remember that when Ananias of Damascus was sent over to see Saul of Tarsus he was told, "You'll know himfor behold, he is praying" (see Acts 9:11).

 

There are two characteristics that stand out in the Lord's Prayer. May I mention them, for they are so important! First of all there is the simplicity of it, and then its brevity. Simplicity and brevity ought always to characterize genuine prayer. Looking more closely into its structure, we find that there are also two major divisions in this prayer. There is that part of it which deals with the glory of God: "Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven." And then there is that other division which deals with the wants of men: "Give us this day our daily bread."

 

We will look closer at these petitions in a later chapter. Now although it was given by our Lord as a model of prayer, this prayer is never repeated in the Book of Acts. As far as we know, the apostolic church never used the Lord's Prayer. As a matter of rich spiritual exercise you will find it profitable to compare this prayer to Paul's prayers in the Epistle to the Ephesians. I think you will find that Paul moved to a higher spiritual realm in his praying. There is something else that we need to note: The Lord's Prayer is included in the Sermon on the Mount. Every person who comes to the Sermon on the Mount ought to do so in a very thoughtful manner, for here we have two extreme positions today.

 

There are those (usually liberals) who say, "The Sermon on the Mount is all the religion I need." A graduate of a seminary in New York City once told me, "All I need today is the Sermon on the Mount. You can take the rest of the Bible and destroy it so far as I am concerned." Unfortunately, there are a great many people who feel that way. Then there is another group that feels this prayer has no meaning for us today and may as well be taken out of the Bible. This whole difficulty has arisen largely because of a misunderstanding of the interpretation versus the application of Scripture—two vastly different things between which we must draw a sharp distinction. The Sermon on the Mount may not have an interpretation for us, but we can find great riches in its application. To make clear this point, let us turn to the Book of Joshua where we read, "…Arise, go over this Jordan…" (Joshua 1:2). Now, how many of us have ever been over the Jordan River? If you have not, you certainly have failed to keep that part of Scripture, for it very clearly states— and there is no misunderstanding so literal a statement—"Arise, go over this Jordan." But you and I understand that this was written for another people and another day. So we understand that it has an interpretation specifically for Joshua and the children of Israel relative to crossing the Jordan River into the Promised Land. But, beloved, it also has a very wonderful application for us. We can take it today as a commandment for our own heart and soul. We are to understand that the River Jordan is a picture of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. He wants us as believers to leave the wilderness and its manna and cross over onto resurrection ground. "For if then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God" (Colossians 3:1). We are to cross over the Jordan into the Promised Land—the place of blessing.  So, you see, there was an interpretation for the children of Israel, but there is an application for all believers. When there is an interpretation that is not directly for you and me, there is always an application that extends to us. Now the Sermon on the Mount was given to people who were under the Law; they were certainly not under grace. It was a manifesto of the King; it was the law of the kingdom. But the church, which is under grace, will be the bride of Christ—she will reign with Him someday, and it has been the custom of a queen never to despise the law of the kingdom. The queen must still measure up to the laws of the kingdom.

 

Week # 2

 

Weekly Pattern:      Praise

 

Prayers from the Bible:

 

Questions:

1). Can you describe your relationship with God as your Father?

2). How can you grow your relationship with Him, as a Father to you as His child?

3). How would you describe the way your relationship with your earthly father has impacted your relationship with God the Father?

4). What is the most important part of God's Fatherhood to you?

5). What is the most challenging part of His Fatherhood for you to accept?

6). What is the significance of Galatians 4:4-7 in your relationship to God?

7). Record what you learned about God as Father from the following verses in the Sermon on the Mount:

          a). Matthew 5:44-45

          b). Matthew 5:48

          c). Matthew 6:4

          d). Matthew 6:14-15

          e). Matthew 6:26

f). Matthew 7:11

g). Matthew 7:21

8). What should the Lord's Prayer be called?

9). What are the two characteristics that stand out in the Lord's Prayer?

10). What are the two major divisions in this prayer?

11). What is the last division in the prayer?

12). Why was the Lord's Prayer given to the disciples?

13). What do this statement means "We are to cross over the Jordan into the Promised Land?"

14). Why were the Sermon on the Mount given?

 

Weekly Reading Assignment: (Acts 3-4)

 

Prayer Scriptures: (Psalm 141:2; Psalm 8:1-2; Psalm 9:1-4)

Weekly Song:  (Matthew 26:30)

 

Weekly Praise:

Let's Hallow His name by rehearsing Who He is:

 

Ending Prayer:

ENDING PRAYER:


 

Your are my Father, which is in heaven, I was born into Your family, and now a child of Yours. I was renewed, restored, and reborn to my Father, and God of all creation. I praise You with my whole heart, all my praises flow to You, my Father. You are my Father, and the God of the universe, the God of all creation, the Great Creator of Heaven and earth. Father God, let Your will be done in all situations and all circumstances right now, right now, Lord, even as it is in Heaven where Your Throne is. God Almighty, grant us the serenity to accept the things we can not change, the courage to change the things we can, and the wisdom to know the different; please give us wisdom daily as we follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. Forgive us of anything we have done against Your will, Lord.  Lord God, in Your Son Jesus' name we as for You to search our hearts, O God, and know our heart; try us now, and know our thoughts, and see if there be any wicked/wrong ways in us, and lead us by Your Holy Spirit in the way that is pleasing to You. Father God, deliver us, O Lord from this evil world we live in. We live in this world, but we are not of this world. We honor our Sovereign Lord, we will always give You the glory, honor, and the praise in Jesus' name. AMEN.

WEEKLY PRAISES:

Hallelujah to Jesus

 

Father God, we praise Your holy Name. Lord, we magnify Your holy Name. We worship You with our praises. Glory to our God! Hallelujah to Jesus. Praise Jesus, You are our life, our love. Praise Jesus, You are the name above all names. Praise Jesus, You are Emmanuel, God with us. Hallelujah to our Jesus.

Weekly Song:

(Matthew 26: 30)   Father in Heaven

 

Blessed be the Lord, God almighty

Who was and is and is to come

Blessed be the Lord, God almighty

Who reigns forever more

Blessed be the Lord, God almighty

Who was and is and is to come

Blessed be the Lord, God almighty

Who reigns forever more

Father in heaven how we love you

We lift your name in all the earth

May your kingdom be established in our praises,

As Your people declare your mighty works!

Blessed be the Lord, God almighty

Who was and is and is to come

Blessed be the Lord, God almighty

Who reigns forever more

Father in heaven how we love you

We lift Your name in all the earth

May Your kingdom be established in our praises,

As Your people declare your mighty works!

Blessed be the Lord, God almighty

Who was and is and is to come

Blessed be the Lord, God almighty

Who reigns forever more

Who reigns forever more

Who reigns forever more

Blessed be the Lord

Blessed be the Lord

Blessed be the Lord

Week # 1 Reading Assignment

 

 (Acts 1-2)

 

I have read my reading assignment!!

MY ANSWERS/WEEK # 1

Questions:


 


1).     How often do you pray?

Let me answer this question by saying, I have learn to pray wherever I am. My most effective prayers are in my car and in bed.

2).    How do you pray? (What is your outline?)

I learn this pattern to pray some years ago, but I have to keep reminding myself to follow the pattern.  I do enter into His gate with thanksgiving, and when I sense I have entered His court, my Lord, I begin to praise Him for allowing me to come. Glory to God!

a). Does your sequence of prayer mirror the Lord's Prayer?

I am learning continuously.

b). How is it different?

Now, not so much different, but must continue it

c). How can you change your prayer structure to be more like Christ's example for prayer?

I believe to be led by the Holy Spirit

3).    How often do you pray the Lord's Prayer on your own (excluding during a worship service)?

I pray this prayer every morning, been doing so for years now. I believe it's OK, but not be the only way I pray.

4).    Why do you think that many believers do not follow the Lord's Prayer in their personal devotions?

I am not sure, but maybe there are not praying at all. Maybe they have not been taught to pray this prayers, then pray according to the pattern Jesus was teaching.

a). Why is prayer important?

It's important because it is the way we communicate with God our Father.

b). What happens to us when we neglect to pray?

I believe, speaking from experience that it block our communication with  God.

5).    Read Matthew 6:7-8.

a). What are "vain repetitions"? "for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking."

This is when a person prays over and over and over again the same words; I learn it not what God intended.

 

b). Do you ever find yourself repeating the same prayer over and over without any real meaning behind the words?

I use to pray that way, but not anymore.

c). Why do the heathen repeat over and over?

I believe they are trying to please man and not God; and, some were taught that way, as I was.

d). Do your prayers ever compare to those of the heathen or the hypocrites?

Not anymore!!!

6).    Where do you pray most frequently?

a). How comfortable are you in leading public prayers in a group?

I am comfortable, especially when I allow the Holy Spirit to pray through me. It was very difficult, but I learn to give to give into the Holy Spirit leading and give God the glory for what He did through me.

b). How comfortable are you in your private prayers, expressing your most personal needs to God?

This is another one I had to learn, and now it is so rewarding to just trust Him to be in His presence and share everything with Him. He knows anyway!!

c). Why is there pressure to sound "religious" when praying in public?

There shouldn't be pressure when praying in public if led by the Holy Spirit of God in a group for a specific reason.  Peter and John healed a man in public when they were going to the Temple to pray. (Acts 3:1-10).

d). When praying in public, what is your focus if you are concerned about how you sound to others?

I believe it is focus on self, and that should not be.

7).  What is the most basic definition for prayer?

The most basic definition for prayer is talking with God

8). Explain how prayer can be presented to God.

Prayer can be audible or silent, can be private or public, formal or informal, but all prayer must be offered in faith.

9). To the best of your knowledge explain (Romans 8:26).

I believe this is intercessory prayer through the Holy Spirit

10). How often should we pray?

Jesus prayed all night sometimes, and it is good, and we can pray as led by the Holy Spirit when we are interceding for others.

11). When we pray what should be our focus?

I truly believe our focus should be to honor and glorify God in our relationship with Him, and for God's will to be done in us as it is in heaven.

PRAYERS FROM THE BIBLE: MOSES

(Exodus 15:24-25)

 

24 And the people murmured against Moses, saying, What shall we drink?  25 And he cried unto the Lord; and the Lord shewed him a tree, which when he had cast into the waters, the waters were made sweet: there he made for them a statute and an ordinance, and there he proved them, (Moses prayed to God in very short words, but it was a great prayer)

GOD'S NAMES: HALLOW BE THINE NAME

Let's Hallow His name by rehearsing Who He is:

 


(Jehovah Tsidkenu)

 

YAHWEH-TSIDKENU [yah-way-tzid-kay-noo]: "The Lord Our Righteousness" (Jeremiah 33:16) – As with YHWH-M'Kaddesh, it is God alone who provides righteousness (from the Hebrew word tsidkenu) to man, ultimately in the person of His Son, Jesus Christ, who became sin for us "that we might become the Righteousness of God in Him" (2 Corinthians 5:21).

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Weekly Pattern: Praise

 


The Bible says we are to enter into the presence of God with praise and thanksgiving. The Lord's Prayer starts with praise. "Hollowed be Thy name" means we come to God and honor Him, worship Him, and praise Him. Sometimes we rush through our grocery list without saying anything good about God. What motivates us?  Our needs.  But first God wants us to open the prayer gate with worship and praise.  Use the names of God, the Psalms, anything that will help you praise. If we first do not see God high and lifted up in all His greatness and power, we won't have the confidence that He can answer our prayers.  Make God big in your prayer before you do anything else. Praise Him first. AMEN. (Read this scripture Psalm 100:4)

THIS WEEK'S PRAYER WEEK # 1

 

Father, we enter Your gates with thanksgiving in our hearts, and with praise. Please allow us to enter Your court in Jesus' name. We lift up Your holy Name.  Jesus, teach us to pray as God desire us to pray. Please bless our prayers not to be selfish, but giving You all the glory, all the praises, and all the honor, because we know all power is Yours and only Yours. Bless this study on prayer to enable us to pray more effectively as Prayer Warriors should. This we pray in Jesus' name. AMEN

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Bible Study: The Prayer Jesus Taught His Disciples Week # 1

Matthew 6:5-16


Beginning Prayer:

 

Father, we enter Your gates with thanksgiving in our hearts, and with praise. Please allow us to enter Your court in Jesus' name. We lift up Your holy Name.  Jesus, teach us to pray as God desire us to pray. Please bless our prayers not to be selfish, but giving You all the glory, all the praises, and all the honor, because we know all power is Yours and only Yours. Bless this study on prayer to enable us to pray more effectively as Prayer Warriors should. This we pray in Jesus' name. AMEN

 

Subject:   "The Lord's Prayer" (Introduction)

 

Scripture Reading: Matthew 6:5-17

 

Anyone who speaks or writes on the Lord's Prayer has entered a field of controversy because of the two extreme interpretations of the Prayer—the ultra-liberal and the super-conservative. Any exposition on this prayer comes into the range of the heavy artillery of one or both of these groups. My purpose in examining it is not to enter the field of apologetics or logistics, but to strengthen the deep desire for reality in prayer in these days of superficiality. The only excuse for studying the Prayer is to lay upon the heart of God's people the urgency for knocking on His door, the necessity for asking, and the importunity for seeking. Nevertheless, in our zeal and enthusiasm we have stressed the importance of knocking at the right door, asking in the proper way, and seeking in the correct direction. This message is sent out with the prayer that it may stimulate God's people to "pray without ceasing" (1 Thessalonians 5:17).

 

There is always a question about prayer:

 

What is Prayer?

 

The most basic definition of prayer is "talking to God." Prayer is not meditation or passive reflection; it is direct address to God. It is the communication of the human soul with the Lord who created the soul. Prayer is the primary way for the believer in Jesus Christ to communicate his emotions and desires with God and to fellowship with God.

Prayer can be audible or silent, private or public, formal or informal. All prayer must be offered in faith (James 1:6), in the name of the Lord Jesus (
John 16:23), and in the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:26). As the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia puts it, "Christian prayer in its full New Testament meaning is prayer addressed to God as Father, in the name of Christ as Mediator, and through the enabling grace of the indwelling Spirit."  The wicked have no desire to pray (Psalm 10:4), but the children of God have a natural desire to pray (Luke 11:1).

Prayer is described in the Bible as seeking God's favor (Exodus 32:11), pouring out one's soul to the Lord (1 Samuel 1:15), crying out to heaven (2 Chronicles 32:20), drawing near to God (Psalm 73:28, KJV), and kneeling before the Father (Ephesians 3:14).

Paul wrote, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:6–7). Worry about nothing; pray about everything.

Everything?  Yes, God wants us to talk with Him about everything. How often should we pray? The biblical answer is "pray without ceasing" (1 Thessalonians 5:17). We should keep a running conversation going with God all day long. Some find the ACTS formula of prayer helpful, but there is really no special formula for how to pray in the Bible. We should just do it. We can pray under any and all circumstances. Prayer develops our relationship with God and demonstrates our trust and utter dependence upon Him.

Prayer is the Christian's way of communicating with God. We pray to praise God and thank Him and tell Him how much we love Him. We pray to enjoy His presence and tell Him what is going on in our lives. We pray to make requests and seek guidance and ask for wisdom. God loves this exchange with His children, just as we love the exchange we have with our children. Fellowship with God is the heart of prayer. Too often we lose sight of how simple prayer is really supposed to be.

When we make petitions to God, we let God know exactly where we stand and what we would like to see happen. In our prayers, we must admit that God is greater than we are and ultimately knows what is best in any given situation (Romans 11:33–36). God is good and asks us to trust Him. In prayer, we say, essentially, "Not my will, but your will be done." The key to answered prayer is praying according to the will of God and in accordance with His Word. Prayer is not seeking our own will but seeking to align ourselves with the will of God more fully (1 John 5:14–15; James 4:3).

The Bible contains many examples of prayer and plenty of exhortations to pray (see Luke 18:1; Romans 12:12; and Ephesians 6:18). God's house is to be a house of prayer (Mark 11:17), and God's people are to be people of prayer: "Dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in God's love" (Jude 1:20–21).

Weekly Pattern:  Praise

 

Prayers from the Bible:  Moses

 

Questions:

 

1).      How often do you pray?

2).     How do you pray? (What is your outline?)

          a. Does your sequence of prayer mirror the Lord's Prayer?

          b. How is it different?

c. How can you change your prayer structure to be more like Christ's example for prayer?

3).     How often do you pray the Lord's Prayer on your own (excluding during a worship service)?

4).     Why do you think that many believers do not follow the Lord's Prayer in their personal devotions?

a. Why is prayer important?

b. What happens to us when we neglect to pray?

5).     Read Matthew 6:7-8.

          a. What are "vain repetitions"?

b. Do you ever find yourself repeating the same prayer over and over without any real meaning behind the words?

c. Why do the heathen repeat over and over?

d. Do your prayers ever compare to those of the heathen or the hypocrites?

6).     Where do you pray most frequently?

a. How comfortable are you in leading public prayers in a group?

b. How comfortable are you in your private prayers, expressing your most personal needs to God?

c. Why is there pressure to sound "religious" when praying in public?

d. When praying in public, what is your focus if you are concerned about how you sound to others?

7).  What is the most basic definition for prayer?

8). Explain how prayer can be presented to God.

9). To the best of your knowledge explain (Romans 8:26).

10). How often should we pray?

11). When we pray what should be our focus?


Week # 1

 

Weekly Song:

 

Weekly Praise:

 

Weekly Reading Assignment: (Acts 1-2)

 

Ending Prayer:

Saturday, October 21, 2017

UPDATES

Bible Study…………………

 

 

Our reading assignment will be the book of Acts of the Apostle. Christians began to pray at this time. The book of Acts talks a lot about prayer.  Enjoy your reading!


Monday, October 16, 2017

Bible Study: Preliminary Introduction

The Prayer Jesus Taught His Disciples

Matthew 6:5-16

 

Preliminary Introductions

 

Praise the Lord, we are about to take a journey into a study that will bless our prayer life, a study on prayer, the prayer Jesus taught His disciples. The Lord's Prayer is a great pattern for prayer, and it is the most famous prayer in the world. It should more accurately be called the Disciples' Prayer since the prayer asks for forgiveness of sins- and we know Christ never sinned.  It is the Lord's Prayer because He taught it, not because He prayed it.  Go into any church that uses this prayer in it services and you will find the entire congregation able to recite it from memory. I am a witness to that! Even many people who are not regular church attendees know this prayer. It has become part of the culture of countries like the United States that were founded with a Christian belief system.  Pastors, parents, and teachers have taught it for generations. We often hear the Lord's Prayer recited at weddings, even more often at funerals, and frequently in hospitals. Some families recite it at mealtime and other at bedtime. There are just 66 words in this prayer, but it has become the basis of countless sermons, books, and even songs. Andrew Murray once said, "It is a form of prayer that becomes the model and the inspiration for all other prayer, and yet always draws us back to itself as the deepest utterance of our souls before God."  The Lord's Prayer is perfectly balanced. It teaches us to look first to God, then to ourselves. It teaches us to forgive and receive forgiveness. And it teaches us to depend wholly upon God for everything:  Amen.

 

In this bible study we will have prayers, questions, reading assignment, and we will discover many prayers from the Bible. Each week we will look at a pattern for prayer, which is Praise, Priorities, Provision, Personal Relationships, Protection, and Praise Again from the study of Dr. David Jeremiah.

 

Some material is from Dr. David Jeremiah's study book "Prayer the Great Adventure," and some from online bible studies I trust.

 

Let Us Pray: Table of Content:

 

Week 1-Introduction

Week 2-Our Father which art in heaven; hallowed be thy Name

Week 3-Our Father which art in heaven (Part 2)

Week 4-Hallowed be thy Name

Week 5- Hallowed be thy Name Part 2

Week 6-Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 

Week 7-Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven Part 2

Week 8-As it is in heaven (Part 3)

Week 9-Give us this day our daily bread

Week10-Give us this day our daily bread (Part 2)

Week 11-And forgive us our debts; as we forgive debtors

Week 12-And forgive us our debts; as we forgive debtors (Part 2)

Week 13-And lead us not into Temptation; But Deliver us from evil

Week 14-For Thine is the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory, forever.

Week 15- Forever and ever AMEN

 

"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, forever. Amen." (Matthew 6:9-13)

 

May the Lord Bless You,

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

New Bible Study coming soon:

This new study is on Prayer. Prayer is our communication with our Father in Heaven.  Prayer is very important and a powerful tool for Christians. Jesus taught His disciples to pray, because they asked Him.  This prayer was recorded and passed on to us.  "The Lord's Prayer."  My earthly daddy taught us to read this prayer when we were old enough to read before school time.  I have been blessed with the knowledge of this prayer since I can remember to read.  It was a blessing! There is so much to learn from this prayer.  Jesus, teach us again, amen.  See you in the next study!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Bible Study; Week # 8 Conclusion

 

This Week's Prayer:

 

Father, we just thank you so much that you are that kind of a God. We frankly cannot understand it, but boy, do we like it. Father, we like it that you are the kind of God that we can both love and like, that you are just like us in the sense that you identified yourself with us. You know what we go through. You have been there yourself but you have been victorious. You have never sinned. You know how to handle temptation. You know how to be victorious every time, and yet you also know the pull upon us and the weaknesses we have and our desire to rationalize and our foolishness and the stupidity of our hearts and you accept us anyway. You identify with us whether we are walking in obedience and having mountain top experiences and you identify with us when we are having our Bathsheba trips. You are some God. Thank you, Father, in Jesus' name. Amen.

 

Conclusion

 

I believe strongly that one thing the devil seeks to do is to sneak in and subtly distract our attention from the purity and simplicity of loving God. He doesn't mind if we exalt revival, healing, or anything else, as long as we lose our focus on the simplicity of heart-level lavish devotion to the Son of God."   By Mike Bickle

Glory to God!

 

Dear intercessors,

One of the battlegrounds of this present age is activity. The outward is most immediate for our attention. It demands our time and energy. We can feel trapped by the tyranny of the urgent. It's Satan's great strategy. If he can keep us constantly active, he has trapped us. We no longer are the captain of our soul, and we so easily sink into dullness in our Christian life. An impulsive desire of mankind is to avoid concentration on God. It's so easy to work for Him any day than to let Him work in
us. 
 
David is a great biblical example of one whose primary ambition was to love God even in the midst of all the ups and downs of life. 

 

What was the secret to David's success? Throughout his obscure life alone out in the fields as a shepherd boy, He continued to praise, worship, and thank God. He cultivated his heart and allowed God to root out self. All of this seemed so contrary to human wisdom, but God used David mightily in His perfect timing. He had a shepherd's heart of trust and devotion. He was the giant killer, the composer of Psalms, Saul's personal musician, Jonathan's closest friend, a hunted fugitive and, finally, the King of Israel. 

 

Glory Hallelujah!
 

The 
Bible says that he was a man after God's own heart. For the Bible to say this about a man is quite astounding. David used all his energies in pursuing God. He spent time with God. His inward life was more important than his outward activity. It was his highest priority, and he learned to work effectively from the inward to the outward. Out of our heart flow our energy, insight, and influence for God. David let God penetrate his heart deeply. God was his one dominant passion. The cost was high to feel God's burden, to feel His anguish, to understand His heartache, and to stand in His truth day in and day out, but he was willing. 

 

Glory to God!

Are you tempted not to make 
prayer and devotion to Christ your first ambition in life? Does the devil tempt you with focusing on the externals of life rather than what is most important? Keeping Jesus as Lord of our life is the best way you and I can live. The following prayer will help you to keep Jesus in the center and cultivate a devoted heart.
 
Let's Pray!

 

A Prayer For a Heart After God

Dear Lord, help me to cultivate the simplicity of devotion to You. I want You to be my primary ambition in life. I desire to behold Your beauty, and dwell in Your house all the days of my life (Psalm 27:4). Let seeking Your heart be the goal of my life even in busy and stressful times. Help me to be one who seeks after Your beauty. Help me to discover Your emotions and the purposes of Your heart. I want to be a lover of God and thirst after You daily (Psalm 42:1-2a). "Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings" (Psalm 17:8). 

Teach me how to align my heart with Yours. I recommit myself as a man/woman after Your heart. I choose to seek Your face (Psalm 27:8). In difficult times, open my heart to receive Your revelation. Hide me in the shelter of your tabernacle (Psalm 27:5). Reveal deeply to my heart Your love for me. Rescue me in the midst of difficult circumstances, and bring me into a spacious place (Psalm 18:19). Teach me to enjoy life the way you desire. I choose to be confident in Your love. I am Your Bride. "I love you, O LORD, my strength" (Psalm 18:1). 

"One thing I ask from the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple. For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle and set me high upon a rock... I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD" (Psalm 27:4-5, 13-14). In  Jesus' name.   Amen. 


"Guard my life, for I am devoted to you. You are my God" (Psalm 86:2a).

 

Weekly Reading Assignment: Proverbs 29-31

 

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Hallelujah to God!

Casting All Your Care Upon Him

Casting All Your Care Upon Him
1 Peter 5:7

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