The Power Of Prayer

Matthew 6:13 – …”For thine is the kingdom and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

Prayer is personal, it’s not a formality. People’s prayers can become formal. Right before Jesus tells His disciples the Lord’s prayer, He talks about not using vain repetitions. The Lord’s prayer is a pattern that Jesus gave us to use. Prayer is personal.

If you’ve noticed, this prayer includes all three of the Godhead: “Our Father”; Thy kingdom come”; a kingdom has a King and has dominion over that kingdom who is Jesus. “And the power”; the Holy Spirit. Jesus said, “You will receive “power” when the Holy Spirit comes upon you.”

In order for us to pray to the Father about the Son, we must pray through the Holy Spirit.

It’s About The Kingdom

Acts 1:1 – The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, (Luke, who wrote the book of Acts, is referring to the book of Luke, which he also wrote.) (Verse 2) until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen, (Verse 3) to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.

For forty days, Jesus taught His disciples things pertaining to the kingdom of God. Jesus said over and over, “The kingdom of heaven is like…” So for three and one-half years, that’s what He taught. Then after His resurrection, He taught for forty more days about the kingdom. So, should that be our focus when we pray? I think so. And it should also be what preachers and pastors preach.

Up until this time, the disciples still didn’t get that it was all about the kingdom. And how do we know this? Because of what they say in verse 6 in Luke: Luke 1:6 – Therefore, when they had come in together, they asked Him, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” Jesus’ disciples wanted an earthly kingdom and that’s where their focus was. Jesus had just spent, after three and a half years, and now after His resurrection, another 40 days telling them about the kingdom of God, but they still didn’t understand. None of what He was telling them was about them or us, it’s all about the Kingdom of God!

It’s Through His Power

Luke 1:7, 8 – And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. (Verse 8) “But you shall receive when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judah and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

When the disciples received this power, they immediately changed. They became men of boldness. They had been afraid up until this time. They were afraid of the Jews and were hiding behind locked doors when Jesus found them after His resurrection.

Mark 14:50 – Then they all forsook Him and fled. (Verse 51) Now a certain young man followed Him, having a linen cloth thrown around his naked body. And the young men laid hold of him, (Verse 52) and he left the linen cloth and fled from them naked.

But look what happened when the Holy Spirit fell on the disciples in the upper room: Acts 4:31 – And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.

This happened in Acts Chapter 4, but in Acts Chapter 2 they were baptized with the Holy Spirit. The Baptism with the Holy Spirit is a one-time event, but being filled with the Holy Spirit is a continual event! So how do we continually stay filled with the Holy Spirit? It’s right there in Acts 4:31, “when they had prayed!” When we pray, boldness and power will come but be careful to use wisdom and be in God’s will.

It’s For HIs Glory

When Jesus was water baptized, the Holy Spirit came on Him. 2 Peter 1:17 – for He received from God the Father honor and glory when such a voice came to Him from the Excellent Glory: “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” When the Holy Spirit came on Him, He received honor and glory from the Father.

When the Holy Spirit comes on us, He gifts us, and we have different gifts to be used for the honor and the glory of God. Now, when people use those gifts people will try to give us the honor, but that honor belongs to God only. Always keep in mind when the people told Jesus that they loved the miracles, Jesus told them, “I do nothing unless I see My Father do them first.” Jesus gave the glory and honor to His Father and so should we.

When Moses said, “Show me your glory.” God said, “I’ll show you My goodness.” God’s really, really good at being good to people. We all have the ability to give God glory. 2 Peter 4:11 – If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.

It’s through His power for His glory. Romans 11:36 – For of Him, and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen.

Of Him, that’s His kingdom; through Him, that’s His power; to Him, and that’s His glory! If we will pray according to His kingdom and for His glory, then His power will operate.

When we pray to the Father about the Son, through the Spirit, our prayers are answered!!!!!

 

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The Protection Of Prayer

Matthew 6:13 – “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:

Part of the Lord’s prayer is praying for protection. Why would we pray for God not to lead us into temptation? The Bible says, “God does not tempt anyone.” We have to look at what these words mean and take into consideration the meaning of other Scripture as well.

Point number (1) God can’t tempt us. It is totally impossible, outside of God’s nature to tempt us. God does not go outside of His character. God can’t change, because if He could change, that would mean He could get better, but He can’t, He’s perfect in every way already.

James 1:12 – Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been proved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. 

When we endure temptation and don’t sub come to it, we are blessed and rewarded. This word endures, means to continue to trust in resistance and opposition. We continue to trust God even though we’re being opposed and resisted. That’s how we endure.

James 1:13 – Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. (Verse 14) But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.

We are drawn away by a desire we have and then the enemy jumps on it and tempts us to follow through with that desire. The enemy is the tempter, Satan watches us, and the minute we take our focus off of God, he jumps in and tempts us with what we’ve relocated our focus on.

Matthew 4:3 – Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If you are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”

1 Thessalonians 3:5 – Lest by some means the tempter had tempted you.

Sometimes Satan will take a good or harmless desire and will tempt us into turning it to evil. For instance: If we don’t take time to relax and enjoy what God has given us, Satan will start to put thoughts in our head that don’t belong there. He will attack when we are tired from working all the time without resting.

Do you know that sin is the counterfeit of actual joy? When we think that we are not receiving the things from the Lord we should, we look for a counterfeit to fill that void.

God Won’t Mislead Us.

The word temptation has many different meanings. For instance: James 1:2 – My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, (Verse 3) knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.

Trials in this verse are the exact translation in Matthew 6:13, as the word “translation” is. It has a broader meaning than some understand. It means temptation or a trial or a test. So ask yourself: Would God ever lead us into a trial or a test? Yes, He would and yes He does. Because the trying of our faith causes us to grow and develop the character for us to be able to fulfill the destiny God has for us! But, He will only do it for our good. The leading us into a trial, keep in mind, the tempter is already there waiting and God knows that. But God tells us in the Lord’s prayer, “Pray for protection!”

Matthew 4:1 – Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.

Who led Jesus? The Spirit did. Where did He lead Him? Into the wilderness. Why did He lead Him? To be tempted by the devil. God led His own Son into a time of trials and testing and Satan was sitting there waiting for Him.

God did this for the good of His Son. Luke 4:14 – Then Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit. Jesus came out stronger after He went through that time of testing. However, here’s the main reason God did it, He did it for our good! God knew Jesus would succeed, and because Jesus succeeded, it would be a benefit to us.

Hebrews 4:15 – For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are yet without sin. He did that for us!

Hebrews 2:18 – For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.

When we pray for help in our temptations, we’re not praying to someone that doesn’t understand. Jesus was tempted in all points of temptation.

Notice where He was tempted. He was tempted in the wilderness, in a dry place. Just like the children of Israel being led into the wilderness, it was a time of testing. However, God didn’t expect them to stay there for 40 years. The journey to the Promised land was only an eleven-day trip. So, neither does God expect us to stay 40 years in that one temptation, time of testing. Ask Him to help!

Why were the Israelites lead into the wilderness in the first place? Deuteronomy 8:16 – “who fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your fathers did not know, that He might humble you and that He might test you, to do good in the end -“

If God ever leads you into a trial, it’s to do us good! For us to understand Matthew 6:13, we have to understand it with other Scripture. Any time you read something in the Bible that you don’t understand, it’s because you don’t understand it. I’m not being funny. There’s nothing wrong with the Bible, there is only something wrong with our understanding. That’s why we have to “renew” our minds and not be conformed to this world.

When we begin to look at other Scriptures, the meaning of the one we are stuck on will come to light. We have to take the Bible as a whole.

God Will Deliver Us

1 Corinthians 10:13 – No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.

Is that not an amazing statement? God makes us two promises: God will never allow us to be tempted in a trial or a test above that which we are able to handle. Second, with every temptation, He will make a way for us to escape! God will deliver us if we let Him. Paul said this: 2 Timothy 4:17 – I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion. (Verse 18) And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for His heavenly kingdom. To Him be glory forever and ever. Amen!

2 Peter 2:9 – …the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations. One of the things we are to pray is protection from the evil one. It is God’s will for us to escape temptation. If we are in any kind of trial or testing, pray for a way of escape and He promises to deliver! 

If We Will Pray

This is our part because we need God to do His part. That’s what Jesus is trying to tell the disciples because they asked Him to teach them how to pray. We have an enemy that will come after us in times of trial. Psalm 119:133 – Direct my steps by Your word, and let no iniquity have dominion over me.

Matthew 26:41 – “Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The Spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

Look what Jesus prayed: John 17:15 – “I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one.”

He didn’t pray to keep them out of the trials and testing, but to deliver them from them. So when going through trials and times of testing, know that the evil one will be there to tempt you, but the Lord Himself promises to deliver you out of them all!

 

 

The Pardon Of Prayer

Matthew 6:12 – And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

Look what Jesus says after He says the Lord’s prayer: Matthew 6:14 – “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. (Verse 15) “But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”

The word forgive means “release.” If we don’t release others from their debts, God won’t release us from our debts.

Confess Our Debts

The Greek word used for debt in the New Testament is used twice. However, there is another word used in place of the word debt many times in the New Testament. It is still the word debt, but has a different meaning – to repay a loan. But that is not the meaning for debt in the Lord’s prayer. This is not a loan that anyone can repay.

This word debt that is used in the Lord’s prayer means a debt that is justly due. It is what we would call “bankruptcy.” It’s so large, it’s something we have to be forgiven of. We confess our debts that we can never repay. If a person has a problem forgiving others, they just might have a problem receiving forgiveness. Do you forgive yourself? And if a person has a problem forgiving himself and receiving forgiveness, then they don’t truly believe God has truly forgiven them.

We don’t and can’t earn God’s forgiveness. Matthew 10:8 – “Freely you have received, freely give.” People can’t give freely if they haven’t received freely! If a person thinks in any way that they are earning God’s forgiveness, then they will make others earn their forgiveness. However, this is a debt that must be “Pardoned,” because it’s a debt that we can’t pay.

Romans 4:3 – For what does the Scripture say? Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.

When we believe God, He takes the sin out of our account: 2 Corinthians 5:19 – that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them,… God is not counting our sins against us because we are forgiven. God did this for the whole world, but the whole world has not received. This verse didn’t say, “reconciling believers only,” it says, “Reconciling the world to Himself.” God has already taken care of everyone’s sin! Jesus died “once” for all!

So everyone’s sin has already been paid for, but not everybody is saved. People have a choice whether they will receive Jesus or not. Abraham believed God and it was accounted unto him for righteousness. But what if Abraham after believing had not acted on that belief? James tells us it would have been dead, no change.

People can say all day long they believe in Jesus, but if they are still living their life for themselves, they are bound for hell. Why would you say, “Lord, Lord, and not do what I say?” If we really and truly believe Him, we will obey Him. If we believe in Jesus, we live for Jesus. When people say they believe in Jesus and don’t live for Him, they don’t believe in Him. 

Here is what people have a hard time believing: God has already taken sin out of their account. Jesus paid for the sins of the whole world. God made Jesus become sin who knew no sin.

People don’t go to hell for sin, they go to hell for “UNBELIEF!” He that doesn’t believe doesn’t have life. He that believes has life and that life can only come through Jesus Christ! God has taken sin out of my account, and put righteousness in my account. Then people will ask, “If righteousness is in my account, then why do I still need to confess my sin or trespasses?”

Hebrews 9:14 – how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? Hebrews 10:22 – let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience.

As believers, when we sin, our conscience convicts us. It tells us, “That’s not right!” However, once forgiven, Satan has a way of bringing that thing back up to condemn us with it. If we don’t get that cleared in our conscience, the Bible says we will have an evil conscience if the blood is not sprinkled on it. Then we will begin to serve God out of dead works. In other words: We try to make it up to God because of that guilt. If we think that we have to pay for that sin, we won’t confess that sin.

We confess our sins to cleanse our conscience. Then the blood of Christ is sprinkled on our conscience. Then we can not bring it up again because we have received forgiveness.

People find it so hard to let go of their past and we know this because they keep bringing it up. They will say, “But I can’t forget it.” The Bible doesn’t say God forgets our sin, it says, “He chooses to remember them no more!” The word remember means “to bring it up again.” So yes, we can be like God and not bring it up again in our conversations.

Release Our Debtors

Matthew 18:21 – Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” (Verse 22) Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven. (Verse 23) “Therefore the kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. (Verse 24) “And when he had begun to settle accounts, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents.

(Verse 25) “But as he was not able to pay, his master commanded that he be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and that payment be made. (Verse 26) “The servant, therefore, fell down before him, saying, ‘Master, have patience with me, and I will pay you all.’ (Verse 27) “Then the master of that servant was moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt. (Verse 28) “But that servant went out and found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and he laid hands on him and took him by the throat, saying, ‘Pay me what you owe!” (Verse 29) “So his fellow servant fell down at his feet and begged him, saying, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you all.’

(Verse 30) “And he would not, but went and threw him into prison till he should pay the debt. (Verse 31) “So when his fellow servants saw what had been done, they were very grieved and came and told their master all that had been done. (Verse 32) “Then his master, after he had called him, said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you that debt because you begged me. (Verse 33) ‘Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant just as I had pity on you?’

(Verse 34) “And his master was angry and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due him. (Verse 35) “So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses.”

People who hold grudges against someone are literally tormented by that grudge. It never leaves them. It is always knawing at them. If we do not forgive, this Scripture says, we will be turned over to torturers. That means we will be tormented by that grudge and unforgiveness.

Hebrews 12:15 – Lest any root of bitterness spring up to cause trouble, and by this many have become defiled. Bitterness and unforgiveness might just be the number one reason for Christian bondage. We need to be reminded every day what all God has forgiven us for, so we are quick to forgive others. There was a debt that we could never repay and our heavenly Father has pardoned us therefore, we will have the grace to pardon others. 

When we release someone for what they have done to us, we do it by extending God’s grace to them.

 

 

 

The Provision Of Prayer

God wants us to daily ask for natural and spiritual provision. Matthew 6:11 – “Give us this day our daily bread.”

God Wants Us To Pray For Natural Provision

It’s not wrong to pray for a home in a safe neighborhood. It’s not wrong to pray for a good job that provides for you and your family. It’s not wrong to pray for a reliable vehicle. These prayers are not selfish. We know this is not wrong to pray this way, because this is part of the Lord’s prayer and Jesus taught us to pray in this manner.

Exodus 16:4 – Then the Lord said to Moses, “Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you. And the people shall go out and gather a certain quota every day, that I may test them whether they will walk in My law or not. (Verse 5) And it shall be on the sixth day that they shall prepare what they bring in and it shall be twice as much as they gather daily.

Why doesn’t the Lord’s prayer say, “Give us our daily bread?” Is not, “give us this day” and “daily” redundant? God wanted the children of Israel to depend on His provision every day. He wants us to depend on Him every day for everything.

If we don’t look to God for our daily provision, we will begin to look for provision from some other source. And when a person begins to look for provisions from some other source, whether its another person or the government, they are going to be disappointed!

God designed us to eat daily. Why didn’t He design us to eat only once a month? He did it to remind us that we are to depend on Him daily. He also did it because He wants to talk to us daily, not once a month. Don’t you talk to someone you have a relationship with daily? So, daily bread represents, “God, I’m going to trust you for my provision.”

Exodus 16:15 – So when the children of Israel saw it, they said to one another, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was. And Moses said to them, “This is the bread which the LORD has given you to eat. (The word “manna” means “What is it?”, in Hebrew. This seed had to be gathered and prepared. God provided the bread, but they still had to work to prepare it.)

This is still true today: We still have to work hard on our part, and God blesses our work. Exodus16:16 – “This is the thing which the LORD has commanded: ‘Let every man gather it according to each one’s need, one omer for each person, according to the number of persons; let every man take for those who are in his tent.’ “ (omer is a measurement)

(Verse 17) And the children of Israel did so and gathered, some more, some less. (Verse 18) So when they measured it by omers, he who gathered much had nothing left over, and he who gathered little had no lack. Every man had gathered according to each one’s need.

God provided what each person needed. We are to pray for our daily need. If you have a family of five, then pray for the needs of all five. We don’t just pray for something to eat. Whatever the need is, we pray for that. It could be medical needs, clothing, housing, and so on. Provision comes from God in all areas.

Proverbs 30:8 – Remove falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches – feed me with the food You prescribe for me.

So depending on a person’s needs, that will be given. Agur, which wrote this proverb, says, “give me neither poverty nor riches,” because if he has too much he might grow stingy and if he doesn’t have enough he might steal.

Do you know that in the body of Christ, these two extremes are being preached today? Some preach a “Prosperity gospel,” and some preach a “Poverty” gospel. I’ve heard both. However, Jesus preached a “Provision gospel.” When we ask God to provide for us and we do it daily, it keeps us dependant upon Him.

God Wants Us To Pray For Spiritual Provision

In the Lord’s prayer, the word bread is used, not the word food. Why? Because our needs are not just physical. Bread also has a spiritual meaning in Scripture.

John 6:33 – “For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”

Jesus was talking about not only the actual bread that Moses prayed for but then tells them “The bread came from the Father,” meaning Himself, to the world. Right after that passage, they said, “Give us this bread.” Sometimes they just didn’t get it. Jesus had to be very plain and said, “I am the bread!”

Jesus clarifies this when He is being tempted in Matthew 4:4 – But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ “

Jesus had quoted from Deuteronomy. Deuteronomy 8:3 – “So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the LORD.

How about we also pray for our daily needs, but pray for the word that proceeds from His mouth to cover us. Is there a situation in your life today that it would be good if you got a word from God? Some might think, “I don’t know how to hear from God.” However, you have your Bible, so why not read it every day. Our answers to everything we need is in there.

The Lord has told us to “Ask!” Praise at the beginning and praise at the end, but the in between is asking. God wants to provide for us physically and spiritually.

Do you remember Jesus saying, “You have not because you ask not?”, well just ask. Do some of you have difficulty sleeping at night because you can’t turn your brain off? The primary reason that a lot of people have a hard time sleeping is that they are worried there won’t be any manna on the ground when they get up in the morning. Whether it’s a financial need, a family need, they just can’t seem to figure it out.

Does God’s word not tell us that His mercies are new every morning? Our manna will be on the ground for that day. We get stressed because we try to go beyond today with the “What if’s? What if this happens, what if that doesn’t happen?” We have to learn that our God is going to take care of us each day with provision.

Trusting God every day is a test for us. Tithing is a test also. Do you believe if you give ten percent that the ninety percent left is enough to pay what needs to be paid? It’s a test.

When the Israelites gathered too much manna in one day, it was rotten when they woke up the next day. They didn’t trust God for more to be there the next day. Some of them failed the test.

We do the same thing by not being as generous as we should be holding on and hoarding, thinking God may not provide tomorrow. If we hold on to more than we should, it will rot. It’s a good thing to save, but don’t hold onto more than we ought. We are to help others when we can.

Here’s the other thing: If you think you can make more money by working seven days a week and don’t rest a day, you will burn out. That’s not trusting God for your provision on the day you need to rest. Living by faith is not putting your family in jeopardy by taking any of this to one extreme or another. Let God’s word be your guide.

Isaiah 65:24 – “It shall come to pass that before they call, I will answer.

God has already worked your answer out before you even ask: “And while they are still speaking, I will hear.” 

All we have to do is ask!

 

The Petition Of Prayer

The Lord’s prayer begins and ends with praise. Everything in between is a petition. When we are submitted to God’s will and dominion in our lives, He wants us to ask for everything we need. The last study was on the first line of the Lord’s prayer: “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. This study is on: “Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” This phrase begins the “petitions” in the Lord’s prayer.

God Wants Us To Ask

The disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray and this is what He said so it’s not selfish to ask.

John 14:13 – “And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. (Verse 14) “If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.”

John 15:7 – “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.

John 16:23, 24 – “And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. (Verse 24) “Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.

Matthew 6:8 – “Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask HIim.

Matthew 7:7 – “Ask and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. (Verse 8) “For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. (Verse 9) “Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? (Verse 10) “Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? (Verse 11) “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!”

I don’t know where the myth that when we ask, that we are being selfish came from, but that’s exactly what a lot of people think. Maybe it came from some pastors telling us that we can only ask for our necessities, but don’t ask for what we want. However, we just read in John 15:7 that if we abide in Him and His words abide in us, then ask what we desire and it shall be done for us.

But there is a “filter” to the things we ask for in Matthew 6:10 – “Your will be done.” We are asking for His kingdom to come, not ours. We are asking for His will to be done, not ours.

1 John 5:15 – And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.

Psalm 20:5 – We will rejoice in Your salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners! May the Lord fulfill all your petitions.

The Lord’s prayer is divided into two sections: The Lord’s prayer is focused on God and then us. It starts with God and ends with God, but the middle is us. However, verse 10 is still about God. “Thy kingdom come.”

Here’s how we know that we can have the petitions we ask for; If we focus on God, He will actually change our desires. And then all of a sudden, we begin to desire what He desires! “Thy” comes before “us.” We establish that’s it’s about You, God, before us.

His Kingdom Is Here

“Thy kingdom come” can be confusing, because it seems like we are praying for a future kingdom. That is not what this means, as many have thought.

Matthew 4:17 – From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” 

Mark 1:14 – Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, (Verse 15) and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe the gospel.”

Matthew 12:28 – “But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you.

Matthew 10:7 – “And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

So, how could He tell the disciples to preach the kingdom is here if the kingdom wasn’t there? And how could Jesus say, “The time is fulfilled, the kingdom is at hand,” if it was not there, here?

Jesus said the kingdom was at hand because the King was among them. The King had come. Kingdom – King and dominion, the Kings Dominion. The Kings Dominion is where the King rules.

Back to the Lord’s prayer: If the kingdom has come, why did Jesu tell us to pray, “Thy kingdom come?” The kingdom is here but is it in you or me? That’s the same as Salvation is available to all, but have you received? The kingdom is available, but is it in you? Have you received?

Luke 17:20 – Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom would come, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation; (Verse 21) “nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed the kingdom of God is within you.”

The word “come” in the Lord’s prayer means “continue,” continue to come within us. It’s progressive! “Thy kingdom come means “past” and continuing. The kingdom of God has come, but it’s continuing to come.

When we got saved, we gave the king dominion in our lives, but is He still King today in our life? Does the King have dominion in your life? Us, we, are the King’s dominion, within us. If I’m totally submitted to the King, He has dominion in me! By the word “come” meaning progressive, it means the kingdom is continuing to grow in my life.

The longer we walk with the Lord, the more we become concerned about the “Kingdom of God.”

His Will Is Best

Acts 13:36 – For David after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell asleep, was buried with his fathers, and saw corruption; 

David served for his generation the will of God. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 – in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

We know that we are supposed to do the will of God, but how do we do it? Here’s the key: John 7:17 – “If anyone wants to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on My own authority.”

If I will to do His will, I will understand the things Jesus said and I’m going to understand the doctrine. But it has to be my will to do His will. That’s why we pray, “Thy will be done.” Our knowledge does not compare to His knowledge in any situation. And we submit our will to His.

Luke 22:42 – saying, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours be done.”

If Jesus prayed for the Father’s will to be done, shouldn’t we? Then we pray, “In earth as it is in heaven.” And here is how it is in heaven: Revelation 21:4 – “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying; and there shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”

In heaven, there is no more death, but even now, here on earth, the “sting” of death is gone for the believer. Even though we go through suffering while on this earth, the King still has dominion!

God’s Will Is Always Best

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven!

 

The Person Of Prayer

Matthew 6:9 – … “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

God Is Our Father

Have you ever noticed that the Lord’s Prayer is “plural?” Jesus said, “When you pray say, ‘Our Father.’ ” He didn’t say, “My Father.” In the entire prayer, there are 8 plural pronouns, us, our, and we. This in no way takes away from having a personal relationship with God. But what this does, it reminds us, we are part of a family! When we become born again, it takes the “me and mine,” out of prayer and replaces it with “us and we.” This prayer should remind us that when we pray, we pray for others needs as well as ours.

Ephesians 3:14 – For this reason, I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, (Verse 15) from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named. 

The family of God is the entire body of Christ. He is Lord of all! He sees all and is above the earth, therefore, He is over all the earth.

Hallowed only appears in the New Testament twice, Matthew 6, and Luke 11. And yet the Greek word is in the New Testament about thirty times. Twenty-six times it’s translated “Sanctified.” The best way to understand Hallowed is: Sanctify thy great name! It means that God is set apart from all evil in our life. We have to understand that our Father is not causing the evil that comes in our life.

Most of the time when you see the word Hallowed or Sanctified in the Old Testament, you will also see the word “profane.”

Leviticus 22:32 – “You shall not profane My holy name, but will be hallowed among the children of Israel. I am the Lord who sanctifies you. In this verse, hallowed and sanctified are the same Hebrew word.

So God wants to set us apart from the bad and the evil that is happening to us. In Scripture, Jesus tells us about two fathers, one bad and one good. And every one of us starts out with the bad father, but when we accept Christ, the good Father becomes our Father which art in heaven.

Please don’t get them confused. There are two fathers in Scripture and anything we saw in our earthly father that was good, he got from God. And everything you might have seen from your earthly father that was bad, he got from Satan, the other father.

I believe when we pray to “Our Father,” we need to understand a little bit about that person we call Father. But first know this:

Satan Is The Bad father.

John 8:38 – “I speak what I have seen with My Father, and you do what you have seen with your father. (Verse 39) They answered and said to Him, “Abraham is our father.” Jesus said to them, “If you were Abraham’s children, you would do the works of Abraham. (Verse 40) “But now you seek to kill Me, a Man who has told you the truth which I heard from God. Abraham did not do this. (Verse 41) “You do the deeds of your father.” Then they said to Him, “We were not born of fornication; we have one Father – God.”

(Verse 42) Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and came from God; nor have I come of Myself, but He sent me. (Verse 43) “Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word. (Verse 44) “You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.”

Jesus is talking to Jews that are not redeemed and He tells them that their father is the devil. Then He goes on to say that their father is a murderer and a liar and has been from the beginning. Satan’s main desire is to kill all of God’s children. Jesus says that when he speaks, he lies. How does he do this? By putting thoughts in our head contrary to God’s word.

I can’t stress this enough: If a thought comes in your head that is not according to God’s principles, standards, or Jesus’ teachings,  it is a lie from Satan. Anything that contradicts the Word of God is a lie. When people have thoughts that God doesn’t love them or God can’t forgive me, that is a lie straight from Satan’s mouth!

Please remember this: All of God’s wrath was poured out and satisfied on the cross. God is not angry with His children. The question is, however, have you received His forgiveness? Don’t believe the lies. God’s word tells us the truth.

God Is The Good Father

James 1:13 – Let no one say when he is tempted, ‘I am tempted by God’; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. (tempted – enticed to sin in this passage) (Verse 14) But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. (Verse 15) Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death. (Verse 16) Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. (Verse 17) Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.

Don’t’ be deceived because everything evil in a person’s life does not come from God. God cannot be evil and no evil is found in Him. God cannot be touched by or approached by evil. He’s telling us that if there is evil desires in a person’s life, it is because they were drawn away by their own desires. Satan will take a person’s desire and turn it into something evil.

But God tells us that with every temptation He will provide a way of escape! He will not even allow us to be tempted above what we are able to withstand.

Why would any person talk to a person who thinks that they are the one that caused their problems? Too many people blame anything bad that happens to them on God. It didn’t come from God. It’s either their fault or they listened to the wrong father and made the wrong choice. However, we do have times of testing and trials to make a stronger child of God.

But our heavenly Father can take what the devil meant for evil and turn it around for our good. God is that good! He is the Father of lights.

When Jesus is talking to Mary in the garden He says this: John 20:17 – Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.’ “

This refers to Jesus and us! So when we say “Our Father,” we are including Jesus, the One who died for me so I could talk to You, my God!

For those who didn’t have a good father on earth, remember you have been adopted by a new Father who is good all the time! There is no reason to remain unhealed for an earthly father’s wound. God loves His children and only wants the best for us.

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name!

 

 

 

The Purpose Of Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer

All Christians’s will come under spiritual attack at some time in their lives. This new series will help us to know how to pray and be victorious in Jesus name. Think about this: If we give Satan credit or blame when things are going bad in our lives, are we going to give him credit also when things are going well? No, but is our focus too much on the enemy in our situations?

The problem is not that we are being attacked more at certain times than others, it’s that we get stuck and focused on what the devil is doing to us and we are not focusing on what God has said and done. Maybe we need to learn or re-learn how to pray like Jesus taught His disciples.

Luke 11:1 – And it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, ” Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.” (Verse 2) So He said to them, “When you pray, say: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Matthew says, “In this manner.” Jesus gave us a pattern. He didn’t say, “If you pray,” He said, “When you pray.”

Take Your Praying Seriously

Why? Because we are in a battle and the one that we’re in a battle with wants to kill and destroy us! The enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy.

Ephesians 6:12 – For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

The word “principality” means a prince over a region. The Bible says we are fighting principalities that have power. We better know what we are doing when we pray to combat these evil beings because this is a matter of life or death. Here is the question we should ask when we see the enemy start to attack us more than usual: Why are more of the enemies attacks hitting their mark? The book of Ephesians says that if we put on the shield of faith we can quench every fiery dart from the wicked one.

We have to raise the level of prayer. The enemy is not going to just let us call our country back toward God. We are in a battle that will take tremendous prayer warriors to get this done. Yesterday, June 2, 2019, all Christians were called to pray for our president and this country. I believe we will start to see some changes. But we can’t just pray one time and think that is enough. We have to continue to pray that people will come to their senses, repent, and follow God, the true God.

Look at what Daniel says about a principality when he was praying and fasting for 21 days and then an angel brings his answer:

Daniel 10:12 – Then he said to me, “Do not fear, Daniel, for, from the first day that you set your heart to understand and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come because of your words. (Verse 13) “But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; and behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left alone there with the king of Persia.

This angel from God was dispatched on the very first day Daniel prayed! But this angel had to do battle with another angel, a fallen angel, and he wouldn’t have gotten to Daniel if it had not been for an Arch Angel named Michael! When we pray, things begin to happen in the heavenly realm.

Daniel 10:20 – Then he said, “Do you know why I have come to you? And now I must return to fight with the prince of Persia, and when I have gone forth, indeed the prince of Greece will come. (Verse 21) “But I will tell you what is noted in the Scripture of Truth. (No one upholds me against these except Michael your prince.)”

In other words, “Daniel, you have a prince who is watching after you. Our Prince is the Prince of Peace! But we have to pray. Daniel didn’t stop praying after the first day. And because he kept praying, his answer got through.

Demons and principalities are territorial: Mark 5:8 – For He said to him, “Come out of the man, unclean spirit!” (Verse 9) Then He asked him, “What is your name?” And he answered saying, “My name is Legion, for we are many.” (Verse 10) and he begged Him earnestly that He would not send them out of the country.

These demonic spirits begged Jesus not to send them out of that country – region! These spirits had strongholds in this area and didn’t want to let go of it. There are demonic strongholds over different cities and regions in our own country too. I can think of one area, in particular, Washington D.C. Can you guess what evil principality lives there? Pride and greed! However, we can pray and then send men and women there that walk in the opposite spirit – generosity and humility.

Look what the Apostle Paul said to Titus: Titus 1:13 – This testimony is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in their faith,… Some people think that all politicians are liars and greedy and use that for an excuse not to vote or do anything. Maybe things will just get better on their own. Not so! We need to “Rebuke” these principalities in the name of Jesus and pray these people repent before it’s too late.

Evil takes over when the Christians won’t pray. Don’t ever be too busy to pray for our leaders and our country. Some are truly trying, but they can’t do it on their own. Let’s watch and see what our Mighty God is going to do after millions of believers prayed for our president and leaders yesterday. Remember this: Colossians 2:9 – For in Him dwells all the fulness of the Godhead bodily; (Verse 10) and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power. 

Jesus is LORD over All!!