Ginrich's Devotional Blog

March 22, 2012

Prayer

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Luke 11:1 One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” (New International Version)
 
Just as a baby needs to be taught to talk a new Christian believer needs to be taught to pray.  So many people have grown up hearing very formal prayers with King James like language.  Prayer is normal conversation with our Father God.  We use the same vocabulary we use every day.  We recite the prayer example Jesus gave many times.  We are so accustomed to saying it we can repeat it without thinking about it.  Jesus was nit giving us the exact words to say but what we should include in our prayers.  We start with the address: Our Father.  There is no one else we are to pray, only to our Father, God.  We know this because Jesuse placed “Our Father” in heaven.  Next come acknowledgement and praise as to Who our Father God is.  We are to pray for His will – the coming of His kingdom which means His will is to be done on earth because it is done in heaven.  Next ( not the first thing in our prayer) we are to ask for our needs.  He already knows our needs but He wants us to be aware of them and know the difference between needs and wants.  We are to confess our sins to be forgiven.  God already knows our sins but often we don’t realize them ourselves.  We acknowledge we only receive
As much forgiveness as we accord to others.  We ask for His power to resist temptation and end with thanksgiving and praise.    
Our question is how are we praying?
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Ownership

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus,Lent — by ginrich @ 1:10 am
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Luke 14:33 In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Ouch. This is a hard statement. What could Jesus mean by saying we must give up everything we have to be His disciple? He doesn’t mean we are to give up everything we own to others. He does mean we are to give up ownership of everything. It is more an attitude problem with us than an ownership problem. We are to recognize all we have is because of His grace, mercy and provision. We are merely stewards of the material possessions entrusted to us. We had a guest who really liked a picture on our wall. When he left I took the picture down and gave it to him. He was very embarrassed. I replied,” It’s on loan from God and it’s just as much yours as ours. Hang it on your wall and let it bless you.” Can I say I have this attitude about all the things in my possession? Sorry to say, no, but I’m learning. We are stewards of all God gives us. This includes finances. Our question is are we willing to live within the means God bless us and are we willing to share His blessings and gifts with others? Being in debt distracts us from the walk God would have us take. I have this hope that when we, as individuals throughout this country get out of debt and stay out it will pass up to our government. Before I met Jesus I was an active church member and worker. We had a guest speak to our Sunday School Class He was a young, red-bearded man in jeans and a tee shirt. He shared how he even asked God what pair of shoes he should buy when he needed shoes. I thought that was silly. Now I don’t think so. Who knows best what we really need? God created this world and everything in it. That makes Him the owner of all things. Let us praise Him and become good stewards being willing and generous to those He sends our way.

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