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October 19, 2013

ACTS and More

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Colossians 4:2. Be devoted to prayer, keeping alert in it with thanksgiving.

Our question is how do we apply the example Jesus gave us to our prayers. Our primary time of prayer should be modeled after ACTS. We address our prayer to God our Father and acknowledge Who He is by calling Him some of the different aspects like all-knowing, all-powerful, etc. we admit out sins and ask for forgiveness. This includes the perceived sins of others against us. We accept God’s forgiveness. We thank God for Who He is, what He has done and what He will do. Then we lay our requests before Him, thanking Him for hearing us. Then comes our time to be quiet and listen. As we learn to listen it helps to write what comes into our minds. Do we always need to pray after the ACTS pattern? No. Prayer is a 2-way conversation between us and God. We can and should keep a conversation going throughout each day. The ACTS model is for our prayer and meditation time. Let us use this model along with our running conversation throughout each day.

October 14, 2013

Honor

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Matthew 6:9 So pray this way: Our Father in heaven, may your name be honored,

Honor means great respect. Not only are we to give honor to God”s name in the way we speak and how we say it but also in the way we even think about it. Our question is when we use any of the names which God is called are we using them in an honorable way? We say “God bless…” quite often. Are we really asking God to bless someone or something or are we just saying out of needing something to say. Do we ever use any of His names as an exclamation of anger or surprise? When we say or hear His name said does it stir love in our hearts? Let’s think about the way we say His names. Take some time soon to research all the descriptive names we use in referring to God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit

October 12, 2013

The Lord’s Prayer

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Matthew 6:9. So pray this way: Our Father in heaven, may your name be honored,

Jesus didn’t say pray this prayer or recite this prayer. He said pray this way. He was telling us the subjects we should have in our prayers and how to order them. There is nothing wrong with reciting His example prayer as long as we understand and mean the words we are reciting. But we are also to pray from our hearts. Some have made an acronym for the example prayer. It is ACTS. A is for adoration. C is for confession. T is for thanksgiving. S is for supplication. We will probably be looking into these four areas the next few days. For now, let’s recite the prayer example slowly thinking about what the words we are saying really mean.

October 6, 2013

Amen

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Matthew 6:13. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

Someone asked me why I don’t say “amen” at the end of my prayers. It is because my prayers never end. Prayer is a 2-way conversation with God. I keep a running conversation throughout my day. There are times when I do close with the word “amen.” This is when praying for a group out loud but even then I often omit the ending “amen.” “Amen” is a word meaning “so be it,”. To me the only one qualified to say “so be it” is God. There are times I pray for something that really isn’t in the center of God’s design. I want God’s perfect will and God’s best over what I might think is best. Most often I end with “thank you Lord.” I am so very thankful I am allowed to talk to God and He listens and answers. When I consider Who God is and what I am I see the miracle in this relationship. The question today is do we desire to keep an ongoing, 2-way conversation going between us and God? Wether we say “amen” or anything else, let us always keep, the ears and hearts open and the conversation going.

September 13, 2013

Mind and Spirit

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1 Corinthians 14:15. What am I to do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will pray with my mind also; I will sing praise with my spirit, but I will sing with my mind also.

Paul is talking about God’s Holy Spirit within him. We are to pray what is on our mind but we are to filter it through God’s Holy Spirit dwelling in us. In Luke 18:11-13 are 2 examples of prayer. The first, the Pharisee is praying from his mind. His mind is evidently full of self. He doesn’t ask for anything nor pray for anemone. He just boasts of how much better he is than anyone else. The tax collector prays acknowledging who he is in comparison to Who God is and asks forbHod’s mercy. Our question is what is our attitude when we pray?

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September 7, 2013

Persistence

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1 Thessalonians 5:17. pray without ceasing

This verse has a double meaning. We are to be continually in prayer–communication with God. It also applies when we are praying for one specific thing. Few are to continue to pray for it until we either see it come about or we see it really wasn’t the right answer. Jesus used a couple of examples about being persistent with our requests. Luke 11:5-8 tells about the man who must continually knock on his neighbor’s door to get what he needs. Luke 18:1-5 is The Parable of the Persistent Widow. Why do we sometimes need to as repeatedly? It may be our timing is wrong, it may be to be sure we really want what we ask, it may be something is blocking our prayers. Our question , is anything in our heart that blocks the Holy Spirit in our life? Another question, do we care enough to be persistent?

August 25, 2013

God Proves Hiself

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1 Kings 18:36. When it was time for the evening offering, Elijah the prophet approached the altar and prayed:“O Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, prove today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command.

Elijah had the right to ask God to prove Himself because Elijah had followed all of God’s instructions. Elijah knew God’s instructions because he pent much time in prayer, including listening time. God is always ready to give us instructions but we need the habit of listening. When we receive instructions we must follow through in faith that through our obedience God will act. When we don’t follow through we will hear no more until we confess our lack and obey His instructions. Our question is if we have not recently seen God working through us when did we last hear and follow through in obedience and faith? Let us learn to walk with God daily as an obedient and faithful vessel for God to work through us.

August 19, 2013

Pray with Feet

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Ephesians 6:15. by fitting your feet with the preparation that comes from the good news of peace,

There are many types of prayer: praise, thanksgiving, confession, intercession and others. Some prayers must result in our action of using our feet. It’s like a man standing in his yard praying for some money. A neighbor sees him and goes to him offering him money if he’d mow the neighbor’s lawn. The first man answers, ”I can’t. I’m busy praying for God to bring me some money.” This really isn’t funny. It’s sad. We ask God for things but we don’t want to be part of the answer. Our question is do we expect to ask and sit and wait for God to do all the work or will we choose to allow God to enable us and work through us.

August 18, 2013

Devoted to Prayer

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Colossians 2:4. Be devoted to prayer, keeping alert in it with thanksgiving.

Devoted to prayer. How underused our prayer room is at church. How underused our altar rails are for people to bend their knees in the presence of others and pray. How as so few are willing to pray aloud. It seems we are embarrassed or ashamed of prayer. Prayer is a wonderful privilege. People aren’t allowed to initiate a conversation with a king unless a king invites them to speak. God is King of all and has given us permission to speak to Him at any time. He is always listening. Like a parent eager to hear their child’s first word, God is always eager to hear us. Quiet prayer within our minds are heard by Him. He also likes to hear our physical voices both in private and in public. Our question is why do we hesitate? Each must answer that for themself.

August 11, 2013

Harvesters

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Luke 10:2. He said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest.

The harvest for souls is ripe. God calls us to not only pray for more harvesters to respond but for each of us to do our part in harvesting. People are hungry for God but they don’t know God is what fills them. They need to be shown and told. The question is when is the last time we prayed for someone’s salvation and when is the last time we shared the way to God (Jesus is the way) with someone? Not a day should go by without us praying for the lost, more harvesters and showing someone the way. Let us each do our part. It’s not just up to professional ministers or missionaries. It is up to each and every one of us. (Matthew 28:19) “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,”

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