How Do We Pray?

Pray then like this: ‘our Father in heaven. . .

Matthew 6:9

This prayer begins where all true prayer must start, with the spirit of adoption: “Our Father.” There is no acceptable prayer until we can say, “I will arise and go to my Father.”1 This childlike spirit soon perceives the grandeur of the Father “in heaven” and ascends to devout adoration, “hallowed be your name.” The child lisping, “Abba, Father” grows into the cherub crying, “Holy, holy, holy.” There is but a step from rapturous worship to the glowing missionary spirit, which is a sure expression of filial love and reverent adoration–“your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”

Next follows the heartfelt expression of dependence upon God-“Give us this day our daily bread.”

Being further illuminated by the Spirit, the one praying discovers that he is not only dependent but sinful; so he cries for mercy, “Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors”; and being pardoned, having the righteousness of Christ imputed, and knowing his acceptance with God, he humbly prays for holy perseverance, “Lead us not into temptation.” The man who is really forgiven is anxious not to offend again; the possession of justification leads to an anxious desire for sanctification. “Forgive us our debts”–that is justification; “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil”–that is sanctification in its negative and positive forms.

As the result of all this, there follows atriumphant ascription of praise, “For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.” We rejoice that our King reigns in providence and shall reign in grace, from the river even to the ends of the earth, and of His dominion there shall be no end. So from a sense of adoption, up to fellowship with our reigning Lord, this short model of prayer conducts the soul. Lord, teach us then to pray.

Devotional material is taken from “Morning and Evening,” written by C.H. Spurgeon, revised and updated by Alistair Begg. Copyright (c) 2003, Good News Publishers and used by Truth For Life with written permission. Today’s Bible Reading material is taken from McCheyne Bible reading plan and used by Truth For Life with permission. Scripture quotations are taken from Holy Bible: English Standard Version, copyright (c) 2001, Good News Publishers. https://www.truthforlife.org

Words of Jesus!

The first four books of the New Testament are full of quotes from Jesus. Many of these quotes stand on their own, but one should not forget to read them in context to get a full understanding of what the Lord was saying.

Most Often Quoted

One of the greatest, and most often quoted, verses in the Bible is actually a quote from Jesus.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Jesus Said that He Is

The Water of Life

John 4:13, 14 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

The Good Shepherd

John 10:10, 11 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.

Eternal Life for His Sheep

John 10:27-30 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. I and my Father are one.

The Way, The Truth and The Life

John 14:6Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Jesus Invites All to Follow Him

Seek the Kingdom of God First

Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Ask, Seek, Find

Matthew 7:7,8 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

Jesus and the Children

Matthew 19:14 But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.

Gain the Whole World

Mark 8:34-37 And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it. For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

He Calls Sinners

Luke 5:31, 32 And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

On What His Followers Should Do

Be a Light in the World

Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Love Your Enemies

Matthew 5:43-44 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

Do Unto Others

Matthew 7:12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.

The Greatest Commandment: Love God and Your Neighbour

Matthew 22:37-40 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

Be a Servant to Others

Mark 10:45 For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

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ONLY ONE LIFE

VERSE 1 
It matters so little 
How much you may own 
The places you’ve been 
Or people that you known
For it all comes to nothing 
When placed at His feet 
It’s nothing to Jesus 
Just memories to me 

VERSE 2 
You can take all the treasures 
From far away lands 
And take all the riches 
you can hold in your hands 
And take all the pleasures 
Your riches can buy 
But will it help 
When it’s your time to die 

CHORUS 
Only one life 
So soon it will pass 
Only what’s done for Christ will last 
Only one chance to do His will 
So give to Jesus all you days 
It’s the only life that pays 
When you recall 
You have but one life 

VERSE 3 
The days pass so swiftly 
The months come and go 
The years melt away 
Like new falling snow
Spring turns to summer 
Then summer to fall 
Autumn brings winter 
Then death come to all 

CHORUS 
Only one life 
So soon it will pass 
Only what’s done for Christ will last 
Only one chance to do His will 
So give to Jesus all you days 
It’s the only life that pays 
When you recall 
You have but one life 

By Lanny Wolfe

Prayer vigil on October 26, 2019 for Leah Sharibu in Washington D.C. #FreeLeah #ItsTime

VOICE OF THE PERSECUTED

A global prayer vigil will take place on October 26, 2019 for Leah Sharibu.  For those unable to attend the D.C. vigil, information is provided on the Pray For Leah website to help you find or host a prayer vigil for Leah in your area.

Leah was abducted by the Boko Haram on February 19, 2018 with more than 100 of her classmates in Nigeria. She was the only Christian who was abducted and the only one who was not released because she refused to deny Christ. It is time to bring her home. Go to http://www.pray4leah.org to find a vigil near you. #Itstime #FreeLeah

Voice of the Persecuted is asking you to pray and to be a voice by spreading the word on social media, at your church, and in your community. Voice of the Persecuted will be at the vigil in Washington D.C.. If you’re attending, we hope…

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I Love Good Endings!

It was loud, the noise that woke me up the other night.      Was there someone outside my door? Yikes!! how can that be? there is no one here but me.     No neighbours yet, I am the first person to move into this housing complex.     Hmmm, I would need to investigate🧐

  Turning the lights on was not an option for me, as I would be seen from the street, I had to think quickly,   time is of the essence,  I reached for my iPhone and switched on the flash light.  Filled with a braveness I did not feel I proceeded to step out of the bed to find the source of the unusual noise.

AND it was then that I saw the MONSTER!!!  ……..there he was, on the recently painted white wall, illuminated by the flash light and sporting a body the size of a crocodile, with the antenna high up in the air in defiance, bulging eyes stunned by the flashlight fixed squarely on me,  there was no escape.  Not sure who was more terrified at that moment the cockroach or me.

Anyone that knows me well, will tell you that cockroaches cause me to go through the “twenty fears”.   Whenever I have an encounter with this creatures I usually SCREAM and someone quickly comes to rescue me.  But not this time, OH NAW, no one to rescue me that night,  just me and the cockroach on the white wall.

By then I had forgotten all about the noise that put me in this predicament in the first place.

I asked Jesus to make me strong and courageous!!!   With my heart racing I looked around for a weapon,   I saw a small box.  I picked it up in my shaking hands and hit the intruder with it.  First strike failing miserably as the “ugly thing” landed on the floor near my foot.   Argh!  I then hit it repeatedly with the box until it was dead and flat as a pancake.
YES, I claimed victory that night!  I thanked  the Lord and went back to sleep.

(So grateful the monster didn’t fly)🙏🙏

 

“I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭34:4‬ 

 

“I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭4:8‬ ‭