God already knows everything. Yep, He does. Miracle, wonder, and AWESOME as He is…. It’s a GOD THING!!
Verse 8 of Matthew chapter 6 tells us that He knows what we have need of before we ask, but yet as we can infer from His creation of man and fellowship with him in the Garden of Eden, and His efforts on behalf of His people in the Old Testament, as well as ample references in the New Testament, that He desires fellowship with people. He wants us to talk to Him and give thought and reverence to Him in our hearts and minds. In Matthew 6:9-13 Jesus Christ, speaking to a crowd, left us with this divine example of prayer, or talking to God, that is an example to follow as well as to learn from.
Matthew 6 KJV
9 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 out 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.
Lessons to Extract:
v.9) You may address Him intimately, as your Father, and it is appropriate that you honor Him with your words. What words of honor and worship will we offer to Him?
v.10) Speak to Him from a heart perspective of desiring for His will to be done, above your will or anyone else’s. God comes first!
v.11) In prayer acknowledge that He is listening to your petitions and requests. This may be for physical needs or spiritual needs. Express your desire for His help, His guidance, His will.
v.12) Ask for Him to forgive you of your sins, and to help you by the Holy Spirit to forgive others! He will be faithful.
v.13) Acknowledge His role as your GOD, the good shepherd, the very present help in times of trouble. Let Him know you WANT HIS PRESENCE AND LORDSHIP, then praise Him some more!!
I am convinced that God in Christ, the giver of the Holy Spirit as helper, is most gracious, loving, and flexible with no respect of persons or personality types! The eloquent prayer is not more loved than the stutterer or the “man of few words.”
God wants our HEART. He does not need anyone’s words to build Him up. Your heart is the BEST thing you can give Him. PRAYER is like a sweet and soothing balm, and fragrant offering, and line through which He can pleasure in your presence, and speak to you.
Hear Him in the quietness. The voice that brings peace and wisdom, love and grace, and seems to be above what you are on your own, wiser than you, more wonderful than you, when unexpectedly it whispers, measure that voice against God’s word. If it is a surprise, and does bring peace, and grace and wisdom, and it is not contrar to His written word, it could be the voice of God to your heart.
Visit and listen often, so the fellowship may shape who you are and what you become, and your family, and community may be blessed.
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