In the context of the last two devotionals, this question may be fresh in your mind. Even after our spirit is made righteous through the free gift of salvation, our enemies are still constantly seeking to wreak havoc in our life. That is why we have God’s Word—to feed our mind and soul—as well as—the Holy Spirit who builds an incredible bond of friendship with us to—keep us on track.
Ah, my dear friends, God has given us amazing tools to enable us to pray powerfully!
The focus of this series is the brilliant framework for prayer given to us by Jesus! So let’s circle back to what we talked about two days ago—the Lord’s Prayer—and answer the question of “How do we get prayer right?” Over 2,000 years ago, Jesus taught us to pray…
“Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”Matthew 6:9-13
The model prayer focuses us FIRST on the God of the BIBLE (as opposed to our denatured version of God). Because we tend to get so disoriented by the world, we need to remind ourselves HE is God and—WE are not. In the next devotional, we will explore why this portion of the Lord’s Prayer is critical to the rest of our prayer. This prayer empowers us…but it’s not fairy-godmother magic.
The bare recitation of the Lord’s Prayer isn’t what makes it powerful.
Let’s look at it this way:
I can say “I love you” a thousand times, but if it’s not directed to anyone in particular—it means very little. Even when directed to someone special, the sheer redundancy of the phrase is—not effective. To make “I love you” meaningful and powerful it must come from a heart fully committed in love and a mind focused enough to express “why” you love, or “what” you love about the person. To fully engage in powerful communication with someone else, we must be direct, focused, and specific. When we communicate this way we are doubly blessed because we are also reminded of why we love that other person so much!
How remarkable it is that we can have this kind of powerful communication with GOD, who is omnipotent, omniscient, and who loves us more than we can comprehend!!!
God is leading me into this series of devotionals on prayer so I can learn to communicate with HIM in a way that reflects an understanding of His attributes and His nature; and thus, have my prayers empowered by His presence!
I WANT to be all up in the middle of God’s greatest miracles; that is, the salvation and transformation of each beloved person for whom He died!
Prayer is our greatest weapon against the enemy because when we are with God, we engage the power that conquered our greatest enemy—death.
Learning to pray powerfully takes hard work.
Does the thought of hard work discourage you because you don’t have the time or energy to put one more thing on your plate? Mind you, that’s the enemy deceiving you. He does NOT want you to experience this great power. Let’s put it this way: Would you rather walk five miles to work, or drive? Most of us get the logic of working hard to buy a car so getting to work is more efficient—right? Well prayer is the same way. When we work hard to learn how to pray powerfully, God makes our life more efficient, effective, peaceful, and satisfying.
Tomorrow we will dive in. I can’t wait to share this exciting path with you!
“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.”John 15:7-8
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Very good devotional
I’m so glad it blessed you!