How Jesus Taught Us to Pray (1)
May 26, 2012
“Therefore, pray…Our Father in heaven.” Mt 6:9 NKJV
Here’s how Jesus taught us to pray: (1) “Our Father in heaven.” When you say, “Father” you are acknowledging that you’re “family,” that you have a special relationship with God which entitles you to go to Him at any time, confident you’re loved, welcomed, and assured of His favor. When you say, “in heaven,” you can go no higher. You’re drawing what you need from the ultimate source of goodness, grace, mercy, provision, protection and authority. What a privilege! (2) “Hallowed be Your name” (v. 9 NKJV). This thought should always be uppermost in your mind: “Whatever I do today, Lord, whether in thought, word or deed, let it honor You.” People should be able to look at your life and want to become acquainted with the One you serve. (3) “Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (v.10 NKJV). Each time you choose to say no to yourself and yes to God’s will, you demonstrate to a watching world what it means to live as a citizen of His kingdom. Note the words, “as it is in heaven.” Is anyone in heaven fearful or doubting? Stubborn or disobedient? Critical or negative? When the enemy brings something to your door that’s contrary to God’s will, you have the authority to rise up and say, “If it’s not done and approved in heaven it has no place in my life here on earth.” When it comes to disobedience, refuse to accept the package and sign the receipt. The one thing Satan hopes you never discover is that you have the God-given authority to restrict his movements in your life.