It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter. Proverbs 25:2

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The Lord’s Prayer Part I

Jesus taught His disciples how to pray. He gave them a pattern to show them how to approach the Father in prayer and what to ask. Jesus taught us that God is our Abba Father, our Daddy God. He is not a faraway deity that has no relationship with his children and He is the Father of us all. God is our Creator not the Father of one race, one culture group or nationality but He is the God of all creation. His children are from every tribe and nation. God has a personal relationship with those who are born into His kingdom.

Matthew 6: 9-13 “This, then, is how you should 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 today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.  

 

Our Father in heaven, hallowed is your name, Jesus is saying God you are our Father in Spirit and You are Holy and we are asking God to bring His Holy kingdom on earth, in our lives as He reigns in the heavens. We can now come to God as our Abba Father; as a Daddy God, He is someone we have a personal and close relationship with. He lives in heaven above all situations and circumstances.

We are to give respect and reverence to God’s Holy Name. He is the Almighty God, the high and lofty the One who inhabits eternity. To be Holy means He is one with Himself, He is consistent in all He does and He is set apart from everything. There is nothing and no one greater than God. We are called to be like God, holy, one with ourselves, and live differently from the world system. We are set apart for God’s purpose, for His pleasure, His plans and His glory.

The root word of holy in the Hebrew, Kaw-dash, to be wholly, one self or to say to be the same person at all times. We are not to be a person who acts one way with this set of friends and do or say something totally different when we are with another set of friends. We are to be consistent in what we say, what we do and what we promise. Character and integrity is when we choose to be one person at all times. We decide to hold true to our values and stand firm in our commitments even if it causes us hurt, even at the cost of losing money, fame or loss of relationships.

We are not to be several different people living in this one body. A person, who says one thing, does another thing and promises something totally opposite. A schizophrenic is a person with multiple mindsets and personalities and we would never know which personality would show up when we are talking with them. They are undependable and completely without integrity because they are not consistent in their words, thoughts and actions. These are the ways of Satan, who is a liar and the father of lies. He is so subtle with his tactics that sometimes we do not even realize we are reflecting his character.

God is unlike anyone we know in the earth and He cannot be compared with any person. He lives in eternity. He is One God, the same yesterday, today and forever. He is not like fallen humanity, which may display multiple personalities. It is our rebellion against God and our fallen state that has us acting one way today, and another way tomorrow. We never know how to act or respond to someone who is always changing and we never know what to expect from them. This is why we are told to be like our Heavenly Father. God is Faithful and true, He does not change and He will do what He said. God is true to Himself and His word.

Romans 8: 15-16 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to son ship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”  The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.

Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 

Jesus understood God’s original purpose was for man to rule His Kingdom on earth. God had given Adam authority and dominion to rule the earth as God rules in heaven. Jesus came, paid the debt man owed for his rebellion, and gave us the ability to be back in right standing with God. Mankind fell from being the highest of God’s creation to being ruled by Satan.

Jesus came and not only restored our life with God but Jesus gave us a greater and new position as sons of the Most High God. Now we come to God as His Children, adopted into the family of God. We as sons of God are to talk and communion with God so that His kingdom will come in our lives and His will is done in us while we are on earth. This will bring glory to God when His kingdom reigns in our lives, our homes, our families and communities.

Matthew 10:7 As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’

Colossians 1:13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves.

Give us today our daily bread.

Jesus told us to rely on our Heavenly Father for our daily provisions. Though we may or may not have money in the bank, food, clothing or shelter we are to trust in God to provide these things. It is God who daily loads us up with benefits. We have seen people who have had wealth and riches and they put their trust in their wealth then lose it all in a moment’s time. People who trust in things are the ones who will lose all hope if their wealth is gone and then want to give up on life. Jesus tells us we can trust our Father to supply all our needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus and we must look to Him for our daily provisions. A life that is barely getting by and begging for scraps is not promises of the kingdom life of God according to the riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Jesus told us to ask for today’s daily bread, not next week, next month or next year. That is how the adversary would have us to think and stay in anxiety, focusing on what might happen in the future. Jesus told us not go after what you should eat or wear, our Heavenly Father knows we have need of them and He will supply them. We are to seek first the kingdom of God and His Righteousness, that is our position in Jesus, and all these things will be given to us.

We do not have God’s abundance because we are not seeking His kingdom which is the knowledge of His word. So many people who call themselves Christians are going after the very thing Jesus tells us not to go after. We are working long hours or two jobs just to buy food, clothing and shelter. If we took that same effort, we used to go after money, and instead sought the word of God which teaches us how to operate in the kingdom of God.

God says His people perish for lack of knowledge, not lack of effort. If we sought God’s work and His kingdom knowledge we would learn His principles and kingdom laws and would be able to operate successfully in the things of God and receive all His benefits. We can trust God, His word is true but our minds and eyes are blind to how to operate in God’s word because we are not seeking His kingdom ways.

Many people operate in what we have been taught, the tradition of men. The world’s way, go after and try to get as much money as we can even if we have to step on people as we go. In the kingdom of God we serve one another and we put others first. Those who want to be great in God’s kingdom become servants to the people. This is a different mindset from the world’s way of doing things.

The adversary will try and trip us up by telling us we cannot seek the kingdom because we cannot be righteousness like God and no one can be like God. We were made the righteousness of God through the completed work of Jesus. What a lie from the pit.

Jesus was made unrighteous so we who accept His atonement and payment for sin will have His righteousness. Just as Jesus was made to be sin for us, though He never sinned, we are made righteous, though we have sinned. It is not by our works of righteous acts; it is a faith, trust and belief in the completed work Jesus did on the cross that makes us righteous. When we accept what Jesus did on the cross we are transformed in our spirit into a righteous spirit, we are now in right standing with God.

Hearing and reading God’s Word is how we begin to change our thought life and then our actions will change into living right. Salvation is a costly gift from God, it is the simple act of our will, to confess and trust Jesus as our Lord and Saviour and we are saved for eternity. However, our thoughts, speech and behavior are transformed by getting a new mindset and a new understanding of the kingdom we have been born into. Renewing of our minds is the process that allows us to die to old habits and ways and begin living according to God’s kingdom principles.

Knowing God and understanding His word is how God transform, conform us into the image of His Son. It is a process as with anything, that is of value takes time to grow and cultivate. God will give us the strength and ability to be transformed but we must choose to do so by the acts of our will. It is a gift of righteousness that cannot be purchased. But it is a process of transformation by renewing or changing the way we used to think and to begin thinking and operating in the kingdom ways of God.

Matthew 6:31-34 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

 

2 Corinthians 5:21     God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

 

Romans 5:17 For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!

What to Pray About

Jesus told us to pray for our enemies and for those that spitefully use us. We are told not only to pray for our enemies but also to do good to them and it is like heaping coals of fire on their heads. Jesus knew forgiveness would be a hard challenge for most of us in our natural mind. God is our Source and He gave us the ability to forgive. It is through prayer that we are connected to God and are able to receive the strength to forgive those who misuse and abuse us.

We can be assured that we will be vindicated. It may appear that people are getting away with wrong doing at the moment, but they do not get away. God is the only just Judge who knows all and will judge all at the right time. If we try to vindicate ourselves we may overdo it and become guilty ourselves or we may not do enough and be ineffective. We must leave other people to God.

When we humble ourselves and pray for those who have persecuted us God, in His mercy, gives us grace to persevere through our problems. Just as Job prayed for his friends, who spoke evil of him and in the end after Job prayed for them Job was healed and blessed more than before.

Romans 12:20-21 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirsts, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

 

Luke 6: 11-12 And they were filled with madness; and communed one with another what they might do to Jesus… He went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.   KJV

 

     The prayer of intercession is praying for others. God is not a far off Omnipotent God who is hard to reach but He is our Abba God. He is One we can call our Daddy-God. With intercession we are petitioning God for someone else who needs Him. When we pray for others, we are bringing them and their needs before God. Sometimes people do not realize they are in need of prayer or they may say they do not want prayer. But we can come to God for them just as Jesus is our High Priest in heaven interceding for us we too can pray for those around us. We are not trying to forgive sin we are inviting God into their situation. God saw us while we were still sinners and saved us. He did not wait for us to change or wait until we became perfect. God loved us while we were sinners and sent Jesus to die for us so we may live.

We must forgive no matter the wrong. When we do not forgive it is because of pride. When our focus is on ourselves and our pride then our self-centeredness will not allow us to forgive others because of what they have done to us. We are more concerned about our appearances at the moment and not God’s love and His glory. Pride prevents us from walking away and forgiving. When we forgive, we are showing the love God has for every soul and we are being the love of God on the earth. Forgiveness is a true test of the love of God in us. It will reveal what we believe and who we truly serve.

Hebrews 7: 24-25 but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. Therefore, he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.

 

Isaiah 59:16 And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore, his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him. KJV

 

We are to pray for our leaders and those that are in authority. We are asking God to lead them in making good decisions for us, our families, jobs, schools and nation. We are told to pray for our leaders so it may go well with us. Too often we want to get angry and speak evil communications about our leaders and this is the very opposite of what God tells us to do. We are to pray, intercede and give thanks because this is good and pleases God.

1Timothy 2: 1-3 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—  for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to knowledge of the truth.

 

Jesus was the perfect man, God in the flesh and yet He prayed and had communion with God the Father. We are much more in need and should pray and stay connected to our God and Savior. We too may have the same fellowship with God as Jesus had through prayer. Jesus lived His life as a man by the power of the Holy Spirit and He understood our weaknesses, temptations and testing. He knew we would be tested in our character and tested in the temptations of evil. Jesus told us to pray that we do not let the evil testing overtake us.

Luke 22:40, 44 And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation.

 

We are told to pray for the sick and this may be one of the hardest things for us to do. We have often heard people say, “I prayed for them but God did not heal them or God did not answer my prayer.” We think if we tag Jesus’ name at the end of our prayer it is the magic word that should open all doors heal all sick or change every situation according to our definition of better. That is mankind leaning unto our own understanding and not the word of God.

When we pray for the sick we must understand the spiritual process that is taking place. When Jesus prayed for the young boy it appeared as though things got worse. The boy fell into the fire and things looked bad but Jesus was not moved by what He saw and kept praying. The enemy will try to bring us into fear and doubt through what we see but God tells us to stand in faith by what we know according to His word. This is how the lack of knowledge of God’s word can destroy God’s people. We are to pray in Jesus name, to ask and it shall be given to us.

To pray in Jesus’ name is to pray like Jesus prayed, in faith that the Father will hear us and answer us. Trusting God with the outcome even though we may never see it manifest at the moment. When we pray in Jesus name, we are doing more than putting a tagline at the end of our prayer. We are asking and praying like Jesus prayed in faith without doubt. Our faith in God to handle the problem or situation should be just like the faith Jesus had when He prayed to God.

We must realize to pray in Jesus’ name is to pray in His authority, power and faith. Many of us allow our history and prior situations to cause doubt and fear in our hearts and this dictates our belief and not the word of God. When we pray for the sick we must understand that this is a spiritual process. Just as Jesus spoke to the fig tree and said it would die, though at that moment the tree had the same appearance it was dying, and when they came back the tree had died from the root up.

The disciples did not see it at the moment Jesus spoke it but the next day they saw it had withered and died. We should pray and have faith in God to fulfill His promises but we must leave the timing up to Him. God said His ways are not our ways and His mind is so far above our limited thoughts. For us to try and fit God into our box will only cause us pain, doubt and we may possibly loose hope.

Doubt is what hinders us from walking in faith. Peter was walking on water and when he started looking at the waves he began to doubt and sink. Jesus healed the boy when the disciples could not. When the boy’s father asked Jesus to pray for the boy, the boy went into convulsions and was thrown into the fire. Most people are led by what we see.

When the disciples tried to heal the boy they probably saw the boy go into a convulsion and their faith turned to doubt because of what they saw. This is how the enemy gets us to lose faith in God’s word and rely on our past experiences, history or our five senses to determine our belief system.

Jesus was not moved by what He saw, though the boy went into a convulsion and fell into the fire. He was not moved by the crowd that said the boy was dead. Jesus’ faith was in the word of God. When we pray we must believe that we shall have what we pray.

Mark 9: 19- 23 He answered him and said, “O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him to Me.” 20 Then they brought him to Him. And when he saw Him, immediately the spirit convulsed him, and he fell on the ground and wallowed, foaming at the mouth.

21 So He asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?”

And he said, “From childhood. 22 And often he has thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.”

23 Jesus said to him, “If you can believe,[a] all things are possible to him who believes.”

 

Faith believes God even when all around us speaks against Him. Faith is willing to die to self or to lose everything and stand in the belief that God’s word is true. Faith knows God is faithful to His word and just as Job’s faith believed God and believed, Though God may slay him, yet he will trust in Him. The three Hebrews refused to bow before an idol, through faith in God, they were willing to die rather than to compromise and dishonor their God. They were willing to tell the king, the God they served is able to deliver them from the fiery furnace and even if He does not they still trusted God and would not bow to his idol. Faith is to trust God with our life and our future. Most of us want to trust God for our eternal life but not with our present everyday living.

In these present times, people say they believe in God and have faith in Him and yet when a challenge or a sickness is not handled the way we want it, many may turn their backs on God. Faith stands when all hope is gone, even when everything is taken like what Job faced.

When life comes and deals us a hard blow and our faith is to trust God and not be shaken by what we see or do not see. Our faith is built on the Rock, Jesu our Saviour. If life comes and all is lost and we can still stand and say though my ways are not His ways or may thoughts His thoughts, bless be the name of the Lord.” Then we will know we are standing on the Rock and trust Him will our present and our future situations. This is a hard thing to take and not many can bear it. Only those who know their God and trust in His mercy and grace can stand and not be destroyed. Faith looks not only at the moment but the future. We may not understand God’s ways but we can be sure He is true to His word. When we pray in Jesus name we are praying in the authority He has given us.

Matthew 10:7-8 As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’  Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.

 

 James 5:14-15 Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up.

 

Through His life, death and resurrection, Jesus provided a new way of communing with God. We are told to come boldly to the throne of Grace. Jesus paid every sin debt that we owed. Jesus is before God interceding for us. That is why we can come boldly and confidently to God and say, “The Lord is my helper we do not have to be afraid.”

We no longer need a priest on the earth to make sacrifices for us because Jesus became our atonement our propitiation before God. Jesus has now made us kings and priests that we may go boldly to the throne of God.

Hebrews 4: 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

 

Hebrews 5b-6 …because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”  So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”

How to Pray

Private Prayer:

Jesus told us to go to our room, close the door or to go to an unseen place so we may pray in secret to God. Prayer is a personal and private conversation between us and God. Jesus went to the mountain to pray and he prayed at night while others were sleeping. He told us to not be like the hypocrites who pray loud, long, public prayers just to be seen. They are not praying to God they are praying to be seen by men and they have received their reward, the recognition of men.

We are to pray privately to God who will answer us openly. Most of our prayers should be simple conversations between friends, us and God. There are times when we are called to pray publicly as Jesus did when He prayed for Lazarus. This was for the benefit of those who were around and did not believe or know how to pray

Matthew 6: 5-8 And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.  But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.  Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him

 

John 11: 41-42 So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me.  I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.”

 

Prayer in the Holy Spirit:

Prayer may be a groans from our spirit because prayer is communication with God. God is Spirit and He understands our spirit even though we may not be able to express ourselves in words. He understands our hurts those that are so deep in our soul that we may not be able to utter them. Sometimes the situations are so great we do not have words, we can only sigh and groan in our spirit. Yet God hears and understands these prayers from our spirit.

We have been in situations where we did not know how or what to pray. There are times when we may not be able to distinguish what is the right thing to do but we can rely on the Holy Spirit to intercede for us. The Holy Spirit in us understands the will and the plans of God and He prays for us. Though our natural mind may not understand the prayers of the Holy Spirit of God in us, but He is petitioning God on our behalf whether it is us, our families or circumstances that may affect us. Even when I sit in darkness, God is my Light.

Romans 8:26-27 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.

 

Psalm 38:8-9 I am feeble and utterly crushed; I groan in anguish of heart.  All my longings lie open before you, Lord; my sighing is not hidden from you.

 

Judges 2:18b for the Lord relented because of their groaning under those who oppressed and afflicted them.

 

Prayer of Petition and vindication from others:

Jesus gives us an example on how to continue to pray, with the parable of the widow woman. She came to the unjust judge who would not help her, he did not fear God nor had regard for man. Yet because she continued to come repeatedly, she wearied him. The unjust judge avenged her of the wrong done to her. Our Father, who loves us, will avenge His children who cry day and night to be vindicated. These are the prayers we make regarding other people and their injustice to us.

We are told to ask and keep asking, to seek and keep seeking and to knock and keep knocking until our petition is granted. These are not long prayers for show with vain repetition just to be noticed as the hypocrites did in public places. These Prayers may be short but constant petitions before God. Praying daily in our closet where we keep asking, and seeking God for vindication for those who may be lost. We are to keep asking, keep seeking and knocking with our prayers until it is open unto us.

These are prayers of intercession for other people who have a will of their own. Though we are asking and seeking each individual has a will and the ability to choose to receive the direction from God or reject it. This is not to say God is not answering our prayers, because He is, but in this world every person has a choice they exercise. We are not to lose hope because God is our hope. He can orchestrate situations and circumstances to work together for the good of His people and His glory.

Like 18:5-8a Yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me! And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off?  I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly

 

Matthew 7:7-8 Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. 

What Is Prayer and Why Do We Pray?

Prayer is not a mystic, esoteric process. It is not some mysterious thing that only a select few have access or power to perform. Prayer is a common practice; it is a normal conversation between mankind and his God. Prayer is not unique to those who believe in Jesus but it is a ritual done by most people and religions where they are seeking favour and answers from their gods.

For those who believe in Jesus, prayer is talking to the God who created us, who knows us, and loves us in spite of all our faults. Prayer is defined as an act of talking with God to give thanks or praise to our Creator and making a petition or asking for something. It appears most people have lost touch with the praise and giving thanks to God for who He is and all He has done for us. They come with the request and petitions and then they leave many still worried and anxious because they have not had true communion with God.

They may have said all they wanted to say but they did not take time to exchange their weakness for His strength. When we are in God’s presence in prayer we are to magnify Him and make God bigger than our problems we are focusing on our God, His glory and His love for us. The more we magnify Him the smaller our problems become and we are strengthened by the power of His Spirit.

It is in prayer where we take our concerns and to release the wrongs, injuries and injustices done to us. In prayer we are submitting our requests and desires to God, asking Him to move on our behalf while we release all malice and hate. We trust God to settle the matter justly and now we are free to forgive and love those who spitefully abused us. Prayer is us taking our concerns to God and letting go of pride and the selfish need to vindicate ourselves and making much of who God is. Prayer is fellowship and hanging out with God who is your Father and your Friend.

Prayer is displayed in many forms. Prayer is when we make a petition to obtain a result regarding a problem or concern. Prayer is communion and fellowship with our God as the source that supplies life to our situations and circumstances. Prayer is talking and staying connected to God our source that produces life in our very being. Prayer is to say what God says or speak what God speaks in His Word on the matter. Prayer is giving thanks to God for His provision and is when we request God to be our advocate and help against our adversaries and enemies. Prayer is interceding for someone, asking God to help them, bless them and meet their needs. Prayer is giving praise to the Almighty God for Who He is and what He has done, doing and will do in our lives.

Simply put, prayer is talking to God, just as we talk to our family or a friend who knows us. When we are talking to close friends or family there is no need to put on airs or pretend to be something we are not. They already know who we are, our needs, and our temperament; they may know things about us most people do not and would not understand.

God knows who we are. He knows our past, and our present and our future. God even knows our inner thoughts, hopes and fears. That is why some may ask why should we pray? If God already knows all things, why waste time praying? Prayer is a relationship between two beings and it is mostly for our benefit.

Let’s be clear, God is God all by Himself and has no need of anything outside of Himself. He does not need man’s prayers; He gives man the privilege to pray and to commune with Him. God made man as a free will being with the ability to fellowship and to have a relationship with God. God desires a relationship with us but we need God in our lives if we are to live an abundant life in this world. God has given us the process of prayer and fellowship as a means of exchanging our weakness for His strength, our bewilderment for His wisdom. It is in His presence there is fullness of joy because it is there we see His greatness and majesty and our problems pale in the light of His glory.

God said unto them, be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moves upon the earth. God gave man dominion over the things in the earth therefore; humanity is responsible for the things that take place in the earth. When God gave man dominion over the things in the earth, man became responsible for the things that are happening in the earth.

Mankind gave this authority over to Satan in the fall; man failed miserably at managing this world God had given him. God could not violate His word and could not usurp man’s authority even though he was misusing it. God could not step in and do a hostile takeover even though Adam and Eve missed it. God is faithful to His word, “man has authority over the earth” and God is bound by His word.

God had a plan to redeem mankind, legally according to the principles and authority of mankind even before the foundation of the world. God would become a man in the flesh so He could die for all humanity so we may have a choice, once again, to be reborn by Grace through faith in Jesus the Son of God and man. When we accept Jesus as our Lord, we are saying He is our Master and we will obey and serve Him. We are then adopted into the family of God and become God’s man on earth.

God is a God of integrity and honesty and He is true to His word. He will not violate mankind’s right to reign. When we call upon God in prayer and ask for His divine intervention, God has already provided all we need through Jesus. Jesus has done a great and mighty work on our behalf and has brought us abundantly. God has paid it all and provided all we need to be successful and live abundantly in this life. The people of God perish today because they do not know God’s word and they lack an understanding of how to live in this new kingdom on earth.

God is the Source from which we have our existence and our life. Prayer is the cable, rope or the life line that keeps us connected to The Source of life. We understand that if a plant was uprooted from the soil, its source of life, it will die and if a fish is taken out of the water, its source of life, it too will die. Mankind came out of God and He is our source. But we became detached or disconnected from our source of life in the Garden when mankind as God had created him died spiritually although it took centuries for him to die physically. Jesus came and gave us a new life, a new spirit. We are no longer under the curse of sin when we accept Jesus as our Lord and our Redeemer.

Genesis 2: 17 And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”

 

Man, as long as his spirit was connected to God he was able to live, freely eat in the garden and enjoy all God had provided. When mankind rebelled and disobeyed he became disconnected from The Source of life. The living spirit of man that God created surely died that day. Mankind disobeyed God, ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil and obeyed Satan.  It was a spiritual death the departure of the God likeness in man’s spirit was gone. God’s fellowship and intimate communion was gone. Mankind was no longer the created spiritual being God created him to be and was disconnected from his source.

The brightness of God’s glory was no longer on man and his spirit no longer illuminated the glory of God from within. Mankind lost the glory God had placed on him and his natural eyes could now see his nakedness. Man in his glorious splendor deceased and he began operating in the natural or in his flesh.

When mankind lost their spiritual connection to God they became cynical, afraid, acting and talking like the one they obeyed, Satan. But God had made provision for mankind to be re-born to have a new birth and another life though Jesus. Jesus paid our sin debt and redeemed us from death this was our way back to God. God had provided a way of escape before the foundation of the world.

Ephesians 1:4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to son ship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—

 

      Prayer is just us talking with God and we are reconnected to our source. In His presence we can receive the life giving strength we need to grow and live an abundant life in the earth. Just as a plant or tree that is loosely planted in the soil may live for a season but will not be as productive as it could be had it been firmly planted and tightly attached to the life giving soil. So are we when we are loosely connected to our source of life. There is so much more we can do when we are securely connected in fellowship and communion with God.

 John 15:4-8    Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.  If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.  This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

 

The Reason We Do Not Pray!

 

With prayer being such a vital part of our growth, we must ask the question; why is it we do not pray? Usually it is one of two reasons; it is out of ignorance and or pride. Ignorance is the lack of knowledge on a matter and one is blind to truth.  That is what Satan, the prince of darkness, tries to do, to keep us ignorant and in darkness to the word of God. He wants to blind us to the light and truth of God’s word.

Pride says, “I do not need God!” Pride is lifted up in self-reliance and believes that they are doing ok. Pride believes in self that self has all the knowledge it needs; he is smart enough to handle every situation on his own. It was pride that caused Satan to think he could be lifted higher than God and to be thrown out of heaven. Pride is the same weapon he used in the garden to cause man to think more highly of himself than he should. This is the trap the enemy uses to get so many to fall into. Pride relies on self but humility trust God.

 Hosea 4:6a …my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.

 

Isaiah 14: 12- How you have fallen from heaven, morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations!  You said in your heart, “I will ascend to the heavens; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of Mount Zaphon.  I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.”  But you are brought down to the realm of the dead, to the depths of the pit.

 

Proverbs 16:18 Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.

 

Proverbs 29:23 A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honor shall uphold the humble in spirit.

 

Pride does come before destruction and a fall. Pride has kept us from being connected to The One True God and at times our loved ones. Most people would never say out right that it is pride that keeps them from praying but their actions speak volumes to what they believe in their heart. They refuse to admit their wrongs or their need for help even at the risk of losing a friend, someone they love or communion with God. Some people refuse to pray or ask God for help because they think it will make them look weak. Others hearts are so hardened that they just refuse to seek help and it is all because of pride.

When we pray we are coming to God and communing with the One who created us. Prayer says I need you God in my life to help me and direct me in my situations and circumstances. Prayer shows humility. When we pray we are humbling ourselves under the authority of God and acknowledging Him as our Sovereign King. A king is responsible for his subjects, to provide and protect them from their enemies and invaders. This is the provision and protection we receive from God as our Sovereign King.

2 Chronicles 7:14-15 If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 15 Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.

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