Daily Distinctives March 19, 2018 – The Model Prayer

Today for my devotional, I felt like taking a little bit of time off from Genesis as I am about to get into some pretty heady stuff and want to be able to spend more time going through it. And so, today I thought I would revisit a topic that is important to me as a believer and really for all of us as Christians. I shared this message some time ago with some of my students at Grace and hope that it will remind us of a very powerful tool in the arsenal of the believer. I read today in a tweet from one of my pastors a quote from Corrie Ten Boom which is an inspiration for my study today. Cory Ten Boom writes, “Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?” That is, do we pray for direction before we get there or pray that the LORD will bless our mess along the way? So, as I go through this devotional today I hope that it will reinvigorate my own prayer life and yours as well.

It was William Cowper who wrote the hymn “What Various Hindrances We Meet

And I would like to share this hymn with you. No, I won’t sing it (you wouldn’t hear me anyway) but let me share the words to the hymn with you, because there is one line in its context that really speaks to me personally as a believer, when there are times that I feel overwhelmed, or the cards appear to be stacked against me, I am reminded of this hymn and it really speaks to me. It is my hope that it will speak to your hearts as well.

Cowper writes….

What various hindrances we meet

In coming to a mercy seat;

Yet who that knows the worth of prayer,

But wishes to be often there.

Prayer makes the darkened cloud withdraw,

Prayer climbs the ladder Jacob saw;

Gives exercise to faith and love,

Brings every blessing from above.

Restraining prayer, we cease to fight;

Prayer makes the Christian’s armor bright;

And Satan trembles, when he sees

The weakest saint upon his knees.

While Moses stood with arms spread wide,

Success was found on Israel’s side;

But when through weariness they failed,

That moment Amalek prevailed.

Have you no words? Ah, think again,

Words flow apace when you complain;

And fill your fellow creature’s ear

With the sad tale of all your care.

Were half the breath thus vainly spent,

To Heav’n in supplication sent;

Your cheerful song would oft’ner be,

“Hear what the Lord has done for me.”

And I love that hymn because it is a powerful reminder that God can and does hear the prayers of His children, you and me. My favorite part of the hymn is the part that says:

Restraining prayer, we cease to fight;

Prayer makes the Christian’s armor bright;

And Satan trembles, when he sees

The weakest saint upon his knees.

Wow! That is so true…when we restrain our prayer or stop praying we are really not fighting the war in front of us. The full armor of God spoken of in the Book of Ephesians is necessary for spiritual warfare and according to Cowper here, prayer is what polishes the armor of the saint. But what gets me the most is Satan, depicted in Cowper’s hymn is trembling at the prayers of even the weakest of saints. And we understand, of course, that is because there is great power in prayer. We have to remember that Satan is not just some weak creature running around in red pajamas with a pitchfork in his hand. No, Satan is a powerful and malevolent being set upon your destruction and mine. His mission is to kill, maim and destroy those who put their trust in Jesus for salvation. The only weapons we have to combat his evil is obedience to the LORD and prayer because it is ultimately left to the LORD to defend His children against the charges of the devil. And so prayer is so very important to us for many reasons, and we will discuss some of those tonight.

 

The great reformer of the Protestant Reformation, Martin Luther, once said,

“To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.” – Martin Luther

In fact, prayer is like breath of life to the believer. It is the one thing that connects us to God. It is by prayer that we make our relationship to God tangible. Let’s think about that for a second. How many people have a really close friend? What makes you close? I have some friends that I have not talked to in years, and when we get back together again after a long stint of being apart, you would think that no time had passed between us. This is because we have history. We have spent time together in such a big way in the past that we are riding on that history to keep us close. But the problem is that a lot has happened since we were younger and developed the strong bonds of our friendship. But people go through things in life, they change, they mature in different ways and then when old friends come together again, most of the time is spent reminiscing about the past before any real catching up begins. That goes for our relationship with the LORD.

When we first give our lives to the LORD, we are very excited about our relationship with Him. We talk to Him every day! In fact, we love this new friendship so much that we can’t stop talking about Him to everyone. The fact is we are enraptured by His love for us and want to spend every waking moment with Him. And sure, like our earthly friendships, if we lose touch we can come back and He will welcome us. But unlike our earthly relationships when we lose touch with Jesus we aren’t growing and maturing in our faith, instead we begin to stagnate and regress.But as with any other relationship, it is important that there be an exchange. What do you suppose is exchanged in friendships?

The biggest part of any friendship is direct communication. And that is exactly what prayer is; direct conversation based on a loving relationship with our Heavenly Father. It really boils down to an exchange between two people who have a desire to express their views and know that they have been heard. That said, open your Bibles with me to the New Testament book of Luke, and we will be looking together at Luke chapter 1 verse 1 through 14

Luke chapter 11….and beginning in verse 1 we read…

[Luk 11:1 NKJV] Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, [that] one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.”
[Luk 11:2 NKJV] So He said to them, “When you pray, say: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as [it is] in heaven.
[Luk 11:3 NKJV] Give us day by day our daily bread.
[Luk 11:4 NKJV] And forgive us our sins, For we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one.”

And so what we have here really is the formula for prayer. Now many times as pastors and teachers we say, God cannot be placed in a box, or a formula, and that is true for the most part, but when it comes to prayer God has given us a formula for prayer. But rather than look at it as a simple formula, you know 1+1=3, we have to view it like a framework (ahhh….I was just testing you guys to see if you were still with me). So a framework, by which we build upon as we grow and mature in our relationship with Jesus.

We often refer to this prayer as the LORD’s prayer, but I think that is a misnomer, because this prayer that Jesus shares with the disciples in this passage is more for them to learn how to pray than it is Jesus praying. If anything I would call this the disciples prayer. Now….If you want to hear the LORD’s prayer then you want to turn over to John 17:6-26. Here we see the pattern of this disciples prayer in its fullness as Jesus, the LORD prays to God. This would be more aptly titled “The LORD’s Prayer,” because here we actually get to hear the LORD Himself praying.

[Jhn 17:6 NKJV] “I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word.
[Jhn 17:7 NKJV] “Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You.
[Jhn 17:8 NKJV] “For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received [them], and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me.
[Jhn 17:9 NKJV] “I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours.
[Jhn 17:10 NKJV] “And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them.
[Jhn 17:11 NKJV] “Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We [are].
[Jhn 17:12 NKJV] “While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled.
[Jhn 17:13 NKJV] “But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves.
[Jhn 17:14 NKJV] “I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.
[Jhn 17:15 NKJV] “I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one.
[Jhn 17:16 NKJV] “They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.
[Jhn 17:17 NKJV] “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.
[Jhn 17:18 NKJV] “As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.
[Jhn 17:19 NKJV] “And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth.
[Jhn 17:20 NKJV] “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word;
[Jhn 17:21 NKJV] “that they all may be one, as You, Father, [are] in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.
[Jhn 17:22 NKJV] “And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one:
[Jhn 17:23 NKJV] “I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.
[Jhn 17:24 NKJV] “Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.
[Jhn 17:25 NKJV] “O righteous Father! The world has not known You, but I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me.
[Jhn 17:26 NKJV] “And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare [it], that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”

Now I want you to notice here that Jesus did not end with the phrase, “In Jesus’ Name…Amen,” either, and listen guys, I understand that is something we do when we pray to alert the other people in our group that we are done. But the word Amen literally means, “So Be It.” That is why I often find myself chuckling when I hear some saying “Amen” to “brother so and so who is caught up in sin.” No…not Amen!!! But heaven forbid! Right? And listen, words are important. But the point that Jesus is making in our passage for today is that they need to start somewhere by opening up the lines of communication with God. The simple prayer that we have here…Our Father in heaven, can be used then as a guide by which we pattern our prayer. As we have seen there is quite a difference in the depth of prayer in what we commonly call the LORD’s prayer and with the kind of prayer that the LORD prays for us. At the same time you might have noticed some similarities between the two prayers here.

For example: We see the reverence with which Jesus approaches God in prayer. In the Disciples prayer the LORD suggests that we begin by recognizing the LORD for who He is..

Our Father in Heaven.

God abides in the Holiest of Holies. His throne is exalted above all thrones. He is the King of kings and the LORD of lords. His dominion and power are all encompassing and He alone is worthy of our praise. When the disciples approached Jesus, the LORD responded to them by helping them understand that prayer is communication, but not with just anyone. This communication was between them and their Father. Now, some of you have great fathers here on earth. You can go up to him and be candid and tell him how you feel because you have fostered that relationship and you know that your dad loves you with all of his heart. But even still, there are some who have never known their earthly fathers. I think of my older kids who have never really met their biological father. I praise the LORD that He put them in my life and has given me the opportunity to be that father that they need here on earth, but even then they have a Father in Heaven to which they can reach out to for all of their needs. And this is how we should relate to God when we are having a conversation with Him. He is our Father, and like a father, His role is to guide us, care for us, and protect us. We can confidently approach Him because He is not some distant Creator who is not in the daily affairs of our lives. He is always present and knows all things. Who better to have a real relationship with?

Another important point is that we are His children. When we approach the Father we must do so as children. I think about my own little ones. When they come home from school, they burst through the door, and the first thing they say is, “DADDYYYYYYY!!!!!” They are genuinely excited to see me and it blesses my heart to no end. That is the kind of excitement that the LORD desires when we burst through the doors and approach the throne of grace. Excitement! We should be as eager as child on Christmas day to go before the Father as His children. But we also need to remember that while He is our Father, He is also the God of the universe, and so while we approach Him with excitement and boldness we have to also approach Him with reverence.

Hallowed be Your name.

His name is the name by which all men are saved. It is the person of Jesus that bears the title LORD and His name is to be revered. No other name on earth or in Heaven carries the authority of Christ the LORD, nor is there any other name that is given that holds the keys to salvation. And just as we live under the rule of our earthly fathers, how much more must we recognize that we live under the rule of Creator of the world! So…when we approach the LORD in prayer it should be with reverence. He is so worthy of our reverence too. And so we should be excited, but we should also understand our place. We are children, and our role is to honor and respect the LORD. This is not to say that we can’t be super stoked to meet with Him, but we have to realize that He is the Great I AM.

And so this first part of the prayer is centered around recognizing the LORD for who He is and recognizing who we are in light of who He is. That is so very important. But it is here that the gears shift, if you will, from recognition to petition. It is in these final words of Jesus that we discover the kinds of things that we should be praying for. Jesus begins by saying that we should pray…

Your kingdom come.

This implies that His Kingdom is in another place, and that it is owned by Him, and that it is one day coming. While we have earthly governments we know that one day His government will reign. We are in a very important period in our own American history. We have had an election and a new presisident with the power to appoint members of the supreme court that could have an impact on an entire generation or generations to come, but even so it is still an earthly kingdom or earthly government. Sure we have a democracy as our form of government, but one day we will have a Theocracy where Jesus will be the righteous Governor and Judge. As believers, we look to this coming kingdom with hope and eager expectation.

Your will be done

On earth as it is in heaven.

It is His will that is the final word. In light of the fact that He is above all things, He knows all things, and He has created all things for His own pleasure, then it follows that it is His will that matters most. Our role is to live out His will here on earth in preparation for eternity. And so when we are in prayer, we can use these as bullet points for our prayer time. A wire-frame, if you will, to which we apply substance. But more importantly we need to recognize that prayer is, in reality, the way that we communicate with God. I think the fact that we call it prayer in our current culture somehow dilutes what it really is. The reality of it all is that instead of saying, “I will pray about it,” we could very well say, “I am going to talk to the LORD about it.”

The idea of conversation also implies that it is a two-way street. When we pray we have to speak and then be prepared to listen. Now, I don’t know about you, but I have never picked up the phone and heard, “Hey Nick, it’s me Jesus…The LORD…whatcha’ doing?” Still, I have heard the LORD speak to me during times of communion with him in what we call prayer. I have heard the voice of the LORD as I have read His WORD, and I have heard the voice of the LORD through messages I have heard and throughout the day in my various circumstances. And so as Christians we have to be in a continual state of prayer throughout the day, but equally prepared to hear the LORD when He speaks to us. That is a conversation, and that is what builds relationships.

And so Jesus uses this model prayer to serve up an example of how we ought to pray and what we are to pray for. But again, this is not something that we memorize and rotely regurgitate like automatons with no emotion. This is just a great place to start.  So Jesus shares this model prayer and then questions the disciples by posing a rhetorical question to them to further illustrate his idea. Look at verses 5-7.

[Luk 11:5 NKJV] And He said to them, “Which of you shall have a friend, and go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves;
[Luk 11:6 NKJV] ‘for a friend of mine has come to me on his journey, and I have nothing to set before him’;
[Luk 11:7 NKJV] “and he will answer from within and say, ‘Do not trouble me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give to you’?

And so Jesus poses the hypothetical scenario of a neighbor who comes over in the middle of the night asking for bread. I can see it now….I am in bed…I finally get the kids to sleep, and I am exhausted. I doze off and around midnight I am finally getting into that sweet sleep, you know…REM sleep. I am comatose and my wife is drooling and snoring but I don’t know it because I am passed smooth out. Then all of the sudden, BANG BANG BANG…DING DONG…DING DONG….DING DONG! HEY NICK….OPEN UP MAN….I NEED TO BORROW SOME BREAD. I stumble down the stairs and open the door and there is my neighbor begging me to hook him up with a loaf of bread so he can make a sandwich for a friend that just popped in to town at midnight…. YEAH….that’d never happen. I woud be all like, “Dude…get in your car and go to the store….leave me ALONE…I am sleeping here!” No…I wouldn’t I would give him some bread, but you get the point. We have to keep in mind that they couldn’t jump in the car and go down to Walmart because 1) they didn’t have cars, and 2) they didn’t have Walmart. To meet a need they would have to grind wheat into flour, mix water in and turn it to dough, kneed the dough, roll the dough and bake it. This could take hours. And so Jesus is making the point that it is an immediate need. And so let’s read on and see what happens…. Jesus speaking here says….

[Luk 11:8 NKJV] “I say to you, though he will not rise and give to him because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will rise and give him as many as he needs.

The fact that it was his friend was inconsequential. But because of the neighbors persistence, the guy who got ripped out of sleep will give him what he needs if only to shut him up so he can get back to bed. Now, unlike the neighbor who is put out because of the way his neighbor comes begging  for bread for his guest; the LORD is most gracious and anticipates your need before you even ask. Flip the script…. The neighbor comes to beg for bread, and just as he is about to reach up to knock the door opens up and there I am standing with a basket of warm buttery, and gooey soft bread, ready to go for you….How did you know?!?! Um…wow….thank you friend! That is how the LORD welcomes and receives our prayers. Jesus continues in verse 9 by saying:

[Luk 11:9 NKJV] “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.

ASK. SEEK. KNOCK… these are all words that are in the present imperative and they suggest that we are to be persistent, to keep asking, to keep seeking, to keep knocking. Now I have been guilty of failing in this aspect of prayer. My wife will ask me if I have prayed about something important, and my stock response is “I have already prayed about it. If God didn’t hear me then it must not be important.” The reality is that I should be persistent in my prayer. How many of us are guilty of praying for something once and then dropping it like its hot? Jesus continues by saying:

[Luk 11:10 NKJV] “For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.

Here is what persistent prayer accomplishes. When we ask we receive, when we seek we find, and when we knock it will be opened. But I want to say this with a word of caution. God is not a cosmic vending machine. The whole idea of “name it claim it,” or “Blab it and grab it” are not valid. This is not what the LORD is teaching us. Otherwise, we would all be Gizillionaire’s with no health issues and what we might think are perfect lives…right?” The fact is that just as Jesus said we ought to pray earlier, “Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.” This is the what we should pray for. Now you can bet that if we pray the Fathers will, and we are persistent in our prayer about it, we can rest assure that we will receive an answer to our prayer. It does not always mean that we will get our way. In fact, we should not want to get our way. Our way is not important. It is God’s way that is important. I mean look at Jesus. He was in the Garden of Gethsemane and He prayed to the Father that He would take the cup of suffering that He would suffer in just a few short hours away from Him. Even Jesus did not want to suffer such a horrific death. But we have to notice that He wraps up His request by praying “Not my will but Yours be done.” And of course we know what happened next.

I have to tell you, in my own life, my mom died of Colorectal Cancer. You can bet we prayed that she would be cured of her illness, and you can bet we were persistent about praying for her. Still, she died a fairly painful death. Does this mean we did not have faith, or that we were not persistent enough? Not hardly. What it meant was that the LORD was finished with her on earth and wanted her to come home. And so it really angers me that people will teach this whole “Blab it and Grab it” doctrine as fact, when it could not be any further from the truth. God is not some cosmic vending machine that we can just put in a quarter and punch D10 for a twinkie or whatever. He gives us what we need, but He requires that we do our part and be persistent in asking. This is largely because He desires to communicate with us. He loves to hear our prayers. And it hurts Him when our prayers are hindered because of our sinfulness. Listen the LORD wants to give us the desires of our hearts… We see this in verse 11, where Jesus says:

[Luk 11:11 NKJV] “If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if [he asks] for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish?
[Luk 11:12 NKJV] “Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?
[Luk 11:13 NKJV] “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will [your] heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”

The point is simply this. God is much more generous than any of us could ever be, and He wants to bless us not only out of His abundance, but according to His abundance. Let me put it to you this way. If I were a billionaire and I wrote you a check for $100 dollars that would still rock, but it would be giving you out of my abundance. But if I wrote you a check for $1 Million dollars, that would cause you to pass out….but that would be me giving to you according to my abundance. And listen…this is the way that the LORD desires to give to you and me…According to His abundance. But beyond just meeting our needs for material things, God sees our needs for spiritual things of greater importance. This is why He desires to have a relationship with us. The material things are fleeting and He knows that our needs go far beyond the mundane and superficial. He knows that we are destined for eternity and wants to bless us with the things we need to prepare for eternity with Him. These are the things we should focus on in our times of prayer. We should be intent upon growing our relationship with Him. It is no big thing that He would give to His children the things they need. His desire goes beyond provision to relationships that are more necessary than our earthly needs. The needs are a given and He will supply, but His desire is to win our hearts, minds and souls. There is not friend like that here on earth… AMEN!

I want to close out my devotional today by sharing a short story about one of most amazing prayer warriors that I have ever learned about.

A Man of Prayer.

George Mueller (1805–1898) is widely considered one the greatest men of prayer and faith since the days of the New Testament. He lived nearly the entire nineteenth century, two-thirds of it in Bristol, England. He led four far-reaching, influential ministries, but we know him best today for his orphanages.

During a time in England when most orphans lived in miserable workhouses or on the streets, like Charles Dickens’s Oliver Twist, Mueller took them in, fed them, clothed them, and educated them. Through his orphanage in Bristol, Mueller cared for as many as two thousand orphans at a time—more than ten thousand in his lifetime. Yet he never made the needs of his ministries known to anyone except to God in prayer. Only through his annual reports did people learn after the fact what the needs had been during the previous year and how God had provided.

Mueller had over fifty thousand specific recorded answers to prayers in his journals, thirty thousand of which he said were answered the same day or the same hour that he prayed them. Think of it: that’s five hundred definite answers to prayer each year—more than one per day—every single day for sixty years! God funneled over half a billion dollars (in today’s dollars) through his hands in answer to prayer.

Mueller’s Great Discovery

How did George Mueller pray? He said that for the first ten years of what he called his “life of faith”—referring not to when he was unknown but to ten years of trust in God and remarkable answers to prayer—he often struggled to get into the spirit of prayer, in other words, to really feel like praying. Until, that is, he made one slight alteration in his method. Here’s how he described the change:

The difference, then, between my former practice and my present one is this: formerly, when I rose, I began to pray as soon as possible, and generally spent all my time till breakfast in prayer, or almost all the time. At all events I almost invariably began with prayer. . . . But what was the result? I often spent a quarter of an hour, or half an hour, or even an hour on my knees before being conscious to myself of having derived comfort, encouragement, humbling of soul, etc.; and often, after having suffered much from wandering of mind for the first ten minutes, or quarter of an hour, or even half an hour, I only then really began to pray.

I scarcely ever suffer now in this way. For my heart being nourished by the truth, being brought into experimental [today we would say “experiential”] fellowship with God, I speak to my Father and to my Friend (vile though I am, and unworthy of it) about the things that He has brought before me in His precious Word. It often now astonishes me that I did not sooner see this point.

So Mueller would sometimes flounder for half an hour to an hour trying to pray, fighting to focus his thoughts and to kindle feelings for prayer in his heart. Only after that long, determined struggle would he finally enter into a sense of communion with God.

But once he began the practice of conversing with God about what he found in the Word of God, he “scarcely ever” suffered with those problems in prayer again. Praying through a passage of Scripture as he went “walking about in the fields” was the uncomplicated method that transformed the daily experience of one of the most famous men of prayer in history. And it can transform your prayer life just as easily.

SO…based on Mueller’s methods, what might we do in our prayer life?

This, then, is how you should pray, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. LORD, I wonder what it is like in Heaven really…I mean I read about it in the Bible as being a beautiful place, all of the streets of gold and this and that, but what can do to experience that now? I understand that Your Spirit dwells in me, and that being in Your presence is what Heaven is really all about. So are You telling me that I can experience Heaven on earth. When I pray to You LORD I use names like Father, LORD, and Jesus. But Your WORD teaches me that You are more like a spiritual dad. In fact the word ABBA means daddy, I want to have that kind of relationship with you today dad. But I know that I have to recognize who You are as well and approach You with reverence because Your name is hallowed and sacred. And so, as we go through Scripture reading, we could very well do like Mueller did and pray through the Scriptures. A great place to start is with our memory verses right? We should also do this often right? How often should we be in an attitude of prayer? I can see it now…Christians across the land in straight jackets because all the world sees, is a bunch of people seemingly talking to themselves. But we know different. We are communicating with God and waiting for His response. And so if there is silence on the other end of the line, we have to be diligent to listen more closely. Sometimes God whispers. But God always answers. He either says, “Yes,” “No,” or “Wait,” and we find His response in His WORD. So I trust that today’s devotional has given us some insight into the power of prayer, and how we ought to pray (I know it has for me). The take away is simply this. “When you pray, understand that you are having a conversation with God. And be sure to pray regularly because that is how relationships grow.”

Prayer: LORD, how often do I use my tongue for things other than praying to You? If I am to give a tithe of my first fruits shouldn’t that include my prayer time as well? I have wasted too many words on meaningless subjects and have failed to come to You in the most critical of times. Like Corey Ten Boom suggests, I have let prayer be a spare tire instead of a stearing wheel in many cases. But LORD You know me and search me and You convict me of these things by Your Spirit so that I can catch a clue. So thank You for gently reminding me that You are the Almighty God. You alone are worthy of my praise. I pray LORD that You would come again soon. Have Your way with me LORD that I might be found pleasing to You. Thank You for all that You have blessed me with, Your provision is never ceasing. Forgive me LORD for the times when I have sinned against You. Help me to forgive others who have wronged me in the same way that You have forgiven me. LORD I look for the coming day when You will reign in the hearts of all men. I love You LORD and give You my praise. It is in Your name that I pray. –Amen

 

 

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