Tuesday, July 5, 2011

How the Lord’s Prayer changes us:

We have been working through the Lord’s Prayer on Sunday Mornings and I have been personally challenged as I have been using this prayer as a model. I have found the Lord’s Prayer to be very helpful in my prayer life, and it has strengthened my walk with God. I found the following during my research and I would like to share it with you today:

How the Lord’s Prayer changes us:

How can we say our unless we make room for others in our fellowship?
How can we say Father unless we have been born from above through Christ Jesus?
How can we say who art in Heaven unless we grasp the awesome majesty and vast love of God?
How can we say hallowed be Thy name unless we who are called by His name dedicate ourselves to holy living?
How can we say Thy Kingdom come unless we always commit ourselves to obey the King of kings in extending His loving rule to all who will receive it?
How can we say Thy will be done unless we release the demand to have it our way?
How can we say on earth as it is in Heaven unless we proclaim and demonstrate the gospel of Christ to the privileged and underprivileged somewhere, everywhere?
How can we say give us this day our daily bread unless we give food and job training and hope to the hungry and homeless?
How can we say forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us unless we make every effort to resolve conflicts quickly by talking to the ones who hurt us instead of talking about them?
How can we say lead us not into temptation unless we adopt biblical standards of integrity and morality for our church, our children, and ourselves?
How can we say deliver us from evil unless we put on the whole armor of God and pray against the adversary?
How can we say for Thine is the Kingdom unless we yield our rights to the Lordship of King Jesus?
How can we say Thine is the power unless we rely on the supernatural energy of Christ?
How can we say Thine is the glory unless we serve humbly without seeking praise from people around us?
How can we say forever unless we keep one eye on the final judgment and rewards of eternity?

Let’s pray earnestly for God to bless and guide us!

- Bro. Dave

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