Prayer

hands clasped in prayer

For a full and consecrated spiritual life, every day seek a spot for a still hour, and yield yourself completely to God. A nice way to start could be with Miss Havergal’s hymn, “Take my life, and let it be”.

Take my life and let it be–consecrated, Lord, to Thee. Take my moments and my days–let them flow in ceaseless praise. Take my hands and let them move–at the impulse of Thy love. Take my feet and let them be–swift and beautiful for Thee.

Take my voice and let me sing–always, only, for my King. Take my lips and let them be–filled with messages from Thee. Take my silver and my gold–not a mite would I withhold. Take my intellect and use–every power as Thou shalt choose.

Take my will and make it Thine–it shall be no longer mine. Take my heart it is Thine own–it shall be Thy royal throne. Take my love my Lord, I pour–at Thy feet its treasure store. Take myself and I will be–ever, only, all for Thee!

Everyone knows The Lord’s Prayer; however, do you realize that The Lord’s Prayer was intended as a guide for us to use and expand upon. Jesus never meant it to be a rote spewing of words that we repeat without even thinking about what we are praying. That is how the hypocrites pray. If prayed as it is meant to be prayed, we cannot get through it in a minute a half. If we take the time to pray as Jesus taught us to pray, we begin every day with victory established over the day.

Matthew 6:9-13 “This, then, is how you should pray:

Our Father who art in heaven, (Jesus taught us to start the prayer with Our Father, not my Father or simply Father, to reinforce that God is the Father of all, not simply of the individual who is praying). This is where we should stop and include prayer for the “all”; taking time to actually pray for everyone we know who is in need of prayer, including individuals, our community, state, country, the world, our leaders (yes, even the ones we don’t like – God uses them for His purpose so pray for God’s will to be done through them and don’t sin by despising them), victims of terrorism (here and abroad) the terrorists (any one of them could become a brother or sister in Christ), and our “enemies”.

Hallowed be your name, (God’s name identifies who He is. He is Holy, He is God Almighty, Jehovah, Elohim (Creator of Heaven and Earth), El Shaddai (Lord God Almighty), YHWH, Adonai (Lord), I AM, Father, Abba (Daddy), Faithful, Merciful, Mighty, Everlasting, Omniscient, Omnipresent, Omnipotent, Strength, Salvation, Righteousness, Peace, Goodness, Love and so much more. This is where we stop and take time to really thank, exalt and praise our Father and Our Lord).

Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. (This is big one. This is where we humble ourselves–casting aside our own will and asking that God’s will be done, through the working of the Holy Spirit and Christ in us, so that we may be His kingdom come on earth, as it is in Heaven).

Give us this day our daily bread. (This is not bodily food Jesus is talking about, but our spiritual food: “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” This is the Word of God—the Bible. “Your Words were found, and I ate them–and Your Word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart!” and “The Word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword” and “Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path”. When we pray for our daily bread, and then go to God’s Word, He will direct us to the very scriptures He knows we need to read in order to be nourished in our spirit, and receive the answers we seek. Remember “Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened unto you”. )

And forgive us our debts (or trespasses – our sins), as we also have forgiven our debtors (those who have trespassed or sinned against us). (This is the place to stop and look back to identify where we have trespassed against God or others – we should not view this as a blanket indemnification clause. God knows how we have sinned against Him and others – He wants us to recognize it and ask for forgiveness. It is easy for us to identify how someone else has trespassed against us, and it is often hard for us to forgive them, yet we immediately expect God to forgive us without our even taking the time to identify what it is we are asking forgiveness for. This verse brings us to recall any trespasses made against us (intentionally or unintentionally) and make the conscious act of forgiving that trespass. It also requires us to look into ourselves to see where we may have trespassed against God or another person, and ask for God’s forgiveness, and then to go and ask for the forgiveness of that person, if appropriate and possible. Unforgiveness creates a major block in our spiritual life, so is something we need to clear daily.

And lead us not into temptation (the Greek for temptation can also mean testing), but deliver us from the evil one (Satan). (Even our Lord prayed, “If it be possible, let this cup pass away from me”. The answer to the prayer may come in actual exemption from a trial, in “the means of escape”, or in the strength to bear it. The prayer against temptation would not be complete without reference to the Tempter. We may pray to be spared the trial, but if it comes, there is room for the prayer, “Deliver us from the power of him who is our enemy and Thine.”

Some late manuscripts include “for yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.”

Amen

About E.J.

My name is Ellen “E.J.” Lefavour. I am a Christian artist and writer living in Gloucester, MA, where I have been living since God led me here in September of 2010. I am a painter, photographer and writer who, by the grace of God, has lived and worked as an artist for over 25 years, allowing me to separate myself from the World and walk in faith, to a large degree. I pray you are blessed, built up in your faith and Christian walk, and become an interactive participant in God's Morning. We're here as Christ's body, supporting and building each other up in all righteousness, in His name.
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