The Prayer of All Time

Our Father Who is in heaven
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day, our daily bread.
Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

How many times have you recited the “Our Father”? Hundreds? Thousands?

Have you meditated on this prayer?

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The Will of God – It’s About Our Relationship with Him

 

For I [Jesus] have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. John 6:38-40

Have you ever wondered what the will of God was for your life? Jesus knew the will of God for His life, and He lived it out.

Jesus roamed the country preaching the Good News – news that God loves His people and has made a way for them to enter into a relationship with God through His Son, Jesus.

Jesus raised the dead, gave sight to the blind, touched the leper with healing, fed the multitudes, walked on water, turned water to wine, cast out demons, calmed the seas, and much more – all in the name of His Father.

Jesus shed His glory that He had with God in heaven to become a helpless baby, walk this earth, serve, and pay the price of our sin, our rebellion.

The price for that sin is death. Jesus came to die on the cross to pay the price of your sin and my sin.

Jesus came to defeat the curse of sin: death. He died, but three days later, the Holy Spirit raised Him from the dead! He’s now at the right hand of God, speaking on your behalf if you are His follower.

Jesus did the will of the Father while He was on earth, and we’re to do the will of God while we’re on earth.

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father. Galatians 1:3-4

But what is the will of God for our lives?

How do we do the will of God?

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What to do when your prayer path seems to have ended

Have you felt like you were walking on a daisy-lined path with the Lord, and then, the path ended? What do you do?

PRAY!

Hear, O LORD, when I cry aloud;
be gracious to me and answer me!
You have said, “Seek my face.”
My heart says to you,
“Your face, LORD, do I seek.” 
                 . . .
Teach me your way, O LORD,
and lead me on a level path
because of my enemies. Psalm 27:7-11

Some think that David wrote these words before he was king, when his parents died, or he was being pursued by Saul. Others think that he wrote this when he was old and after his men told him that he should not go into war again. 2 Samuel 21:16-17  

Ancient pleas for favor and guidance, and yet, they are relevant to us today.

David knew how to get back on the right path. He prayed, and he trusted that God would hear him and answer him.

 

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You’re Invited to A Prayer Walk

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Prayer begins the Bible with God speaking the world into existence, and prayer ends the Bible with an “Even so, Come, Lord Jesus.” Revelation 22:20 

The Bible is a sweet love letter to us, the beginning of a conversation with God. He is just waiting for us to respond.

In the Bible, we are encouraged to wrap up everything we do in prayer.

Prayer is a continuation of a love relationship that God began when He said, “Let Us make man in our image.” Genesis 1:26

He formed man out of the dust of the earth and woman from the man, and He said all that He had made was “very good.” Genesis 1:31

God walked with Adam and Eve in the cool of the day in the Garden of Eden – prayer. I wonder what they talked about.

Can you imagine walking in the Garden of Eden with God … listening to your Creator … responding to Him? That’s prayer.

We have something even better than the Garden of Eden. We don’t have to wait until the cool of the day. Our Father, the Creator of the Universe, walks with His children every moment of the day. He’s started the conversation, and He’s waiting for us to respond.

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Memorial Day … A reminder of America’s values

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“We do not know one promise these men made, one pledge they gave, one word they spoke; but we do know they summed up and perfected, by one supreme act, the highest virtues of men and citizens. For love of country they accepted death, and thus resolved all doubts, and made immortal their patriotism and their virtue.”

James A. Garfield
May 30, 1868 Arlington National Cemetery

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