NOT MY WILL BUT YOURS

Often Believers' voices are heard saying and singing about wanting to be like Jesus. Is this actually possible? Yes it is.

"For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps" (1 Peter 2'21).

The first step must surely be to have His disposition in all things. Whatever the choice or decision may be it is: "Father ... not my will, but Yours, be done" (Luke 22'42).

"For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen,

to the glory of God through us," 1 Corinthians 1'20.

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Prayer. Heavenly Father, thank you for Kingdom freedom and the gracious access to you and to Christ's inheritance.

And thank you, too, for the wonderful example of the Lord's own "manner" in praying - and everything else. Amen.

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Kingdom Praying - 2

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"Draw near to God and He will draw near to you,"

James 4'8.

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The promise that God will draw near to us as we draw near to Him is a heart-warming assurance for any Believer, but especially one who feels uncertain or unworthy about praying.

One thing every Believer can be sure of is that our heavenly Father is merciful. Also, that the Holy Spirit is an encourager. In the letter to the Hebrew Believers, and us, He says:

"Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.

For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.

Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need," Hebrews 4'14-16.

Regardless of any discouraging or depressing thoughts we might have, Believers can go to the Father's throne and obtain mercy from Him. And find grace at the same time!

Let's keep this understanding firmly in mind:

"If God be for us, who can be against us?" (Romans 8'31).

No one, no thing or even ourselves, can be against God's children, because,

"We ... have a High Priest who ... was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.

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"Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus,

by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh,

and having a High Priest over the house of God,

let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith,

having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience

and our bodies washed with pure water.

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering,

for He who promised is faithful," Hebrews 10'19-23.