KNOWING THE SCRIPTURES
When Jesus was tempted in the wilderness, He answered the enemy with the Word of God (Luke 1'13). He used scriptures as a sword to kill the temptations of the enemy.
For Believers the Word of God is the "sword of the Spirit" (Ephesians 6'17).
The Lord knew the scriptures so well that He could use them effectively. They were part of Him. To be victorious, we need to know them too.
If you are yet to learn His word about living in Christ's New Covenant Kingdom of God, here are some verses:
+ "And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.
He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life," 1 John 5'11-12.
+ "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God
and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus," Philippians 4'6-7.
+ "Confess your trespasses to one another and pray for one another that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much," James 5'16.
+ "I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding," 1 Corinthians 14'15.
+ "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you," Matthew 7'7.
+ "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!" Luke 11'13.
+ "If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!" Matthew 7'11.
+ "Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints," Ephesians 6'18.
There's a fairly common saying that "prayer works". Nevertheless, it's good to remember that it's not true - the truth is, it is God who works, not the prayer.
Jesus said, “My Father has been working until now, and I have been working," John 5'17.
Prayer. Heavenly Father, thank you for saving us, accepting us in The Beloved, changing us and being available to your children when we pray.
Thank you, too, for the ever-open access your Children have to you and your Throne of Grace.
In Jesus' name. Amen.
Kingdom Praying - 2
"IN THIS MANNER"
Abba, Father, yours is the Kingdom
and the power and the glory forever.
There are many who identify themselves as Christian, and a lot of those who don't, who are aware of "The Lord's Prayer"as it is found in Matthew 6'1-13. And so for many the word "pray" brings it to mind.
Some refer to it as "the model prayer" or "the prayer that Jesus taught us to pray".
For some it is a set of words learnt off by heart and repeated on certain occasions in their lives. Many call it the "Our Father".
It seems to be universally accepted without question as being applicable to people's lives today.
But, for others there are certain things about this "Lord's Prayer" that seem to be out of line with their understandings of their salvation.
And this is the reason for considering it as part of this Kingdom Praying. So, how should it be regarded? And what is its relevance to Believers today?
One major aspect of born-again Believers is that they have received Christ and their experience governs their understanding.
They have Christ, The Living Word, within them by the Holy Spirit. And they have the written Word of Christ (Acts 2'1 to Revelation 3'22).
Consequently, they are exhorted to:
"Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another ..." Colossians 3'16.
It provides the understandings by which to rightly divide "The Lord's Prayer" so it will be considered accordingly.