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 deal to 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 well and He could apply them effectively. They were part of Him. And for Believers to be victorious, we need to know them well.
If you are yet to learn His scriptures about living in Christ's New Covenant Kingdom of God, here are some:
+ "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". But it's good to remember that, actually, 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 today who identify themselves as being Christian and a lot who don't. And yet there are many who are aware of what they know as "The Lord's Prayer" that comes from Matthew 6'1-13.
For some any reference to praying brings it to mind. It has been called "the model prayer" or "the prayer that Jesus taught us to pray". Many call it "The Our Father" and learnt off by heart and repeated on certain occasions in their lives.
It is mostly accepted as is regardless. Although there are certain parts that are out of line with New Covenant understandings, there are certain parts that are very much in line.
The truth is that Believers are saved, being "... delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love," (Colossians 1'12).
So "Kingdom Praying" aims to explain how it should be regarded. And what its relevance to Believers is today.
One major aspect of born-again Believers is that they have received Christ and that experience governs their understanding.
They have Christ, The Living Word, in whom they dwell and within them is the Holy Spirit. Also they have the written Kingdom 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.