We have been raised on or memorized the famous passage of Scripture:
Luke 11:2-4 “And He said to them, 'When you pray, say: 'Father, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, For we ourselves also forgive everyone who is indebted tous. And lead us not into temptation.'" NASB
Most of us call this The Lord’s prayer. This is the prayer that Jesus taught his disciples when they asked him to teach them how to pray. But there are also rules for praying.
Mark 11:20-26 "And as they were passing by in the morning, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots up. And being reminded, Peter said to Him, 'Rabbi, behold, the fig tree which You cursed was withered.' And Jesus answered saying to them, 'Have faith in God. Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, "Be taken up and cast into the sea," and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it shall be granted him. Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they shall be granted you. And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone; so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your transgressions. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father who is in heaven forgive your transgressions.'" NASB
Luke 11:22 “And Jesus answered saying tothem, 'Have faith in God.'" NASB
Luke 11:23 “Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, "be taken up and cast into the sea," and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going tohoappen, it shall be granted him." NASB
Luke 11:25 “And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone; so that your Father also who is in heaven may fortgive you your transgressions." NASB
Psalms 51:10 "Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me." NASB
A lot of times our prayers are answered either no, yes or wait. Sometimes God doesn’t give us what we want because it not in His will or he has something better for us. Children may ask to go to a friend’s house and be mad that you said no, but they become really excited that the “no” answer meant that you were taking them to an amusement park instead. God is good – all the time! God gives good things. Sometimes we hinder our prayers with unconfessed sin or unforgiveness. Sometimes it’s just because we live in a fallen world. It won’t be perfect till He returns for us and takes us to the New Jerusalem.
Created By Julie Robinson
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Friday, April 20, 2018