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Living In The Cross

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

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"To present the gospel in it's purest form, for the reviving of the Saints, for the salvation of souls, through music and through the rightly dividing of the word.  To bring glory to God through Jesus Christ."

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2007.04.01

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DAILY BIBLE VERSE
 
 
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. Psalm 100:4 
 
 


 
Thought for the day
 
 Communicating with the Father

"Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving."
Colossians 4:2 NAS

Have you ever sat down and thought about the words that are coming out of your mouth when you pray? Do they sound sort of like this, Lord I need the car payment, food for my cupboards, and money for all my bills to be paid? Your prayers start sounding like a grocery list for the Father to fulfill. What is prayer but a time to strengthen the relationship that we can have with God? Like a flower garden we have to cultivate that relationship in order for it to be all that God wants it to be and in order to do that there must be communication. When we go to the Father in prayer we go by faith, knowing that God hears and will answer our prayers. Prayer is the expression of faith, Hebrews 11:1 says, "Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction (evidence) of things not seen." Matthew 9:29 says, "Then he touched their eyes and said, ‘According to your faith will it be done to you"; we pray it with confidence and assurance that it will be done.
When you pray it should start with thanks and adoration "Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever" (Psalms 106:1). We need to give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. To adore God is to worship and praise Him, to honor and exalt Him in our heart and mind and with our lips. No matter what we are going through at the moment we should always have something that we can adore God and be thankful for. 1 Corinthians 15:57 says, "But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."
Then we must pray a prayer of confession. It is always wise to give confession to God, whom we have wronged more deeply then anyone else, when we choose to be disobedient: He has love and understanding." It is awesome to know that we have an advocate, someone that speaks for us, someone that is in favor of us and gives us support before his father, 1 John 2:1 says, "If anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous." Jesus goes before us to His Father and speaks on our behalf.
Intercessory praying should come next. "Intercession is more then specific: it is pondered: it requires us to bear on our heart the burden of those for whom we pray." We go before the father on behalf of someone else. This says it all, we feel the needs and burdens of others, give up ourselves and lay it at the feet of Jesus until that prayer is answered. It is really hard to have conflict with someone that you are praying for. Lay the burden at the feet of Jesus and watch what happens. 1 Timothy 2:1 says, "I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone."
After we have prayed these three things then we can feel free to bring your prayer of petition (appeal or urgent request) before the Father. "We should not fear to lift our earthly needs before Eternal Eyes, for we are held in Eternal Love." Philippians 4:6 says, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your request to God."
The most important thing to remember when we are in our prayer time is to stop and listen for the answer that God has for us. He speaks in a still small voice so we have to listen very carefully. "Be still and know that I am God" (Psalms 46:10).
Next time you pray make it a point to listen to the words that you are praying and ask yourself are they words that will cultivate that relationship with your Father?

In the Cross
LJL

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