When I was desperate for God to reveal Himself and have a real and tangible relationship this was my answer for drawing close to God. This article is the result of how the Holy Spirit taught me to pray with the Lord's prayer.
As my awareness or God consciousness grew I was able to carry God's presence with me more and more throughout the day. As I continued to press in everything changed. God became real and personable to me as He kept breaking out of the boxes I was trying to keep Him in.
Starting your day with the presence of
Each and every one of us has a promise from God. The promise
is that if we seek God with our whole heart, mind, body and soul; He will
reveal Himself to us. As Christians, we each have access, as individuals to the
presence of God, our heavenly Father. Jesus paid our price of admittance in
full! There is nothing we can do to add to the price He paid by our works, our
attitude, penance or ritual. It has been
paid completely. There are some things we want to do in preparing to enter into
the presence of our God and heavenly Father.
As Christians, we do not wear our righteousness. We wear the
robe of Jesus righteousness over us. Every time we want to enter into God’s
presence, Jesus mantle of righteousness covers us completely. To make sure there
are no barriers between us and our heavenly Father, take the time to request
forgiveness for any wrongs we have committed with our attitude or actions
toward God, ourself or others. This is when we want to forgive others who have
wronged us, from our perspective, intentionally or not.
We do not earn the right to be in God’s presence by doing
this; instead we position ourself to be in harmony with God. This is because we are letting go of the baggage we are carrying. When we do this we are able
to have an open and pure heart as we commune with our heavenly Father.
When we enter into God’s presence and talk with Him we call
this prayer. Praying is not presenting a wish list to our heavenly Father; it
is opening a line of communication from us to our God and from Him to us. This
means that prayer is supposed to be a dialogue and not a monologue.
Jesus tells us in John 10:1-18 that when we know Him we will
hear His voice. This is the foundation of our relationship with the Living
God. We are able to talk one-on-one with
our God and know Him in person, not just learn about Him and know of Him.
The Lord’s Prayer is a great way to build on the intimacy we
have with our heavenly Father. The reason we are using the Lord’s Prayer for
our morning prayer time is because the structure allows us to present every
need, want, concern or desire that we have for ourself and our neighbors that
we are lifting up to our Father in heaven.
Starting my day this
way is what worked best for me. A different time based on scheduling or the way we function best is our choice.
Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed
be thy name.
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses as we
forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but
deliver us from evil;
For thine is the kingdom and the power
and the glory for ever. Amen.
which art in heaven. Hallowed be thy Name.
Jesus gave us this model or outline of how to pray when He
taught His disciples how to pray. In this outline or structure for prayer we
begin and end our prayer with praise to God. When we start our prayer with
thanksgiving and praise we direct our body, soul and spirit on who God is, where
God is and how truly awesome it is that we are His child and that He is our
God. We have a God who is stronger, bigger, better and greater than any
circumstance or person.
Praise also allows us to gain perspective from God’s point
of view. When we are in the presence of the Creator of the Universe, The One
who brought all life into being, things just do not seem to be as overwhelming.
God enjoys our praise but He has us praise Him for our benefit. Praising God
takes the focus off of ourself and the world around us and puts our focus on
how awesome our God is to us.
Praise also opens us up to receive the peace of God within
our body, soul and spirit. When this happens we are in harmony with our God. It
is from this position of being tuned in to our heavenly Father that we conduct
our business for the work of today.
When we express thanksgiving to our heavenly Father, we are
thanking Him for the provisions, blessings and circumstances in our life. These
are the provisions for all of our needs not just our financial needs. We are
also thanking Him for the blessings that exceed the maintenance of our basic
and lifestyle needs that are a part of the path He has made just for us.
We are also taking the time to thank our God for the
unwelcome circumstances in our life, those brought on by the actions of others
or events beyond our control or ability to influence. The unwelcome
circumstances in our life due to our own choices and actions are covered in the
“our daily bread” section of our prayer.
The reason we are thanking our heavenly Father for the
circumstances we had no control over is because He is allowing us to reflect,
represent and honor Him as He uses them to shape His character in us and give
us opportunity to show His love. This also helps us to stay humble and realize
that we want and need His help in our life.
As a child of God, we always receive all the mercy and grace
we need for every circumstance and life lesson that we have. This does not mean
they are easy or without hardship. It is important to remember that He believes
in us, works all things for our good and He knows our limits and abilities
better than we do. They also encourage us to continually turn to Him for comfort,
guidance and strength as well for His mercy and grace and they help us do
better at putting our God first, in all things.
When we are praising our God we are recognizing the
awesomeness of who He is in all three persons and are expressing our love and
adoration, what He means to us. In the Old Testament, God revealed His nature
through the names He used to describe Himself to His people. In the New
Testament there are a plethora of names describing Jesus and the Holy Spirit to
When praising our God using the names He has given us, we
have a better understanding of how to relate in a more personal way to our
heavenly Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. There are times we do not feel like
praising our God even though we are to offer the sacrifice of praise at all
times. It is during these times, when we use the descriptive names of God, we
find that we are able to adjust our thinking in spite of our feelings and our
attitude and receive our heavenly Fathers perfect love for us, in us.
It is when we worship our God in praise that we are able to
open ourself up to receiving His perspective, His heart and His truths. This
puts our heart in the position to be changed, for burdens to be lifted we have
been holding on tightly to and for past wounds and scars to be healed. We are also enabled and empowered through the
Holy Spirit as the seed of faith we do have is watered and our relationship
Old Testament Names of God
YHVH orYahweh: Lord
To Be, The Ever Living One, Self Existing One
Elohim: The Most High God (Plural
form) El Shaddai: God Almighty
Jehovah Jirah: God Our Provider Jehovah Rapha: God Our Healer
Jehovah Nissi: God Our Banner Jehovah Shalom: God Our Peace
Jehovah Rohi: God Our Shepherd
Jehovah Tsidkinu: God Our Righteous
Jehovah Shammah: God Is Always Present
Jehovah Mekaddish: God Who Makes Us Holy
Adonai: The LORD God; Master and Owner of all He has created.
The I Am’s of Jesus
I Am the Bread of Life I Am the Light of the World
Before Abraham was born, I
Am I Am the Door
John 8:58 John 10:9
I Am the Good Shepherd I Am the Son of God
I Am the Resurrection and the
Life I Am the True Vine
John 11:25 John 15:1
I Am the Way, the Truth and
More Names of Jesus
Savior Prince of Peace Lamb
John 4:42 Isaiah 9:6 John 1:29
Teacher Lord of Lord’s Chief Cornerstone
John 11:28 1 Timothy 6:15 Ephesians
High Priest King of King’s Head of the Church
Hebrews 6:20 1 Timothy 6:15 Ephesians 5:23
The Rock Alpha and Omega Image of the Invisible God
1 Corinthians 10:4 Revelations 22:13 Colossians 1:15
Redeemer The Resurrection Only begotten Son of God
John 19:25 John 11:25 John 3:16
The Word Advocate, Defender Author and Finisher of our faith
John 1:1 1 John 2:1 Hebrews 12:2
The Holy Spirit: Best friend and
comforter who leads me into all truth.
Proverbs 18:24, John 14:16, 17 & 26, John 16:13-15
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on
earth as it is in heaven.
The second verse is part of our stewardship. We are
presenting and interceding for the needs, desires, conditions and circumstances;
seeking our heavenly Fathers will, for those we have a burden for or oversight
of in our areas of responsibility. Those we serve directly and indirectly.
For example, interceding for our wife, our
children and our future generations would be an area we have oversight in and a
direct responsibility; whether we are married or are currently single and
desire to be married.
Lifting up and presenting the people we work with and those we
have authority over are also areas we have oversight in. Having the burden to
lift up our neighbors, acquaintances, our brothers and sisters in Christ,
anyone who has needs we are aware of are people we serve indirectly and have
the responsibility to do so.
These are people we are extending or reinforcing the gift of
grace too and asking our heavenly Father to get involved. When we have
completed sharing the burdens for the individuals in our sphere of influence
and responsibility it is time to broaden the scope of our perspective.
It is important to remember that we are warriors as well as
priests. There is an actual war taking place here on earth. The spiritual
battle between God and Satan on earth is a reality. There are not only the
individual battles we each face daily, there is a bigger picture. If Satan can
keep us bogged down with the battle in front of us, we are unaware and not a
participant in the battles being fought around us.
Some examples would be:
1) The break up of
the family as a cohesive unit, family values being lost in America.
2) Installing the
State as the true head of our house according to the laws of man.
3) Having same-sex
marriages become a reality.
These are some of the major battles that have and are going
on around us. These are the spiritual battles of principalities and powers
beyond our individual domains that we have responsibility for. (Ephesians 6:12)
Even if we are not directly involved in these major battles the outcome
directly affects us, individually and in our eternal family. If we have made our
citizenship choice to reside in the kingdom of heaven, even though here on
earth we sit, we are involved.
If we do not think that we are, two things have happened in our
life. First, we are not tuned in to God beyond what we think He can do for us
and are serving the god of self, not El Shaddai, God Almighty, the King of the
Universe. Secondly, Satan has deceived and blinded us causing us to be an
M.I.A., missing in action, a casualty of war that we are a soldier in.
If this has happened in our life it is time to re-enlist! It
is time to grab hold of the victory we have through Jesus and live as the
chosen and adopted son/daughter of God we are.
There is no time limit for any areas of prayer. Since the areas of oversight in this section
can be overwhelming time-wise, it may be necessary to divide them into
different days of the week. It is a good
idea to have a notebook to record the needs, people, places and things that we
If we have divided the areas
of oversight and the people we are interceding for to different days of the
week, this will help us stay organized. This will also help us to be consistent
at praying for something until God answers that prayer.
Another benefit from
recording what we pray for and when God answered is it is great for validating
that God hears our prayers and can be a real “pick me up” when we are down or
think God is not listening to us.
When putting together a prayer list it helps to establish
categories. This helps us to focus on specific areas in our sphere of influence
at one time. Some of the categories may be prayers that we gather together with
others to pray. i.e. your spouse, prayer partner or congregational prayer
Once we define our categories it will be easier to divide them up into
different days of the week.
Samples of Categories for Prayer
FAMILY: Family members we are related to by birth or
marriage. If we are married this is an excellent category to pray together with
our wife. The two of us are able to pray in agreement for each other, our
children and future generations as well as seeking guidance for how to lead our
family in direction and in personal growth.
This is a great way to help our
wife to respect us and have confidence in us as husband, father and as the
spiritual leader in our home. (It is the effort to stand in the position God has put us in, honoring God's sense of order, not our finesse or even our ability to pray that draws our wives closer to us. We can trust God to do His part.)
PERSONAL FRIENDS: People we are close to and interact with
through special interests such as family activities and hobbies. These are also
people that share a passion with us, a passion God has put in us that gives us
a dislocated heart for Him and His purpose.
PROFESSIONAL RELATIONSHIPS: These would be the people we
work with or have contact with through work; those we have authority over and
those we are accountable too.
SPIRITUAL FAMILY: Immediate and extended family whose needs
or circumstances we know about. These can be church members, missionaries,
un-churched Christians or other churches and family members in the body of
Christ. This can be a category we gather with other men/women to pray for our church
family, leadership and the spiritual battles occurring in our congregation.
OUTREACH: Individuals that we are extending the gift of
mercy and grace, that is freely given and offered to all mankind. These can
be our neighbors, acquaintances or people we have just met. Some of these
people we may not know by name or them us, yet we know they are hurting and
needing help and we are asking our heavenly Father to get involved.
PLACES: These are physical locations we are asking our heavenly
Father to open up and influence with His Spirit and power. These places can be
the church itself, neighborhoods and locations with activities that attract
healthy or unhealthy choices and lifestyles.
Such as a recreation center that has
drug dealers hanging around it and working. The influence of the recreation
center can be positive and prayed for to be so while the undesired element and
influence can be prayed against, asking God to open their hearts to receive His love and mercy.
Other locations could be a place of business we
would like to see succeed because the values and influence it has reflect and
honor God’s values. It can also be a business we do not want to succeed because
of the immoral values and lifestyle it promotes.
Schools, sporting event locations and
gathering places for our teens are places we can pray for; asking God to open
up the hearts and minds of people in these places to the hope His presence
PRINCIPALITIES AND POWERS: These are the domains that God
has given man the authority to rule. These would be corporate entities and
their leadership, including the leadership of local, city, state and national
governments as well as the local, regional, national and international
Give us this day our daily bread.
In this section we are petitioning our heavenly Father,
Jehovah Jirah, as our provider. We are seeking His provision and blessing for our
individual needs, desires, issues and challenges. The answers to questions,
guidance and understanding for His individual will for us. This is where we
bare ourself to our heavenly Father, opening ourself up to His hand changing us
and enabling us to see ourself as He sees us.
This is where our intimacy and trust with our God, Adonai,
really begins to take place and our friendship starts to grow. As our
relationship grows our timidity starts to disappear because our understanding
of our identity, from our heavenly Fathers perspective starts to replace the illusion
of who we thought we were. Our self-image, self-esteem and self-worth are being
replaced with our new understanding of how our heavenly Father sees us and the
esteem and regard He has for us.
The reason we ask for our daily bread and not my daily bread
is because our heavenly Father’s desire is to bless us not just to provide for
us. It is through His provision and blessings beyond our basic and lifestyle
needs; lifestyle being defined by our sphere of influence as part of God’s path
for us; that we care for the needy in our family and the world.
This is also where funding comes from for extending the
kingdom of heaven on earth. His blessings are an expression of His joy and
delight in us as a son/daughter and a test of our stewardship for Him. As a result
when we receive His blessings they are supposed to flow through us to others. We
are not to hold on to them and keep them all for ourself.
Our “daily bread” is every area of our life that we have a
concern about or need help in; our physical needs, spiritual needs, relational
needs and our emotional needs as well. We are to present all the needs we have
including our desires such as asking for the wisdom and knowledge with
understanding for how to apply the guidance God has given us in the Holy
Bible to our daily life.
We are asking God to change our heart so that we
reflect the heart and character of Jesus, growing more trustworthy and faithful. It also includes asking
for the wisdom to do better at leading ourself, our family and others as a
servant leader in the sphere of influence God has given us. Overall we are
being open and honest with our heavenly Father about our wants, needs and
desires and asking for willingness not to let any of these hinder our
relationship with Him.
We are learning how to be vulnerable as we ask Him to use
the circumstances in our life to shape His character in us. They are our
training ground to take on His heart, His nature and character.
We also begin to comprehend that He is our true provider and
not us. Since He knows us better than we will ever know ourself we can trust
Him to guide us through every circumstance and situation, even those we have
thoroughly messed up on our own; if we will humble ourself to ask for His help.
It is important to be specific when making requests to our
heavenly Father. Although He knows our needs, we are His child and He wants us
to describe our requests with details. As parents, we too want our children to
describe their needs and wants in detail so that we are able to get exactly or
close to what they are asking for, if we want them to have it.
This helps them feel loved because we put in the effort to
find and give them what they asked for. This also keeps them from being
disappointed or from not recognizing and accepting our gift/blessing as an
answer to their request. Our heavenly Father does the same with us.
Sometimes when we have not received an answer of any kind it
is because we have not been specific enough. Most frequently we fail in not
continuing to pray until the blessing is obtained and in not expecting the
blessing. When we are diligent, consistent and believe we will receive what we
have prayed for, our prayers are always answered in God’s time whether it is
yes, no or not yet.
And forgive us our trespasses as we
forgive those who trespass against us.
In this outline of prayer Jesus has given us, He has shown
us how to be thorough in praying with our conscious mind and in our spirit. As we
prepare to finish it is now time to have God search our heart. While we were
exalting, interceding, and petitioning for help, answers, and understanding for
the responsibilities, needs and concerns we have for ourself and others. A new
awareness of sin in our life may have been exposed.
This could be a wrong or a hurt we were not aware of or have
not recognized due to denial. This could be also be where we have missed the
mark in our own attitudes or actions such as something said or done that was
being judgmental, was self-centered or showed disrespect for a person or their
position. Our heavenly Father wants us to take this time to search our heart
and let Him search it with us.
It is during this time that we have the security to learn
and accept our heavenly Fathers perspective about our self, our actions, our
attitudes and even our opinions. As things are revealed the opportunity to
repent, asking God to change our heart and to forgive the wrong we have done allows
us to continually develop and maintain a pure heart.
It is while in God’s presence and communing with Him that He
encourages, changes and enables us to accept the value He has for us and helps us
to do better understanding how to honor Him while being His hands and voice as we represent Him here on earth. As a
Father, He corrects us gently giving mercy and grace when we have erred and we
receive His complete forgiveness when asked.
It is only when refusing to accept His discipline that the
cost goes up. He is never in a hurry, does not threaten us or try to change our faults all at
once. Our God never wants us to forget that He loves us completely just as we are. It
is because He loves us completely that He is not content to leave us as us are
when we can be so much more.
It is when we search our heart with our heavenly
Father in the safety of His perfect love for us that we truly begin to grow and
mature into the man or woman we were created to be.
The forgiveness of others and our ability to accept
forgiveness from ourself and others is vital to our spiritual health. It is
through our forgiveness of others that we are forgiven. It is by the standard we
measure others by that God measures us. God does not hesitate to forgive us, no
matter how many times we have repeated the same sin.
The mercy and grace Jesus has shown us no matter how often,
how big or terrible our sin, He always forgives us, never holds it against us
or brings it up again. In receiving this complete forgiveness from God surely we
can find it within ourself to forgive the wrongs done against us, whatever they
are. God does not say this is easy, He does say to do it and with His perfect
love in us and over us this is possible.
Forgiveness is the result of perfect love. The beginning of
both mercy and grace is forgiveness.
Once we begin to realize how much we have been freely forgiven for, we
are more able to forgive others. The greatest gift we can ever receive or give
someone is true forgiveness.
Forgiveness opens us up and helps us stay healthy in body
and in spirit. While not being able or willing to forgive turns us inward and we
become unhealthy both physically and spiritually. It is one thing to pray for
an answer for a need and completely another to be an answer to someone else’s prayer.
Forgiveness is a mature trait of godly character and
reflects the complete and perfect love of our God in us. Forgiveness is always
given from the heart in word and in spirit not just by our spoken word. We can
open up a whole new world for someone, including ourself, by dying to our
self-centeredness and letting God’s Spirit work in our life as He transforms us, healing us from the hurts and the internal scars we carry.
And lead us not into temptation, but
deliver us from evil;
Our next step is a request for deliverance from our own
weaknesses and the traps Satan is setting for us. It is now, after we have
poured out our heart, our concerns, turned over our doubts, worries and fears;
and received God’s strength, love and guidance for those we are responsible for, including direction into our life that it is time to get dressed for the day.
get dressed we wear the same suit of armor everyday. Remember, we are in a war. To
do this, I speak the following out loud trusting heavens angels to dress me in
His holy armor preparing me for the day’s battles.
In getting dressed for the day I put the Belt of Truth
around my waist. This is wearing the
truth of God’s Word; standing in God’s truths and His promises for how I live
my life, especially when nobody is looking.
Then, I put on the Breastplate of Righteousness over my
heart. This is wearing the righteousness of Jesus, being washed clean of all
sin and covered by His redeeming blood. I am following the moral guide and code
of ethics God has given in the Holy Bible; what is respectful behavior and what
Now, I cover my feet with the Preparation of the Gospel of
Peace. Jesus is the Light of the World and I am His ambassador. I carry His
message into the day, extending His gift of mercy and grace to others that is
freely given and offered to all mankind.
Next, I take up the Shield of Faith. This is how I put out
all the fiery darts my enemy shoots at me. Satan is completely defeated by the death and resurrection of Jesus. It
is through my faith that I grab hold of this victory. It is by faith I am able
to walk with a quiet confidence and calm assurance that my God is in control. I
am now able to overcome or avoid the traps the enemy has set to trip me up as I
walk the path my heavenly Father has made just for me.
Now, I put on the Helmet of Salvation, which is the mind of
Christ. This gives me access to God’s wisdom and knowledge with understanding
for my life. The helmet covers and protects my mind from the lies and deceptions
my enemies try to get me to accept as true. This allows me to recognize the
influence the world, my own flesh and Satan try to have on me that does not
reflect or honor my God.
Last of all, I take up the Sword of the Spirit, which is the
written Word of God. It is by renewing my mind with God’s Word and applying it
to my daily life that I am able to do better at overcoming my temptations and
send Satan packing.
Thank you, LORD, for dressing me in your armor and equipping
me for the battles I will face. (Ephesians 6:14-18)
Today, I ask that you help me keep you as close to me as the
clothes I wear. Help me to grow in my understanding of how to reflect you and
to honor you with my thoughts, words and deeds; with every choice that I make
as I go through the day.
Help me to remember whose I am and who I am as a chosen son/daughter
of God. Help me to remember I am yours
and you are mine and that I carry your kingdom in me and with me everywhere I
go. Thank you, Father God, Lord Jesus
and Holy Spirit for being with me as I enjoy my journey today.
Thank you for loving me completely as I am and yet not being
content to let me remain as I am. Please
change my heart so that I am willing to do all of life your way and not my way.
Thank you for the mercy and grace you give as I learn how to
walk closer with you and be an obedient son/daughter that honors their Father. Amen.
When we have put on the armor of God we are wearing God’s
truths for our life on the inside and on the outside. The choices we make; how
we live, behave and handle our circumstances in life are all now based on the
truths that God has given us. We are now relying on our God in all three
persons to guide us, sustain us and protect us as we walk humbly with Him.
For thine is the kingdom and the power
and the glory for ever and ever. Amen.
When we are coming to a close with this very personal and
intimate time with our heavenly Father, we now have an abundance of joy and a
sense of peace and completeness that only God as our heavenly Father can give us.
As we are finishing this time of intimacy it is time to express our
appreciation and grateful heart for the time we have had in the presence of our
God, our Creator and trusted friend; who molds and shapes us for who we are as His son/daughter and
the destiny we are being prepared for.
As we express the joy in our heart it is like we have been
transported to a different plane or place of existence and we are immersed
inside and out with the perfect love that God has individually for us. As we
prepare to re-enter the world renewed and refreshed we also re-enter being
empowered and enabled to serve God and walk in His will for our life today.
It is now that the glory of God hits home! When we
experience God’s presence and His glory in such an up close and personal way,
our attitude, our heart, mind and spirit; our complete being sings out in
praise to God for who He is and what He means to us; that we are His son/daughter
and that He is our God and all things are possible.
As we go through the rest of our day we are now able to
carry the awesomeness of His presence and perspective, His mindset and heart
with us everywhere we go. We have the assurance of being fully loved, totally
forgiven and completely accepted with all of our imperfections.
Our attitude is now one of thanksgiving and praise and can
be carried with us all day. This also allows us to be more sensitive to the
guidance of the Holy Spirit as we walk with peace and the fullness of God’s
grace for today on the path our heavenly Father has made especially for us.
It is my belief this outline of prayer is what we should use
to start our day, before the momentum of activity consumes us. In starting our
day with prayer we are putting God first with actions not just words. It is a
form of verification that Jesus is truly the Lord of our life for us and to our
Very few of us gravitate toward prayer as a staple in our
life. It is only through our committed choice to earnestly and diligently
discipline ourselves to pray, communing throughout the day with our God, that
we become true warriors in the spirit realm.
It is when we carry a conscious awareness of our God that prayer
becomes a consistent resource in our life. We are able to impact the lives of
those we touch as we manifest the power and authority that Jesus has given us
in our daily life. Our God partnering with us to accomplish His will on earth
as it is in heaven.
When following this outline of prayer Jesus has given, we
are able to be thorough in our daily appointment with God and receiving what we
need for the day. This can be in the form of direct knowledge, assignments and
impressions; healing and receiving the faith needed to walk in obedience to His
will without complete understanding.
We have taken the time to lift up others, refresh our
spirit, renew our mind, sought God’s wisdom and gotten dressed for the day. We
are now prepared for victory over the challenges of the day and the
opportunities that arise. By starting our day with “The Lord’s Prayer” we have
started our day with the true breakfast of champions.
When we involve God in all of our activities, no matter how
mundane, we are praying throughout the day. It is through prayer that we become
intimate with our heavenly Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. It is as we
become better acquainted with God in all three persons we are able to better
understand the roles they each have in our life.
It is through prayer,
learning God’s Word and applying it to our daily life that our understanding
grows. We begin taking on the heart and character of our God as He transforms
Bible verses to encourage us. (NIV)
Whoever has my
commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father
and I too will love him and show myself to him.
If you remain in me
and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish and it will be given to you.
This is to my Fathers glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be
my disciples. (John 15:7)
I no longer call you
servants, because a servant does not know his masters business. Instead I have called you friends, for
everything that I learned from the Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me but I chose you and
appointed you to go and bear fruit – fruit that will last. Then my Father will
give you whatever you ask in my name.
Ask and it will be
given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks the
door will be opened.
For the eyes of the
Lord are on the righteous and His ears are attentive to their prayer, but the
face of the Lord is against those who do evil.
(1 Peter 3:12)
Come and listen, all
you who fear God; let me tell you what He has done for me. I cried out to Him with my mouth; His praise
was on my tongue. If I had cherished sin
in my heart, the Lord would not have listened and heard my voice in prayer. Praise be to God who has not rejected my
prayer or withheld His love for me!
“I am the Good
Shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me – just as the Father knows me
and I know the Father – and I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that are not of this pen.
I must bring them also.” (Jesus is talking about us, the Gentiles of today.) “
They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one
shepherd.” (John 10:14-16)
“My sheep listen
to my voice; I know them and they follow
me. I give them eternal life and they
shall never perish; no one can snatch them from my hand. (John 10:27,28)
“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will
rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call upon me and I will answer him; I
will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.” (Psalm 91:14,15)
...acknowledge the God
of your ancestors and serve Him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing
mind, for the Lord searches every heart and understands every motive behind the
thoughts. If you seek Him, He will be
found by you. (1 Chronicles 28:9)
Do not be anxious
about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition with
thanksgiving, present your requests to
God. And the peace of God which
transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ
Jesus. (Philippians 4:6,7)