Ministry 4 Men and Families - Intimacy with God - Lewisville, TX
Ministry 4 Men and Families - Being God's people in today's world
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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.

David
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Starting your day with the presence of God.
 
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.
 
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The Lord’s Prayer
 
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.
 
Matthew 6:9-13
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 Our Father 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 us.
 
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 matures.
      
 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
        John 6:35                                                                John 8:12
 
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
       John 10:11                                                     John 10:36
 
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 the Life
            John 14:6
 
More Names of Jesus
 
Savior                  Prince of Peace            Lamb of God
John 4:42                         Isaiah 9:6                           John 1:29
 
Teacher                Lord of Lord’s              Chief Cornerstone
John 11:28                  1 Timothy 6:15                        Ephesians 2:20
 
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

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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 pray for. 

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 times.

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 offers.
 
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 organizations.

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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.

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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.

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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.

When we 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 is not.
 
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.

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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 God. 

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 us. 
 
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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.  (John 14:21)
 
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.
(John 15:15,16)
 
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. 
(Matthew 7:7,8)
 
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!  (Psalm 66:16-20)
 
“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)  
       
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