LESSON SEVEN OF ELEVEN : Can He Teach Us How To Pray?

 

I learned this a long time ago. It is called the Hand of Prayer

1. Your thumb is nearest to you. So begin your prayers by praying for those closest to you. They are the easiest to remember. To pray for our loved ones, as C. S. Lewis once said, a “sweet duty.”

2. The next finger is the pointing finger. Pray for those who teach, instruct and heal. This includes teachers, nurses, doctors, and ministers. They need support and wisdom in pointing others in the right direction. Keep them in your prayers.

3. The next finger is the tallest finger, It reminds us of our leaders. Pray for the president, leaders in business and industry, and administrators. Those who have authority over us. These people shape our nation and guide public opinion. They need God‘s guidance.

4. The fourth finger is our ring finger. Surprising to many is the fact that this our weakest finger; as any piano teacher will testify. It should remind us to pray for those who are weak, in trouble or in pain. They need your prayers day and night. You cannot pray to much for them.

5. And lastly comes our little finger; the smallest finger of all. Which is where we should place ourselves in relation to God and others. As the Bible says, “The least shall be the greatest among you.” Your pinkie should remind you to pray for yourself. By the time you have prayed for the other four groups, your own needs will be put into proper perspective and you will be able to pray for yourself more effectively. ~ Author Anonymous

You probably have already noticed that when I pray, I thank God for what He is going to do. I thank Him for things that I am in reality asking for. But since I know that He will answer my prayers and since I know that none of my prayers come back void, I just thank Him for everything because I know that He will answer my prayers.

 

So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:11

 

What we speak from our mouths, produces prosperity because we speak it into existence. Our words are fruitful, producing good fruit, unless we speak negativity.

Do we have a model prayer in the Bible?

In Luke 11: 1-13 we can read a prayer that Jesus Himself, suggested to His disciples. Let’s go there.

Notice the order in this prayer. First, Jesus praised God. He could have said, My Father but He didn’t, He said, Our Father. Jesus just showed us that He is our brother, under God. Not only that but this prayer places us as a son or daughter to God the Father in heaven.

Jesus made His request’s, after He gave praise to God.

Praising God puts us in the right frame of mind to share with Him our needs. Too often, our prayers are more like shopping lists than conversations. We can talk to Him with out asking for anything.

God’s provision is daily, not all at once. We can not store it up and then cut off communication with God. When we ask God to give us our food day by day, we could actually mean food that comes on a table, but there is other food. The Word of God can be food as well.. Have you ever run low on energy and found that food restores your energy?

 

The same is with the Word of God that is written in our Bible. When we THINK we are sad or depressed and we read the Word of God seeking truth, we become excited and replace those THOUGHTS of depression and sadness with rejoicing. We are told to put on the garment of praise in the spirit of heaviness. Isaiah 61:3 Heaviness is a spirit, but it isn’t one of God’s spirits.

When Jesus taught His disciples how to pray, He made forgiveness the cornerstone of their relationship with God. God has forgiven our sins if we have asked Him to do so. We must now forgive those who have wronged us. To remain unforgiving, shows we have not understood that we ourselves, deeply need to be forgiven. Think of some people who have wronged you. Have you forgiven them yet? How will God deal with us if we do not forgive others, How can He forgive us?

There are three possible motives for prayer:

1. We need to pray

2. God needs us to pray.

3. We need a relationship with God.

We need answers from the only One who can provide these answers. This is just one reason why we need to pray.

God needs us to pray. In the model prayer, Jesus said, “Give us this day our daily bread” So even Jesus knew that we should pray and that God needs us to ask. We want what we don’t have, so we scheme to get it. We are jealous of what others have, but we can’t get it. Yet we don’t have what we want because we don’t ask God for it..

John 16:23 And in that day ye shall ask Me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in My name, He will give it you.

So if we ask God for something, using Jesus name, He will give it to us. Does that mean everything?

What do you suppose Jesus meant when He said, “And in that day” ? While Jesus was here, on the earth, He was teaching and healing. When He was here, He taught His disciples the model prayer. Is it possible that since Jesus has died for our sins to reconciled us back to God through Jesus, we can now ask God for things? Yes, Jesus just told us that we must ask in His name for all things. We must approach God in prayer, and ask for things or thank Him for things, in Jesus name.

Jesus was talking about the new relationship between God and the believer. Previously, people approached God through priests. After Jesus’ resurrection, any believer could approach God directly.

A new day has dawned and now all believers can personally approach God, not because of our own merits but because Jesus, our High Priest, has made us acceptable to God.

Don’t envy violent people or copy their ways. Such wicked people are detestable to the Lord, but He offers His friendship to the godly. The Lord curses the house of the wicked, but He blesses the home of the upright. The Lord mocks the mockers but is gracious to the humble. The wise inherit honor, but fools are put to shame! Proverbs 3:31-35 (New Living Translation)

We don’t need to copy people in any fashion. We are unique individuals. God has created us to be completely different from everyone else on this planet. There are no two people alike. Even twins that are identical are not in fact identical because their thumb print is not the same as their twin.

Would we really envy a man behind bars? People behind bars are there for a reason because they have committed a crime. This is someone that we do not want to be like because we do not want to end up where they are. After all, who really enjoys being stuck behind prison walls? But in the same token, would Jesus visit prisoners if He were here on the earth today? Of course He would, so don’t think that because you are not behind bars that you are so perfect. There really are people behind bars who are not even guilty of the crime they have been committed to serve the time for. Visit them. They need love too!

God wants to offer us friendship. Isn’t that amazing? He wants to bless us when we keep ourselves upright before Him. The Lord is gracious to us when we are humble. Wow, I will never forget when I was told that Jesus wants us to be humble and I discovered that the reason He wants us to be humble is because He is humble. Think about this for a few minutes. God never forces Himself on us…

He never has and He never will. He just loves us. He is humble towards us and wants us to be humble towards Him and towards others.. God humbly loves us!

This made it a lot easier for me to go to Him and approach Him the way I do. He gave us everything we ever needed in order to live here on this earth. We are completely equipped. He loves us before we were even born.

Before we were ever born, He brought our parents together so that we could be born. There are no mistakes with God. No matter how many times you may have heard that you were born by accident, God does not see you this way at all. Another way to think about this is that while our parents threw the dice, God was the One who determined where the dice would fall.

Proverbs 16:33 The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of the LORD.

There is no where we can go that God has not already gone before us to prepare the way for us. He actually delights in leading us to where He wants us to go.

The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and He delighteth in his way. Psalm 37:23

Do you know that God loves you?

God loved the world so much that He gave…… and gave and gave and still continues to give, every day. But one day, He gave His only Son, so that who ever would believe in His Son, that God would give that person, everlasting life, so that they would not perish.

When we are filled with God‘s spirit, it is a life changing event. The changes are so transparent that they can not be denied. Some are immediate, some transpire over time. But the evidence of a changed person, who has been filled with His spirit, is not only an outward appearance, but an inward change as well. That is what Jesus meant when He was having His discussion with Nicodemus, the scholar. John 3:8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. We can not see the wind, but we see the effects of it. When we are filled with His Spirit, we can not see that Spirit but we see the effects of the Spirit of God in our lives and so does everyone else.

The biggest thing that I have noticed is that I have such great peace. Before I was born again, I used to fret and worry about how I would die. Now I don’t even think about it because I have great peace. I also know that at the end, it is really a new beginning. This is what my peace is. We are told in scripture not to love our lives to death. Once I wake up at His return when Jesus comes back for His children, then I will awaken and meet Him. Resurrection Day… Yahoo!

1Thessalonians 4:16-17For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

Do we know where we are going at the end of the day? If The Lord was to return tomorrow morning, would we be ready?

We all have to ask this question of ourselves.

My children, listen to me. Listen to your fathers instruction. Pay attention and grow wise, for I am giving you good guidance. Don’t turn away from my teaching. For I too, was once my father’s son, tenderly loved by my mother as an only child. Proverbs 4:1-4

King Solomon was a very wise King. The above words were spoken by him. One of the greatest responsibilities of parents is to encourage their children to become wise. Here Solomon tells how his father, King David, encouraged him to seek wisdom when he was young.

Wisdom can be passed on from parents to children, from generation to generation. Ultimately, all wisdom comes from God; parents can only urge their children to turn to God. If our parents never taught us in this way or have not shown us how to pray, don’t be embarrassed. Remember that Jesus taught His disciples how to pray and by His example, we can learn how to pray as well. If our parents do not know how to pray, we can help them to learn too. It is never to late for us to learn anything.

Our lives are an example to each other. When I was born again, I did not really know how to pray and really who ever says that I know now? Who is my judge? I just began to be thankful from the beginning. I was so glad that Jesus decided that He wanted me to work for Him and turned my life completely around. If you haven’t taken that step towards God, now is the time. If you have and have put Jesus on a shelf, get up on that shelf with Him. Don’t leave God hanging in the balance. Get in there and hang out with Him.

But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul. Deuteronomy 4:29

I like this verse because it tells us that from this day forward…. We know from reading this verse, that when we make up our mind, our heart and our soul to seek for Him, we will find Him.

O Father, I am just so happy that You have called those whom You have called to come to meet You. To set aside time in our daily life to meet with You, through our prayers and the reading of Your word. Thank You Father for Your word and for showing us time and time again by Your own example, that not only do we need to pray, but by doing so, we are communing with You and Your heart, just as You did when You called upon Your Father. Thank You for showing us and teaching us as we read Your word, the prayer example that You taught Your disciples. Thank You for letting us listen in to Your prayer in the garden when You prayed for Yourself, Your disciples and for all of those who would call upon Your name. You are awesome and so worthy of our praise just because of who You are. You are holy. Thank You Lord for showing me the understandings of Your word and for teaching me and allowing me to share with others, what You have shared with me. Thank You Lord for my husbands good job that allows me to stay at home, to have that special time to read Your word and be taught by Your Holy Spirit, so that others who have to work can benefit from what You show me and teach me by the power of Your Spirit. Be magnified Father in the heavens. Let Your glory be over… all the earth. Thank You for opening up my heart and the hearts of so many others who would call upon Your name. Thank You for opening their ears, their eyes and their hearts to hear a word from You and that they would respond to You, get to know you , love and adore You and be thankful and grateful for all that You have done for mankind.

In Jesus name I pray. ~Amen

 

 

 

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About eudoranachand

A Spirit filled disciple who continually seeks His kingdom and His righteousness.
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