Our faith in God’s sovereignty and understanding of the scriptures give us the type of freedom that removes fear and concern for our well being. A cargo ship that travels to its destination does not fuel itself, it does load itself and it does not fight at the helm with the captain of the ship. A cargo ship is a vessel that is put to work.
Have you given your heart to God or have you also given your life? Do you trust Him? Understanding leads to awe and release. Understanding knows that whether you let go or hold on, the destination is the same, it’s the contentment on the journey that is affected.
Circus act prayers and magic show petitions are unnecessary and redundant of an established truth. They’re evidence of an immature relationship with the One you’re naming while you entertain those around you with your impressive shut- eyed religious cabaret.
“And when you come before God, don’t turn that into a theatrical production either. All these people making a regular show out of their prayers, hoping for stardom! Do you think God sits in a box seat?
“Here’s what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace.
“The world is full of so-called prayer warriors who are prayer-ignorant. They’re full of formulas and programs and advice, peddling techniques for getting what you want from God. Don’t fall for that nonsense. This is your Father you are dealing with, and he knows better than you what you need. With a God like this loving you, you can pray very simply. -Matthew 6:5-13
The Lord’s prayer is not a petition. It’s a proclamation of faith.
‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
Hallowed means ‘HOLY’
My mouth is filled with God’s praise. Let everything living bless him, bless his holy name from now to eternity! -Psalm 145:21
your kingdom come,
The main character in this drama…will ignite the kingdom life within you, a fire within you, the Holy Spirit within you, changing you from the inside out. –Matthew 3:11
your will be done
We humans keep brainstorming options and plans, but God’s purpose prevails. -Proverbs 19:21
Job answered God: “I’m convinced: You can do anything and everything. Nothing and no one can upset your plans.” -Job 42:1
on earth as it is in heaven.
“I tell you the truth, whatever you bind on earth has been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be has been loosed in heaven. -Matthew 18:18
Give us today our daily bread.
What I’m trying to do here is get you to relax, not be so preoccupied with getting so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep yourself in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. Don’t be afraid of missing out. You’re my dearest friends! The Father wants to give you the very kingdom itself. -Luke 12:29-32
Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
The parable of the unmerciful servant in Matthew 18 is an example of how our forgiveness of others directly relates to God forgiving us.
“This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart.” -Matthew 18:35
And lead us not into temptation,
When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. -James 1:13-14
but deliver us from the evil one.
The spacious, free life is from God, it’s also protected and safe. God-strengthened, we’re delivered from evil— when we run to him, he saves us. -Psalm 37:39