What is prayer? Prayer is man given God permission to interfere in earth’s affairs. If we don’t pray, God will do nothing.
Jesus said, “But WHEN you pray…” not IF you pray. This means prayer is not an option. He also said something that caught my attention. It goes thus: 7-8 “Don’t recite the same prayer over and over as the heathen do, who think prayers are answered only by repeating them again and again. Remember, your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him!.
Wow! and hey, am guilty of this. I do this thinking that the much emphasis i put on a particular line, the more God will hear it. He said, “your father knows exactly what you need even before you open your mouth to ask him!” your prayer doesn’t need to be long, nor does it have to be voiced out for God to hear it. Some shout at God while praying, forgetting that God isn’t deaf. Again, he knows what you want even before you ask. But it’s important to ask. Remember Matt 7:7? he said, ask and it shall be given to you. Numbers 14:28 also said, “whatsoever i hear you say in my ears, that is what i will do unto you.” So prayer is talking into the ears of God.
This is the pattern for prayer Jesus laid out:
“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.[a]
10 Your KINGDOM COME,
your will be done,[b]
on earth AS IT IS IN HEAVEN.
11 Give us this day our DAILY bread,[c]
12 and forgive us our debts,
as we also have FORGIVEN our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.[d
OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN, HALLOWED BE YOUR NAME: When you approach God, you must give him praise before anything. In other words, before you ask for anything in the kingdom, you must worship the king. This is the criteria for an answered prayer. For instance, you want something from your dad or mum. How do you approach them? or how do you get them to oblige your request? don’t you call them all the sweet names you know? I do. If they don’t have your request at that moment in time, they will look for all means to get it across to you, because you have given them praise. Therefore, be sure to praise God before asking for anything 😉
LET YOUR KINGDOM COME,YOUR WILL BE DONE ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN: When you pray, you pray for the influence of God’s kingdom on earth. When God’s kingdom rubs earth, there will be peace, joy, love and all the good things there is. Then you pray for his will to be done, not your will. Thy will be done means, his intent and purpose should come to place. Jesus is a clear example of this statement. When he was at the garden of Gethsemane, he said “not my will father, but thine be done.” (pray for the CHIBOK girls)
Furthermore, we pray for his will to be done on earth as it’s in heaven. In heaven, only God’s will is done,that is why it’s perfect. But on earth, man’s will is done. Reason why earth is in so much turmoil. Earth needs heaven!
GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD: Note that Jesus didn’t say monthly or weekly bread but daily bread. In the kingdom, you get blessed based on your needs not wants. The word “bread” is not a loaf in this phrase but our needs.
So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your NEEDS. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God[d] above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you NEED.
“Daily” protects you from worry. when you think about tomorrow’s provisions you begin to stress out. “Daily” makes you depend on God for everything you need; it makes you see God as your source, and it makes God feel needed.
34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today. When you begin to think or pray about tomorrow’s provisions, it is an indication that you are greedy 😉 and do you know what happens to greedy people? let’s take a look at the Israelites story. In the wilderness, God provided daily manna for the Israelites. Those who, out of greed, gathered manna for the next day, discovered that it became rotten when they woke up.
19 Then Moses said to them, “No one is to keep any of it until morning.”
20 However, some of them paid no attention to Moses; they kept part of it until morning, but it was full of maggots and began to smell. So Moses was angry with them.
This is what happens to greedy people. God wants us to depend on him for our daily provisions. Hence, when we say “give us our daily bread “. we are literally telling him that we acknowledge him as our daily source. This also applies to our dreams. Even when we don’t have the complete resources to start our dreams, we can start with the little we have and depend on God for the rest. “do not despise small beginnings.” Zech 4:10. That is how the kingdom of God works. When we realize that we are “divine projects”, only then can we understand that the resources to get us to our destiny is God’s business. This helps us get rid of worry. He is our source!
A greedy man stirs up dissension, but he who trusts in the LORD will prosper.
when you are greedy, it shows that you don’t trust God.
For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person-such a man is an idolater-has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
greedy people have no inheritance in the kingdom of God because it is a form of idolatry.
AND FORGIVE US OUR TRESSPASSES AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO TRESPASS AGAINST US: If we forgive those who err against us, God will forgive us. This is fair 🙂
To be continued…