“After this manner therefore pray ye: 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 debts, as we forgive our debtors. 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. For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses” (Matthew 6:9-15).
If there ever was a time to pray it is now; if there ever was a place to pray, it is here; today is the day that the Lord has given to us. We can’t change yesterday, and we can’t live in our tomorrow. We only have been given today to do our best.
What will you accomplish for the Lord, today? Will you give him your wholehearted praise and worship? Will you be a cheerful giver from the abundance that he has blessed you with? Will you give him your time? When you do go before the throne of grace, will you be waiting for him with your wish list of demands?
Have you placed your order for the miracles that you want him to perform? If you have, are you willing to perform what the Lord has called you to do? If you will have faith in God you really can move mountains, but before the mountains will fall you must back up your prayer with unconditional obedience to God’s Word. If he has called you to sacrifice your time, then you must do it, before you can release the Lord’s blessing into your life.
When we live a life of obedience to God’s word, we can come before the throne boldly. In Hebrews 4:16, “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
As we come into his presence, we can worship him with a clean heart and a renewed vision for his will and purpose for us. Never will our prayers be mere rote or memorization. They will not be a spiritual exercise, but they will take on a new dimension, one of power and purpose. When we learn to get honest with God and truly give our lives and our wills over to him, our relationship with him will grow stronger. The more we yield our self-will over to his will, the greater revelation of Jesus Christ we will experience. Without total obedience to what he has called us to do, we’ll never reach our full potential in Christ.
How can God trust us if we don’t pray? Every time the trials come into our lives, we should be thanking the Lord for trusting us; when the answer comes, we should give him all of the glory, honor, and praise due unto his precious name.
In this week’s Lattereign, we are reminded that the Lord still has everything under control. He will not leave us without hope; he is ever faithful to stand by our side or even carry us through every situation. God will renew our strength