Sunday, December 2, 2012

Greetings Friends,

What do we know about prayer?  Is prayer simply establishing a positive mental attitude?  “God I know longer desire to be bound up with this stronghold of sin, therefore, I will not.”  Is prayer simply letting God know what you want and then believing that HE will give it to you?  Consider briefly some thoughts about the prayer life of Jesus.

Luke 22:41-42 41  And he was withdrawn from them about a stone's cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, 42  Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.

Jesus gave us a model prayer to follow.  It is a form or way of executing prayer.

Matthew 6:9-10  9  After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.  10  Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

First of all, if we are to pray we must be born of the Spirit of God, we must e havGod established as our spiritual Father.

There is a very important phrase in this text, "Hallowed by thy name".  We must choose to hallow HIS name!  Man was made in the image of God.  We are to seek to manifest the very righteousness of God in our lives.  How do we do that?  This is to be a work of faith and grace.  The planted:  bible study series goes into great detail to explain this most important doctrine of manifesting the very life of Christ by the grace of God.

“Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.”
We must be willing to surrender our will to HIS will.  Do we rise up every day willing to yield our will to HIS?  Is this our mindset?  “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done….”

Look at the example of prayer of the Lord Jesus Christ in Matthew 26:39.  “And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed.”  Jesus is alone in prayer.  No crowds to hear the agonizing cries of the Savior to the Father as He prepares for Calvary.  His disciples are sleeping and he is alone in prayer.  He is in communion.  He is in fellowship.  He is in the presence of the Father.  His strength for his final hours of suffering are now set.

His heart is toward Calvary and He realizes the judgment of God upon  the sin of mankind is before HIM.  He and the Father are now as one.  And he walks into the very portals of hell to take all of the suffering for our sin.

Matthew 26:45  Then cometh he to his disciples, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.
He is alone in prayer with the Father fellow-shipping, gaining strength for the task that is at hand.   What is He facing, the greatest task any man or God has ever known?  What great task are we facing?  Is it our personal salvationOr maybe simply, we need to know how to obey God.  How to be faithful?  How to be mighty in Spirit?  How to be a good mate?  How to be a good parent?  How to be clean one more day?  What is it?  Have we gone to the garden to agonize in prayer with the Father?  Have we chosen to spend time alone with HIM to get into HIS presence and to gain His mind and HIS heart.  When was the last time we pursued HIM with all of our heart in prayer?

The prayer of Jesus was a prayer of alone-ness, but it was also a prayer of humility.  In Matthew 26:39, the scriptures tell us that HE “fell on his face.”  Jesus fell on his face.  Why do I stand praying.  Why do I kneel at the alter.  Put me under the alter.  Press me down to the lowest valley of the deepest hole upon the face of the earth. 
Jesus fell on his face.  In that context, the context of alone-ness and humility, I believe, we are to come boldly to the throne of grace.  Listen to the context of this great exhortation of prayer.

Hebrews 4:15-16  15  For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.  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.

The greatest time of trial and temptation for the Lord Jesus Christ was there in the garden of Gethsemane as HE prepared for Calvary.  He was tempted like as we are yet without sin.  Therefore, when we find ourselves in that time of great testing and trial, let us come boldly to the throne of grace.  Let us come boldly into the presence of the Father to obtain, mercy, grace, and strength in time of need.  Remember Jesus was praying to the Father!  Abba Father!

1John 3:1  Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.

We are the very sons of God.  We have throne room privileges.  We are part of the family.  Press ON!  Look at the beloved Christ praying in the Garden.  “His sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.”  Luke 22:44

Have we had that kind of passion and pursuit?  Don’t Give Up!  Help Is On The Way!  Jesus is our Savior and God is our Father. Continue and be stedfast in your praying.

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