Water for the Thirsty
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Water for the Thirsty

The Realisation of Prayer (Part 2)

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

19th February 2012

We saw last time that in the opening of the ‘Lord’s Prayer’ Jesus helps us to realise some important aspects of prayer. This is how He continues:

‘Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one, [for yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen NIV Margin].’ (Matthew 6:11-13)

So what are we to realise about prayer from the conclusion of this model outline?

1. Realise that prayer is a lifeline for daily provision

‘Give us today our daily bread’

Where God leads you, He'll feed you. And where God guides, He provides. But our part in seeing these provisions is to ask the Father for them and thank Him when we receive them. This verse encourages us to remember to pray for our daily provisions. If we are not doing this then it may very well affect the flow of God's provision into our lives.

2. Realise that prayer operates out of the place of forgiveness

‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors’.

We cannot live in the benefits of God's forgiveness when we harbour un-forgiveness in our own hearts. Keep a short account on grudges, and un-forgiveness. Being bitter is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.

Asking for forgiveness and giving forgiveness is to be a part of our prayer life.

3. Realise that prayer brings strength to endure temptation

‘And lead us not into temptation’.

Jesus teaches us to ask for Heaven's help when it comes to be tempted. If we pray and ask God to help us in an area of temptation it can help secure our victory and expose the enemy’s plans.

Praying for this protection concerning temptation also reminds us that we can be tempted and we can give in if we do not seek the grace of God to empower us over it.

4. Realise that prayer keeps us positioned to be rescued from the evil one

‘But deliver us from the evil one’.

This is warfare prayer. The awareness and calling out to God to be our deliverer from the Devil. We need God's goodness operating in our lives to overcome the Evil One in the world.

Satan and his demons are real and we need spiritual power from God to overcome the enemy who wars against us with his evil.

6. Realise that prayer reminds us of who is in charge and who deserves all the glory

‘For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen’.

God is boss. Giving Him the glory is a privilege.

The enemy who is a glory stealer also wants us to covet God's glory like he does.

But praying that it all belongs to God helps settle it in our hearts and protects us against spiritual pride.

Let’s pray this prayer together,

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one,
for yours is the kingdom
and the power and the glory
forever.
Amen.

Have a good week realising just how wonderful the Lord’s Prayer is.

Pastor Barry

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