Jesus Teaches On Prayer

Matthew 6.pngAnd when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you ray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many ways. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.                       Matthew 6:5-8

Few nations had nobler expectations of prayer than the Israelites, and no nation placed prayer higher on their priority list than they did. “Prayer is vital,” the rabbis said,” more important than all good works. However, certain crucial errors entered the Jewish prayer life. In Jesus’ time there was a growing tend towards strictly formal prayer. The Jews prayed according to three prescribed things: The first was the Shema that consisted of there short Scriptures. All Jews had to pray the whole Shem every morning and evening, and for this reason it ran the risk of becoming an idle repetition of words.

The Jewish liturgy also prescribed certain prayers for different occasions. There was scarcely and event or occasion that did not have special prayers: before and after meals; prayers concerning light, the new moon, lightning, comets, rain, storms, the sea, dams and rivers, receiving good news, and entering or leaving a town or city. This had to do with the fact that every event in life was brought to God’s attention. But because the prayers were so precisely prescribed, the whole system tended to become very formal. The prayers slipped from the tongue automatically, with little meaning. So, don’t view prayer as a formal commitment to ensure God’s grace. In the same way, we don’t want our quiet time to degenerate into a habit and become a mere formality.

He thought prayer to be more his business than anything else, and I have seen him come out of his closet with a serenity of face next to shining.

(By John Wesley, Founder of the Methodist Movement)

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

Quality Time With God

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If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him and he with Me.                                       Revelation 3:20

We live in a world this days we are forever rushing around. We seem to have too much on our plate, over committed is one problem as well as so many, keeping our children busy with after school activities with sports, scouts, dance class and so much more. We feel as parents if we do these things if will help in the long run with perhaps a scholarship for college at a good school. For the most part many families don’t take the time to sit and have a meal together without the television on, just to have good conversation with all. For myself as my children continue to grow and turn into young adults I have always value dinner time with them. Sitting around the dinner table and sharing about their day of the things that happen in school. But as I sit here on my back deck enjoying God’s beauty I wonder, do we have enough quality time with God? Are we just too busy that our scripture reading and our pray time with God has truly suffer, we seam to spent a quick few minutes and then onto the next thing. We wonder why we have become so stress out with life these days. We need to take a deep breath and breathe in God’s beautiful Grace, and then ex-hale Praise to our Heavenly Father. If we get up perhaps fifteen minutes early in the morning, or in the evening skip watch a television show we can find the time to spent with God. By doing this believe me when I tell you that you will find that you are less stress with life, and remember that their is Nothing that You and God together can’t handle.

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

Tea Time With God

proverbs35.png   Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your path.   (Proverbs 3:5-6)

I always enjoy having a good cup of tea and different ones at that as well. So this morning as I begin to study God’s word I first make a cup of tea for myself, so my friend before you move forward in reading this post, grab a cup of tea, maybe a cup of coffee or whatever you may enjoy drinking in the morning to start your day. My daily devotions today was reading from the book of Proverbs in reference to trusting God each and everyday of our lives. Believe me, that one word trust is not easy for any of us can do alone in our lives. Especially when we have been hurt by someone that we came to trust over time. However as I re-read this story it brought me back to almost too summers ago. As I was in my dinner room on my computer I heard a bang at my picture window in my living room. At first I didn’t get up because you see I feed a stray cat I named Fluffy and I thought it was her banging at my window to get my attention to come into the house. For some reason I decided to get up from my chair and open my front door to my house. There on my deck was a tiny small bird flapping it’s wing, I was not sure what to do as of yet, so I walk over to the tiny bird quietly and I see that it’s tiny leg was caught in the deck and then I pick it up, in my hands. This little bird stay on my left hand for quite sometime, for more than an hour. As I was stroking it’s head all the way to it’s tale I realize that it was closing it’s eyes. What came into my mind was these words from the book of Proverbs: Trust in the Lord with all of my heart. I came to realize if this wild bird was trusting me as I help its tiny leg, I too needed to trust God in my life. When we have been hurt in our lives it is so hard for us to trust even God however I know that is what I need to do, not just today but everyday. When we get hurt by anyone we think we are not worth loving, and our lives doesn’t matter and no one cares. Please let me tell you how much God loves you, plain and simply you are his child

Just think                                                                                                                                          you’re here not by chance,                                                                                                                   but by God’s choosing.                                                                                                                           His hand formed you                                                                                                                             and made you                                                                                                                                         the person you are                                                                                                                                 He compares you to no one else—-                                                                                                      you are one of a kind                                                                                                                            You lack nothing                                                                                                                                      that His grace can’t give you                                                                                                               He has allowed you to be here                                                                                                             at this time in history                                                                                                                            to fulfill His special purpose                                                                                                                for this generation.

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens

Ecclesiastes 3:1

 

Grace and Peace To You My Friends

A Morning Devotion

Prayer 1.png I enjoy my time totally alone with God thru reading his word and thru prayer, sharing my day with our Lord as well as my hopes and dreams, But, more important I learn to “Be still and Know I am God (Psalm 46:10) to understand God desires for my own life. I have learn over many years that God truly has a better plan for me than I could ever dream possible. As I have read many times from the book of Matthew 6:5-13 as the disciples ask Jesus to teach them to pray this is what he said.

“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seem by others, Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret , will reward you. And when you pray do not keep babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. This , then, is how you pray:

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day 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 evil. This reading is thru the New International Version, each Bible can be a little different.  Also when we do have fellowship with others and we know of a need or hurt it is good to come together and pray. For when we do come together we are never alone Jesus is right with us, where two or more are gather he is always there. Prayer is a powerful tool for us as Christians, it draws us closer to our Heavenly Father.

 

Grace and Peace to you my friends

Denied

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Peter asked, “Lord, why can’t I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you. Then Jesus answered, “Will you really lay down your life for me? Very truly I tell you, before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times!                               John 13:37-38

Wow! these are hard words for Peter to hear from Jesus especially after reading Matthew 16:13-16 when Peter declares that Jesus is the Son of the Living God and now to hear that he will deny this same man. However Jesus knew what was about to happen even thro Peter did not. Let’s visit that evening with the disciples, it was after Jesus was arrested, John 18:15-19 Simon Peter and another disciple were following Jesus. Because this disciple was known to the high priest, he went with Jesus into the high priest’s courtyard, but Peter had to wait outside at the door. The other disciple, who was known to the high priest, came back, spoke to the servant girl on duty there and brought Peter in. You aren’t one of this man’s disciples too, are you? she asked Peter. He replied, “I am not.” It was cold, and the servants and officials stood around a fire they had made to keep warm. Peter also was standing with them warming himself.

Second time and Third Time-John 18-25-27 Meanwhile, Simon Peter was still standing there warming himself. So they asked him,” You aren’t one of the disciples too are you? He denied it, saying, “I am not. One of the high priest’s servants, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, challenged him, “Didn’t I see you with him in the garden? Again Peter denied it, and at that moment a rooster began to crow. And he went outside and wept bitterly.  Matthew 26:69-75                                                                                                      It can be hard to imagine the pain that Peter was feeling inside of himself at that very moment or is it? Haven’t we at one time or another in our own lives disown Jesus ourselves, thinking to ourselves I don’t need you God, I can do it all on my own, but we truly can’t, can we?  Jesus did warned his disciples in John chapter 16:16 In a little while you will see me no more, and than after a little while you will see me.” Yes Jesus was talking in parables once again but his disciples could never imagine what was about to take place to someone they all came to know and love so well was about to be crucified, and that one of their own Judas Iscariot was going to be trade Jesus. This was the very reason that Jesus came into this world to save us from our sins. The prophet Isaiah foretold what would happen.

Isaiah 53:3-5 (NIV)

He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces, he was despised, and we held him in low esteem. Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his stripes we are healed.

Jesus love you and I so much that he took our place on the cross, so that we would never be separated from God because of our sins.

 

Grace and Peace to You my Friends