Tuesday, June 18, 2013

When You Pray

Luke 11:1 Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.” So He said to them, “When you pray, say:

Jesus said: when you pray, say …. He did not say if you pray; that means prayer is a MUST. Prayer is a way of living. Prayer is not a reaction to situations; it’s not what you use to avoid issues in life but rather what you use to go through it. It is more than lifting your hands and crying before God and presenting your needs. Prayer is not where you order things but where you get the wisdom to handle things. 

Prayer should not be based only on what’s going in your life but also what the Father wants to be going on in your life. When you pray it’s not things that should drive you but a relationship that you have with God. Jesus said in the Lord’s Prayer...Our Father in heaven that means you should have a relationship with the Father. That's why prayer should not always be based on what you want but also what the Father wants.

 "Our Father in heaven
Hallowed be Your name" 
See you begin with giving Praise but not asking. Focus more on the giving, let the asking come later just like in the Lord’s prayer "Give us each day our daily bread." is not the first thing. So many times I've been focusing only on the daily bread and forgetting to give praise. Don’t let the daily bread get in the way of your Praise.

He is your Father, you Creator. When talking to Him, speak to He is like your Father not like you are begging. Time to come out of beggarly prayers! God if you really care, God why me, God are you there... Prayer is not trying to convince God to have mercy!

The Lord’s prayer begins with Our Father Who art in Heaven.. The start of a prayer is recognizing your Father. Are you rooted to your Father in heaven or just your provider? It is the best thing to know Him as your Father, not just your provider, healer, protector and all that.

When praying pray with His word. Speak His word over your situation. God goes by His word, not what you are feeling, when praying speak His word, He is bound by His word. The bible says God accomplishes what HE says in the word, you want to get the Fathers full attention? Pray on His word rather than your feelings and fears.

What are you praying for? God will not answer a prayer that will glorify us than Him or help our temptations. Our Prayers will not be answered when they are against God's Will.
("If we ask anything according to His will, He hears us" (1 John 5:14)

Don’t waste your time praying if you have unforgiveness. If we don't forgive others we make it impossible for God to forgive us. He said this to us, "Matthew 6:14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you" Unforgiveness will stop the flow of worship and stop prayers from being answered.

A prayer based on feelings will always demand quick answers. And what happens when you want something badly and you don’t get it? Your become weak and start complaining and accusing God. Don’t base your prayer life on feelings. Feelings care about what you feel right now, wisdom waits and thinks about the consequences, wisdom thinks about what will happen later on. 

God Bless You.... Get Your Prayer On!