Friday, March 27, 2009

The Lord's Prayer

This is an excellent post from Rejoice Ministries about the power of praying the Lord's Prayer. During some of my darkest days during our separation, speaking the Lord's Prayer and Psalm 23 helped me hang in there. I would feel awful then speak aloud those two things, then in a little while I'd be in a better place emotionally.

The Power Of The Lord's Prayer

"One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, "Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples." He said to them, "When you pray, say: "'Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation.'" Luke 11:1-4

How often do you pray "The Lord's Prayer?" This is one prayer that most Christians and many people of the world know by heart. It is also the words that our Lord Jesus taught His disciples when they asked Him how to pray. Do you think you and I should pray it more frequently?

We have been asking if you will join us in "turning up the heat" in your prayer life and consider fasting at least one meal a week or more as the Lord leads you personally. I really want our standers to see a mighty breakthrough in their own spiritual lives, answers to their many issues they are facing and resurrection of their hurting or dead marriages, suddenly.

Today, may I suggest you pray the Lord's Prayer during your prayer and devotion time? As you pray the Lord's Prayer may you know that you are to praise your Heavenly Father daily. Are you praising the Lord each day? As you start praying, listen to possibly five to ten minutes of music or read a hymn or a praise song to your Lord, glorifying His Holy Name. We need to worship our mighty awesome God. May we never forget that He is Holy.

"Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness." Psalm 29:2

As we are approaching Palm Sunday, may we remember what Jesus said:

"When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: "Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!" "Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!" Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, "Teacher, rebuke your disciples!" "I tell you," he replied, "if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out." Luke 19:37-40

Regardless, of what you are facing today, praise your Lord. You will sense His presence and our Lord inhabits the praises of His people. As you fast, you may sense your Lord's holiness so much more. Let me share the powerful words to a hymn that is known by most Christians - "Holy, Holy, Holy":

Holy, Holy, Holy

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to thee.
Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty,
God in three persons, blessed Trinity!

Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore thee,
Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
Cherubim and seraphim falling down before thee,
Which wert, and art, and evermore shalt be.

Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide thee,
Though the eye of sinful man thy glory may not see,
Only thou art holy; there is none beside thee,
Perfect in power, in love and purity.

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
All thy works shall praise thy name, in earth and sky and sea.
Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty,
God in three persons, blessed Trinity.
Written by Reginald Heber and Music by John B. Dykes (Song-Public Domain)

The Lord's Prayer is a model prayer showing you and I how to pray. A couple of years ago, I went to a conference teaching on "The Lord's Prayer" by Dr. Elmer Towns. He wrote a book, "Praying The Lord's Prayer For Spiritual Breakthrough." You now know why I went to that conference. Dr. Towns shared a story where many years before he had talked to Dr. Yonggi Cho from Seoul, South Korea who was the pastor for the largest church in the world and the largest church in Christian history. Dr. Towns asked Dr. Cho at breakfast how to become more effective in his own praying as he wanted to be more godly and to have more power in prayer. Dr. Cho told Dr. Towns that he prayed The Lord's Prayer many times a day, emphasizing a different petition each time he prayed the Lord's Prayer and then he added that he would spend two hours a day in prayer.

As we get closer to Easter, Bob and I are praying for a spiritual breakthrough in all standers' lives, in their marriages and in their children's lives. As you listen to the news daily, times are tough right now around the world, but God is in control. He wants His children to focus on Him and grow in the Lord, by seeking His face.

Your Lord may be speaking to your heart that you need to pray more. How long are your praying? It is very important to pray and read the Bible daily. How are you doing? You can buy a daily prayer journal where you can write down your prayer requests and pray for other people that have special needs. Then on another page, write down the answers to your prayers and your praise reports. You will be surprised of all the blessings that the Lord gives you, when you write them down. Be sure to show your children, also.

Will you join me in praying The Lord's Prayer? I started praying The Lord's Prayer more than once a day after I went to that conference. Ask the Lord to open your spiritual eyes, ears and heart to see and know the power in praying The Lord's Prayer daily. Remember, Jesus taught His disciples to pray that prayer for a reason. I pray that you will dissect the prayer and pray it with a new meaning from your heart, I know you will be blessed.

God bless,
Charlyne Steinkamp
Rejoice Marriage Ministries, Inc.
Post Office Box 10548
Pompano Beach, FL 33061 USA
http://rejoiceministries.org
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