Friday, May 21, 2010

Prayer is a Relationship

 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
 Matthew 6:9-13

The Lord’s Prayer begins with relationships, specifically, our relationship to the Father. The principle name of God in the Old Testament is LORD, translated, “Jehovah” or “Yahweh.” The name Jehovah is derived from the Hebrew verb havah, “to be” or “being.” This word is almost exactly like the Hebrew verb chavah, “to live” or “life.” So when we read the name Lord, or Jehovah in capitol letters, in our Bibles, we think in terms of Jehovah as the Being who is the absolute self-existent One, who in Himself possess life, permanent existence.
God’s relationship to Israel is occasionally compared to a father/son relationship wherein they were called, His children. The Lord compares Israel’s exodus from Egypt and their wilderness journey to a child being picked up and carried by his father. The Lord provided for His children and protected them even when they didn’t deserve His blessings just as He does for us today. 
God requires obedience from His children therefore, God disciplines for our good. (Hebrews 12:10-11) The book of Judges tells us of Israel’s repeated apostasy, the abandonment or renunciation of their belief in God and so He allowed a godless nation to ravage their land and enslave the people. Why would God allow such a thing to happen to His children? Proverbs 3:11,12 gives us that reason. My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction: For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth. He is a Father who is determined that His children will obey Him and grow in godliness before Him.
In the New Testament, Jesus gives a wonderful revelation of God as our Father. Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? (John 14:8,9) “Father” is probably the most common term we use in prayer. Jesus set the pattern in the “Lord’s Prayer” beginning the prayer with Our Father is recognizing that God is our Father and that He is first. Jesus’ statement “Our Father” eliminates a world of unbelieving people and declares a wondrous intimacy with God. We come and we speak to Him as if we were His born children, as if we were the tender children of His own heart, as if we shared His own life because spiritually speaking we do. The most intimate term used by Hebrew children was Abba...Abba. God is not everyone’s Father, He’s our Father. He is only the Father of those who are His children who possess His life which is granted only through faith in His Son.
Thought: The most important element of effective praying is a deepening relationship with the Father. This means worshiping the Father, knowing Him better through His Word, fellowshipping with Him, obeying His will, and seeking to please Him. Wouldn’t you want the Father to say to you what He said to our Lord? Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased. (Luke 3:22b)

Friday, May 14, 2010

Dwelling in the Secret Place of God

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation. Psalm 91:1-2,14-16

What does it mean, He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty? The Word of God says we are to abide in Christ (John 15) denoting a continual, constant and continuous dwelling in the secret place under His shadow. How near to we have to be in order for His shadow to fall upon us? We must walk very closely to Him for His shadow to be upon us. Dwelling in the secret place of the Most High provides for us great and precious promises.
Look with me at these promises: Psalm 91:15

  • He shall call upon me, and I will answer him (The Lord will answer our prayers.)
  • I will be with him in trouble (Comfort in trouble) The Lord will be with us in our troubling times to comfort us.
  • I will deliver him (God will deliver us from trouble.)
  • and honour him (Answered prayer is honoring a reward to you)
  • With long life will I satisfy him (Living in the secret place will give to us long life and we, in that life, will be satisfied.)
  • shew him my salvation (In the climax of blessing, we will one day see our Salvation the One who paid it all.)
To whom do these privileges belong? Can anyone claim these precious promises?
  • To those who know my name. Psalm 91:14 
A personal relationship with the Lord is required to have such special promises.
  • To those that set their love upon me. Psalm 91:14
Loving the Lord with all our heart, mind and soul is essential.
Thought: Are you dwelling in the secret place of the Most High and abiding in the shadow of the Almighty? Special promises and privileges come with remaining in that secret place and under the shadow. The Most High God is Elohim, the true God of absolute authority and supremacy. To abide under the shadow of the Almighty is to be in the presence of El Shaddi, the ever-existent One, the One mighty to nourish, supply and satisfy.
My desire is to dwell in the secret place of the Most high and to continuously abide under the shadow of the Almighty that I may experience the dimensions (the height, depth, length or breath) of these great and precious promises from Almighty God.

Friday, May 7, 2010

My Mom

by Dianna Moffitt Carroll
Who’s that holding me so very lovingly?
I’m so tiny, Oh, I see-
It’s my mom
Who’s that caring for me?
Just newborn I be, Oh, yes-
It’s my mom.
Who’s the one that’s up late with me?
For I’m not well, a fever you see.
Well wouldn’t you know, no need to ask-
It’s my mom.
Who plays patty-cake and sings to me;
Bandages my finger and kisses me?
Say, you’re getting better at guessing with me-
It’s my mom.
Who’s always there for me, my hurts to bare
When friends have abandoned me and no one seems to care?
She’s pretty popular, I’ve known her now awhile;
Always my companion, my friend, and my guide-
It’s my mom
Who’s there to cry with me when life makes me sad?
Who’s there to laugh and joke with me and even giggle a tad?
Oh, no one cries quite like she cries over the silliest little things;
And when she laughs, she really laughs.
She’s just plain wonderful to me.
It’s my mom.
Who’ll be there saying, “Good-bye,” when it’s time to leave my home?
As all the memories of my life will somehow quickly unfold.
And as I pause and reflect awhile, this one thought I’d like to leave-
There’s been no love like her love. You’re right-
It’s my mom
Thought:  If your mother is still living, love and thank her for all she has been to you through the years. If she has not always been there for you, to kissed your hurts or sing to you, love and honor her in spite of all her faults, for the Bible tells us to do so. Rely on the Lord to teach you to be, the most wonderful mother a child would need. If time has past you by, and regret has filled your heart, commit your children to the Lord, trust Him to fulfill their needs, and then rest in Him, His ways are best, indeed.

Happy Mother’s Day