How Jesus Taught Us to Pray (1)

How Jesus Taught Us to Pray (1)

“Therefore, pray…Our Father in heaven.” Mt 6:9 NKJV

Here’s how Jesus taught us to pray: (1) “Our Father in heaven.” When you say, “Father”

you are acknowledging that you’re “family,” that you have a special relationship

with God which entitles you to go to Him at any time, confident you’re loved, welcomed,

and assured of His favor. When you say, “in heaven,” you can go no higher. You’re

drawing what you need from the ultimate source of goodness, grace, mercy, provision,

protection and authority. What a privilege! (2) “Hallowed be Your name” (v. 9 NKJV). This

thought should always be uppermost in your mind: “Whatever I do today, Lord, whether

in thought, word or deed, let it honor You.” People should be able to look at your life and

want to become acquainted with the One you serve. (3) “Your kingdom come. Your will be

done on earth as it is in heaven” (v.10 NKJV). Each time you choose to say no to yourself

and yes to God’s will, you demonstrate to a watching world what it means to live as a citizen of His kingdom. Note the words, “as it is in heaven.” Is anyone in heaven fearful or

doubting? Stubborn or disobedient? Critical or negative? When the enemy brings something to your door that’s contrary to God’s will, you have the authority to rise up and say, “If it’s not done and approved in heaven it has no place in my life here on earth.” When it comes to disobedience, refuse to accept the package and sign the receipt. The one

thing Satan hopes you never discover is that you have the God-given authority to restrict

his movements in your life.

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