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"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God."   Philippians 4:6 (NIV)

 

Psalm 72:18

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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 trespasses,
as we forgive those
who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil:
For thine is the
kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
forever and ever.
Amen.

 

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                                                            OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN:
Our prayers are addressed to "Our Father in heaven." This name "Father" is a new way to address God. Formerly men called Him, "the Almighty God," "the Most High God," "the Everlasting God," or "Jehovah God." none dared call him "Father." Only those who are born again of God, are the children of God and can call Him "Father." How sweet and comforting to come to God and declare: "Our Father in heaven."

"Behold, how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! For this cause the world doesn't know us, because it didn't know him. Beloved, now we are children of God, and it is not yet revealed what we will be. But we know that, when he is revealed, we will be like him; for we will see him just as he is. Everyone who has this hope set on him purifies himself, even as he is pure." 1 John 3:1-3.

                                                       MAY YOUR NAME BE KEPT HOLY:
God glorifies His name through us. We must first hold His name in high honor and reverence. For only after we give God the glory, honor, and praise due His perfection, can we approach Him with our requests. The motive of our prayers must be to bring glory to God.

"He guides me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake." Psalm 23:3b. "Help us, God of our salvation, for the glory of your name. Deliver us, and forgive our sins, for your name's sake." Psalm 79:9.

                                                           LET YOUR KINGDOM COME:
On the earth there are two kingdoms, each with its own king; the kingdom of God and the kingdom of Satan. There are two brotherhoods, each with its father, and these two are in mortal combat. It is important that we acknowledge that God's kingdom, power, and glory are His forever. In praying this way, I am acknowledging a truth that most of the world does not accept. My desire and prayer must be that God will not only rule my own life, but also the life of my family, and that He will become ruler of all. See John 8:42-47.

Someday Jesus is returning as King of kings and Lord of lords. We should pray that this will happen

                                LET YOUR WILL BE DONE, AS IN HEAVEN, SO ON EARTH:
To pray correctly requires knowing God's will. To discover His will we must look for it, seek it out, and search for it. The promise is that those who seek God, will be allowed to find Him. Those not desiring His will not have their prayers answered.

God's will is that you use the spiritual gift in the ministry He has assigned to you. (Romans 12:1-8). You have a job to do, a function to perform, a ministry to execute. God never intended His assembly to be a group of spectators with only a few doing the work. All members are servants of one another.

                                            GIVE US TODAY OUR DAILY BREAD:
God promises to supply all our needs. There is no need so small that He will not be concerned about, or any so large that He is unable to supply it. "My God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:19. God is very wealthy. He has the resources for any need you have. He is able to supply all the tools, materials, money, and personnel for any task He requests of you. All you need to do is request them. Ask and you will receive is the requirement God has placed on you. Psalm 50:9-15; Matthew 7:7-11; Luke 11:9-13.

                         FORGIVE US OUR DEBTS, AS WE ALSO FORGIVE OUR DEBTORS:
Every time we sin we must ask God for forgiveness. This is a great privilege, so we must not misuse it. For forgiveness of sins I must;
    
* Acknowledge I am a sinner,
     * Confess my sins to God, (be specific).
     * Believe that all my confessed sins are forgiven,
     * Believe I am purified from all unrighteousness,
     * Be an overcomer over habitual sins, taking back the "ground" that Satan controls.
     * Believe that Jesus' sacrifice, not good works, is all I need,
     * And I must forgive others the same way God has forgiven me
    

                            BRING US NOT INTO TEMPTATION, BUT DELIVER US FROM THE EVIL ONE:
When we pray for God's kingdom to come and His will be done, we attract the attention of Satan and he will attack us. Jesus "has delivered us out of the power of darkness, and translated us into the Kingdom of the Son of his love; in whom we have our redemption, the forgiveness of our sins." Colossians 1:13,14. This will make Satan very angry and he will do everything possible to prevent us from knowing and doing God's will. In ourselves we are not strong enough to resist this assault. We must have God's help, encouragement, and strength to be an overcomer. Therefore, we must put on the armor of God, use His weapons, and take back the "ground" we are allowing Satan to control in our lives.

                FOR YOURS IS THE KINGDOM, THE POWER, AND THE GLORY FOREVER. AMEN:
Praising God is bragging on Him. It is telling God and others of all the good and wonderful things He is doing, and of His great and mighty deeds He has done.

I will bless Yahweh at all times.
His praise will always be in my mouth.
My soul shall boast in Yahweh.
The humble shall hear of it, and be glad.
Oh magnify Yahweh with me.
Let us exalt his name together.
I sought Yahweh, and he answered me,
And delivered me from all my fears.
Psalm 34:1-4.

                                                                          IN THE NAME OF JESUS:
We do not possess the right, or privilege, or authority to approach God. Who are we, to approach the throne of a Righteous Holy God? But, because we are in Him and He is us we become children of God and the right to call Him Father.