Evidently prayer was such an obvious priority in the life of Jesus that out of all the mighty works and miracles He performed, the one thing the Bible records His disciples asking Him to teach them was to pray. We must realize that the Lord's Prayer isn't really meant to be a prayer that's recited so much as it is a guide to be followed. So how should we pray? We should pray with adoration. praise the person of God.We should pray with submission, surrendering to the will of God. We should pray with the petition, asking for the provisions of God. We should pray with confession, seeking the forgiveness of God. We should pray for protection, looking for the deliverance of God. And we should pray with affirmation, bragging on the power and glory of God. Determine today to model your life after the life of Jesus and make prayer the priority of God.
Who will I let rule my life? With whom will my ultimate allegiance lie? When an ultimate choice has to be made, on what basis will it be made? What am I pursuing most passionately with my use of time, talents, and treasure? There is only one correct answer according to Jesus; that one true answer is our Father in heaven. Giving our devotion to anything else, or to anyone else, means that what we pursue on earth is destined for decay, death, or destruction. In the strongest terms possible, Jesus reminds us that money can't be our god if we want to serve the Lord God Almighty. It's either our Father in heaven, or not. All our energies should be channeled to honor him, or not.
Discussion: How can we express to God that he rules your life?
Activity:Holy and Almighty God, I come before you in humility, acknowledging your greatness and majesty. I want to live with you, and your Kingdom, as my number one priority. Help awaken me to the things that I may place in my heart that rival you as God. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
Jesus wasn't very big on storing up things. The story of the Rich Man and Lazarus reminds us how easily we can forget that our blessings come from God's grace and are not something we have accomplished on our own. Jesus did not store up things while he was here; he shared them, gave them away, gave them to people in need, and used what he had to bless others. Jesus wants us to confront a couple of crucial questions: What is our treasure and where are we keeping it? Every earthly treasure we have is vulnerable to destruction. Every one of our treasures, except our relationship to God and his people, is temporary. So why do we spend so much time investing in things that will not satisfy or sustain? Jesus urges us to invest in what is lasting, eternal, and ultimately perfect. If we do, nothing can destroy and nothing can steal our blessed assurance that we will be victorious in Jesus.
Moses was a man who was considered one of the greatest prophets that ever lived. He was a close friend of God and a man that spoke face to face with God; a privilege that no one has ever seen since Deuteronomy 34:12. God revealed great plans to Moses and God even allowed Him to see the plans, but not enter the Promise Land. Although Moses had mountain top experiences with God, He chose to disobey God and suffered the consequence of his disobedience. Deut. 34:4, “Then the Lord said to him, this is the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob when I said, ‘I will give it to your descendants.’ I have let you see it with your eyes, but you will not cross over into it.” God has great plans for each of us, but when we disobey we can delay or miss out completely on all the great things He has planned for our lives; it doesn’t matter our title or position. Don’t let disobedience get you a bird’s eye view of those plans, but choose to walk into it.
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