Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.” (Luke 11:1 NKJV)
In it’s deepest essence, prayer is the spirit of man reaching out to the living God. When circumstances and situations are beyond our control, then we pray, even though we have not spoken to Him, or listened to Him, for a long time. Yet effective prayer places certain requirements on us, one of which is that we should listen to God and do His will.
True prayer consists of two components: you have fellowship with the living God, and He has fellowship with you, an insignificant human being. Unfortunately in our prayer lives many of us are so busy talking, that we don’t hear what God wants to say to us. Listening to the voice of God is an important part of the discipline of prayer. He reveals His will to us through the work of the Holy Spirit, if you would only become quiet in His presence and receive His voice in your heart.
As your prayer life develops and grows gradually in a disciplined way, you will become more sensitive to what God wants from you. Then you will find Joy and happiness in just living for Him.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6, 7 NKJV)
Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:13, 14 NKJV)
Are you living a life of regrets? Is your past robbing you of the joy of today? You may say, “you don’t know what, I have done in the past,”
If the devil had anything to bring against Paul. It would be reminders of how he had persecuted the early church and caused the deaths of many, including Stephen, the first Christian martyr.
Paul had horrible things that were hard for him to forget. But he had such a revelation of God’s forgiveness that he could say, “forgetting those things which are behind..I press forward to the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus”.
Beloved, God has forgiven you and declared, “Your sins and lawless deeds, I will remember no more”. ( Hebrews 10:17)
God’s Word says, “The glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.” (Isaiah 58:8) His glory will cover your past. Wherever you go, His glory covers your past. It is no longer the same past that you know of because His glory has descended on it. Your past is past. It has been wiped out. It is gone! So don’t let your past rob you of today’s joy any longer.
And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (II Corinthians 12:9 NKJV)
In this world there are things that seem to yell out to you: “Buy me,” “You need me,” or ” You can’t get by without me.” Soon you start believing that, without more, your life is not complete and you are not whole. God says, “My son, you don’t need more of the things of this world; you need more of me.
See, God has come to save me. I will trust in him and not be afraid. The Lord God is my strength and my song; he has given me victory.” (Isaiah 12:2 NLT)
I am everything you will ever need. I am the strength for the weary. I am drink for the thirsty. I am Joy for the sorrowful. I am food for the hungry. Things in this world will let you down because they are not enough. But I am more than enough. Set your eyes on things
That from above. I ask that you focus on things that are eternal. You know that the things of this world are temporal and they will pass away.
And set your minds and keep them set on what is above (the higher things), not on the things that are on the earth. For [as far as this world is concerned] you have died, and your [new, real] life is hidden with Christ in God. (Colossians 3:2, 3 AMP)
Through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. (Romans 5:2 NIV)
What is the grace of God? The grace of God is His unmerited, unearned and undeserved favor toward you simply because of Jesus’ finished work at the cross. Because God’s grace is based on Jesus’ work and not yours, the only way you fall from this grace is by believing that you can earn, merit and deserve it through your obedience and good works.
When you think that it is by your efforts and obedience that you receive God’s blessing, you become like the Pharisees. They believed that their law-keeping justified them and ensured that God would bless them. But the truth is that when you believe like them, “you have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law, you have fallen from grace”. This means that you are cut out from Christ, who is your salvation, redeemer, healer and provider. Christ has become of no effect to you.
You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace. (Galatians 5:4 NKJV)
Beloved, for Christ to always be of effect to you and to never nullify the grace of God operating in your life, just remember and believe that it is because of Christ and His finished work, His blood, His stripes, His death, His obedience, that you are justified, healed and blessed.