When we come to God in prayer, we need to be ready for Him to prune us, like a gardener pruning fruit trees.
16 I say then, walk by the Spirit and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is against the Spirit, and the Spirit desires what is against the flesh; these are opposed to each other, so that you don’t do what you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. (Galatians 5)
The Spirit is always desiring to lead us out of bondage and into greater freedom.
The Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6)
Our Father in heaven,
Your name be honored as holy.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And do not bring us into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power
and the glory forever. Amen.
This prayer is for us, on earth, today. His will is prepared in heaven for the purpose of being released on earth. He wants to work through His people, in prayer, to accomplish His will. This prayer invites the prophetic to take place on earth.
31 “But seek His kingdom, and these things will be provided for you. 32 Don’t be afraid, little flock, because your Father delights to give you the kingdom. (Luke 12)
Hatred comes right on the heels of fear. People who have been in abusive relationships of any kind know what this is like. This is the sort of fear that many of us think of when we see the word “fear” or “afraid.” But Jesus’ definition of fear is worship. In Matthew 4, He says to satan, ““Go away, Satan! For it is written: Worship the Lord your God, and serve only Him.” This comes from Deuteronomy 6:13, which says, “Fear Yahweh your God, worship Him, and take your oaths in His name.”
When you pray, what comes from the heart is even more important than the words you choose. If you refuse to pray, you are living in self-righteousness, relying on yourself for that which only God can provide.
“Whenever you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites, because they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by people. (Matthew 6)
People praying in this way have no relationship with God. The Lord’s Prayer humbles us. It reminds us of Who He is. It builds our faith, hope, and trust in Him. It allows us to worship Him. It allows no room for compromise. It invites the miraculous to happen. It shows us grace and protection from that which we deserve. It tells us that we really must forgive.