Bible verses to build your life on
Jesus said: whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock ~ Matthew 7:24
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How often do we pray like this? ~ study
"Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread." ~ Matthew 6:10,11 *** Let's look at that briefly :)
To those who look forward to daily posts, I'm working on getting back to that routine, but lately schedule has been busier :) ~ I'm trying to post something as often as I can :)
On this passage - many of you will recognize this is a clip from what should be called the disciple's prayer - a simple, starting model to build our regular, genuine prayer life on. And I selected these 2 verses because 1) there's so much richness in them (to me personally), and 2) because I think both of these get missed by many (including me) because of our busy schedules, so we tend to forget these.
So, check this out: How often do you and I ask God to do His will exactly as He has already decreed it in Heaven - here on Earth? The pattern I most often find in American Christians is requesting what they want, and then tacking Jesus' name along with it. But, can we think this through together for a second? Is that really a wise choice? We all have needs, and God calls us to come into His presence regularly to make requests, and says in James 1 that He will never rebuke us asking for wisdom, and in John, Jesus made it clear that when we pray according to God's will - He hears us! How amazing is that! ... But, that leads to my point: how do we pray? As in, what's our pattern? Asking for our 'well-thought-out' plan to happen, or simply saying: 'God, I'm requesting this would go this way, but you're God. So, I leave it at Your feet - not trying to demand my will be done, but leaving room for and requesting Yours be done. And I would like to follow that up with, Father, as You accomplish Your will, please explain it to me, so that I can pray more according to Your Word and purposes. Thank You for Your amazing love! ~ In Jesus' name, Amen.'
That is just a short example of how I got started in learning how to pray more Biblically, and how I got to where I'm at today, understanding God's will on many subjects to a greater extent than I did just several years ago. I encourage those of you who can, to try this yourself - use your own words, since it is your own conversation with Him, after-all ~ :) Right?
Okay, next note :) I know this will only apply to some of you, because the majority of Christians in America like pain, and ask God regularly for trials that would teach them... What's that you say? Most don't like pain? I'm surprised! [not :)] What's my point? We become so self-centered (while watching the pattern of this world) and always wish for life to be easier. 'Can't this go such and such a way - that would help me so much.' 'Why do I have to go through long-traffic right now? I've got a schedule to keep' 'My job's too tough, I need an easier one'
~ But brothers and sisters, please remember - thorns in this life (in all colors, shapes and sizes) are the results of sin, in general, and our personal rebellion - they keep us from ruining ourselves, and keep us relying on Him. So, actually the day-to-day battle for our daily bread is the most spiritually healthy process possible. So, instead of fighting this wonderful gift from God, shouldn't we embrace it? Yes. Do we all have a lot to grow in on this? Yes. :) [me too, in case I hadn't said that ~ :)] So, today, let's intentionally think more on these two short notes with much spiritual gold in them - praying according to His will, and embracing the paths that God sets up for us - growing in embracing rather trying to push them off.
I'll conclude with a short passage from James to encourage us all:"My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him." ~ James 1:2-5
For now, Take care, May the Lord keep teaching each of us - daily - and using us to reach out to others. ~ your bro/friend, and a growing servant/life-slave of Jesus, SH