The Lord's Prayer
(from Max Lucado's book "The Great House of God")
Message from Joanne:
As we closed our study two weeks ago, I spoke of "rest." As I was typing up my notes for Bible Study this week, I misspelled "resting" and my computer automatically corrected it for me. However, it spelled out "resisting." As I looked at this word, I realized that the exact opposite of "resting in Jesus" is "resisting Jesus."
The foundation of our spiritual rest is Jesus......who He is, what He has done for us, and who we are and what we now have IN HIM. As Easter is approaching, we took time this week to acknowledge Jesus, set our minds, hearts and eyes on Him and the ultimate sacrifice He made for each one of us on the cross. Along with celebrating His victory over sin, death and satan through His resurrection from the dead. HE LIVES!!!! And because of that, we live and have a hope that is real and eternal.
Years ago, I read a book by Max Lucado called "The Great House of God." He speaks of being "at home" or "at rest" in God's great house. He uses the Lord's Prayer as a guide to bring us home to that place of rest. I have attached this prayer guide for your personal use in your prayer time. I pray that in this Easter season this is especially sweet for you, but my prayer is that we are desiring to live in God's house every day of our lives....not just at special times of the year or for short visits, but for ALWAYS!!"
In the Magnificent Name and Love of our Savior, Joanne
Thank you for adopting me into your family.
Thank you, my Lord, for being a God of the present tense:
my Jehovah-jireh (the God who provides),
my Jehovah-raah (the caring Shepherd),
my Jehovah-shalom (the Lord is peace),
my Jehovah-rophe (the God who heals),
and my Jehovah-nissi (Lord, my banner).
Your workshop of creation reminds me: If you can make the skies, you can make sense of my struggles.
Hallowed be thy name.
Be holy in my heart. You are a “cut above” all else. Enable me to set my sights on you.
Thy kingdom come,
Come kingdom! Be present, Lord Jesus! Have free reign in every corner of my life.
Thy will be done,
Reveal your heart to me, dear Father. Show me my role in your passion. Grant me guidance in the following decisions……
On earth as it is in heaven,
Thank you that you silence heaven to hear my prayer. On my heart are the ones you love. I pray for……
Give us this day our daily bread.
I accept your portion for my life today. I surrender the following concerns regarding my well-being…….
Forgive us our debts,
I thank you for the roof of grace over my head, bound together with the timbers and nails of Calvary. There is nothing I can do to earn or add to your mercy. I confess my sins to you……
As we also have forgiven our debtors;
Treat me, Father, as I treat others. Have mercy on the following friends who have wounded me……
Lead us not into temptation,
Let my small hand be engulfed in yours. Hold me, lest I fall. I ask for special strength regarding……
but deliver us from the evil one.
May I recognize temptation and the schemes of the evil one. Give me strength to overcome it and flee from it. Lord, show me any areas where satan has a foothold in my life……
Our Father…give us…forgive us…lead us
Let your kindness be on all the church. I pray especially for ministers near and missionaries far away.
Thine…not mine…is the kingdom,
I lay my plans at your feet.
Thine…not mine…is the power,
I come to you for strength.
Thine…not mine…is the glory,
I give you all the credit.
Forever and ever. Amen.
You alone are God. There is none like you for always.
“Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors;
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
(For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever and ever, Amen.)” Matthew 6:9-13
Adapted from “The Great House of God” by Max Lucado. Pages 171-179.
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