For me, the prelude to the Resurrection season and the season itself have been wrapped in a whole new love affair with how Jesus modeled prayer. I have been moved to tears reading (from the Passion Translation) how Jesus taught us to pray.
Matthew 6:9-13 (Personalized)
Pray like this: My Beloved Father, dwelling in the heavenly realms, may the glory of your name be the center on which my life turns. Manifest your kingdom realm, and cause your every purpose to be fulfilled on earth, just as it is in heaven. I acknowledge you as my Provider of all I need each day. Forgive me the wrongs I have done as I release forgiveness to those who have wronged me. Rescue me every time I face tribulation and set me free from evil. For you are the King who rules with power and glory forever. Amen.
Talk about a drop the mic moment! This truly says it all. What is in heaven is what should be expected on earth, everything else is counterfeit. What does not belong in heaven does not belong on earth. God’s plan wins, every time! He provides us everything. Nothing we have is outside of God. Nothing! Forgiveness is gracefully ours every time. God will never choose not to forgive, so why should we. He rescues us and sets us free. Living in bondage and in trouble is not God’s way. He is powerful. I think at times we lose sight of how powerful the God of the universe truly is.
This Lord's Prayer that our Suffering Savior modeled and instructed was one of the most profound gifts we have been given. It is the key that unlocks our Father’s heart.
The whole chapter of Matthew 6 is amazing but I want to briefly touch on two things.
Before Jesus teaches us specifically how to pray, He offers instruction on our approach to prayer. He says we are to pray with sincerity, behind close doors, not seeking attention. Why? He wants our heart, not our performance. What you do when no one is looking is who you really are and that is what God wants. Does that mean you can’t and shouldn’t pray in public or group settings? Absolutely not! It means you need to have a time of personal prayer in your inner chamber alone with God because this is where you grow in intimacy with Him. There are no shortcuts here. Daily prayer in solitude is not an option if you want to thrive.
After the Lord's Prayer, Jesus talks about forgiveness. We learn from the words of Jesus that the Father does not tolerate unforgiveness on any level. He minces no words: if you do not forgive, you will not be forgiven. This is a big issue that can cause a ripple effect into other areas in our life. Jesus died so we would be forgiven, because that is our Precious Father’s heart. But we miss out on this wonderful gift if we choose not to forgive.
So, on this most precious and special of days, the Miracle Resurrection of our Exquisite Risen Savior, do you have unforgiveness in your heart toward anyone? This is a perfect day to resurrect your soul and set your spirit free. It will not only transform your life, but the lives of those you have been holding hostage.
On behalf of Karen, Victoria, Anoushka, Mary, Sissy, and Adrienne, I bless you with resurrection life and the transforming power of the Lord’s Prayer. May you be catapulted into the wonderful, awe-inspiring plan God has for your life as you work to bring His Kingdom to earth.
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