Monday, August 1, 2011

Give Up

Most of us, saved and unsaved, know or at least know of Jesus’ model prayer in Matthew chapter 6. The Lord’s Prayer, as it is commonly called, is an example of how we should pray; something like a template. Most people I know can recite the Lord’s Prayer without hesitation, but they don’t really know it.

Why do I say that? Well, let’s look at Matthew 6:10 (KJV), Emphasis added.

Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

Ok, what about NIV. Emphasis added.

your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

"Your will be done." Who is Jesus speaking to? God, that’s Who.

One thing that should accompany our prayers is telling God we are ultimately following His will. Will is used to express desire, choice, or intent. No matter what we want, what we think, what we see, or what we believe we need to live according to what God instructs us to do.

Stop lying to yourself. When you don’t listen to God you always end up

HURT


Don’t fall for the devil’s lies anymore. Anytime you disobey The Lord you eventually feel

UNAPPRECIATED

Be real with yourself. Moving away from Jesus makes you more and more

LONELY

God’s will is good, acceptable, and perfect (Romans 12). His intents are holy. The Lord’s desires for you are exactly what you need. His choices for you are the right thing. Your ways are just that, your ways. Your confused, misguided, and frustrating ways. Stop fighting Him. Trust God today no matter how difficult it seems.

Meditation Scripture: Matthew 6:9-13

Prayer: Ask God to forgive you for trying to do it your way. Tell Him you are tired of being tired. Confess that you cannot succeed on your own. Identify the areas in your life that need to be improved, removed, or changed.

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