When I was in 7th grade, my English teacher told us that repetition was the key to learning. Then she proceeded to have us say that numerous times. I have learned the benefit of repetition to learning anything. God teaches us with repetition in His Word. In Jesus' Example Prayer, He starts with "Your kingdom [...]
As we think about Jesus' Example Prayer, we should also look at Jesus' life. Jesus is God the Son. He is equal with God the Father, but chose to submit Himself to carry out His Father's will. Jesus is worthy of worship. We are not. Why do we think that our own will should be [...]
Jesus' Example Prayer continues with "Thy kingdom come." This is an easy thing to say, but harder to do. Telling God to allow His kingdom means I have to give up my own. I think we mean well trying to build our own kingdoms. We think our plans are going to help build God's. However, [...]
I have found it easy to be confused about where I have control. I start with correct thinking such as, "I am responsible for my actions", but I can fall into thinking that I can control the results. Proverbs 16:9 gives us insight into what God does in our lives. We can make plans, but [...]
The Lord's Prayer continues with "may Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven." This is also easy to say, but much harder to live consistently. Those of us who have placed our trust in Jesus Christ have the help of the Holy Spirit (John 16:7-16). He will lead in our lives [...]
As control desiring human beings, we often hold tight to what we want. Sometimes our desires are good, but they must be brought under the authority of Almighty God. God's Word, His way, His faithfulness are concepts that we can hold tight. He is worth holding fast!