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WOL Newsletter 146: Radical Review Part 5: I've Got The Power
May 24, 2015
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Edited by Stacie Thomas

I can’t help but wonder, if we even pay attention to what the Bible says sometimes. Jesus clearly spells out how to pray in Matthew 6:9-13. Let’s review it- in layman’s terms, just in case the KJV closes our minds from repetition. (Because, seriously, who can’t rattle off the Lord’s Prayer?) 9“Our Father, which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.” (Our Father in heaven- may your name be kept holy) stop: When we pray- do we acknowledge WHO God is? Do we approach Him as being the Almighty? (problem number 1) 10“Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in Heaven.” (May your righteous kingdom come soon (end this pain), may your will be done here (not mine) stop: Do we really want this world to be over? Do we really want HIS will (desires, wants, needs) to take over? (problem number 2) 11“Give us this day our daily bread. (Give us today what we need (notice it is necessity/need- not want) stop: When we pray- do we really ask for what is (only) needed to get through the day? (problem number 3) 12“And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.” (forgive our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us) stop: 1) Do we really forgive (let go/give up resentment) those that cause us pain? 2) What if God really did forgive us the way that we forgive others? (there’s a little something to think about) (problem number 4) (*Thank God He forgives us in a way only He can*) 13a“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil…” (Don’t let us give into temptation, rescue us from evil/the devil) stop: Do we really not want to be tempted? Doesn’t that imply that we want to live an honest, pure life? (and do we?) (problem number 5) 13b“For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.” (this is a humble acknowledgment of God’s reign) stop: Do we really acknowledge the full capacity of His reign? (problem number 6)
Do you need it broken down to you like a child? Check this simplified explanation. “Prayer is our special way of talking to God, so remember to pray as many times as you can.” (How often do we talk to Him, just ‘because we can’?) (problem number 7)
 

Radical Review Part 5: I've Got The Power

Do you have a prayer life that is not as powerful and passionate as you think it should be? We pray to the God, Creator and Master of our universe; the One that has the greatest power in His hands and the greatest love in His heart, but we don’t pray frequently enough. We have been so far from where God intended us to be on this subject, and so tainted in our view of what Scriptures mean about prayer that we have missed the boat entirely. Isaiah 58:1-11: Isaiah is talking to the people of Judah just before they have become so unrighteous that God gives them over to defeat and exile in Babylon. He warns them that even though they think they are interested in God and His ways, and they think they are humble and righteous, they in fact are selfish and harsh in their ways; they have forsaken being kind to each other and they don’t reach out to love or care for anyone else.

We see Scriptures as being okay with leading selfish lives, as we ask for blessing after blessing and have no burning desire from God to help, serve or save anyone. But God is still willing to do far more than we ever hoped or thought He would. We have missed the purpose and ways of truly serving Him that we have not been able to see his Hand moving. Learning to grow in prayer is so much easier than you would think! We complicate matters with our theological steps and our desire to create excuses for why God is different than He used to be, in order to cover our own lack of desire and love. James 4:3: we ask for things that make perfect sense to us, but are in fact selfish and dangerous, or hurtful and unfair to others. We don’t understand why He doesn’t give us what we want if He loves us. As we grow, we know He must have a reason for not ‘answering’; we learn to appreciate His ways so that we will take what He gives us and use it in a way that would make Him proud; and we ask more responsibly, based on our knowledge and love for Him. John 14:12-14; 1 John 5:14-15: He becomes more generous in giving because He knows we will use what He gives us in a good way, and we are asking for the right reasons.

Unfortunately, many of us still haven’t grown and become responsible people in the Kingdom of God. We are still living according to the immaturity of the world. The main focus of prayer is to glorify God and to bring others into faith and love of Christ- no matter the cost. Psalm 37:4-5. We are too self-absorbed to ask or see what He may want us to accomplish, in His power. 2 Timothy 3:5. We will never become a shadow of what God wants in a radical church until we change the central focus completely. 1 Thessalonians 1:5, 1 Corinthians 2:1-5. The people of the Bible completely relied on God in prayer for guidance, power, provision, opportunity, strength and worship (basically everything). How can we do anything for God unless we follow in their steps? Jesus didn’t die so we would live a perfect, comfortable life; He died to have a chance to be close and intimate with us. There will come a time when you will be able to draw no closer to God until you talk intimately to the One you want to know more. Psalm63:1-8. There should be a desperation and passionate prayer for God’s presence and power. Prayer should be the center of what we do, not an addition to what we do. Matthew 14: Jesus was surrounded by thousands and being touched by hundreds, but one woman who touched Him (like all the others), got something completely different from Him: an answer in power, because of the desperation, love and expectation.

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