Psalm 66:1-4

Shout Joyful Praises – Psalm 66: 1-4

Psalm 66:1-4

  • Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands:
  • 2Sing forth the honour of his name: make his praise glorious.
  • 3Say unto God, How terrible art thou in thy works! through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies submit themselves unto thee.
  • 4All the earth shall worship thee, and shall sing unto thee; they shall sing to thy name. Selah.
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Todays lesson taken from Psalm 66:1-4
Psalm 66:1-4

Shout joyful Praises

The Jews and Gentiles are asked to sing. The author of Psalm 66:1-4 is telling them to sing to God with joy in their hearts. Furthermore, when we sing to the Lord, we should always make it a high-spirited song of praise. That is, sing louder than we would with a normal song and with much more enthusiasm. Sing praises to God with a joyful exuberant heart!

The honour of His name

The author is telling people of all nations to let God’s grace and his merciful acts be the subject of our songs.

All ye lands…

  • It is believed that this Psalmist was speaking of the call to the Gentiles to come into the fold alongside the Jews.
  • At that time, only the people of Israel knew of God and so the author perhaps prophesies that one day all nations will know of the Lord.

Thine enemies submit themselves unto thee…

  • This is not saying that God makes people submit to him.
  • God has given us the free-will to make our own choices.
  • However, there are times when God will use their own choices to show that he means business.

How is God in control of all things?

Many people believe that this song was sung at a time when God gave the Jews deliverance from something.

  • God may have just delivered the Jews from Egypt and perhaps they were singing this song on the journey home.
  • The following is just one example of how the enemies submit themselves to God.
  • The Pharaoh of Egypt gave his word (a few times) about releasing the Jews from captivity.
  • And then, not live up to that promise.
  • Some people believe that God’s anger brought the plagues upon Egypt.
  • In fact, the Pharaoh brought the plagues upon his people by not living up to his word.
  • So, the Pharaoh and his followers, using their own choices, suffered God’s wrath.

All the earth shall worship thee…

  • It’s important that we worship the Lord by singing to him.
  • As a result from singing, our hearts can expand in joy.
  • But also we need to be speaking to him in prayer, meditation, reading his word, etc.
  • It is a 2-way street which includes speaking and listening.

Prophecy?

The next three verses were most likely a prophecy. Telling of a time when everyone will bow down to the Lord, at the second coming.

  • At the end of days, the faithful will obey God and willingly be singing and praising his name.
  • However, some will only pretend they are faithful.
  • In fact, some people will reject God completely.
  • Regardless, all people will bow in front of God, on that day.

And shall sing unto thee…

  • The Lord loves to hear us sing and praise him.
  • It doesn’t matter what our voice sounds like.
  • He enjoys it when we worship him in song.

They shall sing to thy name…

  • Long ago people’s names meant something.
  • The names were a way of identifying a person’s character.
  • When we use to the Lord’s name, we are praising and honouring who he is and what he stands for.
  • God has many names which show his character.

Selah…

There are 3 different opinions as to what the word Selah means:

  1. Musical notation signifying a rest to singers and/or instruments
  2. Become loud, more exuberant
  3. Pause and reflect

The above verses tell us that one day all the earth will worship the Heavenly Father.

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Psalm 66:1-4

My Prayer for Psalm 66:1-4

Adonai (Lord Master)

I rejoice in you! I love to sing praises to you and to your name because I enjoy honouring you.

Father, I know you are mighty and powerful and I also know that you are a just God. Everything that happens to me is seen by you, allowed by you because of free-will.

One day I will see the entire picture of my life. Not only will I see why certain events happened, but I will agree that the tribulations I went through, had a purpose.

At the second coming of Jesus, your Word tells us that one day every knee will bow in reverence to the Lord, regardless of our beliefs.

Thank you Lord

I thank you Father that I know and love you. I am blessed that my name is already written in the Lambs Book of Life. And that I am secured a spot with you forever.

It is my pleasure to sing my praises to you. Furthermore, to honour and give my love to you and you alone. You are the one and only true God; my heavenly Father.

All for your glory.

In The name of my Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen

Side note:

Jesus is coming soon. Jesus has given the free will choice to each and every person. That is, to be with or against the Lord. Your choosing!

Please think carefully about that selection.

Ephesians 6:18

The Many Ways of Prayer

Ephesians 6:18

18Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

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Hand drawn picture of Jesus  Text says: The Many Ways of Prayer Taken from Ephesians 6:18
Ephesians 6:18

In Ephesians 6:18 Paul had just finished giving the instructions of how a soldier should dress for a spiritual fight. Following that, (once suited up) comes the time for prayer. So according to Paul, you put on the armour and then you pray. Remember, prayer is a very important part of a spiritual fight.

Stopping Christians from ascending to heaven is the main job of the enemy (Satan, devil, deceiver). In fact, he accomplishes this with the help of his host of demons (fallen angels). Also, Satan’s objective is to obstruct our relationships with Jesus.

In the same way, Satan is the prince of this world (for now) and his power is strong. As a result, staying close to God and keeping our eyes open and prayers on our lips is a must. Although it seems as if Satan is in control, he is not in total control. Because God limits Satan’s powers. However, he and his army can still do much spiritual harm if we are not careful.

Unseen Enemies

These enemies are unseen and come attacking Christians at any and all times. In fact, demons are in all heavenly places. For instance, Satan and his minions have all of the area between the stars (heavens) and the earth. That is to say that they have the heavens and earth in which to move around easily.

Paul tells the people to always be ready for an attack from Satan. How? In this case, each day put on the Armour of God and fight back? Paul says we fight with prayer. And therefore, we are to be ever ready at “all times” for prayer that may be needed.

What kind of prayers should we use?

  • Public
  • Private
  • Meditational – meditating on God’s word
  • Quick Prayer – a prayer said quickly when words fail us. An example – Father help me stay strong!
  • Emergency – a forced prayer immediately comes from you, brought out by stress or circumstances.
  • Pray in the Spirit.

What is “praying in the Spirit”?

Praying in the Spirit means we pray in, with or by the means of the Holy Spirit. Perhaps, in a time when we need the Holy’s Spirits guidance of what or how to pray. Also, there are times when the situation requires that the Holy Spirit intercede for us.

“With all prayers” refers to different kinds of prayers.

  • Pray alone, or with family/friends. In business, on the way to or from somewhere.
  • Pray in the heart without a voice.
  • Or spoken with a voice from your heart.

“Supplication” is petitioning God earnestly for something (to plead humbly for another or yourself).

  • This means to be continually in an attitude of prayer.
  • Be observant of everything – what or whomever needs prayer.
  • Many times Christians will pray in supplication when facing a temptation.

“Make supplication for all saints”

  • Pray for Christians

“Preservation”

  • Watching.
  • Being on guard, watch for the enemy to attempt to take your attention off God.
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Ephesians 6:18

My Prayer for: Ephesians 6:18

Heavenly Father;

I worship you Lord, today and every day. You are the almighty who is always in total control. Once again, thank you Father God that I never have to worry about anything.

I love this verse! I don’t have to be smart, I don’t have to have money, I do not have to have an abundant of friends. Prayer to God is all that I need.

There are times that I need to use my own words to speak to you Father, but then there are times when the Holy Spirit speaks for me instead.

When I can’t seem to find the right words to pray (for a person or a situation), the Holy Spirit helps me. I can relax and be comforted that I have just prayed the perfect prayer for that person and/or situation.

On the other hand, I could feel a nudge to pray in the Spirit. Meaning that I could be praying for a person or situation halfway around the world. However, I don’t even know who or what I am praying for, but you do.

There are so many facets to prayer. Father please help me to remain open, keep alert and ready to pray at any given time. And for any situation, whenever prayer is needed.

Thank you Father. May I always pray according to your will..

In the name of your precious son, Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen

Get closer to God JAMES 4:6-10 We are never alone John 14: 26-27

Psalm 122:6-9

Peace For Jerusalem – Psalm 122:6-9

Psalm 122:6-9

  • 6Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.
  • 7Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces.
  • 8For my brethren and companions’ sakes, I will now say, Peace be within thee.
  • 9Because of the house of theLordour God I will seek thy good.
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Today's lesson is for Peace for Jerusalem. Taken from Psalm 122:6-9
Psalm 122:6-9

In Psalm 122:6-9 we read that the Jewish people had been captives, exiled from their own land. Then they began returning home to Jerusalem. In this case, David is speaking to all people; not just the Jews but the Gentiles that returned with them.

In David’s Psalm, he is saying that when there is peace and prosperity within the city, the people can also find their own personal peace and prosperity.

Move forward to today!

Finding peace is especially hard for the Israelis as time gets closer to the end days. The people are facing daily attacks on their citizens and country. They are needing our prayers more than ever.

Everyday, without fail, it is essential that we pray for their welfare, goodness, and unity of each other. Also, for the preservation of their land and people. Most importantly we must to pray against their enemies.

We need to recognize that it is a privilege that God has asked us to pray for them. In fact, we need to accept that request, not out of obligation, guilt or “because we are asked to pray”. But out of our love for the Lord, his people and his land.

Picture of the Israeli flag. Psalm 122:6-9
Psalm 122:6-9

Prayer for Psalm 122:6-9

Heavenly Father,

You are Yahweh (God eternal) and so deserving of my prayers.

How happy and loving I feel when I see my children are getting along well. When they are peaceful, helping, and loving each other, it makes me smile. When I see this happening, my heart “melts” towards them. It’s the same way with you Lord. When I pray, help or love on your chosen, your heart “melts” and you smile also.

You have asked me to pray for protection, peace and prosperity for Jerusalem. Therefore, I do it because it is my privilege to serve you and also because I love you!

Open my heart to allow me to pray for Jerusalem in the manner in which you want. I know that as I pray for the country and the people, my heart will be opened and will grow to love them as much as you do.

In the precious name of Jesus (of Nazareth), I pray, Amen

Pray for Peace of Jerusalem

JEREMIAH 29:10-13

God’s Plan for Our Lives

Jeremiah 29:10-13

  • 10 For thus saith the Lord, That after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place.
  • 11For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
  • 12Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.
  • 13And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
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Jeremiah 29:10-13
Jesus with outstretched arms. God's plan for our lives.
Jeremiah 29:10-13

According to Jeremiah 29:10-13 God has a plan for our lives. What does your eternal future hold?

God sent the Jews into exile at Babylon. After that, Jeremiah, was instructed by the Lord to write a note to the people of Israel, who were now captives.

False Prophets were not part of God’s plan

False prophets were telling the Jews that they would not be in Babylon for very long. However, God’s plan was for them to remain in Babylon for seventy years. God told Jeremiah to tell them that they were not to expect anything different for the entire time. In other words stop listening to the false prophets. Jeremiah’s letters were to address all the Jewish captives, not just certain individuals.

God’s Plan for the Jewish Captives in Babylon

God has plans for their future, knowing what kind of people they are. He goes on to say that when he thinks about them, they are with thoughts are of peace and not evil. The people can rest assured that they will always have an eternal home with God. That is, depending on how they live. The Jews are to live in peace and build houses; provide for themselves the necessities of life and have many children.

They need to put their trust in God. The Lord says that if they call out to Him in prayers, he will listen to them and whenever they earnestly seek Him, with all their hearts, they will find him.

Jeremiah 29:10-13
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God’s plan for our lives can save even the broken, seek him today!

My Prayer for Jeremiah 29:10-13

Heavenly Father,

Thank you Lord that I know you have plans for my life, They are the same desires and plans as you have for all your children. Which are to prosper us, not to harm us. But, plans to give us hope and a future.

Father, following the directions from the Bible we are required to live peacefully throughout the good and the difficult times. We are to seek out your Word, your character, and give our whole heart over to you. Which helps us to live according to your plan and to remain close to you.

My life may look totally different than what I may want or perhaps even expect (as your child). However by living the way I am meant to live, allows me to stay close to you. In that, I know I am living in your will and I can be assured of hope and a future.

Thank you Father God, I am truly grateful.

In Jesus name I pray. Amen. Hallelujah

JAMES 4:6-10 How to get closer to God.

Psalm 108:1-6

Feeling Overwhelmed?

Psalm 108:1-6

  • O God, my heart is fixed; I will sing and give praise, even with my glory.
  • Awake, psaltery and harp: I myself will awake early.
  • I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people: and I will sing praises unto thee among the nations.
  • For thy mercy is great above the heavens: and thy truth reacheth unto the clouds.
  • Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens: and thy glory above all the earth;
  • That thy beloved may be delivered: save with thy right hand, and answer me.
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Psalm 108:1-6
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Psalm 108:1-6

Some say this Psalm was written by David, while others say it is a combination of two of David’s Psalms, (Ps. 57:7-11 and Ps. 60:5-12) Many people believed the two Psalms were combined by the captives of Babylon near the end of their captivity. Others say it was used in the Temple by the Jews. In fact, the identity or the reason it was written is not known.

The Psalmist starts off overwhelmed, possibly even thinking that God has left him. However, we see that he will not give up! The fleeing thoughts of defeat do not stop him from praying for deliverance. In fact he declares that he is fixed (faithfully) to God with his whole heart and soul. The Psalmist declares that he will wake up early to sing and praise God with his voice and with musical instruments. As his heart and soul soar, so does his disposition!

The Psalmist Will Go Among the People

He will go among the people (Jews) and among the nations (Gentiles), surrounding himself with all types of people. Furthermore he is openly showing and singing his love and praises for God. That is to say, he is not bribing God! This is a heartfelt promise.

The Psalmist declares that he will go before the people, telling them of God’s mercy that is great throughout the universe. Praising that the truth of God reaches higher than the clouds and that God is exalted in all the heavens.

He believes that when they will see how he has been delivered (saved) out of trouble. And in this case, just how far the arms of mercy and grace can spread, then people may start listening to him. The Psalmist believes that through the love of God, many people of all nations will turn to the Father. And furthermore turn away from their gods and idols. He suggests, that he would be their example (role model).

Then the Psalmist goes back to his current situation and prays for deliverance. He is no longer feeling overwhelmed. He is filled with hope. Still, he asks God to remember him, his (beloved) child. The Psalmist is truly asking God to help, knowing that the only way out of his current situation is through God’s grace.

He asks to be saved with God’s right hand. In olden days, the King would always place his highest ranking person to stand on the right hand side of the throne. Today Jesus sits at the right hand of the Father. Perhaps the Psalmist was asking God to send that right hand person, a mighty person (Jesus or perhaps an angel) to help and deliver him. He closes by asking God to answer his prayer.

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Psalm 108:1-6
Psalm 108:1-6

My Prayer for Psalm 108:1-6

Almighty God,

You are the God of all good things. The God of hope, and the God of deliverance. You are also the God of love, grace and mercy. Further more you are the God of everything created. You deserve our praise and prayers.

Allow me to praise you in the way the Psalmist did. He opened his heart fully and invited you in. He found a time and a place to praise you, whether in music, song or prayer,. And yes, even if it meant waking up early to spend some time with you!

Thank you Father for working in my life. You are giving me the strength (and want) to stand up with my whole being (soul) declaring my love for you and that Jesus is Lord!

You are so worthy of my praise. I will praise you now and forevermore.

In the Holy name of Jesus Christ, I pray, Amen

We are never alone John 14: 26-27

Psalm 66: 16-20

Receiving God’s Mercy

Psalm 66:16-20

  • 16 Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what he hath done for my soul.
  • 17 I cried unto him with my mouth, and he was extolled with my tongue.
  • 18 If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:
  • 19 But verily God hath heard me; he hath attended to the voice of my prayer.
  • 20 Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me
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Psalm 66:16-20
Psalm 66:16-20

This Psalmist had been in trouble and he asked God for help. Following that, the Lord taught him how to confess his sins first and then led the Psalmist out of his trouble.

Many people, after their problems are gone, forget how the Lord helped them. This person did not forget. Instead, he shared his knowledge with others.

How To Cleanse His Soul

God taught the Psalmist how to cleanse his soul of sin and in his happiness, he wants to share his new found wisdom.

He puts out a call to every person who knows the Lord to come and listen to his words. He wants to tell the people the whole story of how he prayed for his sins to be taken away and then how God blessed him with answered prayers.

The most important point he makes is that sin must be cleansed from their souls for God to hear them. The cry for forgiveness must come from deep within them and not just off the tip of the tongue. If that were the case, God would not be listening nor answering prayers.

The Psalmist tells the people that when he cried out to God from deep within, asking for forgiveness, God did not hold back his mercy. But cleansed him and then the Lord answered the Psalmist’s prayers.

Psalm 66:16-20
Psalm 66:16-20

My Prayer For: Psalm 66:16-20

Heavenly Father

You are the King of all kings and so worthy of my worship. I pray that I will tell everyone about your greatness and how you saved and made me into a better person. All the glory goes to you Lord.

Even though I am a Christian, sin will still come upon me. Sometimes I am aware right away when I’ve done, said or thought something that is not pleasing to you Father. Other times I may be quite unaware of sin lingering in me.

If I Begin To Slip

I always want to be in line with you Lord, so I ask that you watch over me. If I start slipping in my walk with you, in any way, I ask that the Holy Spirit would convict me as they happen. And then reveal the sin to me, so I can confess them right away.

However Lord, there could be iniquities, buried so deep inside, that I may not even be aware they exist. Please Lord, bring these sins to the surface so I can confess them. I want to make sure that I am thoroughly cleansed because I know that I can’t be in your presence if I am carrying any type of sin.

When I come before you for forgiveness, I know my prayer must come from deep within my heart and soul. If I just rattle off a quick “please forgive me” then I will not be cleansed and you will not hear me.

In this age, I have an advantage over the Psalmist had in his time. And that is, because of the willing sacrifice Jesus made on the cross.

Jesus Is Now Our Advocate

Jesus is now an advocate for me. If I truly ask for your forgiveness and mercy, my sins will be covered by the blood of Jesus. That is to say that you will forgive me and draw me closer to you.

The Psalmist tells us that once he was cleansed, God you answered his prayers. I know Father that just because I’m clean and have prayed for something, it’s not a guarantee that you will answer my prayers in the way I want. However, I definitely have the confidence that you have heard me. Following that my prayers will be answered according to your will and timing.

Help me to relax in you, regardless of how (and even if) my prayers are answered. Help me to remember that you are always in control. Whether my prayers are fulfilled or not, help me to understand that it is according to your will, not mine. You see the entire picture, at all times and you know what’s best for me.

Sin Keeps Us Separated From God

Father, I do not want to be kept separate from you and that is what sin does. So, I pray right now and confess my sins to you, in the name of my Lord Jesus Christ…. (Confess)

Thank you for your mercy Lord. You have heard my prayers and I now consciously accept your forgiveness with thanks. I pray Lord, that everything that comes out of my mouth will exalt you.

Blessed be your name. I love you with my entire being and I thank you that you love me so much.

All the glory to You Father. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen

Search my heart and give me mercy PSALM 139:23-24 Stand Strong In Hard Times When We Are Burdened

Psalm 19:14

Acceptable To The Lord – Psalm 19:14

Psalm 19:14

  •  14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.
Psalm 19:14
Psalm 19:14

David knew he had prayed for his bodily sins. However, now he asks The Lord to watch over the words that come out of his mouth and the feelings of his heart.

He knows that sometimes what he says and feels is wrong and becomes sin. He asks the Father to help him become acceptable. David is aware that he needs to plead his case to God for forgiveness.

There are sins that David knows about and sins that he is not even aware of. As David wants to be acceptable to the Lord, he knows that all sin need to be forgiven. More importantly he yearns to watch how he lives, loves and what he says. Because how he lives as a child of God is a reflection on God. David wants to be acceptable in the sight of God.

What We Do and Say

When we pray, it is essential that we ask forgiveness for the things we do and for the words that come out of our mouths. Also to ask for our hearts to be opened.

Today, we are blessed that the Father sent his Son to us. By the blood Jesus shed on the cross, we now have the privilege of asking Christ to intercede for us. That is, we can go into the presence of our Heavenly Father. If we are faithful, Jesus will intervene for us and we will be cleansed. As a result, it allows us to be acceptable in front of Our Heavenly Father.

Psalm 19:14

My Prayer for Psalm 19:14

Heavenly Father,

I extoll you Lord. You are the great I Am!

Thank you for sending your son, Jesus to this world to teach us so many things. In particular about you and your love. What’s more was that you had the perfect plan for our salvation. Subsequently, Jesus was put on the cross and shed his blood for us. He did it for more than just salvation. Jesus is our redeemer, our healer, our intercessor and so much more.

Christ died for me Father! May I never forget that I was one of the people he died for.

Father, help me to remember that I still sin. Sometimes I still do say and feel things that are unacceptable to you. I need the cleansing of forgiveness in all aspects of my body. Furthermore please help me to remember to call out to Jesus. As he is my strength and my redeemer and ask for him to intercede for me.

I Yearn For Forgiveness

Just like David, I want to be blessed with total forgiveness. I want to be acceptable to you. So that you can use me, here on earth, to accomplish some of your tasks that require an earthly body. Once cleansed, let me be aware and ready to follow your lead.

Thank you Father for Jesus and the Holy Spirit. They help me live the way you want me to live. And when I stray off the path, they are there to guide me back to you. I am so very, very blessed Father and I do give all the praise and thanks to you.

Praise you Lord!

In the holy name of my Lord and Redeemer, Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen.

Make God The Centre of Your Life, Psalm 84: 10-12

If We Say We Have No Sin If We Say We Have No Sin

Numbers 6:24-27

A Blessing Sent By God – Numbers 6:24-27

Numbers 6:24-27

  • [24] The LORD bless thee, and keep thee:
  • [25] The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:
  • [26] The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.
  • [27] And they shall put my name upon the children of Israel; and I will bless them.
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Numbers 6:24-27
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A blessing sent by God
Numbers 6:24-27

This study is similar to 6:23-27 but taken with a different angle.

Moses, Aaron and other spiritual priests spoke this blessing over their people at the end of every service, at Gods request.

Furthermore, the Lord wanted to bless his people. He also wanted his children to know that through their love and faith in him, he would bless them.

Some looked for blessings from idols and some took it upon themselves to find their own blessings, in their own way. But through the blessing of God, his people could relax by knowing that their Heavenly Father wanted them blessed and knew exactly what blessings they needed.

God knew what the people needed

God was willing to look after his children.. As a result, he knew what the Israelites needed and gave it to them. In fact, he gave them manna and water in the desert. Even their shoes never wore out during their wanderings to the promised land. In this case, the people who left Egypt with Moses could not have left without Gods intervention. Because they were his children, he met all of their needs.

Fathers face shining upon us

It is no different today as we too have the Fathers face shining upon us. As a result, he watches over his children in the same way. That is, as a loving parent watches over their children. And furthermore, is ready to help, at any given time, stepping into their child’s life.

The Lord lift his countenance upon thee. The word countenance means support. How wonderful it is that God has placed a desire on the heart of the spiritual leaders then as well as today. As a result, the Spiritual leaders still pray this benediction over God’s people. So that we will be assured we have Gods support every day.

The Lord said he would bring the people peace. Even today, spiritual leaders, pray for us, that God will give us peace. Peace no matter what is needed, what problems we have, what situation we were in. God promised to bring the Jews peace and that is what God is still promising us today.

This is not to say that God will fix all of our problems or help us financially or otherwise out of trouble. Numbers 6:24-27 is to remind us that God is always with us no matter what we are going through. He blesses and keeps us. Furthermore, he watches over us and is gracious to us. In the same way, he gives us support and peace, even during hard times. The Lord God loves us just as much as he loved the people of Israel.

Numbers 6:24-27
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A Blessing Sent By God
Numbers 6:24-27

Prayer for Numbers 6:24-27

Loving Father in Heaven,

How blessed am I that my Pastor chooses to give the Lords blessing to us every Sunday? Thank you Lord for placing the desire in my Pastors heart to want to declare the blessing over his (and your) sheep.

Because I am your child, this prayer reminds me that you, through the Pastors mouth, are blessing me, loving me and always watching over me. You know what my needs are and I can relax knowing that you are right there with me, being my strength and my support.

Through this prayer you are reminding me of the Trinity and that all three had a part of the blessing.

  • Father blesses us and keeps his children.
  • Son makes God’s face to shine on us and brings us grace.
  • Holy Spirit leads us in the way God wants us to live and gives us peace.

Thank you Father, that even today, you place in the hearts of our Spiritual Leaders to declare this benediction over their congregations.

I love and have faith in you that I am blessed and that I am your child. For that, I am truly thankful.

In the name of Jesus of Nazareth, I pray. Amen

Be a representation of Jesus PSALM 115:1-4 Attributes of God’s Love 1 Corinthians 13:4-5

Matthew 6:9-13

Pray Like This – Matthew 6:9-13

Matthew 6:9-13

  • 9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
  • 10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
  • 11 Give us this day our daily bread.
  • 12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
  • 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.
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Today's lesson on Pray like this is found in Matthew 6:9-13
Matthew 6:9-13

Matthew 6:9-13

Did The Lord tell us to pray this particular prayer everyday? No! He told us to pray like this.

Every morning in public school, our entire class recited the Lord’s prayer. Because of the repetition I learned a bit about God. As a result of repeating the prayer daily, I came to understand that God was wonderful and even though he is in Heaven, he still looks after us. More importantly, I realized there was so much more to learn about God.

9 After this manner therefore pray ye:

Our Father which art in heaven,

  • Those who have accepted God recognize and know without a doubt, that He is the creator of all heavens and earth.
  • God is not a mere man but, is our Father who abides in Heaven.
  • He is the one who created us with the very breath from his lungs.
  • He is the supreme being, the great I Am, and his name is holy.

Hallowed be thy name.

  • In Biblical times a given name said something about the character of the person or their situation.(Genesis 17)
  • God changed some people’s names to ones that would better suit them or their new station in life.
  • That is, he gave them a name to instill a new vision for themselves.
  • Examples: Abram = Abraham, Sarai = Sarah, Jacob = Israel, Simon = Cephas means Peter.

The word “hallowed” means holy.

  • People know God by many different names.
  • However, no matter which of his titles we use, the name of God is always holy.
  • Holy means immaculate, complete in moral character, perfectly pure.
  • So, hallowed (holy) is the character of God, the Supreme being.
  • God’s name sanctified (set apart) from everything else.
  • When we enter into prayer, the first thing we should do is to praise and glorify the name of God.
  • In ending the prayer we must be thankful that he is the one and only, that will reign forever and ever.
  • Furthermore, we must never attach the word “holy” to anything that isn’t perfectly pure. (Example: holy crow)

10 Thy kingdom come.

  • God’s kingdom is already here on earth, but it is not totally fulfilled yet.
  • The earth will be completely reformed before God brings his heavenly kingdom here.
  • When we pray for God’s kingdom to come, we are praying for the future day when God’s kingdom does come to earth.

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

  • We need to understand that God has the right to rule the heaven’s and earth as he see’s fit.
  • For God’s will to be accomplished in earth, we must turn our own desires to be like his will.
  • When Jesus was on this earth, even he lived by God’s will.

John 5:30

  • 30I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.

Luke 42:22 King David knew we should live by God’s will.

Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.

Psalm 40:8

8I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.

  • To live by God’s will right now is to obey his commands.
  • By praying for God’s will, we are asking for his help to live in a way honouring him.
  • The ones who have the way of salvation, have obeyed God’s will.
  • When we pray “in earth as it is in heaven” we are in fact, positioning ourselves with God’s will.

Yes, God wants us to pray

  • We are to pray about everything and for everyone.
  • Not just to pray for our own benefit.
  • Prayers are not a magic wish.
  • Many prayers are greedy, and are not aligned to God’s will.
  • When we pray for our daily bread, we are to be asking for our prayers to be lined up with the will of God.
  • Can we pray for ourselves? Of course, but are we asking out of need or want?

Pray According to God’s Will

  • Many people believe that whatever we pray for, we will receive. That is not true.
  • However, a number of times I have prayed for a want and God has given it to me.
  • Later, I have found out that it was a big mistake to have received it.
  • So the old adage applies – Sometimes be careful what you wish for, because you may just get it!
  • When we pray according to God’s will, we must trust that God will fulfill our requests.
  • Give it over to him, and then let it go.
  • We can live in peace knowing that our prayers will be met.
  • It is important to understand that what we are praying for, may or may not come to fruition at all.
  • Or even in our time frame.
  • However, if it’s according to God’s will, it will be fulfilled in God’s time frame.

11 Give us this day our daily bread.

  • So what really is our daily bread?
  • In today’s world, man is obsessed by wants and needs.
  • Bread = food or provision. What do we call the bread winner? = person who makes money.
  • Therefore we can say bread relates to the things we need to live and to survive.
  • Unfortunately, today many people live by what they have accumulated themselves. And/or what they are aiming to have.
  • However, we are supposed to lean on God to fulfill all of our needs.
  • Asking God for our daily bread shows that we know that we are dependent upon him.
  • Daily bread – is how God looks after us…daily.
  • Without the creator of the heavens and the earth, we could not survive.
  • It is by God that we receive food, water, and everything we need.
  • So, we are to ask daily. Not to look to the past or even into the future.
  • Ask today for what we need today!

Bread alone is not enough

  • In John 6:35 we see Jesus as the bread of life.
  • 35And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
  • Those who believe in Christ’s work on the cross, will be raised from eternal death and receive life eternal with God.
  • Our heavenly Father gives us everything we need for our spiritual bodies.
  • God also sent the Holy Spirit to us as a helper.
  • He leads, teaches, and convicts Christians of God’s words and truth.
  • Also convicting and intercedes for us.
  • So, when we pray daily for bread of life, we should not be praying just for ourselves but for others to also come to the knowledge of God.

12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

  • Do you find it difficult to forgive others?
  • By holding back our forgiveness, we in fact, are elevating ourselves above that person.
  • We tend to think “how could they do something like that”.
  • We reason that forgiveness shouldn’t be given because the sin was too great.
  • How easy it is to find fault with others, but don’t acknowledge the sins we ourselves are holding?
  • When we surrender our lives to God, through Jesus, he forgives all of our sins.
  • It’s our duty to forgive others, in the manner God forgive us.
  • Matthew 7: 3-5 What’s In Your Eye?
  • Matthew 5:23-24 Forgiveness Conquers Sin
  • Subsequently if we forgive others for the things they do wrong then our Father in heaven will also forgive us.
  • However, if we do not forgive the wrongs of others, the our Father will not forgive the wrong things that we do.
  • When we don’t forgive others, we hinder our closeness to God.

13 And lead us not into temptation,

  • As humans, we naturally gravitate towards many things that are not good for us.
  • The world can be very tempting. Satan and his demons just love to pull us in.
  • God will never lead us into temptation but, sometimes for our own good, God will allow it.
  • However, we can avoid most temptations on our own just by standing strong in Christ.

But deliver us from evil:

  • We can ask God to steer us away from the temptation.
  • However, if we go through the trial, we can come out the other side of it, with God-given strength.
  • The Bible has given us many examples of how to do just that.
  • Use God’s own words against Satan Philippians 4:13
  • Employ the authority of Christ to fight the enemy. Luke 10:19
  • Put on the armour of God. Ephesians 6:11-18

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.

  • Jesus taught the disciples to pray in a certain manner.
  • And now generations later we still us the prayer as a demonstration of how to pray.
  • At the end of the Lord’s prayer Jesus instructs that we must end with giving God the praise and glory he rightly deserves.
  • That is, the focus of our prayer is to be on God and how awesome he is.

From God’s Throne

  • From his throne, God handles all the affairs of the heaven’s and the earth.
  • “For thine is the kingdom” God is the King of all kings. All kingdoms belong to God.
  • “And the power” God is the creator of all heavens and earth therefore all power belongs to God.
  • Because God is the creator, he deserves all of the glory.
  • And our praises should be given freely and with thanks.
  • Both today and through-out all eternity.

As I grew in my faith, I learned that the Lord God was the one supplying all the good in my life. More importantly I grew to love that he is my awesome Heavenly Father. And, absolutely so very worthy of everyone’s praise and worship both now and into eternity.

We should ask for the Lords help when facing a temptation. He is the one who has the power to lead me away from evil because he and he alone is GOD, the one with the supreme power.

It is our duty and distinct privilege to give praise, honour, glory and thanks to our heavenly Father, God!

Pray like this. Matthew 6:9-13
Matthew 6:9-13

My Prayer for Matthew 6:9-13

Heavenly Father,

You are the Lord God, our maker and righteousness. Without you Father, nothing would exist.

Thank you Lord that we have your words of the Bible to teach us about you.

As a child it was wonderful to repeat this particular prayer everyday because even though I had no idea at all of what I was saying, the words were being imbedded into my heart.

As I grew older and started to know you, I used this particular prayer to talk to you. It covered all of the aspects that were needed to be covered in my day.

Once I became a Christian, I finally learned how to pray in others ways. I am thankful that I now understand that you don’t want me to say the same words over and over again. Why? Because after a few times, the prayer just becomes repetitive words and then I am not even paying attention to what I am praying.

I Give Thanks

I do thank you Father for the privilege of learning it in school. It was the beginning of a lifetime loving you. I pray Father that although scripture is no longer allowed in schools, that every child will have the opportunity through other ways to hear and learn what a wonderful Father you are. Furthermore, how you meet our needs daily and you do all of this for your love for us.

You are the awesome Eternal King. You are worthy to be praised. All for your Glory Lord. All for your Glory!

In the name of Jesus, the Lord and Saviour of my life, I pray. Amen

This prayer is also in Luke 11:1-4