Commit Your Ways to the Lord

Throughout the night the Lord watches over us, and when we awaken He is there with us and He hears our prayers. David prayed to God, saying,“In the morning You hear my voice, O Lord; in the morning I prepare (a prayer, a sacrifice) for You and watch and wait (for You to speak to my heart). (Psalm 5:3)

David began His day by submitting his will to God and waiting on Him. The best way to begin our day is to commit it to the Lord first thing in the morning. That means we put Him in charge of it. We ask for His will to be done. We trust that He will lead us along the best path for our life. And we know that He is always with us.

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Commit your Ways – Begin Your Days

When we begin our day with God, we are more conscious of His presence with us throughout the day. Every morning we can practice His presence by emptying our minds of negativity and worries, and filling it with the awareness of God – acknowledging Him as the name above all names and the One who meets all of our needs.He is our Healer, Hiding Place, Strength, Deliverer, Counselor, Friend, Security, Peace,Restorer….
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-7)

We can commit our day to God by praying whatever is on our hearts. There is no set rule or ritual we must follow. Some mornings we may feel a greater need to submit a certain area of our lives to Him. We may need to give Him our fears and trust Him more. Or we may need to be open and obedient to His direction and guidance.

Today’s post is written by Krystal Kuehn, author of 365 Motivational Starters for a New Day.  Krystal is a psychotherapist, best-selling author, teacher, musician and songwriter. Krystal specializes in helping people live their best life now, reach their full potential, overcome barriers, heal from their past, & develop a happiness lifestyle. Her inspirational and empowering approach has been helping people all over the world for over 20 years. Her books, articles, poetry, and songs have been published locally and internationally. Krystal has a passion for encouraging others. She believes everyone has untapped potential for greatness, and everyone can live a life of fulfillment and true happiness.

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Kingdom, Power, Glory – Lord’s Prayer Matt 6:13

For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, forever. Amen. Some versions of Matthew 6:13

Kingdom Power

So our model prayer from Jesus ends, as it began, with praise and worship – acknowledging who God is, his power to answer prayer, that we are praying within his Kingdom, for Kingdom purposes and that our answered prayers would bring him glory.

The other day, after grace, our little girl was asking why we say ‘amen’ at the end of our prayers and what does it mean. I was pleased to have an answer – that it means ‘it shall be done’ and that it is a statement of our faith in God to answer our prayers. I am reminded of Martin Luther’s advice – to add a great big AMEN to our prayers.

The End of our Lord’s Prayer Series

This is part 5 of a series on the Lord’s Prayer, check out parts one through four here:

Part one: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name

Part two: Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven

Part three: Give us today our daily bread, forgive us our debts as we also have forgiven our debtors

Part four: Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one

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For Thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, forever. Amen

Lead us, Deliver us – Lord’s Prayer Matt 6:13

Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one. This verse is from Matthew 6:13, part of the Lord’s Prayer. (Part 3 of The Lord’s Prayer Series).

Leadership

I love how this part of the Lord’s Prayer absolutely assumes that God is leading us. It reminds me of that verse in Exodus: “In your unfailing love you will lead the people you have redeemed.” Or, the psalm, “You are my shepherd.”

Lately I have been reading a book on thankfulness, based around 1 Thes 5:18 “Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” The book suggests thankfulness for even ugly situations, like my own crummy attitude. This kind of thankfulness presupposes that the situation can be used by God to develop His goals for my life and bring Him glory. It presupposes His leadership in every rag tag area of my life, not just the good things or just the things that working out as I had planned.

Deliverance

Our best defense against evil is a right relationship with God. A committed heart to God. “Let those who love the Lord hate evil.
For he guards the lives of his faithful ones.” Ps. 97:10

Every day I pray for guidance, to be on the right path, that the path will be lit before me. The path feels narrow and very little is lit ahead of me, but God has the future in His hands. I don’t need to know the details of the future, my job is to trust the future to Him.

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Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one.

This is part of a series on the Lord’s Prayer, the complete series is available at these links:

Part one: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name

Part two: Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven

Part three: Give us today our daily bread, forgive us our debts as we also have forgiven our debtors

Part four: Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one

Part five: For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, forever. Amen.

 

Give Us Today – Lord’s Prayer Matt 6:11-12

“Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” This verse is from Matthew 6:11 and 12, part of the Lord’s prayer. (Part 3 of the Lord’s Prayer Series)

In the early verses of the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus taught us to center our minds and hearts on God, on his majesty and on his purposes. And now we are at the part where we can lay out our resource and relationship needs before God. This part is not a free for all, to ask for whatever our minds can imagine, but rather a time to make the requests that will help us to do the work he has assigned us to do, in the context of the other verses.

Give us Today: Resources

Daily bread sounds so necessary and down to earth, and certainly our daily physical needs are part of what God wants us to ask for. Bread also has strong spiritual overtones in the Bible, all the way from the manna from heaven to the time when Jesus refers to himself as the bread of life. (John 6:35). Part of the resources we need to ask for is grace sufficient for day, to bring us closer to the heart of God and align our hearts and minds with the things that God wants for us.

Give us Today: Relationships

The Lord is very much for reconciliation between himself and each of us, and in our daily relationships. This verse is making is clear that we are expected to be forgiving towards each other as we continue to ask for forgiveness from God.

This post is the second of a five part series on the Lord’s prayer. Please enter your email address over to the right to get the next part of the series. Tell me about your experiences with prayer in the comments!

Matthew 6:11, 12 Resources relationships

Give us today our daily bread, forgives us our debts as we also have forgive our debtors Matt 6:11,12

 

This is part of a series on the Lord’s Prayer, the complete series is available at these links:

Part one: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name

Part two: Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven

Part three: Give us today our daily bread, forgive us our debts as we also have forgiven our debtors

Part four: Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one

Part five: For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, forever. Amen.

Your Kingdom Come – Lord’s Prayer

Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  Matthew 6:10 (Part 2 of the Lord’s Prayer Series)

Today I re-read the Lord’s prayer in the Message version of the Bible. I learned the Lord’s prayer as a child in the King James version, and I love the poetic flow of the words. But sometimes its good to read another version, so the words and ideas seem new and fresh.

In the King James version, the second part of the Lord’s Prayer is: Thy kingdom come, thy will be done. And in the Message version its: Set the world right. Do what’s best, as above, so below.

A Heart’s Response

This second part of the prayer is a heart’s response to the first part of the prayer where we have praised God and put Him in his appropriate place in our lives. We have ascribed him power, greatness and holiness. We have looked up from our daily lives and seen the true glory of the Lord.

In the second part of the prayer, we are responding to this glory of God in our lives. As God is the best and the highest, it inspires us to focus on what He wants, on his kingdom, on his will, here on earth right now. It inspires trust and faith that He knows what is right and is always working towards His goals.

Setting our Sights on the Kingdom

Jesus was always talking about the kingdom of God, telling us what this kingdom was like, to open our eyes to his Father’s plans. I know I get captivated by my own problems, my own needs and wants. I get lost in these little things and constantly forget to watch for God’s kingdom, to see his hand in all the circumstances that surround me.

With this part of the prayer, we shed my earthly vision and give our circumstances over to the Lord with the hope and courage to let Him use them for his kingdom and his purposes.

We pray to see more of the kingdom, to see things through God’s eyes, to know his purposes in the things that surround us right now. This is a whole discipline in itself, to live in surrender and hope that his word is true – that he is working things out for good – including the details of daily life.

Give me vision, give me hope – I surrender this day to your will and watch for your hand. Keep me vigilant, I don’t want to miss one thing You are doing.

This post is the second of a five part series on the Lord’s prayer. Please enter your email address over to the right to get the next part of the series. Tell me about your experiences with prayer in the comments!

Your kingdom come

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

 

This is part of a series on the Lord’s Prayer, the complete series is available at these links:

Part one: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name

Part two: Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven

Part three: Give us today our daily bread, forgive us our debts as we also have forgiven our debtors

Part four: Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one

Part five: For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, forever. Amen.