Ephesians 6:18 – And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – Wise men (and women) still seek Him, even after they have found Him. Because being born again is not the end of seeking. It is merely the beginning. We become children of the Father and have access to Him 24/7. Regrettably, many only seek this access (through prayer) when in times of need. Then we pray in earnest, often wondering why the answers are not immediate. At other times, prayer may be nothing more than something we mumble before meals, or words we recite from memory without thinking before we retire for the evening. Prayer is, or at least it should be, much more than any of these. It should be a continual state of mind. It should be more than a list of urgent requests or dry recitations. It should be an intimate two-way communication between a loving Father and devoted child. He, the Father, should be more than someone that we take for granted will be there when we need Him and standing by just in case when we do not need Him (or think we do not need Him).
My Advice – Developing an intimate two way communication does not come naturally for everyone. Like those in Jesus’ day we need to be taught how to pray. Jesus’ response was to give an example, which became known as the Lord’s Prayer. It was then and is now a model (not a formula) that can launch us into effective communication with God.
There are definite characteristics in this model prayer that we can use as an initial guide in how we ought to pray. These characteristics are:
Understand the relationship
Focus on His holiness
Submission, petition, confession
Forgiveness (of others)
Seek guidance and deliverance
Praise and belief
Coming Soon – An updated version of my Bible study “Got Spiritual Milk?” will soon be available in the Store link on my home page. What you see above is a short excerpt the chapter dealing with the sixth of twelve “steps” discussed in the study.
Matthew 24:45 – Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the Master has put in charge. (NIV1978)
My Musings – When we first accept Christ our fervor to serve Him is usually high. But strangely enough, we seldom equate service with being a servant – at least not at first. Rather, we tend to think of service in terms of leadership and accomplishment. We envision Continue reading “Chooses Role of Servant”
Galatians 5:25 – Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. (NIV 1984)
My Musings – The Holy Spirit is perhaps the least understood and the most unappreciated person of the Trinity. But He is just as much part of the Godhead as is the Father and the Son. He is a personal being, not some impersonal force or vague presence. To believers, He plays an indispensable role. So much so, that even Jesus said it was to our benefit that He (Jesus) should depart, so that the Holy Spirit could come. This is because the Holy Spirit does so much for us. Among other things, He Continue reading “Spirit-Led Lifestyle”
Matthew 11:29 – “Learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart.” (NIV 1978)
My Musings – It seems almost contradictory that the Creator of the universe, exhibiting the fullness of God, with everything under His power, would choose the role of a servant. Knowing that everything was under His power He could have exercised that power. Instead Continue reading “Is Christ-Like in Attitude”
Micah 6:8 – What does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. (NIV 1978)
My Musing – Many envision God as He seems to be depicted in the Old Testament as a God of wrath and judgment. In contrast, Continue reading “Desire What God Desires”
Hebrews 6:1 – Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity. (NIV 1984)
My Musings – How can you tell when a Christian officially becomes a “grown-up” (mature)? Is it when they finish being “schooled” in the faith (whenever that is)? Is it when they have spiritual “kids” (led another to Christ or discipled someone who is now capable of discipling another) of their own?
To help myself, and others, grapple with these and other questions, I wrote Continue reading “Blowing Bubbles In Your Milk?”
Hebrews 10:25 – Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (NIV 1984)
2 Timothy 4:3-4 – For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. (NIV 1984)
My Musings – Meeting together as fellow believers has always been important as we “encourage one another” with the truth. But as the “Day” approaches it is “all the more” so. Why? Because “the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine [the truth].” This is Satan’s grand conspiracy. Tell us want we want to hear in order to turn us away from the truth. It was true in the garden (“you will not surely die”), and it is true in many so-called churches today. The truth is being watered down, distorted and denied. People are following the lies that appeal to them. But just because they find it appealing does not make it true.
My Advice – God went to a lot of trouble to build His Church. Let’s not exchange it for our church. Don’t scratch that itch unless you are sure it is from God.