Posted by: pastortomvabeach | December 27, 2011

Thought For The Week December 25, 2011

Reader’s Note: I missed publishing the post for last week so I am putting it in this week immediately followed by the January 1 post.

Merry Christmas,

This is a time of year when busyness almost always seems to overtake those training exercises that we know we should be doing. The shopping, parties, decorating, wrapping, cooking, eating, etc., all seem to gang up to make me miss my regular physical exercise periods and to skip my spiritual exercises (Bible reading and prayer).

I am writing this on Monday, December 19, and already today I’ve missed my appointment to pray. I let work related activities pile up this morning and kept telling myself that I would take time later to pray. The problem with that, for me at least, is that something just keeps coming up to keep me from praying if I don’t make myself go aside to seek the Lord early in the day.

Remember, these “disciplines” or, as I like to call them, “training exercises” work best when we are consistent and do everything we can not to miss. Just like weight training or jogging, regular training, even in small amounts, builds us up. It works physically and spiritually.

With this in mind, we are discussing the exercise of prayer for a devoted follower of Christ. I shared a bit about worship based prayer in my last segment. This time I just want to invite you to memorize probably the best guide for prayer found in God’s Word.

When the disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray, He answered with what we call “The Lord’s Prayer.” Actually His statement was His pattern for prayer. We are going to look at that pattern more fully later, so it will help a lot if we know it by heart. If you have never memorized “The Lord’s Prayer,” look at Matthew 6:9-13. Our Father in heaven, hallowed by your Name, Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Gives us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the Kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.

That is the New King James translation. Will you find it in whatever your favorite translation may be and learn it by heart this week? As you do take you time to listen to the words and the various parts of this model prayer. Try to see if there is a pattern Jesus is giving that can guide us in every time of prayer. Work at it until you can write it out without looking in the Bible.

At this joyous and wondrous time of year let the words of Jesus penetrate into your soul. Take some time as you meditate on each thought and let God’s words lead you into your own words of adoration and conversation with Him. Don’t forget to share your life with your loved ones, listen to them and share Jesus in you with them as you celebrate Christmas. Just a thought.

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