September 12, 2016
Why do we doubt?
We believers in Jesus do it so often. We pray for things, not expecting the Lord to answer our prayers. We act as if He can’t… or He doesn’t care… or we’re not good enough to be heard by the Almighty God. So – when our prayers are answered magnificently, we act as if our prayers WEREN’T answered. We say, “Oh, no – not OUR prayers!” Or “That would have happened whether we prayed or not,” as if the Lord doesn’t hear us. We foolishly think “He’s too busy being God to care about us.” We think, “It doesn’t matter whether we pray or not – it won’t change anything.”
How wrong we are about all these things!
Jesus asked us to pray – He demonstrated the way we should pray by giving us a pattern we call “The Lord’s Prayer.” It should be called “The Disciples’ Prayer,” or, “The Believer’s Prayer.”
He starts with a simple address to the One who loves us – “Our Father”. Jesus referred to Him as “Abba” – “Daddy” in Aramaic. In the Tanach (what we call “The Old Testament”, but there’s nothing “old” about it… maybe “The First Covenant”), He is called “Elohim,” the All-Powerful Creator, and “Yahweh,”, the Self-Existent, Covenant-keeping One.
He is “in heaven” – in a place when He can wield his complete control over the affairs of men, but yet He is within us believers – His holy presence we know as “the Holy Spirit” (or, in Hebrew, Ruach ha Khodesh). “Holy is His name” – He is in control of all things; He has an intimate, internal relationship with us, even though we were – and are – sinners. And yet, He is perfectly pure – separated from us as He separates us for His use.
“Your Kingdom come.” We long to be a part of His program; we desire that His holy will be performed, through us. We want to get with HIS program!
“Your will be done.” We desire for His plan to come to fruition, not ours. Our plans are useless, unless they coincide with His.
“On Earth as it is in Heaven.” As Abba Father rules in the heavenly places, our desire is that He rule here on Earth, specifically in our lives. Elohim’s will is done in heaven; we pray that it will be done on here on Earth.
“Give us this day our daily bread.” Everything we have comes from Him. We totally depend on Him to provide our needs. We try SO HARD to make sure we see every little detail… we want to control every little detail… instead of giving our needs to HIM. He can provide all of our needs for everything, yet we act as if He isn’t. This is why Jesus said in Matthew 7:
7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. 9 Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? 11 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him! (Matthew 7: 7 – 11)
“And deliver us from evil” – He promises He will not only provide for our physical needs, but our spiritual needs as well. He protects us against this world; He protects us from Satan.
“Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.” Our greatest need is forgiveness from our sins. He provides forgiveness simple by repenting humbly and believing that His death will pay the price for our sins. And then, as we are forgiven, we should forgive others, no matter what they’ve done.
“And don’t lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” We need to make a simple request that “He will direct our path.” Yes, we will have trials in our lives that will make us stronger, but, in that trial, He promises to be there for us, to give us the strength to face it. He will deliver us as our Deliverer, the Messiah.
“For yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory – forever!” That sums it up, but it also gives us a promise for the future – His kingdom WILL come! He will have all the power – Jesus the Messiah, our deliverer, will rule his kingdom with a rod of iron. And all the glory, for everything, goes to Him.
May it ever be!
So – believe that your prayers, as believers in Jesus, are effective. Believe that, when you pray for our nation, for the election, for the Cubs to win after 108 years – that He really does have the power to ANSWER our prayers. Remember: the Lord loves to “stack the deck” against us, just so when He powerfully answers our prayers, we can see the it was HIM who gets the glory! He does impossible things so that we KNOW that it was Him!
So – when the Cubs win… and Hillary does NOT get elected president – “He was there all the time!”