The Lord’s Principle of Prayer (Teaching)

I suppose all new Christians begin their walk with many questions, and of course a lot of advice from those who might have prayed with them when they received Jesus as Savior. Several pieces of advice that are always given, and of course, good advice it is, starts with; “Be sure to read your Bible and of course don’t forget to pray”. The first of these is not so hard if you can read, but the second can most often lead to the hard question, how do I pray? I think, as I look back, that was one of my questions when I was saved some 15 years ago now, and I did not have a clue, but I learned a real good way to start was reading the Bible daily, and also truly learning the word of God. Now turn to Matthew 6:7-13. Here we find Jesus, with His disciples on the mount, just after He taught them the beatitudes, speaking to them concerning prayer. “And when you pray, do not heap up phrases (multiply words, repeating the same ones over and over) as the Gentiles do, for they think they will be heard for their much speaking.

Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.” Pray then in this way:

“Our Father Who art in heaven,

Hallowed be Thy Name,

Thy Kingdom come,

Thy will be done.

On earth as it is in heaven,

Give us this day our daily bread,

And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.

And do not lead us into temptation,

But deliver us from the evil one,

For thine is the kingdom,

And the power, and the glory,

Forever, Amen”!

This is a truly beautiful teaching of the Lord, as of course all were and are, but it is not a prayer as we think of prayer. Jesus did not say, when you pray, pray this prayer, rather He said, “Pray then in

this way”. He gave them the principle, a pattern to follow as they went to the Lord with their petitions and requests. I, for one, still have many questions to ask, but I am also learning that the Holy Spirit is a most willing teacher and never fails to give the answer I need, so I always go to Him first and wait.

The first word, “Our” reveals a new dimension in our lives. We are no longer a solo act, doing our own thing, but we are now in a community, a fellowship that includes many brothers and sisters in the Lord. We may not always be in their company, but we are always members of the same body and as such, no longer alone. We are addressing the Father of us all. Now we progress to the second word, “Father”, which tells us that we are part of a very large family that is seeking to communicate with the One God and Father who is reaching out to us. He is the One you are opening your heart to; the One who has tender ears to hear His children calling out to Him.

“Who art in heaven” This is a given knowledge, of where your petition is being heard. He Who sits in the heavens [Psalm 2:4a], is He Who resides in His kingdom and sits upon His throne. He is also the One who has sent His Son to redeem us and we are now not our own, but we are His property (1st Corinthians 6:19-20). He rules and reigns over the universe from His eternally divine position.

“Hallowed be Thy Name”, now you are really at the part that could be labeled worship, which we all should move into as we go into prayer. We are calling on the Almighty God and we are first acknowledging His holiness (‘hallowed’); What an awesome thought. When Moses met Him at the burning bush (the hallowed ground), he asked Him, “Who should I tell them is sending me?” God spoke and said that he should tell them that I AM is sending you. Paul wrote of Jesus in Philippians that God had highly exalted Him and had given Him a Name that is higher than any other, that at the Name of Jesus every knee must bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God. As we go back into the Old Testament we find many of the compound Names of God: Jehovah Nissi – Strength – Jehovah Rohi – Shepherd – Jehovah Shalom – Peace – Jehovah Rapha – Healer – Jehovah Jireh – Provider – Jehovah Tsidkenu – Righteousness – Jehovah Makaddesh – Sanctification. There are many others that your study will reveal, but Names to the Hebrew man or woman of that day revealed the character of God. His character is much broader, but that is to be found in further study. In Jesus, all these character virtues are present, because He was born the Godhead incarnate. In the Amplified Bible, in John 14, 15, and 16 you will find bracketed behind the phrase, “In My Name” the words [presenting all that I AM]. He is the fullness of the Godhead and so as you use His Name in prayer you are calling on and expressing all that God is.

(Read Acts 4:12)

“Thy Kingdom come…” You have entered, through your born again experience, the kingdom of God. It is the dimension that embodies the way God does things. You are to call into this earth realm, by prayer to God, His kingdom answer to every need. Jesus said that it should be in the earth the same as it is in heaven. What you are in reality asking, is that the Father not only send the kingdom of God to the earth, but send the revelation into our hearts as well, so that we can alter our lives’ thinking accordingly, now add the rest of the verse;

“Thy will be done … in the earth as it is in heaven”. How is it in heaven? It’s liberty in Christ Jesus, free of illness and affliction, free of lack and poverty, and free of all oppression, and the strength of the Almighty expressed through your weakness as was Paul’s, in 2 Corinthians 12 where God said that His strength and power are made perfect and show themselves most effective in our weakness. The Supernatural expressing Himself in the natural. Remember, that His word is His will, so study to show yourself approved unto God.

(2 Timothy 2:15), and your prayer life will take on the power of His answers. Find in the Word, scriptures that apply to your requests and pray those scriptures as prayer. There are several verses in the Old Testament that address this powerfully.

Jeremiah 23:29 “Is not my Word like fire that consumes all that cannot endure the test? Says the Lord, and like a hammer that breaks in pieces the rock [of most stubborn resistance]?”

“Put Me in remembrance [remind Me of your merits]: let us plead and argue together. Set forth your case, that you may be justified (proved right).” [Your case in the courts of heaven is His word] Isaiah 43:26 — Now read and add to this 1 John 5:14-15.

“Give us this day our daily bread” Here you are addressing Jehovah Jireh, God our Provider, asking Him to provide your daily bread. Yesterday has passed and you have today to rejoice and be glad in and He will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. He declared this in Philippians 4:19, and nothing escapes His sight and heart, for your ‘needs’ can cover much ground, and not just your financial needs. Jehovah Jireh literally means, God Who sees ahead. He knew your daily needs ahead of all time, since before time was, and He made advance provision for all of them. In prayer, you are traveling a course that will cause you to intersect His supply for you. In the trek through the wilderness, when Manna fell from heaven, they were only allowed to take just what the day would demand for their well being. More taken would only spoil, except on the weekend when they could get an extra portion, to meet every need until the Sabbath passed. This is a marvelous avenue to build faith and trust on and God is faithful to the promises in His word. He is our provider and is to be trusted completely.

“Forgive us our debts as we have also forgiven our debtors” There is a great measure of God’s will in this portion – ‘Forgiveness’. One of the most important words to be grasped in this is “as”. When we have any unforgiveness in our hearts, then we are basically saying; judge me as I am judging the one that I have an aught against. We have amplified the “as”. When you go just a little further in Mark 11:24-25, you will find Jesus, discussing this with His disciples, and relating it to prayer;

“For this reason I am telling you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe (trust and be confident) that it is granted to you and you will get it.

And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him and let it drop (leave it, let it go), in order that your Father Who is in heaven may also forgive you your [own] failings and shortcomings and let them drop.”

Here you can see how much emphasis the Father puts on our forgiving others in order to have our prayers be effective. Forgiveness is one of the conditions of answered, believing prayer and is an important condition that the Father places on receiving an answer. Forgiveness and answers are tied together. God’s love is to be the radiant virtue of the righteous and His word in 1 Corinthians

13:7b declares that love believes the best in every person and as such forgiveness is the way of life for the Christian. There is a verse in James 5:16c that makes a tremendous statement:

“…The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in it’s working].”

One of the key virtues displayed in the righteous man’s life is walking in the attitude of forgiveness as His Father has forgiven him. God’s love is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. (Romans 5:5) “And lead us not into temptation” Here we need to see the word that the Greeks used for the word ‘temptation’ properly translated makes this a more palatable request. The word is ‘peirasmos’ and means trials with a beneficial purpose. The way this verse reads when this translation is used is, ‘lead us not into a hard trial or testing’. Again we look at the book of James 1:13.

“Let no one say when he is tempted, I am tempted from God; for God is incapable of being tempted by [what is] evil and He Himself tempts no one (with evil).”

Jesus was saying, don’t pray yourself into a hard spot, your Father is loving and will not be a part of that. He wants only that which is beneficial for you and that might occur in testing and usually does, but not because you pray for it, it just comes as a part of life’s journey and it comes daily, but the Holy Spirit is always there to strengthen you, for He is the strengthener. Spiritual testing is always a growing experience and mature growth is a most desperate need in the body of Christ. John 14:26 Amp . Just for the record, look at Psalms 119:67, 71 and 75: verse 75: “I know, O Lord, that Your judgments are right and righteous, and that in faithfulness You have afflicted me.” [Afflicted here is tried, proven]

“…but deliver us from the evil one” I won’t go too far with this one except to say this; The Bible never gives any doubt that there is a power of evil in this world. Some translations have had this to read, ‘deliver us from evil’ and that is not complete. It should always read, “deliver us from the evil one”. The Bible does not teach that evil is some sort of principle that is an abstract, but rather it is a very active personal power, an enemy, an adversary called the devil who opposes God and all He stands for. It is from that power of destruction, that Jesus has us to pray for deliverance. We do know that in 1 John 4:4 there is a powerful statement on our behalf and it declares;

“Little children, you are of God [you belong to Him] and have already defeated and overcome them [the agents of the anti-Christ], because He Who lives in you is greater (mightier) than he who is in the world.”

The agents of anti-christ here are the powers of evil and He has already disarmed them and triumphed over them and made a public display of them (Read Galatians 2:15)

“For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen” All glory to God, Who is able to answer all prayer, prayed in the right manner and context. Prayer is to be a simple conversation with the God of all creation. He is your creator and the lover of your soul and He does not know how to hurt and He is more desirous and willing to answer than you are to pray. Look to Him, seek His face and not His hand and He will meet you at the intersection of any need you have and any desire your heart longs for. Sit down and talk to Him, He is so easy to know and He desires that you know Him well.

There is nothing on earth or in heaven, for time or eternity, that God’s Son did not secure for us. By prayer God gives us the vast and matchless inheritance which is ours by virtue of His Son. God is glorified and Christ is honored by large asking. (E. M. Bounds)

Always remember, we are heirs of God, joint heirs with Christ Jesus.

Remember though, all we have been sharing is not a prayer, but rather it is the “Lord’s Own Principle” for praying, it is a rich pattern to follow.

The scriptures that you have seen in this that are now written are those that you should look up, study, and get into your heart.

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Every Christian MUST Know To Do These Things!

📯EVERY CHRISTIAN SHOULD KNOW AND DO THIS:

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📯We must put on the full Armor Of GOD every single day before we step out into this world. This is VITAL. In the spirit we are naked (no cloths/Armor) if we do not put on the Armor Of GOD, which leaves us wide open for the enemy’s arrows (fiery darts) and flaming spears to pierce us (Ephesians 6). The very first thing a new Christian must learn is how to put on the Armor Of GOD and to do it every day, because once we become one with Christ we are a target marked by the enemy and he is coming after the mark to bring us down. We must be so mindful of this. The enemy satan comes to steal, to kill, and to destroy (John 10:10), as a roaring lion seeking all whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8). When you make the life changing decision to accept Christ as your LORD and Savior and to be filled with His Holy Spirit, you are instantly changed in the spirit realm as well as in the physical, and spiritual beings see this change of appearance. This is how they target us.

📯The dark side has 4 levels of power under satan also mentioned in Ephesians 6. There are principalities, there are powers, there are rulers of the darkness, and there are hosts (spiritual wickedness in high places). They attack Christians through all 4 levels to bring us down and wear us out so that it is possible that we become useless or powerless in the Kingdom of GOD. They come to bind us with strongholds that keep us under bondage to sin IF they can get us to give in. They come in on special assignments to attack or buffet us to try to hinder us from our spiritual height and depth which is our ability to do serious damage to the kingdom of darkness. Sometimes these can be lifelong assignments depending upon the threat level we pose to them, like with Paul (2 Corinthians 12:6-8). In any way or form they can, they are coming for us and we MUST be able and ready to engage the enemy in spiritual warfare and to know how to and be able to defeat him EVERY TIME through Christ Jesus, our Rock and Defender. Jesus is our Front and Rear Guard and the battle does not belong to us, it belongs to Him. This is why we need to remain guarded and covered at all times, and knowing how to surrender the battle to Him through the powers of prayer and worship (WARship).

📯I have come to find that I need to expect the attack and to accept the fact that because I wrestle not against flesh and blood but against these spiritual levels of power, if I do not put on the full Armor Of GOD every single day BEFORE I leave my home traveling into this wicked world, all of hell breaks loose in my day and in my life. The demonic realm is always looking for a way in, and if they spot a Christian without any Armor on, those fiery darts and flaming arrows and spears come flying for the mark to spiritually wound us and to take us completely down. Just going one day without taking the time to take on the full Armor Of GOD can wreak havoc in the spirit and we can be completely unaware of being hit until further down the road as the wound festers with infection.

📯On account of these things, every Christian should know about the saving, healing, and protection power of the Blood of Jesus! What can wash away our sin? What can make us whole again? NOTHING but the Blood of Jesus. I have found it very sad and discomfiting that many churches do not even touch on the power of the Blood of Jesus anymore. Christians are not being taught about the full Armor Of GOD and how to equip themselves with the weapons of their warfare which are not carnal but mighty through GOD (2 Corinthians 10:4). The Blood of Jesus is our protective covering that we must also apply every day just like the Armor. It is like a protective veil that shields us from the desires, plots, devices, requests, and schemes of the enemy. We must cover ourselves, our family and loved ones, our home, our pets, our work place, our entire lives, every day, in His Blood: DAILY.

📯I’ve been doing this for years now and I notice a severe penalty damage if I forget to apply the Blood of Jesus. All throughout the Word Of GOD, the Blood was ALWAYS spilled upon the altar for the covering of sin and for protection from the enemy. As it was in the days of old it still remains today, for GOD is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Hallelujah to the blessed sacrificial Lamb of GOD, Jesus Christ, Who came as our blood sacrifice to die for all sin of all time, that through Him we obtain a propitiation (1 John 2:2), no longer needing to perform blood sacrifices on an altar every morning and every evening as in the Old Covenant! However, the Blood is just as important now as it was then. Christ came to defeat the power of satan over us and to reconcile us back to GOD, to make a Way for us to obtain eternal salvation through Him which sets us free from the bondage of the curse of sin and the devil.

📯As soldiers of Christ in these last days these things are a vital part of who we are and what we must do to protect ourselves and the ones we love and to know how to fight our way through this wicked world. The warfare will still come, yes indeed, and even more-so the higher of a threat level you become to the enemy and his kingdom of darkness. Always remember as well, if the enemy cannot get directly at you (because you are armed up covered in the Blood of Jesus and strong in The LORD and in the power of His might), then he will come in for the kill through other people around you. Satan is relentless and will not stop his power-tripping until the very day he is bound and cast into the bottomless pit for 1,000 years. He is the king of pride and he IS coming after you. Expect the attack and accept the fact that you are a target for the kill on the devils’ hit-list. BUT: GREATER IS HE WHO LIVES IN YOU THAN THAT OLD DEVIL! Jesus wins, every time. As strong and as powerful as satan is, he is no match for the King of Kings and LORD of Hosts: and YOU are a King’s Kid!

📯YOU ARE MARKED: ACCEPT THIS FACT

📯EXPECT THE ATTACK

📯PUT ON THE FULL ARMOR OF GOD DAILY

📯COVER UP IN THE BLOOD OF JESUS DAILY

📯KNOW AND ENGAGE YOUR WEAPONS OF WARFARE

📯BE NOT IGNORANT TO THE ENEMY’S DEVICES

📯BE STRONG IN THE LORD AND IN THE POWER OF HIS MIGHT! YOU WERE BORN FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS!

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📯”Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.”📯Ephesians 6:10-18📯

📯”For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.”📯2 Corinthians 10:3-6📯

📯”For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: but now I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me. And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.”📯2 Corinthians 12:6-8📯

📯”Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour”📯1 Peter 5:8📯

📯”The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”📯John 10:10📯

📯”My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.”📯1 John 2:1-2📯

📯”But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.”📯Hebrews 9:11-15📯

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