Let us Pray

Let us pray as Jesus taught us, “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. Give us day by day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil” Amen (Luke 11:2-4, kjv).

7 thoughts on “Let us Pray

  1. You’re right, Tholton….’praying without ceasing’ just about covers it all, doesn’t it! And further investigation into the Lord’s Prayer tells us that we as The Church pray that God’s government in Heaven be brought to this earth…His will; His desires which are fulfilled in Heaven be fulfilled here on earth and in us His earthen vessels so that the Kingdom of God may be seen on the earth…. in us…through us…. upon this earth…. His Body the Church. Tall order for the times we are living in, right now. No wonder Paul exhorts us to , ‘pray without ceasing.’

  2. After wrestling with an angel of the Lord one night, Jacob cried out in desperation, “I will not let you go, unless you bless me!” – Genesis 32:26 (NRSV)

    Prayers seem to be as or more multi faceted as plates of food, or bright fashion or styles of music or about anything you can think of. No boredom here! So, shouldn’t be hard to pray without a pause should it? Does it seem like Jacob thought a little fight was better than a line of Prayer. He got desperate, defeated, from fighting with an Angel! I’m glad you are not able to see the grimace on my face about now! How often I fight before the Eagle’s flight to soar!

  3. It seems from the story that Jacob really won that one! …The “Man” asked for release and Jacob wouldn’t let Him go until He blessed him….and besides that…Jacob got a new name …ISRAEL..It must have been God because who else but God has the power and authority to change one’s name and demeanor and future but God…….and then nation was named after ‘Israel’ by the Lord.
    Jacob did get a bum thigh over the ordeal as a reminder, however.
    Then Jacob said… “Wow! God was in this place and I didn’t even know it.” [paraphrased].

  4. “Does it seem like Jacob thought a little fight was better than a line of Prayer. ”
    In his book, The Divine Conquest, A.W. Tozer writes this about Jacob after he wrestled: “Now he became another man, the stubborn and self-willed rebel was turned into a meek and dignified friend of God. He had “prevailed; indeed, but through weakness, not through strength.”

    1. If I am understanding Tozer in quote above, he is saying one must humble themselves. I Peter 5:6 recorded, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.”

      Live shameful ongoing wrestings with no humility on my part in participating opportunies that lose the battle in the fight. God gives the opportunities to give of ourselves fully in time, finances, teachings, etc. Etc. Etc. The giving of all flows like a rushing river all the while quoting scriptures like a drunk at their best. All good when we feel so empowered with thanks, appreciation, a gift of their time, etc. When program ends we pout, run mouth like a poison spayed that hit the wind and returned to splash our face, fill our nostrils and poison our minds and snort on another like we are God ourselves with a breath worth breathing into another.

      Why no reward for you says the Nay Sayers? Look what you have done and you get nothing. Yeah, they are right I will show them with my final gift…a wagging of a poisonous tongue.

      Another, giving gifts like a shriveled old soul when jealous and envy hits the stop on addictions. I bought a basket of junk in exchange for a ruby or diamond because I needed the shop fix when a ruby would have shown the likes of heaven so much better than a basket of junk. Then I judged the all they have when I have nothing but an addict shopping mind waiting for a fix.

      But, we did it all for the Glory of God! All to Him our obedience we gave! We used our gifts and we judged God harshly because he did not render the interest from the place we craved. We failed to stop and think what did the receiver enjoy sitting with a shriveled up lady with a very unpleasant stench?

      Yes, Jacob wrestled but when he opened his mouth the value was revealed with a trust that continues to pay out to the patriarch kids!

  5. “We used our gifts and we judged God harshly because he did not render the interest from the place we craved.”
    Somehow this reminds me of the parable of the talents in Matt 25. God entrusted with gifts. Some with the gifts, however small, trusted God, went to work and used wisely what God had trusted them with. They apparently satisfied God’s interests and not their personal cravings because they did receive an interest of more work to do and a commendation.
    The one who judged God then did nothing lost everything.

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