Dear Loved One,
“Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” – Luke 11:2-3
For seventy years—ever since I was a ten-year-old boy and received Jesus—The Lord’s Prayer has been foundational to my walk with Him. I pray it every day. However I discovered years ago that many believers think The Lord’s Prayer has to do with the second coming of Christ, as if that’s when His will is going to be done on earth. To the contrary, what Jesus is teaching His disciples is how to pray about what is going on in our lives right now. For example, when we pray, “Lord, forgive us our sins,” we’re not asking Him to forgive them someday in the future. Everything in this prayer is about now, including invoking the rule of mastery that Jesus gained through His cross.
Jesus’ teaching in response to the disciples’ question, “Lord, teach us to pray...” (Luke 11:1-13), is essentially the Founder’s guide to prayer—and to a way of life patterned for the church at its inception. Within these verses, the Lord also teaches us about the boldness with which we are invited to come before Him, and our heavenly Father’s heart to respond.
God’s Word assures us that He loves us with an everlasting love, will uphold us in every trial, and provide for every need. The Lord will make a way where there seems to be no way, but it calls for people who will pray. You and I, loved ones—as members of His body, the church—are called to be His redemptive instruments on the earth. And that happens by being devoted to prayer.
“Devoted To Prayer” is a new message I recently preached at The Church On The Way. I hope that your desire to grow in likeness to Him is passionate enough to also keep growing in your understanding of how He taught His disciples to pray. To that end, I’d like you to have a CD or DVD of “Devoted To Prayer” as our thank you for your gracious support of the ministry’s outreach. See enclosed for details.
For His is the kingdom and
the power and the glory forever!