HERO CENTRAL August 7-11 Vacation Bible School

May 17, 2017

1 John 5:15 (NLT) — 15 And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for.

A few years ago these four letters > WWJD were popular amongst Christians. The four letters stood for What Would Jesus Do? We were encouraged to ask that question as a way of controlling our behavior. It was a question that was supposed to inspire one to think before he or she acted. In reference to our memory verse for the week let me propose these four letters WWJP, What Would Jesus Pray, to help us focus our thoughts on what we pray for and to whom we pray.

When the disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray this is what he said:

Matthew 6:9–13 (NLT) — 9 Pray like this: Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy. 10 May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. 11 Give us today the food we need, 12 and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us. 13 And don’t let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one.

Our Father reminds us that God is up close, personal and he cares. With all the busyness in life it is easy to ignore someone we can’t physically see and Jesus would have us pray Our Father to help remind us of the one who cares so deeply for us and our well being. The one who is so happy and elated with us that he always welcomes the prayers of His children. Kinda makes you want to pray doesn’t it?:)

More importantly Our Father reminds us of someone we can trust, someone we can give our hearts to. Jesus was our example of this. It was the plan of the Father to have Jesus come to this earth to be our rescuer. But in order to rescue us Jesus had to give up his life. He had to put his very life in the hands of the Father and trust him to bring him back to life. So while he was bruised, bloody, beaten and banged to the cross Jesus cried out to the Father and did this:

John 19:30 (NLT) — 30 When Jesus had tasted it, he said, “It is finished!” Then he bowed his head and released his spirit.

He told the Father that he finished his part of the plan of what the Father sent him to do and now he was releasing his spirit or his heart, that part of him that would live forever, into the hands of the one he trusted the most, his Father.

When we pray we are releasing our lives, our hearts, our spirit into the hands of the Father. And like Jesus we know, isn’t that what our memory verse says, we know, and it says it twice, that our Father will take our requests and give us what will bring us life! I believe that is what prayer is > giving God our hearts and trusting Him with the results.

Start your prayers with Our Father. WWJP. That’s  what Jesus would pray.

Joel 2:12 (NLT) — 12 That is why the Lord says, “Turn to me now, while there is time. Give me your hearts.

Proverbs 23:26 (NLT) — 26 O my son, give me your heart. May your eyes take delight in following my ways.

Be Inspired Hilltop!

 

 

 

Comments

  1. Mary Anne Frank says:

    I realized when I was reading your blog Pastor Dan, how rarely I pray the Lord’s Prayer . If Jesus taught His disciples to pray in this way I need to listen up. One of my favorite book series is the Mitford series. It is the story of an Episcopal priest and the town he lives in (Mittford). One of the things he says when praying with or for someone is “let’s pray the prayer that never fails…. thy will be done. “. When someone would ask him if God heard their prayers he would always say “Yes because we prayed the prayer that never fails “.
    The Lord’s Prayer is the prayer that never fails! I’ll be praying it daily from now on. Thank you , Pastor Dan!