your Bible to the book of Matthew the sixth chapter, and you will
find the "model prayer." This is the way Jesus taught
His disciples to pray. The pattern for prayer will be found in verses
9-13. Pay close attention to the last phrase in that prayer,
thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever."
kind of people would we be if indeed these principles governed our
lives? Take a moment to look.
WE BE CONTROLLED BY THE WILL OF GOD?
would surely be the case if we prayed "thine
is the kingdom." That would mean his will was in
control. Even before these words, one finds the phrase, "thy
will be done in earth, as it is in heaven." One
would not pray for his will to be done and at the same time not
be controlled by that will. Yes, praying that prayer would bring
our wills into conformity to His will.
HE HAVE CONFIDENCE IN THE POWER OF GOD?
we say, "thine is the power,"
we would surely be expressing great confidence in His authority
and power. He thus tells one to go into all the world; one could
go with great confidence. We would know that he was backed by authority
that would supersede any other authority on earth. This would challenge
us to meet any foe and be faithful under any circumstances where
his marching orders sent us. Wasn't this the kind of thing that
caused the apostles to say, "we ought
to obey God rather than man?"
WE HAVE GREAT CONCERN FOR THE GLORY OF GOD?
it typical of the child to want to see his father honored? Isn't
this the reason that many times children will restrain themselves
less they bring shame upon their fathers and mothers? This becomes
a powerful motive for one to live as he ought. He will want all
men everywhere to honor the name of God.
our Lord was on this earth, he was very concerned about glory being
given to His Father. This is obvious from the teaching of this prayer.
Later in a prayer He prayed, He is heard saying,
thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee."
Jesus was very concerned for the glory and honor that was and is
principles incorporated in this prayer would help us to be better
and more noble people as we live by the highest motives and challenges
faced by man.
A father wrote to his son,
Who was faraway from home;
I have sent you a beautiful gift,
It may be delayed, but twill come;
It is what you have wanted most,
And have asked for many days;
And before the child received the gift
He voiced his thanks and praise.
Our Father saith unto us:
Your need shall be supplied;
Ask and receive that your joy be filled,
And My joy in you abide.
Shall we wait to thank till we see
The answer to every prayer?
Forbear to praise till we feel
The lifted pressure of care?
Nay, let us trust His word
And know that the thing is done,
For His promise is just as sure
As a fathers to his son.
Annie Johnson Flint
Lord, Im so discouraged
I dont know what to do
I have so many burdens
And I gave them all to you.
But you didnt take them Jesus
Will you tell me why thats so?
The answers simply little one
Because you wont let go.