Jesus' Thoughts On Prayer
The word Christian means to be Christ like, that is, to take on the characteristics of Jesus – inwardly and outwardly.One characteristic of Jesus Christ that is sited universally is love. Love is described in 1st Corinthians 13 and Jesus tells us to love everyone. “But I (Jesus) say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,” … Matthew 5:24 (ESV) If you are having a problem forgiving someone, you have a love problem.Is there someone in your life who has wronged you and you can’t let go of that hurt, follow the words of Jesus, pray for them, pray that they be blessed upon their greatest imagination, and watch what Jesus does in your life.
January 2, 2013
Think Like Jesus 2013
The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries (TFFCM)want to help Christians prepare to live a life that is pleasing to God through our series Think Like Jesus 2013. Our series, Think Like Jesus 2013, will take us through the Word while examining how Jesus applied the Word to situations He shared with us in the Bible. The objective of our series, Think Like Jesus 2013,is to help us learn and apply the scripture to our daily lives.
Jesus Tempted by Satan
(Blue parentheses is commentary) Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after fasting forty days and forty nights, He was hungry. And the tempter came and said to Him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” But He (Jesus) answered, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God. ’ (Jesus’ response is from Deuteronomy 8:3) Then the devil took Him to the holy city and set Him on the pinnacle of the temple and said to Him, “ If you are the Son of God, throw Yourself down, for it is written, ‘He will command his angels concerning you,’ and ‘On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.’ Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.‘” (Jesus’ response is from Deuteronomy 6:16 and Isaiah 7:12) Again the devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written, ’You shall worship the Lord your God and Him only shall you serve.’” (Jesus’ response is from Deuteronomy 6:13)Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and were ministering to Him. (Matthew 4:1-11, ESV)
The temptation of Jesus begins with Jesus being led by the Spirit into the wilderness, where, for forty days and forty nights, Jesus fasts. The Bible does not make it clear what Jesus did to prepare for the temptations of Satan during the forty days and nights of fasting. It is clear that Jesus knew what was coming and that He was prepared with knowledge of the Word (Temple training as a youth) to fend off Satan. The scripture is replete with scenes of Jesus going off, often alone, and often early in the morning to pray. It is likely Jesus prayed during this period of fasting. Keep in mind that the Jesus, who confronted the temptations of Satan, was incarnate man. He was also prepared.
Think Like Jesus 2013
Temptation The Path to Sin
If you are a parent, you probably remember Christmas Eve. Do you recall just how hard it is to get excited children to bed? Can you remember the pressure building knowing that a bicycle, a bicycle in a box, a bicycle in a box is waiting for you to put it together, to put it together quietly, quietly before morning, and placing it under the Christmas tree? Remember deciding to leave the assembly instructions in the bicycle’s box. Do you remember taking the bicycle apart and retrieving the instructions from the box before you put the bicycle together correctly. Are you like Adam? He actually read the instructions and decided to ignore them.
“The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, ‘You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.’” (Genesis 2:15-17, ESV)
Scientists recently claimed to have carbon dated camels to establish the year they were domesticated. Their discovery, they claim, proves the Bible is historically inaccurate. The Bible isn’t about domesticated camels – it is the story of the perfect gift – the gift of salvation - the story of Jesus the Christ.
Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses]. Hebrews 11:1 (Amplified Bible (AMP))
I readily admit that I know nothing about carbon dating. I readily admit that I know nothing about domesticated and undomesticated camels. I readily admit that I know nothing about domesticated horses and undomesticated (wild horses) other than both exist today. The one thing I know for sure is that the Bible, the Word of God, has not changed from the moment it was revealed to man as science continues to correct itself – sure wish they’d leave my coffee alone, and be thankful that God, the only truth, loves us so much, that He allowed His Son to accept the punishment for our sin that we may spend eternity in paradise with the true King – Jesus.
Review of the Lord’s Prayer
During 2013, The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries is introducing a new learning tool on our website. The new tool is entitled “Prayer Life” and is intended to help you communicate with the Lord. God wants a personal relationship with you through His Son, Jesus Christ. Prayer is how we communicate with God and the following is the how Jesus taught His disciples to pray. The following scripture is found in the Book of Matthew chapter 6, verses 9-13.
Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.Your kingdom come,your 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 lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” (Matthew 6:9-13, ESV)
The beginning of the prayer, Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, is calling on and greeting God as you begin to speak to Him. It is like calling out to a friend with whom you want to speak. You also acknowledge that you know God as God. You worship Him by acknowledging His holiness. The second phrase, Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven, speaks to your relationship with the Lord. In this, the second petition of the Lord’s prayer, you are asking for a speedy return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; however, God’s will, not your will, should be done in this regard. You are also asking for your life to reflect heaven on this earth. You are acknowledging a desire to enter into an intimate relationship with God. The third petition of the prayer, Giveus this day our daily bread, is acknowledging that God provides for all our needs and reveals His expectation that we present our needs to Him. The second part of this petition, and forgive us our debts as we also have forgiven our debtors, you are directed to seek forgiveness of sin from God, asking Him to forgive you to the extent that you forgive others. Jesus Christ is all about forgiveness. God knows the damage a broken relationship can cause and wants us to seek to extend forgiveness, as perfect a forgiveness as is possible in a sin filled world, because this demonstrates the depth of our love for His Son, Jesus Christ. The final phrase, also a petition, is seeking the Lord’s help, And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. God does not tempt us to sin. This petition seeks God’s protection and deliverance from the sins you will encounter throughout the course of your life.
You can get started by simply reciting the prayer word for word from the Bible; however, I encourage you to use your own words and close your prayers with the phrase “in Jesus’ name,” as directed in John 16:24-28:
Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.“I have said these things to you in figures of speech. The hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures of speech but will tell you plainly about the Father. In that day you will ask in my name, and I do not say to you that I will ask the Father on your behalf; for the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God.I came from the Father and have come into the world, and now I am leaving the world and going to the Father.” (ESV)
Do not delay, start today!