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Continue Constantly in Prayer, Being Vigilant in it with Thanksgiving, Part 4

Jesus gave the manner of prayer, “Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.” The believer’s heart of thanksgiving begins in forgiveness … receiving and continually giving. As we truly understand forgiveness – how we have been forgiven and how we are to forgive – our hearts are opened, our eyes are enlightened and our hearts are freed from brokenness; our hearts begin in great praise to God and our gratitude multiplies. We see others around us differently, so much so we begin to see them as God sees them. God saw our need and declared, “God so loved the world He gave His only begotten Son…” God loves us – He loves us! So much in love for His people that He gave over His Son as our Sacrifice and Substitute that we might be reconciled to God. As we approach Thanksgiving, let us approach the forgiveness of God that we too might forgive and so rejoice in great thanksgiving.

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Continue Constantly in Prayer, Being Vigilant in it with Thanksgiving, Part 3

Jesus gave the manner of prayer, “Give us THIS DAY our daily bread…” How many of our prayers are time consumed with yesterday or bathed in requests for tomorrow? Jesus said, THIS DAY. We know yesterday is gone and tomorrow will have enough worries of its own. “Sufficient today” – we read – are the troubles we might encounter; so let our prayers be “THIS DAY”. When we ask for our daily bread, what exactly are we asking? “Bread” of course is our necessities such as food, water, clothing, and shelter; but it should be known we need and ask of our daily bread from the Word of God. As we desire our physical body to be fed and sheltered, do we seek our soul to be fed and sheltered in the great Word God has given us? When we then ask, “This day…” will we rest in thanksgiving that God has heard and therefore our God will answer? Do we depend wholly upon God and therefore give shouts of thanksgiving; or, do we ask as if “He may or may not” provide our needful requests THIS DAY? Our conversation with God must be bathed in a thankful heart. I pray Scripture – the reading, expounding, and applying – will cause great edification THIS DAY as we seek His Kingdom. May God bless our prayer THIS DAY more and more! Amen.

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Continue Constantly in Prayer, Being Vigilant in it with Thanksgiving, Part 2

Our Lord’s prayer and the manner in which we pray is, “Our Father in heaven, your name be honored as holy.” Our recognition of God’s location and Holiness brings the heart into thanksgiving – for He is Sovereign and has brought about His work, His deeds, and His salvation. What a great God we serve and great still is His Name! Our manner of prayer grows: “Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Understanding God’s will and that God’s will is always done and never thwarted, brings about greater thanksgiving in the heart of the believer. Do we see this portion of prayer as asking that God’s will be done? Or, as needed, do we see this manner in praying as affirming matter-of-factly, His will is done in all manner and circumstance? This morning we look to God’s will and discover how boundless our God and because of this, greater our thanksgiving toward Him. The Church testified “… whom you anointed, to do whatever your hand and your will had predestined to take place.” (Acts 4:27c-28)

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Continue Constantly in Prayer, Being Vigilant in it with Thanksgiving.

Prayer is our conversation with God. It is filled with requests, petitions, reverence, and supplications. Prayer is to be bathed and sent in thanksgiving. Days set aside to be thankful are not unique to American History. For long ago in the days of David and Asaph there were directors of the singers, and there were songs of praise and thanksgiving to God. (Neh. 12:46) And so we also read, “On that day David decreed for the first time that thanks be given to the Lord …” (1 Chron. 16:7) It is a practice of the ages and is a reverent time set aside to give thanks to God alone for His love, deeds, and great mercy toward us. We are certainly to be thankful throughout the year, but on this day we call Thanksgiving, we have an increased focus of being thankful. What if in prayer we could maintain our focus of thanksgiving each and every day? What if our dominant attitude was “thankfulness” – often and always? Answer: Our lives would radically change in the presence of God!

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Week Four: “Your God is indeed God of gods, Lord of lords”

The dream that caused terror in Nebuchadnezzar’s heart was now answered. Daniel, God’s servant, laid out for the king not only what he saw, but what it meant. Nations will rise and fall and now we know God is the Sovereign of it all. What response comes from God’s delivered answer? There is a response from the one whom it is given and there is a response from God to the messenger. God’s Sovereignty is immense, bountiful, and full of great mercy to the one who responds in humility. But the humility does not begin with delivering God’s message. No, rather humility grows forth in proper resolve to the God of gods and Lord of lords. Daniel is exalted not because of the interpretation or message of the dream, but Daniel is exalted because he at first humbled himself to God. There is a great and mighty lesson in these last few verses for the Church today! Get your Bibles ready and your heart opened to God’s Word as we see the lesson following the dream.

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