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How Should I Pray? Part 2

Ephesians 3:15

“… from whom His whole family in heaven and on earth derive its name.

The Apostle Paul takes his posture of humility and attitude of gratitude for God’s grace (vs.14), then proceeds to declare another 2 reasons for his sense of awe, humility and gratitude towards God:

Reason #1: Paul has been a member of an eternal family that has members both in heaven and earth… and so have you and I!  Think of the “family reunion of joy” we will have when Christ’s Kingdom is fully established on earth.  And those people of faith who you have admired from afar, are not a part of your eternal family.  For me, that means I get to rejoice with King David as just 1 of many people of faith I admire, and not get to call a “brother in the Lord”.

Reason #2: God gives us “His Name” through Jesus Christ.  No matter how much you like – or dislike – your family heritage, you NOW have a heritage of eternal glory and honor.  “Child of God” will be put on your “eternal resume”!  WOW!

We should pray with the knowledge that we have the support and encouragement of our eternal family of God; and with the support of “Our Father Who is in heaven”; with the support of Jesus Christ, who is Friend, Brother and Lord; and with the support of God’s Eternal Spirit.

Sincerely Yours in Christ,

Pastor Denny

“How Should I Pray?”

Matthew 6:11
“Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.”

This month we look at God’s delight in being “our Forgiver”.

The word “forgive” has some interesting alternative meanings in the Greek. It can also translate as, “cancel, remit, let go of, leave behind, and divorce.”

The last possible definition of “forgive”, that is “divorce”, can reveal an effect of sin we may not always realize. “Sin”, ours and that of those who have “sinned against us”, can “wed” or “marry” itself to us. That may be why we find certain “sins” or “sins against us” so difficult to forgive; so difficult to find “release” from our heart, mind, soul or strength.

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“Why Pray?” Because I Am United with Jesus in Spirit!

[17] But the one who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit with Him.
1 Corinthians 6:17

Richard Foster, in his book, Celebration of Discipline, speaks about both worship and prayer being a communication and relationship of “Spirit-to-spirit”.  That is, God’s Holy Spirit in communion with our spirit as our primary call and purpose in both worship and prayer.

That’s what the Apostle Paul is describing to us in this verse.  In fact the Greek word used for “joins” is also used to describe what happens to a man and woman when they marry and consummate their relationship “in intimacy”.  As Jesus says in Matthew 19:5, “’FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND BE JOINED TO HIS WIFE, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH’?”  Jesus is quoting from Genesis 2:24 to talk about the purpose and results of the marriage covenant.

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