It is only after we pray these prayers that Jesus bids us to ask for prayers for our self -our daily need of bread, forgiveness of our sins and guidance in on our way which covers the essentials of our present, past and future. The Archbishop of Canterbury William Temple once said "When I pray coincidences happen.
When I stop praying, coincidences stop happening." If we listen to God and discern God's will and we pray for the three petitions for God in the Lord's prayer, then when we ask God for what concerns us, we can ask it in a much better way, one that is more consistent with God's purpose in our life.
Thus, it is critical every day to engage in conversation. God knows what we need even before we ask and God can provide it. It is important to note that when Jesus gave the disciples what we know as the Lord's Prayer or the Our Father, there are three petitions that start the prayer: First, "Hallowed be thy name".
Second, "Thy kingdom come" and Third, "Thy will be done." Notice that these are prayers for God.
In Jeremiah , God says "The time is coming when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah.
When the husband comes home at night from work, a woman wants to talk about her day. Yet, it is the process of listening, which can begin very simply by asking a question - how was your day? When a couple fails to hear each other or talk to each other, they will tend to grow apart. Listen to God - Jesus said "My sheep listen to my voice; I know them and they know me." John 10.27Similarly, it is all too easy to rush into church and tell God what we need.But instead, these verses do not contain a hint about his difficulties.As we saw last time, the apostle’s only prayer request was that he would be bold in proclaiming the gospel. Don’t read this out loud or I will twist your head off.” (Adapted from [Jan., 1999], p.Perhaps this was because Paul intended for it to be circulated among several of the churches in Asia Minor.It is one of the few things that a parent should insist upon.Why Marriage is important Marriage is important because throughout the Bible the marriage relationship between a husband and a wife is a metaphor for the relationship between Christ and the Church throughout the Bible.One of the ways in making forgiveness easier to do is to remember what God has forgiveness much greater sins. In order to get God's forgiveness, we must forgive others. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up." This pillar hardly needs much explanation. In years past, fathers and mothers would pray with their children and often at the dinner table would discuss some aspect of the Bible.Reading the Bible with one's family was very popular in England in the early 19th century as a result of William Wilberforce and his friends. We need to Bible studies with our children and with our spouse so that we can grow together as a family.In Revelation 19, the wedding of the Lamb, which is Jesus, has come and his bride, the church, has made herself ready.In Ephesians -32, marriage is discussed this way: "In the same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. After all, no one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church -for we are members of the body. But it is amazing, if we only discern, what God does do for us if we are only observant. Forgiveness starts with true repentance and admitting to the other person that we have made a mistake and ask for forgiveness. Bill Bright, who with God's help built one of the largest ministries ever - Campus Crusade, at the end of a meeting would always ask "what can I do for you." Imagine a busy founder and CEO of a major ministry asking the person he is talking to "what can I do for you." Yet, this is a sign of love and respect for the other person. 4-7 "Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.Granting forgiveness can be equally hard, but is the only way. It gets other people's attention and it is amazing the results that submission to others can achieve. In terms of intimacy, one only submits to one's spouse. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.We need to underline the purpose of marriage: The church has a Biblical responsibility to do better and to uphold the marriage standard by 1) training couples interested in being engaged and married (note: it is best to do this before formal engagement), 2) marriage enrichment once married, 3) marriage mentoring when marriages are in trouble and 4) mentoring families that have experienced divorce. It not only applies to those being married today, but to everyone who is married or who will get married. We are so anxious to talk that we are frequently get our next thoughts together even as we listen not so carefully to what is being said to us.