Teach Us To Pray
by Jody Goode
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Journey in Prayer ...
Oh, Father, God - Abba, Father...So much pain down here. Bring Your healing hand to these lands as You pick those who are Yours up into Your loving Arms and carry us Home. It is truly time - isn't it? Thank you for these eyes through which I can taste and see Your reality. In all else I have flat-line emotions, but when I peer out through Your Eyes I share in Your pain and want to love with Your compassion and the weeping that comes I cannot contain. Please, Lord, reach down through me today and all days until You come like a thief in the night to bring to a final end the treachery our sin has wrought. How could we have shamed You and dishonored You so???!!! Oh, the human heart - so desperately wicked!!! Only You have seen it - our total existence - from beginning to end - and have borne it upon Yourself for always. All of it, how we would hate You - NO! despise You; shame You, trample on Your Name in word and deed and yet You still loved us anyway!!! Why??? How??? And then You brought it to the grave and back again just to give us another chance at Your eternal Love. We are so very undeserving of any of Your abundant Grace - we deserve nothing but Your wrath and the death that would come of it. Humble us Lord God. Show us Your Way and may we never look away from You again. This is the final hour of prayer - teach us to pray, Father, in a way that will bring us to our knees in humble adoration speaking volumes to the remaining lost that they, too, will look up toward Heaven and find that which their souls are seeking. You and You Alone. The world is closing in; our enemy knows his end but will fight with fire until the bitter end when he will be eternally engulfed in flames taking all he can with him. Remind us, precious Lord, that when we first identified ourselves with Your Name, You gifted us with all the power of Heaven to combat our vicious enemy who lives and rules in his domain - the world in which we are now only aliens passing through to the New Jerusalem. But the feast has not yet started and the invitations have not been answered by all those who will attend. Give us the grit needed to bear down and fulfill our place in this here and now - to draw together all of those our Jesus prayed for and continues to pray for until He sees us Home. Do not let us shame You any longer with our rituals and public prayers, but meet us God in our private prayer closets as we beseech Thee in spirit and truth, that Your Will be done on earth as it is in Heaven; that we may be witness to that moment when our Christ proclaimed, "It is finished."
(This was an actual prayer and as often happens, I find I pray the Word back to God so there are scriptural references within the body of the prayer; following are those references:
1. "For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night." 1 Thess 5:2 NAS
2. "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?" Jeremiah 17:9 KJV
3. "I ask on their behalf; I do not ask on behalf of the world, but of those whom You have given Me; for they are Yours;" John 17:9 NAS
4. ""But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you." Matthew 6:6 NAS
5. "Your kingdom come Your will be done,On earth as it is in heaven." Matthew 6:10 NAS
6. "Therefore when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, " It is finished!" And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit." John 19:30 NAS)
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What great work for the glory of God. I pray this too with you. Believers in one accord makes for a mighty movement of God. Keep serving. In Christ, Christian
Jody, this heartfelt prayer, from your heart to the page in FW, is just the prayer that we all need. And I pray this prayer along with you. I have tears in my eyes, as I see the world as you described. How long, Lord? How long can you tolerate the evil that is becoming more rampant each day? I am glad I am old, but I pray for the younger people. How long are we going to enjoy the freedoms of our countries? Canada is no better than the U.S. as far as our freedoms being taken away from us... Oh, God, I pray for -- everything that is in the secrets of my heart. ... Thanks so much, Jody for this prayer...Amen!..Helen
Before I go to bed tonight I am meditating on this piece in prayer to our Heavenly Father . I am also going to thank Him for you and your ongoing witness which is true and strong. You bless me in so many ways , Jody . You are a real sister in Christ, someone I know I can always turn to and count on , someone who loves the Lord with every breath and fiber . (((( Huggies for the Hug Lady )))) Julie
Beautiful prayer to be recited especially those times when we feel we don't have the "right" words to say. How awesome it is to know that the Holy Spirit will intercede for us ! Is there a right or wrong way to pray? I believe God honors each and every prayer from the heart as long as we worship in Spirit and in truth. Thanks for sharing. In Christ's love, Gloria