Preparing for 24:7 Prayer – July reflection

On earth as in heaven

 

‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name…’

He is approachable

When the disciples ask Jesus to show them how to pray, the first thing Jesus says is: God is approachable.

How often do we turn to prayer, only to feel that God is a million miles away from us? Is He even interested in our petty ramblings? Surely He has more important things to be giving His attention to.

But Jesus reminds us that we approach ‘Our Father’.

He doesn’t tell us to begin with ‘O mighty and omnipotent God, shrouded in heavenly clouds of glory!’ We are to approach God as His children. As a young child approaches their own parent. Trusting, expecting their full attention (even when they don’t get it!), knowing they are loved and belong.

This analogy breaks down as we compare God with our earthly parents. Some have had good experience and some find this a painful issue. But the point to be made is that when we pray, we pray to our perfect heavenly Father, who delights to spend time with us and who is faultless in His love for us. Who invites us and who created time itself to spend with us.

Prayer bookmark back coverHis Promise declared

And then Jesus says we are to set apart God’s Name as holy, here on earth as in heaven.We are called to be defenders and ambassadors of His honour. Seeking that His glory be known and revealed even now in the mundane stuff of everyday.

His Name speaks of the many aspects of His character and promise to His people over the years.

As we pray, we remember His great promises – who He is! And we declare them over ourselves and our world, that He would be glorified and known as Holy, set apart.

Here is a useful list of Jehovah (I AM) Names. Why not spend some time meditating on each one, allowing our heavenly Father to fuel our expectation in prayer.

  • Jehovah Jireh:  The Lord will Provide (Genesis 22:14)
  • Jehovah Rophe: The Lord who Heals (Exodus 15:26)
  • Jehovah Shalom: The Lord is Peace (Judges 6:24)
  • Jehovah Rohi:  The Lord my Shepherd (Psalm 23:1)
  • Jehovah Nissi: The Lord my Banner (Exodus 17:15)
  • Jehovah Tsidkenu:  The Lord our Righteous Saviour (Jeremiah 23:6)
  • Jehovah M’keddesh: The Lord who makes you Holy (Exodus 31:13)
  • Jehovah Shammah: The Lord is There (Ezekiel 48:35)

 

 

In preparation for a week of 24:7 Prayer commencing 13th January 2017 we are looking at The Lord’s Prayer over the next six months, a section at a time.
This monthly blog is designed for private or group study and meditation.
I have taken some material from ‘Teach us to pray’ by Rob White, Malcolm Down Publishing, which I highly recommend for further reading. If you would like a signed copy please let Marcus know.

24:7 Prayer Week 13.01.17 to 20.01.17
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13th Jul 2016 Posted in: News by Stella Jennings 0

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