Preparing for 24:7 Prayer – September Reflection

On earth as in heaven

‘Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven…’

In preparation for our 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 by Marcus Pagnam is designed for private or group study, and meditation.
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Give us today our daily bread

Humble hearts

One of the reasons I believe we pray is to grow closer to God, to allow Him to shape our hearts so that we are nearer to more accurately reflecting the likeness of Jesus. As we spend longer in His presence we begin to look a little more like Him.

But what a humbling thing it can be to come before someone and actually ask them for something.

Have you ever been in the situation where you really could do with someone’s help, but you just feel unable to ask? Maybe because you feel silly, helpless. Maybe you feel too proud!

After declaring Him to be hallowed in heaven and submitting to His will, we then acknowledge that all we have comes from Him. And that can be very humbling indeed.

Here in the west we are so used to digging into our pockets to provide. Kids need help at school – private tuition, need an operation but can’t wait for the NHS – go private. Of course not all of us can live this way, nor are these things wrong in themselves, but you get my drift – we are used to providing for ourselves.

Psalm 23 puts it like this: ‘The LORD is my Shepherd, I shall not be in want’. He is the One who provides for my needs and does not leave me wanting. If I earn enough money to put some aside for private medical care, I still need to acknowledge that ultimately it all comes from Him!

Too often we can treat money as a back-up plan, a way for us to meet our own need, in case God doesn’t actually deliver. A bit like taking a paracetamol after praying for a headache to go. But finance is actually one of the great answers to our request for provision. Do we think of our income as coming from God, or do we feel like we have simply and independently earned it ourselves?

For from him and through him and for him are all things.
To him be the glory for ever! Amen. (Romans 11:36)

What do you ‘need’?

Going back to Psalm 23, we are reminded that we ‘shall not be in want’, or as another translation puts it ‘we lack no good thing’.

As we humbly look to God to provide for our needs, what do we want to ask Him for?

1 Timothy 6:8 is a good start: ‘if we have food and clothing we will be content with that’.

But of course it may be that there is something much grander that is on your heart. Well, here is the opportunity to pray for it, in the context of asking for ‘daily bread’. Is it part of the daily sustenance that I need to keep on going? Or is it going to distract me from walking closely with God? When we pray about such things we can be confident that God will answer us – although not always with the result we had hoped for!

Once again, our faith is tested and stretched as we learn to trust Him, to be content in plenty and in need (Philippians 4:12)

The Lord’s Prayer is a ‘we’ prayer not a ‘me’ prayer – so this is also a good opportunity to pray for others’ needs. Again, this can be humbling as we put their needs before our own.

How amazing that Jesus should teach us to pray in a way that not only covers our material needs but, at the same time, allows the Holy Spirit to keep working in our hearts, making us reflect His glory more and more!

 

24:7 Prayer Week 13.01.17 to 20.01.17
Introduction

August Reflection

July Reflection

 

 

 

31st Aug 2016 Posted in: News by Stella Jennings 1

One Response

  1. Angela Parker says:

    Marcus, this really hits the spot, thank-you!!

    I have lived by faith (with some help from the state) for the last 9 years and it is hard!! But it is also exciting….never knowing where ‘provision’ in it’s widest sense is going to come from proves for an exciting life-aka sometimes nerve-wracking and desperate-but it truly is humbling to see time after time the Lord come through for us: bills being paid, trips/clothing/shoes/degrees funded, being able to buy Christmas presents for the Grand-baby.

    I am at the point in my journey where I’m beginning to explore the world of work again and where I might fit into it (and manage it too!) My ‘daily bread’ in the wider sense at the moment is a job that will pay the bills…but ultimately and prayerfully, one that will allow me to not just survive but live life to the fullest and to His glory.

    Thank-you for this post, it’s helping me as I walk this next path, trusting in my Daddy-God: for, ‘from him and through him and for him are all things.To him be the glory for ever! Amen.’ (Romans 11:36)

    Blessings

    Ang 🙂

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