Utterly Believing God
...as We Move forward in the Prayers Jesus Taught Us to Pray
As we move through some days in prayer, we will draw upon what we are learning from the Lord Jesus about importunity in praying. But we won’t say any more about this. We will simply take the remainder of the seven points that He included as He gave us the manner in which we are to pray.
DAY 1—When the call for God’s will leads us to impossibility, we discover that His grace stands ready to perform His will for us, and in us.
Matthew 6:10—Let Your will come into being—now, in this present moment on earth, as it already is in heaven. Corley from Greek text
Philippians 2:13—For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.
Psalm 68:28—Thy God hath commanded thy strength: strengthen, O God, that which Thou hast wrought for us. (“Your God has constituted your strength. Oh God, You performed this for us.”)
FATHER, what You have called me to do is beyond what I can do. My understanding, my strength of will, my strength of body and of my emotions are failing me. Oh, but I am discovering Your enabling grace! As I wait before You, I turn all I am over to You. I am becoming ready for You to perform Your work.
David faced down Goliath, knowing that the battle was the Lord’s. I Samuel 17:38-49
DAY 2—No child of God need ever hold any fear over his, or her, ability to do God’s will.
Isaiah 41:10—So do not be afraid. I am with you. Do not be terrified. I am your God. I will make you strong and help you. My powerful right hand will take good care of you. I always do what is right.NIRV®
Psalm 37:23,24—The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in His way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with His hand.
FATHER, I rejoice in Your calling. Thank You for placing Your trust in me. But, when I think on the details of the task, I tremble. Oh, I know I must think on You and Your power! Please draw my heart into Your bosom. Teach me to wait on You. Teach me to open myself to You.
Obedience to His will is the best sacrifice we can make unto the Lord. —Psalm 40:1-17
DAY 3—If we come into trouble when we have given ourselves over to God’s will, He will deliver us by the power of His right hand.
Psalm 138:7,8—Though I walk in the midst of trouble, Thou wilt revive me: Thou shalt stretch forth Thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and Thy right hand shall save me. The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: Thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of Thine Own hands.
Psalm 57:2—I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me.
Isaiah 46:4—I will continue to carry you even when you are old. I will take good care of you even when your hair is gray. I have made you. And I will carry you. I will take care of you. And I will save you. I am the Lord.NIRV®
LORD, we have been through many trials together. How faithful You are! But I still need to learn that You will take me through what I face today, and tomorrow. As I wait before You, I turn my pain over to You. I turn my doubt over to You. Just consume it all!
Because of the Lord Jesus, we don’t have to be troubled when we face God’s will.—John 14:1-14
Sometimes our greatest fear is that we will not have enough provision for the days that lie ahead. Jesus knew we would face times like this. That’s the reason He has taught us to pray that we would have our daily bread. Oh, what faith will grow within us as we see His continuing faithfulness!
DAY 4—One of the greatest lessons for us to learn is that God will provide for us, even in the wilderness like He did with Moses.
Exodus 16:15—And when the children of Israel saw it, they said one to another, It is manna (“What is that?”): for they wist (knew) not what it was. And Moses said unto them, This is the bread which the LORD hath given you to eat.
Psalm 104:24—O LORD, how manifold are Thy works! in wisdom hast Thou made them all: the earth is full of Thy riches.
Philippians 4:19—But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
GRACIOUS LORD, we are coming to the place where there seems to be nothing secure for our future. I am prone to worry that my family may have nothing to eat, nor a place to live. But, let me stop this worrying! We have Your faithfulness! We have Your Word! We have the promise of Your provision! We shall come through this with a testimony of Your greatness.
The Lord will provide for those who care for the poor. —Psalm 41:1-3
DAY 5—Jesus taught His disciples to put the Kingdom of Heaven first. Then, all else will fall into place.
Psalm 37:3—Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed (“feed on His faithfulness”).
Matthew 6:26—Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
Matthew 6:33—But seek ye first the Kingdom of God (“make the Kingdom of God the sole object of your search”), and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
DEAR LORD, our whole desire is beginning to turn toward Your Kingdom. As we look to You, make us to be mature sons and daughters in Your Kingdom. Teach us how to be givers of its wealth to others.
We are learning to put away anxiety, to live honorably and to give abundantly. —Matthew 6:24-34
DAY 6—When famine hits the land, the Lord God will be our abiding hope.
Matthew 4:4—When Jesus was tempted by the devil, He said to him, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
Psalm 33:18-20—Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear Him, upon them that hope in His mercy; to deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine. Our soul waiteth for the LORD: He is our help and our shield.
LOVING FATHER, as hard times come upon us, train us to keep our hearts fixed on You. Help us learn by the troubles we now have that You are faithful in the smallest difficulty. Teach us to always look out for our neighbors and to give, not expecting anything in return. Teach us that we care for others, You will care for us.
God will shower all kinds of blessings, if we learn to be givers. —II Corinthians 9:6-8
The matter of receiving forgiveness depends on first extending forgiveness to others. Forgiving others helps prepare our souls to receive the mercy that the Lord stands ready to give us. His mercy is everlasting. It extends to all generations. In the following section of The Lord’s Prayer, “sin is represented under the notion of a debt.”Adam Clarke
DAY 7—It is only as we have forgiven others that we are able to receive the mercy of the forgiveness that God offers us.
Matthew 6:12—And forgive us our debts, as we forgive (as we have forgiven) our debtors.
Matthew 6:14,15—For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: but if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Matthew 6:14,15—Forgive people when they sin against you. If you do, your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive people their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. NIRV®
FATHER, I still have need of forgiveness. But I am convicted that there are yet some people I have not forgiven. Please give me the grace to work toward the restoration of fellowship with them. They have done wrong to me, but not nearly as much I have done wrong toward You. With Your grace, I am ready to get these matters settled.
The Lord expects us to have compassion on others even as He has had compassion on us.—Matthew 18:23-35
DAY 8—One of the marks of a forgiven person is that he has become merciful toward others.
Ephesians 4:32—And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
Romans 12:19,20a—My friends, don’t try to get even. Leave room for God to show his anger. It is written, “I am the One who judges people. I will pay them back, (Deut 32:35) says the Lord. Do just the opposite. Scripture says, “If your enemies are hungry, give them food to eat. If they are thirsty, give them something to drink.NIRV®
DEAR LORD, I am learning that the joy and peace of forgiving others is far better than holding resentment. Oh, please move through and make me into a person who quickly forgives others. Let the grace of Your Kingdom move freely through me to others.
Often, the one who has been forgiven the most loves the most.— Luke 7:40-48
DAY 9—It takes a work of faith to forgive others. The Lord will give us this faith.
Luke 6:36,37—Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven...
Luke 17:3-5—Be on your guard. “If your brother acts wrongly, reprove him; and if he is sorry, forgive him; and if seven times in a day he acts wrongly towards you, and seven times turns again to you and says, ‘I am sorry,’ you must forgive him.” And the Apostles said to the Lord, “Give us faith.”Weymouth
Luke 17:3-5—Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
FATHER, my need for Your mercy continues. Thank You for all You have done for me that I really have not deserved. My cry today is for You to help me become a more merciful person.
We are to put on tender mercy and kindness as if they were our clothes.—Colossians 3:13-17
Sometimes we dwell under the dark cloud of satanic trouble for a long time before coming to the realization that there has been a design upon us, put there by the devil to bring us down. Our plea is that the Lord will deliver us from evil. In this, we need that operation of the Holy Spirit called “the discerning of spirits.” When we discern what is happening, we can command the intruding spirits to go in Jesus’ Name.
DAY 10—Out of the power of Heaven’s Kingdom we find the grace to endure trials.
Matthew 6:13—And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
Matthew 6:13—And, •lead us not into trials which we have not the grace to bear, but •rescue us from the evil one. Because the Kingdom is Yours, and the Power, and the Glory unto (the end of) the ages.Corley
I Corinthians 10:13—There hath no temptation (trial) taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer (allow) you to be tempted (tried) above that ye are able; but will with the temptation (trial) also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
FATHER, trials seem to be my way of life. Please give me the grace to endure them. Help me learn from whatever comes. I will receive the tests as from Your loving hand, not as from the hand of the enemy. Please sanctify whatever the trial may be that comes my way.
Trials will work in a child of God to produce an enduring faith. —Hebrews 11:1-7
DAY 11—Paul discovered the amazing power of God’s grace when it came to him in his pain.
II Corinthians 12:7-9—I could have become proud of myself because of the amazing and wonderful things God has shown me. So I was given a problem that caused pain in my body. It is a messenger from Satan to make me suffer. Three times I begged the Lord to take it away from me. But He said to me, “My grace is all you need. My power is strongest when you are weak.” So I am very happy to brag about how weak I am. Then Christ’s power can rest on me.NIRV®
Isaiah 40:29-31—He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: but they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
DEAR LORD, I am too weak to go through all that I am now facing. So, I am a candidate for the same thing Paul discovered. I am ready and open for what you revealed through Isaiah. I wait before You for Your grace that strengthens.
&At the Word of the Lord we can be made strong. —Daniel 10:16-19; Daniel 11:32b
DAY 12—By faith the weakest people may become strong.
Hebrews 11:32-35—32What more can I say? I don’t have time to tell about all the others. I don’t have time to talk about Gideon, Barak, Samson and Jephthah. I don’t have time to tell about David, Samuel and the prophets. 33Because of their faith they took over kingdoms. They ruled fairly. They received the blessings God had promised. They shut the mouths of lions. 34They put out great fires. They escaped being killed by the sword. Their weakness was turned to strength. They became powerful in battle. They beat back armies from other countries. 35Women received their dead back. The dead were raised to life again. Others were made to suffer greatly. But they refused to be set free. They did that so that after death they would be raised to a better life.NIRV®
GREAT REDEEMER, I rejoice in the grace You are bringing into my life. Just as I am rising up in obedience to You, I am discovering new strength. Provision is coming when there was no source I could see in anywhere I might look. My life is becoming a miracle, just because of Your mercy. I know it’s mercy, because I haven’t earned any merit for anything You are doing for me. Oh, I praise You! I praise You!.
& Abraham obeyed God and discovered the power of faith.—Hebrews 11:8-12
DAY 13—Abraham found the secret of listening to God and obeying Him. Thus, he became the spiritual father of all them who believe the Lord.
Genesis 12:1,4—The LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will show thee... So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him...
Genesis 12:7—And the LORD appeared unto Abram (before he was called “Abraham”), and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the LORD—8band called upon the Name of the LORD.
Romans 4:3b—God accepted Abraham’s faith, and so his faith made him right with God.NIrV®
LORD, help me, like Abraham, to hear Your voice. Teach me the powerful secret that different ones through the ages have known. I believe this is necessary for us who face the days that are coming. Teach my family to hear You, —to believe You, —and to obey You even when sometimes we don‘t fully understand what You are doing with us.
The Covenant God made with Abraham embraced the Son of God and reaches to all the families of the earth.
—Genesis 12:1-3; Genesis 15:5,6
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