This morning in church, the worship was focused on healing. It starts with healing. With cleansing. And I cried a lot. And many people met with the Holy Spirit. And I was thankful to be in a place of safety to be real.
Which meant the atmosphere to receive the message was free.
And the message was on prayer. Connection to the Father.
In Luke 11, the disciples come to Jesus and say, 'Teach us how to pray.'
Thats the only time the disciples asked Jesus to teach them anything.
Not healing, not prophecy, not preaching… But prayer.
There was something in Jesus' prayer life, in His relationship with His Heavenly Father, that they wanted.
And He taught them what we now know as the Lord's prayer.
Our Father. Jesus invites us to His Dad. These first two words pull us directly to our Father.
Our Father. We share an inheritance with Jesus.
We are sons and daughters, and we can come become our Father.
Who is in heaven.
Prayer is this personal connection with our Father.
In heaven. What does heaven look like? John paints us a picture of heaven in Revelation 4 and 5. A beautiful and all-encompassing picture.
In the midst of prayer is a throne. And this is the place that we come to. This is the place we operate in.
We have a personal relationship with Jesus, but we have a kingdom relationship to the throne.
To the slain Lamb.
We are surrounded by angels, wrapped up in worship.
We stand in the Presence of the King of kings and Lord of lords.
Our Father who is in heaven.
And this brings us to the way that He is holy. His Name is holy. This is the worship of the living God. Holy, holy, holy is his Name. Heaven and earth are filled with His glory.
Prayer is worship.
We tell Him He is holy. He is worthy. We thank Him for His redemption. We uplift His Name. The way He is strong. So strong.
We carry His Name.
A name is important. It can define who a person is called to be.
And the Lord is called Yahweh. Jehovah.
Breath of God.
Jehovah Tsidkenu. The Lord our righteousness.
Jehovah M'Kaddesh. The Lord who sanctifies.
Jehovah Shalom. The Lord our peace.
Jehovah Shammah. The Lord is present.
Jehovah Rophe. The Lord heals.
Jehovah Jireh. The Lord provides.
Jehovah Nissi. The Lord our banner.
And there are so many more names of God.
And in listening to His names, you get to go the character of the King who sits on the throne.
His kingdom come. The kingdom has come.
Greek has a tense that we don't have. The continuous tense. It means it happened, is happening and will happen at the same time.
This is the way in which we refer to the kingdom.
It has come. It is coming. It will come.
We live in the time of the resurrected Christ.
His will. Will be done. On earth. As it is in heaven.
As we stand before this heavenly throne, crying out 'Holy, holy, holy'.
His will is done.
Give us this day our daily bread. It reminds us of John 4. Where Jesus says he has food that the disciples know nothing about.
Our daily bread is a spiritual food.
A spiritual place where we receive refreshment in Him. In His kingdom that is growing.
The fields are white for harvest. And prayer has a huge place in this.
You cannot connect mission from prayer.
Prayer means even if we can't speak in the tongue of the nations, we can speak in the heart of the nations.
No one is written off.
There's something bigger going on. In prayer, we can see the nations come to know Jesus.
The harvest is white.
We need a heart of prayer and the eyes of Jesus.
We need Jesus to teach us how to pray. For our own revival. For revival in the nations. For God to be enthroned in us.
I want to be crying out to God. In a deep relationship of crying out to my Father. But knowing that our prayers move the heavenly realms.
Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us. We are not just passive observers in prayer. We are givers as well as receivers. We need to forgive freely, quickly and openly, so that we can receive the fullness of the kingdom.
Forgiveness given. Forgiveness received.
Lead us not into temptation. Deliver us from evil.
Illusions are bad things. We need the truth. We need light. We need illumination. We need to be dis-illusioned so that we can see clearly in the illumination of the Father.
Following His steps.
We need His help. I desperately need His help right now.
We need to thank Him, with all praise and glory and worship that can be bestowed.
We need to sit before Him and say 'Wow' as we live lives in the light of His Presence.
My beautiful friends also cooked me a roast just now. They keep telling me to 'eat my way to happiness'… I'm not sure that in itself will work, but it is good to at least remember that God has blessed me with some great people 🙂