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The “Our Father Prayer” (Matthew 6:5-14 Luke 11:1-4) has traditionally been taught as the “Lord’s Prayer” but this prayer is actually the “Believer’s Prayer”. When Jesus spoke this prayer He was teaching the Believer how to pray. The True Lord’s Prayer can be found in the book of John 17:1-26. It’s a beautiful prayer one you should truly keep in your heart. Due to the length of this prayer I’ll just share with you Jesus’ personal prayer for you.
The True Lord’s Prayer
“My prayer is not for them [Jesus’ disciples] alone.
I pray also for those who will believe in Me through their message,
that all of them may be one, Father,
just as You are in Me and I am in You.
May they also be in Us
so that the world may believe that You have sent Me.
I have given them the glory that You gave Me,
that they may be one as We are one—
I in them and You in Me—
so that they may be brought to complete unity.
Then the world will know that You sent Me
and have loved them even as You have loved Me.
“Father, I want those You have given Me
to be with Me where I am,
and to see My glory, the glory You have given Me
because You loved Me before the creation of the world.
“Righteous Father, though the world does not know You,
I know You, and they know that You have sent Me.
I have made You known to them,
and will continue to make You known
in order that the love You have for Me
may be in them
and that I myself may be in them.”
Jesus’ prayer for you John 17:20-26 The True Lord’s Prayer
I Am Not My Past.
I am not my mistakes.
I am not my addiction.
I am not my flaws.
I am not my pain.
I am not someone’s accident.
I am loved by God and nothing can separate me from this Love.
I am the object of His Grace and Mercy.
I am the one He sent His Beloved Son for.
I am the one who Christ laid down His Life for.
The one He shed His Righteous Blood for.
The one who He fought for, died and rose for.
I am the Righteousness of God in Christ.
I didn’t earn this Righteousness; it was a Gift from God.
A Gift given not because I loved Him so much but because He loves me that much!
While I was in sin, while I was indulging in my filth and rebellion, He stretched His arms out wide on that wooden cross and He Loved Me…Perfectly.
He took All of my sins, my shame, my sickness and my punishment and He nailed it to the cross.
Christ took my death and gave me His Abundant Life.
He took my place and gave me His Grace.
I am a child of God, the Righteousness of God in Christ.
I Am In Christ.
No longer defeated by life or living in fear of death.
I am a new creature in Christ, the old me is dead and gone.
I am a new person, a conqueror and an heir to the throne of Grace.
I am an Instrument of Righteousness.
No longer an instrument that brought hurt and pain to those I claim to love.
That one who blew up everything it touched and left a dark trail of destruction, gut wrenching heartbreak and deadly wounds behind.
I Am God’s Instrument.
A vessel that helps, heals, encourages and brings hope to all whom God puts in my path.
As Christ is so am I on this earth. Whole, Healed…Victorious.
I am a Messenger of Grace and Truth, seated at the right hand of the Father.
In Christ I can do all things through Him who strengthens, empowers and equips me.
I am a child of Light, no longer a slave to ignorance and darkness.
In me is Life, Liberty and the saving power of Christ.
I Am Not Influenced by this World, I Am The Yeast In This world…I influence it!
I Am A Gift to this world, chosen for this particular place and this particular time to fulfill a purpose that God placed in me at the beginning of time.
A Purpose that will Change and Inspire this Generation.
I am Saved.
At Peace with God.
I am Forgiven.
I am Intimately Loved and Passionately Pursued by Him.
I’m worth fighting for and dying for.
I Am Who God Says I Am.
I… Am… HIS!
There is a conversation between Jesus and His disciples that I have been meditating on for quite some time.
Jesus asked His disciples, “Who do the people say the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
Then He asked them, “Who do you say I am?” Peter replied, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Matthew 16:13-16 NIV
Who do I say Christ is? To me, He is a Father, a Husband and Best Friend.
“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” 1John 3:1
As a Father He is the one I came from. It is through Him that my identity is found. A Father who doesn’t see my faults; or holds my mistakes against me, He never points out my shortcomings. In Him is Forgiveness and mercy that never fails to set me free. Whenever He looks at me He sees greatness and all of His hopes and plans for me. He’s willing to do whatever it takes to get me there. When I fall off my bike, He picks me up and brushes me off. He tends to the scrapes and bruises and encourages me to get back on that bike and ride fearlessly. I don’t ride alone, He runs alongside me, ready to catch me if I fall.
He never ceases to cheer me on, He reminds me of who I am and what I’m capable of, He gives me the strength to pedal on. Once He sees you’ve found your way, He stands back with a smile, filled with pride and joy. When you’re hurt, He hurts all the more. He’ll fight for you, protect and provide for you and above all LOVE you with an unchanging love. His Love never fails. He is a Father who lives to inspire me and desires only the best for me and is willing to sacrifice it all, even His own life, to see me live life victoriously.
“For Your Maker is your Husband- the LORD Almighty is His name.” Isaiah 54:5
As a Husband I am the love of His life, He wants to be intimately involved in every area of my life. He wants to know what’s on my heart and mind. He desires to share in my triumphs and be the one to hold me through my grief. As my Husband, He’s seen me at my best and worst, nothing is hidden from Him. He’s seen me flaws and all and HE loves me anyway. I am perfect in His eyes, a picture of Grace. Through good times and bad, He’s by my side and together we can get through it all.
He always finds a way to make me smile with a kind word, a gentle touch. He has a way of making the bad work out for my good. He’s my biggest fan, He encourages me to be the best Me that I can be. If He can give me the world, He would, but He chose to give me Himself instead. All He wants is to see me live life happy and free and reach every goal and dream inside of me. His love for me is real, pure and true. Death can’t separate this love. He pledges to love me forever and always, in this life and the next.
“I have called you Friends, for everything that I learned from My Father I have made known to you.” John 15:15
As a Friend, He’s always there whenever I call on Him. “Call on me in the day of trouble, I will deliver you.” Psalm 50:15. He never gets tired of hearing from me. I can be myself with Him. He’s patient, compassionate and always ready to listen. You can bear your all to Him. My Friend is trustworthy and faithful. I can confide in Him and He confides in me. He never judges or condemns. He’s my shoulder to cry on, my Best Friend. There’s no envy or jealousy in Him, He wants the best for me and is willing to give me just that. He strives to get me to a better place, no matter how long it takes. After every conversation I’m left feeling strengthened, comforted and able to do all things because of Him. The peace He leaves me with, surpasses all understanding. It doesn’t make sense at times but it encourages me to take another step forward.
Who do you say Christ is? To me Christ is everything I could possibly want and need…and so much more.
“Jesus went with His disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and He said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37 “…He began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then He said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”39 “Going a little farther, He fell with His face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”
Jesus prayed this prayer three times.
42 “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” 44 “…Being in anguish, He prayed more earnestly, and His sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.”-Luke 22
There are some scriptures in the bible that you don’t have to force yourself to memorize. They are burned into your mind; etched on your heart. There’s no forgetting them. For me, the Gethsemane Prayer is “that one” I will carry with me always. Here we have Jesus, our Sovereign Savior, having a very human moment. It’s no wonder why the book of Hebrews records that we have a High Priest, who is Jesus that can be touched. In this prayer we witness Humanity versus Divinity. A moment where sinless, spotless humanity submits to God’s sovereignty. Jesus sets aside His will and desires to do the desire and will of God.
God has chosen to reveal what feels like a very private and intimate moment between He and His Son, therefore, it is of great importance to know and study the will our Savior submitted to, the will of our Father.
He Has A Plan For You
- 11For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11
He Desires To Be Intimately Involved In Your Life
- “I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.” Hebrews 8:10
He Wants To Bless You
- “I will make you exceedingly fruitful.” Genesis 17:6
- “I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.” Genesis 12:2
Above All He Wants To Save You And See You Live
- “I have come that they may have life, and they may have it more abundantly”John 10:10
- “I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” Hebrews 8:10
- “The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. Instead He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”2 Peter 3:9
- “I take no pleasure in the death of anyone,” declares the Sovereign Lord. “Repent and live!” Ezekiel 18:32
God’s Motive – Love!
“For God so loved the world (You) that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16