When Jesus taught us how to pray; I believe he was showing us a prayer plan:
Acceptance of His will,
Tell Him your needs,
Ask forgiveness while acknowledging we need to forgive others,
Ask for help to be true, to deliver us from evil
Simple and simply lovely. ….
We take this teaching and turn it into a by rote prayer and it is beautiful but if we would learn the way of prayer instead of the prayer we would see more answers to our prayers.
In John 17 we find Jesus praying for us, He prayed:
“I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;
And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.”
“If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.
These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.”
“Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.”
Much of the time we don’t believe God wants to answer our prayers. Here He tells us He does and how to get the answer. If we would abide in Him. Obey His will, love one another His joy will be within us. We will receive positive answers to our prayers.
“I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.”
We are in the world but we nedd to be separated from the evil.
“Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.”
“The more holy a man is, the more humble, self-renouncing, self-abhorring, and the more sensitive to every sin he becomes, and the more closely he clings to Christ. The moral imperfections which cling to him he feels to be sins, which he laments and strives to overcome. Believers find that their life is a constant warfare, and they need to take the kingdom of heaven by storm, and watch while they pray. They are always subject to the constant chastisement of their Father’s loving hand, which can only be designed to correct their imperfections and to confirm their graces. And it has been notoriously the fact that the best Christians have been those who have been the least prone to claim the attainment of perfection for themselves.”, Hodge’s Outlines.
When we are sanctified we are set apart by the Holy Spirit, made over into worthy vessels for the Lords use. We are sanctified when we read, accept and do the Word of the Lord.
“That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.
O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me. And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.”
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