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Remember

He fed you with manna in the wilderness, a food unknown to your ancestors. He did this to humble you and test you for your own good. He did all this so you would never say to yourself, ‘I have achieved this wealth with my own strength and energy.’ Remember the Lord your God. He is the one who gives you power to be successful, in order to fulfill the covenant he confirmed to your ancestors with an oath. Deuteronomy…

Each Day

But now you have brought us into this wilderness to starve us all to death.” Then the Lord said to Moses, “Look, I’m going to rain down food from heaven for you. Each day the people can go out and pick up as much food as they need for that day. I will test them in this to see whether or not they will follow my instructions. On the sixth day they will gather food, and when they prepare it,…

What We Know

“If only the Lord had killed us back in Egypt,” they moaned. “There we sat around pots filled with meat and ate all the bread we wanted. Exodus 16:3a-b (NLT) As we are moving forward in life, sometimes we can complain about how hard the transition can be.  Imagine a trapeze artist flying through the air.  They have to let go of one bar to reach for the next one.  Sometimes we have to let go of what we know…

Ask and Keep Asking

 9 “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.  Luke 11:9-10 (NIV) Jesus urges boldness and persistence when we pray.  He also assures us that God will answer our prayers.  What love and confidence to know that when we…

Shameless Audacity

 5 Then Jesus said to them, “Suppose you have a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; 6 a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have no food to offer him.’ 7 And suppose the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me.  The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed.  I can’t get up and give you anything.’ 8 I…

Surrender

42 “Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” 43 Then an angel from heaven appeared and strengthened him. 44 He prayed more fervently, and he was in such agony of spirit that his sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood. Luke 22:42-44 (NLT) These words of Jesus are taken from the scene when He is on the cross and suffering…

Thy Will Be Done

Our Father who art in heaven,hallowed be thy name.Thy kingdom come.Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.Give us this day our daily bread,and forgive us our trespasses,as we forgive those who trespass against us,and lead us not into temptation,but deliver us from evil. (Amen.) 9 “This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, 10 your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Matthew…

Thy Kingdom Come

Our Father who art in heaven,hallowed be thy name.Thy kingdom come.Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.Give us this day our daily bread,and forgive us our trespasses,as we forgive those who trespass against us,and lead us not into temptation,but deliver us from evil. (Amen.) 9 “This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, 10 your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Matthew…

Salvation

12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12 (NIV) When we pray we need to remember this verse. We need to remember how powerful God is. He is the one who gives us the gift of salvation. Jesus came to earth to rescue us, to save us from our sin. He saw who we are and still died for us anyways.…

How to Pray

9 “This, then, is how you should pray… Matthew 6:9a (NIV) ALIGN YOUR HEART WITH GOD’S HEART. 9 ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name… Matthew 6:9b (NIV) After stating what not to do, Jesus goes into what we should do as it relates to prayer. He wants to make sure that you have your heart aligned with God’s heart before the prayer. Then He goes into what to start prayer with. We talked last week about starting it…

Meaningless Words

7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. Matthew 6:7-8 (NIV) When you pray, don’t use a lot of meaningless words. Some people will pray to make themselves the center and the most important. God sees that. When we pray it is not to persuade God, it…

God Sees What is Done in Secret

6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. Matthew 6:6 (NIV) Prayer is a conversation between you and God. Although it is great to pray with others, Jesus said when you pray there is something important about spending time alone with God. Your motive when you pray is also important. We went through how you…

Don’t Be A Hypocrite

5 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. Matthew 6:5 (NIV) When Jesus was asked how to pray, He started with some things not to do. In this verse, He does not want people to pray like the hypocrites. They made a show out of prayer.…

Good Gifts

If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?”  Luke 11:13 (NASB) We live in a fallen and broken world.  While we can be good parents, we can never be perfect parents.  We will all have areas where we make mistakes in our lives.  But we can still do good things for our children.  We show them that we…

You Are Sons

Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”  Galatians 4:6 (NASB) We tend to think prayer is something very structured.  We can sometimes feel that if we don’t pray in a certain way, God won’t hear our prayers.  But that is not how God looks at us.  According to Ephesians 1:5, God decided in advance to adopt us into His family.  It wasn’t a surprise to God that we…

Gathered

“For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” Matthew 18:20 (NKJV) While we can pray on our own, we can also pray with others.  When we get together with other believers, God is with us.  Whenever God is on the scene, He brings His power and authority with Him.  The Bible tells us there is power in the prayer of agreement (Matthew 18:19).  As we agree in prayer with…

When You Pray

“When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full.  But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.…

Teach Us to Pray

 It happened that while Jesus was praying in a certain place, after He had finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John also taught his disciples.”  Luke 11:1 (NASB) We can all pray and talk to God, but we may not be comfortable, confident or understand how to pray when we become believers.  We can ask God to teach us to pray.  He sent the Holy Spirit to assist us.  As we…

Cross

3 He was despised and rejected— a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care. 4 Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins! 5 But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He…

Eternity

29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” John 1:29 (NIV) 14 Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death. 15 Only in this way could he set free all who have lived…

The Manger

21 And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21 (NLT) One night a young woman and her betrothed fiancé, after traveling a long way for a census, found themselves without a suitable place to stay.  Desperate and in labor, they made a place in a stable.  That night the Son of God, born of a virgin, was laid in a manger, a feeding trough for…

The Price of Sin

11 For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life. Leviticus 17:11 (NIV) 22 In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. Hebrews 9:22 (NIV) Shortly after Adam and Eve sinned, blood was shed for the covering of their mistakes.  Later in…

The Garden

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God… Romans 3:23 (NIV) When we think of the Garden of Eden, so many quick thoughts come to mind: Old Testament, In the beginning, God, perfect creation, made in the image of God, all reflecting the glory of God. By Genesis chapter 3, we see God’s masterpiece-man and woman-falling short of His glory as they follow the serpent into sin. So soon after creation, God had a plan to…

Different People

12 The next day, the news that Jesus was on the way to Jerusalem swept through the city. A large crowd of Passover visitors 13 took palm branches and went down the road to meet him. They shouted, “Praise God! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hail to the King of Israel!” 14 Jesus found a young donkey and rode on it, fulfilling the prophecy that said: 15 “Don’t be afraid, people of Jerusalem.  Look, your King is coming, riding…

See Jesus

19 So, the Pharisees said to one another, “See, this is getting us nowhere. Look how the whole world has gone after him!” 20 Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the festival. 21 They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, with a request. “Sir,” they said, “we would like to see Jesus.” John 12:19-21 (NIV) There were those in the crowd who were believers. We saw it at the beginning of this passage…

Hope

17 Many in the crowd had seen Jesus call Lazarus from the tomb, raising him from the dead, and they were telling others about it. 18 That was the reason so many went out to meet him—because they had heard about this miraculous sign. John 12:12-18 (NLT) There were people in the crowd who didn’t necessarily come to see Jesus. There was news about how Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, so people wanted to come and see Lazarus. There were people in…