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Lord, You are so amazing!

Looking for my cellphone this morning.

Searching all the pockets of clothes worn last night.

Thinking through what we’d done.

Will have to call school granddaughter’s spring concert was at.

Then call Bob to pick phone up after work.

But how?

No phone, no calls.

No phone, no texts.

No communication with outside world.

Father, where is my phone?

Walk into den and see blanket in my chair.

“Shake it out” He whispers in my spirit.

Pick it up and shake it out.

My cellphone!

Lord, You are so amazing! Thank You!

Psalm 121

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord watches over you—
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.

 

If the snow could speak as it dances and twirls in its journey, what would it say?

Praise You, Snow Creator!

Praise You for the gift of dance!

Praise You for the privilege of covering the earth with millions of us!

Praise You for the nutrients we give as we melt into it!

Praise You for creating each one of us uniquely!

Praise You for uniting us as we do Your bidding!

Praise You, Snow Creator!

Praise the Lord from the earth………………snow and clouds.
Praise Him, you stormy winds that obey Him. Psalm 148:7-8

Just a note

Greeting Everyone!

I am currently working on the last book of ‘The Ultimate Treasure’ series. Coupled with starting a new prayer group, caring for family needs and working with AWANA at church i’ve little time for anything else. Take time to go over the lessons posted these past couple of months and let the Holy Spirit put them in your heart. Then, give the lost what He has given you!

Your Own Prayer

Memory verse – One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When He finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray…” Luke 11:1

Now that you have looked at Jesus’ teaching on prayer, use the different parts to create your own prayer. You may want to write it down.

 

How Do We Talk With God?

Memory verse – One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When He finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray…” Luke 11:1

Before we go on with Jesus’ teaching on prayer, let’s review what we’ve already learned. When we pray, we address God as our _________. Next, we recognize where He lives, in _________.

Now, as we look again at Luke 18:2, we see Jesus telling His disciples to “hallow” God’s name. Let’s talk a bit about the word “hallow.” In the original Greek, this word means “to make holy,” or “be without sin.” The dictionary adds the meaning “to greatly respect someone.”

If we put those two meanings together, we see that Jesus is saying that we need to talk with God in a highly respectful manner because He is holy and without sin. So we wouldn’t say, “Hey God, what’s up?” or other more common greetings. When we talk/pray with God, we use our best manners like we would guests in our home, only better!

Action and Prayer points – Remember how the angels and all the people in Revelation 5 were singing to God? Today as you talk to God, ask Him to show you His holiness in a way that you can understand, and even sing to Him about His holiness. Then, when He shows you His holiness, tell each other about it! You may even want to share it with other people outside your family!

 

Keep Us From Temptation

Memory verse – One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When He finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray…” Luke 11:1

 Now comes the last part of Jesus’ teaching on prayer. Let’s go to Matthew 6:13 to help us understand. Jesus says we should ask God to not lead us into the temptation to sin, but rescue us from it.

One way I pray for God to help me with temptation is this.  I ask God to give me a huge doubt when temptation comes into my mind.  Then, when He does, I ask Him about the thought, and He tells me in my heart that the thought is wrong.  Usually, He even tells me what I ought to be thinking and doing! He is taking me out of it![1]

Action and Prayer point – Today, as you talk with God in prayer, ask Him to help you to not sin and to keep you out of sin’s way. He really loves you and wants to help you because He is your Father![2]

 

[1] 1 Corinthians 10:13

[2] If you did the suggested project from Lesson 24 – looking up the name “Father” on Biblegateway.com, review a few of the verses you found for further meditation on God as Father.

Here’s one to get you started from the New Testament:

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James1:17

 

Forgiving Others

Memory verse – One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When He finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray…” Luke 11:1

 Last time, we talked about asking God to forgive us and also any person whom we have hurt, to forgive us. Today, we will look at the next part of verse 4 in Luke 11. “…and we also forgive everyone who has sinned against us.”

Let’s think this one over. Jesus did not say, when you feel like it, forgive everyone. Nor did He say when they come to you and ask you for forgiveness, forgive them. And, He did not say forgive only those you like as friends. Nope, He said forgive everyone.

  • Why do you think Jesus said this? (Look at Genesis 1:26 to help you answer this question.)
  • How does Jesus forgive us?[1]

Action and Prayer point – Talk with God right now and ask Him to show you the people you need to forgive. After He has shown you, make time this week to call or go to their house and forgive them. If that is impossible, forgive them in your heart.


[1] 1 John 1:9

Please Forgive Us

Memory verse – One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When He finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray…” Luke 11:1

 Today, let’s move on to the first part of verse 4 in Luke 11. Jesus says we should ask God to forgive our sins. Didn’t we already do that when we became His friends? Yes, we asked forgiveness for the sins we knew we had.

Sometimes, we have sins we aren’t sure about, like we might be holding a grudge against someone for hurting us. Or maybe we have sinned today or last night, and we need to ask God’s forgiveness and possibly another person’s forgiveness, if we hurt them.

Remember that we have asked God to do His will here on earth, and He does that by making us more like Him. To be more like Him, we have to have our hearts cleaned up. We can’t have bad thoughts staying in them, or plans to harm another person. So, when we see those thoughts or plans, or we’ve already done something to another person, we need to ask forgiveness. Then, God forgives us and cleans that part of our heart. That way, we have room for God to put His love in us for that other person.

Action and Prayer points – Today, ask God to show you any sin that is in your heart and then ask Him to forgive you. If you have hurt another person (including a brother or sister), ask for their forgiveness too!

 

Ask God For Everything

Memory verse – One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When He finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray…” Luke 11:1

Now we come to the part that seems easy to pray – give us food to eat today. What if we have lots of food in our freezers or refrigerators and cupboards – are we asking God to bring more?

Let’s think about this – He wants us to ask Him for everything we need to live on this earth and be part of His kingdom. This can be a whole lot more than food – a house, clothing, paper and pencils for school, so that we can learn to read and write. We also need more of His Word in our hearts and more of Him in our lives: spiritual bread. And because He’s our Father and we are His children, He delights in our asking Him for everything we need.[1]

Think about what things you need to live here on this earth. Talk about it as a family. Then, pray about those needs.

Action and Prayer points – Consider these questions:

  • What do you have that you can share?
  • Do you know of things other people need?
  • Could you ask God for those things for them?

 

[1] Psalm 35:27; Psalm 149:4

Asking God To Do His Will

Memory verse – One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When He finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray…” Luke 11:1

Last time we talked about God’s kingdom – asking Him to bring it to earth. Going back to Matthew 6:10, we see that Jesus also instructed us to ask for God’s will to be done on earth. That means that we are asking Him to change us to become more like Him. Then we will start doing the stuff He wants us to do even in the way He wants us to do it!

  • Remember back in Genesis 1:26 where God said “Let us make man in our image”? Here’s how He does it – we ask and He changes us.
  • Have a look at Psalm 86:11 and see how David asked God.

Action and Prayer point  – Let’s start asking today that He will do His will in our hearts too!