How Are Our Listening Skills?

A great little reminder to be still and know that He is there…

TLP

Most people would agree that listening is an important skill; most of us aren’t all that good at it.  It’s hard to communicate when all of the communication goes only one way!

I’m not talking about listening to other people, however; I’m talking about communicating with God.

To be entirely accurate, most of us don’t spend much time in prayer talking to God… we’re busy people after all.  For those who do take the time to speak with God, do we ever give Him a chance to contribute to the communication?

Probably not.

You know, there is that “still small voice” people sometimes talk about; can you ever hear it?

Boy, it sure is tough to hear if we’re always doing the talking! Maybe there are times when we are with God that we should just be still for a while and see what happens…  Can we spare the time?

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A Prayer for Christian Bloggers

This morning during my daily quiet time with the Lord, I was reading a devotion by Frank Martin. [1]  Frank was writing on Daniel 2:19-23 entitled Giving God the Credit.  His main point was that Daniel gave God credit and praise for reveling to him king Nebuchadnezzar’s dream and the interpretation of it.

He stated: “The secret to Daniel’s wisdom and strength was that he never forgot where it came from.  He knew that if it weren’t for God he would have no reason to boast.  And because of it, he boasted only in God’s power, never in his own ability.”

He got a personal at the end and shared: “I have a simple prayer that I pray each morning before I write.

“Father, I have no way of knowing who will read the things I write today, but you do. Guide my thoughts and fingers, and speak to that person through me. Make me an instrument of your will.”

I couldn’t help but think that was a great prayer all of us who are bloggers.

 

[1] Embracing Eternity ~ Living Each Day with a Heart Toward Heaven by Tim LaHaye, Jerry B. Jenkins and Frank M. Martin

Embracing Eternity: Living Each Day with a Heart Toward Heaven.

The Disciple’s Prayer ~ Part 3

Sitting at the Feet of Yeshua

We continue our exploration of the Disciple’s Prayer by unpacking Matthew 6:10.

“May your Kingdom come, your will be done on earth as in heaven” ~ Matthew 6:10

The phrase ‘the Kingdom of God’ is replete throughout the whole Brit Hadashah.  No phrase is used more often in prayer, in preaching and in Messianic literature.  It is, therefore, of primary importance that we should be clear as to what it means.

It is evident that the Kingdom of God was central to the message of Yeshua.  Mark describes Yeshua’s ministry beginning when He came into Galilee preaching the good news of the Kingdom of God.  “After Yochanan had been arrested, Yeshua came into the Galil proclaiming the Good News from God: ‘The time has come, God’s Kingdom is near! Turn to God from your sins and believe the Good News!’”  (Mark 1:14-15).  Yeshua himself described the preaching of the kingdom as an obligation laid upon him: “I must announce the Good News of the Kingdom of God to the other towns too – that is why I was sent” (Luke 4:43; Mark 1:38).  Luke’s description of Yeshua’ activity is that He went through every city and village preaching and showing the Good News of the Kingdom of God (Luke 8:1).  Clearly, the meaning of the Kingdom of God is something that we should try to understand. Continue reading “The Disciple’s Prayer ~ Part 3”

The Disciple’s Prayer ~ Part 2

Sitting at the Feet of Yeshua

We continue in our study of the Disciple’s Prayer by unpacking Matthew 6:9.

The purpose of prayer is to glorify God’s name, and to ask for help to accomplish His will on earth.  This prayer begins with God’s interests, not ours: God’s name, God’s kingdom, and God’s will.

“Our Father in Heaven” ~ Matthew 6:9a

It might well be said that the word Father used of God is a compact summary of the Messianic faith.  The great value of this word Father is that it settles all the relationships of this life.

It settles our relationship to the unseen spiritual world.  Missionaries tell us that one of the greatest reliefs that monotheism brings to the heathen mind and heart is the certainty that there is only one God.  Pagan gods must all be placated, and a person can never be sure that he has not omitted the honor due to some of these gods.  The consequence is that the heathen lives in terror of the gods; he is “haunted and not helped by his religion.” Continue reading “The Disciple’s Prayer ~ Part 2”

The Disciple’s Prayer ~ Part 1

Sitting at the Feet of Yeshua

In this post, we continue with our study of the Sermon on the Mount by learning more about how Yeshua taught us to pray.  We have been sitting at His feet for some time now as we learn directly from Him what it means to be true talmidim and how we should pray.

We have already learned that Yeshua tells us not to be a hypocrite when we pray; that we should pray in our secret place; and, that we should not babble on and on with endless words in our prayers.

Recently, a priest, a minister and a rabbi sat discussing the best posture for prayer while a telephone line worker made repairs nearby. Continue reading “The Disciple’s Prayer ~ Part 1”