Saturday, February 26, 2011

Prayer's Key

When you mind is centered upon yourself and your needs, this is a form of idolatry, and you have become in reality your god. 

Since the true God made everything and everyone, He is the true center of the universe. 

To be thinking rationally, you should be looking at life from God’s perspective since everything originated from Him. 

Whoever or whatever is running your life is in effect ruling you and is your ruler. 

If it is you, you are in effect sitting upon the throne of your life designed only for God. 

You are sitting on God’s chair, and that really upsets Him. 

Who would sit upon a chair designed by or for God? 

Wouldn't you say that it really is arrogant to sit on God’s chair? 

God calls this pride.

The Bible say in James 4:6 

“God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble”. 

In other words, when your thoughts are centered upon you, you are in effect worshiping you, and God will oppose you for it.

However, when you center your thoughts upon Him, you are putting His interests before yours, and you are humbling yourself by doing it. 

When you humble yourself under God then He can bless you. 

Notice how this model prayer that Jesus taught was designed to remove yourself from the center of your thoughts, and to put God in His proper place.

Matthew 6:9-13 (CEB) 

"Pray like this: Our Father who is in heaven, uphold the holiness of your name. 

Bring in your kingdom so that your will is done on earth as it’s done in heaven. 

Give us the bread we need for today. Forgive us for the ways we have wronged you, just as we also forgive those who have wronged us. 

And don’t lead us into temptation, but rescue us from the evil one." 

The key to answered prayer is to unlock God’s grace in heaven. 

How we do that is by centering our thoughts upon God, His interests, and perspective. 

When we do that, God showers us with favor as we get ourselves out of the way. 

If we don't reset our thoughts, we will meet resistance.

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