Hello World….Gift God part 4

HOW DO YOU PRAY, My Child?

Luke 11:1   And it came to pass, that  as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, one of the disciples said unto Him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples,’   and He said unto them,    “When you pray, say, Our Father, which is in heaven hallowed be thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.   Give us  day by day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins: for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us and lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.”

Matthew 6:5   And when you pray, you shall not be as the hypocrites are; for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that  they may be seen of men.  Verily, I say unto you,  they have their reward.  But you, when you pray, enter into your closet, and when you have shut the door, pray to the Father which is in secret; and the Father which sees in secret shall reward you openly   But when you pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heather do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.  Be not yourself therefore like unto them; for your Father knows what things you have need of before you ask him.

Luke 1:9  And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you,   seek, and you shall find;   knock, and it shall be opened unto  you.

Luke 18:9   is an example of deception of these last days. It is an example of how people will be and how they will be deceived in the face of My example in My Son Jesus.  My Son spoke this parable to his disciples as He was teaching them and today many read over this and do not see themselves in the picture   He painted of deception within the heart. Let us read this together:      And He spoke this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: . . . .      Before we go on, look at who My Son spoke to;  ‘those who trusted….’   The first part of this deception is they believe they trust is God, but they actually trust in themselves.  By their belief they prayed, by their belief they fasted, by their belief they gave the tithe but they had no LOVE in themselves  for  anyone but themselves. Their love consisted of what was good for them and how they perceived themselves in their own eyes.        Two men went up to into the Temple to pray:  the one a Pharisee and the other a publican.   Here is a comparison between two then in the temple praying:  The one is a Pharisee,  a religious man.  How does he pray?         Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, “God, I thank you, that I am not as other men are, extortionist, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.”

He prayed thus with himself, his prayer was directed by his thought and intents within himself of what he thought of himself.  He was self-righteous. He held himself up against the law. He compared himself with other men and saw himself as better and more righteous than those around him.  As far as he was concerned he could declare, “I am not as other men are.” As far as he was concerned he did not sin. He didn’t take money from others, he was not unjust to others, he didn’t commit  adultery and he didn’t act like the publican right next to him.  He was justified in his own eyes by his own actions. He kept the law.

But he didn’t stop there. He went on to say, “I fast twice in the week.  I give tithes of all that I possess.’   He was denying himself food two times a week and he was giving a 10th of his possessions, but never giving of himself. He gave so that others could see his giving. He fasted that others would know that he was fasting.

Are you doing the things you do that others may see you do them?   Or are you doing everything you do as unto Me, your Creator, Lord and Savior?  Your reward will depend on why you are doing the things you do.

Let us look at the Publican.   ‘And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, “God be merciful to me a sinner.”     He was calling on God and asking that God be merciful to him, a sinner.

I desire a humble and contrite heart.  That heart is one that can be molded and mended and made like unto My Son. I desire that My Child be one who looks to Me for his daily bread and comes to Me with his hearts desires and needs to be met. For I shall meet all your needs through Christ Jesus, My Son.  If you are not looking to Me to  meet your needs, they you are not dependent upon Me for anything. You are doing it, meeting your own selfish needs through what you are able to do yourself.  Continue in that deceitful way and you will meet the enemy of your soul face to face, but it will be too late then.  Now is the day of salvation.

To be continued tomorrow……..

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