Salt Of Earth Light Of World

"You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. "You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:12-17

Our Father who art in Heaven….

Prayer is one of the most intimate times of fellowship and relationship with our Father. We are able to come into the presence of His Spirit and worship, petition, and intercede through prayer. Many things are accomplished through this obedient act. To witness the fruit of ceaseless prayer is an amazing testimony of God’s faithfulness. Some are confused on how to pray or approach God in prayer, but Jesus himself gave a “guideline” of how to pray in Matthew 6:9-13

Our Father who art in Heaven Hollowed be thy name… Worship and Praise

When beginning to pray, acknowledging God as Holy and in heaven would be an act of worship. It gives a chance to connect with God. Not all worship is done in words, some like to sing songs to worship God, while others like to quietly acknowledge His presence. Either way worshiping and praising God in prayer is one of the commands the Lord teaches thru His word.
When beginning my time in prayer with my Lord I also like to call on the names of God and acknowledge them as truth in my life. For example “Lord my Banner” I say, “Lord you are my banner I have victory over smoking through you,” “Lord of Peace” I say, “Father you are the Lord of peace in my life because you have given me peace over my household.” There are many different names of God that are in His word, I encourage you to learn about them and claim them in your life through worship and praise in prayer.

Lip-service worship is not enough. Isaiah 29:13
Worship in spirit and truth. John 4:20-24
Worship with reverence. Hebrews 12:28
Give thanks always. Ephesians 5:20
Offer sacrifice of praise. Hebrews 13:15 Praise God with song. Psalm 69:30

Thy Kingdom come thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven… Pray for God’s Will

You don’t have to wait to experience all that God has in His will for you! He says, “His will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.” How amazing is it to know that we can have those fruits of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control now! God proclaims His will and promises’ for us through His word. It is up to us to seek out and find what we are to pray for. Ask God to see through His Holy eye’s, so that we can accomplish His will.
If we know “His will be done,” our prayer life will be a lot more effective! Don’t use God’s name in vain, know His will and believe it for your life and the lives of others!

Pray for Christians everywhere. Ephesians 6:18
The Ten Commandments. Exodus 20
Works out His sovereign purpose. Ephesians 1:11
God’s truth is everlasting. Psalm 117:2
Makes all things work for good for believers. Romans 8:28

Give us this day our daily Bread… Asking for provision

God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow, is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you… (Matthew 6:30) Ask for your daily provisions…
Ask for strength for the day, knowledge, wisdom, discernment, faith, hope; love etc. anything it takes to possess the character of Christ. Ask for daily provisions of food, finances, and anything it takes to make it through the day. God gave the Israelites manna from heaven, He will surly take care of our needs also. As we hunger physically we also hunger spiritually. Ask for your Daily Bread, Jesus said He was the Bread of Life! Ask for spiritual fulfillment. Do not tire in your walk take it one day at a time!

Bread of life. John 6:48
Trust God, not money. 1 Timothy 6:17
God is sufficient. 2 Corinthians 9:8
God will supply all needs. Philippians 4:19
Seek first Gods kingdom, all else will be added. Matthew 6:33

And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us… Confession and Cleansing

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9) When we sin we usually know that we have sinned, but when we are not familiar with Gods commands through his word we may commit unconscious sin. Ask forgiveness of all sin committed, consciously and unconsciously, and ask God to bring forth to your mind all that needs to be confessed. During time of confession you can ask God to bind and render useless all: hate, discord, anger, lust, or negativity you have spoke out against someone or someone has spoken against you. It’s not only important to confess our own sin, but to forgive sin committed against us. God calls us to bless those who curse us; there is power in confession and forgiveness!

Confess your sins. 1John 1:9
Confession lead to healing. Psalm 41:4
Confession cleanses guilt away. Psalm 51:2
Model prayer of confession. Psalm 51
Keep yourselves pure. 1timothy 5:22
Be Blameless. Philippians 2:14-15

Lead us not in to temptation but deliver us from the evil one… Asking for Protection

We know that the enemy prowls around like a roaring lion looking to devour (1Peter 5:8) and temps believers to immorality and to lie (1 Corinthians 7:5; Acts 5:3). This is why Jesus gave us this example to ask for protection. This battle is not between us and Satan, but rather between God and Satan. When in prayer ask God to protect: your finances, your relationships, your spirituality, your mind, your health, your home, your decisions, your actions, your words, your family, your job, etc. It is not a sign of weakness to ask for help or protection, because God is truly the only one who can protect and help us! “For this battle is not mine, but Yours”

Divine wings, a refuge. Psalm 17:8-9; 27:5; 31:20
God is our hiding place. Psalm 32:7
Put on the armor of God. Ephesians 6:11-18
Put on faith, love, and hope. 1Thessalonians 5:8
Cloth yourselves with the armor of light. Romans 13:12-13

I encourage you my brethren, to grow a personal relationship with the Father through intimate prayer! Seek God with all your heart and you will find Him!


Debra said...

Thank you for a lovely devotional! I will read it again, I know. I have read some of your posts a few times-they have helped me so much.
Have a wonderful Christmas!!
Love, Debra

santoshi said...

Welcome back, its been long time since you updated your blog.
Wish you in advance 'merry Christmas'

Anne Lang Bundy said...

Beautiful, MichaelAnn. There is nothing lacking in the Lord's prayer. I've used it for years for my morning time with the Lord. And still, He shows me more in this simple prayer.

The battle is indeed between the Lord and the devil. With every thought, feeling, word, action, we choose which side we support.

Debra said...

Just wanted to say Merry Christmas again!
Love, Debra

GOD'S LADIE said...

Wow! First of all, Thank you so much for leaving encouraging words on my blog. I believe it was in December of 2008. One of the most trying times of my life.
Secondly, I love this devotion. GOD has been calling me back to prayer, which I have not been doing as much as I would like. However, your devotion brought tears to my eyes and touched my heart. Keep writing as GOD leads you! Surely, he is using you.

Thanks again and Have a blessed & prosperous New Year!


Hedonese said...

Hello MikeyAnn, Keep blogging for His glory and be salt and light of the world :)

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