Resting and Praying

Resting and Praying

Lord, Teach Us To Pray

March 28, 2020 has been set aside by President Stacy as a day for corporate prayer.  Even though we cannot be together in one place, we can all be praying together on this day.  Today, I am resting and praying.  There is no higher authority for God’s revelation of his truth and grace than the Holy Word of God in Jesus the Christ and the Scripture.  It is a noble request to make of our Lord to ask him to teach us his ways.  So, on this special day we make this request.  Lord, Teach Us To Pray.

It is with joy that we put forth this proclamation – Word of God Speak.  It is without much commentary or thought of man.  It is an eclectic collection of verses from the scriptures.  The concluding text is a section from Matthew’s manuscript of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount that addresses prayer and other topics.  It is my hope that you enjoy the sermon at the end from our Lord Savior and Master Jesus Christ.

We remain faithfully Focused on Him and Following His Plan.

Job 22:27, NKJV

You will make your prayer to Him, He will hear you, And you will pay your vows.

Psalm 102:17, NKJV

He shall regard the prayer of the destitute, And shall not despise their prayer.

Jeremiah 29:12, NKJV

Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.

Matthew 26:41, NKJV

Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

Mark 11:24, NKJV

Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.

Philippians 4:6-7, NKJV

  1. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;

  2. and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, NKJV

  1. Rejoice always,

  2. pray without ceasing,

  3. in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

James 5:16, NKJV

Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

1 John 1:9, NKJV

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

You are just in time to catch this middle portion of King Jesus’ Sermon as recorded in the Gospel of Matthew.  Shhhhh… He has already started. 

Matthew 6:1-34, MSG

  1. “Be especially careful when you are trying to be good so that you don’t make a performance out of it. It might be good theater, but the God who made you won’t be applauding.

  2. “When you do something for someone else, don’t call attention to yourself. You’ve seen them in action, I’m sure–‘playactors’ I call them–treating prayer meeting and street corner alike as a stage, acting compassionate as long as someone is watching, playing to the crowds. They get applause, true, but that’s all they get.

  3. When you help someone out, don’t think about how it looks.

  4. Just do it–quietly and unobtrusively. That is the way your God, who conceived you in love, working behind the scenes, helps you out.

  5. “And when you come before God, don’t turn that into a theatrical production either. All these people making a regular show out of their prayers, hoping for stardom! Do you think God sits in a box seat?

  6. “Here’s what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace.

  7. “The world is full of so-called prayer warriors who are prayer-ignorant. They’re full of formulas and programs and advice, peddling techniques for getting what you want from God.

  8. Don’t fall for that nonsense. This is your Father you are dealing with, and he knows better than you what you need.

  9. With a God like this loving you, you can pray very simply. Like this: Our Father in heaven, Reveal who you are.

  10. Set the world right; Do what’s best– as above, so below.

  11. Keep us alive with three square meals.

  12. Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others.

  13. Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil. You’re in charge! You can do anything you want! You’re ablaze in beauty! Yes. Yes. Yes.

  14. “In prayer there is a connection between what God does and what you do. You can’t get forgiveness from God, for instance, without also forgiving others.

  15. If you refuse to do your part, you cut yourself off from God’s part.

  16. “When you practice some appetite-denying discipline to better concentrate on God, don’t make a production out of it. It might turn you into a small-time celebrity but it won’t make you a saint.

  17. If you ‘go into training’ inwardly, act normal outwardly. Shampoo and comb your hair, brush your teeth, wash your face.

  18. God doesn’t require attention-getting devices. He won’t overlook what you are doing; he’ll reward you well.

  19. “Don’t hoard treasure down here where it gets eaten by moths and corroded by rust or–worse!–stolen by burglars.

  20. Stockpile treasure in heaven, where it’s safe from moth and rust and burglars.

  21. It’s obvious, isn’t it? The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being.

  22. “Your eyes are windows into your body. If you open your eyes wide in wonder and belief, your body fills up with light.

  23. If you live squinty-eyed in greed and distrust, your body is a dank cellar. If you pull the blinds on your windows, what a dark life you will have!

  24. “You can’t worship two gods at once. Loving one god, you’ll end up hating the other. Adoration of one feeds contempt for the other. You can’t worship God and Money both.

  25. “If you decide for God, living a life of God-worship, it follows that you don’t fuss about what’s on the table at mealtimes or whether the clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body.

  26. Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God. And you count far more to him than birds.

  27. “Has anyone by fussing in front of the mirror ever gotten taller by so much as an inch?

  28. All this time and money wasted on fashion–do you think it makes that much difference? Instead of looking at the fashions, walk out into the fields and look at the wildflowers. They never primp or shop,

  29. but have you ever seen color and design quite like it? The ten best-dressed men and women in the country look shabby alongside them.

  30. “If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers–most of which are never even seen–don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you?

  31. What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving.

  32. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works.

  33. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.

  34. “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.” …

Amen, Amen, and Amen.


Joshua 24:14-15, NKJV

  1. “Now therefore, fear the LORD, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the LORD!

  2. And if it seems evil to you to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”

Focus On Jesus and Follow His Plan.

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