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The Disciple’s Prayer ~ Part 6

Tonight, Don wraps up his study on the Disciple’s Prayer. Blessings and enjoy!

Sitting at the Feet of Yeshua

In this post, we wrap up our examination of the Disciple’s Prayer.  In His final petition, Yeshua instructs us to pray: “And do not lead us into hard testing, but keep us safe from the Evil One.” (Matthew 6:13)

I’m extremely gratified that Stern’s uses the word ‘testing’ and not ‘temptation.’  We know that God does not lead us into temptation, but he does allow us to be tempted and tested.

When we read the story of the temptations of Yeshua, it begins: “Then the Spirit led Yeshua up into the wilderness to be tempted by the Adversary” (Matthew 4:1).  If we take the word ‘tempt’ here in the sense of ‘to seduce into sin’, it makes the Ruach HaKodesh a partner in an attempt to compel Yeshua to sin.  That’s a ridiculous interpretation!  Time and again, we find that the word tempt has the idea of testing in it, at least as much as the idea of seeking to lead into sin.

Here, then, is one of the great and precious truths about temptation.  Temptation is not designed to make us fall. Temptation is designed to make us stronger and better men and women. Temptation is not designed to make us sinners.  It is designed to make us good.  We may fail in the test, but we are not meant to.  We are meant to emerge stronger and better for having gone through the process.  In one sense, temptation is not so much the penalty of being human; it is the glory of being human.  A person has to be tested before God can be used greatly in His service…..read the rest of the post here: The Disciple’s Prayer ~ Part 6

The Disciple’s Prayer ~ Part 5

It’s Monday night and onward we go with Don’s great study on the Sermon on the Mount with Part 5 of The Disciple’s Prayer. Blessings and enjoy!

Sitting at the Feet of Yeshua

We continue in our exploration of the Disciple’s prayer, but we will take the petitions out of order to concentrate on the issue of forgiveness.

“Forgive us what we have done wrong, as we too have forgiven those who have wronged us.” Yeshua goes on to say, “For if you forgive others their offenses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; but if you do not forgive others their offenses, your heavenly Father will not forgive yours.”  (Matthew 6:12,14-15) [We’ll come back to verse 13 in my next post.]

God wants us to have a forgiving attitude toward others.  Yeshua often emphasized the importance of forgiveness in His parables (see Matthew 18:21-35).  Verse 12 is a petition for the needs of our souls.

Before we can honestly pray this petition of the Disciple’s Prayer, we must realize that we need to pray it.  Before we can pray this petition, we must have a sense of our own sin.

When we see the reality of sin, we come to see that it is a universal disease in which every person is involved.  This is a petition of the Disciple’s Prayer, which every one of us needs to pray.

Not only do we need to realize that we need to pray this petition of the Disciple’s Prayer; we also need to realize what we are doing when we pray it.  Of all petitions of the Disciple’s Prayer, this is the most frightening.

“Forgive us what we have done wrong, as we too have forgiven those who have wronged us.” The literal meaning is: “Forgive us our sins in proportion to those sins we have forgiven that were committed against us.”  In Matthew 6:14-15, Yeshua says in the plainest possible language that if we forgive others, God will forgive us; but if we refuse to forgive others, God will refuse to forgive us.  It’s quite clear that if we pray this petition with an unhealed heart or an unsettled quarrel in our lives, we are asking God not to forgive us…….Read the rest of the post here: The Disciple’s Prayer ~ Part 5

The Disciple’s Prayer ~ Part 4

It’s Monday night, and time for Don’s next installment of this great study. Blessings and enjoy!

Sitting at the Feet of Yeshua

We have been studying the Disciple’s Prayer found in Matthew 6.  We learned that the first three petitions have to do with God and His Glory.  We learned that when we pray, we are to worship Father God for who He is and exalt His name.  We learned to pray for His will to saturate our life, our family, our congregation, our community, our region, our state, our nation, and the world.

The second part of the prayer, which deals with our needs and our necessities, is a marvelous unity.  In these three brief petitions, we are taught to lay the present, the past, and the future before the footstool of the grace of God.

Not only is this a prayer, which brings the whole of life to the presence of God; it is also a prayer, which brings the whole of God to our lives.  When we ask for bread to sustain our earthly lives, that request immediately directs our thoughts to God the Father, the Creator and the Sustainer of all life.  When we ask for forgiveness, that request immediately directs our thoughts to God the Son, Yeshua our Savior and Redeemer.  When we ask for help for future times of testing, that request immediately directs our thoughts to God the Ruach HaKodesh, the Comforter, the Strengthener, the Illuminator, the Guide and the Guardian of our way…..read the rest of the post here: The Disciple’s Prayer ~ Part 4

The Disciple’s Prayer ~ Part 3

It’s Monday night, and we continue this great study of the Disciple’s Prayer my Don at My Heart is for Israel.

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…….read the rest of the post here: The Disciple’s Prayer ~ Part 3

The Disciple’s Prayer ~ Part 2

Part Two of this study of the Disciple’s Prayer from Don at My Heart Is For Israel. Blessings and enjoy!

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.”

If we believe that God is Father, it settles our relationship with each other.  If God is Father, he is Father of all mankind.  The Disciple’s Prayer does not teach us to pray to My Father; it teaches us to pray Our Father.  It is very significant that in the Disciple’s Prayer the words I, me, and mine never occur.  Yeshua came to take these words out of life and to put in their place we, us, and ours.  The very phrase Our Father involves the elimination of self.  The fatherhood of God is the only possible basis for the brotherhood of mankind……read the rest of the post here: The Disciple’s Prayer ~ Part 2

The Disciple’s Prayer ~ Part 1

As we resume following Don’s great study of the Sermon on the Mount, we pick up with what many call The Lord’s Prayer. Don calls it the Disciple’s Prayer, which is really closer to what is truly is. Blessings and enjoy!

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.

“Lying prostrate on the ground is definitely the best way to pray,” the priest said.

“No,” said the minister. “I get the best results kneeling with my hands outstretched to Heaven.”

“You’re both wrong,” the Rabbi said. “The most effective prayer position is standing in the synagogue facing Jerusalem.”

The line worker couldn’t help but interject. “Hey, fellas,” he interrupted, “The best prayin’ I ever did was when I was hangin’ upside down from a telephone pole.”

Read the rest of the post here: The Disciple’s Prayer ~ Part 1

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