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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 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

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