Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Value for All Time

Have you noticed how little retains its original value anymore?
The value of the majority of items that you may purchase drops almost, if not, immediately upon purchase.  What is a hot ticket item one minute is surpassed the next.
So much that we buy does not have a very long shelf life.  It is all meant to be replaced and the sooner the better.
Keep that economy going!!

Then there is the dollar.  That which we use to attain all those perishable items doesn't have a very strong future, at the moment, either.

Not much is guaranteed or reliable these days. 
Maybe none of it ever was.
Sure things might have been made to last longer in the past, but in time they too wore out.

That's the material world for you....

Jesus spoke of how moth and rust does their job very thoroughly with time.

How gloriously the Kingdom of God stands in contrast!

In response to his disciples' request to teach them how to pray Jesus gave an example of what our prayers should look like.  It is commonly known as "The LORD'S Prayer" or "The Our Father."
Within the lines of this prayer is the request for the Father's Kingdom to come.  It follows the opening which, rightly so, gives honor to the Father and goes hand-in-hand with a request for God's will to be done.
These segments of the prayer precede personal requests for our needs to be met. 
I believe that if we were to really grasp what His Kingdom is all about, then we too would desire that more than anything else we could imagine or desire.

Nothing about this Kingdom will ever change, nothing will ever shake its foundation.

Every Word that Jesus has ever spoken has meaning and purpose.  Not one is idle.  Not only the Words, but the order has meaning.  He is a very purposely God.

Often we hear people questioning what the will of God is. 
It is found in His Word.
Once discovered the details will follow in His perfect time.

When praying for myself or others, I often turn to His Word, the Bible and many times pray His Words back to Him.  As I pray the Spirit will enlarge my understanding of what is behind the Words and help me to know what to ask for in prayer.

There are many prayers through the Bible that can used, but just about any verse can be turned into a prayer or praise.

One of the prayers that I love to pray is found in the third chapter of the New Testament Book of Ephesians, verses fourteen through twenty-one:
"For this reason, I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man; so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpassed knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.  Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works with us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever.  Amen:"
Paul the writer of this book had full confidence in Who his God was and what He had done and had promised to do.  In light of this he willingly knelt in submission and adoration before his God.
So do I.

In this confidence Paul prayed for his audience.
So do I.

Our God is the source of all life.
His glory surpasses all the riches that the world could contain from the beginning of time until all comes to an end. 
And it will not fade nor wear out!

That glory is available for each one of us.  It is my prayer that all who read these words and then beyond  would experience His glory.
In His glory we find that the Spirit will lend His power to give us inner strength.  The Message calls it a glorious inner strength
Don't we all need that deep down? 
Don't we all desire that inner strength?

Being open to such ministrations of the Holy Spirit opens us the incredible benefit of Jesus, Precious Jesus dwelling within our hearts.
As we receive this glorious gift we begin to comprehend more and more fully and deeply what true love is and just how much the Living God loves us!
Knowing this love is beyond all knowledge!

It doesn't stop there!

We get to be filled until we are filled to overflowing with the very God we put our faith in!

This God is the One with no limits.
He is able to do so much more than our brains could ever wrap around! 
As the Message says, not in our wildest dreams!

All of this I have prayed for you. 

Papa keeps every single one of the prayers of His saints (believers in the LORD Jesus Christ) under His altar, which happens to be in His glorious Kingdom!
Not one will be lost or discarded!  Our words are of immense value to Him, as we ourselves are too!

I am confident that He will answer my prayer for you.  Look for the answer and more importantly...
Watch for Him!
He and His Kingdom are coming!!

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