Daily Devotional – 6/4/13 “This, then, is how you should pray!”

Now, let me point this out … Everyone is entitled to pray however you’re comfortable with, I’m simply expanding on the word which is found in Matthew 6:9-13. Again, this is only my interpretation or from my point of view. With that being said, the question is now asked “How is the Lord’s Prayer all that I need?” Well, I’m glad you asked. Pray, then, in this way:

Our Father who is in heaven (This is clarifying who you are calling upon to hear your plea because you’re not just calling on any father but you’re requesting the help of the Father in Heaven who is able to see about you in the midst of your trying times; one who can pick you up, dust you off, dry your tears and make your scars be removed and He doesn’t even have to be in the room.) Hallowed be your name (This is letting your Father know that to you His name is sweet among your lips, Holy, Blessed, Respected, Sacred and Sanctified.) Your kingdom come (Requesting for God to send His kingdom down from Heaven because living down here is Hell for I’ve read that in His kingdom there is no dying only living, there is no crying only joy, there is no day of the week because every day is like Sunday, there is no sickness only healing and there is no sorrow only singing, there is no misery only His mercy and there is no I but us!) Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven (You’re asking for God’s will to be done down here because it’s already done up there. God’s will? It’s to acknowledge Him and not be ashamed, love thy brothers & sisters, keep His commandments, to lean not to your understanding but to trust His, to walk right so that your light of God shall shine, to not conform to this mean old world, to study His word and to pull off your past and step into your present.) Give us this day our daily bread (Now, this isn’t physical bread but this is you asking God to feed you on this day with the nourishment you need to go on, for the strength you need to carry your burdens through the storm when it seems like it won’t end, for the energy to go on when it seems like you’re walking alone, for hope when yours seem to be evaporating and for patience when the pain is getting to be too much.) And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors (This isn’t financial debts but this is you asking God to forgive you for the sins that you’ve committed after you’ve forgiven those who sin against you. See, you can’t ask God to forgive you for the hate you’ve had against daddy for leaving when you haven’t forgiven him for leaving. Yea, you have to forgive and forget because if you don’t you still hold on to those feelings every time you think about it. Forgive debts in order for your debt to be forgiven.) And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil (Pause … Temptations come because of our flesh however 1 Corinthians 10:13 says, “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” So, this part of the prayer is praying for your flesh to be strengthened so that you can resist and not led to temptations and delivered from the evil that may have you surrounded. See, you will be tempted because you live in a fleshly body but when you pray to not be led into temptation, God will open your eyes to see evil before it even reaches you. That’s called seeing things through you spiritual eyes because your natural eyes may see things differently.) For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. (For you have dominion, you have all the authority and you have the honor to make this so continually, constantly and always. Amen (expressing agreement to the things you’ve just requested in prayer).” This may not be enough for you but it surely will do!

Published by Pastor LaKisha

LaKisha Johnson is an author of thirty Christian Fiction novels, devotionals and journals. She writes from her heart, as she hopes the messages, on the pages, will relate to every reader.  Ask her and she’ll tell you, ”It’s not just writing, its ministry.” Over the course of her career, she’s won the 2018 Drunken Druid Book of the Year Award for her book, The Forgotten Wife, 2019 Top Shelf Christian Fiction Book of the Year for Dear God: Hear my Prayer, 2020 Distinguished Authors Guild Award for her book, I’m Not Crazy and was a 2020 TopShelf Women’s Fiction Finalist for her book, When the Vows Break. In addition to being a self-published author, she’s also a wife of 22 years, mother of 2, Asst. Pastor of Macedonia MB Church in Hollywood, MS; Sr. Business Analyst with FedEx, Devotional Blogger and more. She’s a college graduate with 2 Associate Degrees in IT and a Bachelor of Science in Bible.   LaKisha writes from the heart, and this is why she doesn’t take the credit for what God does. If you were to strip away everything, you’d see that Lakisha is simply a woman who boldly, unapologetically and gladly loves and works for God.

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