Wednesday, 24 June 2009

The 1 Minute Prayer

1Thessalonians 5:17 pray without ceasing

What could you pray for in just 1 minute? In Second Corinthians 1:11, Paul urges his supporters to help him by praying. In so doing, he tells them, they will be participating in the spread of thanksgiving to God and His blessings. We're all too busy at times. All too often we're too . . . (sorry something came up while I was writing this sentence) . . . distracted. This makes praying difficult. My most effective praying when I can get away from my distractions. But could take the occasional 1 minute to pray throughout our days?

The prayer Jesus taught His disciples to pray can be uttered in under 1 minute. It is often called the model prayer. If you think about its amazing potency to glorify God, petition God, cleanse the soul and calibrate the heart back onto God, it's even more profound. The next you pray it, you might like to take a full minute to consider just how magnificent it is.

Our Father we have a relationship with God! And please note "we" and especially note: "our". In the middle of the word Christianity is a cross "t", but in the middle of sin is the letter "I". To live for yourself just means ensuring that " I " is always in the middle of everything we do. But to live for God our Father (Christianity) means we live with and for others- this requires a cross.

Hallowed be Your Name Praise is an essential element to our relationship with God .

Your Kingdom Come The Kingdom of God is within the hearts of those He saves. We need to always ask God to save others so that His Kingdom is extended.

Your Will Be Done The need for us to be surrendered to God every time we pray.

Give Us This Day, Our Daily Bread It is not wrong to ask God to meet your needs - in fact, it is a mark of our dependence upon Him and as He meets our needs He is glorified.

Lead Us Not Into Temptation We should hate sin and plead with God to keep us even from the temptation to sin.

Yours Is The Glory Our praying, as with our lives, is to glorify God.

Go ahead, take the 1 minute prayer challenge.

Amen.

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