Prayer Teaching 04-07-2013

Our Father Who Art In Heaven.

Over the next several months we are going to talk about the Lord’s prayer and look at each part of it.

When we pray, generally we begin with a time of fellowship with the Lord, honoring Him and adoring Him and worshipping Him because we love Him so much and we are resting in His love for us.  It is a time of coming away from the many demands of the world and spending time in peace and tranquility.  It is a time to enjoy the Lord God’s Presence.

When we are born again, we are born from the sperm of God the Father’s Word, just as surely as Jesus the Word of God was placed in the womb of Mary and became flesh and dwelt among us.

1 Peter 1:23

Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which lives and abides forever.

James 1:17,18, KJV and Amplified Bible

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with Whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

Of His own will He gave us birth as sons by [His] Word of Truth, so that we should be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures [a sample of what He created to be consecrated to Himself].

Luke 1:35,37,38, KJV and Amplified Bible

…The Holy Spirit shall come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you:  therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of you shall be called the Son of God.

For with God nothing is ever impossible and no word from God shall be without power or impossible of fulfillment.

Then Mary said, Behold, I am the handmaiden of the Lord; let it be done to me according to what you have said….

We are born of God.  That is why we use the phrase, “born again.”  We are literally being born again, not of fleshly birth which gave us a human body to live on this earth.  We are being born of the spirit of God, with His Spirit and ours joining together as one.  We are one.  His spiritual DNA is inside us.  His nature is inside us.

Just as we have an earthly father, we also have a spiritual father, Father God, the Great Almighty God.  Wow!  Have you ever really thought about that?  He is our Father.  He chose us to be His own.  We didn’t choose Him originally.  Of course, we make a choice for Him when we accept Jesus as our Savior and receive what He has done for us to become children of God.  But the initiation of our being God’s children was exercised first on His part.  We were in His heart before the foundation of the earth.  What a God!

Ephesians 1:4, KJV and Amplified Bible

God chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy or consecrated and set apart for Him and without blame before Him in love.  He planned in love for us to be adopted as His very own children through Jesus Christ in accordance with the purpose of His will….