Aug 28, 2010

Saturday morning...

There's such a nice crispness in the air this morning...
We've had a 20 degree dip in temperature in the last 48 hours and I can actually feel the change of seasons coming on.
It seems I won't be "willing" fall much longer...


This weekend is all about miracles over at Kadillac Shack...  Go over and read the beautiful story of Colette Gauthier, watch her makeover video and leave a comment.  You will blessed and you will bless others.

My devotional this morning had me in Luke 11:2-4...that portion of scripture where Jesus teaches us to pray.

"Father may your name be kept holy.

May your kingdom come soon.

Give us each day the food we need,

and forgive us our sins,

as we forgive those who sin against us.

And don't let us yield to temptation."

Most Christians have memorized this as the Lord's Prayer at some time in their lives and it has become almost too familiar...we just say the words without thinking about what we're saying.

As God's word can do...
It hit me fresh this morning. 
 It dawned on me that it had been a while since I truly asked God these things...
I couldn't recall the last time I asked to keep His name holy or for His kingdom to come soon.  Jesus asked these things because He knew God intimately and new his omniscience should be revered and kept holy.  He knew God's kingdom as home, so he asked that it come soon...


I don't think I've ever asked God to give me enough food for the day...it's always been there, but today I was reminded that God is the provider of my food.

Oswald Chambers says, "It is not so true that "prayer changes things" as that prayer changes me and I change things.  God has so constituted things that prayer on the basis of Redemption alters the way in which a man looks at things.  Prayer is not a question of altering things externally, but of working wonders in a man's disposition."

Prayer changes how I look at things...
This is so true. 
When I pray I look at the obstacles in my life as being under the watchful supervision of God.  I remember that He is faithful to provide whatever it is I need.  I remember home is in His kingdom and I remember Him as the Creator, capable of anything.  If He is for me than who can stand against me?

Prayer changes relationship with God...It provides an intimacy that is only earned through conversation.

What have you neglected to ask God for lately?  What have you taken for granted that God has continually provided? 

Tell Him today...Not because he doesn't know but because you need to say it.

Have a blessed weekend,
Patty

17 comments:

Mary said...

Hey, we had a 20 degree dip in temps, too! I bet we're semi-neighbors ;) I just read the Oswald Chambers quote about prayer this morning! What a cohinkydink. I do love praying the Lord's Prayer. He about covers it all in it :)

A Busy Single Mom said...

A very thought provoking post! Thank you.

Whidbey Woman said...

Amen, amen!

Becca said...

Thank you Patty, what a lovely reminder. :-)

Virginia said...

What a beautiful post.This is a great topic! We should break down more items we say so routinely like this. Thank you for your insight and thoughts on "Our Lord's Prayer.
Blessings,
Virginia

Christa said...

Thank you Patty for your encouragement in the Lord today. I agree that I take a lot of things for granted that God has given me. I have never been without food, shelter...I just look at those things as what I deserve not as a provision or blessing from God.
Have a wonderful Lord's day tomorrow.

By the way, I'm originally from southern California as well. We just moved to Tennessee two years ago.

Christa

Gayle said...

Love this. The Lord's Prayer is beautiful. I have had to pray for "daily bread," (i.e. God's strength for the day, not necessarily food) more times than I can count.

Blessings to you.

Rebecca said...

What beautiful words directed to us by the Lord my friend. I take far too many things for granted and God has really been working on me to change my ways.

You are blessed. And, you bless others.

Love to you~

Rebecca

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

Beautiful post. Thanks for sharing. Hope you have a wonderful weekend. Love & blessings from NC!

Merana Leigh said...

Beautiful, absolutely beautiful!

Heather Jensen said...

Beautiful post Patty. I am happy for you that is cooled so much. Now send it my way! :)

Kaye Swain - SandwichINK Real Estate Info for the Sandwich Generation said...

What a lovely devotional and such inspirational Bible verses. And YES! I am right there with you in "willing" Autumn to come our way - full of trees in glorious splendor, lovely leaves falling, autumn decorations and wreaths, and fun activities for grandparents and their grandchildren. We can't WAIT! But we will - and rejoice in our precious Lord Who gifts us with this delightful season. :)

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Lovely post Patty, yes, fall is around the corner, we actually had 85 in the evening yesterday, and drop to 75 in the late night, that is pretty cool in the desert!

Pam said...

I love Oswald Chambers. The Lord's Prayer is timeless and such a beautiful prayer. I still find peace when I pray it. God Bless You!

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Good Morning Patty Sweetie...
Thank you for your encouragement in the Lord today sweet friend. We do so take many things for granted. We must all strive to do better. Pray for things directly, not take for granted that they will be there tomorrow or the next day.

The Lords Prayer is timeless and it has still brought me such sadness that it was removed in the school systems. Who would have thought that a day like that would ever come to be? We have taught our childern to share the Lord's prayer with their children before they head off to school each day.

Thank you sweet friend for sharing with me this morning. I am deeply touched.

Please stop by Country Wings In Phoenix, my blog. Guideposts magazine is donating a dollar towards our next miracle makeover for each comment left and I want to make enough for several more makeovers. I know they are out there just waiting to be found.

Country hugs sweet friend, Sherry

Ginger~~Enchanting Cottage said...

Not because he doesn't know but because you need to say it. WOW! This is powerful, I love it.
Thank-you for sharing this with us today.
God Bless,
Ginger

Charlotte said...

Thank you for this insight into the Lord's Prayer. God likes for his children to talk to him just like we like for our children to talk to us.
Blessings,
Charlotte