Christ continued: “Give us this day our daily bread”. One of the Names of God is JEHOVAH-JIREH: "The Lord will Provide." . This name jireh can be interpreted as; to see, provide or fore see. It should always be to the back of our minds when we call on Heaven that we are calling on a God that provides; always on the right time and adequate enough to keep us alive. Because He is also known as EL ROI: "God of Seeing" (Gen. 16:13)”; who sees our every movement far ahead ; He is in the best place to determine our needs. He watches us as a hen watches over her chicks. But I want to join David in the bible who describes Him far better than I will ever be able to do. He described Him like this “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want”. Yes SHEPHERD: Psa. (23, 79:13, 95:7, 80:1, 100:3; Gen. 49:24; Isa. 40:11). When God is your Shepherd, He is responsible for your daily bread. He is responsible to provide a means in those times when we feel we are lost, walking that last mile in life and sees no light. However this is a two way street as I noted above; you have to be open when speaking to Him. When we are weak with worry and can’t seems to know the right direction ; the Shepherd/ provider can be JEHOVAH-SHAMMAH: "The Lord is There" (Ezek. 48:35). Yes right next to you ready to assist if you believe and take His hands. Give Him the chance to be EYALUTH: "Strength" Psa. 22:19. There are many times in life when we need extra strength to move forward. Nothing can equal the strength of our God if we believe and call upon Him during those dark hours. When you ask Him about your daily bread it includes the means by which you are getting that daily bread. It covers His giving you children and caring for them. It covers those times when you are happy, sad, working, jobless, have a wonderful home, homeless, any day, any situation you find yourself in during this walk. Give it to Him directly and let Him be the shield that covers you when the journey of life turns sour and friends are running away from you; families avoiding your calls and fingers pointing at you. He can provide your daily bread in those times. It is written: “Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee. Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table. Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the LORD. The LORD shall bless thee out of Zion: and thou shalt see the good of Jerusalem all the days of thy life. Yea, thou shalt see thy children's children, and peace upon Israel. Who humbleth himself to behold the things that are in heaven, and in the earth! He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth the needy out of the dunghill; That he may set him with princes, even with the princes of his people. He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the LORD. The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. Who covereth the heaven with clouds, who prepareth rain for the earth, who maketh grass to grow upon the mountains. He giveth to the beast his food, and to the young ravens which cry. For he hath strengthened the bars of thy gates; he hath blessed thy children within thee. He maketh peace in thy borders, and filleth thee with the finest of the wheat.For the seed shall be prosperous; the vine shall give her fruit, and the ground shall give her increase, and the heavens shall give their dew; and I will cause the remnant of this people to possess all these things. Ask ye of the LORD rain in the time of the latter rain; so the LORD shall make bright clouds, and give them showers of rain, to every one grass in the field”. (Psa.127:1; 128:2-8; 113:6-9; 145:8;147:8,9,13,14; Zech. 8:12;10:1) Yes all you have to do is to ask and you shall not lack. He is ready to provide for you.
Christ continued. “And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.” This is one of the most difficult parts of this prayer for many people. It is the part that blocks most of our prayers from Heaven. Many of us claimed to be in Christ and covered with His blood but it is a known impediment because of our hard hearts. This part of this prayer has a blessing and a curse. ‘Forgive me LORD if I have the heart to forgive my friends’. Now we must bear in mind that sin divides us from God and in order to reclaim His blessings we need His mercy but His one rule is that if you must obtain His mercy, you must also forgive those who hurt you. This does not mean those people will go unpunished; no, never; for it is written “Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good, But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven: Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him. And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses”.(Rom. 12:14,17,19,21; Lk. 6:35-37; 17:3,4;Mk.11:25) This has been a major obstacle that have block many prayers today. Many pray with anger in their hearts and unforgiving sins that have been nurture for days, months or years. Christ in this pray model is implying that under no circumstance can such persons be free of sin; because once you are a part of the family of the Kingdom of God ; you must adhere to the rules of the Kingdom. Because it is so difficult to do; God looks with favour upon those who does this and answer their prayers.
Christ continued: “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil”. Temptation entered the world not through God but through the deceiver ;from the very beginning of the world. “Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat”. Someone asked me before; why didn’t God stop Eve before she ate the fruit? Why did God have to put the tree there? First of all the tree was not the only special tree in the garden. There was also the tree of life in that garden. As they were pure they could eat of it until they were mature enough in the sight of God. God issue the warning as He welcome them in the garden. That is just the same as it today; for many have the word of God as a guide but want God to come and personally tell them. Many continue to dodge around it until it is too late. God does not lead you into temptation and never allows you to walk into one you can not handle if you try. Eve could have said no and Satan would not force her to eat it. It has no power to force her. Everyday we meet this same situation in our lives and many times we fall because of our inability to resist the Devil with the weapon or guidelines God has given us in His word. How Can He who created you want to destroy you through tempting you to go wrong? How can a pure Holy God lead you to do impure and unholy things? One of the names of God is KANNA: "Jealous" (zealous). Ex. 20:5, 34:14; Deut. 5:9; Isa. 9:7; Zech. 1:14, 8:2. Because God is jealous over His creation He always protects them. It is written: “He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake”
He always led you to the right places but sometimes we chose the wrong direction. Many times when I read the story of the lost sheep in the Bible; I see a loving Shepherd but a selfish, greedy, proud, arrogant little sheep ,who went astray because even though the Shepherd lead it to green grass; it selfishly decided to go its own direction where it would eat alone and have more than the others. So the little sheep like us today yielded to the temptations of fresher grass, that it could eat alone and got lost probably falling into a hole. Now I don’t have problem with the Master restoring it; but with the fact remains that while the Master was in search of it , any wild animal could fall among the rest of the flock and lives would have been lost because of a greedy,selfish sheep. Who lead it into temptation? That is why Christ says when you pray remember to ask Him to help you avoid temptation; but, if you fall; to deliver you, like the Shepherd did. Delivering you is not limited to only you falling but also to those powers and principalities of darkness, enemies laying traps in your path, and unfavourable life situations. David speaking about this: noted that when you are a member of the Kingdom of God you can rely on Him to deliver you anytime, anyplace in any situation. He noted this about our God called PALET: "Deliverer" Psa. 18:2.; ZUR: "God our Rock" Deut. 32:18; Isa. 30:29.
; EYALUTH: "Strength" Psa. 22:19; MAGEN: "Shield" Psa. 3:3, 18:30. ; JEHOVAH-SABAOTH: "The Lord of Hosts" The commander of the angelic host and the armies of God. Isa. 1:24; Psa. 46:7, 11; 2 Kings 3:9-12; Jer. 11:20 (NT: Rom. 9:29; James 5:4, Rev. 19: 11-16.
________________________________________ ;and JEHOVAH-ROHI: "The Lord Our Shepherd" Psa. 23, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over” God is big enough to deliver from any and every situation; therefore Christ noted that when we pray we should always remember to note this factor.
Christ concluded His prayer model like this:” For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen”. We are to never forget that our God is the owner of the Kingdom and we bow to none else. He is MELEKH: "King" Psa. 5:2, 29:10, 44:4, 47:6-8, 48:2, 68:24, 74:12, 95:3, 97:1, 99:4, 146:10; Isa. 5:1, 5, 41:21, 43:15, 44:6; 52:7, 52:10. We are to note and repeat our allegiance each time we pray before we slip. God power is limitless as I have try to prove from few of the attributes associated with His names. Yes we can proudly boast of His Supreme Power of faithfulness, Fatherhood, Glory, Goodness, Grace, Guidance, Holiness, of being Immutable, of being Impartial, Incomprehensible, infinite, Jealousy, He is our Judge and His Justice, Our King, God of knowledge, longsuffering, His Mercy, Omnipotent, Omnipresent, Omniscient, Perfection; Personality, Power, Providence of God, Overruling Interpositions, His Mysteriousness, His Righteousness, Our Saviour, Sovereignty, Spirit, His Truth , Ubiquitous, Unchangeable, Unity , Unsearchable, His Voice, His Works, His Wisdom.
I want you to remember that it is only He who name is too sacred to pronounce can answer our prayers if we follow the path He has laid down for us. We must recognize that He is our only Father (collectively); direct our prayers to Him alone in Heaven; Praise, Glorified ,and honour him for His Holiness each time we pray; We are to be members of His Kingdom in order to regain our lost privileges; We are to believe and have faith to trust the results He gives to our prayers; Seek Him for our daily resources; and forgive each other in order to be forgiven, ask Him to direct the path you walk on in this life and to fight your battles ;spiritually and physically; and just close with praising Him for being the only, everlasting King of the Kingdom of which you are a subject, honouring Him for His Power immeasurable and unlimited, giving Him glory along with all creatures on earth and in Heaven. If you can follow this simple guideline given to us by Christ Himself; nothing will stop your prayers.
As we step into 2010; what will your resolution be? Will it come to pass? Who do you want to guide you in 2010? No more you have any excuse for your prayers not being answer by God. You now know what to do. If you do it right; God will always be with you, for it is His desire to walk by you and guide you.
I wish all members of the Kingdom of God a Happy and prosperous New Year in the Lord and encourage those who have not yet cross over to the Lord’s side to come over in 2010 and regain their lost inheritance from the Lord. I will be fasting and praying for the entire month of January to celebrate life and bow with submission; surrendering my entire being to my God once more. Join me or send your personal prayer request (even though my advice would be to talk to the Father for yourself).
The year 2009 was a very difficult one. But I thank God for those who love for God kept this Ministry alive. I encourage you to partner with me and together we can get the message out to the entire world in every language of the earth.
1. We need perfect interpreters because online interpretations are bad.
2. We need the means to visit other Ministry to impart the Word of God and help rewind those gone astray.
3. We want my messages in every magazine willing to publish it
4. And we need funds to meet our monthly bills.
5. We need a Web Site for the various branches of our online Ministry.
6. Most of all we need you prayers and criticism, questions etc.
If you desire help please write to: Bishop Steven Liberty
ACCOUNT NO. 01001523306014

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