Let the Spirit of the Lord come down, let the Spirit of the Lord comes down, let the Spirit from heaven comes down let the Spirit of the Lord comes down.// Come lets praise the Lord (Come lets praise the Lord), Come lets praise the Lord (Come lets praise the Lord), He is Jehovah (Tell the world of His faithfulness), He is El-Shaddai (Tell the world of His salvation), Spread the news around (Tell the world of his praise), Come lets praise the Lord (Praise the Lord), Forever and ever my God He is the same, He’ll never Change From eternity to eternity
He’ll be my God, Praise Him!!, Jehovah, Praise Him!!, Jehovah, Praise Him!!,
The Lord of Lords.

Yes! Lord, we are here to worship the creator of all, we bow at your presence, to offer a sacrifice of Praise, of honour, of adoration. Thank You for the moment of Praise in Your presence. Thank You for Your glory that is residence in our heart, thank You for your goodness, favour, grace that You are pouring afresh on us. Glory be to Your Name on high.

Beloved, this is the first praying session in the year 2018, can I hear you Praise the Name of the Lord? We must be deliberate in our worship today, we must maximize this opportunity and get ourselves align with what the Spirit of God is saying more so we have to present our request before the Throne of mercies and receive grace.

Beloved, before now we have teaching on prayers and this year we want improve on what we are already doing so we will be bring so write up, articles that will aid our understanding in prayers. So endeavour to keep in touch in order to ignite our prayer life with fire.

However we will be starting with the disciple by making the request they made from Jesus. ‘Lord, teach us to pray;’

If that is your heart desire then you are in the right place. have to start our year right by going to Jesus to teach us how to pray.

Beloved, the disciples had been with Christ, and seen Him pray. They had learnt to understand something of the connection between His wondrous life in public, and His secret life of prayer. They had learnt to believe in Him as a Master in the art of prayer—none could pray like Him. And so they came to Him with the request, ‘Lord, teach us to pray.’ And in after years they would have told us that there were few things more wonderful or blessed that He taught them than His lessons on prayer.

As we grow in the Christian life, the thought and the faith of the Beloved Master in His never-failing intercession becomes ever more precious, and the hope of being Like Christ in His intercession gains an attractiveness before unknown. And as we see Him pray, and remember that there is none who can pray like Him, and none who can teach like Him, we feel the petition of the disciples, ‘Lord, teach us to pray,’ is just what we need. And as we think how all He is and has, how He Himself is our very own, how He is Himself our life, we feel assured that we have but to ask, and He will be delighted to take us up into closer fellowship with Himself, and teach us to pray even as He prays.

Come, my brothers! Shall we not go to the Blessed Master and ask Him to enrol our names too anew in that school which He always keeps open for those who long to continue their studies in the Divine art of prayer and intercession? Yes, let us this very day say to the Master, as they did of old, ‘Lord, teach us to pray.’ As we meditate, we shall find each word of the petition we bring to be full of meaning.

‘Lord, teach us to pray.’ Yes, to pray. This is what we need to be taught. Though in its beginnings prayer is so simple that the feeblest child can pray, yet it is at the same time the highest and holiest work to which man can rise. It is fellowship with the Unseen and Most Holy One. The powers of the eternal world have been placed at its disposal. It is the very essence of true religion, the channel of all blessings, the secret of power and life. Not only for ourselves, but for others, for the Church, for the world, it is to prayer that God has given the right to take hold of Him and His strength.

It is on prayer that the promises wait for their fulfilment, the kingdom for its coming, the glory of God for its full revelation. And for this blessed work, how slothful and unfit we are. It is only the Spirit of God can enable us to do it aright. How speedily we are deceived into a resting in the form, while the power is wanting.

Our early training, the teaching of the Church, the influence of habit, the stirring of the emotions—how easily these lead to prayer which has no spiritual power, and avails but little. True prayer, that takes hold of God’s strength, that availeth much, to which the gates of heaven are really opened wide—who would not cry, Oh for some one to teach me thus to pray?

Jesus has opened a school, in which He trains His redeemed ones, who specially desire it, to have power in prayer. Shall we not enter it with the petition, Lord! It is just this we need to be taught! O teach us to pray.

Is someone ready to learn how to pray? Beloved, we cannot go far without the chariot wheel with fire, that fire is ignited with prayer.

Beloveth how has been with your prayer life over years? A Ritual or a Relationship? That is why we have to being the year with asking the Lord to “teach how to pray.” let discover more below:

They stopped asking: Where is the Lord

who brought us from the land of Egypt,

who led us through the wilderness.—Jeremiah 2:6

Christianity is an intimate, growing relationship with the person of Jesus Christ. It is not a set of doctrines to believe, habits to practice, or sins to avoid. Every activity God commands is intended to enhance His love relationship with His people.

God designed worship for us to see Him in His glory and to respond appropriately; for many it has degenerated into “religion,” one more meeting to attend out of habit. God established the sacrificial system so that we, His people, could express our love to Him; but we often diminish our gifts to our Lord into futile attempts to appease Him and to pacify our guilty conscience.

God gave us prayer so we could have conversation with Him, but we often distort this by “saying prayers” and hurrying off without ever listening to what is on our Father’s heart. God instituted His commandments as a protection for those He loves, but the commandments can become a pathway to legalism rather than an avenue for a relationship with our Father in which He protects us from harm.

Religious activity apart from fellowship with God is empty ritual. The people of Jeremiah’s day were satisfied to have the ritual without the manifest presence of God. They became so comfortable with their “religion” that they didn’t even notice God’s absence.

Is it possible to pray, to attend a worship service, or to give an offering yet not to experience the presence of God? It certainly is possible! And that has been the sad commentary on many a Christian experience. Don’t settle for a religious life that lacks a vital relationship to Jesus Christ. When God is present, the difference will be obvious.

Yes! When God’s presence is manifested, the difference will be obvious. Yes obvious! So many of us are manifesting ritual in our place of worship. Even when we pray it is just to impress others that we can pray. I believe that all of that is going change as we humble ourselves before the presence of the Most High to be taught how to pray. Praise God!

       “The iniquity of the holy things.” Exodus 28:38      

 

What a veil is lifted up by these words, and what a disclosure is made! It will be humbling and profitable for us to pause awhile and see this sad sight. The iniquities of our public worship, its hypocrisy, formality, lukewarmness, irreverence, wandering of heart and forgetfulness of God, what a full measure have we there!

Our work for the Lord, its emulation, selfishness, carelessness, slackness, unbelief, what a mass of defilement is there! Our private devotions, their laxity, coldness, neglect, sleepiness, and vanity, what a mountain of dead earth is there! If we looked more carefully we should find this iniquity to be far greater than appears at first sight.

Dr. Payson, writing to his brother, says, “My parish, as well as my heart, very much resembles the garden of the sluggard; and what is worse, I find that very many of my desires for the melioration of both, proceed either from pride or vanity or indolence.

I look at the weeds which overspread my garden, and breathe out an earnest wish that they were eradicated. But why? What prompts the wish? It may be that I may walk out and say to myself, ‘In what fine order is my garden kept!’ This is pride. Or, it may be that my neighbours may look over the wall and say, ‘How finely your garden flourishes!’ This is vanity. Or I may wish for the destruction of the weeds, because I am weary of pulling them up. This is indolence.”

So that even our desires after holiness may be polluted by ill motives. Under the greenest sods worms hide themselves; we need not look long to discover them. How cheering is the thought, that when the High Priest bore the iniquity of the holy things he wore upon his brow the words, “Holiness to the Lord:” and even so while Jesus bears our sin, He presents before His Father’s face not our unholiness, but his own holiness.

O for grace to view our great High Priest by the eye of faith!

Beloved, I will conclude on this note 1Jn 1:3- what we have seen and heard we also declare to you, so that you may have fellowship along with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.

Let our prayer life cease to be ritual henceforth rather let’s develop a relationship with God that will create for communication even after we have left the place of prayer.

Praise the Lord someone. We are going places this year. Our lives must be exemplify and experience what the Lord has promised. Glory be to Him alone on high. Pray and be bless. God is always near to us and will hear us when we call on Him. Have you considered  fasting and prayer as a way of ushering the victorious living?

Praise the Name of the Lord forever and ever.

Remain ever blessed in the Lord.

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IFEOMA OHONDU is the founder of the MattersoftheHeart foundation, a platform where issues affecting our everyday life are discussed and where necessary proffer solution. She is part of the end time army, who will not break their rank to fulfill the urgent call of God upon her life by declaring His word to the helpless, the doubting, the comfortless and the dying world. The world will experience great restoration and healing in the Word of God through her ministration. She is a voice to emphasize key spiritual truth about Faith, Healing and Encouragement.