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What is the Power of Jesus?

What is the Power of Jesus?

by Janis Cox

Lord's Prayer in greek in the Pater Noster Cha...

When I was younger I did not fully understand Who Jesus is. I remember one thing that stood out from attending church in those years  – as our minister said the Lord’s Prayer he emphasized the word “power” in the last words of the prayer.

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever (Matthew 6:13, KJV). [the emphasis is mine]

My minister would always accentuate that word – POWER. As he did that I felt something – yes I knew that this was an important fact. But I didn’t understand it. I didn’t understand it until I understood Who Jesus is.

It took another twenty-five years for me to ask and for Jesus to reveal Himself to me. And He showed me His Power. And He keeps showing me His Power.

Now I understand. Now I realize what God did on the Cross through the death of His Son.

God brought His power to earth by Jesus’ death & resurrection & the release of the Holy Spirit. (tweetable)

God’s Power is here – now. That is why we see miracles. That is why we have strength in our weakest moments. That is why we can have joy in our saddest times.

This is the Power of God, through Jesus and through the Holy Spirit.  Love, hope and faith – all wound up in One.

Jesus is our Connector to God.

When we preach the Cross, the energy of God is released (Oswald Chambers, November 25).

If you’re going to blow a horn, blow a trumpet for God (1 Corinthians 1:31, The Message).

So let us continue to pray in His Name – the Author and Perfecter of our faith.

Prayer:

Father, oh we so want to think we can do it. We apologize for such “stinking” thinking. Instead we reach out and call on Your Name and Your power to be here in our world. We thank You, Jesus, Who let the Power of the Holy Spirit be unleashed here on earth. Come, Lord Jesus, come. We pray as always in Your Name, Jesus. AMEN.

Janis Cox

Janis Cox - Author and Illustrator

Janis, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. A writer since 2003, Janis co-ordinates a group blog called Under the Cover of Prayer. She is also a contributor to a group blog called Family and Faith Matters.

Janis is the author of the award winning children’s book, Tadeo Turtle, published by Word Alive Press. She is the author and watercolour illustrator. For more information visit Janis on her website He Cares for You. She is a member of The Word Guild andInscribe Writers Fellowship.

HOW CAN I K.I.S.S. TO PRAY?

How Can I K.I.S.S. to Pray?

by Janis Cox

K.I.S.S.

Last week I said I struggled in my prayer life. After reading Margaret’s chapter on prayer in Wonderstruck I decided to try the 3 word prayers.

Powerful words. Passionate Words. Exciting Words

Here are some of my 3 word prayers from this week:

          • show me wonder
          • open big doors
          • keep me focussed
          • give me strength
          • help me pray
          • I adore You

I think that I need to keep the K.I.S.S. theory for my prayers:

Keep
It
Simply
Short

In Scripture we read that Jesus said not to babble or make long prayers.

“When you pray, don’t babble on and on as people of other religions do. They think their prayers are answered merely by repeating their words again and again” (Matthew 6:7, NLT)

Instead if we look at Jesus’ prayers we can see that each word holds meaning.

Looking at the first section of the Lord’s Prayer:

Found in Luke 11:2 in the New Living Translation:

“Father, may your name be kept holy.
May your Kingdom come soon.”

It is about God’s goodness and grandeur; and I wanted to sing two songs:

Lord Reign in Me by Benton Brown

Refiner’s Fire by Brian Doerksen

Janis Cox

Janis Cox - Author and Illustrator

Janis, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. She has published two devotionals and a number of articles for magazines and a Bible study. She is owner of Under the Cover of Prayer and moderates the site. She is also a contributor to a group blog called Family and Faith Matters. Janis has completed a children’s book called Tadeo Turtle. She is the author and watercolour illustrator. Word Alive has published Tadeo Turtle. See more information at Janis’s Website.

HOW CAN PRAYER SUSTAIN US?

Prayer Sustains Us

by Judith Lawrence

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“Prayer is your way through darkness, prayer is your way into the light, prayer is your way into the field of grace. … Prayer is your way to God.” Entering the Castle Page 108, Caroline Myss.

Those of us who pray on a regular basis know the power and support that prayer brings into our lives. Without this prayer power we would not be able to get through the many difficulties with which we are confronted every day. As well as that, the many joys and benefits that we receive daily from God would have less impact on us without being able to give our thanks and praise to God through spontaneous prayer.

We first learn to pray by rote. We learn the Lord’s Prayer, grace at mealtimes, the night prayers for sleep, and the morning prayers for a blessing on a new day. These prayers bring us into the habit of praying to God and gradually bring us into an ongoing conversation and relationship with God throughout the day.

If we have not, as yet, cultivated an attitude of prayer as we go through our day, our rote prayers have somehow missed the mark.

Prayers said and repeated by rote are good; rote prayers that bring us ever deeper into a loving relationship with God sustain us and bring us through our dark times into the light; they lead us to praise God at all times and in all circumstances.

Prayer is our way to God.

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Judith Lawrence

Judith Lawrence lives in Muskoka, Ontario, a land of lakes, forests, and wildlife. She began to write seriously when she was in her fifties and has written three non-fiction spiritual books. Judith has also written a book of mystical poetry and one of short stories; she writes a weekly blog about contemplation and records a podcast meditation monthly.

KEEP IT SIMPLE

Keep it Simple

by Jan Cox

I chided myself that my prayers weren’t full enough; weren’t organized enough; that I forgot people.

STOP!

Do I make too much of this “prayer” focus? Yes. That was my question to myself. We talk on this blog about methods of prayer. And yes, I have tried them. And I have left them, too.

We go through seasons, I think. At the moment I feel overwhelmed with prayer requests. They seem to be coming at me from all directions.

HOLD ON ONE MINUTE – BREATHE!

Let the Holy Spirit guide me.

I read Matthew 6:7  from The Message:

“The world is full of so-called prayer warriors who are prayer-ignorant. They’re full of formulas and programs and advice, peddling techniques for getting what you want from God”.

That is not what I want. I don’t want a pat formula. I am seeking a relationship with God. And Jesus continues speaking about prayer:

“Don’t fall for that nonsense. This is your Father you are dealing with, and he knows better than you what you need” (Matthew 6:8 The Message).

I NEED to talk to God – simply that. And then Jesus’ prayer continues:

“Our Father in heaven,
Reveal who you are.
Set the world right;
Do what’s best— as above, so below.
Keep us alive with three square meals.
Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others.
Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil.
You’re in charge!
You can do anything you want!
You’re ablaze in beauty!
Yes. Yes. Yes (Matthew 6:9-13 The Message).

“In prayer there is a connection between what God does and what you do” (Matthew 6:14 The Message).

Am I doing my part? That is what I need to ask myself.

Today I learned that talking out my concerns for others – no matter how I do it – as long as I release them to God – is enough.

Keep it simple, Jan, and that will be good enough for God. But KEEP PRAYING.

I remember:

“Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil” (From the Lord’s prayer – The Message).

Don’t over think this. Just do what comes naturally. God is teaching me. Speak to Him what is on my heart. That is GOOD ENOUGH for God and should be GOOD ENOUGH for me.

Prayer:

Lord, I need to remember to keep it simple. I must remember not to get focused on the how-to but on the actual doing of “prayer”. Help me learn to talk to you from my heart. In Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN.

My Gratitude List for this week. Counting to 2000. I am at 1280.

  • early morning sunshine in Arizona
  • quiet moments at 6am with tea and my Bible
  • last full day in Arizona – it’s been an interesting winter but have counted many blessings
  • being ready – packed, cleaned and closed up
  • great discussion at last Bible study on the second SEED – Enough – is God enough (relates to this post)
  • last rays of Arizona sunshine – soaking it up at the pool

Soaking up last rays of sunshine

  • terrific on time (well all most on time ) for Air Canada flight home
  • great sunny warm weather welcoming us on our arrival
  • slept well
  • cuddled new grandbaby next morning

Cuddling Grandson

  • good drive back home – we all fit in the car including Snowball
  • watching Snowball watching our grandson – well actually trying to play with him

Snowball kissing grandson.

  • water connected – only 1 glitch – I don’t know my hot from my cold – sorry honey
  • patient hubby who didn’t get mad about the mix up although I do get teased
  • energy to grocery shop twice and fill those empty cupboards and fridge
  • friend who vacuumed up flies and wasps and turned up the heat before we got home
  • preparing for baby shower for the Pregnancy Care Centre
  • our truck started and ran well
  • grandbaby so good
  • middle daughter offered a job close to home – gives her so much more time
  • lovely shower for the Pregnancy Centre
  • grandbaby was so good and such a great one to cuddle
  • energy
  • watching grandson enjoy his bath
  • balloons so festive

Balloons to celebrate.

  • hugging friends
  • successful drive back to Barrie – got lots done
  • sunshine in Ontario but only 2 degrees Celsius
  • listening to The Message on my IPOD
  • SNOWFALL in April – actually pretty

Snow in April

  • have to return our new TV to Costco – cracked screen – stayed calm
  • making chili in the slow cooker at 6 am
  • getting back into a routine – but still a little jet-lagged
  • following Dave Ramsey’s advice (manage God’s money carefully) and so negotiate and get deals
  • baby grandson found his hands – fascinated by them – who needs toys?

  • energy to do lots of paperwork (Write! Canada, bills, subdivision association)
  • taxes are done – thanks to hubby
  • lots of gifts from the shower to give the Pregnancy Centre
  • meeting neighbours on our walk
  • new used bunk beds for our grandchildren (our family is growing)
  • meeting and working with a friend
  • sunny day for Wayne to drive back to Barrie to exchange the TV
  • our new TV is lifted in and set up – thanks to a friend

 

Jan Cox

Jan, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. She has published two devotionals and a number of articles for magazines and a Bible study. She is owner of Under the Cover of Prayer and moderates the site. She also writes at A Better Way. Jan is working on a couple children’s books in which she is also the watercolour illustrator.

FOUNDATIONAL PRAYERS

Foundational Prayers

by Jan Cox

When I am at peace, resting in the Word of God, prayer comes easily. My brain and my heart engage together. I can do my daily prayers, my breath prayers and use all interruptions to speak to God.

However, when a crisis happens, I am ill or I am stressed from taking too much on, my brain and heart do not work well together. I feel at a loss and my prayer life falls apart. I then rely on others to pray for me.

This is not always true as sometimes real prayers from the heart emerge in times of deep suffering and stress.

However for the most part during these empty times I miss the Spirit that strengthens and heals me.

One solution that I have found to help me is foundational prayers.These words said as prayers can hold me up during these drought periods.

One is the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13 KJV) the other is the 23rd Psalm (Psalm 23 KJV). These have become my solid footing in time of need.

Having committed them to memory a long time ago, they can flow freely from my heart without my brain being fully engaged.

Do you have foundational prayers?

Even though I have comments disabled I love to hear from my readers. So feel free to email me anytime at Under the Cover of Prayer.

My Gratitude List for the Week.

63. Two ducks in the garden treading carefully over the stones

64. Friends waiting for me at home

65. Family waiting for me at home

66. Quiet mornings with God

67. A friend seeking Christ

68. Walking in the sunshine with my husband and our dog, Snowball

69. Eating bananas – I love bananas

Prayer:

Thank You, Father, for your Word that is filled with the truth. We are grateful that Your words can fill us with peace, stir our hearts and challenge our minds. Continue to instill in us a desire to know You more. In Jesus’ name. AMEN