Sabbath Greetings Brethren,
One day the disciples saw Jesus praying off in the distance and when Jesus had finished one of them asked “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples”. Jesus replied by reciting for them an outline of how they should pray and the kinds of things that they should pray for. This prayer became known as “the Lord’s Prayer” for Jesus said: “After this manner therefore pray ye...” (Matthew 6:9)
Luke 11:1 And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples. 11:2 And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. 11:3 Give us day by day our daily bread.
We can view Jesus’ instruction as an example of how we are to pray and what kinds of things we can ask God for. This outline prayer is recorded in Matthew 6:9-13 and Luke 11:2-4.
Jesus taught His disciples that they are to direct their prayers to their heavenly Father when they pray and to give Him honor and praise first before making their petitions. When we pray “hallowed be thy name” it is saying that we give glory to God and to all that He is and all that His name stands for. We acknowledge who the true God is, that He is our Lord, and that only He is to be worshiped and magnified. We also realize that it is God’s holiness that embodies His greatness and we acknowledge that we are coming before a Great and Holy God!
So giving honor to God at the beginning of our prayer is acknowledging Him as our true Father and that we know and adore Him just as if we were in a father/child relationship with Him, for truly that is exactly what it is, but on a more higher spiritual plane.
God wants us to honor and respect Him and to give Him our devotion, but He also wants us to see Him in this very special light; as our Abba, Father, just as Christ viewed Him as His Abba, Father, and the apostle Paul did too.
Mark 14:36 And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.
Romans 8:15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
Galatians 4:6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
The Greek word for Father is Abbá (Strong’s #5) and means: “Father”, also used as the term of tender endearment by a beloved child – i.e. in an affectionate, dependent relationship with their father; “daddy,” “papa.” (HELPS Word-studies)
At the last Passover when Jesus went off into the garden to pray to His Father, He prayed that His disciples would KNOW the only true God, and the Son whom the Father had sent; and that prayer is for all the disciples that would come after as well.
John 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
After giving homage to our Father when we pray, Jesus says to then pray for God’s Kingdom to come and that God’s will would be done on earth just as it is done in heaven; and then Jesus added that we are to ask God for our daily bread. In the Gospel of Luke Jesus says, “Give us day by day our daily bread.” and in Matthew 6:11 He puts it in slightly different terms: “Give us this day our daily bread”.
Luke 11:3 Give us day by day our daily bread.
By calling sometime that means “food” our “daily bread” it may be that Jesus was alluding to the daily manna that God rained down for the children of Israel in the wilderness on their journey to the Promised Land. The most important aspect of “our Daily Bread” is that it is a reference to a daily partaking of the pure unleavened bread of the Word of God
In the rest of the prayer Jesus shows that we are to also pray for forgiveness and that God would lead us away from temptation and deliver us from evil.
Luke 11:4 And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.
(This week we want to focus on asking God for our daily bread and we will focus on the other requests in the Lord’s outline prayer in our next article.)
Luke 11 and verse 3 is the only part of the prayer that seems to be a request to the Father to fulfill a physical need; the most obvious meaning of this request is that God would sustain us physically on a day to day basis if we ask Him.
All the other requests are for spiritual provision such as forgiveness; God’s help to keep us from temptation; and for God to deliver us from the forces of evil.
But is there another meaning to “bread” when Jesus tells us to ask the Father for our daily bread? Is this request only for physical bread that we need each day, the bread that we put in our mouths to nourish our bodies?
The literal meaning of bread (or our food) is probably one aspect of this request for bread, for we know we are to turn to God for all the physical things we need as well as the spiritual, for He tells us throughout His Word that He is our Provider.
We are to acknowledge God as our provider and in this model prayer we show that we look to Him first to meet our daily needs. This does not mean that we expect God to literally rain down manna on us but that we understand that it is God who is our Lord who blesses our work and provides for all of our needs; and having faith that He may at times meet our needs through divine intervention.
Luke 11:5 And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves; 11:6 For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him? 11:7 And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee. 11:8 I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity (his persistance) he will rise and give him as many as he needeth. 11:9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. 11:10 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
One of God’s names is Yahweh Jireh, the Ever-Living One, our Provider. (Strong’s #3070)
Genesis 22:14 And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh [the Lord will provide]: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the Lord it shall be seen.
We know that God promises that He will supply all our needs: the physical things that we need for our daily living as well as the things that we need to help us to grow and develop spiritually.
The Bible often uses vivid metaphors of the physical to depict meanings that are to be applied spiritually. The basic theme of Luke 11 shows that Jesus had mostly the spiritual idea of what bread meant on His mind. At the conclusion of His parable which speaks of a child asking for food (i.e. bread, a fish), Jesus tells us that the Father will likewise give His Spirit to those who ask Him for it.
Luke 11:11 If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? 11:12 Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? 11:13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?
“Bread” is a powerful metaphor of God’s provision for His people throughout the Bible. We read of how God provided for the needs of His people, the children of Israel, when they were in the wilderness after their exodus from Egypt. When the Israelites came out of Egypt they soon discovered that life in the wilderness was very difficult and nothing at all like they had expected; and soon the people began to complain that it would be better to be back in Egypt, where they had a bounty of good food to eat. In response to these complaints, God told Moses to tell the Israelites that he would “rain bread from heaven” down on them (Exodus 16:4).
The next morning, when the dew lifted, there remained behind on the ground “a small round substance, as fine as frost… . It was like white coriander seed, and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey” In the wilderness when God miraculously fed His people from heaven, He did so by giving them His life-giving manna; a sweet-tasting and nutritious form of bread.
Requesting daily bread is not only about physical provision but it can also refer to asking God to provide for our other needs as well.
And in Matthew 7:7 Jesus says, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 7:8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. 7:9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? 7:10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? 7:11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?
Good and godly parents provide for their children the things that they need to sustain them and help them to grow and thrive not only for physical life, but also for their emotional and spiritual needs as well. Godly and faithful parents will do all they can to help equip their children in becoming responsible and godly adults; but will also provide for them with whatever is necessary to ensure that they will eventually become members of God’s eternal family. We absolutely know that the Father is the giver of good gifts and that He is a GOOD Father.
James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
Luke 12:24 Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls?
Romans 8:32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
In Matthew 6:25-33, just after instructing His followers how to pray, Jesus then turned His attention to the human tendency to be anxious over the physical things of life. Jesus tells His followers to not be overly anxious about the things that we need for the body, and He assures us that He will provide the physical things IF we are seeking Him and His righteousness as our top priority in life.
Matthew 6:25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? 6:26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
What is the other “bread” that Jesus wants us to ask our heavenly Father for that is far more important than our daily food? The Bible calls it the “bread of life” and explains that Jesus is that Bread of Life.
John 6:35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
We learn from Jesus in the book of John, that the physical manna with which God fed the Israelites while they journeyed through the wilderness was symbolic of Christ, the Living Bread of Life.
John 6:49 Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. 6:50 This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. 6:51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.
The account of God providing manna for the Israelites is in Exodus 16.
Exodus 16:4 Then said the Lord unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no.
Exodus 16:14 And when the dew that lay was gone up, behold, upon the face of the wilderness there lay a small round thing, as small as the hoar frost on the ground.
16:15 And when the children of Israel saw it, they said one to another, It is manna: for they wist not what it was. And Moses said unto them, This is the bread which the Lord hath given you to eat.
16:16 This is the thing which the Lord hath commanded, Gather of it every man according to his eating, an omer for every man, according to the number of your persons; take ye every man for them which are in his tents.
16:17 And the children of Israel did so, and gathered, some more, some less.
16:18 And when they did mete it with an omer, he that gathered much had nothing over, and he that gathered little had no lack; they gathered every man according to his eating.
16:19 And Moses said, Let no man leave of it till the morning.
16:20 Notwithstanding they hearkened not unto Moses; but some of them left of it until the morning, and it bred worms, and stank: and Moses was wroth with them.
16:21 And they gathered it every morning, every man according to his eating: and when the sun waxed hot, it melted.
The story of how the Israelite’s were provided with the daily manna is an analogy of the spiritual bread that God provides for His spiritual children. That bread is Christ, and all of His words which contain all of His teachings; we must abide with Christ and partake of His Word on a regular daily basis in order to thrive and grow spiritually. It is this kind of spiritual bread that leads to life and will keep His people from dying the spiritual death.
Continuing in the analogy of the the daily manna; when God provided Israel with the manna, it was not just handed to them, they had an important part to play in procuring their allotment each morning before the sun grew hot. They had to rise up early and actually go out and gather it in order to receive their daily food.
They were required to rise early in the morning and gather their daily amount before the heat of the day when the sun would melt it away. If they did not go out and gather it when it was available, they and their children would go hungry for that day, and if it were a preparation day for the Sabbath, they would be without food for the Sabbath day as well.
As Christ’s disciples it is vitally important that we rise early and start our day by honoring God and giving Him thanks before all the business and commotion of our day begins. We can ask Him for the physical things that we need, but also ask Him along the spiritual as well and to send our daily portion of the Bread of Life which is Christ and His Word. When we begin our day each day with the spiritual food He provides, that is one way He can guide us to live godly lives. God’s Word will give us wisdom that will direct us away from temptation and will provide us with protection. Without the indwelling of Christ through God’s Holy Spirit, there is no spiritual life in us and without a continuous filling of the Holy Spirit we would be no match for the forces of darkness and their schemes against us.
John 6:53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. 6:54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. 6:55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. 6:56 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. 6:57 As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. 6:58 This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.
Why is it important that we ask our heavenly Father each and every day to give us our daily allotment of the bread of life? It is important because we need spiritual nourishment even more than we need physical nourishment. Yes, we all need to take in physical food, but just as Jesus taught in Matthew 6:25-26, that should not be our total and most important concern. Our main concern should be to stay in a close intimate relationship with our heavenly Father and to feed on what He wants to feed us with, in the way of spiritual nourishment, and with what God thinks we need for that day.
The spiritual daily bread that He supplies, (if we keep on asking for it and seeking it) is what will keep us spiritually nourished and we will be led to grow in grace and in more and more knowledge if we keep feeding our minds with the Word of Life and seek God’s presence and His will for us in our day to day walk with Him.
If we do not actively pursue God and seek to learn of Him and His ways on a continuous basis, we are like a boat without an anchor and the waves of the sea or lake take it out further and further with each new wave. If we allow ourselves to drift away, neglecting to seek Him first thing each day and taking in the spiritual food that He has planned for us, we, too, will eventually find ourselves far away from Him; and the cares and pulls of this present world will draw us and distract us and we will lose our focus on God and His truth.
Just as we would starve and shrivel up and eventually die if we do not take in physical food, so, too, we will shrivel up and die spiritually (and ultimately forfeit our eternal inheritance) if we do not take in God’s Word on a continuous basis.
Hebrews 2:1 Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.
God loves us and does not want us to drift away from Him, so He will try to get our attention back where it should be (on Him and His righteousness) through warnings, trials, or other circumstances. But ultimately it is up to us to not let that happen, but rather to keep asking, seeking, and knocking for more of Him and of His Holy Spirit. Without God’s Spirit guiding us and empowering us, we are trying to live and overcome in our own power and we will fail.
John 5:30 I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.
That is why Jesus in His outline prayer tells us to ask for our daily bread, and in another place He tells us why it is so important that we do so.
Matthew 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
Jesus provided us with His own example when He was here on earth in the flesh, of rising early and going out to a deserted place to pray to His Father; and when confronted by the devil to sin against God, the first thing Jesus quoted was from Deuteronomy.
This concept came to Jesus’ mind as soon as He heard the words come out of Satan’s mouth when he tempted Him to change the stones into bread. This is where Jesus quoted from:
Deuteronomy 8:33 And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live.
The Bible uses the word “bread” to mean “that which is taken into the body and provides nourishment.” It can be applied in two ways, either physically or spiritually. Jesus tells us to take into our hearts on a daily basis the kind of bread that only our heavenly Father can provide, but we must ask for it and seek for it (just as the Israelites went out and gathered the manna six days a week) with all our hearts. In this way we show that we are serious about our calling, that we do hunger and thirst for God’s way of living, and that we truly do want to be nourished with the Words of Life.
Acts 5:20 Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life.
John 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
John 6:68 Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.
Jeremiah 15:16 Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O Lord God of hosts.
1 Corinthians 5:8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need [including our daily bread] according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
God has already met our greatest spiritual need and that need is the forgiveness and restoration through Christ’s atoning sacrifice for our repented sins and by a new life in Him.
Colossians 2:9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. 2:10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: 2:11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: 2:12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. 2:13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
Ephesians 3:19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
John 20:31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.
Colossians 1:12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 1:13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: 1:14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
Not only is Christ the Bread of Life, He is also the Light of men and Light of the world.
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 1:2 The same was in the beginning with God. 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
John 8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
Jesus says He came to bring abundant life to all those who will come to Him and obey Him.
John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
As we experience a restored relationship with God now, walking with Him and constantly feeding on His Word He will spiritually renew us day by day.
2 Corinthians 4:13 We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak; 4:14 Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you. 4:15 For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God. 4:16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. 4:17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; 4:18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
As we abide in God’s presence, Jesus compares the man or woman of God to a branch that is being continually nourished by the Vine with God the Father as the branch’s true husbandman, and that branch will eventually begin to bear fruit because of God’s nourishment.
John 15:1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 15:2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. 15:3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. 15:4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. 15:6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. 15:7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. 15:8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
And in Lamentations, Jeremiah gives us hope and comfort that no matter what we may go through, God is with us; every morning when we wake up is a fresh new day with Him, He is still the same and His love for us is ever-present.
Lamentations 3:21 This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. 3:22 It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. 3:23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. 3:24 The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. 3:25 The Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. 3:26 It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.
Throughout the Bible God declares that it is He who sustains the needs of His called out children physically, but more importantly He will provide all of our spiritual needs, as well, if we are seeking after Him with all of our hearts.
Jeremiah 29:13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
Deuteronomy 4:26 I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that ye shall soon utterly perish from off the land whereunto ye go over Jordan to possess it; ye shall not prolong your days upon it, but shall utterly be destroyed. 4:27 And the Lord shall scatter you among the nations, and ye shall be left few in number among the heathen, whither the Lord shall lead you. 4:28 And there ye shall serve gods, the work of men’s hands, wood and stone, which neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell. 4:29 But if from thence thou shalt seek the Lord thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul. 4:30 When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, even in the latter days, if thou turn to the Lord thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice;
4:31 (For the Lord thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them.
To seek after God’s wisdom and the spiritual food that God offers and to ask for it on a daily basis brings pleasure to our heavenly Father and also to His Son who does the work of the Father and is one in thought and deed with Him.
Below is the whole chapter of Proverbs 4. Here, Solomon is giving us the teachings he received from his own father who was King David. Please read through carefully keeping in mind the tender mercies and the love of a father who so very much wants his beloved sons and daughters to succeed, to find life [eternal life] and to avoid the pitfalls that the wicked fall into.
This is the best advice a father could give to his child and this is the advice our heavenly Father extends to His beloved called-out ones, the ones whom He is preparing to rule with Him in His Kingdom and to be with Him forever.
Following is an excerpt from James Malm’s studies on the Book of Proverbs and here he expounds Proverbs 4 which is personal instruction directly from God the Father to His spiritual children about how vital it is to seek out His instruction and His wisdom above all else.
“This is not just the words of Solomon, it is Holy Scripture inspired by God our Father in heaven.
Every person should take this as a personal instruction from God our Father in heaven; because that is exactly what it is. When it says “hear your father;” consider that our heavenly Father is speaking to and instructing us personally.
Let us hear and KEEP the teachings of our Father in heaven and seek understanding from him.”
Proverbs 4:1 Hear, ye children, the instruction of a [God our Father in heaven] father, and attend to know understanding.
The Almighty Eternal Father is the fountainhead of the Sound Doctrine of Holy Scripture and the Law of Life Eternal.
4:2 For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law.
Romans 7:12 Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.
Proverbs 4:3 For I was my father’s son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother.
Attend to the words of the Father of light; for his teachings are good and his law is life eternal.
4:4 He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live.
Seek out a good understanding of the teachings and commandments of God’s Word; to KEEP them and DO them. Turn neither to the right nor to the left in seeking understanding of the word of God with all your might and diligent zeal.
Yes, seek God and never compromise in zeal for his ways.
NEVER exalt any man, organization or tradition over what you learn from God’s Word! If we obey him; God’s Spirit will continually lead us into more truth; and we shall become more and more like our Father in heaven!
4:5 Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of [Our heavenly Father’s mouth] my mouth.
Love the Word of God, the teachings and commandments of Christ and God the Father; which is the whole of the Holy Scriptures; and KEEP them diligently without any hint of turning or compromise!
If you truly loved Christ and the Father; you would do what they say!
To compromise with God’s Word is to turn away from Christ and quenches the Spirit of Truth.
4:6 Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee.
Wisdom is a good understanding and a faithful doing of the teachings and commandments of Christ and God the Father.
Wisdom is learned through the practical application of the teachings and commandments of Christ and God the Father. We can read and hear forever, but if we do not apply and do, what we see and hear in the Word of God; we shall never learn spiritual wisdom.
The wisdom of God; comes from KEEPING the commandments of God. Our heavenly Father tells us to get wisdom; and wisdom is gotten through the zealous KEEPING of all of the teachings and commandments of God’s Word.
Those who do not rebuke departures from God’s law [which is sin], and who think that keeping a way that leads to many sorrows and death; are spiritually ignorant and foolish.
Today all the major Church of God Groups are cut off from God, because of their compromising and idolatry.
4:7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.
4:8 Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her.
4:9 She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee.
God the Father on heaven says: hear the words of eternal life and do them; that thy life may be forever.
4:10 Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many.
The Holy Scriptures are the right paths to internalize the wisdom of the King of the Universe and the way to eternal life.
4:11 I [God the Father has] have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I [God the Father has] have led thee in right paths.
If we diligently study to learn the ways of God and then zealously KEEP them; we shall become fit to be chosen as a part of the bride and enter eternal life. Anyone who says “buy food in restaurants on Sabbath” or tolerates any other sin without rebuke and instruction in righteousness; is working against Christ, and is stealing your crown of life!
4:12 When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.
KEEP the teachings and commandments of God and you shall be delivered into his bride at the resurrection of the faithful. Eternal life abides in the instructions of the Father and Christ!
4:13 Take fast hold of [God the Father’s] instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.
NEVER compromise with the ways of God; no matter what ANY man says. Prove men by the Word of God; do not twist scripture to follow men away from our zeal for God.
4:14 Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men.
4:15 Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.
Keep the commandments of God with righteous zeal and turn not aside for ANY false teacher who refuses to rebuke sin, tolerates false doctrine and tries to exalt himself above the Word of God.
It is the delight of these wicked deceivers to lead many astray so that they are not alone in their evil deeds.
4:16 For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall.
4:17 For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.
The acceptable to God learn more and more and KEEP more and more each day, until they come t the fullness of complete UNITY with God the Father and Christ! And as they learn, and DO they grow and become a beacon of godliness, as an example to others, of the wonder of God and his awesome magnificent wisdom and commandments.
4:18 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.
Those who compromise or reject the commandments of God are in deep spiritual darkness; knowing not the way to life and salvation. The willful breaking of the teachings and commandments of God is the way to sorrows, death and final destruction.
4:19 The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.
Our Beloved Father in heaven has given us the way to peace, fulfillment and eternal life; follow the Father’s words and ways with enthusiastic zeal that we may be like him forever.
Let the sayings of Christ and God the Father NEVER depart from our minds and our deeds forever!
4:20 My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.
4:21 Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.
The Word of God, the sayings of Christ and the Father are life eternal to those who KEEP them.
4:22 For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.
Keep our hearts and minds pure from all sin and rebellion against our Father; for obedience to God is life eternal; and compromise and rebellion is death eternal.
Oh, how far we have fallen from life towards death; because of their idolatry and rebellion against our Righteous Father.
4:23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
Do not teach false doctrine, or the perversity of compromise with God’s commandments!
Do not speak against the righteous commandments and teachings of Christ and God the Father, as many elders do today in promoting the sin of organizational idolatry!
4:24 Put away from thee a forward [stubborn, rebellious, contrary] mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.
Keep our eyes fixed on the truth of God’s Word.
4:25 Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.
Think on the Word of God and choose wisely our words and actions, that we may be established in God’s sight. Do what is right in the eyes of the Father always, and refrain from all evil, so shall we be established in his sight!
4:26 Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.
4:27 Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.
Our loving Father in Heaven and our loving Savior Jesus Christ seated at His right hand will fulfill our spiritual needs when we seek a relationship with them with all our hearts, minds, and souls. Christ is the Bread that satisfies our spiritual thirst and hunger and He sustains us with His Life giving Spirit. When we ask our Father for our daily bread, we are humbly acknowledging Him as the provider of ALL that we need; and He gives it through His Son.
We must live day by day, and we do so one day and one step at a time while exercising simple child-like faith in our God to provide just what we need, when we need it; both physically and spiritually when we pray daily for Him to send us our daily bread.
Matthew 6:34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
Romans 1:17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
We walk by faith day by day, one day and one step at a time. Each morning when we wake up we can direct our thoughts toward God and think about what He wants for us this day, and we anticipate that He will speak to us or show us what we need to do or what we need to know.
Everyday we can learn new things or perhaps we gain a better understanding of some truth that we could not see before; or He may show us things that we need to change in our lives. It is truly awesome when we know that our Lord is so near and that He is so readily available for His children. The more we direct our thoughts toward Him, the more we can sense His presence and that He is with us everywhere we go.
Deuteronomy 8:3 And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live.
Through the Lord’s prayer Jesus teaches us that we can come to God in a spirit of humble dependence, asking Him to provide what we need and to sustain us from day to day. There is no mention here of asking for wealth, fame, or physical strength; but rather He wants us to ask for our day to day sustenance. He encourages His children to make their needs known to Him, trusting that He will provide. As God’s very own children, He Himself invites us to put our petitions before Him, pouring out our hearts and souls to Him; and as we ask for our specific needs to be met, we will see specific answers to our prayers. Just as Jesus went to His heavenly Father for all His needs, He models for us that we, too, are to go the Father and boldly ask Him for our daily bread, both physical and spiritual; He will not fail to provide it.
Luke 11:11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?”
Christ as Our Shepherd
The Lord’s prayer brings to mind another famous prayer, a prayer of David [Psalm 23] which is a very comforting passage in the Bible. In it David declares how God is his Shepherd, and how He provides for His people’s sustenance in so many ways; that we are not to fear for He is with us if we are walking with Him.
If we read this with discerning eyes, we can see many of the same components that are in the Lord’s prayer. This is a profound message of who God is, what He is like, that He, like a shepherd, supplies all our needs, both physically and spiritually and that He will lead us away from temptation and toward righteousness. To dwell in the house of the Lord forever is in reference to eternal life and living in God’s Kingdom with Him FOREVER.
Psalm 23:1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
23:2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
23:3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
23:4 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.
23:5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
Most of us are very familiar this Psalm and many may have memorized it even as a child. It is a metaphor of how a shepherd loves and cares for his sheep and is a beautiful exultation of God (Our Shepherd) for the kind of Great Merciful Caring Being that He is. Jesus may have been thinking of this very psalm when He recited the outline prayer for the disciples who were like His sheep.
Our heavenly Father and our Shepherd will supply all our needs if we are living faithfully before them.
Psalm 23:1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
David who wrote this psalm, grew up and worked as a shepherd over his father’s flocks. David knew what it meant to be a shepherd, and he came to know what sheep were like and what they needed. He was an expert at shepherding and David loved his sheep. He used the title of Shepherd as a metaphor of how God who is our Lord, cares for His flock of people as a shepherd. The shepherd’s job is to care for his flock, making sure they are safe, nourished, and protected and kept from danger at all times.
David speaks of these attributes of a shepherd in this psalm that extols the goodness, kindness, and mercy of our Great Shepherd who is also has the names: our Provider, our Peace, our Banner, our Healer, He is Present, He is our Righteousness, and He is the God that sanctifies (calls us and sets us apart) and much, much more!
Psalm 23:2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures [feeding us with the Word of God]: he leadeth me beside the still waters [the water of God’s Holy Spirit] . 23:3 He restoreth my soul [he will resurrect us from the grave to life eternal] he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness [every Word of God] for his name’s sake. 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death [if we enter the grave God will raise us up , I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod [power] and thy staff [guidance and instruction] they comfort me.
No matter what we may have to go through in this life, even through the severest of trials we can have faith that our Shepherd is ALWAYS with us, (if we are walking as Christ walks and if we are remaining faithful to Him and all His Word) and that He will provide for us.
Isaiah 43:1 But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. 43:2 When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. 43:3 For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee. 43:4 Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life.
Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Psalm 23:5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
In spite of many trials and even though there may be many enemies all around us, our Shepherd provides protection as we journey to the Promised Land; and even helps us to flourish in the midst of our enemies. He sets a hedge of protection around us from the dark forces of Satan and his followers (whether they be spiritual or human) and helps us to resist evil through the anointing of the Holy Spirit that God pours out upon His faithful children.
In this verse, David uses the analogy of an abundant table full of wonderful food showing that God will abundantly provide for us even as we face danger living in this present evil world. God tells us through His prophet Isaiah not to fear for it is He (God) who will comfort us and help us to get through those times when we have to face severe trials and resist harsh enemies that may taunt us and/or try to harm us physically, mentally, or spiritually.
Isaiah 43:10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. 43:11 Behold, all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded: they shall be as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall perish. 43:12 Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find them, even them that contended with thee: they that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of nought. 43:13 For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee. 43:14 Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the Lord, and thy redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.
Psalm 23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
Our Shepherd will fill His people with His goodness and mercy all the days of our lives as we live for Him and follow whither-soever He goes; and not only during this life but His mercy and His goodness will remain with us throughout all eternity; and if we are raised up in the resurrection to spirit, we will have a place in God’s Kingdom and will be free from the sin and misery of this world forever more.
John 14:1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 14:2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
Our Shepherd has gone on before us to prepare the place that He will bring us to, which will be His righteous eternal Kingdom if we follow Him right up until the end. He thoroughly loves and knows each one of His sheep and ensures that we can make it if we never give up and never stop loving and obeying Him. Our GREAT SHEPHERD is always with us, He constantly cares and provides for us, anoints us with the oil of His Holy Spirit, and promises that we will be in His fold if we hold tightly to Him always.
And as we pray as Jesus taught us and as we ask for our day to day bread, we can keep all these things in mind knowing that it is the Father’s good pleasure to give us all of these wonderful His gifts as we plod along our journey to His Kingdom; and He wants to give us all the things we need to ensure that we reach our goal.
Luke 12:32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
Ephesians 1:4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 1:5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, 1:6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
Now is the Time to Seek After the “Bread of Life” While We Can, and While There is an Abundance of God’s Word Available
Isaiah 55:1 Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. 55:2 Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.
God’s Judgment, which is His correction of His people, is coming and one of the forms of correction will be that the Word of the Lord will become scarce. Why? It is because God’s people did not appreciate it nor heed it when they had it. This is mostly talking about the modern day nations of Israel and we see how our people are not heeding the words of God and how they are trampling on all His laws and commandments under their feet, making a mockery of His ordinances and practically spitting in His face. For this reason God is going to send a famine in the land, a famine of the hearing of the words of the Lord.
Amos 8:11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord: 8:12 And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find it.
We, too, Brethren need to heed these words and take advantage of returning to the Lord with all of our hearts, seeking Him and appreciating all that He provides, feasting on His Word and applying the teachings contained in His Word when we see that we have been wrong in any area while we can before the correction is upon us.
Psalm 103 also speaks of God’s tender mercy and love toward His children, and here, too, the psalmist uses a metaphor of food, [who satisfies our mouth with good things]; and what does this food do for us? It renews our youth like the eagles, alluding to the renewal of life if we partake of the benefits that God holds out to us with the ultimate renewal of life and youth being the resurrection to spirit that is coming for those who hold on tight to God and are keeping His Covenant.
Psalm 103:1 Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. 103:2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: 103:3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; 103:4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; 103:5 Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s. 103:6 The Lord executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed. 103:7 He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.
Continuing on further in this psalm, notice how the psalmist compares the Lord to a father, one who has great love and mercy for his children. The Lord loves His children and has great pity for them for He knows that they are weak; but if they look to Him and acknowledge their transgressions and return to Him with all their hearts, He promises that He will gather them up into His arms and receive them as sons and daughters. (See Luke 15:11-32)
Psalm 103:8 The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. 103:9 He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever. 103:10 He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. 103:11 For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. 103:12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. 103:13 Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him. 103:14 For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust. 103:15 As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. 103:16 For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more. 103:17 But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children; 103:18 To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.
When commissioning Peter with his life’s work, Jesus told him that he must feed the Lord’s sheep. It does not say what kind of food Peter was to feed them, but we can put the Scriptures together and know that it was the Words of Life, the Bread of Christ, that Peter was to feed and teach to all those whom God would place in Peter’s care and to all who would listen to Peter in His future ministry. This same admonition is to all those whom God would call to be leaders over His children (His lambs).
John 21:15 So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. 21:16 He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
21:17 He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
Our Prayer to Be Filled With The Righteousness of God
We know that the world does not have God’s righteousness as it’s top priority, and in fact is very far from even attempting to seek after God’s way of life. As God’s people, we must have a burning desire to seek after God as we have been given so much; and like Mary the sister of Martha, we have been given the privilege of seeking Christ and His Word NOW at this present time; to sit at His feet and to learn to walk in all His ways while living in the midst of the people of this world who are still groping in the dark in the maze of this world’s deceptive and evil matrix.
If God is calling us and converting us, He has given us this golden opportunity as a gift by allowing us to know Him and His truth at this time. Our heavenly Father has given us the privilege of being taught in this present evil world as a type of on-the-job training program preparing us to become qualified workers and teachers in His Kingdom.
The potential to become all that God has designed us to be has come to us as a result of God’s grace in calling us. The tools that He has provided and made available for us to utilize in our life-long pursuit of Him and His truth are tremendous beyond description if we will only seek those things out (and ask for them!)
Jesus has shown us that it is our responsibility to seek after what God has made accessible to us. When God gives someone a responsibility, He also, by grace, provides the means for him to accomplish it. Are we striving to please Him, making the most of the tools He provides us with hungering and thirsting to know Him and to be with Him throughout all eternity? Are we walking worthy of the vocation to which God is calling us to, by using all the means He has given that make that possible?
Ephesians 4:1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called.
If we keep asking God for His spiritual food, for more of His Holy Spirit and more of the fruits of His Spirit, studying His Word daily, asking Him to give us more of His wisdom and truth; we will grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord. We must keep desiring God above everything and everyone else, making all diligent effort to do His will and to keep all of His Word and if we do, spiritual growth will quietly and unceremoniously take place.
2 Peter 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.
We will never be offered anything more valuable than this precious opportunity to become as God is, and to have the hope for a wonderful future that He has planned for us for all eternity if we accept His invitation to come and follow Him.
The most profitable thing in this life we can do is to go after God’s righteousness and seek to grow in it and never let go of it. Can any other goal in this present temporary life even begin to compare to what God has in store for His children? We must not forfeit the opportunity that God has so graciously given to us for so great a salvation.
John 12:26 If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.
Hebrews 2:1 Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. 2:2 For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward; 2:3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;
We must not neglect God’s calling and the awesome potential that He offers to us to become like Him and serving with Him for all eternity! If we are seeking God with all of our hearts, we will do all in our power to not become neglectful in communicating with Him and doing all that He has shown us. We must not be like Esau who sold his birthright for a bowl of pottage!
David prayed “open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.” (Psalm 119:18)
We can greatly marvel at all the good things that God has in store for those who seek His righteousness and follow Him whethersoever He goes. He promises to give us all these good things if we as faithful children give Him thanks for all that He is doing and if we are living our lives to please Him. It is so awesome, Brethren, when we think of all the marvelous things that God has planned for those who seek after His words of life and after all His righteousness.
The Lord will fill us with His Holy Spirit and His righteous character and there is nothing in this present world that we could seek that could ever compare to the kind of gifts He gives to His faithful children. In Ephesians 5:17-18 we are told by Paul to be “filled with the Spirit” and that it is God’s will that we do so.
Ephesians 5:17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. 5:18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
And how are we filled with God’s Holy Spirit? We are told that it is to those who obey Him in all things, that the Holy Spirit is given!
Acts 5:32 ….And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, [Holy Spirit] whom God hath given to them that obey him.
The more we seek God’s righteousness, the more we will be filled with His Spirit and we will be filled with even more of His righteousness.
Proverbs 1:23 Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.
Hosea 10:12 Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the Lord, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.
Psalm 107:9 For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.
God is creating and fashioning those whom He has called and who have become His spiritual children, into His own spiritual image, to be like Him. God is now in the process of transforming us to into spiritual creations.
Genesis 2:26-27 tells us about how God created man and woman to be made in His image, but there are many Scriptures throughout God’s Word that tell us that we are to be made into Christ’s spiritual image as future spiritual children of the very God of all creation, and that we will be made a member of His Family and live with Him throughout eternity.
He gives us His Holy Spirit as a helper and as a guide if we take advantage of imbibing all of His words of life. And His Spirit guides us to God’s truth and to the knowledge of how we can partake of the heritage that we will share with Christ.
John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. 16:14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. 16:15 All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.
We need to pray for ourselves and for the Ekklesia that God would help us all to hunger and thirst for more of His righteousness; to pray fervently that God would reveal to us the things that we need to repent of, and that we would seek to have more of His understanding in the things that we need to grow in. We need to pray that we would desire to become one with the Father and with His Son in the days and years ahead and that He would sanctify His [collective] bride, make her holy and help her to be filled with His righteousness as the return of Christ looms ever closer.
Pray that God would give us our day to day bread and fill us up, thereby we will be ever-growing to perfectness, which is the full measure of Christ.
Ephesians 4:13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
Luke 11:9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. 11:10 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
Keep asking, Brethren; keep seeking, keep knocking until our Lord comes.
Have a wonderful Sabbath day, everyone!
Constance Belanger and James Malm
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