This page features two writings, the first entitled "Loving the Lord." The second is a follow-up to the first and is entitled "Prayer, Repentance and Praise."

 

Loving the Lord                                        

If you are a believer, how do you show the Lord that you love him? There are several ways you can do this. Let’s look first at Matthew Chapter 22:36-39, Jesus was being asked a question “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said to him ‘You shall love the Lord with all your heart and with all of your soul and will all of your mind. This is the greatest and first commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself."

We already know God loves us, so how do we love God? We give our love to the Lord in many ways and I'll list them out. The first is faith. Another word for faith is trust. Faith or trusting in the Lord pleases God. Another way to show love is abiding in His word. That means reading the Bible and allowing God’s word to be fixed in your heart. Prayer is also key in your walk with the Lord. Prayer is talking to and sharing your life with God. It is good to talk to God all the time; he wants that. Another way to show your love is praising the Lord. Just lifting up your voice in praise and adoration of the Lord pleases God. God inhabits the praises of His people. And lastly, a person that loves the Lord has a good love walk. That means your behavior should show that you love the Lord. This carries into the second commandment of loving your neighbor. How you interact with others, being a good witness for the Lord, showing and living the fruits of the spirit, is another way of loving the Lord.  You can read more about loving your neighbor on this website under the heading Your Love Walk.

Let’s talk about faith. God responds to faith. There was a lady in the Bible who was ill who had suffered blood hemorrhaging for twelve years, then she heard about Jesus. No one knows her name, yet she is famous for her act of faith. She had spent all of her money on doctors and no one could help her. She knew in her heart that if she could just touch the end of Jesus' garment, she would be healed. She was in a big crowd, everybody was pressing in to get close to Jesus. She made her way through, looking, hoping and reaching. Then she got close enough, she reached out and touched the end of Jesus’s robe. Her hemorrhage stopped. Luke 8:45-48 "Then Jesus asked “Who touched me?” When all denied it, Peter said “Master, the crowds surround you and press in on you” But Jesus said “Someone touched me for I noticed that power had gone out from me." When the woman saw that she could not remain hidden, she came trembling and falling down before him, she declared in the presence of all the people why she had touched him and how she had been immediately healed. He said to her “Daughter, your faith has made you well, go in peace.”Faith is doing what you can do, then let God do the rest.  The lady did her part by believing in a miracle and then working hard to reach Jesus. Faith is stepping out, it’s taking action with prayer and trusting in the Lord. 

Faith is also believing without seeing. Before Jesus’s ascension into heaven, Thomas, one of Jesus's disciples, could not believe that Jesus has been resurrected. Even though others had seen Jesus, Thomas did not believe he was alive. In John 20:25, Thomas says, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe." Then in verses 26-29, it reads "A week later his disciples were again in the house and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said "Peace be with you." Then he said to Thomas, "Put you finger here and see my hands. Reach out with your hand and put it to my side." Thomas answered him “My Lord and my God”. Jesus said to him “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those that have not seen and yet have come to believe." 2 Corinthians 5 vs 7 "We walk by faith, not by sight." Faith in God is different than faith in the world. The world says, I believe only what I see. Faith says believe it before you see it.

                                                                                 

Prayer, Repentance and Praise

Other ways that we show our love for the Lord are through prayer and praise. The Bible says in James 5:16 “the prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective." What is righteous? Righteous means that you have God’s approval. As we know, every believer who has accepted Jesus into their heart, has God’s approval. Therefore your prayers are powerful and effective. You must believe this, that your prayers are working, that the Lord is hearing your prayers, that they are producing change. Sometimes you must wait upon the Lord but remember, God's timing is always perfect. Your motives behind your prayers are also very important. If God wants you to have the things you are asking for, if it is God's will, He will provide the answer. Prayer gives God an opportunity to work. Then you must exercise your faith which is to have trust in the Lord!

Prayers don’t have to be high and lofty and religious-sounding to be effective. We can pray simple prayers. God wants you to pray to Him; He wants to be an intimate part of your life. You can pray long prayers or short prayers. If you can, make the effort to pray consistently throughout the day.

So often we go through our day and forget to pray over situations. You might be experiencing a work problem. I have found that when I pray over situations, it calms me down. Next time a work problem presents itself, just pray, “ Lord you are greater than things of this world. You can help me solve this problem. You can give me courage and strength. I bless this situation in the name of Jesus, that it will turn out well. I speak peace over this situation. Let the peace of Christ rule in my heart. I thank you God that you are with me every step of the way. I turn this problem over to you Lord, let your will be done. I praise your name. A-men!” And then let it go. Cast you cares, do your best with what you can do and let God work out the rest.

When you see someone that is homeless or see an accident on the street, try to say a silent prayer for that person. That is called being an intercessor when you are praying for someone else. We can be intercessors all day long. When you see someone being rude just pray for that person. Speak peace into that person. When someone treats you badly when you are driving, instead of cursing and getting your emotions all riled up, catch yourself, then speak a blessing to that person. “Lord, I pray the person in that car will get where they are going safely, I pray that no one will get hurt. I bless that person in the name of Jesus. Thank you Lord for not allowing me to get riled up over this. I speak peace to my heart. Let me be joyful and calm as I go about my day." It is good to thank God for everything he is doing. “Lord, I thank you, for this is the day you have made and I will be glad in it” .

Longer prayers will take more time, so you probably will have to schedule yourself to do it. Find a place that is quiet where you can be at peace. It is good to speak your prayers out loud to yourself. Have scriptures memorized or handy that you would like to speak over as you pray.

Psalm 34: 1 " I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth." Remember to incorporate praise to the Lord in your prayers by starting out with just praising your almighty God. “Lord, I magnify your name. Lord you are greater than everything in this world. Lord I exalt your name. I invite the Holy Spirit into this place. I lift your name up in worship, adoration and praise. You are King of Kings, Lord of Lords. I thank you for everything you are doing in my life. I thank you for the blessings you give me so generously. I am humbled by your grace.” Just keep praising the Lord, praise Him and thank Him. “Lord I give you thanks, your steadfast love endures from generation to generation. You are the Rock of my life. With you all things are possible. I love you and adore you.” Give your heart to the Lord.

It is good to pray for new wisdom in Christ and new revelation and discernment. For example: “Lord, let hearts be healed, let me have new revelation, wisdom and discernment and a deeper knowledge of you and your plans and purposes for my life. Lord, it says in the Bible that all things work for good for those that love the Lord and are called according to his purpose. I thank you Lord that I am called to your purpose and that all things work for good in my life because I do love you and believe in you. I stand on your word. Your word is everything to me. Heaven and earth may pass away but your words will not pass away. I thank you Lord for your word which is the word of truth. I cling to you Lord, you are my strong tower and mighty fortress. You give me strength Lord. I thank you Lord because I can do all things through you who gives me strength."

Acknowledge and repent for any sin. “Lord it says in the Bible that you have redeemed me from the pit. Without you Lord, I am in the pit. I thank you Lord for forgiving me for my sins. Things that I have said or done wrong, things that are not pleasing to you Lord. I am sorry Lord, I apologize, I repent."  Once you have acknowledged a sin, move on. Through Jesus, God has already forgiven us.  Learn to also forgive yourself. No one is perfect, we are all works in progress.  Learn from your mistakes, commit to correct and improve for the future, stand on scripture and prayer to help you and move on. Don't keep condemning yourself.Remember what Jesus has done for us. He already paid the price for our sins. "I thank you Lord for cleansing me, for forgiving me, that through your mercy and grace, through Christ, my sins are separated from me as far as the east is from the west. I thank you Lord that my sins are blotted out. I thank you Lord that my Redeemer lives, that you love me Lord and that nothing can separate me from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus my Lord.”  One final thought on repentance, if there is relationship repair to be done with somebody, an apology or a wrong to be made right, make it right. Ephesians 4: 26 "do not let the sun go down on your anger."

Bring to the Lord your prayer requests, it says in the Bible in Phillipians 4: 6 "Do not worry about anything but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving present your petitions to God." You might have your prayer requests written down so can remember them. Pray for your needs but also pray for the needs of others. You might pray for the needs of friends, family, your needs, your job, the needs of your country, your community, of people around the world, for churches or ministries. There are so many things you can pray for, these are just examples. And remember to thank the Lord.

You will find that as you pray that the time goes by very quickly. Reference Bible verses as you pray. If you have a specfic need, speak your need accompanied by a Bible verse that pertains to that need. For example, if a friend has a health issue you could say: “Lord I am concerned about a friend of mine who has HIV. I speak healing and health over his body in name of Jesus. I pray that my friend can stay healthy and I know Lord that you are the great physician because it says in the Bible in Psalm 103, that you heal our diseases. I stand on that verse with my friend, my brother and thank you God for watching over him and keeping him safe and healthy.” While you are praying you might rock in a chair or stand or just sit still. Do whatever makes you comfortable. Sometimes during prayer you might be forceful and animated as you walk around declaring victory. Or, you might speak normally while sitting or just have quiet moments of stillness during your prayer. You might repeat the same Bible verse over and over quietly in the midst of your prayer or praise the Lord quietly or just say nothing and listen for what the Lord has to say to you. Over it all, as you end, you want to Thank, Praise, Glorify and Magnify the name above all names, our Rock, Jesus Christ of Nazareth! A-Men!