Posts with the category “prayer”

Prayer & Fasting - Day 21
by Leah Woodard on January 26th, 2019
Twenty-One Days of PrayerDevotions for FamiliesJANUARY 2019DAY TWENTY-ONE – “Follow the Leader”“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” Matthew 6:13Welcome to the final day of your fasting and prayer experience! I hope revisiting the Lord’s Prayer has been beneficial for you.I thought I would conclude this series of devotionals with this final thought:What if this patte...  Read More
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Prayer & Fasting - Day 20
by Leah Woodard on January 25th, 2019
Twenty-One Days of PrayerDevotions for FamiliesJANUARY 2019DAY TWENTY – “Steering Clear of Sin”“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” Matthew 6:13The obvious question that arises from this portion of the prayer is, “Can God lead us into being tempted to sin?”James answers this question clearly in his epistle: “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, hav...  Read More
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Prayer & Fasting - Day 19
by Leah Woodard on January 24th, 2019
Twenty-One Days of PrayerDevotions for FamiliesJANUARY 2019DAY NINETEEN – “Grace Not Grudges”“And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” Matthew 6:12Christ-followers are to be pro-active not reactive. God’s Word is realistic.This portion of Jesus’ Pattern for Prayer reveals those two truths.If you wait until someone harms or offends you it will be much harder to extend them g...  Read More
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Prayer & Fasting - Day 18
by Leah Woodard on January 23rd, 2019
Twenty-One Days of PrayerDevotions for FamiliesJANUARY 2019DAY EIGHTEEN – “You Owe, I’ll Pay”“And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” Matthew 6:12 In his book, Everybody’s Normal Until You Get To Know Them, John Ortberg says the reason debt causes us fear is because in our fallen world, there is a very simple rule: “You owe-You pay.” If you doubt that then stop making your...  Read More
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Prayer & Fasting - Day 17
by Leah Woodard on January 22nd, 2019
Twenty-One Days of PrayerDevotions for FamiliesJANUARY 2019DAY SEVENTEEN – “More Than Enough”“Give us today our daily bread.” Matthew 6:11 Remember, as you pray this prayer you are not just asking God, but you are affirming your trust in Him to be your supply, to be your sustenance and to be your satisfaction.He will supply the bread you need! And He will sustain you with the bread you need! And b...  Read More
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Prayer & Fasting - Day 16
by Leah Woodard on January 21st, 2019
Twenty-One Days of PrayerDevotions for FamiliesJANUARY 2019DAY SIXTEEN – “Wonder Bread”“Give us today our daily bread.” Matthew 6:11 Yesterday we learned that God is your Supply. If you trust Him to give you each day what you need, He assures you He will. The spiritual journey is a daily walk because knowing God is a spiritual relationship through Christ and in the Holy Spirit!But there is more to...  Read More
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Prayer & Fasting - Day 15
by Leah Woodard on January 20th, 2019
Twenty-One Days of PrayerDevotions for FamiliesJANUARY 2019DAY FIFTEEN – “Trust for the Crust”“Give us today our daily bread.” Matthew 6:11 This portion of the prayer, just six words, I reduced to the phrase “trust for the crust” not just because it is catchy but because it does capture the essence of this request. To be more specific, it has more to do with the trust part than it does about the c...  Read More
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Prayer & Fasting - Day 14
by Leah Woodard on January 19th, 2019
Twenty-One Days of PrayerDevotions for FamiliesJANUARY 2019DAY FOURTEEN – “To Kingdom Come”“your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:10What if Jesus was doing more than offering the disciples a pattern for prayer? What if He was also showing them the path to kingdom come?What do I mean?Look at the prayer with me!The first step on the path to kingdom come is – S...  Read More
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Prayer & Fasting - Day 13
by Leah Woodard on January 18th, 2019
Twenty-One Days PrayerDevotions for FamiliesJANUARY 2019DAY THIRTEEN – “Keys to the Kingdom”“your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:10Wouldn’t you love to have heaven on earth?God would, too!Is that even possible? If so, why hasn’t it happened already?That will be the topic for the next several days devotions but first, let me frame the discussion.You have th...  Read More
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Prayer & Fasting - Day 12
by Leah Woodard on January 17th, 2019
Twenty-One Days of PrayerDevotions for FamiliesJANUARY 2019Day Twelve – “Holiest Father”“…..hallowed be your name,” Matthew 6:9The word “hallowed” means “holy”.When Jesus instructs you to begin your prayers this way what is it, He wants you to pray? What are you saying when you pray this and why does it matter?First, you are praying, “Heavenly Father, help me remember your holiness!”Obviously, the...  Read More
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Prayer & Fasting - Day 11
by Leah Woodard on January 16th, 2019
Twenty-One Days of PrayerDevotions for FamiliesJANUARY 2019DAY ELEVEN – “Your Forever Father”“‘Our Father in heaven….” Matthew 6:9God’s truth is so profound He can say more in a few words than we can say with paragraphs. And yet in His wisdom He says it so simply! I will try to bless you by basking in the simplicity of Jesus’ teaching on how to pray.Pray “OUR”!If God is OUR Father, then we are fam...  Read More
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Prayer & Fasting - Day 10
by Leah Woodard on January 15th, 2019
Twenty-One Days of Fasting and PrayerDevotions for FamiliesJANUARY 2019DAY TEN – Pray This Way “This, then, is how you should pray:” Matthew 6:9What I notice first in this verse is you should pray!Then I notice Jesus said there is a pattern for how to pray.I remember Jesus said there is a wrong way to pray! He pointed at the religious leaders and said, “Don’t pray like that!”What were they doing w...  Read More
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Prayer & Fasting - Day 9
by Leah Woodard on January 14th, 2019
Twenty-One Days of Fasting and PrayerDevotions for FamiliesJANUARY 2019DAY NINE – “Asking What to Ask”“Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” Matthew 6:8“So, if God already knows what I need before I ask Him why should I ask Him?”Because He knows what you need before you ask Him, and you don’t. But you need to know. When you have an all-knowing perfectly lovi...  Read More
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Prayer & Fasting - Day 8
by Leah Woodard on January 13th, 2019
Twenty-One Days of Fasting and PrayerDevotion for FamiliesJANUARY 2019DAY EIGHT – “A Father Who Knows”“…….for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” Matthew 6:8As one who grew up without a father involved in my life, I struggle with this one a little bit.My father had no idea what I needed. What I needed was him! He had no idea who I was.As someone trying to figure out how to be a be...  Read More
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Prayer & Fasting - Day 7
by Leah Woodard on January 12th, 2019
Twenty-One Days of PrayerDevotions for FamiliesJANUARY 2019DAY SEVEN – “Relationship Not Ritual”“And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” Matthew 6:7-8Why do you think Jesus says for the third time, “When you pray…..”?Obviously, He is emphasizi...  Read More
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Prayer & Fasting - Day 6
by Leah Woodard on January 11th, 2019
Twenty-One Days of  PrayerDevotions for FamiliesJANUARY 2019DAY SIX – “Seeing the Unseen”“….pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”  Matthew 6:6Prayer is offering petitions to the unseen.It seems to me then, prayer requires one of two things:FoolishnessFaithWhich is it?You must decide for yourself, but my choice is faith!Here’s why f...  Read More
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Prayer & Fasting - Day 5
by Leah Woodard on January 10th, 2019
Twenty-One Days of Fasting and PrayerDevotions for FamiliesJANUARY 2019DAY FIVE – “Room for Reward”“But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” Matthew 6:6We live such distracted lives, don’t we?How much can you effectively accomplish when your attention is divided several ways?Not...  Read More
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Prayer & Fasting - Day 4
by Leah Woodard on January 9th, 2019
Twenty-One Days of PrayerDevotions for FamiliesJANUARY 2019DAY FOUR – “Room for Prayer”“But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” Matthew 6:6There it is again!“….when you pray……”People who love Jesus pray. If you say you love Jesus but do not regularly pray, read and then re-read...  Read More
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Prayer & Fasting - Day 3
by Leah Woodard on January 8th, 2019
Twenty-One Days of PrayerDevotions for FamiliesJANUARY 2019DAY THREE – “When You Pray……”“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.” Matthew 6:5The first two days you learned Jesus expects you to pray regularly! Yesterday we discovered J...  Read More
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Prayer & Fasting - Day 2
by Leah Woodard on January 7th, 2019
Twenty-One Days of PrayerDevotion for FamiliesJANUARY 2019DAY TWO – “When You Pray…..”“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.” Matthew 6:5Yesterday we learned Jesus expects us to pray regularly! Here’s another thought from Jesus’ fir...  Read More
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Prayer & Fasting - Day 1
by Leah Woodard on January 6th, 2019
Twenty-One Days of Fasting and PrayerDevotions for FamiliesJANUARY 2019DAY ONE – “When You Pray……”“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.” Matthew 6:5Jesus says, “And when you pray…..”Like most statements from Jesus, this is very sim...  Read More
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