“Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting yourself in the hands of God, at His disposition, and LISTENING to His voice in the depths of your hearts. Souls of prayer are souls of great silence.” –Mother Teresa
Being ALONE – can allow us to enter into peaceful solitude and find salvation and rest
LONELINESS – carries with it a vague sense of not mattering or not belonging
LONELINESS – is melancholic and nostalgic – a longing for “home” and the peace that comes from solitude.
“Home is the place where when you get there, they have to let you in.” –Robert Frost
“Home” – not as much as being a building buta web of relationships.
We’re at HOME when we are with people who know us and still care for us regardless of our behavior
Matthew 11:28-30 – “Come to ME…”
A FRIEND – is someone you know, like, and trust; one who will stand with you in a struggle.
All of Jesus’ early disciples either knew each other or were related to one another. They weren’t randomly picked.
Point: He knew them BEFORE He called them – warts and all!
Jesus’ chosen friends:
Peter– proud, tempestuous, impetuous, denied the Lord Luke 22:50-51 – Cuts a guy’s ear off Galatians 2:11 – “A man-pleaser.” Matthew 17:4 – Rude and spoke out of turn
Thomas – John 20:19-25 – Unbelief
John – The “Apostle of Love” – wanted to incinerate people -Spirit of MURDER
James and John – “Sons of Thunder” – All Noise – No Power!
Mark9:38 – “Hey, you’re not from MY CHURCH-put that demon back in that guy.”
Women with them; Luke 8:1-3 – “…healed of evil spirits….”
Mark 3:13-15 – “And He called unto Himself those He WANTED.”
Ephesians 3:17-18 – That we might “KNOW the love of Christ….”
We need to be filled with His goodness consistently. When we rest, He removes anything that is detrimental to HIS character. HIS Rest causes is to feel satisfied, nourished, and restored from the inside out. REFRESHED, REFILLED, REVIVED, RENEWED, REJUVENATED, REPLENISHED IN HIS PRESENCE: RESTING. Resting in His Grace changes our viewing platform and our perspective. REST IS A GIFT FROM GOD that we need to take care of our spirits, souls and bodies. -Saundra Deltona Smith MD. SACRED REST
Some ways to come into rest:
BODY – MIND – EMOTIONS – WILL – SPIRIT Rest in Your Identity as ACCEPTED IN THE BELOVED.
“A wounded spirit who can bear?” PROVERBS 18:14b(KJV)
GOD CAN HEAL THIS. GOD CAN HEAL ANYTHING.
“SPIRIT-MAN, ALIGNED WITH GOD, WALKING IN RHYTHM WITH HIM IN AUTHENTIC TRUTH, WILL RESULT IN HEALING AND ACCEPTANCE IN EVERY PART OF OUR BEING.” -Pastor Marie
Social – Sensory – Creative
COME TO GOD. GET RESTED IN HIS PRESENCE.
Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS, for My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.”
Mark 6:31 Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “COME WITH ME BY YOURSELVES TO A QUIET PLACE AND GET SOME REST.”
When we rest, we synchronize with God. Our natural circadian rhythm will reset in harmony with Him.
Exodus 33:14- My Presence shall go with you, AND I WILL GIVE YOU REST.
Nu’ach: to rest, settle down, be soothed or quieted; to be secure; to be still; to dwell peacefully.
Ephesians 3:14-17(TPT) “So I kneel humbly in awe before the Father of our Lord Jesus, the Messiah, the perfect Father of every father and child in heaven and on the earth. And I pray that he will unveil within you the unlimited riches of his glory and favor until supernatural strength floods your innermost being with his divine might and explosive power. Then, by constantly using your faith, the life of Christ will be released deep inside you, and THE RESTING PLACE OF HIS LOVE will become the very source and root of your life.”
Our heavenly Father, MAY THE GLORY OF YOUR NAME BE THE CENTER ON WHICH OUR LIFE TURNS. May your Holy Spirit come upon us and cleanse us. Manifest your kingdom on earth. Luke 11:2
Jesus’s LIFE PURPOSE WAS TO MAKE KNOWN THE NAME, THE CHARACTER AND THE WILL OF GOD TO HIS DISCIPLES.
OUR FATHER -Family -intimate relationship – acknowledging God’s authority – His protection, His care, His love is ours. All that He is- is ours – all His expressions are functions – every aspect of what is His is ours.
WHO ART IN HEAVEN-Where is heaven? In the heavens and here and in our hearts.
HALLOWED BE THY NAME- Worshiping and bowing in reverence before the Holy Father. Surrender. All of his Names indicate His character. First and foremost, He is Holy. – His empowering grace for us.
THY KINGDOM COME, THY WILL BE DONE, ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN- We are in agreement with your desire for Your Kingdom to rule and reign. Your will is best.
GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD… We ask for provision for the day, physical and spiritual. We ask specifically for again indicative of the intimate family relationship.
FORGIVE US AS WE FORGIVE OTHERS-Be specific – Confess, repent, and move back into grace. Help us with this and that. Help me with this and that.
LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION – Keep us making good decisions and remain on the narrow path in this and that.
DELIVER US FROM EVIL – deliver us from the snare of the fowler. Ps 91:3 says Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler. Father, help us to uncover the subtle plans of the enemy.
MODEL – OUTLINE FOR EXPANSION. JH
God’s power alone can change things and bring heaven’s rule (HIS kingdom) INSTEAD, and the honor and the glory for PRAYER’S ANSWERS ARE HIS.
THE PRAYING IS OURS TO DO.
ALL KINGDOM MINISTRY BEGINS WITH, IS SUSTAINED BY, AND WILL TRIUMPH THROUGH PRAYER. JH
Without the intervention of God’s kingdom rule through prayer, Earth’s circumstances will succumb to inevitable consequences. Earthly scenes of need MUST be penetrated by God’s “will here, as in heaven.”
INTERCESSION. WE REPLACE AND DISPLACE powers, principalities, rulers of darkness and their evil intentions, and man’s base, evil fleshly inclinations. WE MUST PRAY-
HERE IT IS IN THE PASSION VERSION-Luke 11:1-4 “Would you teach us a model prayer that we can pray, just like John did for his disciples?” 2 So Jesus taught them this prayer: “OUR HEAVENLY FATHER, MAY THE GLORY OF YOUR NAME BE THE CENTER ON WHICH OUR LIFE TURNS. May your Holy Spirit come upon us and cleanse us. Manifest your kingdom on earth. 3 And give us our needed bread for the coming day. 4 Forgive our sins as we ourselves release forgiveness to those who have wronged us. And rescue us every time we face tribulations.”
PERSISTENCE BROUGHT THE DESIRED OUTCOME.
He instructs us to ask and keep on asking persistently; Seek and keep on seeking persistently; Knock and keep on knocking persistently and the door will OPEN.