Sermon on the Mount: Pray Humbly

“7And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. 9“This, then, is how you should pray:

“ ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, 10your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 11Give us today our daily bread. 12And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’~Matthew 6

Sometimes I think

I can get a drink

From the pool of self appeasement.

Lord God I want

I want, I want

And I won’t shutup

Til I’ve received it.

.

Oh dance around a flame!

Cut open flesh!

Demand God a sacrifice

Of His own!

Babble all day long

Babble all you want

God doesn’t hear you.

.

Humble your words

Ask for His Name glorified—

Isn’t He God

And you just a man?

Humble your heart

Ask for His will be done—

Trust Him

He’ll give all you need

.

All seem impossible!

Starving in the street!

Will I be clothed today?

Will He hear my cries and groaning?

Open up your mouth

Cry to the LORD for mercy!

He’s your Father

He loves you so.

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Look at the birds

Always seeking

Do they ever find

The worm for their bellies?

And if God is so faithful

To provide for such as these

Won’t He be pleased

To give you bread instead of stone?

Look at the flowers

Of the field

They just soak up the sun

And are beautiful

How were they clothed thus?

How could they create this?

And if the LORD clothes His small creations

How much more will He clothe you

Instead of biting you with a snake?

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The LORD will send you rain

In the drought.

The LORD will send you warmth

In the cold.

The LORD will send you food

In starvation.

Seek His kingdom first

Seek His will be done.

He will grant you the peace

And understanding

Of His Spirit come.

Seek, find, knock.

He’ll not give you a rock.

Seek, find, knock.

Knock.

Knock.

Oh knock on the door

With a humble heart.

~

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. 23For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. 24Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!… 27“Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 28If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! 29And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. 30For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.” ~Luke 12

9“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 10For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. 11“Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? 12Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” ~Luke 11

‘22Then Elijah said to them, “I am the only one of the Lord’s prophets left, but Baal has four hundred and fifty prophets. 23Get two bulls for us. Let Baal’s prophets choose one for themselves, and let them cut it into pieces and put it on the wood but not set fire to it. I will prepare the other bull and put it on the wood but not set fire to it. 24Then you call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the Lord. The god who answers by fire—he is God.”

Then all the people said, “What you say is good.”…

Then they called on the name of Baal from morning till noon. “Baal, answer us!” they shouted. But there was no response; no one answered. And they danced around the altar they had made.

27At noon Elijah began to taunt them. “Shout louder!” he said. “Surely he is a god! Perhaps he is deep in thought, or busy, or traveling. Maybe he is sleeping and must be awakened.” 28So they shouted louder and slashed themselves with swords and spears, as was their custom, until their blood flowed. 29Midday passed, and they continued their frantic prophesying until the time for the evening sacrifice. But there was no response, no one answered, no one paid attention…

36At the time of sacrifice, the prophet Elijah stepped forward and prayed: “Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, let it be known today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command. 37Answer me, Lord, answer me, so these people will know that you, Lord, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again.”

38Then the fire of the Lord fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench.

39When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, “The Lord—he is God! The Lord—he is God!”’~1 Kings 18

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