Friday, November 23, 2018

Receiving Prayer: Matthew 6:9-13

For the remainder of the year, we will focus on prayer during our Friday devotions. May you be blessed by this short series, as we celebrate His birth through the Christmas season, and prepare our hearts to worship and walk with Him in the coming year…
Many prayers that are found in Scripture can be turned into a receiving prayer by us. Receiving prayer means that we are welcoming a specific prayer into our lives, personalizing it, and trusting God to fulfill it in us. Here is an example of a receiving prayer based upon what Jesus taught us in Matthew 6:9-13.

My Father in heaven- I receive You as My heavenly Father and I receive the blessing and privilege of what it means to be Your child. I receive my place in Your family, and my identity with all my brothers and sisters that You have given me in Christ. Thank You for all the blessings that have come into my life from Your Father’s heart.

Hallowed be Your name. I receive Your holiness, purity, and righteousness. I receive the beauty that Your holiness brings and the cleansing that is mine through the blood of Christ and the washing of Your Word. I receive every redemptive name that You have declared Yourself to be—The God who heals, saves, sanctifies, provides, and shepherds my life.

Your kingdom come. I receive Your kingdom. Your rule. Your reign. Your control. I receive the righteousness, peace, and joy of Your kingdom within me through the person and power of the Holy Spirit.

Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
I receive Your will as my will. I receive Your plans, Your purposes, Your guidance, Your timing, and Your wisdom. I receive all that it means for my heart to be in harmony with heaven.

Give me this day my daily bread.
I receive Your provision for today’s needs. I receive from Your generous hand that gives in abundance. Thank You for physical bread and spiritual bread, bread for the body and bread for the soul, bread that comes from the earth and bread that comes from Your daily presence in my life.  

And forgive my debts.
I receive Your forgiveness for my sin against You. Thank You for Your great, great mercy that has brought me reconciliation. Thank You for the blood of Jesus, Your Son, who died for me and paid the debt of my sin in full—it was a debt I could never pay.

As I forgive my debtors. I receive into my heart, the mercy and forgiveness that comes from Your heart. It is because of Your grace that I can extend mercy and forgiveness to others. I receive the freedom and healing that comes into my heart when I forgive others.

And do not lead me into temptation. I receive Your leading and the wisdom of Your ways. I know that as I follow You I will always be walking in the right direction and will not regret the steps I take.

But deliver me from the evil one.
I receive Your victory over the evil one—Your light that has overcome darkness, Your life that has conquered death, Your peace that stills the storm, Your joy that strengthens me in my journey.

For Yours is the kingdom.
I receive the righteousness, peace, and joy that defines Your kingdom. I receive the King of kings, and the Lord of lords, as my reason for living. I receive all that comes from Your hand that brings eternal life and meaning to all of life.

And the power.
I receive the power, anointing, filling, and enabling work of the Holy Spirit…the power to serve, to witness, and to live for Your glory.

And the glory forever.
I receive Your hope. Your glorious hope. Your blessed hope. I receive the hope of the return of Your Son, the hope of heaven, and the hope of enjoying You forever. Amen. 

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