The Lord’s Prayer 30 Day Challenge: Day #28 “Taking Care of Business”
Ever think of prayer as taking care of business?
As we pray The Lord’s Prayer, we are taking care of business. Whether personal, spiritual, or professional, praying is submitting ourselves to God’s will and God’s way.
Oh yeah! The problem is we still want to control things or people don’t we.
When we want to control, we are essentially saying, “I want my will, my way!” I’ve been there and done that. We in essence want to put ourselves in equality with God.
We worry about what others think, what they do, and what they say that will affect us. And the truth is that the truth is not always spoken for a means of controlling what others think or do. Yikes! That’s dangerous because of the gift of discernment.
When we are living God’s will, God’s way, we place worry at the altar of prayer.
Some business is hard to take care of and even coming to the altar of prayer with a completely submissive heart is difficult spiritual business. When we do, we are changed into the likeness of Christ.
I love that the Scripture says, there is a day coming when every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. Tucked within having the attitude of Christ in Philippians, Chapter 2, is an amazing reminder of this.
“Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? 2 Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.
3 Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. 4 Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.
5 You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.
6 Though he was God,
he did not think of equality with God
as something to cling to.
7 Instead, he gave up his divine privileges;
he took the humble position of a slave
and was born as a human being.
When he appeared in human form,
8 he humbled himself in obedience to God
and died a criminal’s death on a cross.
9 Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor
and gave him the name above all other names,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:1-11, The Bible, NLT)“
Oh God, may we exalt Jesus by bowing and confessing before you, proclaiming who is Lord of our lives. Help us to take care of business here on earth so that we are the witnesses and the church you’ve called us to be. Help us to prepare for heaven. In Jesus name. Amen!