Estelle and Robert: To Know Him

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Chapter 17 (v.1) - Amen

Submitted: July 22, 2019

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"Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them," Jesus warned his disciples, stretching out his limbs to alleviate the cramps that made taught his joints from spending time on his knees in prayer. The flesh faded day by day, that was certain. Aging, pain, joints that popped and cracked. Tiredness He'd never known as the Eternal One. Human life, temporary.

"Otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly. And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye, therefore, like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of before ye ask him."

"Lord," James paused thoughtfully

"Lord," James paused thoughtfully. Not only had Jesus dubbed him and his brother John, 'Sons of Thunder', but being one of the tallest, strongest in the posse of disciples, it was more humbling than he cared for to further ask of the Lord. John might have been content to transform from "thunderous" to soft-spoken, the one Jesus loved, but not James, rugged and beefy, a giant of a man. Had it been a one-on-one, a time of quiet reflection between the two, it would have been different. He could feel his ears reddening, imagining the others chuckling at his naivety. "Lord," he began again, "How do we pray? Teach us to pray even as John taught his disciples?" He breathed a sigh of relief remembering that it wasn't that stupid after all, John, highly loved by the group and many others also had to teach his small gathering.

 

Jesus looked deep in his eyes, a smile flashing over his features. His precious children desired to communicate with Him in the deepest way possible! It would serve them well, they were oblivious to the fact that He'd ever leave them. How were their hearts so darkened and blinded to the Scriptures? The Son of Man must be betrayed, giving over His own life, that they might be saved. It was there from the beginning! All Scripture testifies of Him.

"After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen," Jesus paused, momentarily, adding the importance of forgiving and asking forgiveness, "For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses."

James nodded, it seemed easy enough. How like him to over complicate things. Jesus continued to urge them to pray , pray always, pray continually, and to not give up praying.

 


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