November 02, 2023 – 11/02/2023
11 – Heroes Rising
2 – A Faithful Witness and Being Set Apart

Luke 11:2 (NKJV) – So He said to them, ” When you pray, say: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name, Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

The lens that we see God through directly corresponds to how we relate to Him. If you had an abusive or domineering father, you might see God through a lens of fear. Maybe your father was altogether absent, you might see God as distant and unavailable. In the midst of all the ways we get relationships messed up down here, Jesus still tells us to approach God Almighty as our Father. Believe me, friends, He’s a good, good Father and we can trust Him.

Declaration: Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights. There is one God, the Father, from whom all things are and for whom we exist. Just like my Father, I will be kind to the ungrateful and wicked. I will be merciful, because He is merciful. In Jesus’ name, Amen!
(James 1:16-18; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Luke 6:35-36)


My friend Will Ford III is a world-changing Jesus freak. If you don’t know who I’m talking about, you need to look him up. Many know him internationally, however, for a family heirloom passed down through history, and its connection to slavery and prayer for freedom. He has a cast iron cooking kettle that belonged to his ancestors, who were slaves in Louisiana over 150 years ago. His people were not allowed to pray for freedom so they would turn the kettle over, put some small rocks under the rim, and whisper their prayer for freedom into that kettle. They prayed for the release of their children from slavery. Incredibly, Will now leads a national prayer movement on the release of racial hatred and injustice.


As a leader in this prayer movement, Will uses this “prayer bowl” (Revelation 5:8) as a catalyst for mobilizing prayer and teaching on intercession, revival, and societal transformation. It’s an amazing testimony! Redemption has caused him to be the fulfillment of those prayers his ancestors prayed. He believes that it was the prayers of a godly remnant of all races—revivalists and abolitionists—that brought revival to America and ultimately ended slavery.


My friends, prayer changes things. King Jesus made it a habit to get away and pray in the peak of His ministry here on earth. He knew that a thriving ministry could only be empowered and have endurance through the power of prayer. His disciples noticed this too, because out of all the questions they could have asked the King of kings and Lord of lords, they asked Him, “Lord, teach us to pray…” Jesus’ response was immediate, “When you pray, say: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.” Right off the bat, Jesus tells us to identify God as our Father. All throughout Scripture we are told of how the Lord our God is a good Father to His people. Let’s take a look.


Luke 12:32 (NKJV) – “Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.


2 Corinthians 6:16-18 (NKJV) – “I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people.” 17 Therefore “Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you.” 18 “I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”


Isaiah 64:8 (NKJV) – But now, O LORD, You are our Father; We are the clay, and You our potter; And all we are the work of Your hand.


1 John 3:1 (NKJV) – Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.


When we understand that God is a good Father, then, like brother Paul tells us to, we’ll approach the throne boldly in prayer. In direct correlation to His goodness, we’ll be able to trust Him with ourselves and with our needs. That’s a good place to be, my friends, right before the throne of our Father.


If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! – Matthew 7:11 NKJV


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