Jimmie Booze gives an insightful application of what he calls “The Seven Elements of Prayer”, revealing how we ought to: Reverence God, Surrender our will to Him, have Confidence in His daily provisions, Self-Examine our hearts, trust His Guidance and Deliverance in times of temptation and spiritual attack; and give Him the Praise & Worship due to Him. You have never heard the “Lord’s Prayer” explained like this!
Jimmie F. Booze, has been in the gospel ministry for over 40 years. He has been married to his lovely wife Theresa E. Booze for 39 years at this publishing. He is a father of three lovely daughters and four grandchildren. He’s a dynamic preacher, a prolific bible teachers and a man of vision.
Throughout the Bible we are taught that we are "many members but one body".
We are also informed that our enemy comes to 'kill, steal and destroy".
"The Lord's Prayer" give us the wisdom, knowledge and understanding we need live victorious lives; free from sin.
The Lord’s Relationship Prayer
That They May be One
One of the most powerful prayers that Jesus prayed had to do with our becoming one in Him. Not only does it call us to unity, it give us a since of who we are in the world. Lets listen in on a portion of Jesus' prayer; “I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth. Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. John 17: 15-23
WOW! You see the Lord not only wants us to be one, but he wants everyone that we reach with our testimony, to become one with us. He wants us to have a fellowship and an affinity with one another that will distinguish us (make us peculiar) from the world!
We see by the prayer of the Lord, that it is not the will of God for us to be delivered out of every contrary situation in our lives, but to effect and transform every situation into the glory of God. Our oneness in Christ becomes the hallmark of our existence. The world will come to know us by our love and unity for one another. Ps. 133:1 declares; “Oh how good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity.” It is something to behold!
Having unity, without uniformity, is of utmost importance. We don’t have to see “eye to eye” to “walk hand in hand”. Our difference is what makes us unique. The Lord has uniquely prepared us for a specific purpose and assignment in the world. As such, we all can’t function in the same capacity in Christ. 1Cor. 12: 4-6 says that; “Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all”. And we are “fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth” (Eph. 4:16). Therefore, it is imperative that we all look to each other in order to reach our full potential in the Lord. For if we are disconnected from the body, flying solo in God, we will not be able to fulfill God’s will for our lives. We need what only the other members of the body can supply. You see we are limited in our ability to get anything done in the Lord by ourselves. Our interdependence on one another is crucial! Just as a clock has many parts but one purpose; to tell time, so is the body of Christ with many members, but one God to glorify! If we are out of relationship with our brother, it’s like having a clogged artery; stopping the flow of vital oxygen and nutrients from reaching every part of the body, and is met sometimes with devastating consequences.
We cannot get caught up in the many wonderful gift and talents that others display amongst us. We must focus on growing and developing what God has put in us. Realizing that we are all connected and dependent on none another, we must focus on doing our part well. The scripture say in Romans 12:5; “So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.” We are the body of Christ, first and foremost. And our unique gifting and talents should never become a source of discord amongst the brethren. For if there was one thing the Lord hates, it is “He who sows discord, amongst the brethren” Prov. 6:16-19; “These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.” We sow discord and cause division in the body of Christ by what comes out of our mouths. We must guard our hearts, that our mouths might speak only the love of God. Jesus says that “it is not what goes into a man’s mouth that defiles him, it’s what comes out.” And that “out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth will speak” Seeing that the Lord has chosen to put the power of life and death in our tongue, we might want to watch what comes out of it. For by it we will either bless or we will curse; we will either give life to; or cause the death of the very person we are trying to serve.
Philippians 1:27 says; “Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;” In Ephesians 4: 4-6; we read, “There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.” We Are Family!
As we look into the structure of the “Lord’s Prayer” as given to the disciples, we are met with some very powerful principles that will allow us to fight off any attack of the enemy! We know that the number one goal of the devil is to “kill, steal and destroy” God’s children; and anything the Lord has provided for us! Our glory and power to rule is given to us in the confines of the principles found in the Lord’s Prayer.
The elements of the prayer will enable us to “fight the good fight of faith”. We will find Kingdom strategies that will thwart all the plans of the demons assigned to our lives. This is our TABERNACLE! If we dwell within its outer and inner courts we will find what it is that we ought to do in this fight. And allowing the holiest of holies (the Holy Ghost and fire) to enter our hearts and mind, we will find ourselves surrounded by His glory! Let take a look at this most powerful and instructive prayer.
The Lord’s Prayer
“…Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 11. Give us this day our daily bread. 12. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.”