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Teach Us to Pray - July 2019

We should rejoice today: Greater is He that is in me than he (the evil one) that is in the world

Prayer Establishes Our Reconciliation with God

Scripture Reading: Colossians 2:16-23

Key Verse: Colossians 2:15

And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.

The Apostle Paul uses the word “disarmed” in describing an aspect of our reconciliation and forgiveness. Webster defines the word with terms such as: deprived of weapons; win over; removing hostility. The death and resurrection of Jesus made Him the “head over every power and authority” (Colossians 2:10). Pre-Christ, there were battles—seen and unseen—for the souls of mankind (in our world and in the spiritual world). The fallen angels, with Lucifer as the head, came against all that was godly.

It should be thrilling to us to read that Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, has deprived our enemy of effective weapons. We should rejoice today with our testimony: Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world. The powers and authorities of all the worlds, seen or unseen, have been disarmed! Indeed, Christ has made a “public spectacle of them, trampling over them by the cross” (Colossians 2:15b).

When we pray: “Father, forgive me,” we have the reminder that forgiveness is ours in Christ. Every time we use the model prayer, it should serve to build our confidence in the work that was done on the cross. Jesus wanted the words “forgive me” to be precious words of encouragement. God forgives! These words, when said with meaning and sincerity, tap us into the redemptive work of God that circumcised our hearts!

Father forgive me. Thank you; I receive it in Jesus’ name. My heart is set apart and clean before you. My faith has made it so! Thank you, Jesus. Amen.