The Lord's Prayer opens with a reverent address which says: "Our Father which art in heaven" - Matthew 6:9.
This indicates a relationship between the one who prays and the One to whom prayer is directed. It is like a father-child relationship, which is one of the factors that enhance prayer. The bible says "As many as received him (Jesus) to them gave he power to become the sons of God." - John 1:12.
Whenever a house is to be built, plans are made to ensure that by the time it is finished the structure is strong enough to withstand all kinds of weather conditions so that the owner will be able to enjoy the benefit of owning it.
The building of any house is costly and painstaking. So, it will be foolish of anybody to start building a house without ensuring a good foundation that can hold it against any adverse weather condition.
"For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself." - Roman 13:9
Whenever religion is being discussed or more specifically, Christianity, many people think of keeping the commandments of God. Whatever the commandment of God is, it involves the way we relate to our neighbors in thought, word or action.
"Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them."- Matthew 7:15-20
The function of the prophet was not merely the disclosure of the future but also includes the exposition and application of the law, that is; the declaration of the will of God. it thus contained two elements - THE MORAL (or DOCTRINAL) and the PREDICTIVE. So the prophet had a practical office to discharge.
"The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings." - Jeremiah 17:9-10 (KJV) "For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee." - Proverbs 23:7 (KJV)
The mind is the control station of a person's life. It's the mind that decides what a person does, either in word or action. The kind of thoughts that regularly flow through one's mind will eventually form the person's behavior. God made man perfect. (Genesis 1:31) But man became different in his thoughts after he fall (i.e. became Sinner).
"Dearest Pastor Wales, thank you. Your blessings move my heart. God bless, keep and propell your ministry to new heights for His Kingdom cause. In our prayer here in South Africa. - Nerissa Govender (South Africa)"