Victory Vitamin Blog – Luke 11:2-4

“When you pray, say:”

-Luke 11:2–4 NIV

It may seem like I cut that verse short.  I did.  You know the rest.  It’s the Lord’s Prayer.  Jesus’ disciples asked Him to teach them how to pray and in response Jesus taught them what we call The Lord’s Prayer.  Without communication there is no relationship that’s why God has given us the gift of prayer.  Through prayer we communicate with God and Jesus gives us a model prayer.  That doesn’t mean we can’t pray other words as well.  Prayer is simply talking to God with words or thoughts.  We can and should talk to God about anything, anywhere, anytime.  Pray your personal petitions and perhaps at the end of your prayers pray the prayer Jesus taught us to pray.  In that prayer we are reminded that God is our perfect heavenly Father.  The one who loves us and is close to us at all times.  He is the Father who sent His Son to take our sin away and pay for it on the cross.  That prayer reminds us that our spiritual and eternal needs are more important than our physical earthly needs.  So, whenever you pray, whatever you pray, when you pray, say… (You know the rest)

Victory Vitamin Blog – Luke 9:62

‘No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.’

-Luke 9:62 NIV

The story is that a man went to get a tattoo that said “NO REGRETS” on his arm.  The tattoo “artist” didn’t check the spelling and the man ended up with “NO REGERTS” on his arm and a healthy dose of regret.  A “no regrets” attitude can be dangerous, but Jesus encourages us to jump in with both feet when it comes to discipleship.  In the verse above we see that Jesus requires a “no regrets”, “full steam ahead” attitude from those who follow Him.  We are to put God first in our lives and make His mission our primary mission.  Jesus put us first when He boldly, intentionally went to Jerusalem knowing that He would be arrested and crucified.  His love for you made Him bold to act.  His love for us now makes us bold to act, sharing His love in words and actions, and asking others if they know just how much God loves them.  God promises, “Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life.” (Revelation 2:10 NIV) Those words remind us that a full commitment to serving Christ is one thing we will never regert.