Advent Study – DAY 20
to a Holy God
With “Submissive” Praise!
Submission Realigns our HOPE: Maintaining healthy relationships requires work, attention, and energy. “Disciplines of obedience” require focus, practice, and learning. Using the H.O.P.E Formula helps keep things current, since the steps can begin the very moment we see the need to recover or improve our relationship with the Father. We should never wait. The four steps are personal, immediate, and certain to work. The most common reason we need to use it comes when we fail in aligning our will to the Father’s. Whether we are struggling with temptations of pleasure, power, or pride, the H.O.P.E Formula helps us get back on track. Phrases three and four of Jesus’ prayer reinforces the intention of our prayer of praise. Hopefully, this will motivate us to follow with healthier choices of obedience.
Jesus’ “Submissive” Prayer of HOPE
- Matthew 6:10 “Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” (NKJV) “May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.” (NLT)
The HOPE of Submissive Praise: How do we get back onto God’s plan for our life? It is a narrow path to follow Jesus.
- The third phrase, “Your kingdom come, …“, reminds us that God is in charge of time. It is His Kingdom and “forever-family” that we have joined. It helps us “listen” and “wait” for Him to help us. His timing is priority for us. This “focus of patience” and “alertness” to His will can motivate us to get into the Word to refresh our understanding of His expectations.
- The fourth phrase, “… your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”, reminds us to follow what we learn from His Word. Again, it pauses us to listen, get counsel, and do our best to be a part of what He is doing in our world of relationships.
Praising God with submission can change our priorities. It can help us know what to let go of and what to hold on to tighter.
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