Monthly Archives: February 2015

Pray for Justice

It’s fair to say that a ‘hobby horse’ of God’s is justice. From cover to cover of the Bible, from the start of history to the end, God has a lot to say about justice. And even better, he has the solution.

Justice is right order: all things in right order to God, self, others, and the rest of creation.

We know that is only possible through Jesus. His coming Kingdom is all things in their right order under his right rule.

We have the privilege of praying for justice in our world, and the new world to come. This is what we mean when we pray ‘your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as in heaven.’

So let’s know and pray about unfair trading, child slavery, institutionalised sexual abuse, Aboriginal welfare, poor health, displaced people groups, environmental issues, religious persecution etc

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.

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Why Pray the Lord’s Prayer?

When the first disciples asked Jesus how to pray, he simply taught them the Lord’s Prayer.

It’s only a 30-second prayer. If you aren’t already praying each day this would be a quick and easy way to start praying. If you are praying, it would be a great start or end to your time of prayer.

C.S. Lewis said an advantage of set-prayers, like the Lord’s Prayer, is it’s not driven by the issues of our day but by the permanent shape of Christianity. In other words, it keeps our mind on the big picture, and guards us from being short-sighted in only praying for issues or problems of today.

If you don’t already, join me in starting to pray the Lord’s Prayer each day!

…and why not join with others in praying the Lord’s Prayer everyday leading up to Easter at http://www.lordsprayer.org.au/ with some notes from the Bible Society.

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.

Your Kingdom Come!

The Lord’s Prayer is so familiar and well loved, that I wonder if we realise how daring it is to pray this prayer?

Praying ‘your Kingdom come, your will be done’ is asking to be part of God’s work on earth. That’s the work King Jesus begun on the Cross and calls his followers to continue until he returns to earth (Matthew 28:18–20).

It means making every decision and choice in life based on what is best for God’s Kingdom. That requires learning God’s will from the Bible, and doing God’s will from the Bible.

It means giving our life to King Jesus, and being part of his transformation of the world through the gospel… and it begins right now in our own heart.

Do you dare to pray this prayer?

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.

Our Father

Jesus taught his disciples to pray ‘the Lord’s Prayer’ (Matthew 6:9–13). An early church document called The Didache (‘the teaching’) from 90AD suggests praying the Lord’s Prayer was a regular part of the Christian life.

Still today at public church services most people can recite the Lord’s Prayer.

Its familiarity means we need to be careful we don’t take it for granted, or say it without remembering the privilege it is to call God ‘our Father.’

Prayer, and the whole Christian life, is shaped by the intimate relationship we have with God as Father. Our relationship is only through his son Jesus who came to earth as one of us and made it possible for us to be adopted into the family.

Let’s be awestruck, joyful, and thankful that we get to pray to the God of the universe as ‘our Father’!

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.