When we pray the Lord’s prayer, let’s resist reciting it in a “stained-glass” voice as if it’s irrelevant pretty poetry! (D. Jeremiah n/d) Let’s understand that the Lord’s prayer was showing us that prayer is a holy rebellion to the status quo. (Teykl 2002) He was the divine intruder and wants us to be also through prayer! (Wimber & Springer 1987) We are to pray according to the Father’s heart by saying, “Father, YOUR will [not the devil’s] be done! YOUR kingdom come [not the devil’s] here on earth.”
When Jesus said “NO!” to storms, He wasn’t rebuking His Father in was He? No! He again was demonstrating that what is happening here in the seen earthly realm IS NEGOTIABLE THROUGH PRAYER! (Teykl 2002) You say, “Well that was Jesus. Jesus can rebuke a storm, but I can’t.” However, in the same passage Jesus rebuked the disciples for their little faith, implying that they could have done the same.
The Jesus of the Bible established Christianity as the only religion that does not subscribe to fate. We subscribe to faith that confidently prays for God’s undeserved mercy and grace in all situations. The Lord showed me this witty comparison: Christians have turned the word FAITH into FATE. All the major false religions of this world, which the devil himself has fathered, have at their very root FATE. And that religious devil has subtly injected his poisonous philosophies into Christianity. Religious fatalism suggests that we must acquiesce to “whatever may be may be.” While it sounds so spiritual to accept and be at peace with everything that happens, and is in fact considered the ultimate barometer of a person’s faith in many churches, fatalism is perhaps the number one thing keeping Christians from following the steps of Jesus and the early believers.
Early believers powerfully demonstrated the King’s Presence within them day by day and turned the world upside down. That’s true FAITH! However, today’s believers have been taught to yield to the events of an upside down world and call it God’s will. It’s time for us to take FATE out of our FAITH. They walked in a clear understanding that their great commission was to pray and then demonstrate all that the last Adam, Jesus, had faithfully returned to the Father. It is essential to return to true Biblical faith if we are to live coram Deo and follow in His steps.
Adapted from the Coram Deo Secret