OPEN HEAVENS FOR TEENS 6 OCTOBER 2019
THEME: GOD AND RELATIONSHIPS 1: RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD
MEMORISE: Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. Revelation 3:20
Read: Matthew 22:37-38
37. Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
38. This is the first and great commandment.
Our God is a family man. When Jesus was teaching the disciples to pray, He said they were to start with “Our Father”. He could have started with “Our God” or “Our Creator” and still be correct, but He started with “Our Father”.
This shows that God prefers to be referred to as our Father. He prefers to have a Father-child relationship with us, not a request-answer relationship. Some people only speak to God when they have a request.
If only they knew what they were missing by relating with Him this way.
If you have a neighbor, and you go to him to ask for sugar today, tomorrow, you ask for milk, the day after, you ask for beverage, the next day when you come to ask for bread, he will tell you he foes not have.
But if you simply go to visit your neighbor, you tell him that you just came to spend time with him. Before you leave, he will entertain you with bread and butter with tea.
There I’d a whole lot more to get from God when we relate with Him first as our Father before we do as our provider.
Spend some time just worshipping God today, don’t ask for anything, just worship Him.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
Isaiah 34-36, Philippians 2
1. I am Thine 0 Lord, I have heard Thy voice,
And it told Thy love to me;
But I long to rise in the arms of faith
And be closer drawn to Thee.
Draw me nearer, nearer blessed Lord
To the cross where Thou hast died;
Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer blessed Lord,
To Thy precious, bleeding side.
2. Consecrate me now to Thy service, Lord,
By the pow’r of grace divine;
Let my soul look up with a steadfast hope,
And my will be lost in Thine.
3. Oh, the pure delight of a single hour
That before Thy throne I spend,
When I kneel in prayer, and with Thee, my God
I commune as friend with friend!
4. There are depths of love that I cannot know
Till I cross the narrow sea;
There are heights of joy that I may not reach
Till I rest in peace with Thee.
AUTHORS: Pastor E.A. Adeboye
Pastor (Mrs.) Folu Adeboye.