Break barriers by releasing what God wants you to release so you can receive His blessings. The third key is based on the part of the prayer that says: “Give us today our daily bread.” Since God cares about what we need and want, He wants us to communicate honestly with Him about that often, and trust Him to provide what’s best for us. But in order to be in the right position to receive what God wants to give you, you must be willing to release whatever you’re holding onto that God doesn’t want in your life. Holding onto the wrong things (or even holding onto the right things too tightly) can cause those things to start controlling you, and God alone must be in control of your life for you to move forward spiritually. Every day, intentionally choose to place your trust in God rather than in anything or anyone else. Pray regularly about what you need, expecting that God will meet your needs in every part of your life. Whenever God gives you guidance through prayer, be sure to obey it. When you release your obedience to God, He will release His abundance to you. Constantly nurture an attitude of contentment. When you release contentment to God, He will release peace and rest that will move you forward spiritually.

Live by God’s grace and extend it to others through forgiveness. The fourth key is based on the part of the prayer that says: “Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” In order to grow spiritually and live to the fullest, you must pursue forgiveness on an ongoing basis – both by receiving God’s forgiveness for your sins, and by releasing your forgiveness to other people who have hurt you. Make a habit of confessing and repenting of your sins to God in prayer. Rely on God’s help to faithfully obey His command to forgive other people so bitterness can’t take in root in your soul and hold you back from the spiritual progress God wants you to make.

Align yourself with God’s plan for your life by pursuing His will. The fifth key is based on the part of the prayer that says: “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” Always be aware that the evil part of the spiritual realm is at work in all believers’ lives; stay alert to how evil is trying to tempt you to sin and pull you away from God. Resist evil by getting to know God’s Word (the Bible) well, basing your daily decisions on biblical principles rather than on your feelings, and praying for the Holy Spirit to guide and empower you throughout each day. Pursue a closer relationship with Jesus every day, and as you focus fully on doing so, Jesus will propel you forward with great momentum so you can reach your fullest potential.

Adapted from Momentum: Five Keys from the Lord’s Prayer to Getting Unstuck and Moving Forward, copyright 2013 by John Siebeling. Published by Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing, Inc., Grand Rapids, Mich., www.bakerbooks.com.

John Siebeling is lead pastor of The Life Church, a thriving, ethnically diverse 7,000-member multi-campus church in Memphis, Tn. He is a member of the Board of Directors for ARC (Association of Related Churches), and is a widely respected peer of the other well-known ARC pastors, including Dino Rizzo, Stovall Weems, Chris Hodges, and Rick Bezet. The Life Church has a weekly television program with an average of more than 125,000 viewers weekly. John has 20-plus years of ministry experience, including several years serving alongside his wife as missionaries to Kenya. He has a BA from Louisiana State University and a Pastoral Degree from Gulf Coast Bible College.

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Publication date: February 14, 2013