JOY=Jesus, Others, Yourself
What is JOY? According to Webster dictionary Joy is the emotion of delight or pure satisfaction caused by something exceptionally good or gratifying, great pleasure, or elation. Joy is a state of mind and the orientation of the heart. It is a settled state of contentment, confidence and hope. It is something or someone that supplies a source of gratitude.
J – Jesus
I give you praise and I thank you for all that you are in my life. When praying you might want to give Jesus honor or reverence by letting Him know, you know who He is. That you appreciate Him for who He is, or that without Him, you could do nothing. God inhabits the praise of the saints, and when we pray, it is like communicating with God the Father. The list of attributes are long but here are a few. The following attributes:1.) Lamb of God – “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” John 1:29
2.) Light of the World – “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12
3.) Lion of the Tribe of Judah – “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.” Rev. 5:5
4.) Lord of All – “For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Phil. 2:9-11
5.) Mediator – “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” 1 Tim. 2:5
6.) Messiah – “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ).” John 1:41
7.) Mighty One – “Then you will know that I, the Lord, am your Savior, your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.” Is. 60:16
8.) King of Kings – “These will wage war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, because He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those who are with Him are the called and chosen and faithful.” Rev. 17:14
9.) Resurrection and the Life – “Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die.” John 11:25
10.) The Door – “I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture.” John 10:9
11.) The Way – “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6
12.) The Word – “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1
13.) True Vine – “I am the true vine, and My Father is the Vinedresser.” John 15:1
14.) Truth – “And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32
15.) Victorious One – “To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne.” Rev. 3:21
16.) Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace – “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Is. 9:6
O – Others
We should offer prayer up to God for others and not just ourselves. Others such as our Government, friends and family, and co-workers. People near and far, those in other countries, and of course across the United States. It shows great maturity when you can pray for your neighbors or even the person in the next car, while waiting at the stop light. God loves this unselfish act of love, and because our nation is in a mess, all the more reason to pray for others.
Y – Yourself
When praying, if you follow this order, it allows your prayer to flow. It is a beautiful experience when you take time to give God the praise due Him. Never forget to repent for any and all sins, and then go into your prayer. With all sincerity and humbleness when approaching the throne of God. God loves a contrite spirit. “A contrite heart is one in which the pride and self-sufficiency have been completely humbled by the consciousness of guilt.” The Hebrew and Greek words often translated “contrite” actually mean “dis-hardened, disabled, or damaged.” When contrite modifies heart, we get the picture of a conscience that is damaged by the weight of its own guilt.
When a human stops justifying its wrong doings, and awakens to the depth of its depravity and humbly accepts God’s righteous condemnation of sin, then sincere remorse is present. A contrite spirit offers no excuses and blames no one. It totally agrees with God about how evil it is. A remorseful heart throws itself upon the mercy seat of God, knowing that it deserves nothing but wrath (Isaiah 6:5; Psalm 41:4). God is just and loving to forgive, and allow you into His fold. He will give you joy unspeakable joy.
Encourage Yourself: Repent, Praise, & Pray. Pray for Joy!