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Summary: Principles on prayer from the Lord’s prayer in Matthew

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"I don’t think we’re going to get out of this thing. I’m going to have to go out on faith."

It was the voice of Todd Beamer, the passenger -- and Wheaton College graduate -- who said "Let’s roll" as he led the charge against the terrorists who had hijacked United Flight 93, the one, you will remember, that crashed in the Pennsylvania countryside.

What gave strength to his bravery was his faith in Jesus Christ. Todd died as he lived, a faithful believer.

After passengers were herded to the back of the jet, Beamer called the GTE Customer Center in Oakbrook, Illinois. He told supervisor Lisa Jefferson about the hijacking. The passengers were planning to jump the terrorists, he said. And then he asked her to pray with him. He began to recite the Lord’s Prayer, and Jefferson joined him: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name."

As they finished, Beamer added, "Jesus, help me." And then, Beamer and his fellow passengers prayed a prayer that has comforted millions down through the centuries -- the prayer that David wrote in a time of great anguish: The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want ... Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.

And then the famous last words: "Are you guys ready? Let’s roll."

5 Principles of prayer

Matthew 6:9-13 (NKJV)

8 “Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. 9 In this manner, therefore, pray:

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name.

10 Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13 And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

1. Approach Him with reverence and tenderness

v.9 Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name.

• The words used by Jesus to address Our Heavenly Father

• Pater – the almighty creator of heaven and earth

• Abba – your heavenly daddy who is the God of all comfort

2. Approach Him with humility and dependency v.9 Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. 10 Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread.

• Your Kingdom come and will be done, not my will be done

• Declare my dependency on you for my needs, I sacrifice for you and in turn claim the promise that you will provide for my needs.

God appeared to Solomon in II Chron. 1:7 and told he could ask for anything he wanted. Most of us, if put in that position, would have ask for things that would be beneficial to us but because Solomon was in the will of God, he ask for something that would help others. He ask for wisdom to lead God¡¦s people into His will.

3. Approach Him with forgiveness

v.12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

• My I freely forgive others as you have freely forgiven me.

• My I demonstrate your love, grace and mecry as you have shown them to me

4. Approach Him with alertness v.13 And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one.


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