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Summary: How to fuel up with prayer

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Title: “Be fueled with prayer.”

Text: Matthew 6:5-15

Because Jesus presumed we would pray he naturally wants to help us get the most out of prayer.

Illustration: The fastest way to waste your gas

Driving at speeds over 55 miles an hour!

Traveling at 55 mph gives you 21% better mileage when compared to traveling at 65 mph and 70 miles per hour

Did you also know that there are ways to waste your prayers!

Jesus in our text tells us the fastest ways to waste your prayers

The first way to waste your prayers is found in verse 5

“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.” (v5)

If you want to waste your prayers pray only in order to be seen by men.

Sadly there will be those who all they want when they pray is the applause of men.

Illustration:

It’s like buying a car with lousy gas mileage just for its looks.

Then Jesus tells us the second way to waste your prayers in verses 7-8.

“And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” (V7-8)

If you want to waste your prayers keep on babbling when you pray

Any prayer which is all words and no meaning is a wasted prayer.

Illustration

It’s like idling in heavy traffic. Your car is making all the right noise but you are not going anywhere.

So how do you avoid the 2 biggest wasters of prayers?

1. How do you avoid praying only in order to be seen by men?

2. How do you avoid babbling on and on whenever you pray?

Then just don’t pray is not an option Jesus wants us to consider.

We avoid praying only in order to be seen by men by doing what Jesus tells us to do in verse 6.

“But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” (V6)

We avoid babbling on and on when you pray by doing what Jesus says tells us to do in verses 9-13.

“This, then, is how you should pray:

Our Father in heaven,

Hallowed be your name,

Your kingdom come,

Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

Forgive us our debts,

as we also have forgiven our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” (V9-13)

What does Jesus tell us to do in order to help us avoid praying only in order to be seen by men?

“But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” (V6)

If I want to be fueled with prayer I have to learn to pray in secret.

This is the complete opposite of what we often think.

We often think that in order to be fueled with prayer we have to learn to pray in public.

It’s actually harder to pray in secret than it is to pray in public.

1.You are much more easily distracted when you pray in secret

2.You are more likely to be disturbed when you pray in secret


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