Summary: A message on Repentace on Prayer. P - Praise, R - Repentance, A- Ask, Y - Yield
Title: Lord, Teach Us To Pray: Repentance
Theme: Showing the importance of Repentance in Prayer
Text: Matthew 6:5 - 15
Matthew 6:19-21 "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; (20) but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. (21) For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
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Two Ideas for Acronyms for PRAY
P - Praise, R - Repentance, A - Ask, Y - Yield
P - Praise, R- Request, A - Accept (God's forgiveness, release), Y - Yield
Matthew 6:5-15 "And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. (6) But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.  (7) And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words. (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.  (14) "For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. (15) But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Luke 11:1 Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, "Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples."
We started a series on prayer last week. Looking at the Lord’s Prayer or better understood as the disciples prayer, Jesus gives us a pattern for prayer. Understand this is a Pattern for Prayer. As Jesus states early our goal is not to just repeat this over and over again expecting God to answer but to follow the elements of this prayer.
There are basically four elements. 1) Praise 2) Repentance 3) Asks or requests 4) Yield. If you noticed it follows the word prayer.
For the next element this Sunday we will look at Repentance. I believe these two: Repent and ask are interchangeable.
(12) And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors.
Pattern for Prayer. This encapsulates the elements of prayer. In this we have the basic elements on how to pray.
P – Praise
R – Repentance
A – Ask
Y – Yield
Repentance was the main message of the New Testament from the John the Baptist
Jesus opening message was the same as John’s Mat 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."
From that time? From the time that Jesus was tempted in the wilderness and set forth as the Messiah. John had been put in prison and now Jesus had stepped forth. His first message was a message of repentance.
Repentance – Repent
** Note: Greek word references are from Esword – Thompson Chain Module
- Original: µeta??e´?
- Transliteration: metanoeo - Phonetic: met-an-o-eh'-o
1. to change one's mind, i.e. to repent 2. to change one's mind for better, heartily to amend with abhorrence of one's past sins
- Origin: from G3326 and G3539 - TDNT entry: 20:15,6 - Part(s) of speech: Verb
- Strong's: From G3326 and G3539; to think differently or afterwards that is reconsider (morally to feel compunction): - repent.
A Repentant Heart
Luk 18:9-14 Also He spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: (10) "Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. (11) The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, 'God, I thank You that I am not like other men--extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. (12) I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.' (13) And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me a sinner!' (14) I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."