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Summary: For the last few weeks we’ve been sharing with you a series of messages on one of the most crucial practices of every Christian – that of prayer. And we said from the beginning, that the action of prayer ought not be viewed as an option for the Christian

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For the last few weeks we’ve been sharing with you a series of messages on one of the most crucial practices of every Christian – that of prayer. And we said from the beginning, that the action of prayer ought not be viewed as an option for the Christian, but as an obligation.

And prayer, as it were, is an action which was never designed to move the very heart or mind of God, as the late Dr. E. K. Bailey said, but prayer will change the mind and heart of the one doing the praying.

Our jumping off point for this series was taken from Matthew 6: 9-13. This familiar text stems from Jesus answering his disciple’s requests as asked in Luke 11:1, “Lord, teach us to pray…”

The very response Jesus gave his disciples in answering their request is what we’ve come to know as “The Lord’s Prayer.” But when you look at the context in which the prayer was given, we recognized that it was not actually the prayer of Jesus, but rather it was a model prayer – a prayer to pattern after - for his disciples. Therefore using the model prayer as our guide, we introduced the acrostic A-C-T-S, in order to help us fellowship with God in prayer.

In our first installment, Prayer and Fellowship, we suggested to you that the first thing Jesus advised his disciples to do, when fellowshipping with God in prayer, is to set forth Adoration.

And in order to obtain the mindset of adoration, all we need to do is recognize (first and foremost) we are speaking to God - the sustainer of life; the controller of all; the Great I Am – God!

And we are to adore Him because of His,

a)Person

Because of who He is

b)Parenthood

“Our Father who art in heaven…” He is our heavenly Father.

c)Perfect

“Hallowed be thy name.” His name is perfect!

d)His will should be our Pursuit

“Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”

Prayer and Fellowship, A- Stands for adoration.

In our next installment, Prayer and Forgiveness, we discovered that the second letter of our acrostic C stands for confession. Confession is deemed the act of inner cleansing and it’s also the qualifier for forgiveness.

The word “confess” in the original language means to ‘say the same words’ as God says or in essence ‘to see it the same way as God sees it’.

So in further discovery of the Matthew 6 text, we suggested to you that confession of sin is an essential principle for the Christian. And hopefully we brought to light that confession is essential in order to continue our,

a)Heavenly Relationship

Based on Psalms 66:18 which says, “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear.”

b)Human Reconciliation

Because of Matthew 5: 23-24, Jesus clearly gives us his stance as to the importance of human/heavenly reconciliation.

So confession is an essential principle. But also confession carries with it a conditional promise.

Verse 12 reads, “And forgives us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.” Forgive us as we forgive others – that’s conditional! The outline of this fact is this; in order to,

a)Receive forgiveness

b)Reciprocate forgiveness


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