Summary: A series to encourage prayer in our daily lives.
Matthew 6:5-13 KJV
5 And when thou prayest , thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you , They have their reward.
6 But thou, when thou prayest , enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly .
7 But when ye pray , use not vain repetitions , as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
10 Thy kingdom come . Thy will be done in 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 lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
The Disciples overheard Jesus praying one day
And they came to Him, with a simple request
“Teach us to pray”
Jesus began by saying, “When you pray…” Matthew 6:5
He simply assumed the disciples would have a regular time
That’s a big assumption to make about people
Most people say that they just don’t have time for daily prayer
If you want to develop an area of your life
Regular time must be given to it
Olympics Practice: Daily regimen. Eating. Weight Training. Practice
All goes into
People who are serious about something always make room for it
Make room for the things of God
For prayer and His Word
Shut out everything else & make His Kingdom priority in your life
1. Get Free From Distraction
The first thing we see about Praying like Jesus is
He would get free from distraction
He would go up into the mountain
He would go out into the desert / wilderness
He would go into a Garden
Shows me that when Jesus wanted to pray
He would get away by Himself
When you pray, go into a spare bedroom and shut the door
Find a closet, an empty office, workshop, garage
Go for a walk
Somewhere you can get free from distraction
And get along with God
That’s where you can pray most effectively
Why is this?
All kinds of interruptions can derail you
Ringing phone, music, people, dogs, errands, duties, to do’s
God knows our humanity better than us
And if we are to pray like Him, the first thing He understood was
In our humanity, we will lose out to distractions
So get away from it all
And get alone with God
2. Pray Sincerely: Mean What We Say
Not only did Jesus tell them to pray in secret
But He also told them to pray sincerely
“Don’t use vain repetitions”
“Do not keep on babbling”
Be careful of meaningless repetition, it has no point
Its very easy to begin using sanctified jargon
Certain phrases sound so appropriate, so spiritual & holy
I can recall being a kind in prayer meetings
I would hear the adults pacing and
Praying in King James English
I thought that’s what I had to do
Sometimes we pray things that are just babble
Dear Lord, go with me on this trip
At first, that sounds reasonable
But why do we ask what He’s already doing?
Surely I am with you, even to the end of the World
I will never leave you, nor forsake you
His name means, Emmanuel, God with us
We should pray, let me be aware of you presence
Let me have faith that you’re going before me
Bless our efforts…
That’s how we should pray!
2. Pray Sincerely: Pray From the Heart
God doesn’t want us to pile up impressive phrases
He doesn’t want us to just pile up impressive words w/no meaning
Illustration: 5,000 Word College Paper
He wants us to pray, simply talk to Him as a Friend, a Father
Authentically, reverently, personally, honestly
Pastor I knew as a teenager, he would pray:
Father, I thank you for being alive today
We enjoy this time together here
Eating good food and having fun together
I know you’re here with us and we’re glad for that
I want to say in front of my friends that I thank you for everything
You’ve done and blessed us with
And I’d do anything to serve you…
He’d go on talking like that for 2-3 minutes