Summary: A teaching on the Lord's prayer and the importance of prayer

Note: One of the influences of prayer has come from Jim Cymbala so if there are similarities it is because I have read many of his books.

Title: How to Pray

Theme: To show from Jesus’ example how to pray

Text: Matthew 6:9-13

Facts about the

Sermon on the Mount

• At the beginning of the New Testament

• Does not present the message of salvation

• Given to Christians

• Reminds us of the teaching style of the Sanhedrin

• Is seen scattered throughout the other gospels

5 "And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites (actors). 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.

Why pray?

Prayer recognizes the need for God’s leadership (assistance) in our lives

A. Prayer admits that I can’t do it myself.

B. Prayer acknowledges that God is in charge

C. Prayer recognizes that my life and all its substance belongs to God.

D. Prayer introduces a spiritual realm into our lives of health and growth.

E. Prayer is the method that Jesus modeled to communicate with God.

Prayer creates opportunity for blessings as we partner with God.

A. Prayer is the link to the spiritual vitality of the

Holy Spirit’s anointing.

B. Prayer helps us to act as a conduit to unleash

the power of God.

C. Prayer cultivates miracles

D. Prayer brings about change.

E. Prayer is the avenue for personal 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.

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust." 3 Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler And from the perilous pestilence. 4 He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler. Psalms 91:1-4

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.

9 Our Father-a name of respect and honor.

John 16:23-26 And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. (24) Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full. (25) "These things I have spoken to you in figurative language; but the time is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figurative language, but I will tell you plainly about the Father. (26) In that day you will ask in My name, and I do not say to you that I shall pray the Father for you;

We are praying to the Father in the name of Jesus. Asking on the petition of Jesus. In prayer there is always a trinity. In prayer there is the including of the Father who answers, the Son who justifies the answer, and the Holy Spirit who has the power.

9b in heaven

The place recognized as God. It separates our God from all others. For others their God is in the grave. For others their God is a stone statue or in the earth. But our God is the God of heaven and the God of the heavens. Our God is alive and well and sits on the throne involving Himself in the affairs of man. Praise God!

Then next is praise

9c Hallowed by Your name-Thy name must be reverenced” or “Let all that thou art be revered”

2 Chronicles 5:13-14 indeed it came to pass, when the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord, and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised the Lord, saying: "For He is good, For His mercy endures forever," that the house, the house of the Lord, was filled with a cloud, (14) so that the priests could not continue ministering because of the cloud; for the glory of the Lord filled the house of God.

Psalms 22:3 But You are holy, Enthroned (inhabit) in the praises of Israel.

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