Summary: A Proper Model for Prayer
The Lord’s School of Prayer
We are going to be here a little long today so if you have an appointment you need to make feel free to leave when you need to. We are revisiting this text this morning since we just skim the surface of it last week. There is more in this model prayer Jesus gave His disciples than what anyone of us could ever try to communicate in any one hour of teaching since prayer cannot be exhausted in these few words Jesus spoke. Our communication to God changes due to circumstances and need in life but prayer is misused if we only go to Him when we have a complaint or need. I want to briefly go over the points with you from last week and look at them a little more in detail today. First, Jesus told His disciples they need to address the right person when they pray, “Our Heavenly Father”; Second, they needed to come to Him with the understanding that He stands uniquely alone in the universe and there is no other like Him, “Hallowed which means ‘sanctified” be thy name”; Third, they were to pray with a heavenly focus, “Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven”, Fourth, be content with God’s daily provisions opposed to grabbing after things outside His will, “Give us this day our daily bread”, Fifth, we should be repented daily and have a forgiving attitude toward others who wrong us, “And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors”, and sixth, we should pray for awareness of trials and the schemes of the devil, “Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one.”
That is the layout of how Jesus teaches the disciples to pray now lets look at them in a little more detail from last week.
I Prayer should be directed to no one but our Heavenly Father (2). What does this mean? Simply that God is personal, uniquely and completely different from our earthy father. Earthy fathers are limited as to their ability but God provides what no other can provide for His children.
a. He has provided your salvation in Christ. Turn with me to (Jn. 3:16), I know you have this verse memorized but there is nothing greater than reading it. "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." Now turn to (Isaiah 63:16) "Doubtless you are our Father, though Abraham was ignorant of us, and Israel does not acknowledge us, You, O Lord, are our Father; our Redeemer from everlasting is Your name." Now turn with me to (Rom. 5:12-17). What does all this mean? It means that God provided a way to restore us back into a right relationship with Him so our sin would no longer keep us from spending eternity with Him. Those who have put their faith in Christ for the forgiveness of sin have the privilege to cry out to our personal and only God “Abba, Father” who art in heaven. The second element of beginning our prayer is not to start a complaining chat with God but