Summary: What is prayer? Why is prayer important? How do we pray? Preacher, I don't know how to pray about this situation in my life, can you help me? Prayer is about intimacy with God and transparency of the soul...join me in a journey to KNOW prayer &how to pray
This is NOT a full sermon, but a lesson/devotional on the basics of prayer that serves as an introduction to the Model prayer given by Jesus in our Scripture. It is a launching off point for a study on prayer that will last several Wednesday evenings and will be coupled with our congregation entering into a time of focused and intimate prayer time each Wednesday evening after the study!
Date Written: January 26, 2014
Date Preached: January 29, 2014
Where Preached: OPBC (Wed PM)
Series Title: A Study on the Lord’s Prayer
Sermon Title: An Introduction
Sermon Text: Matthew 6:9-13 [HCSB]
Series Basis Text:
Matthew 6:9-13 [HCSB]
9“Therefore, you should pray like this: Our Father in heaven, Your name be honored as holy. 10Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. 11Give us today our daily bread. 12And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13And do not bring us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. [For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.]
Essence of the Text: Jesus wanted His disciples to know how to pray…
Essence of the Sermon: Jesus wants believers today to know how to pray…
Objective of the Sermon: Prayer is vital for the believer, but prayer is not so much in the words as it is in the attitude behind those words. This model prayer lays forth a template that guides the believer in the direction of their prayer and the attitude of their heart.
Have you ever had the thought… How do I pray about this? Maybe there is a situation in your life where you know what you want out of it, but you also know that what you want and what God wants may not be on the same page… how do we pray for those things?
Maybe a situation arises in your life where you just don’t know where to turn or what to ask or what to pray… How are we supposed to pray about those things?
How about this… let’s say you are a believer and the troubles of life and the circumstances of this life are bearing down hard and you have lost your job OR you have had a car accident where you were at fault OR your children may be involved in something you just can’t believe they are involved in…
Whatever IT may be… there is something in your life that you KNOW you should pray about but you just cannot come up with the words… you just don’t know how to approach God with your heart’s prayer!
Well, I want to encourage you… FIRST as a believer, your prayers will NEVER fall on a deaf ear. The answer you get from your prayer may not be what you wanted but your prayers will never be ignored by God. Sometimes His answer is the total opposite of what we desire… and sometimes His answer is silence, but we can know that He IS there…
Second, we must realize that God is not some sort of Cosmic Vending machine where we can insert our prayers and make the selection we desire and it come to us… Prayer is NOT a formula to get what you want!