Summary: As believers we go to God in prayer all the time, but is our prayer what it should be? Do we pray like we should? Jesus taught His disciples how to pray so that they would please God! Let's look at what He taught them...
Date Written: June 27, 2013
Date Preached: June 30, 2013
Where Preached: OPBC (AM)
Series Title: Miscellaneous
Sermon Title: What Is True Prayer?
Sermon Text: Matt 6:9-15 [NLT]
Over the past several weeks we have studied stewardship & learned that true stewardship has a very basic foundational truth, that is–God Owns it All!
God owns it all… & for those of us who have surrendered our hearts to Christ in repentance… For those of us who have professed our faith in Christ as our Savior, we must understand that God Owns US! If You feel that NO-ONE owns you, then you have issued out on God & you're not a part of His family!
If God owns it all… and God owns all of whom He has saved… What does this mean for ME as a believer? What does this mean for us as a fellowship? What does this mean for the church as a whole?
If God owns it all and we are called to serve Him, we must honor Him and place Him in the right place in our lives! When we pray correctly, we put God in the right place! So when someone asks you 2 pray 4 them or w/them about something, Do YOU know how to pray?
The disciples recognized that they did NOT understand how to pray! they did not fully understand how to put Jesus in the right place in their lives. They knew they needed to pray, but were confused on HOW they should pray.
In Matt 6 Jesus is teaching what we know as “The Sermon on the Mount” where He taught how we are to live in respect to God & in respect to all of humanity. Part of Jesus taught was a focus on how we should pray…and that is our focus for this morning! What is TRUE prayer? Turn to Matt 6:9-15 [NLT]:
9Pray like this: Our Father in heaven, may Your name be kept holy. 10May Your kingdom come soon. May Your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. 11Give us today the food we need, 12and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us. 13And don’t let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one. 14“If you forgive those who sin against you, your heaven Father will forgive you. 15But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.”
In this passage Jesus was teaching on prayer at the beginning of this chapter and he starts out his teaching by laying down a few ground rules prior to teaching about HOW to pray…1st he tells them how NOT to pray:
First Jesus tells His disciples that they are NOT to pray so that they can be seen & noticed by others!
What Jesus is saying here is NOT that we cannot pray in public, but rather that prayer is not spiritual demonstration OR some measuring stick of how spiritual someone is… Prayer should never be used to ‘impress’ or show up others…
Next Jesus teaches His disciples that prayer is NOT how God finds out about your needs… Prayer is an intimate moment between you & God; Prayer is for YOU to draw YOU closer to Him! Your can ask for things but the focus of the prayer must always be on God not yourself or your desires!