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Teach Us To Pray

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Introduction

Why do we pray?
How do we pray?
Who are we praying to?

The Request ()

Luke 11:1 NIV
1 One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”
Jesus is praying, probably in Garden of Gethsemane.
Disciple is watching and waits til He is done for request.
Jesus had already taught this, was he not paying attention?
Jesus, when talking about prayer, gives the same example each time.

First Thing’s First ()

Luke 11:2 NIV
2 He said to them, “When you pray, say: “ ‘Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come.
When you pray SAY
WHO
How is God our Father?
What makes someone a Father?
In the OT, it’s those who love God or are chosen by Him
We are both
How do you talk to your dad when you want something?
Are you scared?
Hallowed Name
What’s in a name?
Esau = hairy
Jacob = heal catcher
Isaac = laughter
Sums up character
My good name
He has a bad name around here
Holy
Simply = set apart
Divine
Every mind and heart
The end goal is that every mind and heart, when they think about God, lift Him up and think rightly about Him. Be blown away by how awesome He is.
Example: Think about Jesus, I think savior, Lord, God, powerful.
Kingdom Come
Kingdom = rule/reign/dominion
Come here, now
When will this happen
Summed up = pray that things be as they should be.
Starts with His name hallowed in us, and His rule in us.

What We Need ()

Luke 11:3–4 ESV
3 Give us each day our daily bread, 4 and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation.”
Daily Provision
Does anybody remember where in the Bible God gave people “bread” every day?
Exodus = mana
He was teaching them to trust in Him
Hard for us to realize this since we have refrigerators and pantries
Even they had the market
Israel had nothing in wilderness
We could lose everything in a second.
God provides for us.
Proverbs 30:8–9 NIV
8 Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. 9 Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’ Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.
Forgiveness of Sins
We need forgiveness as much as we need bread.
Sin puts us in debt
Eye for?
Tooth for?
Life for?
But what about lying, coveting, hating?
Wage of sin is?
We are in debt to God
Christ paid the debt
Forgive debt, because even we forgive debt
Jesus made it possible.
Lead Not Into Temptation
What? God Tempts us?
No. He may lead us, though.
Really? Where?
Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness
May be the Father’s will at times, but we shouldn’t pray to be tempted/tested.
We don’t have to pray for bad things. Pray rather that God lead you into
Prayer
Reading
Fellowship
Communion
Ministry

Conclusion

What is the purpose for all prayer?
Hallow God’s Name
Do His will
Then Provide for what we need
Read if there is time.
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