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When You Pray - Part 2

Kidz World Today - Children’s Church
Matthew 6:5–13 NKJV
5 “And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. 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. 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. 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. 10 Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. 13 And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
Confession of Faith
I am not moved by what I see or by what I feel. I am moved by what I believe. I believe the WORD of God! The victory is mine! I have it now! I can see it through the eyes of my faith!
When You Pray
Last Week we started the series When You Pray! We Looked at verses 5 and 6 and today I want to go a little deeper!
The Three Great Rules for Prayer
1. Do not use empty repetition
2. Do not speak much
3. Trust God
Among the religious there is often a tendency toward long prayers, particularly in public. Too often people measure prayer by its fluency and length, thinking that length means devotion.
Ecclesiastes 5:2 NLT
2 Don’t make rash promises, and don’t be hasty in bringing matters before God. After all, God is in heaven, and you are here on earth. So let your words be few.
Matthew 6:7 NKJV
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.
Repetition means to babble , to use many phrases; to say idle things; to say meaningless things.
Vain repetition means:
1. It means saying the same words over and over again without putting one's heart and thought into what is being said.
2. It means using certain religious words or phrases (sometimes over and over again) and thinking God hears because one is using such religious talk.
How to stop from using empty repetition in prayer.
1. A genuine heart: really knowing God personally and having a moment by moment fellowship with Him all day long.
2. Thought and concentration: really focusing upon what we are saying.
3. Desire for fellowship with God: praying sincerely, really meaning it.
4. Preparation: preparing ourselves for prayer by first meditating in God's Word.
Jesus does not say repetition in prayer is wrong. It is not wrong.
What is wrong is vain, empty, meaningless, foolish repetition. Christ Himself used repetition in prayer
Matthew 26:44 NKJV
44 So He left them, went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.
We must pray more - we must take time to pray and pray with a honest heart
We must prepare our hearts for prayer: by meditating in God's Word.
2 Timothy 3:16 NKJV
16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,
The second great rule of prayer is an eye-opener -do not speak much.
Too many think that length equals devotion; that is, the longer you pray the more God will listen to them and the more spiritual they will become. God does not hear a someone’s prayer because it is long, but because your heart is genuinely poured out to God.
Length has nothing to do with devotion, but a sincere heart does.
Long prayers are not bad. What is wrong is the idea that long prayers are automatically heard by God.
Luke 6:12 NKJV
12 Now it came to pass in those days that He went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.
Prayer is a matter of the heart, not a matter of words and length
The third great rule of prayer is —trust God.
Matthew 6:8 NLT
8 Don’t be like them, for your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him!
Prayer demonstrates our need for God and our dependence upon God.
Prayer gives time for concentrated sharing and communion between you and God.
God knows your needs!
You do not have to worry about God knowing or meeting your needs.
Your concern and my concern should be living in the presence of God, taking enough time to share and to fellowship with God.
The more we share and fellowships with God, the more we will know God and learn to trust and to depend upon God's care and promises.
Isaiah 65:24 NLT
24 I will answer them before they even call to me. While they are still talking about their needs, I will go ahead and answer their prayers!
So three things the Bible reminds us:
1. Do not use empty repetition
2. Do not speak much
3. Trust God
One final thought:
Romans 8:23–27 NLT
23 And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children, including the new bodies he has promised us. 24 We were given this hope when we were saved. (If we already have something, we don’t need to hope for it. 25 But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently.) 26 And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. 27 And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will.
When You Pray
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