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PRayer - Teach us to Pray

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The Lord’s prayer in Matt 6:9-13 walks us through how to pray. It’s not the only way to pray, but it provides some guidlines for how we can pray effectively.
You may have repeated this pray hundreds of times but it provides a great outline for our prayer life. It’s simple, beautiful and powerful. If we sue the principles in His prayer, we can use them to help us develop our own prayer life.
Luke 11:1 NLT
1 Once Jesus was in a certain place praying. As he finished, one of his disciples came to him and said, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”
Matthew 6:9–13 NLT
9 Pray like this: Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy. 10 May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. 11 Give us today the food we need, 12 and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us. 13 And don’t let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one.

1. Connect with God relationally.

“Our Father...”
Romans 8:15 NLT
15 So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.”
Remember our identity: We are sons and daughters… heirs.
It helps to pray out loud when you pray. God knows our thoughts and our motives, but he loves to hear our voice. It also helps us as we pray to hear our voices.

2. Worship His Name.

Hallowed be your name...
Proverbs 18:10 The Message
10 God’s name is a place of protection— good people can run there and be safe.
Spend time in worship each day. Put on some worship music. me listening to Lauren Daigle
You don’t have to worry if you can sing or not… God loves your worship.

3. Pray His Agenda first.

Your kingdom come Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Matthew 6:33 NLT
33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
The more you press into the WOG and allow the HS to change you, the more your prayers will be in line with God’s prayer and his will for you.
TIP - There is not right posture for you to pray in… stand, pace, walk or kneel… whatever workd for you.

4. Depend on Him for everything.

Give us this day our daily bread.
Psalm 121:1–2 NLT
1 I look up to the mountains— does my help come from there? 2 My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth!
There is nothing too big for God nor is there anything too small for him…
Prayer is doing more than we can see because God is doig more than we know.

5. Get your heart right with God and with people.

Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against you.
1 John 1:9 NLT
9 But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.
Confession is agreeing with God about your sin.
We may need to ask others for forgiveness or offer forgiveness.
Forgiveness brings freedom into your life.

6. Engage in spiritual warfare.

“And do not lead us into temptation but deliver us from the evil one. “
Ephesians 6:12 NLT
12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
Prayer is communication with God and confrontation with the enemy.

7. Express faith in God’s ability.

For yours is the Kingdom and the Power and the Glory forever.
Jeremiah 32:17 NLT
17 “O Sovereign Lord! You made the heavens and earth by your strong hand and powerful arm. Nothing is too hard for you!
Revelation 5:13 NLT
13 And then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea. They sang: “Blessing and honor and glory and power belong to the one sitting on the throne and to the Lamb forever and ever.”

First 15

5 Minutes in Worship
5 Minutes in Prayer
5 Minutes in Word

Group time

After hearing this message, what do you think your prayer time should look like?
What are some potential distractions that can get in the way of your prayer life?
Is prayer your first response or your last resort?
Share a time when God has answered your prayers.
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