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Prayer series #4: Lord, Teach Us To Pray

THE LORD’S PRAYER
Matthew 6:9-13 Luke 11:1-4
We want God to help us in times of crises, but do we know Him as our Heavenly Father and have we developed a daily walk with Him that keeps us in right relationship with Him to receive His help? We’re not ready to face the crises that come to each of us, unless we are walking in an intimate relationship with Christ.

Establishing a personal relationship with God
A right relationship with God can only be established through saving faith in Christ. Do you know God as your own loving Heavenly Father? Do you know His Son Jesus as your own personal Saviour? If not or if you are uncertain of this, please settle this matter before you proceed any further in this series on prayer. Go to the SALVATION link and discover the peace and joy of knowing your sins are covered and that you approach God clothed in the righteousness of Christ.

Now as a Christian you can begin your walk with God. You can begin to discover the joy of daily intimate fellowship with Him as you spend time reading and meditating on His Word, the Bible. If you are married and your spouse is a Christian also, spend time together in prayer each day and share your hearts with God and with one another.

If you have children at home, find a time to gather together for at least a short time of reading and discussing God’s Word together and sharing together in a time of family prayer. Make sure you keep this time geared to the age level and attention span of your children.

Expand your relationship with other Christians.
With your Bible, read the articles on this web site together and discuss them. Find a church in your community where the Bible is recognized and preached as the inspired, infallible Word of God and where Jesus is recognized as God in human flesh and that we are saved from our sins and given the gift of eternal life through faith in His shed blood.

If there is no such church within driving distance of your home, ask God to help you establish one by gathering friends and neighbors together for regular home Bible studies. Devote time to praying with your family and friends as part of your Bible study. Ask God to use you to lead others to Christ and to help them get established in God’s Word. When you have several families who share your burden for planting a church, contact a trustworthy organization or Christian school to help you find a faithful, trained pastor. There are several good, trustworthy sources I could recommend. These would be at the top of my list.
Bob Jones University and Seminary http://www.bju.edu
Independent Fundamental Churches of America http://www.ifca.org

Heavenly resources for prayer
Understand that if you are a Christian, the Holy Spirit of God lives within you to help you understand spiritual truths, to comfort you, to convict you of sin, to empower you to do God’s will and to help you in prayer. He does not pray instead of you. but He prays with you and through you as you pray. Romans 8:26-27

We learn to pray as we observe Jesus in the four Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. As you read these accounts of the life and ministry of Jesus, take note of how he prepared Himself for ministry by spending much time in prayer with His Heavenly Father. Remember, He is your Father also if you are a Christian.

Note in the following references that prayer was a regular part of Jesus’ day. He prayed early in the morning, Mark 1:35 at His baptism, Luke 3:21 sometimes all night, Luke 6:12. Listen to Him pray for us in John 17. Listen to Him pray in the Garden of Gethsemane before He went to the cross. Luke 22:39-46

We also learn to pray by observing the Apostles praying. As you have time, make a study of the following passages. Acts 1:13-14, 24, 2:42, 3:1, 4:31-33, 6:4-6, 9:40, 10:9, 12:5, 12-16, 13:2-3, 14:22 16:16,25, 20:36, 21:5 28:8 Romans 12:12 I Corinthians 7:5 II Corinthians 1:11, 10:3-4 Eph. 3:14-21, 6:18, Philippians 4:6, Colossians 4:2-3, I Thessalonians 5:17, II Thessalonians 3:1, I Timothy 2:1,8, 5:5, Hebrews 13:18, I Peter 4:7 Jude 20

Though we can learn from the Apostles, we do not approach God through the Apostles or through Mary or through any saint. Rather, we approach God directly through Jesus our only Mediator. I Timothy 2:5-6

These are just some of the passages in God’s Word that teach us about prayer. Certainly reading the Psalms is a wonderful way to learn to pray. It covers the gamut of all our emotions from anger and discouragement to praise and thanksgiving.

What does prayer do for us?
It allows God to transform our goals, desires and passions, making us men and women after God’s own heart. II Corinthians 3:18 We make ourselves available for God to use.

Learn to pray.
Prayer involves a learning experience. That’s why the disciples asked to learn to pray. Basically, we need to learn to pray as children. Pray simply as a child to his father.

Talk normally to God. Forget the so-called holy tones when you pray.

Don’t pray long prayers in public. In private, spend as much time as you desire.

Don’t recite memorized prayers consisting of vain repetition and fingering prayer beads as the heathen do. Matthew 6:7

Speak clearly to God. Don’t use trite meaningless phrases that ask God for nothing.

Ask Him for the things you need.

Be direct and to the point.

Ask in faith, trusting God to hear and answer. Matthew 7:7-11, 18:19-20, 21:22, Mark 11:24 John 14:3

Deal with sin immediately as the Holy Spirit convicts you, confessing sin as sin, and not merely a weakness or mistake.

Surrender to His Lordship, allowing nothing to come before Him.

Learn the habit of praying without ceasing as you drive (but keep your eyes open) or as you are washing the dishes or taking a walk or as you are lying in your bed at night, unable to sleep.

Above all, learn to conform your life to the will of God instead of asking God to conform to your will.

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April 25, 2006 - Posted by | Prayer Series

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