BUT FIRST, PRAYER - WEEK 2

BUT FIRST, PRAY – WEEK 2 – 15 SEPTEMBER 2019

WHAT DO I SAY?

STORY

When Chris and I first met we were only 16 years old. We would talk on the phone in the evenings for a couple of hours. What about? – Who knows – I can’t remember. Idle chitchat – BUT IT FELT GOOD! WE DIDN’T WANT IT TO STOP.

 POINT – when you’re in love with someone, you wan to talk with them. Its not so much about what you say, but it is doing life with them.

Let’s emulate Jesus…

Matthew 14:23  (AMP)

23 And after He had dismissed the multitudes, He went up into the hills by Himself to pray. When it was evening, He was still there alone.

 Luke 5:15-16 (NIV)

15 Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses. 16 But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.

But what did He say?

Prayer is all about relationship. They talked about the day past and the day coming. They things od purpose, words of love and intimacy. They spoke out of relationship.

The disciples wanted this kind of prayer experience – so they asked – Teach us to pray….

Luke 11 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)

11 Then He was praying in a certain place; and when He stopped, one of His disciples said to Him, Lord, teach us to pray, [just] as John taught his disciples.  2 And He said to them, When you pray, say: Our Father Who is in heaven, hallowed be Your name, Your kingdom come. Your will be done [held holy and revered] on earth as it is in heaven.  3 Give us daily our bread [[a]food for the morrow].  4 And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves also forgive everyone who is indebted to us [who has offended us or done us wrong]. And bring us not into temptation but rescue us from evil.

 The Lord’s Prayer -  or the disciples prayer?

Let’s look at the how….

Our Father Who is in heaven,

Who are we talking to? You can talk to your heavenly Father to Jesus, to the Holy Spirit; all are one and all hear you when you pray. Jesus asked us to pray to the Father in His name. What that means we address our Father through the right and authority of Jesus name because He died for us. He made a way for us to be able to come right into His presence, because we are forgiven.

hallowed be Your name,

This is praise, saying God your Holy, worthy, exalted. Spending time in prayer so that the first task is praise reminds us of the bigness of God. In perspective our problems are smaller. To praise God look at the psalms.

 Your kingdom come. Your will be done [held holy and revered] on earth as it is in heaven. 

 This is strategic. Its accepting and even commanding that Gods rule and order be set in place in my world. In every place where I perceive that I have influence. It’s about surrender but more than that it’s about rolling out God’s authority and influence into your world.

 3 Give us daily our bread [food for the morrow]. 

It’s OK to ask for stuff. Jesus wants us to ask for our needs to be met. Although the scripture teaches that God knows our needs before we ask nevertheless by asking we learn our dependence on Him. Right after this verse Jesus teaches that God is so very willing to give us what we ask for – “if you being eveil give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly father give you what you ask for?”

 4 And forgive us our sins,

Our relationship with God prospers with honesty and integrity. Keeping short accounts with God, means listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit. Where have I walked in my own ways away from God’s values and love? Sin is any kind of selfishness; don’t worry you won’t have any trouble remembering or figuring out what is a bit offline…. The Holy Spirit’s job is to tell you about that. The big question is will you ignore it???

 for we ourselves also forgive everyone who is indebted to us [who has offended us or done us wrong].

Now relationship with others. Let’s get that fixed! If you take on offence, you will not get any further until its resolved. Forgive others over and over – see the real perspective here – What others have done to you is tiny in comparison to what we have done to God!

 And bring us not into temptation but rescue us from evil.

This is the recognition that we are entirely dependent on God at all times and not own strength to endure trials and temptations. It’s keeping Him close and resting in Him knowing that He leads us at all times and will keep us through faith.

For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever, amen.

This line is added by Matthew and omitted by Luke – It ends our prayer time with praise as it started. Maintaining the perspective to keep us from falling back into fretful thoughts of how big our own tiny circumstances may be.

Jesus didn’t intend for us to pray this off every day by memory – it’s an outline – a template for prayer.

·       Begin with Praise

·       Strategic prayer for Gods will to be done

·       Ask for needs.

·       Be forgiven and forgive to heal relationships.

·       Recognise our dependence on God

·       End with praise.

JOURNALLING IS USEFUL.

USE SOAP EVERY MORNING…..

SCRIPTURE

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