Purpose: The purpose of this study is to teach you how to pray just as Jesus taught His disciples, so that you can develop a loving relationship with God and be transformed in the process.
Lord, Teach us to Pray
- Luke 11:1. In what ways do you see humility in these disciples?
This is How You Should Pray: Matthew 6:9-15
- Matthew 6:9. This prayer was given by Jesus, not as a prayer mantra. This is not what you should pray, but how you should pray.
Hallowed be Your Name: Praise His Holy name!
- Matthew 6:9. First, always begin your time in prayer by praising God for who He is and all that He is. Second, when we pray “hallowed” we are in fact praying for His holiness to become apart of who we are. In truth, we begin the day by praying away our human nature. Look at 1 Peter 1:15 and Hebrews 12:14
Your Kingdom Come: It’s ALL About the Heart!
- Matthew 6:10. To pray, “Your kingdom come” is to ask God to use you to expand His kingdom. After all, Disciples are in “enemy occupied territory.”
Your Will Be Done: On Earth as it is in Heaven!
- Matthew 6:10. To pray, “Your will be done” is to recognize the sovereignty of God and it reminds us to always bring honor, praise and glory to God, before we dare to offer up requests for personal needs. We really do have this backwards! Read Matthew 26:36-39 to see a living example. .
Give Us Our Daily Bread: Personal Needs
- Matthew 6:11. Like any parent, God as our Father already knows what you need and want. However, He longs to hear His children ask anyway. In the end, the greatest reward of learning to pray, the reward of prayer itself.
- Proverbs 30:7-9. What is the line between asking God for to much or nothing at all?
Forgive Us Our Debts: The Garden of Grudges
- Matthew 6:12. We have all sinned and fall short of God’s glory and holiness. Asking God to forgive us, will keep us in constant state of humility and willing to forgive others. Instead of holding a grudge the next time you are hurt by some one, look at Jesus on the Cross in Luke 23:34 and imitate Him.
Lead Us Not Into Temptation: You’re at War with the Devil!
- Matthew 6:13. As humans, can we unaided from Heaven; fueled by our own human strength, be a match for (1) the flesh and (2) against a fallen angel whose heart and thoughts have been sharpened by malice and hate? The challenge is to pray when tempted, not after it has grown into sinful actions. Example: Feel mad. Pray before it becomes rage.