How Disciples Are to Pray
“Many Christians offer their prayers like sailors use their pumps — only when the ship is leaking!” ~ Unknown
“5 And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 6 But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. 7 "And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him. 9 Pray then like this: "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 also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” (Matthew 6:5-13, ESV)
"v.9 Pray then like this: "Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name."
Knowing God as our Father brings confidence, security, and protection into our life!
Knowing God as our Father also helps us be confident in grace, mercy and forgiveness!
"11 Give us this day our daily bread, 12 and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil."
"v.8 “for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him."
“Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” (Matthew 6:26, ESV)
Although nothing benefits a disciple more than prayer, God’s ultimate
purpose for prayer is to glorify Himself.
“Whatever you ask in my name, I will do it so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” (John 14:13, CSB)
“True prayer brings the mind to the immediate contemplation of God’s character and holds it there until the believer’s soul is properly impressed” ~ Unknown
LIFEGROUP NOTES SESSION 6
BREAKTHROUGH: HOW DISCIPLES ARE TO PRAY
Jesus continues to expose our hearts and minds in the sermon on the mount. He looks at several spiritual disciplines, disciplines that are meant to help us reorient and refocus on the Lord. What Jesus confronts us with is the idea that so often, these things meant to be part of our personal relationship with God, become a performance to show others just how holy or good we are. We are called to pray to an audience of One, that is God! Prayer is how we communicate with God, and God's ultimate purpose for prayer is to bring glory to himself. Let's use prayer as a tool for his glory!
BIBLE STUDY NOTES Matthew 56:1-18
What is the purpose of prayer?
What are you doing to cultivate your relationship with the Lord?