Prayer

Teach us to pray:
  • Prayer is about talking and listening to God, regular prayer will help us grow into strong Christians.
  • Jesus prayed regularly, but on one occasion He was asked to teach His disciples to pray, read what He taught Luke 11:1-13 and Matthew 6:9-13
  • Prayer can be a wonderful experience as we meet with God and have two way communication with Him; however prayer can also be a most difficult area for Christians.   The Devil does not want us to pray and so will try to disturb us in all sorts of ways to prevent us from praying.   It is important that we persist, and that we ask God to help us to pray.
The Lord's Prayer:

The Lord's Prayer can be broken down into a series of parts, helping us to have a model from which we can pray successfully.

  1. Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, 
    • During prayer is a good time to acknowledge to yourself and confirm to God that you know who it is you are addressing.  
    • The first step in the Lord's Prayer Jesus declares His worship of the Father.
  2. Your kingdom come, your will be done, 
    • The Kingdom of God can become relevant in our lives today.   Jesus taught on the Kingdom in numerous places in the New Testament.  Mark 4:26-34.   Jesus said that His Kingdom was not of this world John 18:36.
  3. Give us each day our daily bread. 
    • Of course our prayers should not be a list of wants, however God does encourage us to share our needs with Him and so our daily food and other supplies are very important to us and therefore to Him.
  4. Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.  
    • To admit we have sinned before God and men is a huge step which leads to forgiveness and peace.  Prayer should include an acknowledgement of our own sin and a plea for God's forgiveness.
  5. Lead us not into temptation,
    • Daily we are targets of the devil who wants us to fail in our walk with God and bring us to a place where we give up in our endeavours to serve God.   Temptation and resultant failure can be avoided when we seek God's wisdom.
  6. For yours is the kingdom, the power and the Glory forever, Amen
    • Commitment to God's Kingdom and the acknowledgement that we are in His hands for the whole of our lives, one day at a time is a great place to sign off our time of prayer.
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