Matthew 6:5-13 (KJV)
5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
Until we believe what God says about prayer we won’t be truly intimate with Him.
Describe your prayer life in one word. Why did you choose that word in particular?
Most Christians would agree that prayer is essential, yet very few of us are satisfied with our experiences in prayer. Why do you think that is?
What are some of the things you must believe to be true about the character of God in order to pray rightly?
Why might Satan want to attack our belief system when it comes to prayer?
Prayer is a gift from God. It is the divinely orchestrated means by which we can commune with our loving Father. For that reason, the Bible is full of commands and instructions about prayer. Unfortunately, though, most of our prayer lives aren’t entirely based on these truths; instead, most of us have bought into some lie about the nature of prayer. Until we confront those lies, we won’t be able to be truly intimate with God in the way He desires.
Have a great weekend and we will see you Sunday.