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Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

The Lord’s Prayer

 

THE LORDS PRAYERMemory Verse: Matthew 6:9

Life Application: Jesus gave us a pattern for prayer.

Bible Text:

Matthew 6:9-13

Proverbs 15:8

Psalm 66:18

Proverbs 15:29

Matthew 6:13

1 Corinthians 10:13

James 4:7-8

 

 

 

 

Prayer is communicating with God. When you go to God in prayer, you do not go to a stranger or to someone that does not care about you. Nor do you go to a statue that cannot see or hear, or to some impersonal deity who needs to be appeased by you. God is you father who reaches out to you in love, goodness and kindness. He knows every detail of your life and He wants you to share them with Him. He wants you to communicate with Him.

Jesus’ disciples knew that prayer was important in communicating and having a relationship with God. They also knew that prayer was powerful in moving God’s hand and changing their hearts, but when it came right down to it, they didn’t know how to pray. So, they asked Jesus to teach them to pray. In response to their request to teach them how to pray, Jesus gave them an example of how to pray. We call it the Lord’s Prayer. It is a model for our prayers.

 

Matthew 6:9-13 NKJV

“In this manner, therefore, pray:

Our Father in heaven,

Hallowed be Your name.

Your kingdom come.

Your will be done

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,

And forgive us our debts,

As we forgive our debtors.

And do not lead us into temptation,

But deliver us from the evil one.

For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”

 

Address and Praise God

Jesus opens His prayer by addressing God, then Jesus praised God.

Matthew 6:9 NKJV

“In this manner, therefore, pray:

Our Father in heaven,

Hallowed be Your name.”

God deserves our praise for all He’s done for us, but also for who He is. Even if God never did anything for us, He would still be worthy of our praise. However, God is a good God, and He does so much for us. We should give Him the praise that He deserves. When we worship God, we glorify Him and prepare our hearts to hear from Him through our prayers.

 

Pray For God’s Will Be Done

When we pray we need to pray that God’s will be done, that His kingdom would be established in our lives. God’s will is done when we give Him priority and make decisions out of a desire to please Him. We need to also pray for God’s will to be done in our families’ lives, our church, and our nation.

Matthew 6:10 NKJV

“Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.”

Pray For The Needs Of Others and Ourselves

The next thing that we do is to pray for the needs of others, then ourselves. At the end of the pray, Jesus praise God again. God loves for us to come to Him in prayer and share our lives with Him. The Bible tells us that God delights in the prayers of the upright or righteous.

Matthew 6:11 NKJV

“Give us this day our daily bread.”

Pray For Forgiveness

Proverbs 15:8

“The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, but the prayer of the upright is His delight.”

Matthew 6:12 NKJV

“And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors.”

It is important for us to ask for forgiveness when we pray. Sin keeps us from coming into fellowship or friendship with God. The Bible says that if we have sin in our lives and do not forgive others, God will not hear our prayers. If you want God to forgive you then you must forgive others.

Psalm 66:18

“If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear.”

Proverbs 15:29

“The Lord is far from the wicked, but He hears the prayers of the righteous.”

Pray For Strength

Matthew 6:13 NKJV

“And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one…”

In the model of Jesus’ prayer, He prayed that when we are tempted that God will give us the strength to resist, and to help us not to fall into the same sin again.

1 Corinthians 10:13

“No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”

To resist temptation we must first submit to God. Next, resist the devil, and He will flee from you. If we try to resist the devil (and temptation) in our own strength, we will fail. But if we rely on God’s strength and ask Him to help us resist the devil (and temptation), we will be victorious. God has already defeated Satan, and greater is He (God) who is in us than He who is in the world.

James 4:7-8

“Therefore submit to God, resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners: and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”

Don’t wait until you are faced with a specific situation that might be tempting—-ask God everyday to give you strength so that when you are faced with a temptation, you will be ready.

Pray that God will give you the strength to resist temptation so that you don’t fall into the same sin again. God’s Word doesn’t say that we won’t be tempted to sin, but it does say that when we are tempted that God has already provided a way out for us.

 

Thank God

After we resist temptation, we need to draw close to God. We start our prayer by coming into God’s presence and worshiping and praising Him for who He is and for what He has done. Now we need to draw close to Him again with worship and thanksgiving. Thanking Him for what He has done and in faith, thanking Him in advance for what He is going to do.

Matthew 6:13 NKJV

“…Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”

The Lord’s Prayer- Matthew 6:9-13

Matthew 6:9-13 NIV

“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. Forgive us our debts as we also have forgiven our debtors and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”

When we look at the Lord’s Prayer we can see that we should pray for several things.

1. Praise / Worship

Praise God for who He is and for what He has done.

2. God’s will to be done / Submission

Pray for God’s will to be done in your life, world, family, the situations that you are praying about……

3. Needs

Present the needs of others to God, also present your needs to God.

4. Forgiveness

Ask God to forgive you of your sins and you must forgive others. Sin keeps us from coming into fellowship with God. We must ask Him to cleanse us and to forgive us so that we can have a relationship with Him. But, we must be willing to forgive others ! It is very important to forgive others.

5. Resist Temptation

Pray that you will overcome temptation.

Review

1. Jesus gave us a _______________ for prayer.

2. Prayer is communicating with God. What is communicating?

3. God is you ____________ who reaches out to you in love, goodness and kindness.

4. God knows every _____________ of your life.

5. Prayer is important in communicating and having a _______________________ with God.

6. Prayer is powerful in moving God’s hand and ____________________ _______________.

7. Jesus gave His disciples an example of how to pray. What do we call it?

8. Jesus opens His prayer by ______________________ God.

9. When we worship God, we glorify Him and ______________ _________ _____________ to hear from Him through our prayers.

10. God’s will is done can be described as what?

11. God delights in the _____________ of the upright or righteous.

12. _________ keeps us from coming into fellowship or friendship with God.

13. Why is it important for us to forgive others?

14. To resist ____________________ we must submit to God, resist the devil and draw near to God.

15. God’s Word doesn’t say that we won’t be tempted to sin, but it does say that when we are tempted that God has already provided a ____________ _____________ for us.

16. Write a prayer using the Lords Prayer as the model.

 

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The Lord’s Prayer

THE LORDS PRAYER  The Lord’s Prayer

Memory Verse: Matthew 6:9

Life Application: Jesus gave us an example for prayer.

Bible Text: Matthew 6:9-13

 

Matthew 6:9-13  NKJV     “In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Your is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”

          Jesus felt prayer was very important. He did a lot of it. He talked to His Father every day. He wanted us to know how to pray, so He gave us an example. We call it the Lord’s Prayer.

When Jesus prayed the prayer we find in Matthew 6, He had just been talking to His disciples about prayer. He told them that they should spend time alone talking to God, and He gave them an example.

 

Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name means God is our Father and He is holy. We should begin our prayers by praising and adoring God.

 

“Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.” means  it is important that we want the same things God wants. We must want God’s will to be done.

 

“Give us this day our daily bread.” means that we should ask for what we need, and that God will provide what we need.
“And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors.” means that if we want to be forgiven we must forgive others.
And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one.” means  that God will never lead us into temptation. We should ask God to deliver us from Satan, the one who does tempt us.

 

 “For Your is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”  means that we should end our prayers with praise to God.

 

God is a loving Father who wants to give good things to His children. All we have to do is ask and trust Him to give us His best.

 

Review

!. Jesus felt prayer was very _________________.

2. Jesus talked to His ____________ every day.

3. Jesus told His disciples that they should spend time alone talking to ____________.

4. __________ gave us an example for prayer.

5. What are some words of praise that you can begin a prayer with?

 

6. it is important that we want the _____________  things God wants.

7. What are some things that you are in need of?

 

8. Is there someone that you need to forgive?  ___________     If you are having trouble forgiving them, ask God to help you forgive.

9. We should ask God to _________________ us from temptation.

10. Write a prayer to God.

 

 

 

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Talking To My Best Friend

      Talking To My Best Friend

Memory Verse: 1 Peter 3:12

Life Application: God hears the prayers of the righteous.

Prayer is communicating with God.

Communication is the exchange of information between people, a spoken or written message, and the communicating of information. Communication is essential in every part of our lives. Without it we would not achieve much. Relationships between people who do not communicate with each other fall apart. The same is true with our relationship with God. We must talk and listen to God. The dictionary defines prayer as a spoken or unspoken address to God. It may express praise, thanksgiving, confession, or a request for something such as help or somebody’s well-being.

Types Of Prayers

1. Praise – Praising God for who He is. Praise is an expression of admiration, worship and thanks to God.

2. Thanksgiving- Thanking God for what He has done and for what He is going to do. It is also a public acknowledgment of God’s goodness.

3. Requests – Asking God for something. A request is an appeal made to someone who has the power to grant it.

4. Confession – Confessing (telling) God your sins, faults or failures. Confession mean admission of wrongdoing, an open acknowledgment of feelings, an admission of having done something wrong, admission of guilt, and a declaration of sins to God. The most important pray that a person can ever pray is a prayer of repentance. It is the only prayer that God will hear from a sinner.

Psalm 66:18  NKJV    “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear.”

Proverbs 15:29  NKJV    “The Lord is far from the wicked, But He hears the prayer of the righteous.”

      The Bible tells us that if we sin, or have injustice, unforgiveness or immorality in our lives that God will not hear us. Sin separates a person from God – fellowship with God is cut off. If we do not forgive others, God will not forgive us of our sins.

Mark 11:26  NKJV    ““And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your tresspasses”

Prayers Of The Righteous

     God hears the prayers of the righteous. The Bible tells us that God see the righteous and that He hears their prayers. Righteous can be described as “right standing” with God. When we are in right standing with God we know that God will hear and answer our prayers.

1 Peter 3:12  NKJV    “For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their prayers; But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil”

Proverbs 15:8  NKJV    “The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, But the prayer of the upright is His delight.”

     God knows what we need before we ask, and He wants to meet our needs. However, He wants us to take an active part in His plans. Our part is to pray. We must leave the results up to God. He will always answer our prayers in one of three ways: yes, no, or wait. No is an answer that we do not like to hear, however when God tells us no He has a reason for it.

Romans  8:28  NKJV    “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”

 Intercession 

God desires for us to be concerned about others. It is important for us to pray for them, both the saved and the unsaved. When we pray for others it is called intercession. The definition of intercession is the action of pleading on somebody’s behalf, the action of attempting to settle a dispute, and a prayer to God on behalf of somebody or something. Intercession is also referred to as standing in the gap. In Ezekiel 22 God wanted Ezekiel to stand in the gap for the people in Jerusalem.

Ezekiel 22:30  NKJV    “So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one.”

The Lord’s Prayer

Jesus gave us an example of prayer in Matthew 6:9-13. We call it the Lord’s Prayer.

Matthew 6:9-13  NKJV

“In this manner, therefore, pray:

Our Father in heaven,

Hallowed be Your name.

Your kingdom come.

Your will be done

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,

And forgive us our debts,

As we forgive our debtors.

And do not lead us into temptation,

But deliver us from the evil one.

For  Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”

*  Address God.

(Examples: Dear Father, Our Father, Heavenly Father, Abba Father, Father, Lord, Dear Lord)

*  Praise God for who He is and thank Him for what He has already done.

(Examples: Thank-you for this day, Thank-you for Your love, Thank-you for Your mercy)

*  Pray for others – present their needs to God.

(Examples: heal Your people, save my family, provide for the hungry, thy kingdom come)

*  Pray for yourself.

(Examples: Give me strength to do what is right, Help me to obey You, Fill me with Your Holy Spirit, Forgive me of my sin, Cause me to listen to my parents and teachers, Help me to overcome temptation)

*  Words of praise to God.

(Examples: I praise and worship You, Bless Your name, I praise You, I exalt Your name)

*  End in Jesus’ name.

When we end a prayer in Jesus’ name it means “in the authority of Jesus“.

Review Questions And Fill-In-The Blanks

1. What is prayer?

2. What is your definition of communication?

3. What happens to relationships where there is no communication?

4. We must talk and __________________ to God.

5. What is praise?

6. Thanksgiving is thanking God for what He ____________   _____________and for what He is going to do.

7. Confession mean admission of _____________________________, an open acknowledgment of feelings, an admission of having done something wrong, admission of guilt, and a declaration of ______________ to God.

8. What do the following verses say?

Psalm 66:18

Proverbs 15:29

Mark 11:26

1 Peter 3:12

Proverbs 15:8

9.God wants us to take an active part in His _____________________.

10. What are the three ways that God answers prayer?

11. According to Romans 8:28, all things work together for who?

12. Who does God want us to pray for?

13. What is intercession?

14. Read the following Bible verses and write down who or what are we to pray for.

1 Timothy 2:1-2

Mark 14:37

2 Peter 3:9

Matthew 9:37

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