The Model Prayer — June 26, 2015

The Model Prayer

Today, I want to continue on the topic of prayer and how it is so important to our relationship with God.

Matthew 6:5-13 (HCSB) “Whenever you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites, because they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by people. I assure you: They’ve got their reward! [6] But when you pray, go into your private room, shut your door, and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. [7] When you pray, don’t babble like the idolaters, since they imagine they’ll be heard for their many words. [8] Don’t be like them, because your Father knows the things you need before you ask Him. [9] Therefore, you should pray like this:

Our Father in heaven, Your name be honored as holy. [10] Your kingdom come. Your will be done on Earth as it is in heaven. [11] Give us today our daily bread. [12] And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. [13] And do not bring us into temptation but deliver us from the evil one. [For Yours is the Kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.] 

Some versions omit the text in brackets at the end of verse 13.

I want to discuss the Model Prayer because [a] it is a familiar passage…[b] and it truly IS how we should pray. We often think of prayer as asking God to give us things or do things for us. However, prayer is much more than that! It is our only way of talking to God! Even though, he is omniscient and omnipotent (all-knowing and all-present), we should still want to talk to Him like He is our friend. God doesn’t need big words and long 30 minute prayers. He wants to think about Him constantly, instead of saying, “I prayed for 30 minutes this morning, so I don’t need to pray anymore today.” I struggle with this, but we should have a constant conversation with Him.

The ACTS prayer is good guide, but you shouldn’t stick to this as if it’s the only way to pray!

A doration ~ We should constantly praise God, for WHO HE IS, not just for what he has done. Psalm 150:6 Let everything that breathes praise the LORD. Hallelujah!

onfession ~ Although God already knows we messed up, we should confess as an acknowledgement that we were wrong in our thoughts, words, or actions. 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 

hanksgiving ~ Just as we should praise Him for who He is, we should thank Him for ALL HE HAS DONE! Psalm 100:4-5 Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him and praise His Name. [5] For Yahweh is good, and His love is eternal; His faithfulness endures through all generations.

S upplication ~ (or Petition) This is where we can pray for ourselves and intercede for others. This is where your prayer list comes in. 🙂 Philippians 4:6 Don’t worry about anything, but in everything through prayer and petition, let your requests be made known to God.

Remember that above all, God doesn’t need you to follow a set list of rules…He just wants to talk!

The Spirit Within —

The Spirit Within

Just want to let you all read this. This was done by my amazing music minister! (Who is much more advanced in his walk with Christ than me!) Thanks to him for writing a great article!

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Introduction

Revival is an interesting phenomenon. Much like the Lord’s Supper, it is a time in our lives when we stop and evaluate where we stand with Christ. For some, it will be a time of reflection about our walk with Him. For others, it will be a time to check their hearts to see if they walk in the faith.

This time of reflection may sound like an ominous time of introspection, but for true Christians, it is really a boost of confidence. You see, a true Christian walks with Christ constantly and habitually. In fact, Christ lives in and with us 24/7. How and why does He choose to have such a close relationship with us? Let’s look and see.

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The Final (Exam)

The evangelist Ken Freeman gave us a test in order for us to examine our lives to see if we are in the…

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Study of 1 Thessalonians 5:17 — June 24, 2015

Study of 1 Thessalonians 5:17

I want to look at one verse today….

1 Thessalonians 5:17

Pray constantly. [Without ceasing]

Prayer is one of the most important parts of our walk and relationship with our Father. It’s our way of talking WITH Him! I have always liked this example…would you go a month without talking to your best friend? If you did, would it be much of a relationship? If you talk to your best friend, why don’t you talk to your heavenly Father? I know that I have trouble with my prayer life and that is something that I have been trying to get into!

Prayer can be a daunting thing…we can’t see Him, so this is an issue of trust. We must trust that God is always listening and can hear us no matter where we are. Not only do we have to trust that He heard our prayer, but we also have to trust that He will answer our prayer in some way. (Yes, No, Wait)

I would like to delve deeper into prayer in another post, but until then, I encourage you to find verses on prayer.

Study of 1 John 1:1-1:4 —

Study of 1 John 1:1-1:4

1 John 1:1-4 (HCSB)

What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have observed and touch with our hands, concerning the Word of Life—[2] that life was revealed, and we have seen it and we testify and declare to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was revealed to us—[3] What we have seen and heard we also declare to you, so that you may have fellowship along with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. [4] We are writing this things so that our joy may be complete.

First off, let’s look at verses 1 and 2…these verses are discussing the Word of God. (The Bible) It is through these verses that we see how we should share the Gospel with others. Do you see how “declare” appears many times throughout the passage? WE should be the ones to “declare” the message to others. Verses 1 and 2 also discuss how reliable the Bible is. Many of the men who penned down these words of God were eyewitnesses to the things they were inspired to write about. (On a side note, when I say “inspired” I don’t mean they thought of it themselves, but they were inspired by the Holy Spirit. See 2 Timothy 3:16!)

Now, for a deeper inspection of verses 3 and 4. In verse 3, we see another instance of the word “declare”. This is showing the importance of sharing the Gospel with others! We need to more faithful in sharing, however, in order to do that we must be faithful in our own walk. “Our fellowship” with Jesus should be an everyday time in the Word.

I pray that my blog would help you, but don’t just take my own word for it…study for yourself!

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