Tom Scott - 27/01/2013
WHAT SHOULD I PRAY?
Matthew 6:9-13 January 27, 2013
Introduction: What do you say when praying to God? That is a great question that some of us struggle with when you consider His greatness. Jesus outlined a model prayer for the audience in His Sermon on the Mount. Today, we will look at five elements from that passage which can help us develop a thriving prayer life.
I. Every day we should pray to our Father in Heaven.
What has God done in your life today?
II. Every day we should pray that His will be done.
Have you prayed for the church this week?
III. Every day we should pray for our daily needs.
What is the daily bread that you need right now?
IV. Every day we should pray for the forgiveness of sins.
Is there something that you need to tell God today?
V. Every day we should pray for direction in our lives.
2 Corinthians 1:10
Where would you like the Lord to lead you this week?
Conclusion: The point of this message is not to give us a prayer to memorize, but suggestions on what to include in our daily prayers. What God desires most is open lines of communication between us and Him. A thriving prayer life is vital for anyone who wants to grow spiritually in the Lord. Let’s pray with confidence knowing that our Father in Heaven enjoys hearing from his children.
Key Thought: God invites us to come and pray to Him. Every day we should go to Him in prayer.
e-study for January 28, 2013
What Should I Pray?
When Jesus delivered his Sermon on the Mount, the people were listening to what he had to say. Do you ever wonder how many of the people capture the moment in their minds? They probably had no idea that some two thousand years later people would still be enamored with the words that Jesus would share. A section of that message focused on the topic of prayer. During the month of January we have spent some time looking at those words found in Matthew chapter six. The third message in that series focused on the words that comprise what has come to be known as The Lord’s Prayer. My desire was to share with you a look at what Jesus included in his model prayer. I mentioned five elements that he touched on and how we can incorporate them in our prayers today. Here are five questions to help us reflect upon the message and The Lord’s Prayer.
1. Jesus begins in verse nine by saying that the name of our Heavenly Father should be hallowed. Every day we should spend time praising the name of God for who He is and what He has done for us. Hebrews 4:16 tells us that through Jesus Christ we can come with confidence before the throne of God. Our Father in Heaven is inviting us to boldly come before His throne so that we might find grace to help us in our time of need. Is there something in your life that is keeping you from praying to God on a daily basis?
2. The second element that I mentioned in the message is found in verse ten of Matthew chapter six. Jesus teaches us to pray that God’s will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Every day we should pray that His will be done. To help us understand what Jesus was saying here, I mentioned that passage in James four where the half-brother of Jesus wrote about the importance of living in the will of God. Lord willing we can do this or that, go here or there. Do you remember to say Lord willing when praying to God?
3. Every day we should pray for our daily needs. This is the third element that I brought up in the message Sunday. In Proverbs 30, the author talks about praying for his daily bread because he does not want to dishonor the name of God. Verses eight and nine are great verses to explain why Jesus would teach the crowds to focus on their daily bread. Jesus uses the word “bread” to represent all our needs. One day at a time is what God wants us to focus on. What is the daily bread that you need to pray for today?
4. A fourth element in the Lord’s Prayer is forgiveness. Every day we need to pray for the forgiveness of our sins. David did this in the opening verses of Psalm 51. It is here in verse one that he begs God to blot out his transgressions. Jesus teaches us to pray for the removal of our debts which is another way of saying sins. Every day we break the commandments that God has laid out for us in His word. John tells us in his first letter that if we confess those sins, that God will forgive us. What is keeping you from confessing your sins to God today?
5. The final element that I dealt with in the message came from verse thirteen. Every day we should pray for direction in our lives. There are two words that I highlighted from verse thirteen. The first was “lead” and the second was “deliver.” We need to spend time asking God to lead us away from the things that are going to destroy our lives and lead us in the ways that He wants us to go. Daily we need to pray that God will deliver us from the traps that the evil one has set for us. Does it make you nervous praying that God would guide your steps and direct your paths?
God invites us to come to Him in prayer. He wants to have open lines of communication with us. Every day we should go to him in prayer. Let’s not worry about what to say and just speak from the heart to our Father in Heaven. Have a great week in the Lord and may our prayer life thrive as we reflect upon what Jesus said about prayer in his Sermon on the Mount.