Jesus Teaches Us To Pray

Jesus Teaches Us To Pray

Matthew 6:5-14

“‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done…” vs. 9

Thankful for Vegetables?

It was Thanksgiving and the family had gathered for the day. It came time for dinner and the family gathered around the table. It was all decorated leaves and a corn-of-copio. The family all held heands and the father said “Let’s pray.” It was then that the 4-year-old boy spoke up and said “Daddy can I sqay the prayer?” “Of course, go ahead,” the father replied. All the family members bowed their heads in expectation. He began his prayer, thanking God for all his friends, naming them one by one. Then he thanked God for Mommy, Daddy, brother, sister, Grandma, Grandpa, and all his aunts and uncles. Then he began to thank God for the food. He gave thanks for the turkey, the dressing, the fruit salad, the cranberry sauce, the pies, the cakes, even the Cool Whip.  Then he paused, and everyone waited–and waited. After a long silence, the young fellow looked up at his mother and asked, “If I thank God for the broccoli, won’t he know that I’m lying?”

Praying is something we learn to do as we grow in Lord but the prayers of a child are revealing and very honest.  Sometimes it’s hard to know what to pray.  In Matthew chapter 6 Jesus the disciples to pray.

Read Passage – Matthew 6:5-14

5 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

9“This, then, is how you should pray:“‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, 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 lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’ 14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

Jesus Teaches Us What Not To Do

As we approach Thanksgiving, it seemed appropriate to spend a little time getting to know Jesus heart for prayer a bit more. Our theme this year is Living With The Heart Of Jesus. I love to pray with people because in prayer, you hear their heart. Today we are going to look at probably the most famous of Jesus’ prayers, we call it The Lord’s Prayer. It comes in a passage of Scripture called The Sermon On The Mount.  Jesus desire with this sermon is to give his followers some practical things to put into their life that will help them walk closer with God. The passage we are looking at this morning is meant to guide them in their prayer life.

  • Don’t Use Prayer To Be Seen By Others

Jesus starts this passage by teaching them what they should not do in their prayer life.  The first thing comes in verse 5:

“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.” vs. 5

Jesus wants his disciples to understand that prayer is between you can God. Now that may sound pretty obvious, but think about it for a moment. When we pray publically there is a tendency to put on a public persona.

Ex. When I am asked to pray in public You thinka bout it, choose your words carefully, etc.  Talk about the guy I know who changed his boice and words when it came time to pray.

This was the Pharisee’s problem. Their prayers were not between themselves and God but about them and what other people heard. That was there reason for praying, to impress others. They were really praying to other people not to God. Basically Jesus is saying “Don’t do that.”

  • Don’t Use Prayer To Manipulate God

Secondly, Jesus says that you should not be praying to manipulate God. Verse 7:

“And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.” vs. 7

More is not always better.  In fact, when it com3es to praying, Jesus is saying, “Don’t think saying long, drawn out, and repetitious prayers are going to please God or even change his mind. You can not manipulate God.

Ex. Bob Brown and my baseball cards

Jesus Teaches Us To Pray

What Jesus also does in this passage is teach his disciples how to pray. He gives us a prayer in verse 9-13 that is a great prayer to prayer but also that same prayer gives us a guideline that we can ue in our prayer time.

  • Remember Who You Are Talking To

First, he says remember who you are praying to, verse 9

“‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done…”  vs. 9

We are talking to God Almighty.  We are coming to His throne and conversing with God. Wow! Even more so, we are reminded that god’s name is special, hallowed, revered, to be held high. WE are to respect God for who He is, God, and to respect his name.

Ill. People use God’s name in vain often (swearing)

Ill. The Israelites not able to say the name of God.

Part of our responsibility is to make sure that God’s name is held high and honored.

  • It’s An Invitation To Come Into Our Life

Second, our prayers with God are another way of inviting God into our life. Verse 10:

“…your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” vs. 10

Verse 10 is a reminder to invite God into our daily lives and to that His will be lived out in our life.  Daily we need to be asking God His will for us and how we can live out His kingdom here on earth. We don’t have to wait to experience God’s kingdom. Although we can’t have it as fully as we will one day when we are with Him, we can experience some of it now.

  • It’s Praying For Specifics In Your Life

And Third, Jesus encourages us to pray for the specifics of our life.

  • Daily Bread (Sustenance)

So he encourages us to pray for the our daily bread, vs. 11:

“Give us today our daily bread.” vs. 11

This is the things we need to sustain ourselves and continue on.

  • Forgiveness (As A Way of Life)

Secondly, we are to pray for forgiveness.  Verse 12:

“And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.vs. 12

Let me challenge you on this one. Is forgiveness part of your regular prays? Forgiveness in a few ways. First for yourself, forgiveness for your sins. But secondly, forgiveness for and from others. In the way that we are forgiven, Christ calls us to forgive others.

  • Aligning Ourselves With God

And third, we should be continually praying that our lives are aligned with God, that we don’t give Satan a foothold on our life.  Verse 13:

“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’” vs. 13

It is so easy to become lost and to let sin enter our lives and take over. But here is where we claim God’s power; not only from the things that so easily entangle us, but also tht we don’t een get put into those situations. The great thing is that when we do get into those situations, God has the power to deliver us from them.  Pray in the difficulty and through the difficuoty.

Communion

This is communion Sunday. I love communion and the idea of remembering what Christ did for us.  We remember that we are asked to come into this time in a pure and holy manner and the only way to do that is through…prayer! You can put into practice right now what Jesus taught us in this prayer.

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