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Evangelist Jordan (chosenwithcare) | 1925 comments Mod
Bible Study: Matthew 6:5-16


Beginning Prayer:

Father, we enter Your gates with thanksgiving in our hearts, and with praise. Please allow us to enter Your court in Jesus’ name. We lift up Your holy Name. Jesus, teach us to pray as God desire us to pray. Please bless our prayers not to be selfish, but giving You all the glory, all the praises, and all the honor, because we know all power is Yours and only Yours. Bless this study on prayer to enable us to pray more effectively as Prayer Warriors should. This we pray in Jesus’ name. AMEN

Subject: “The Lord’s Prayer” (Introduction)

Scripture Reading: Matthew 6:5-17

Anyone who speaks or writes on the Lord’s Prayer has entered a field of controversy because of the two extreme interpretations of the Prayer—the ultra-liberal and the super-conservative. Any exposition on this prayer comes into the range of the heavy artillery of one or both of these groups. My purpose in examining it is not to enter the field of apologetics or logistics, but to strengthen the deep desire for reality in prayer in these days of superficiality. The only excuse for studying the Prayer is to lay upon the heart of God’s people the urgency for knocking on His door, the necessity for asking, and the importunity for seeking. Nevertheless, in our zeal and enthusiasm we have stressed the importance of knocking at the right door, asking in the proper way, and seeking in the correct direction. This message is sent out with the prayer that it may stimulate God’s people to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17).

There is always a question about prayer:

What is Prayer?

The most basic definition of prayer is “talking to God.” Prayer is not meditation or passive reflection; it is direct address to God. It is the communication of the human soul with the Lord who created the soul. Prayer is the primary way for the believer in Jesus Christ to communicate his emotions and desires with God and to fellowship with God.

Prayer can be audible or silent, private or public, formal or informal. All prayer must be offered in faith (James 1:6), in the name of the Lord Jesus (John 16:23), and in the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:26). As the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia puts it, “Christian prayer in its full New Testament meaning is prayer addressed to God as Father, in the name of Christ as Mediator, and through the enabling grace of the indwelling Spirit.” The wicked have no desire to pray (Psalm 10:4), but the children of God have a natural desire to pray (Luke 11:1).

Prayer is described in the Bible as seeking God’s favor (Exodus 32:11), pouring out one’s soul to the Lord (1 Samuel 1:15), crying out to heaven (2 Chronicles 32:20), drawing near to God (Psalm 73:28, KJV), and kneeling before the Father (Ephesians 3:14).

Paul wrote, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6–7). Worry about nothing; pray about everything.

Everything? Yes, God wants us to talk with Him about everything. How often should we pray? The biblical answer is “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). We should keep a running conversation going with God all day long. Some find the ACTS formula of prayer helpful, but there is really no special formula for how to pray in the Bible. We should just do it. We can pray under any and all circumstances. Prayer develops our relationship with God and demonstrates our trust and utter dependence upon Him.

Prayer is the Christian’s way of communicating with God. We pray to praise God and thank Him and tell Him how much we love Him. We pray to enjoy His presence and tell Him what is going on in our lives. We pray to make requests and seek guidance and ask for wisdom. God loves this exchange with His children, just as we love the exchange we have with our children. Fellowship with God is the heart of prayer. Too often we lose sight of how simple prayer is really supposed to be.

When we make petitions to God, we let God know exactly where we stand and what we would like to see happen. In our prayers, we must admit that God is greater than we are and ultimately knows what is best in any given situation (Romans 11:33–36). God is good and asks us to trust Him. In prayer, we say, essentially, “Not my will, but your will be done.” The key to answered prayer is praying according to the will of God and in accordance with His Word. Prayer is not seeking our own will but seeking to align ourselves with the will of God more fully (1 John 5:14–15; James 4:3).

The Bible contains many examples of prayer and plenty of exhortations to pray (see Luke 18:1; Romans 12:12; and Ephesians 6:18). God’s house is to be a house of prayer (Mark 11:17), and God’s people are to be people of prayer: “Dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in God’s love” (Jude 1:20–21).

Weekly Pattern: Praise

Prayers from the Bible: Moses

Questions:

1). How often do you pray?
2). How do you pray? (What is your outline?)
a. Does your sequence of prayer mirror the Lord’s Prayer?
b. How is it different?
c. How can you change your prayer structure to be more like Christ’s example for prayer?
3). How often do you pray the Lord’s Prayer on your own (excluding during a worship service)?
4). Why do you think that many believers do not follow the Lord’s Prayer in their personal devotions?
a. Why is prayer important?
b. What happens to us when we neglect to pray?
5). Read Matthew 6:7-8.
a. What are “vain repetitions”?
b. Do you ever find yourself repeating the same prayer over and over without any real meaning behind the words?
c. Why do the heathen repeat over and over?
d. Do your prayers ever compare to those of the heathen or the hypocrites?
6). Where do you pray most frequently?
a. How comfortable are you in leading public prayers in a group?
b. How comfortable are you in your private prayers, expressing your most personal needs to God?
c. Why is there pressure to sound “religious” when praying in public?
d. When praying in public, what is your focus if you are concerned about how you sound to others?
7). What is the most basic definition for prayer?
8). Explain how prayer can be presented to God.
9). To the best of your knowledge explain (Romans 8:26).
10). How often should we pray?
11). When we pray what should be our focus?
Week # 1

Weekly Song:

Weekly Praise:

Weekly Reading Assignment: (Acts 1-2)

Ending Prayer:


message 2: by Evangelist (new)

Evangelist Jordan (chosenwithcare) | 1925 comments Mod
This Week’s Prayer:

Father, we enter Your gates with thanksgiving in our hearts, and with praise. Please allow us to enter Your court in Jesus’ name. We lift up Your holy Name. Jesus, teach us to pray as God desire us to pray. Please bless our prayers not to be selfish, but giving You all the glory, all the praises, and all the honor, because we know all power is Yours and only Yours. Bless this study on prayer to enable us to pray more effectively as Prayer Warriors should. This we pray in Jesus’ name. AMEN


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Evangelist Jordan (chosenwithcare) | 1925 comments Mod
Weekly Pattern: Praise

The Bible says we are to enter into the presence of God with praise and thanksgiving. The Lord’s Prayer starts with praise. “Hollowed be Thy name” means we come to God and honor Him, worship Him, and praise Him. Sometimes we rush through our grocery list without saying anything good about God. What motivates us? Our needs. But first God wants us to open the prayer gate with worship and praise. Use the names of God, the Psalms, anything that will help you praise. If we first do not see God high and lifted up in all His greatness and power, we won’t have the confidence that He can answer our prayers. Make God big in your prayer before you do anything else. Praise Him first. AMEN. (Read this scripture Psalm 100:4)


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Evangelist Jordan (chosenwithcare) | 1925 comments Mod
Let’s Hallow His name by rehearsing Who He is:

(Jehovah Tsidkenu)

YAHWEH-TSIDKENU [yah-way-tzid-kay-noo]: "The Lord Our Righteousness” (Jeremiah 33:16) – As with YHWH-M’Kaddesh, it is God alone who provides righteousness (from the Hebrew word tsidkenu) to man, ultimately in the person of His Son, Jesus Christ, who became sin for us “that we might become the Righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21).


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Evangelist Jordan (chosenwithcare) | 1925 comments Mod
Prayers from the Bible: Moses (Exodus 15:24-25)

24 And the people murmured against Moses, saying, What shall we drink? 25 And he cried unto the LORD; and the LORD shewed him a tree, which when he had cast into the waters, the waters were made sweet: there he made for them a statute and an ordinance, and there he proved them, (Moses prayed to God in very short words, but it was a great prayer)


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Evangelist Jordan (chosenwithcare) | 1925 comments Mod
Questions:

1). How often do you pray?
Let me answer this question by saying, I have learn to pray wherever I am. My most effective prayers are in my car and in bed.
2). How do you pray? (What is your outline?)
I learn this pattern to pray some years ago, but I have to keep reminding myself to follow the pattern. I do enter into His gate with thanksgiving, and when I sense I have entered His court, my Lord, I begin to praise Him for allowing me to come. Glory to God!
a). Does your sequence of prayer mirror the Lord’s Prayer?
I am learning continuously.
b). How is it different?
Now, not so much different, but must continue it
c). How can you change your prayer structure to be more like Christ’s example for prayer?
I believe to be led by the Holy Spirit
3). How often do you pray the Lord’s Prayer on your own (excluding during a worship service)?
I pray this prayer every morning, been doing so for years now. I believe it’s OK, but not be the only way I pray.
4). Why do you think that many believers do not follow the Lord’s Prayer in their personal devotions?
I am not sure, but maybe there are not praying at all. Maybe they have not been taught to pray this prayers, then pray according to the pattern Jesus was teaching.
a). Why is prayer important?
It’s important because it is the way we communicate with God our Father.
b). What happens to us when we neglect to pray?
I believe, speaking from experience that it block our communication with God.
5). Read Matthew 6:7-8.
a). What are “vain repetitions”? “for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.”
This is when a person prays over and over and over again the same words; I learn it not what God intended.

b). Do you ever find yourself repeating the same prayer over and over without any real meaning behind the words?
I use to pray that way, but not anymore.
c). Why do the heathen repeat over and over?
I believe they are trying to please man and not God; and, some were taught that way, as I was.
d). Do your prayers ever compare to those of the heathen or the hypocrites?
Not anymore!!!
6). Where do you pray most frequently?
a). How comfortable are you in leading public prayers in a group?
I am comfortable, especially when I allow the Holy Spirit to pray through me. It was very difficult, but I learn to give to give into the Holy Spirit leading and give God the glory for what He did through me.
b). How comfortable are you in your private prayers, expressing your most personal needs to God?
This is another one I had to learn, and now it is so rewarding to just trust Him to be in His presence and share everything with Him. He knows anyway!!
c). Why is there pressure to sound “religious” when praying in public?
There shouldn’t be pressure when praying in public if led by the Holy Spirit of God in a group for a specific reason. Peter and John healed a man in public when they were going to the Temple to pray. (Acts 3:1-10).
d). When praying in public, what is your focus if you are concerned about how you sound to others?
I believe it is focus on self, and that should not be.
7). What is the most basic definition for prayer?
The most basic definition for prayer is talking with God
8). Explain how prayer can be presented to God.
Prayer can be audible or silent, can be private or public, formal or informal, but all prayer must be offered in faith.
9). To the best of your knowledge explain (Romans 8:26).
I believe this is intercessory prayer through the Holy Spirit
10). How often should we pray?
Jesus prayed all night sometimes, and it is good, and we can pray as led by the Holy Spirit when we are interceding for others.
11). When we pray what should be our focus?
I truly believe our focus should be to honor and glorify God in our relationship with Him, and for God’s will to be done in us as it is in heaven.


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Evangelist Jordan (chosenwithcare) | 1925 comments Mod
Sharing After: Extra on question # 9

I read this and just wanted to share with you concerning this a little more.
This is an awesome question that reveals the Holy Spirit praying through a person. Groaning cannot be tongues as described in Acts 2:4, 6.

The 120 gathered awaiting the promise spoken by Jesus. They began speaking in other languages as the Holy Spirit gave them Power from on High. Devout men from many countries were in Jerusalem to celebrate Pentecost, they heard the disciples of Jesus praising God and worshiping Jesus in THEIR OWN LANGUAGE! The disciples were not learned men, among them were fishermen, tax collectors, shepherds, and a physician. Yet, here they were speaking different languages, praising God.

So speaking in tongues is totally different than groaning. The Scripture does not record the disciples ' groaning' the languages. No, they were speaking them.

Today, the Holy Spirit continues to work in the lives of Christians that are willing to yield. While we always have the Holy Spirit around us as Christians, to be filled with the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues is a beautiful gift from God Almighty! 2 Tim 3:16, 17 cts 19:2

Then what is groaning? It is a type of strong prayer. In the Greek the word groaning can be traced back to a word meaning to give birth, or travail.

This might seem rather odd that a Christian would need this type of prayer. However, in Gal 4:19, Paul stated " His children were travailed in birth until they could grow in Christ."

How much more should we pray for those lost in our world today? How much more should we be praying for little ones in Christ to grow? Praying for their strength in the Lord? As one prays in this manner, the Holy Spirit comes upon you and as you begin to weep, the intensity increases to the point there are no words escaping from you, only groans--deep guttural groans that cannot be explained nor stopped. As they decrease the experience leaves you a bit tired but so refreshed in your spirit you cannot wait to experience it again!

I pray this has whet your spiritual appetite, that you will take this to Jesus and ask Him to give you this gift. Matt 7:7


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Evangelist Jordan (chosenwithcare) | 1925 comments Mod
Weekly Reading Assignment:

(Acts 1-2)

I have read my reading assignment!


message 9: by Evangelist (new)

Evangelist Jordan (chosenwithcare) | 1925 comments Mod
Weekly Song: (Matthew 26: 30) Father in Heaven

Blessed be the Lord, God almighty
Who was and is and is to come
Blessed be the Lord, God almighty
Who reigns forever more
Blessed be the Lord, God almighty
Who was and is and is to come
Blessed be the Lord, God almighty
Who reigns forever more
Father in heaven how we love you
We lift your name in all the earth
May your kingdom be established in our praises,
As Your people declare your mighty works!
Blessed be the Lord, God almighty
Who was and is and is to come
Blessed be the Lord, God almighty
Who reigns forever more
Father in heaven how we love you
We lift Your name in all the earth
May Your kingdom be established in our praises,
As Your people declare your mighty works!
Blessed be the Lord, God almighty
Who was and is and is to come
Blessed be the Lord, God almighty
Who reigns forever more
Who reigns forever more
Who reigns forever more
Blessed be the Lord
Blessed be the Lord
Blessed be the Lord


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Evangelist Jordan (chosenwithcare) | 1925 comments Mod
Weekly Praise: Hallelujah to Jesus

Father God, we praise Your holy Name. Lord, we magnify Your holy Name. We worship You with our praises. Glory to our God! Hallelujah to Jesus. Praise Jesus, You are our life, our love. Praise Jesus, You are the name above all names. Praise Jesus, You are Emmanuel, God with us. Hallelujah to our Jesus.


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Evangelist Jordan (chosenwithcare) | 1925 comments Mod
Ending Prayer:

Your are my Father, which is in heaven, I was born into Your family, and now a child of Yours. I was renewed, restored, and reborn to my Father, and God of all creation. I praise You with my whole heart, all my praises flow to You, my Father. You are my Father, and the God of the universe, the God of all creation, the Great Creator of Heaven and earth. Father God, let Your will be done in all situations and all circumstances right now, right now, Lord, even as it is in Heaven where Your Throne is. God Almighty, grant us the serenity to accept the things we can not change, the courage to change the things we can, and the wisdom to know the different; please give us wisdom daily as we follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. Forgive us of anything we have done against Your will, Lord. Lord God, in Your Son Jesus’ name we as for You to search our hearts, O God, and know our heart; try us now, and know our thoughts, and see if there be any wicked/wrong ways in us, and lead us by Your Holy Spirit in the way that is pleasing to You. Father God, deliver us, O Lord from this evil world we live in. We live in this world, but we are not of this world. We honor our Sovereign Lord, we will always give You the glory, honor, and the praise in Jesus’ name. AMEN.


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