Have A Wonderful And Blessed Day!!! Pray How To!!!
Luke 11:1 And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.
Luke 11:2 And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.
Luke 11:3 Give us day by day our daily bread.
Luke 11:4 And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.
Luke 11:5 And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves;
Luke 11:6 For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him?
Luke 11:7 And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee.
Luke 11:8 I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth.
Luke 11:9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
Luke 11:10 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
Luke 11:11 If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?
Luke 11:12 Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?
Luke 11:13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?
When Jesus was here on earth, the disciples had asked him how to pray. As we can se above in verses 2-4 he is telling them.
The following is the model of the prayer he gave us to go by. Often people just recite it as a prayer, it is actually a model to use to learn how to pray.
⦁ Who we are talking to, our “Father” Are we approaching God with holy reverence, awe, and respect when we pray?
Are we “hallowing” God by the way we are living?
holy name. We hallow your name because you are high and lifted up.
the glory of our Father, his Holiness, Perfectness, “Hallowed be your name”
His Reign will be coming. “Your kingdom come”
⦁ Pray for Needs, he knows of them, he supplies them daily. “Give us each day our daily bread”
⦁ Ask for forgiveness, list what we have done wrong, don’t always just generalize and say forgive all I did wrong today.
⦁ Pray that we forgive others as He forgives us daily. “Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us”
Guide us into the right direction, into his path. “And lead us not into temptation”
⦁ Guide us into the right direction, into his path. “And lead us not into temptation”
1. So start by Calling the Father, glorify his name.
2. Talk about his Reign coming soon, and glory in that.
3. Pray for others needs and our needs.
4. Ask for forgiveness, be specific.
5. Pray you forgive others as the Father as forgiven you.
6. Pray for direction in your life. Pray your not lead into temptation.
Then start praying for others, their needs, the Pastors, the missionaries, your needs, your family. You may just want to say your morning prayers and not have so much to pray about but we should always acknowledge the Lord for who he is.
Matthew 6:5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
Matthew 6:6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
Matthew 6:7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
Matthew 6:8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
Jesus warns us against repetitive prayers. In fact, in the verse immediately proceeding the Lord’s prayer in Mathew 6:7 “And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do.”
This prayer is repeated nowhere else in the New Testament. We have no record of believers using this prayer in any of the other prayer passages in the Bible.
Clearly, Jesus was not intending to give the disciples some sort of prayer that they could memorize and then just deliver. It’s much deeper than that. Jesus wanted to give His followers a model to follow when addressing God so that we can learn how to pray like Jesus Himself prayed.
I am trying to show why Jesus gave this prayer, not to have us say it over and over again. The Lord wants us to pray from our heart, not from a page, not from someone’s else heart. I don’t want to just give you some more information about prayer.
Remember we are the Fathers children, he wants to hear from our heart. For those of us who are parents, or who are married. Every time you get a card a letter, a greeting; do you want someone else to write that greeting for your child or spouse? When that card or letter gets very personal and intimate do you want that to be from someone else’s heart? Do you want to hear what is on their own heart or have them ask someone else to write it for them?
One way that we can “hallow” His name is by living a life of obedience before Him. God wants His name “hallowed” in us so that we can become a vehicle of His holiness to others. How better to be an example than to live by example. People watch us when they know we are Christians. They know every little thing we do. Before we start asking for what we want, we need to ask for what we should be in light of His penetrating holiness.
When we kneel before him ask what he wants of us. Ask to show us our shortcomings, where the improvements need to happen. If you got arrested for being a Christian is there enough evidence to convict you.
Conversion. We should pray that people would bow before Christ and get saved. One of the ways we want to do this as a church is to daily pray for the lost. We need to have a heart for the lost. Remember where the lost will end up. For those rejecting Jesus they have no hope. This life here and now is the best they will ever have. I don’t care how awful someone has been I don’t want to see them die and go to hell. We need to daily pray for lost family members, neighbors, enemies, the lost in general.
Commitment. As believers, we need to daily respond to the Father, talk with him, make sure we are on the right path. Keep our prayer life on the straight path to the Father. Prayer is our only way to him for now. To miss a day of prayer is to ignore our Father for a full 24 hours. If your spouse, children, parents ignored you for a full 24 hours what would you be feeling? What if it would go on for a few days?
What happened to Public schools when they made prayer illegal in them? What has happened in Families that don’t pray anymore? What has happened to America since God and Prayer has become Illegal?
The Lord despises uniform prayer, repeated pray, pray that someone else tells you to say. He wants to hear from us. The Lord’s pray is a model prayer. So many people just don’t pray at all anymore. Please get back to prayer. It is our way to talk to our Lord, and the way he talks to us. The following is a little poem and it is very sad..
“The Obituary of Mrs. Prayer Meeting.”
Mrs. Prayer Meeting died recently at the First Neglected Church, on Worldly Ave. Born many years ago in the midst of great revivals, she was a strong, healthy child, fed largely on testimony and Bible study, soon growing into worldwide prominence, and was one of the most influential members of the famous Church family. For the past several years Sister Prayer Meeting has been failing in health, gradually wasting away until rendered helpless by stiffness of knees, coldness of heart, inactivity and weakness of purpose and will power. At the last she was but a shadow of her former happy self. Her last whispered words were inquiries concerning the strange absence of her loved ones now busy at work and places of amusements. Experts, including Dr. Works, Dr. Reform, and Dr. Joiner, disagreed as to the cause of her fatal illness, administering large doses of organization, socials, contests and drives but to no avail. A post mortem showed that a deficiency of spiritual food coupled with the lack of faith, heartfelt religion and general support, were contributing causes. Only a few were present at her death, sobbing over memories of her past beauty and power. In Honor of her going, the church doors will be closed on Wednesday nights, save the third Wednesday night of each month when the Ladies Pink Lemonade Society serves refreshments to the men’s handball team.
Sad to say, this obituary could be read over many churches, as well as, many Christians today.
This is an awful, and a tragic death, because it shows the relation of spiritual prayer to spiritual power.
The lack of prayer means the lack of power; and, the death of prayer means the death of power.
Simply put; where there is NO PRAYER, THERE IS NO POWER
1Corinthians 10:12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.
1Corinthians 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
1Corinthians 10:14 Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.
1Corinthians 10:15 I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say.
Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Romans 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
Romans 8:3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
Romans 8:4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Romans 8:5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
Romans 8:6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
Romans 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
Romans 8:8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
Romans 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
Romans 8:10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
Philippians 1:9 And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment;
Philippians 1:10 That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ;
Philippians 1:11 Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.
Teach me to pray, Lord, teach me to pray;
This is my heart-cry day unto day;
I long to know Thy will and Thy way;
Teach me to pray, Lord, teach me to pray.
Living in Thee, Lord, and Thou in me,
Constant abiding, this is my plea;
Grant me Thy power, boundless and free,
Power with men and power with Thee.
Power in prayer, Lord, power in prayer!
Here ’mid earth’s sin and sorrow and care,
Men lost and dying, souls in despair;
O give me power, power in prayer!
My weakened will, Lord, Thou canst renew;
My sinful nature Thou canst subdue;
Fill me just now with power anew;
Power to pray and power to do!
Teach me to pray, Lord, teach me to pray;
Thou art my pattern day unto day;
Thou art my surety, now and for aye;
Teach me to pray, Lord, teach me to pray.