Teach us to Pray: Part 2

Here’s a second example of the prayers we’ve been using as a congregation:

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For the next few weeks we will be using some of the Psalms and other parts of scripture as a guide for our prayers:

Quieting our hearts

Praise the Lord.

Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heavens.
Praise him for his acts of power;
praise him for his surpassing greatness.
Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,
praise him with the harp and lyre,
praise him with tambourine and dancing,
praise him with the strings and pipe,
praise him with the clash of cymbals,
praise him with resounding cymbals.

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.

Praise the Lord.”

Psalm 150

Stop and consider the attributes the Psalmist calls us to join with him in praising God for.  This is the God we can come to in prayer as children to a Father.  As you do so why not echo this prayer:

O Lord our God,

Grant me the grace to desire you with my whole heart;

That so desiring, I may seek and find you;

And so finding, may love you;

And so loving, may hate those sins from which you have delivered me;

Through Jesus Christ my Lord

Amen.’

St Anselm c.1109

Keeping Jesus central to life

The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

Colossians 1v15-20

  • Praise God for sending his Son, the very firstborn over all creation. The one in whom all things were created to earth as a man.
  • Praise God that he is now the head of the church, and is reconciling and will reconcile all things to himself at the cross.
  • Pray for the sheer majesty and supremacy of Jesus to be a comfort for those in our fellowship who are struggling with various problems, illnesses and concerns.

Confession

“[Jesus] went on: ‘What comes out of a person is what defiles them. For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come – sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and defile a person.

Mark 7v20-23.

Take some time to consider what is coming out of your heart.  Weigh your thoughts and your words as well as your actions.  What does it reveal about your heart, your desires and longings. Bring them now to God in confession. If there are any areas where you struggle to repent ask God to help you by the Spirit to feel the weight of your sin. 

Praying for yourself

“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control.”

Pray that God would be at work by his Spirit in your heart and life to make these more and more apparent in you.

Praying for others

Pray for Grace church to be increasingly marked by:

  • A growing love for God
  • A growth in the fruit of the Spirit made manifest in practical love and care for one another.
  • A growing confidence in our faith and the gospel so that we share it with others.

Conclusion

“Now this I know:
the Lord gives victory to his anointed.
He answers him from his heavenly sanctuary
with the victorious power of his right hand.
Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
They are brought to their knees and fall,
but we rise up and stand firm.

Psalm 20v6-8

Al

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