Teach us to pray: Part 3

Dear Church Familyfollow me footprints

This week we are going to base our prayers on the prayer Jesus taught the disciples:

‘“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,”

  • Take some time to praise God, stop and think about who he is.
  • Amazingly He is our Father, we don’t deserve to be able to approach God and yet in the gospel we learn that by repentance and faith in Jesus we can. This is a staggering gift of intimacy.
  • Remind yourself that the one we come to pray to rules and reigns from heaven right now – why not pause and read Revelation 4 and turn that into prayer.
  • God is holy, he is different from anyone or anything. He deserves to be praised and glorified by all of creation.  Praise him for all he has made and does to sustain our universe.

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

  • Thank God for revealing his kingdom in Jesus, take some time to reflect on your experience of that and thank him for it.
  • Pray that increasingly the kingdom would be revealed in your life, in our church family, in our communities, in our world.
  • Pray for those in our church family facing illness, operations, recovery, grief, and loss. Pray that God would be at work keeping them, encouraging them, changing them as his kingdom comes in their lives.
  • Pray for other churches you know of: remember BEC, Christchurch Walkley and Spen Valley Church.
  • Why not pray for our brothers and sisters in North Korea, the church is heavily persecuted, some 50-70,000 Christians are kept in labour camps, many of the population are starving.  Pray that God would be at work through his people’s tenacious faith and generosity.

 

11 Give us today our daily bread.

  • If God only gave you today what you had prayerfully asked him for yesterday what would you have?
  • Thank God for his blessings you have enjoyed today.
  • Pray for God to give you all you need today in terms of food. But also for clothing, patience, grace, compassion.
  • Pray that you would want just what God knows you need and that he would help you remember that man does not live on bread alone but on the word of God (Deut 8v3).

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

  • Confess your sins, take time to honestly lay them out before God. Ask God’s forgiveness for the times when you have listened to your old master and not lived out the life of freedom from slavery to sin we were saved for.
  • Pray for those who have sinned against you, ask that God would enable you to forgive them, and to have an attitude that is ready to forgive even if they have yet to repent and ask forgiveness.
  • Pray that being quick to forgive and to repent would characterise us as a church family.

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

  • Pray that God would graciously help you spot temptations siren voice and flee from it.
  • Read James 1v9-18 and pray that God would help you by his Spirit to know yourself and your temptations and fight them by trusting in his unchanging goodness.
  • Pray for God to protect the church from sin, and that it would be a place where we are increasingly concerned with one another’s growth in the gospel as we help one another fight sin.

Amen

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