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Teach Us to Pray

“Lord, Teach Us To Pray.” Luke 11:1

Lesson #1

 

 “And it came to pass that, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said unto Him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray.’”  Luke 11:1

When we venture to speak of and deeply ponder the subject of prayer, there is a sense that we are entering an area of “Holy Ground.”  We are dealing with the wonder of the ability to have direct communication with the God of the Universe.    

 

Prayer is the human heart in conversation with God.

 

DAY #1      Read Matthew 6:5-13 and Luke 11:1-4       PRAYING FROM OUR HEART

We, as Christians, know that we ought to pray, but often we see prayer as a duty and obligation.  The experience is almost drudgery.  At best, we see prayer as a gift that we give God.  But the amazing, awesome truth is that prayer, actually, is the gift God gives us.

 

For a definition on prayer, we could say:  “Prayer is a personal transaction, an interaction between man and God.”  If there is not that point of contact where our heart reaches out in true communion, in contact, then it is not prayer.  It is meaningless.  No matter how eloquent the words sound, they are mere words------thrown into the wind!  As Alan Redpath once said, “We’ve said our prayers, but we have not prayed.”

 

The disciples sensed this as they saw the intensity of Jesus’ prayers.  They saw that He would spend hours, sometimes days in prayer.  What were their thoughts?  Probably the same as ours:  “Why can’t I connect?  Why does my mind wander after just a few moments?  Why don’t I desire long periods of prayer?  What was Jesus talking to the Father about for such long periods of time?”  They, like us, did not know the answers to these questions.

 

Alan Redpath put his finger on this dilemma as it relates to us:

“To whom can we turn that we might learn the secret?  Who has the necessary gifts to answer that petition?  What are the qualifications of the person who could instruct us in prayer?  Surely the one who would teach us to pray must possess a perfect knowledge of the character and purpose of God.  At the same time, he must have an equally perfect knowledge of the condition and plight of the human heart.  He must know God perfectly, and he must know us perfectly.  Therefore no one can teach us to pray like our Savior.”

 

The disciples went directly to the source; to the One who could answer their questions.  “One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When He finished, one of His disciples said to Him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.’”  (Luke 11:1 NIV)

 

It is important that we look very carefully at their request:  “Lord teach us to pray.”  They didn’t ask Him how to pray--a formula, a style, or a method.  They didn’t ask Him what to pray, or what were the proper words.  Probably they had already discovered that they could know a method and say all the right words, but not enter into real prayer.  AND SO DO WE!

 

*Memo*  You will notice throughout these lessons there will be three repeated phrases:  Pause for Prayer, Practice His Presence and Ponder His Person.  These are placed within each lesson as “stations of reflection and prayer.”  The purpose of studying prayer is not just to know more—but that we would pray more.  We need to become comfortable in God’s presence.  The written sections of the lessons are purposely brief so that time can be given to actual prayer.  Avail yourself of these “stations.”  They are where you will find the richness of experiencing all you are learning.

1.      *Pause to Pray*  Take this time right now to go before the Lord.  Have you felt that you needed help?  Have you felt discouraged that your prayer life was far from what it should be?  He encourages us to “ask and you shall receive.”  Truly, He is even more interested in your growth in this area than you are.  “Lord, teach me--to pray--to really pray.”  Expressing your heart’s desire, write your prayer of petition.

 

  • PRAYER THAT IS REAL

 

“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 men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.” Matthew 6:5

 

The word hypocrite primarily means “a play actor.”  In prayer, do not act a part.  Even earnestness can be simulated; an actor can play an earnest part.  For whose benefit is this?  Certainly not for God’s.  God does not look for drama or display.  He looks for genuineness.  He desires sincerity.  Simplicity is enough as long as our words are simply from our heart to His.  So, in prayer, we are to be genuine, for we are speaking to God.

 

2.      There must be a desire and an effort to pass from the realm of consciousness of what men think of me to a consciousness of God, desiring to please and honor Him.  Describe how it hinders the depth of our prayers when any motive (even subtle) to please or impress man enters our actions, words or thoughts as we pray. 

 

3.      *Pondering His Person- He is Supreme*  Throughout this study we will choose an attribute of God to prayfully ponder.  Understanding the vast wonder of our God will build our faith.  It will also enhance our prayer life.  “I will praise You O Lord, with all my heart; I will glorify Your name forever.” Psalm 86:12  Reverently reflect on the following passages, pausing to praise Him because He is supreme, highest in rank, power, and authority in the universe.  You may want to record your thoughts toward Him.

A.    Psalm 95:1-6

B.     Isaiah 44:6-8

DAY #2         PRAYING IN PRIVATE TO GOD---TO GOD ALONE

 

“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.” Matthew 6:6

 

Privacy.  God desires to be alone with you, just you and Him, shutting out all else.  We’re to shut our door.  This does not mean that the best and only prayer occurs in the confines of a room in which there is no one else, with no external distraction.  If that were true, we could never fulfill the Biblical instruction of “praying without ceasing.”

 

However, there is an important habit we should develop of taking every opportunity to do as Jesus did.  He regularly sought to find a place to be alone with God.  But the fact remains that we can be alone, and yet not be alone with God.  It seems that we have our ever-constant companion of a thousand thoughts that follow us even into our prayer closet.  Therefore, we must develop a habit, formed with practice, of shutting our door--to the room of our innermost being--to all else but our Lord.  We must close out those thoughts each time they creep in.  And the more we do it, the easier it becomes.  So, privacy with God can be found in a crowded room, at the bus stop, in your car, in the office, in the sanctuary at church, surrounded by others--really, anywhere, and anytime.  But we must learn how to SHUT THE DOOR.  As we shut other things out--as we enter into the presence of God--we can picture His throne room.  We can then ponder all that He is.

 

1.      Have you found a place: a closet, a quiet corner, or a garden spot where you can find privacy to immerse yourself in prayer?  If not, stop now and pray that the Lord will show you a location.  Describe what you learn about forming a consistent habit of privacy with God as you read Luke 4:42, Luke 5:16 and Luke 22:39.


2.      Read Luke 22:41.  Why do you think Jesus often kneeled when He prayed?  Was He modeling a mental and physical position that enhances our focus in prayer?  Share your insights.  If you are physically able, try making kneeling a regular part of your private prayer life. 


*Quote  “Although posture is not important, I find that I am able to express my dependence better on my knees, a sign of our helplessness apart from the divine enablement.”  Erwin W. Lutzer

 

3.      Hebrews 4:15-16 describes the actual place of prayer.  No matter where we are in the physical realm, it is to the throne we must go, spiritually.  God invites us to come.  Don’t stop short.  Can picturing being at the throne affect the depth of your prayers?  Share your thoughts.


4.      *Practicing His Presence*  Read Matthew 6:6 again.  Go to your private prayer location.  Go there: heart, soul and mind desiring to meet with God in the Spirit.  Pray to your Father with full knowledge that He is there in the secret place.  Expect, anticipate and desire His rewards, the sweet rewards of communion with Him.  *Optional*  You may write out your prayer to the Lord.


DAY #3    PAGAN PRAYER OR PASSIONATE PRAYER----THE CHOICE IS OURS!

 

1.      Read Matthew 6:7, 8.

 

  1. Vain Repetitions.  Describe the things that could be said over and over without really meaning anything to the speaker (you) or to God.  Share your thoughts.

B.     Jesus said that the error of the people who pray using vain repetitions is that they think God hears them just because of the amount of words they say.  However, Jesus did instruct us to pray repeatedly and not faint (grow weary).  Read Luke 18:1-8.  What do you learn about perseverance in prayer?


2.      Some feel that their prayers are not important because they do not sound as eloquent as others.  Do you think it is necessary or even important how we phrase our prayers when we are praying in private or with others?  Explain your answer.


*Quote*  “Don’t worry about having the right words; worry more about having the right heart.  It’s not eloquence He seeks, just honesty.” Max Lucado

 

3.      *Practicing His Presence*  The Psalms record many of the prayers of David.  Often we read of David calling out in prayer for help.  He was never shy about bringing his needs to God, and yet we see he went a step further.  He not only sought for his needs to be met, he sought God Himself.  Do you?  Is it God you desire to know and understand and love more as you kneel before Him in prayer?  Do you sense His presence?  You can!  As you read each of the following passages, *Pause and Pray*  First of all that you would understand what David was truly expressing to God and what he meant by what he expressed.  Then consider; is this also your desire and prayer?  Would you like it to be?  Please remember, this exercise is not homework, this is “heartwork.”  Share your thoughts with God as you sweetly commune with Him.  Write them here or in your journal as you do this.

A.    Psalm 27:1-8

B.     Psalm 42:1-5

C.  Psalm 63:1-2

 

DAY #4     COMMITED TO PRAYER

Our goal in this lesson is “Lord teach us to pray.”  In His Word, God has recorded information about those whose lives were marked by prayer.  He wants us to learn from them.

1.      Daniel was a man of prayer.  Not even the threat of death could keep him from his time with God. 

 

  1. Read Daniel 6, and comment on what you learn. 

 

  1. Also reflect on the difference in his dedication to prayer and your own.  What do you learn about the rich rewards of dedicated prayer from James 5:16b (b means the last part of the verse)?

 

C.  Do you desire to know and experience a prayer life that is worth risking your life for?  What are you willing to risk or give up to set aside a quiet time of prayer and communion with God?  Speak to Him about this.  He is the One Who works deeply in our hearts, drawing us close to Him in true fellowship.  He also forgives past failures.  *Pause to Pray*

 

DAY #5        FAITH CAUSES PRAYER TO FLORISH

 

“But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.”  Hebrews 11:6

 

Faith plays a very important role in our prayer life.   Faith is having eyes to see the unseen and ears to hear the unheard.

 

1.      Faith is defined in Hebrews ll:1-3; “Now faith is the assurance of things longed for, the conviction of things not seen.  For by it the men of old received divine approval.  By faith we understand that the world was created by the Word of God, so that what is seen was made out of things which do not appear.” (RSV)  

 

  1. Reread these verses and describe faith in your own words.

 

 

B.  How can a lack of faith in God and His love for us hinder our prayers?

 

 

2.      Do you lack abundant faith?  Most of us do.  Did you know that you can take even this to Him in prayer?  In Mark 9:23-24 we read an account of a man who admitted his need for increased faith.  Will you?  Ask God right now for a larger measure of faith within your life.

 

 

3.      *Pause to Pray*  EARTH TO HEAVEN--EARTH TO HEAVEN--IS ANYONE THERE?  Do you have a picture of God as One Who is far away and uninvolved?  Part of our faith involves the knowledge that God hears and He cares.  David often called out to God.  The fact that he knew God heard him was a great comfort and encouragement.  Pray the words of Psalm 4:1-3 to God.  Then share your heart with Him.

 

 DAY #6      OUR FATHER WHO ART IN HEAVEN

 

  • THE LORD’S PRAYER

After Jesus gave us instruction on laying aside the hindrances, He gave us direction for the manner in which we are to pray.  This will be the basis of the remainder of our five-part lesson on prayer.  

“In this manner, therefore, pray:

Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.

Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

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

For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”  Matthew 6:9-13

If God is your Father, please call home!

 

*Pondering His Person—He is our Father*  In Matthew 6:9, Jesus begins His prayer, as we can be sure He always began His prayers--by addressing God the Father directly, personally.  He was ever consciousness of Whom He was talking.  There is nothing that will change our prayers more dramatically than beginning here.  We need to make sure that we are talking to God and God alone.

 

1.      God is our Heavenly Father.  We are His children.  Read the following passages, *pausing to pray* that you would not only comprehend, but also experience the wonderful truth of your Father-child relationship.  Respond to each truth, expressing your thoughts and heart to Him.

 

A.    John 1:12-13


B.     2 Corinthians 6:18


C.     Galatians 4:6-7


D.    2 Thessalonians 2:16


E.     1 John 3:1

 

 

2.      *Practice His Presence*  It is critical at this point to address the fact that many of us are unable to fully appreciate the role of God our Father in our lives because of an unhealthy or nonexistent relationship with our earthly father.  Take your past hurts to the Lord Himself.  He wants to make it up to you.  He wants to be the Father you never had. 

 

Take the time to immerse yourself in the following verse: 

“When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take care of me.” Psalm 27:10

Let Him heal you.  Let Him bless you.  Tell the Lord you want to be a truly loving daughter to Him.  Call Him “Abba, (which means Daddy.)”

 

 

 “Can a woman forget her nursing child, and not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, yet I will not forget you.  See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; your walls are continually before Me.”  Isaiah 49:15-16

 


3.      *Pause to Ponder*  Our Father, He is not only my Father, but He is our Father.  In Jesus’ parting words before His arrest, we learn in John 17:20-23 that the Father loves us, as He loves Jesus.  This is too amazing for words.  The Father of Jesus is also the Father of us!  Along with this, we learn that we are not alone.  That love and relationship is extended to others.  We are not orphans, nor are we only children.  We are now part of a family, the family of God.

 

4.      God our Father is also the God of the universe, Lord of the heavens and King Eternal.  This fact should expand our appreciation of His role in our life.  “Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.”  1 Timothy 1:17 (NKJ)  Prayerfully reflect on this over the next few days.  Pause and praise Him many times throughout the day and every day.  Practice His presence, realizing He is only a prayer away.

 

 

“Between the humble and contrite heart and the majesty of heaven, there are no barriers; the only password is prayer.”

   Hosea Ballou (1771–1852)

 

 

5                    *Memory Verse*  (Jeremiah 29:12-13 NIV)  "Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. {13} You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart."  These words are from God to us.  Reflect on the fact that He will listen to you.  This makes prayer incredibly precious.  Write these verses on a card to post somewhere in your house—so you can memorize them.

 

“Lord, Teach Us To Pray.” Luke 11:1

Lesson #2

 

“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name.  Your kingdom  come.  Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”  Matthew 6:9, 10

 

The Lord’s prayer is a family prayer.  We are not speaking to a distant God we do not know, One Who does not know us.  We are communing with our Father Who both knows and loves us.  “The King of Creation gives special heed to the voice of His family.  He is not only willing to hear us, He loves to hear us.”  Max Lucado

The revelation to our souls of the truth that the Great Creator is our Father brings us before His face in reverent worship.  Therefore, it is not surprising that the very next sentence in the family prayer is ‘Hallowed be Thy name.’  True worship of God is always followed by a deep concern for His glory.” Alan Redpath. 

As we follow this line of thinking, the step that follows worship is obedience.  We will desire for His will to reign supreme, first in our own lives, and then in the world around us.

DAY #1        FATHER KNOWS BEST

1.      Jesus taught us to call God “Father”, teaching us to view Him as having an active personal role in our lives.  He alone is the perfect Father. We are in a very real, personal and spiritual sense related to God.  There are no holes, no unfilled gaps in His Fatherhood.  The following words describe some of the ways that our Father in heaven can and will make an impact in our lives, if we allow Him to. 

 

Our Father is:  Giver of Life, Wise, Protector, Instructor, Comforter, Defender, Counselor, Strength, Lover of your soul, Mighty Fortress, Rock, Provider, Fortress, Disciplinarian, Shield, Light, Truth, Forgiver, Creator, King, All Knowing……(you may add other descriptive words)

1st  Choose five that seem especially important to you right now, (listing them, A-E below). 

2nd  Beside each word write the definition. 

3rd  Then explain what it means to you as applied to God in your life. 

4th  *Ponder His Person*  Thank Him and praise Him for all that He is and all that He is to you.

A.

B.

 

C.

D.

 

E.

*A father’s Love*:  J. Wilbur Chapman often told of the testimony given by a certain man in one of his meetings: "I got off at the Pennsylvania depot as a tramp, and for a year I begged on the streets for a living.  One day I touched a man on the shoulder and said, "Hey, mister, can you give me a dime?"  As soon as I saw his face I was shocked to see that it was my own father.  I said, "Father, Father, do you know me?"  Throwing his arms around me and with tears in his eyes, he said, "Oh my son, at last I've found you!  I've found you.  You want a dime?  Everything I have is yours." Think of it.  I was a tramp.  I stood begging my own father for ten cents, when for 18 years he had been looking for me to give me all that he had."    What a wonderful illustration of the way God longs to treat us, if we will only let Him.

“Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: "I am the LORD your God, Who teaches you to profit, Who leads you by the way you should go.  Oh, that you had heeded My commandments! Then your peace would have been like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea.”  Isaiah 48:17-18

2.      *Pause to Pray*  It is a form of worship to honor God by allowing Him to fulfill His role in our lives, not shutting Him out, rejecting or ignoring His advice.  We sometimes behave like a rebellious teenager—shutting the door to Him.  Will you ask Him to have free reign?  Will you lean on Him?  Will you ask His opinion, His counsel?  Will you trust Him?  Will you rest in Him?  Will you receive His comfort?  If not, why not?  If not now, when?  When we are closed to His work, we reject our own mercy.  Go before Him again, remembering that He loves you with an everlasting love.  Let His arms of love envelope you.  Lean on Him Who has strong arms.  Speak to Him.  Allow Him to speak to you.  If you would like, write a prayer to Him.  You might want to start a prayer journal, recording your written prayers to Him there.

3.      *Optional Memory Verse*  Write out Zephaniah 3:17.  Also record this scripture on a card to post or carry around with you.  Let the truth of these words settle deep within your heart.  Speak these words to the Lord as part of your prayer time.  Share this verse with someone to bless them. 

DAY #2    HALLOWED BE YOUR NAME

In our desire for intimacy with God, we sometimes forget to be in awe of God.  He’s not our “good buddy in the sky” nor is He a kind of “lenient old grandfather.”  He is a Holy, Righteous God. To hallow is to give reverence to the name of God the Father.  It means to recognize His Holiness, to sanctify Him.

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” Psalm 111:10  This fear is not a dread, but an absolutely healthy respect.  A respect so deep that we hate sin and every act of disobedience that would dishonor His Name. 

  • “Hallowed be Your name.” Matthew 6:9b
  • “Lord, our Lord, How majestic is Your name in all the earth!” Psalm 8:1a
  • His name shall be called, Wonderful, Counselor, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6

1.      In our society reverence is seldom mentioned or practiced.  For some this is a new or foreign concept.  Look up the word reverence in the dictionary.

A.    What does it mean to reverence God?

B.     *Pause to Pray*  The first three of the 10 commandments give instructions from God Himself regarding honoring Him and His name above all.  Read Deuteronomy 5:7-11.  Ask God to instill in your heart the reverence that He is due.  Bow before Him in your heart.  Speak His name with awe and respect.

2.      *Awe in Worship*  “Thus says the LORD: ‘Heaven is My throne, and earth is My footstool. Where is the house that you will build Me? And where is the place of My rest?  For all those things My hand has made, and all those things exist,’ says the LORD. ‘But on this one will I look: on him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, and who trembles at My word.’” Isaiah 66:1-2  Reflect on the word tremble.  This is far more than a dread or terror.  Have you ever felt an awe of God that caused you to tremble as you felt overwhelmed with wonder and respect?  Spend some time in worship right now.

3.      Jesus knew that we as humans are sometimes confused about how to worship God.

A.    Read John 4:21-24.  Describe what you learn.

B.     Why is truth important to our worship?

C.     “Worship in the Spirit” is what God desires.  Read Romans 8:26-27.  What does this say about the Spirit’s role in our prayers and worship?

D.    *Practice His Presence*  The Father is seeking true worshipers.  How does this bless you to know this?  Will you bless Him by doing this?  Enter into His presence.  Honor His presence.  Worship Him in truth, reflecting on Who He is.  It is a great privilege and honor to worship the God of the universe.

DAY #3          HALLOWED BE  HIS NAME—HE IS THE CREATOR

“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork.”

 Psalm 19:1

1.      *Pondering His Person—He is the Creator*  “Worshiping the creative genius of God is a form of prayer—that consciousness of who He is and worshiping Him for what He has done.” Chuck Smith.  As you read the following passages, reflect on the power, wisdom, intelligence, sensitivity and imagination of God as He created all that we see around us.  Thank, praise and worship Him for His wondrous works.  You might want to write out some of your praises to Him.

A.    Genesis 1:1-28

B.     Psalm  33:6-9

C.     Psalm 96:3-8a

D.    Psalm 135:5-7

2.      Have you ever looked at a sunset, a baby, a flower, or the ocean and thought about how it must have pleased God to create them?

A. *Pause to Pray*  Take the time this week to examine or enjoy a facet of creation.  Praise and worship our God who is the Creator.

B.  Develop a habit of mentally connecting the creation to the hand of the Creator.  Worship Him often, spontaneously.  Enjoy the wonder of the things He has done.  “Praise Him for His mighty acts; praise Him according to His excellent greatness!”  Psalm 150:2

DAY #4       THY KINGDOM COME!

“Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe,” Hebrews 12:28 (NIV)

 

The Titanic is an ideal illustration of the world.  On the day the Titanic launched, it was viewed as unsinkable. 

  • The Titanic was impressive.  It was approximately four city blocks long and weighed 46,000 tons.
  • Its 20 lifeboats were barely enough for half of its 2,200 passengers.
  • The Titanic received at least 14 warnings—perhaps six on the day of the disaster—of hazardous icefields, but they were ignored.
  • Having confidence in the Titanic’s “unsinkability,” many passengers chose to remain on board.  The first few lifeboats to leave were only half-or one-third full.

How many of us, even Christians, continue to view this material world as permanent?  Too often we think, live, and even pray as if this world is all there is and all that is important.  Where do you place your confidence, hope and security?  “Blessed is the man (or woman) whose strength is in You, whose heart is set on pilgrimage.” Psalm 84:5

1.      We need eyes of faith to see the Kingdom of God.  We need a heart of faith to desire His Kingdom to come.  Ponder Hebrews 11:8-10 and Hebrews 11:13-16, asking God to stir your heart to transfer your affections from the Titanic of this world to the unsinkable eternal Kingdom of our mighty King of kings.  What do you learn?

2.      *Pause to Pray*  Where are you investing?  Jesus said, “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Matthew 6:21  Alan Redpath once said, “Before we can pray, ‘Thy Kingdom come,’ we must be willing to pray, "My kingdom go.’”  Read each of the following passages, carefully and prayerfully.  Ask God to use one of them as a theme passage.  Write it out.  Take it to heart.  Take this passage of scripture to prayer, not later, but now.  Allow it to prompt you to pray, as Jesus taught us to pray, “Thy Kingdom come!”  Bow before the King of kings.  Surrender to His reign in your life.

 

A.    Matthew 6:19-21

B.     Colossian 3:1-3

C.     1 Peter 1:3-4

D.    1 John 2:15-17

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness,”  Matthew 6:33a


DAY #5          THY WILL--NOT MY WILL--BE DONE

 

Prayer is not so much to affect the will of God, but to seek the will of God.  To align ourselves with His will.

 Even our Lord Jesus labored in prayer over this very issue;  “And He said, "Abba, Father, all things are possible for You. Take this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will.” Mark 14:36  “During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, He offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the One Who could save Him from death, and He was heard because of His reverent submission.  Although He was a son, He learned obedience from the things that He suffered.Hebrews 5:7-8

 

And what was the result of Jesus continuing in prayer until His will was absolutely immersed in the Father’s will?  We’re told in Hebrews 12:23--“that for the joy set before Him, He endured the cross.”  It was no longer a struggle--the victory of will for Jesus was not won on the cross at Golgatha--it was won in prayer—at Gethsemane!

 

1.      *Pause to Pray—God’s will*  Have you resisted God’s will in your life? 

  • Is there something He has shown you to give up? 
  • Is there something that He has shown you He wants you to do?
  • Have you ignored a prompting in your heart from the Lord?

Often we find that the Spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.  Victory is only a prayer away.  Take this to Him now. He only asks us to do what He knows is best for us.  Don’t take this lightly.  Sometimes, we must labor in prayer.  Spend the time to face this, and surrender to His perfect will.  Peace and joy will be the results. 

2.      In prayer, just hours before His death, Jesus lifted His eyes up to the Father and prayed the words of John 17:4.  Prayerfully ponder the joy and victory He felt as he spoke.  What a testimony!  Do you desire to say these same words at the end of your life?  Do you desire to live these words today?  Share your heart with Him regarding this.

3.      *Prayer according to His will*  It is God’s will to give us things like wisdom, strength, love, a forgiving heart, direction, boldness to witness, grace, peace, and joy.  And yet sometimes when we ask for them we don’t have confidence.  We can’t see how God is going to help us.  What encouragement do you receive as you read 1 John 5:14, 15?  *Pause and Pray*  Pray with confidence that God will work “in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.”  Philippians 2:13.  Pray with expectation.  Thank Him for what He is going to do.


3.   God’s plan; His will for your life is rich, deep and wonderful.  The following prayer is one you can pray for yourself.  As you do, picture the fulfillment of this prayer in your own life  “For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of His will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding.  And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.Colossians 1:9-11

Don't ask God for what you think is good; ask Him for what he thinks is good for you.

DAY #6     GOD KNOWS BEST WHAT IS BEST.  THY WILL BE DONE

“And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.”  1 John 3:22

*Quote*  “The one who expects God to do as he asks Him must do whatever God bids him.  If we give a listening ear to all God’s commands to us, He will give a listening ear to all our petitions to Him.  If, on the other hand, we turn a deaf ear to His precepts, He will be likely to turn a deaf ear to our prayers.  Here we find the secret of much unanswered prayer.  We are not listening to God’s Word and therefore, He is not listening to our petitions.” R.A. Torrey

1.   What do you learn about the will of God for your life in John 15:4-11 and how this relates to answered prayer?  *Pause and Pray*  Allow these words to sink deeply into your heart.  Ask Him to draw you so very close to Him that you begin desiring what He desires.  His concerns become your concerns.  His motivations are then our motivations.  Ask Him to teach you how to abide.  Also to teach you the joys and privileges of abiding.  Ask Him to show you anything that is hindering you from abiding in Him.

2.   Jesus is our supreme example.  He said--“I came to do your will Oh Lord.” Hebrews 10:7.  As you spend time talking to the Lord about what He really wants you to do with your day, your time, and your resources--just watch Him answer.  Your days will be filled with adventures and divine appointments.  You will start to see His influence everywhere.

*Practice His Presence*  It’s been said, “Those who see God’s hand in everything, find it easier to place everything in God’s hand.”  Will you look for the presence of God in your life?  Will you listen for His voice, prompting you, directing you?  Will you choose to make Him your constant companion today and every day?  Read Psalms 103:17-22, making verses 20-22 your prayer.


4.      *Point to Ponder*  Before we move on section of the Lord’s prayer, it is important to note that our desire is to be “that His will be done on earth in exactly the same way as it is done in heaven.”  We can not make that decision for others; for our husband, children, friends, our church, nation or for our world.  However, we can make it for ourselves--and that’s where it starts.  And then, we can pray it for others.

*Let the Father’s will rule supreme in your life.  “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.  And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”  Romans 12:1-2


 

 

“Lord, Teach Us To Pray.” Luke 11:1

Lesson #3

“Give us day by day our daily bread.” Luke 11:3 (NIV)

In our study of the Lord’s prayer, we started out at the very throne of God, worshipping our Father, reverencing Him and desiring His reign to be supreme in our lives.  From these lofty heights, we now ask for the most mundane and basic of physical needs--bread.  This request doesn’t seem to fit--or does it?  The very first words of this prayer addressed our Heavenly Father.  It is totally in sync with His fatherhood for Him to be aware of and care for our every need.  He is concerned about even our ordinary food, basic warmth, clothing, safety and shelter.

 

This prayer relates our Father in heaven to every detail of our lives and it teaches us that there is nothing in life too small to bring to God.  Once we begin to think that things are too insignificant to trouble God with, and that our need is too small to bother Him, we begin to sow the seed of unbelief, which means that we will not merely omit taking little things, but one day we will fail to take the big things to God.”  Alan Redpath

 DAY #1      OUR HEAVENLY FATHER, THE GIVER OF ALL GOOD

 

There is an old hymn that begins, “Praise God from Whom all blessings flow.  Praise Him all creatures here below.”  It is the best of habits to develop an acute awareness that  “every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights,” James 1:17.  For an atheist, it is a sad moment when he feels grateful----and has no one to thank. 

 

1.      What a wonderful thing to know the One who brings the rain and sun.  He causes the grain, fruits and vegetables to grow.  He gives strength to the farmer to plow and to harvest.  Read Matthew 6:25-33.  What do you discover about the Father’s attention to detail and ability to provide?  Share your insights.  What impresses you?  How does this make you feel?

*Pause to Ponder*  Our Father is the God of the ordinary and small things of life, just as He is the God of the extraordinary and big things of life.  “The same hand that guides your soul gives food for your body.  The One who clothes you in goodness is the same One who clothes you in cloth.  Your eternal salvation and your evening meal come from the same hand.”  Max Lucado

“He provides food for those who fear Him; He remembers His covenant forever.”

Psalm 111:5

 2.      *Ponder His Person—His name is Jehovah Jireh—The Lord will provide*  Last week we looked at the fact that God is the Creator.  But many see Him as one who created and then became detached from His creation.  The earth and all that is in it isn’t just a product or mechanism to Him.  He filled it full of life, because He loves life!  “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for Thou hast created all things, and for Thy pleasure they are and were created.” Revelations 4:11 (KJV) 

The names God has used in Scripture to describe Himself reveal His character.  The name Jehovah Jireh means the Lord will provide.  It comes from the root word “to see.”  Consider the fact that He not only sees your every need, but He also cares about them.  Spend time with Him, sensing the security of the knowledge that He is the loving provider.  Think about all the things you have because He has provided them.  Praise and thank Him for these things.

DAY #2      HIS DAILY PROVISION

 

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things.  Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Matthew 6:34

 In Matthew 6:11, Jesus tells us to pray: “Give us this day our daily Bread.”  Oh, that we would be satisfied with this!  Why do we worry so much and want so much?  Jesus said, “Our Father knows that you need these things.”

1.      Bread is called the staff of life.  It is a basic fundamental need, not a luxury.  When we pray to our Father, asking Him to give us bread, we are expressing daily dependency upon Him--for everything.  Contrast this attitude with our tendency to look to man or to self.

2.      When God delivered the children of Israel from the bondage of Egypt, they accused Him of not being able to provide their needs.

A.  Read Exodus 16:1-3.  What do you see in their attitude?  Are we sometimes like the Israelites?  

B.     Read Exodus 16:3 and Exodus 16:16-21.  Why do you think the Lord wanted them to gather only one day’s bread at a time?  Is there a principle that we can learn from this?  Explain.


3.      *Pause to Pray*  What is basic in your life that you need today?  Don’t look to the future and worry.  Is God able to take care of you today?  Will you allow Him to give you joy in today’s breakfast, today’s strength, today’s shelter and warmth?  Talk to Him about the things that concern your mind and that are on your heart.

DAY #3      CONTENTMENT OR DISCONTENTMENT—THE CHOICE IS YOURS!

“Now godliness with contentment is great gain.  For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.  And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content.”  1 Timothy 6:6-8

 1.      Sydney Harris once said; “The more you have to live for, the less you need to live on. Those who make acquisition their goal never have enough.”  Reflect on the words “godliness with contentment is great gain.”  What does this mean?  Describe what effect this attitude should and can have when you apply it to your life.

*Quote*  “The sentence which has most influenced my life is, "Some persons grumble because God placed thorns among roses.  Why not thank God because He placed roses among thorns?"  I first read it when but a mere lad.  Since that day it has occupied a front room in my life, and has given it an optimistic trend.”  The Rev. Benjamin Franklin (This is not the inventor Benjamin Franklin.)

 2.      “For we brought nothing into this world.”  Job was a man who was greatly blessed by the Lord.  He also was a man who had faithfully served the Lord.  Then he lost everything.  Read Job 1:13-22.

 A.    Prayerfully ponder his reaction to this disaster.  What do you learn? 

 B.     *Pause to Pray*  Many people harbor deep resentment toward God because they feel that He has somehow let them down, He didn’t give them what they wanted and thought they needed.  Examine your heart.  If this is true, confess this as sin.  You will never experience the blessings of what you do have until you relinquish resentment for the things you don’t have.

3.      “Having food and raiment, with these we shall be content.”  Read Numbers 11:4-10 and Psalm 78:17-33.  Why do you think discontentment is displeasing to God?  Share your insights.

4.      *Pray for a contented heart*  Whenever you find yourself disposed to uneasiness complaining or murmuring at anything that is the result effect of God's providence, you are denying either the wisdom or goodness of God.  Ask God to instill in your heart a deep abiding contentment.  He can.  He will.  Will you let Him?

  DAY #4         THANKFULNESS

 

“Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men!”  Psalm 107:8

Charles R. Swindoll reminds us; “Just the word thanksgiving prompts the spirit of humility. Genuine gratitude to God for His mercy, His abundance, His protection, His smile of favor. Life simplifies itself.”

1.      Philippians 4:6 is a classic verse on prayer.  Tucked right in the middle is the statement, “with thanksgiving.”  Read this verse several times. 

  1. Why should thankfulness be a key element of our prayers of petition? 

  1. Can thankfulness help eliminate anxiety?  Explain how (in light of Philippians 4:6,7.).

*Point to Ponder*  “There was a man and woman who gave a sizeable contribution to the church to honor the memory of their son who lost his life in war. When the announcement was made of the generous donation, a woman whispered to her husband, ‘Let's give the same amount for our boy!’ Her husband said, ‘What are you talking about? Our son wasn't killed.’ ‘That's just the point,’ she said. ‘Let's give it as an expression of our gratitude to God for sparing his life!’”

2.      As we grow to be women of prayer, let us grow to be women of praise.  David was a man who praised God often, spontaneously, enthusiastically.  He was also described by God Himself as a man who was after God’s heart. 

A.    Describe how you feel when you do something for someone and they express genuine gratitude. 

B.     How do you think it blesses God’s heart when we are deeply thankful--and tell Him?

3.      *Practicing His Presence*  Spend time now thanking God.  Go all the way to His throne, and fall before Him in praise and worship.  It will delight your heart---it will also delight His.  The Psalms are full of thankfulness.  You might want to turn to them and pray some of the thoughts of thanks to the Lord.  Or you might want to write your own psalm in your prayer journal. 

DAY #5        ASK--AND YOU SHALL RECEIVE.  DO YOU BELIEVE THIS?

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.  Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone?  Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent?  If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!”  Matthew 7:7-11

No study on prayer would be complete without considering the assurance of answered prayer.  Andrew Murray, in his book With Christ in the School of Prayer, says: “That the Lord should have thought it necessary to repeat the truth in so many forms is a lesson of deep importance.  It proves that He knows our hearts.”  The Lord knows that we sometimes struggle with the concept of picturing Him giving ear and then taking action merely because we have asked.  But remember it is Jesus Himself that assures us that this is true.  Do you believe Him? 

1.      One of the things that causes us to doubt that God will answer our prayers is that we feel unworthy.  In and of ourselves, we are unworthy.  But praise God, our worthiness is established by the blood of Jesus.  Read John 14:13-15.  Explain what do you learn.

2.      God’s answers to our prayers come in many different forms.  “His ways are higher than our ways.”  It is also true that His timetable doesn’t always correspond to ours.  It has been said of God, He is seldom early, but He is never late.  Read the following verses and share how we need to be flexible and even excited about the creative ways that God answers our prayers. 

A.    Deuteronomy 32:4

B.     Proverbs 3:5-8

C.     Romans 11:33

                             God’s Perfect Way

Say not, my soul, “From whence can God relieve my care?”

Remember that Omnipotence has servants everywhere.

God’s help is always sure, His methods seldom guessed;

Delay will make our pleasure pure, surprise will give it zest.

His wisdom is sublime, His heart profoundly kind;

God never is before His time, and never is behind.

                        (This precious poem was found written in Dr. H.A. Ironside’s Bible)

3.      *Practicing His Presence*  Are you confident that God wants to and will answer your prayers?  Do you go boldly before His throne of grace with confidence in your heart?  Do you know that your Father in Heaven is desiring you to see Him as the source of all things, therefore He wants you to ask Him?  Will you ask and then accept His answer?  God’s ways are perfect.  Sometimes He says “no,” or “not now” only because He has something better for you.  Spend time right now, asking, seeking, knocking.  Write out your prayers if you wish.


What isn’t won in Prayer first, isn’t won at all.

DAY #6     JESUS THE BREAD OF LIFE

“Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him.”  John 6:27

Although God greatly cares for your physical well-being, He is far more concerned for your eternal spiritual health and growth.  Jesus told Satan: “Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”  Are we hungering and thirsting for that which will satisfy our spiritual life?


1.      Explain what you think Jesus was telling us in John 6:32-41.

2.      *Pause to Pray*  Read Luke 11:9-13, which is a similar passage to Matthew 7:7-11 (studied in day #5).  Notice it is the Father’s heart to give the gift of His Spirit.  Have you asked God to fill your life with this precious gift?  Have you asked Him to give you the gifts of His Spirit (gifts are mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12 and Romans 12:4-13).  Spiritual gifts empower you to live and serve Him with a supernatural ability.  He tells us to ask—and you shall receive.

3.      *Practicing His Presence—He is our Dwelling Place*  Looking again at Luke 11:9, 10, we see that besides asking, we are to seek and knock.  We ask for gifts, but we must also seek the Giver, the Lord Himself.  We are assured that we can find Him.  But once we find Him, we need a deep desire to abide in His presence.  We are to knock on the door--gaining entrance to the Father’s love and dwelling.  This is to be a vital part of your prayer life.  Never be satisfied to let a feeling of distance from God and spiritual dryness linger.  Read the words of Psalm 27:4-14 as a prayer to the Lord.  Seek and knock.  You will find Him, and His door, the door of His presence, will swing open to you.

“And those who know Your Name will put their trust in You; For You, Lord, have not

forsaken those who seek You.”  Psalm 9:10

“Lord, Teach Us To Pray.” Luke 11:1

Lesson #5

“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:  For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.”  Matthew 6:13


A sober prayer, an important theme.  We live in a lost, dark and corrupted world.  Evil is all around us.  Must we be frightened?  No!  But we can and we must pray!  “Prayer is the most important activity a born-again Christian can engage in.  It should head your list of priorities, for certainly the world around us desperately needs prayer.  God wants to do a tremendous work in these last days.  And only prayer will change things.  Only prayer will stem the tide of evil.” Chuck Smith

 DAY #1   LEAD ME AWAY FROM TEMPTATION

“…Lead us not into temptation.”  Another way to phrase this would be: “Lord, lead us around and away from temptation.”  We are asking the Lord to guide us in a path that steers us clear of that which would trip us up.  Since at times it seems that life is a minefield of dangers, distractions and pitfalls, we need His supernatural guidance.

1.      “Satan’s most notorious activity is that of tempting mankind.  Temptation is the solicitation to do evil, and is the common experience of all people, whether they are Christians or not.”  Brian Brodersen. What do you learn about temptation from reading James 1:13-15

 2.      Read 1 John 2:15-17.  Temptations come in different forms and appeal to different facets of our being.  Describe and give examples of “the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life.” 

3.      Have you repeatedly struggled with a temptation?  Have you desired victory but found yourself giving in?  It is in prayer, not in the flesh, that we will win this battle.  What insight do you gain as you read Matthew 26:40, 41?

*Quote*  An example of the Holy Spirit's guidance can be seen in a statement by J. Wilbur Chapman.  He said, "My life is governed by this rule: Anything that dims my vision of Christ or takes away my taste for Bible study or cramps my prayer life or makes Christian work difficult is wrong for me, and I must, as a Christian, turn away from it."

4.      *Pause to Pray*  “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalm 139:23, 24  When you come into the presence of God, you are in the light.  The light reveals areas of weakness and darkness, so you are able to recognize them and allow the Lord to break the bondage they have in your life. 

A.    Go before Him now.  Ask Him to show you those areas where you are weak and subject to temptation.  List them. 

B.     Ask Him to give you wisdom to avoid situations that are unhealthy or tempting.

C.     Sometimes tempting situations are unavoidable.  Ask Him to give you strength to resist in those times. 

D.    Receive the comfort and assurance that “You can do all things through Christ Who gives you strength.”  (Philippians 4:13)

E.   Choose one of the following verses to reflect on in your prayer time with the Lord.

  • “Let those who love the LORD hate evil, for He guards the lives of His faithful ones and delivers them from the hand of the wicked.  Light is shed upon the righteous and joy on the upright in heart.  Rejoice in the LORD, you who are righteous, and praise His holy name.”Psalm 97:10-12

  • “I have restrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep Thy word.  I have not departed from Thy judgments: for You have taught me.”Psalm 119:101, 102

  • “The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: He shall preserve thy soul.  The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even forevermore.”Psalm 121:7, 8

  • “Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.  Incline not my heart to any evil thing, to practice wicked works with men that work iniquity: and let me not eat of their dainties.”Psalm 141:3-4

DAY #2         THIS IS WAR!  DRAW YOUR BATTLE LINES

“Deliver us from the evil one”

The Christian life is not simply believing in Jesus and living happily ever after.  It would be nice if that were the case.  However anyone who has sought to seriously follow the Lord has found it to be otherwise.  Jesus said to His followers that life in this world would be marked by tribulation and opposition.  That opposition comes to us in a large degree from the devil and a multitude of wicked spirits who form a united front against the kingdom of God.”  Brian Brodersen

1.      Are there times that you feel frazzled, hassled, confused, frustrated, unduly tense or fearful?  These are times that you need to pause to seek the Lord’s insight.  Perhaps you are encountering spiritual warfare.  What do you discover from reading Ephesians 6:11, 12?  Give examples if possible.


*Quote*  “There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils.  One is to disbelieve in their existence.  The other is to believe and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them.”  C.S. Lewis

2.      Satan is called many names.  He is the Enemy of our souls, Tormentor, Deceiver, Snake, Liar and Prince of Darkness to name a few.  Military strategists tell us that an important element of victory in battle is to know your enemy, so you can defeat him.  The Bible gives us insight into the tactics of Satan,  “in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.”  2 Corinthians 2:11

A.    One of Satan’s tactics and schemes is condemnation.  “(Satan is)..the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night.” Revelations 12:10  What is God’s defense as described in Romans 8:1 and Romans 8:31-37

B.     Another one of the Devil’s tactics is strife and confusion: “But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.  This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.  For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.” James 3:14-16 (KJV).  What is God’s defense as described in James 3:17?


C.     Satan would love for us to fear him.  Fear is one of Satan’s favorite fiery darts.  But God’s Word gives us instruction, insight and protection.  Explain what you learn in 1 Peter 5:8-10.

 

“Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.”  1 John 4:4

 

3.      *Pause to Pray to your Commander in Chief*  Have you fallen prey to Satan?  Have you been wounded in the enemy’s camp in the areas of fear, confusion or condemnation?  Regroup!  “When your knees knock, kneel on your knees.”  Take the truths listed in question #2 before the throne of God.  Let them heal your heart and give you new courage.

DAY #3        GOD’S ARMY MARCHES ON ITS KNEES

“Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.”   Luke 21:36

 

God instructs us to put on the whole armor of God.  This armor is not made of metal, it is not to protect our flesh—it is spiritual.  Therefore, we need to enter into the spiritual dimension to put it on.  This spiritual realm is entered into through prayer. 

1.      *Experience His Power in Prayer*  Read Ephesians 6:10-18 prayerfully.  You may even want to read it on your knees.  Pray that the Lord will give you a mental picture of each piece of the armor He has provided.  Ask Him to help you put it on—to appropriate it into your life.  Spend time reflecting on the protection and power each piece provides.  You might want to write out your prayer to Him.

*Pause to Ponder*  Remember!  “He has delivered us from the power of darkness and translated us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.”  Colossians 1:13, 14

DAY #4         SAFE AND PROTECTED----IN THE FATHER’S CARE

 


“And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand.  My Father, which gave them to Me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of My Father's hand.” John 10:28, 29

 

*Practice His Presence*  For God’s Children, the safest place in the world is in His presence.  It is like coming home.  Our Father in Heaven assures us that He can and will take care of us.  And yet we find that often our hearts are fearful.  For some reason, we have not let the reality of God’s love and strength settle into our innermost being.  God tells us to “Be still, and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10a  Will you listen to what God has to say to you?  Will you sit (or kneel) quietly in His presence and listen?  This too is prayer.  Prayerfully read the following scriptures, letting them minister to, comfort and encourage your heart.

 

  • (Psalm 5:11, 12 NIV)  “But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread Your protection over them, that those who love Your name may rejoice in You.  For surely, O LORD, You bless the righteous; You surround them with Your favor as with a shield.”

  • (Psalm 9:9, 10 NIV)  “The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.  Those who know Your name will trust in You, for You, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek You.”

  • (Psalm 28:8, 9 NIV)  “The LORD is the strength of His people, a fortress of salvation for His anointed one.  Save Your people and bless Your inheritance; be their Shepherd and carry them forever.”

  • (Psalm 31:1-5 NKJV)  “In You, O LORD, I put my trust; Let me never be ashamed; Deliver me in Your righteousness.  Bow down Your ear to me, Deliver me speedily; Be my rock of refuge, A fortress of defense to save me.  For You are my rock and my fortress; Therefore, for Your name's sake, Lead me and guide me.  Pull me out of the net which they have secretly laid for me, For You are my strength.  Into Your hand I commit my spirit; You have redeemed me, O LORD God of truth.”

  • (Psalm 46:1-3 NKJV)  “God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.  Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though its waters roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah”


DAY #5    INTERCESSION


“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.” Ephesians 6:18

 

As we look back at the Lord’s prayer, we will remember that it is a family prayer.  You, as God’s child, are not an only child---you are part of His family.  The words “our” and “us” are used frequently.  As brothers and sisters in His family, we are to support each other in love and in prayer.  “Through intercessory prayer I reach out beyond myself and pray, not for my own needs, but for the needs of those around me.  I pray for the needs of those in the Body of Christ.  I bring before God all the various needs of others that have come to my attention.” Chuck Smith

1.      As we read Paul’s letters, we see that an important part of his ministry was prayer for the saints: “always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy.” (Philippians 1:4)  In James 5:16 we are told to “Pray one for another.”  Galatians 6:2 instructs us to “Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”  Who do you know in the family of God that needs prayer?  List them below. 

2.      *Pray to Our Father for His Children*  Take one of the prayers below and pray it for each of the people you listed in question #1.

A.    “And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ--to the glory and praise of God.”  Philippians 1:9-11

B.     “For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height; to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”  Ephesians 3:14-19

C.     “For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.”  Colossians 1:9-12

3.   *Practice His Presence—He is the Good Shepherd of the Lost Sheep*  Jesus was moved with compassion as He saw those around Him “because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” (Matthew 9:36)  May our hearts become burdened in the same way.  Is there someone you know who is living outside of the Good Shepherd’s care?  Picture His love and care for them.  John Jowett describes this: “Suppose the vital interest is your own child.  Well then, set yourself in the sacred silence with a sense that you are near your Lord, and then, with alert imagination, bring your child (or other loved one) into the holy place.  See him there, hold him there.  And what are you doing?  You are establishing vital currencies between him and the divine presence.  You are presenting him to the grace and wisdom of God, and your dedicated homage is providing channels for the river of the water of life.”   Do not grow weary or discouraged.  Battle tirelessly on your knees—do not retreat!

 

“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.  I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.  I am the good shepherd.  The good shepherd gives His life for the Sheep”  John 10:10, 11

DAY #6     GOD’S KINGDOM

 “For Thine is the Kingdom and the power and the Glory Forever.”  Matthew 6:13b

 

  • The Lord’s prayer begins with a focus on God Himself; He is our Father, He reigns supreme in Heaven, He is Holy, His Kingdom is eternal, and His Will is not only best, but it is all that is truly important. 
  • Then the Lord taught us to pray for our needs: material (physical and daily needs), spiritual (our need for forgiveness and the need to forgive), and moral (our need for spiritual direction and protection from evil).
  • Now we close with praise and a sense of awe and adoration.  May this always be the lingering result of prayer in our lives. 

 

1.      PRAYING FOR GOD’S KINGDOM TO BE ESTABLISHED IN OUR HEARTS  The Lord is King of the universe, the question is: is He king of our heart?  We can ask Him to give us spiritual eyes to see, faith to believe and a commitment in our heart to His throne above all others.  Prayerfully ponder the following verses, asking God to give you His Kingdom perspective.

“But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.  Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” Luke 12:31, 32

 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls:  Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.” Matthew 13:45

“Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.” Hebrews 12:28

 2.      PRAYING AND LIVING IN THE STRENGTH OF GOD’S POWER  Do you believe that the power of God is available to you?  Have you asked for it?  Ask and you shall receive.

“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8

“Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.” Romans 15:13

3.      GOD’S GLORY----MAY THIS BE MY LIFE GOAL!  Oh that we would shine for Jesus.  We can and should pray that our lives would glorify our awesome King!  Prayerfully reflect on the following.

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

 “For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.” 1 Corinthians 6:20

 “Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.” 1 Peter 2:12

4.      AMEN.  Most of our prayers end with the word “amen.”  Although it really means “so be it,”  it has come to mean “the end” to us.  Although this is the last lesson of our series on prayer, may this not be the end.  May this be only the beginning as we grow to be women of prayer.  May we long for more time in His presence.  May we constantly meditate on His person.  And may we obey the Biblical command to: “Pray without ceasing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17


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