This week, Pastor Parkey teaches Part 3 of our series called “Home” about how you live your life outside of church; it examines your home life and acts as a call to the place of prayer. He looks at “How To Pray.” Moving from being a believer into a lifestyle of prayer should be as natural to a Christian as breathing. It is a key to true discipleship, one whose importance cannot be overstated! We are called to live in a house of prayer like Jesus (Matthew 21:13), which we can achieve through desire, discipline, and delight in prayer with the Lord.
So with all of this said, how exactly do we pray? Jesus answers just this question to His disciples in Matthew 6 with the “Lord’s Prayer.” It contains six parts we can use to determine how we should pray to God.
PRAISE - Our Father in Heaven, hallowed be Your name.
PURPOSE - Your kingdom come, Your will be done.
PROVISION - Give us this day our daily bread.
PARDON - Forgive our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
PROTECTION - Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
PRAISE - Thine is the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory forever.
When we pray in this manner, powerful things can happen! We use this prayer as a template for our own. We open with praise first, because God is deserving of all glory. This is where many people find it difficult, because we are taught that prayer is all about giving a to-do list of our needs and wants to God, asking Him to change or intervene in various things for our benefit. This is wrong, as it places the focus on ourselves over God! So open with praise, followed with purpose; God’s will be done, and His purposes be fulfilled through us. THEN you can bring to God some of your needs. Our next step is to pray for forgiveness over ourselves, and even others, which is perhaps the most important step, because without a clean slate, God can’t effectively work through us in His full capacity! We should then wrap up our prayer by calling on God in dependance to protect us, and giving Him some final praise to say He deserves it all! Thank God for all of His promises and love for us!
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The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are …