Derrick continues his series on building spiritual “muscles” and talked about the Spiritual Discipline of Prayer.  The focus of this lesson was Luke 11:1-4 when Jesus taught the Disciples to pray the Lord’s prayer.

Derrick reminds us that prayer is asking the Father for the right things, in the right way.  Prayer is also listening and sometimes just being silent.  Remember that God already knows what we need and what we want.  So what should we pray for?

1.     We should pray that God’s reputation is revealed as holy in our lives.

Luke 11:2 says “Father hallowed be your name.”  God’s name should be set aside from the filth of the world.  Make sure His reputation is carried in our words and actions.

2.     We should pray that God’s love and justice reign on earth. 

Luke 11:2 also says “Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”  The Message Bible says pray that the world would be “set right.”

3.     We should pray for daily provisions.

Luke 11:3 says “Give us each day our daily bread.”  This shows our dependence on God daily for provisions.   Ralph Waldo Emerson said in his essay on Self-reliance that “the height and perfection of man is reliance on God.”  God gives us what we need for today only.  Matthew 6:34 reminds us, “Do not worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will care for itself.  Each day has enough trouble of it’s own.”

4.     We should pray for the forgiveness of sins.

Luke 11:4 in the Message says “keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others.”  Your sin is yours and you need to own it, not point fingers at others.  Not only do we need to ask for forgiveness, but we need to forgive others. (Ephesians 4:32 reminds us that the forgiven must be a forgiver).

5.     We should pray for God to protect us from temptation.

Luke 11:4 says “Lead us not into temptation.”  The Message version says “Keep us safe from ourselves and the devil.”  We should pray that God will protect us and give us pure eyes and a pure mind.  If not for the mercy and grace of Christ, we would not be alive because of our sin.  Our prayer should be:  “God I want to reveal you as holy – protect us from temptation.”

Just pray.  There’s nothing magical in a formula like the Lord’s Prayer – it isn’t an incantation.  It teaches you a place to start.  God already knows what we need.

Join us next week as Derrick continues to talk about prayer. We hope to see you there!

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Upcoming Sunday Schedule… 

01/25:   Spiritual Disciplines:  Prayer  (Derrick)

02/01:   Spiritual Disciplines:  Bible Study Methods  (Derrick)

      02/08:    Begin series in Study of Daniel  (Derrick)