Father, we enter Your gates with thanksgiving in our hearts, and with praise. Please allow us to enter Your court in Jesus' name. We lift up Your holy Name. Jesus, teach us to pray as God desire us to pray. Please bless our prayers not to be selfish, but giving You all the glory, all the praises, and all the honor, because we know all power is Yours and only Yours. Bless this study on prayer to enable us to pray more effectively as Prayer Warriors should. This we pray in Jesus' name. AMEN
Subject: "The Lord's Prayer" (Introduction)
Scripture Reading: Matthew 6:5-17
Anyone who speaks or writes on the Lord's Prayer has entered a field of controversy because of the two extreme interpretations of the Prayer—the ultra-liberal and the super-conservative. Any exposition on this prayer comes into the range of the heavy artillery of one or both of these groups. My purpose in examining it is not to enter the field of apologetics or logistics, but to strengthen the deep desire for reality in prayer in these days of superficiality. The only excuse for studying the Prayer is to lay upon the heart of God's people the urgency for knocking on His door, the necessity for asking, and the importunity for seeking. Nevertheless, in our zeal and enthusiasm we have stressed the importance of knocking at the right door, asking in the proper way, and seeking in the correct direction. This message is sent out with the prayer that it may stimulate God's people to "pray without ceasing" (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
There is always a question about prayer:
What is Prayer?
Weekly Pattern: Praise
Prayers from the Bible: Moses
1). How often do you pray?
2). How do you pray? (What is your outline?)
a. Does your sequence of prayer mirror the Lord's Prayer?
b. How is it different?
c. How can you change your prayer structure to be more like Christ's example for prayer?
3). How often do you pray the Lord's Prayer on your own (excluding during a worship service)?
4). Why do you think that many believers do not follow the Lord's Prayer in their personal devotions?
a. Why is prayer important?
b. What happens to us when we neglect to pray?
5). Read Matthew 6:7-8.
a. What are "vain repetitions"?
b. Do you ever find yourself repeating the same prayer over and over without any real meaning behind the words?
c. Why do the heathen repeat over and over?
d. Do your prayers ever compare to those of the heathen or the hypocrites?
6). Where do you pray most frequently?
a. How comfortable are you in leading public prayers in a group?
b. How comfortable are you in your private prayers, expressing your most personal needs to God?
c. Why is there pressure to sound "religious" when praying in public?
d. When praying in public, what is your focus if you are concerned about how you sound to others?
7). What is the most basic definition for prayer?
8). Explain how prayer can be presented to God.
9). To the best of your knowledge explain (Romans 8:26).
10). How often should we pray?
11). When we pray what should be our focus?
Week # 1
Weekly Reading Assignment: (Acts 1-2)