Discipleship: Teach Us to Pray (Matthew 6:5-13)Brian Crawford, May 6, 2018
Part of the Discipleship series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
The disciples of Jesus saw that there was a connection between Jesus powerful ministry and his intimate relationship with the Father. We need to develop the same kind of intimacy with God in prayer. Jesus gave us this model to help us keep things in perspective in life. If we start with our problems, then they will appear to be larger than God. But, if we start with God, then our problems will be minor in comparison.
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5And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 6But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. 7But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. 8Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. 9After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 11Give us this day our daily bread. 12And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. (KJV)