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My goal in this series is to encourage each of us individually and as a Church together and for us to take one or two steps in growing in our prayer life. There are several questions that many people have about praying; what do I pray? How do I pray? What do I say? Jesus clarifies His previous points on prayer (see last week’s message) with what we call “The Lord’s Prayer.” It’s actually a disciples’ prayer. He is giving us an example, a template of how to pray.

Let’s look further into this passage: Read Matthew 6:5-13 Here is a great question to ask: Whose agenda? Most meetings and intentional conversations have an agenda; they have a purpose; sometimes ours, and sometimes the other person.

Most of the time it is all about God’s agenda and purposes. We come to God in prayer, but it actually about Him. Yes, He knows what we need, even before we ask him; yes, He will give us our daily bread; yes, He will forgive us our sins (as we forgive others). God is God, He is Sovereign and has all authority. Let’s see this in this prayer.

Weekly Reflection:

  1. Read Matthew 6:5-18; 7:7-10 this week
  2. Go to your Quiet time - create the time if you don’t have one (re-create or change it)
    • Take 10 minutes: focus on one passage of Scripture
    • Then pray whatever comes to your mind or heart - write it down
  3. Challenge yourself to read the Bible in a year
    • One Year Bible
    • Online search for reading plan
  4. Plan for a Prayer Gathering on Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 7:00pm
  5. Extra Study: take a concordance and see where the words “pray” or “prayer” are used in the Gospels and in the Book of Acts (www.biblegateway.com). Be sure to check the context.