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How to Pray

  • Date: January 21, 2024
  • Series: Building Faith

Our Building Faith series continues with a message on How to Pray based on Matthew 6:5-13 (ESV). Join us in understanding the profound significance of prayer and how it can transform our lives. Let’s learn together how to pray effectively, following the teachings of Jesus.

πŸ™ What is Prayer?

The Westminster Shorter Catechism from 1647 defines prayer as “an offering up of our desires unto God, for things agreeable to his will, in the name of Christ, with confession of our sins, and thankful acknowledgment of his mercies.” Louie Giglio beautifully describes prayer as a steady state of awareness that shifts earthly perspectives, plans, and purposes as heaven becomes visible on earth. Simply put, prayer is communication and communion with Almighty, Triune God.

🌟 Praying According to God’s Will

Uncover the importance of aligning our prayers with God’s will, avoiding the pitfalls of hypocrisy and empty words. Learn from the ultimate prayer-warrior, Jesus, and understand the heart behind genuine prayers.

πŸ•ŠοΈ Intimacy and Respect

Explore the intimacy and respect inherent in addressing God as “Our Father in heaven.” Discover prayer’s power in healing the father wound and embracing the same Father who helped Jesus, assuring us of His guidance and support.

🌍 Bringing Heaven to Earth

Unlock the meaning behind “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Learn how to align with God’s kingdom above earthly concerns, political affiliations, and personal ambitions.

🍞 Daily Dependence on God

Acknowledge your dependence on God with “Give us this day our daily bread,” recognizing that God supplies our needs beyond material blessings.

πŸ’” Forgiveness and Breaking Barriers

Explore the connection between forgiving others and receiving forgiveness, breaking the barrier of bitterness. Learn how bitterness can act as a barrier to unlocking the abundant life God has for us.

πŸ›‘οΈ Resisting Temptation and Spiritual Warfare

Learn to pray against temptation and deliverance from evil. Learn how Jesus handledΒ  piritual warfare depicted in Matthew 4 and gain insights from 1 Peter 5:8-11 and 1 Thessalonians 5:17.

πŸ™Œ Vertical and Horizontal Movements

Discover the vertical and horizontal movements in prayer, focusing on God first and then personal concerns. Embrace the transformative power of prayer as you pray up, pray in, and pray out.

Let’s come together as a church family to embrace the transformative power of prayer, following the guidance of Scriptures in John 14:13 and James 5:16. Join us in this spiritual journey of building faith through the profound art of prayer.

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