Understanding the Lord’s Prayer

Prayer
The Lord’s Prayer Matthew 6:9­13 (NIV) "This, then, is how you should pray: "'Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, 10 your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us today our daily bread. 12 Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.' Our Father in heaven..... We may be used to calling God our father in prayer but this concept is entirely new to the people at Jesus' time. The great prayer warriors of the Old Testament never once called God their father. By asking us to call God father, Jesus is telling us that we can come close to God as if…
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Why must we pray

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https://youtu.be/-RzlBBT2KBg Prayer is a great privilegeThe first reason why we should pray is because prayer is such a great privilege. In the Old Testament time, the people could not have easy access to God. That is why the function of the high priest was so important. (Heb 5:1 NIV)  Every high priest is selected from among men and is appointed to represent them in matters related to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. But after the time of Jesus, we have direct access to the Father through Him. (John 14:6 NIV)  Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. This is such a great privilege. In our world, we cannot easily get access to important…
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Prayer Walking

Prayer
Prayer Walking It is simply praying while walking. Discussion: How many of us engage in prayer walking? Why do we do it? What are the benefits? Biblical basis Luke 13:22 (NIV)  Then Jesus went through the towns and villages, teaching as he made his way to Jerusalem. John 4:6 (NIV)  Jacob's well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. {cke_protected_1} {cke_protected_2} The Bible tells us that Jesus took long journeys during the time of His ministry. It would be foolish to imagine that he didn't make use of all these times to pray even while He was on the way.   Benefits of prayer walking 1. It makes good use of our time  Ephesians 5:15‑16 (NIV)  Be very careful, then, how you…
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Attitudes to have when we pray

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Listen to God Ecclesiastes 5:1­3 (NIV) Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. Go near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools, who do not know that they do wrong. 2 Do not be quick with your mouth, do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God. God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few. 3 As a dream comes when there are many cares, so the speech of a fool when there are many words. It is important to be silent even during prayer so that God can speak to us. For example, there may be times when we ask for God's will for our lives or when we ask God to…
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How to have effective prayers

Prayer
Keep God's commandments Isaiah 59:1-3 Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. {2} But your iniquities (ie sins) have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear. {3} For your hands are stained with blood, your fingers with guilt. Your lips have spoken lies, and your tongue mutters wicked things. 1 Jn 3:21­22 21 Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God 22 and receive from him anything we ask, because we obey his commands and do what pleases him. (NIV) Be free from anger and resentment 1 Tim 2:8 I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer,…
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