“Our Father, who art in heaven…” (Matthew 6, Luke 11)
Jesus showed us how to pray, not just in the model prayer He gave us, but also by His example:
- often, and alone (Luke 5:16)
- early in the morning, solitary place (Mark 1:35)
- evening, alone in nature (Matthew 14:23)
- all night, in nature (Luke 6:12)
- crying and tears (Hebrews 5:7)
- with others (Luke 9:28)
- for others (John 17; Luke 22:32)
- in submission to the will of the Father and glory (Matthew 26:39; Luke 22:41-44; John 12:27-28)
- with forgiveness for others (Luke 23:34)
- with confidence (John 11:41-42)
Jesus, our example and teacher said that “at all times (we) ought to pray and not lose heart” (Luke 18:1), with humility to God, in secret, and not for the praise of men (Matthew 6-7).
If you want to know if your relationship with God is healthy and growing, examine your prayer life.
Which of these words best describe your prayer life?
- scripture based
- agenda driven
- to the point
- _______________ (What other words come to mind?)
Which one of those words above might the LORD use to best describe your prayer time this morning (or this afternoon, or last night)?
This month we are making/remaking our prayer notebooks/journals.
It was such an encouragement to get together at look at each other’s prayer notebooks and share ideas/tools. Over the next couple weeks, incorporate the most practical suggestions that you want to use into a notebook that you will use every day.
It is fine to make it beautiful and be creative, but remember, it’s not about what it looks like as much as it is about actually PRAYING. So, make it as you use it, only keeping those tools and tips that actually prompt you to open your mouth and pray!
We will have a prayer time together where we will be using these notebooks for our prompt; so have it ready (and well used) to bring with you to our retreat for your personal use.
Bonus: Ask the LORD to teach you to pray. Then, look up the verses referenced above. If you have extra time look up some other verses in the Bible about prayer (commands, promises, instructions about, prayers that others prayed, etc.). Write out a few that you find encouraging on cards to put in your prayer notebook.