Learning to Pray. June 7. Think About It. Today we look at Jesus’ teaching about prayer … the importance of prayer … a pattern for prayer. Consider Corrie ten Boom’s statement, “Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?” What kind of prayers fit in each category?.
Today we look at Jesus’ teaching about prayer … the importance of prayer … a pattern for prayer
Consider Corrie ten Boom’s statement, “Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?”
What kind of prayers fit in each category?
Matthew 6:5-9 (NIV) "And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.  But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father,
sees what is done in secret, will reward you.  And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.  Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.  "This, then, is how you should pray: " 'Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
According to this passage how did hypocrites pray?
What will be the result or reward of their religious showmanship?
And how do the pagans pray?
What common or overused phrases do you hear frequently repeated in people’s prayers?
How can we keep prayer from being “babble.”
What relationship to God does Jesus stress?
Implicit in this model prayer is the Father’s expectation that His children communicate with Him in prayer. Why do you like to talk to your children?
Matthew 6:10 (NIV) your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
The Kingdom of God is the realm where God rules. What do you think the priorities of God’s authority and rule might be?
When God rules in our lives and in our situations, God is glorified!
You might ask yourself … “How do my prayers glorify God?”
Jesus prays for God’s will to be done on earth, as it is in heaven. How should God’s will influence the way we live our day to day lives?
Matthew 6:11 - 13 (NIV) Give us today our daily bread.  Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.'
What are the three types of requests mentioned here?
What other kinds of daily needs besides food do you think might be included in “daily bread?”
Why do you think specific requests for forgiveness are so often neglected?