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Why and How Do I Pray What is prayer? Main way in which we develop a relationship with our Heavenly Father It is: concerned with relationship not ritual vertical rather than horizontal seeking reward from God and not from other people Prayer to our heavenly Father

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why and how do i pray

Why and How Do I Pray

What is prayer?

Main way in which we develop a relationship with our Heavenly Father

It is:

concerned with relationship not ritual

vertical rather than horizontal

seeking reward from God and not from other people

Prayer

to our heavenly Father

loves to give good gifts to his children

through the Son

no right to come by our own merit

the way is open through Jesus Christ’s death on the cross

Jesus Christ has unlimited credit in Heaven

by the Holy Spirit

the Holy Spirit lives in us and helps us to pray

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Why Pray ?

The way we develop a relationship with our Father in heaven

Content of prayer:

Praise, thanksgiving, confession, petition, guidance, listening etc

Questions concerning prayer

If God knows all our needs why should we ask

He asks us to do so

His spirit helps us to ask aright

Does God always answer prayer?

Jesus said “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you”

“Whatever you ask in my Name, I will do it, that the Father may be glorified in the Son”

“If two of you on earth agree about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven”

unanswered prayer
Unanswered prayer
  • Unconfessed wrongdoing
  • Disobedience
  • Wrong motives
  • Not according to God’s will
  • Not yet

How should we pray

  • No set way - we are free to talk to God as we wish
  • He doesn’t want meaningless words or empty phrases but to hear what is on our hearts
  • Some people find it helpful to have a pattern to follow

A - adoration: praising God for who He is and what He has done

C - confession: asking forgiveness for things we have done wrong

T - thanksgiving for help, family, friends,answered prayer etc

S - supplication: praying for ourseles, our friends, and for others

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The Lord’s Prayer

A model prayer taught by Jesus

Our Father in heaven

We should consider our relationship to God like a father to his child except that this Father lives not on Earth but in heaven and is Almighty

Hallowed be Your Name

In Hebrew someone’s Name signified a revelation of that person’s character. We should desire that everywhere and in all things God’s name is honoured.

Your kingdom come

God’s kingdom is his rule and reign. We should pray that God may everywhere reign like a king in people’s lives and in society both in the present and the future.

Your will be done on Earth as it is in heaven

Men and women would do God’s will rather than their own

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Lord’s prayer continued

Give us today our daily bread

we ask for physical necessities of life

Forgive us our sins (wrongdoing) as we also forgive those who have sinned against (wronged) us

Forgiveness is only possible by Jesus Christ’s death on the cross for us. Realising how much we have been forgiven, we should be ready to forgive others also.

Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil

We are all spiritually weak and must pray for God to prevent us being lead astray through temptation.

When should we pray

Always - wherever we are and have opportunity

Alone - regular times, particularly in the morning

With others - with other people in small groups or in prayer meetings