Presentation on theme: "If My people will humble themselves and Pray..."— Presentation transcript:
1If My people will humble themselves and Pray... Lord Teach Us To PrayIntroduction:Early in Jesus’ ministry Sent out the Seventy -Story of Seventy Coming Back rejoicingRejoice not that you have power over the spirits but that your names are written in heaven.Early on in their ministry the Disciples began to experience an amazing phenomenon in Jesus’ lifeThey would wake up and go to find him and wouldn’t be there - they would find Him praying….If My people will humble themselves and Pray...2 Chronicles 7:14
2“Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.”Luke 11:1
3Matthew 6:5-9“And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.“Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. In this manner, therefore, pray:Some boundariesTwo BoundariesNo Praying Just to look good or to simply fulfill some requirement - This is not for Display - This is real conversationWhen you pray do not use vain repetitions - Many Words - EmptinessNote your Father knows what you need -Right from the beginning we notice that God is our Father and that He is interested in what we need!
4Matthew 6:10-13 Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one.For Yours is the kingdomand the powerand the glory forever.Amen.Explain Cyastic Structure
5Biblical Poetic Structure Main Point or what’s most ImportantSub-point CSub-point CSub-point BSub-point BSub-point ASub-point A
6The Lord’s Prayer the Structure RequestsSurrender(His Will)(His Kingdom)Dedication(Confession / Forgiveness)(Turn from Sin/Protection)PraisePraise
8This then is how you should pray... Our Father in HeavenHallowed be Thy Name...Praise / AdorationWho is God?What do you like about Him?What are His Names?What do they mean?
9This then is how you should pray... ...Your kingdom come. Your will be doneon earth as it is in heaven...SurrenderPray for God’s kingdom and will to come into your life!Submit your life to God’s WillFind His will in Scripture.Pray for the Holy Spirit to fill you and teach you.
10This then is how you should pray... ...Give us this day our daily bread...RequestsIntercessory PrayerLet God know what you need.PersistencePatienceLong SufferingKeep a list - record what God does.
11God wants to Grant our requests Where is a friend when you need one?Story of Breaking Down in Canada
12This then is how you should pray... ...Forgive us our debtsas we forgive our debtors...ConfessionThank God for His gift of forgiveness.Confess your shortcomings and sins to God and turn commit to turning from them.Ask God for forgiveness and the gift to forgive others
13This then is how you should pray... ...do not lead us into temptation,but deliver us from the evil one...Protection from EvilRecognize that Satan is powerful, but that God is much more powerful. Acknowledge that we are in a spiritual war, and ask God to keep Satan’s power away from you and those for whom you have been praying.
14This then is how you should pray... ...For Yours is the kingdomand the powerand the gloryforever!AmenPraise Him Again!And again I Say Rejoice!Give thanks to God!Sing Praises to His Name!Share what He is doing!
15Luke 11:5-8 Keep Asking, Seeking, Knocking 5 And He said to them, “Which of you shall have a friend, and go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves; 6 for a friend of mine has come to me on his journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; 7 and he will answer from within and say, ‘Do not trouble me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give to you’? 8 I say to you, though he will not rise and give to him because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will rise and give him as many as he needs.Keep Asking, Seeking, Knocking
16Luke 11:9-139 “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 11 If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? 13 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”
17So What? We often feel like our prayers are not being heard. Why? Praying to look good or fulfill requirement…To many meaningless words vs.. PersistenceMaybe we just don’t know Who we are talking to.
18John 15:11-1611 “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. 12 This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. 14 You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. 15 No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.
19It is easy to ask a friend Is HE your friend. He has Chosen you It is easy to ask a friend Is HE your friend? He has Chosen you. Will you let Him in?
21General Conference Prayer Initiative You Can't Have the Holy Spirit!Not without prayer. God's last day messenger to the remnant instructs us, "that a revival can only be expected in answer to PRAYER! 1 Selected Messages p. 121The 777 commitment. 7 days a week - 7 AM and 7 PMIn the January 3, 1907 Review and Herald we were instructed that, "A chain of earnest praying believers should encircle the world... to pray for the Holy Spirit."Won't you join us in making this outpouring of the Holy Spirit a reality for the coming year? Perhaps this will be the last year we need live in this world of sin!
22Ways to get involved at City Church Personal Commitment to Knowing God and Personal prayer timeGlobal Prayer Rain Prayer time at City Church 8:00 Sabbath Mornings in the Open Circle ClassroomThe Hour of Prayer Wednesday Nights at Midweek Manna 6:30-7:30