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A Pattern for Prayer Matthew 6:9-13 (Part 1)

Tom Angstead February 19, 2014

Matthew 6:9-13

‘This, then is how you should pray: ‘Our father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  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’.

                        The breakdown of the template Jesus gave His disciples:

Worship and Praise ——Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name

 Spending time praising God

Hope in Christ’s return ——your kingdom come

Fixing my hope on the coming kingdom of God

Adjust Your Requests——your will be done on earth as it is in heaven

That prayer would be focused on God’s desires.  My wants should match what God wants

Bring Your Requests——Give us today our daily bread

This needs to be godly and appropriate petitions to God

Confessing Your Sins—— Forgive us our debts

I do not want my prayer / relationship with God to be hindered by unconfessed sins (PS 139:23-24)

Ask for a Forgiving Heart——as we also have forgiven our debtors

The indicator of a regenerate heart is the divine ability to forgive those who have sinned against me

Pray for a Holy Life——And lead us not into temptation

My prayer life should include a concern for living a godly and righteous life

Seek God’s Protection——but deliver us from the evil one

Being godly cannot be achieved without the empowerment and protection of God Himself.  I should pray                               specifically that God would grant us protection

Looking at the components of Christ’s modeled prayer:

Which of them would you say you most often neglect in your prayer life?                                          

Why do you think that is the case?