Lord Teach Us to Pray
Topic: UPCC Passage: Matthew 6:5-13, Luke 11:1-4
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I want to start today by reading Luke 11:1-4. There are two places in the Gospels that share with us the Lord’s prayer. We will be focusing our attention on Matthew but let’s read Luke 11 to set the stage.
You see the desire by this disciple to know how to pray the way John’s disciples prayed. How did John’s disciples pray? They prayed confidently and purposefully. This is the way that this disciple wanted to pray and so then Jesus shares with him this template on prayer.
Now before we dig into the Lord’s prayer let’s look at the preceding verses. In todays passage we are going to see what prayer does not look like and what it should look like. Let’s start with what it should not look like.
What prayer shouldn’t look like (vs. 5-8)
- Don’t pray in public if you have not prayed in private first
- Don’t pray flippantly…God is not your genie
- Don’t pray for man’s praise
What prayer should look like (vs. 9-13)
- Direct every prayer to God vs. 9
- Submit your plans to His Plan vs. 10
- Ask your Father to meet your needs vs. 11
- Seek Forgiveness from God first vs. 12
- Offer forgiveness the way you were vs. 12
- God tests but never tempts vs 13