Let Us Pray

Let Us Pray

Text:
Title: “Let Us Pray”
Speaker: Pastor Greg Pollak

Introduction:

  • Whole life taught how to pray in church whether I liked it or not from the Roman Catholic Church.
    • Something changed in November 1st, 2001 in regards to church when I was saved.
    • Prayer night on Wednesday nights at Saylorville Church people were praying but not like how I was taught.
    • I realized I didn’t know how to pray because these people were praying different than I had ever heard.
    • A man by the name of Gus asked to pray with them.  Gus started to pray and he was talking to God… a concept totally different than what I had learned.
  • Jesus’ disciples saw a difference in how Jesus prayed and asked to be taught how to pray.
  • Our prayer life is more than what we are praying but who we are praying to?
    • “pray without ceasing”

Sermon Notes:

Three things that are a model for our prayer life…

  • Intimacy
    • “pater” – father – one who brings life
      • An intimate word used of a father
      • Used by Jewish children to address their father
    • Hallowed – set apart, holy
    • Father is used 10 times in Old Testament, but hundreds of times in the New Testament
    • ‘Your kingdom come” – refers to Jesus’ second coming
      • When we pray we submit all our “little kingdoms” in our lives to God because His kingdom coming is more important than our “little kingdoms”.
      • God is in control of everything in our lives and we our to submit everything to Him.
  • Dependency
    • Most people in America are very fortunate.  We don’t have to worry about things as simple as food.
    • We have a daily dependency upon God.  Even if we have abundance of things/food, God is the one who provided it for us.
    • Trust God daily not matter your circumstances.  We are 100% wholly dependent upon God every moment.
  • Transparency
    • Transparency is operating our lives so it is easy for people to see your actions performed.
      • Sin is not hidden from others, because it is not hidden from God.
      • God calls us to be transparent with our sins to others.

Application:

  • In the next 30 days, attend a corporate prayer event within the church.
  • If your small group does not pray together, ask your small group leader to make prayer a main focus of small group and allow a time for corporate prayer.

Small Group Questions:

  • How is your prayer life?   What do you pray for, when do you pray, how do you pray, etc.?
  • In , Jesus tells us to address God as Father.  What does this indicate to us and do you address God as Father when praying?
  • When you pray do you feel intimately closer to God?  Why or why not?
  • How do you reconcile the intimate relationship we can have with God with his holiness?
  • Who are you dependent upon?  Explain.  (Note you are not being asked to say “who” you should be dependent upon.)
  • When is the last time you confessed sin?  To God? To another person?
  • What does it mean to forgive everyone who is indebted to us in ?
  • Is there anyone in your life that you have not forgiven?  Consider those you have verbally said you have forgiven but in reality you really have not.
  • Is there anything you have been convicted of as a result of -4 that you need to change?
  • Reads .  As application to this verse, Greg challenged the church to attend one of the corporate prayer gatherings in the next 30 days.  Do you intend to pick up this challenge? Why or why not?

11:1 Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” And he said to them, “When you pray, say:

“Father, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come.

Give us each day our daily bread,
and forgive us our sins,
for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
And lead us not into temptation.”
(ESV)

Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. (ESV)

14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” 16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, (ESV)

Thus says the Lord:
“Cursed is the man who trusts in man
and makes flesh his strength,
whose heart turns away from the Lord.
He is like a shrub in the desert,
and shall not see any good come.
He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness,
in an uninhabited salt land.

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
whose trust is the Lord.
He is like a tree planted by water,
that sends out its roots by the stream,
and does not fear when heat comes,
for its leaves remain green,
and is not anxious in the year of drought,
for it does not cease to bear fruit.” (ESV)

35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. (ESV)

42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. (ESV)

And he said to them, “When you pray, say:

“Father, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come.
(ESV)

14 Now he was casting out a demon that was mute. When the demon had gone out, the mute man spoke, and the people marveled. (ESV)

11:1 Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” (ESV)

42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. (ESV)