The Lord’s Prayer; no, not that one

Last week, we talked about the model prayer from Matthew 6, that many call “The Lord’s Prayer.”  I think it is more fitting to call Jesus’ prayer in the garden “The Lord’s Prayer.”  It is His prayer.  As He prepares Himself to give His life and take on the sins of the world onto the cross, He prays a heartfelt prayer for His mission, for His disciples and for all believers.
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Prayers of the Bible: The Model Prayer

I thought I would switch gears a bit and discuss something many of us fall short of:  Prayer.  As you look through the Bible, there are many prayers.  Some are short, some are long.  All are heart-felt and sincere (except for one that I can remember where the Pharisee is praying that he is not like the sinner before him who is praying with sincerity…that is a good lesson for another time).  If you have never watched the movie, The War Room,” you should.  Powerful movie.  Be sure to get the DVD and watch the bonus features.  They provide a lot of insight and lessons from the movie.  One thing I remember from one of these is that every church need to be ‘a praying church,’ not just a church that prays.  Prayer should be a center activity in our lives and in our churches.  Paul says, “pray without ceasing.”  Whatever you are going through, good or bad, pray about it.  If someone around you needs prayer, be an intercessor for that person.  Seek out who needs prayer and pray for them.

So, what is prayer and how do we pray?  I think there are many ways to pray.  Sometimes it is just a short sentence praying for someone or something going on.  Other times it is thanking God for all His goodness and remembering who He is.  It may be confessing a sin or struggle you may have or asking for healing or comforting for yourself or someone you know.  It is simply talking with God.  What do you think?  Do you have any experience in your prayer life you would like to share?  Prayers answered?  Frustrations?  Questions?  Please comment. Continue reading “Prayers of the Bible: The Model Prayer”