Our weekly prayer meeting
Jesus said, “When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites who love to pray publicly on street corners and in the synagogues where everyone can see them. I assure you, that is all the reward they will ever get. But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father secretly. Then your Father, who knows all secrets, will reward you. “When you pray, don’t babble on and on as people of other religions do. They think their prayers are answered only by repeating their words again and again. Don’t be like them, because your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him! Pray like this” (Matt 6:5-9)
The greatest prayer begins with the words “Our Father.” Never forget who you are praying to. God is our Father. Don’t ever forget how he feels about you – His child. He couldn’t have greater love for you than He already has. He is your Father, your Heavenly Father. And don’t forget who you are. You are His very own child – His son, His daughter. And know that God feels fatherly towards you today.
The next phrase says, “who art in heaven.” A reminder to us that God is sovereign and He is majestic and He is omnipotent and nothing is too difficult for Him. He is the mountain mover. He is able. He is bigger than any problem you have. Fix your eyes on God’s ability, not on your mountain.
“Hallowed be thy name.” Make sure that your prayers include worship. Don’t let your prayers degenerate into a grocery list for personal purposes. Always include a paragraph of praise.
“Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Have a submissive spirit. Say, “Lord, may Your will be done first in my life. Your will be done in my family, my career, my ministry, my money, my body, in my relationships and in my church. May Your will be done in my life and in others, the church, the nation, and the world.”
“Give us this day our daily bread.” Jesus is saying, “Let your request be made known to God. Your little concerns, your big concerns – lay them out. Say, “Lord, I want to talk to You about these things. Sounds silly; I know they are small.” Or, “Lord, I want to talk to You about some things. They are big. I need Your help. I need a miracle.” Register your heart’s request with God. Don’t shrink back.
“Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.” Confess your sins in prayer. Grow. Make sure you are not the obstacle. Receive forgiveness through prayer. Live with a forgiving spirit toward others.
“Lead us not into temptation. Deliver us from the evil one.” Pray for protection from the evil one, for yourself, for loved ones, for your church and your leaders. Pray for protection from evil and victory over temptation.
“For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory forever.” You began your prayer with worship: “Hallowed be Thy name.” End it with more worship. “God, the kingdom is Yours. The world is Yours. The power in the world is Yours. All the glory in the world is Yours forever and ever. You are a wonderful God.” Tell the Lord, “I can’t get over that I matter to You, and that You have opened up access for me to talk to You through prayer.”
And close by saying, “Amen,” let it be so. “May it be forever so.” You are in agreement with God, His Will and His great purposes for you, all others and the whole earth and heaven.