March 14, 2021 | Kingdom Rhythms | Part 4 – How (not) to Pray | Matt.6:5-8
- Prayer moves us from operating in the natural and enables us to engage in the supernatural.
- One of the greatest ways we can know the sincerity of our public prayer life is by the consistency of our private prayer life.
- Prayer is not informing God, it’s an act of dependence on Him.
Bible Text: Matt.6:5-8
We are in a series called Kingdom Rhythm. We are discovering spiritual disciplines or Kingdom Rhythms that should be a part of the life of every follower of Jesus. How do we live in a way that keeps us in step with the Kingdom of God? We are discovering a few of them in this series. They are: giving, fasting and today and next week we are examining prayer.
If we want to experience a fresh move of God’s presence in our lives and our church, we must become a people of both personal and corporate prayer. Here is what Jesus is teaching us:
- Prayer is NOT optional, it is essential to the life of every believer – Jesus reveals this in His own life. He lived a life of prayer. Prayer was an essential part of His life. Prayer is not just one of the things that believers should practice, it is the practice through which, every other practice is fueled. Reading our Bible, fasting, giving, sharing our faith, meditating on scripture, attending church, serving others and every other spiritual activity that we might engage, must be fueled by prayer. Prayer moves us from operating in the natural and enables us to engage in the supernatural.
- Prayer is not for the praise of man, but intimacy with God – Jesus is rebuking the false motives of the religious leaders of the day. Jesus is not rebuking their posture of prayer (standing/lifting hands) or the place of their prayer (public) but the purpose of their prayer. All prayer, rather private or corporate, must be done in the sincerity of heart for the purpose of communing with God. Motive matters! One of the greatest ways we can know the sincerity of our public prayer life is by the consistency of our private prayer life. “Public prayer void of private prayer is hypocrisy.”
- Prayer is not about the eloquence of speech but sincerity of heart – Prayer is not some magical formula, and you aren’t heard for your many or your lofty words. God does not want us to impress him with our words but to approach Him with the sincerity of our hearts, believing that He loves us and desires to commune with us.
- Prayer is not informing God, it’s an act of dependence on Him – Prayer is about God’s children communing with Him and expressing our dependence on Him. God has an answer and provision for every need that we have but He has ordained prayer to be the means by which we experience it. Without prayer and dependence on Him, those blessings that He has for us will often not come to fruition. It is not because God is uninformed but because we have not humbled ourselves in dependence on Him.
As you pray, remember: God has more answers than we have questions. He has more blessings than we have burdens. He has more provision than we have problems! He has invited us to bring those questions, burdens, and problems in dependence upon Him. Like a loving Father, He cares for us and desires to bless us. His presence and power are available as we pray!
Solemn Assembly | March 26-28 | Longview and Gilmer | An intentional gathering of God’s people to seek God together in fasting and prayer. It’s an expression of dependence as His people on His presence and His power.
FOUR CORPORATE PETITIONS:
- For God to save numerous people on Easter weekend;
- For God to pour out His presence and power and bring revival to New Beginnings;
- For God to give us divine direction and open doors to advance His mission;
- For God to provide unexplainable resources to accomplish His mission.
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