March 21, 2021 | Kingdom Rhythms | Part 5 – Like This | Matt.6:9-13
- Jesus isn’t prescribing a prayer to be prayed but He is describing a model or form that should shape the way we pray
- Jesus is showing us how to pray with power
- It is in submission to God’s sovereignty that we find perspective and understanding of what our petitions should look like.
Bible Text: Matt.6:9-13
In this passage, Jesus isn’t prescribing a prayer to be prayed but He is describing a model or form that should shape the way we pray. Jesus is showing us how to pray with power. So what does this life of prayer look like?
Jesus begins by reminding us of the personal nature of God and the corporate nature of our relationship with Him. Jesus says, “Our Father.” This is a reference to the personal nature of God. He is our FATHER!
When we approach God as our heavenly Father, what does that look like? In this model of prayer, there are two parts. There is a vertical aspect and then a horizontal aspect.
Vertical Prayer of Submission: We pray for God’s name to be exalted, His Kingdom to be established, and His will to be experienced.| The best way of describing this vertical prayer is talking to God about what matters most to Him.
It is in this posture of submission to God’s sovereignty that we find perspective and understanding of what our petitions should look like.
What is God most interested in?
- Hallowed by your name: His name being exalted
- Your Kingdom come: His Kingdom to be established
- Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven: His will be experienced
Horizontal Prayer of Dependence: We pray for God’s provision, pardon, and power in our lives | This is where our prayers move from praying about what matters most to God to then bringing our petitions before Him.
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.