The Prayer To Belong (1 of 8) by Chuck McAlister

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The Prayer To Belong (1 of 8)
Series: The Practice Of Personal Peace (The Lord’s Prayer)
Dr. Chuck McAlister
Matt. 6:9a

INTRO:
(A) New Series... THE PRACTICE OF PERSONAL PEACE ...
1- Summer time -- a great time to depressurize your life ... a great time to work on gaining personal peace ... something we all want!


-- Madison Avenue offers us all kinds of products and services that claim to bring us peace ... if you believe tieir advertisements!
-- Here is a limited list of those products and services that claim to offer us peace: aroma therapy, candles, funeral services, bank overdraft protection, a plumbing warranty, organic potato chips, yoga, herbs, cancer insurance, car alarms, and mood rings -- to name a few!


2- In spite of these claims ... having personal peace is not that easy!
* The Bible tells us how we can depressurize our lives ... how we can gain personal peace!
3- Turn to and read ... Phil. 4:6-7 ... I.E. ... The Bible says that the way we can have personal peace is through the practice of prayer.
... We are to pray "in everything" ... a constant practice.
4- The Practice of Personal Peace ... is PRAYER.
a- But that brings up the question ... If prayer is the practice that brings personal peace, how should I pray so that I can have this peace?
b- The disciples asked that same question ... They came to Jesus and said, "(Luke 11:1) Lord, teach us to pray."
c- So Jesus gave them a guide to show us all how to pray ... Jesus was saying -- "Pray like this."
5- He taught us what we have come to know as the Lord’s Prayer!
a- This prayer was never meant to be recited as a prayer.

b- It’s fine to memorize it and recite it like you would any Scripture.
c- But it is not a substitute for our prayers -- it is a guide for them.
d- Jesus gave us a pattern for prayer ... The Lord’s Prayer is 8 different phrases.
e- Each one of these phrases addresses a different ...


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