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How to Pray 101 (12 of 23)
Series: The Greatest Sermon Ever Preached
1. THE REVERENCE OF PRAYER
a) Our Heavenly Father
b) Our Holy Father
2. THE REQUESTS OF PRAYER
a) The Guide of All Requests
b) The Goal of All Requests
3. THE REPENTANCE OF PRAYER
a) The Forgiveness of Sin We Seek
b) The Fear of Sin of Sin We Show
I read about a soldier who was caught one night returning to his quarters from the nearby woods and he was charged with holding communications with the enemy. The soldier pleaded that he had gone into the woods to pray. The commanding officer skeptical of his defense shouted at him, ''Then down on your knees and pray now. It may be your last.'' The soldier knelt down and prayed so fervently and sincerely that even the skeptical commanding officer was touched. When the soldier had finished praying the officer said, ''You may go, I believe you. If you hadn't drilled so often, you couldn't have done so well at review.''
If our prayer life was placed under review, how would we do? Perhaps of all areas of our Christian life, the one we struggle in the most is our prayer life. It is the one area that is most neglected and ineffective.
As we saw in our last study, Jesus assumed that prayer would be a regular practice of our life. Twice in verses 6 and 7 Jesus said, ''When thou prayest,'' not ''if thou prayest.'' Jesus did not look at prayer as a neglected practice but one that was habitual and important to the Christian. Therefore, it behooves us to learn how to pray.
In the section of the Sermon on the Mount that we are looking at today Jesus teaches us how to pray. This section, often called ''The Lord's Prayer,'' is one of the most familiar of all the Bible. Many can quote it by memory. Actually it should be called the ''Model Prayer'' because it gives us a structure and guidelines to how we should pray.
In short, Jesus is teaching us how to pray. Jesus said, ''After this manner ...
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