by Jerry Vines

What Prayer Is
Jerry Vines
Matthew 6:9-15

I would like for you to turn in your Bible to the Matthew 6 and I want to read verses 9-13. We are moving together through the sermon on the mount given by the Lord Jesus, the greatest preacher who ever lived, the greatest sermon ever delivered. We are taking our time because there is so much good material there and so many things that we need for our daily lives that I don't want to rush by it.

Matthew 6:9-13, this is what Jesus said about prayer: "After this manner therefore pray ye; our Father which art in Heaven hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done in earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever, Amen."

The Lord Jesus spent only 33 years on the earth. I have often wondered what were the things that Jesus gave priority to. I think one of the things that we learn from the life of the Lord that was very important in His life, was the matter of prayer. I have sometime wondered just how much time Jesus spent in prayer during those 33 brief years on the earth. I do know that the disciples were impressed with the prayer life of Jesus. If you had walked with the Lord for about three years , had seen every thing that Jesus did, had heard everything that Jesus had to say, I wonder what it was that would be impressed upon your mind? We know they heard how Jesus preach and Oh how His preaching must have impressed them. We know that Jesus healed people and we know that the healing ministry of Jesus had to have been impressive to the disciples. In fact, there were times that Jesus raised people from the dead. That had to make an impact upon their lives. Yet, when you consider everything they saw and heard in the life of Jesus it is significant to know that they ca ...

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