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How to Pray In God's Provision (9 of 11)
Series: From Here to Kingdom Come
A lot of us have related to the comic strip character Ziggy, who couldn't seem to connect with God. One time, the comic strip showed Ziggy standing on a tall mountain, and he was staring right up into the sky. The sky is very dark; there's only one little cloud up there, and frame after frame after frame shows Ziggy just staring straight up. And then, in the last frame, Ziggy yells, "Have I been put on hold for the rest of my life?"
Lots of us can relate to that cartoon character. In fact, a few years ago, the Gallup Poll people studied the average American and his views on prayer. I find it interesting that 78% of American say that they prayer at least once a week; 57% say they pray at least once a day; 91% of women and 85% of men pray at least occasionally. So obviously, we are a people who believe in prayer. But the real issue for us is, just how effective is our praying?
The Bible says that God excitedly waits and is anxious to answer our prayer. And God comes outright and says, "If you call, I will answer."
There are two great problems in learning how to pray with genuine expectancy and confidence that God will answer us: HOW to pray and WHAT to pray. Almost every problem we run into related to prayer revolves around those two questions. And both are answered by Jesus here in Matthew 6.
Remember now, Jesus, the master teacher, is teaching us how to pray like the rabbis taught in Jesus' day. They started with a subject and then underneath that subject, they would talk about topics related to the subject, much like the outline that is in your bulletin.
Last week, we talked about the person of the prayer and that was where Jesus said, "This then is how you should pray: 'Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name."
"This, then, is how you should pray: "'Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
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