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Pattern For Powerful Prayer (14 of 14)
UNSHAKABLE TRUTH FOR UNCERTAIN TIMES
August 11, 2002
As we come to our last lesson on "Unshakable Truth For Uncertain Times" we want to come to the doctrine of prayer. We call this a pattern for powerful prayer because today we're going to study the lesson Jesus gave the disciples on prayer. Now Jesus' prayer life was so powerful and so impressive to the disciples that they said, "Lord, teach us to pray." They were saying teach us to pray as you pray Lord. We want to get answers like you get. We want our prayer life to be effective like your prayer life is effective. Teach us to pray. So in Matthew 6:9 on your outline Jesus teaches a pattern for prayer. This is called the Lord's Prayer. It's called the model prayer, or the pattern prayer. So let's look at it once again. Surely we can look at no better pattern than the pattern of Jesus. That doesn't mean that we are to pray these words and these words only. It means that these words contain the components for powerful prayer.
First of all notice the person, or the object of powerful prayer. "After this manner therefore pray: 'Our Father in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on 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.'" Now the person of powerful prayer is our Father who art in heaven. After this manner therefore pray: Our Father in heaven. Now we must be children of God in order to pray, our Father. We know that God is the creator of all people, but he is only the Father of those who have been made children of God by the new birth. Jesus said "Except a man be born again he cannot enter the kingdom of God." And so we are born again, not by corruptible things such as silver and gold received f ...
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