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Your Kingdom Come: Our Mission (29 of 40)
Series: Emerge: Kingdom
Jesus Culture - Banning Liebscher
Matthew 6:9-13; Ephesians 2:6

Prayer is a vital part of the Kingdom of God. This week, we are going to learn how prayer is a key to living the lifestyle of a revivalist.

Main Scriptures: Matthew 6:9-13; Ephesians 2:6

EQUIP: Jesus is the embodiment of Heaven coming to Earth, and our mission is to follow in His footsteps.

Teaching Point 1: Jesus taught us how to intimately connect with God through prayer (Matthew 6:9-13).

How many times have you heard the Lord's Prayer? It is often used as a pre-game prayer for athletes or as a ''stock'' prayer for church meetings; however, this prayer is so much more than a ceremonial tradition.

Understanding God as your Father is the key to revival. Jesus said, ''Pray like this: Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy'' (MATTHEW 6:9).

For Jews, this was revolutionary. Most wouldn't dare address Almighty God with such a personal title. Abbá is the Greek word for ''father,'' and it is meant as a tender endearment spoken by a beloved child. The child has an affectionate, dependent relationship with their daddy, or papa, which is why they call him Abba.

''If you want to judge how well a person understands Christianity, find out how much he makes of the thought of being God's child, and having God as his Father… Everything that makes the New Testament new, and better than the Old, everything that is distinctively Christian as opposed to merely Jewish, is summed up in the knowledge of the Fatherhood of God.'' - J.I. Packer

God instructed us to bring Heaven to Earth. ''Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven'' (MATTHEW 6:10). That sentence shows us what we should expect when we pray. We have a mandate to pray for Heaven to come and root out everything that is hostile to it. We can ask for God's healing and restoration to come and change our world.

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