Teach Us to Pray Series
Text: Matthew 6:9-13
Dr. Proctor N. Beard, Sr.
Some of us can remember our parents or grandparents make this request, "All who know the worth of prayer, pray for me." While I didn't understand it as a child, I now know what they meant. Prayer is valuable, prayer is essential, prayer is powerful. We are living in perilous times. Do You Know the "Worth" of Prayer? Join us for this Preaching/Teaching Series, "Teach Us to Prayer. In this series, we will rediscover and embrace, the Worth of Prayer by examining the prayer Jesus taught His disciples. We call it "The Lord's Prayer"; however, it is clear that prayer is for our benefit. This prayer is a model for us to use as we communicate humbly, sincerely, and confidently with our God who hears us, loves us and will respond to us.
Week One – Our Holy Father
Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name (Matthew 6:9)
When we think about prayer, we don't often think about trust. However, trust is essential if we are to believe that when we pray we will get results. We must trust that the one we are praying to is concerned about us and has the power to do what we are praying for.
This model prayer reveals that we can count on the fact that God is Our Father. God is our Holy Father, God is our Holy Parent. Just like our parents who take care of us, who are concerned about us, who provide for us, who protect us, and love us, God invites us to experience God in the same way. God ways to connect with us in a personal, intimate, caring, and loving way. Even though God is in heaven, God is not distant, detached, or disinterested in what concerns God's children. God is our Father, our Parent, who is present with us at all times.
When we can trust God, then we can request from God in prayer what we desire, and we can reverence (worship) God for who God is. God wants us to trust Him and to Worship Him. If you are having difficulty trusting God, ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you what's getting in the way of your fully trusting God. God wants to be our Father.
Week Three- Our God Reigns – Part Two
Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will Be Done, On Earth as It is In Heaven (Matthew 6:10)
When I think about praying, "thy will be done," I think about Jesus' experience in the Garden of Gethsemane the night before his execution. Jesus went to this private place to pray and wait for his betrayer and his executioner to come, and as he waited, he spent an agonizing night in prayer. He asked his three closest friends to watch and pray with him, but they couldn't stay awake, so Jesus found himself alone, a foretaste of the aloneness that awaited him. As Jesus prayed, according to Matthew 26:39, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, "My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will." What we find here is a conflict between Jesus' human will and God the Father's will.
As we learn to submit to the God's Will or to align our will with God's in prayer, we make the following affirmations.
- We affirm our desire to follow Jesus' example.
- We affirm our trust in God to answer our request appropriately.
- We affirm our confidence in the future fulfillment of God's plan.
Remember, pray also includes trusting God to answer the way God' chooses to answer.