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Matthew 6:9-13

The Sermon on the Mount

A Pattern for Prayer

Life B-P Church Worship I & II, 5th November 2017

Text: Matthew 6:9-13

  • In the 16th century the Church needed a reformation in its prayer life.
  • In His Sermon on the mount Jesus taught His disciples “The Lord’s Prayer.”
  • Learning from it may bring about a reformation of our prayer life.

 

  1. It is a Useful Pattern for Praying.
  • Some think that finding the right formula prayer to recite is all they need to get what they need. It is wrong to treat the Lord’s Prayer that way.
  • The differences between the wording in Matthew 6:9-13 and Luke 11:2-4 reveal that it is meant to be a pattern for praying.
  • When it is used for congregational praying, it must be done with the right heart attitude (WLC187; cf. Acts 4:24).

 

  1. It Teaches Us the Right Way to Pray.

a. With the Right Priority

  • The first three petitions deal with God’s glory, while the second three petitions deal with man’s need.
  • Adoring and worshipping God should be the very first thought that we have when we approach Him.

b. With the Right Motives

  • To honour His name, to bring His kingdom to earth, and to do His will.
  • We ought to seek God for Who He is and not for what He does for us or gives to us (cf. Job 13:15).

c. With the Right Content

  • The last three petitions deal with needs of the past, present and future, and with physical, mental and spiritual needs.

 

  1. It Reveals Our Close Relationship with God.
  • The prayer begins by addressing God as “our Father.”
  • God delights in hearing our prayers (cf. Luke 11:9-13).
  • This privilege is reserved only for believers (cf. John 8:44; 1:12,13; Romans 8:15).

 

Questions for Personal Reflection:

  1. In what aspects of your prayer life is reformation most needed?
  2. How can you participate meaningfully in congregational praying?
  3. How can you develop intimacy with God while approaching Him with reverence and godly fear (Hebrews 12:28,29)?

Vision & Mission

 

To build a united church family that is committed to making disciples through Salvation, Sanctification and Service, to the glory of God.

Verse for the Week

November 19 & 26 - The End of the World

But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. 2 Peter 3:10