It’s easy to think of prayer as a private matter between you and God. We may see this only as something done by an individual. However, the way Jesus taught His disciples how to pray gives the idea of community and invites believers to come together as a family (body of believers, or community of faith) as we live and operate in God’s kingdom.
There’s a difference between supporting your church in prayer and participating in God’s kingdom here on earth. We shouldn’t just pray for our Church; we should pray with our church. As we do, we should prepare for a shift in mindset from offering support in prayer, to offering ourselves as the answer to any prayer.
In the movie Cast-Away Tom Hanks played a man stranded on an island. To save his sanity he gave life to a waterlogged volleyball to serve as a companion. While it helped him get through some rough times, Wilson had a name and a face, but had nothing to contribute to the conversation. Sometimes in your prayer life you may feel like you’re talking to Wilson. Of course there are those whose prayer life could be compared to that of Wilson’s?
The Bible teaches us that the New Testament Church is about relationships and being connected, dependent on Christ and one another. Over and over again we are directed back to the term “one another”—and Scripture instructs us to “pray for one another.” (James 5:16b). Let’s look at how Jesus taught His disciples to pray.
Scripture: Matthew 6:9-13
9 In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. 10 Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. 13 And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.
5 Truths we learn from this scripture
1: We must move from “My Father” to “Our Father.” (Matthew 6:9; 11-13).
2: We must move from “My Will” to “Your Will.” (Matthew 6:10).
3: We must move from “Future Storehouses” to “Present-Day Poorhouse.”
4: We must move from “I’m Offended” to “I Forgive.” (Matthew 6:12).
5. We must move from “Personal Safety” to “Community Concern.” (Matthew 6:12).