Have you ever prayed and felt like it was a waste of your time? Have you ever felt like God wasn’t hearing you or not answering your prayers? This sermon teaches us how to get our prayers answered. After listening to or reading the sermon make sure you download the Prayer Journal Instructions. This is a practical tool to start using today that will help strengthen your prayer life.
Jesus Provides a Model Prayer
Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.”
2 So He said to them, “When you pray, say:
Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
3 Give us day by day our daily bread.
4 And forgive us our sins,
For we also forgive everyone who sins against us.
And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.”
Understanding prayer – A four week series
Today’s Sermon: Jesus Taught Us How to Pray – How to get your prayers answered
As we prepare to learn more about prayer the first thing we need to keep in mind is that prayer is about relationship. In fact, relationships are at the core of the Christian’s life and everything, including prayer revolves around relationships.
*Relationship between you and God and relationship between you and others.
In our text Jesus was asked by His disciples how we should pray. Jesus responded by providing a model for prayer. Let’s break it down into sections and examine each.
Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be your name.
Our prayers should recognize God for who He is and exalt Him into His rightful place. We don’t do this for God, He doesn’t need us to esteem Him. No, we do this for ourselves as a way to put into perspective who we are speaking to and keep our focus on Him.
Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
God controls everything in the world. Not only does he control life, He sustains life. Jesus teaches us to offer up in our prayers to God that one thing that he doesn’t possess; our will.
Give us day by day our daily bread.
This is more than a request for physical nourishment. Remember Jesus told us “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God” (Mat 4:4). We pray for spiritual nourishment, spiritual strength.
And forgive us our sins, For we also forgive everyone who sin against us.
This is a reminder that God expects us to forgive people. We can’t come to God with malice in our heart toward another person.
And don’t lead us into temptation but deliver us from evil
Asking God to help us to be Holy
Types of prayers
- The Prayer of Faith (Mark 11:24)
- The Prayer of Praise and Worship/ Thanksgiving (Luke 2:20)
- The Prayer of Intercession (Ephesians 1:15-18)
- The Prayer of Binding and Loosing – Agreement (Matthew 18:18-19)
Difficulties in Prayer
Why does it seem that God doesn’t answer prayer?
7 Things that hinder our prayers
- Disobedience (1 John 3:22)
- Not forgiving others (Mat 6:15)
- Having an unthankful heart – An attitude of entitlement (Thes. 5:18)
- Unbelief or not having faith (James 1:6-7)
- Selfishness (James 4:3)
- Ignoring those in need (Proverbs 21:13)
- Impatience (Mat 7:7-8)
Overcoming those things that hinder our prayers
For the next 21 days I want to challenge you to pray every day and journal that prayer time. There are journaling instructions in this post that you can print and use to help you journal. In doing so, you will be purposefully working toward strengthening your prayer life, your faith and your walk with the Lord. If you make the decision to journal for the next 21 days please come back here after the 21 days and share on this post how it went.