Sunday, June 19, 2011

DEVOTIONS - THE LORD'S PRAYER

This week in my Middle School Sunday School Class (Grades 6-8) we have been learning how to pray using the example of Jesus' "Pattern for Prayer" taught to his disciples in Luke 11:1-4.  Jesus, the Master Teacher, asks us to pray and then gives us the "how to."

KEYS TO PRAYER:
  • Relationship-We share our hearts with a personal God, a Father (Abba=daddy) who is all-knowing, all powerful, and always there.  He is holy, pure, and infinitely above human beings.
  • Submission-We enter prayer with reverence and a willingness to do His will.  We should want His will to be done in the world and in us individually.
  • Dependence-God wants us to be dependent upon Him for our daily needs...food, shelter, patience, wisdom, discernment, guidance.  He is a good and gracious Father who is so willing to give us our daily needs and often our wants if they align with His will.
  • Forgiveness-He was us to confess and ask forgiveness for our sins.  He also wants us to extend forgivess to others.  An unforgiving spirit will lead to a bitter heart.
  • Deliverance-We must be humble enough to realize we cannot resist temptation on our own.  We need God's protection from the evil one whose aim is to destroy us.   
We all need more practice praying.  I am attaching a design for a "Quiet Time" that I put together which incorporates all of the above.  I pray that it will be useful to you.  If you would like a copy of this Quiet Time Form in an 5.5" x 8.5" format, please email me,  and I will gladly attach it to a return email. 

QUIET TIME

Be still and know that I am God” Psalm 46:10


1.        Pray for understanding
2.       Meditate on memory verse
3.       Read scripture
4.       Journalize insights and make personal application

Sin to confess
Promise to claim
Attitude to change
Command to obey
Example to follow

5.       Prayer time
ADORATION – “I will praise the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.”  Psalm 34:1


Glory
Psa. 19:1
Psa. 86:9
John 1:14
Love
Jer. 31:3
John 3:16
1 John 3:1
Mercy
Psa. 103:11
Hebr. 4:16
1 Peter 1:3
Greatness
Deut. 3:24
Psa. 104:1
Psa. 145:3
Wisdom
Psa. 104:23
Prov. 3:19
Rom. 11:33
Presence
Psa. 23
Psa. 16:11
Isa. 43:2
Grace
Psa. 84:11
2 Cor. 12:19
Hebr. 2:9
Holiness
Ex. 15:11
Isa. 6:3
1 Peter 1:14-16
Goodness
Psa. 28:8
Psa. 31:19
Psa. 33:5
Majesty
Psa. 8:9
Job 37:22
1 Chron. 29:11


     CONFESSION – “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins  and to cleanse us from all   
                              unrighteousness.”  1 John 1:9


·         Specific Confession             A bad attitude about work, school
·         Repentance proved by       Asking the boss or teacher to forgive


     THANKSGIVING – “In everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you"  1 Thess. 5:18                  
                                  
Thankful For:                                        It has Blessed Me By:

Improved Health                                  Living without pain
Tax Refund                                            Liquidate indebtedness
Family                                                     Companionship/genuine love


     SUPPLICATION –

Petition – “Whatever you ask the Father in May name He will give you.”  John 16:23

Intercession – “Moreover as for me far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for   
                           you.”  1 Sam. 12:23


Family
Friends
Ministries
Government
Leaders
Lost Friends
Co-workers
Missionaries
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