Our Father In Heaven— The Power of Prayer — Matthew 6.9a…Handout

Prayer is the______most important thing we do as believers because prayer can do anything God can do! Matthew 19:26~Jesus…said…with God all things are _______. (NIV) What can God do?__________! 2011 Harvard published a paper on prayer/meditation called__ weeks to a better brain. Power of Prayer: Recite, God Can, Positions,_____, Length

1) Pray, Don’t______. Matthew 6:9~…Our______in heaven, hallowed be your name. (ESV) Notice Jesus does not say, pray, or script this prayer. Instead, He says, here is a______ of how to pray. God wants our_______ to come from the heart, not just our mouths. 1 Samuel 16:7~…People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the______. 

2) God can do________, and I can do________. Listen as Jesus reminds in John 15:5~I am the vine; you are the branches…_____from me you can do nothing. (NIV) This means without Jesus Christ we can do nothing of spiritual or eternal significance. Luke 1:37~For____word from God will ever fail. (NIV) Some of us need to take that to heart as we pray. If the Lord said it, it will come to pass. Isaiah 43:26~Put me in remembrance; let us argue together; set forth your case, that you may be proved right. (NIV) God says_______me, bring it back up. Whatever God gives us to do as His purpose or____ for our lives is a privilege.

3) Positions: God is God, and I am His_________. If we had only learned our roles in our relationship with God, how much more spiritual growing could we have done? (Lots / Bunches / Heaps) The Lord’s_________ focuses on God at the beginning and at the end to remind us of this principle. Prayer is a time when we, as sinful servants, speak to our  Holy God. Genesis 32:10~I am unworthy of all the kindness and__________ you have shown your servant…(NIV) Yes, we are to call God _______ (Mark 14:36, Romans 8:15, Galatians 4:6 NIV Abba, Father), but we are to never forget God is a King with a kingdom, He is Lord over____. In Genesis, there were only two men who understood God is God and we are His servants. To one He gave the____Commands and the Tabernacle Blueprints to, the other He named a Book after. I am referring to________and Joshua. God sums up their lives saying: the servant of the Lord. (Deuteronomy 34:5, Joshua 24:29)

4) Prayers should always begin and end with_______. The Lord’s Prayer has___petitions or requests. The first___refer to God’s name, kingdom, and will. The second____requests are for daily provision, forgiveness, and protection. The first request in the Lord’s Model Prayer is hallowed be your name. (6:9c) The prayer ends with, For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. (6:13b) Beginning and ending with praise makes our prayer time exhilarating.

5) Don’t get_____-up on length. The Lord’s Prayer is part of His Sermon on the Mount, given as introductory principles to follow in all of our prayers. So, how long is the correct length time for prayer?_____ words long. Depending on translation the Lord’s prayer is between____words (NIV) and 66 words (KJV) long. Understand, God is not interested in how well we can parse the Christianize, so, stop throwing in fluffy Christian jargon. The Shortest pray in the Bible is___ words, (Matthew 14:30) and we can see all___ powerful prayer principles. While Solomon prays for 28 verses dedicating the Temple. (2 Chronicles 6:14-42) When you pray we are to have confidence. 1 John 5:15~And if we know that he hears us–whatever we ask–we know that we have what we asked of him. (NIV) Pray according to the Lord’s will by following His 5 principles. 
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