40 Days of Joy - Jesus' Lesson on Prayer - Day 34

"Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice."  Philippians 4:4

Begin your time with God in prayer:

Praise God for who He is. Confess any sin so that nothing blocks your fellowship with Him. Ask God to use the Spirit and the Word to transform your life. Yield your will to God’s will.

Let God’s Word penetrate your head and your heart: 

When I was a child, we said grace every night before dinner. One of us, seated around the table, repeated from memory one of the little prayers we were taught. Come, Lord Jesus, be our guest and let Thy gifts from Thee be blessed. Many years later, I looked back on those prayers. For me, it was just meaningless repetition, not a conversation with God. It was like the countdown for a race. As soon as someone said ‘Amen’, I could eat.

Matthew 7:7-8  “And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

What can you learn about prayer from Matthew 7:7-8?

What do you think Jesus wanted instead of long, meaningless prayers?

Matthew 6:9-13 Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.

Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”

Identify the following elements in the prayer Jesus used to teach the disciples to pray:

Praise

Repent (confession)

Ask

Yield

Apply God’s Word to your life:

  • God wants us to talk to Him, not recite meaningless words.

  • God already knows your situation; you don’t need to give Him all the details.

  • Offer a short prayer from your heart using the acrostic PRAY above.

  • If you are a parent, think about how you can help your child learn to talk to God, not just recite words from memory.

     

Jesus, thank you for giving us instructions on prayer. Help me to connect with You when I pray. Help me to talk to You about what You already know. Amen.

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