Lord, Teach Us To Pray – Notes/Study Sheet
* We can learn much from Jesus’ prayers.
* We can learn to pray as He did.
* Jesus prayed anytime, anyplace.
1. When did Jesus pray? (Some occasions:)
* His baptism (Luke 3:21) * Choosing disciples (Luke 6:12)
* John’s execution (Mt. 14:13, 23) * Mount of transfiguration (Luke 9:28-29; II Pet. 1:16-18).
* Before His death: * From the Cross (Luke 23)
- Upper room (Mt. 26:26-28)
- For His disciples (Jn. 17)
- Gethsemane (Mt. 26:36-46)
- For Peter (Luke 22:31-32)
* What do we learn from the model prayer in Matt. 6:9-13?
- God is our __________________________________. God’s nature is __________________. The kingdom has
______________________. We must be concerned with the ________________________________ in our lives.
Appreciate the ______________________________ of God. We need _____________________________. He
teaches us to resist ____________________________________. Only _________________________ can save us.
* We must pray for: missionaries, elders, preachers, sick, enemies, visitors, those we’re teaching, the apostate, etc.
* Why should we pray? –
2. We should pray many times every day.
* Pray always, don’t faint (Luke 18:1). Unjust judge (Luke 18:2-5).
* I Thess. 5:17 – “Pray without ceasing.” Be in an attitude of prayer continually.
* Take all your cares to God through prayer (Phil. 4:6).
* Col. 4:2 – “Continue in prayer...” Make it a daily habit. Watch what we pray for. Give thanks for received blessings.
* Pray that you overcome sin (Mt. 26:41).
* Don’t allow sin to “squeeze out” prayer (Ps. 66:18; Prov. 28:9). Speak to God several times per day.
3. For what should we pray?
* Pray for yourself. Cast your cares upon God (I Peter 5:7). He will hear (Jn. 11:41).
* Pray for others, Christians & non (Col. 4:2-3).
* Government officials & rulers (I Tim. 2:1-2).
* Enemies (Mt. 5:43). Christ died for sinners (Rom. 5:8).
* The sick (Jas. 5:14).
* Deliverance from temptation (Mt. 6:13; 26:41). Pray to find the way of escape (I Cor. 10:13).
* Peace/unity (Phil. 4:6-7; Jn. 17:20-21; I Cor. 1:10-13).
* Unity results when: we obey God, not men (Acts 5:29) & speak as the oracles of God (I Pet. 4:11).
4. Should Christians pray for forgiveness of their sins?
* I Jn. 1:7 – Christians have forgiveness when they “walk in the light.” Part of that walk/light includes prayer.
* Model prayer contains timeless principles: praying for daily bread, deliverance from temptation, etc.
* Simon sinned (Acts 8) he wasn’t told, “Aw, don’t worry about it.” He was told to repent and pray (v. 22).
* Confessing one’s faults involves praying (Jas. 5:16).
* Speak to God frequently and always be in an attitude of prayer. Seek His counsel, ask His forgiveness, and thank Him
for your blessings.
R.W. McAlister 10/11/09 a.m.