Posts Tagged ‘A Model for Biblical Prayer’

The Psalms and the Lord’s Prayer

May 30, 2017

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1. Thanksgiving & Praise (“Our Father… hallowed by thy name”)
  • Psalm 57: God is glorious and loving – exalt him with a steadfast heart!
  • Psalm 92: Pray and praise on the Sabbath{a song for the Sabbath}
  • Psalm 95: To worship is to thank, praise, revere, listen, and obey God
  • Psalm 100: A Psalm of thanksgiving and for the thank offering
  • Psalm 107: Give thanks in consolations and desolations
  • Psalm 136: Give thanks – the Lord is good and his love endures forever!
  • Psalm 103-107, 111-118, 134-139, 145-150: Hallelujah Psalms
2. Submission to God / Wisdom (“Thy kingdom come…”)
  • Psalm 1: Live in the way of the righteous by delighting in God’s Law
  • Psalms 4 & 5: Learn the rhythm of evening and morning prayer
  • Psalm 8: Discover the Lord’s love for you as his creation – worship Him
  • Psalm 19: Listen to God in the wonders of nature and Word
  • Psalm 119: Delight in God’s Law
  • Psalm 131: Experience God’s peace (Pilgrim Psalms: Ps 120-134)
  • Psalm 133: It is good to dwell together in unity in Christ!
  • Psalm 139: Examine yourself in God’s light
3. Petition: Comfort and Encouragement (“Give us this day…”)
  • Psalm 4: In distress you can be filled with God’s love, joy, peace
  • Psalm 16: Delight in God via saints, circumstances, and path of life
  • Psalm 23: Grow with Good Shepherd through the soul seasons
  • Psalm 91: In danger find refuge in God under His wings
  • Psalm 121: Trust in God’s protection and care of your life
4. Petition: Longing for God (“Give us this day…”)
  • Psalm 27: Seek the Lord as your “One Thing” – even in trials
  • Psalm 42: In troubles thirst deeply for the Living God
  • Psalm 63: Hunger for God with all your soul
  • Psalm 73: Make God the strength of your heart and your portion forever
  • Psalm 84: Yearn for the lovely courts of the Lord and invite others
5. Confession of Sin (“Forgive us…”)
  • Psalm 32: Confess your sins and be blessed
  • Psalm 38: In guilt and pain cry out for your Savior’s help and answers
  • Psalm 51: Confess your sin against God and be purified and restored
  • Psalm 130: Wait for God’s forgiveness like a watchman waits for morning
6. Confession: Anger at Enemies (“Forgive us…”)
  • Psalm 35: When mistreated let the Lord be the one to fight for you
  • Psalm 59: When slandered with lies trust the Lord as your defender
  • Psalm 69: When being hated sinks you in mire express anger to God
  • Psalm 70: When people seek to harm you cry out to God
  • Psalm 109: When betrayed vent anger to God and rely on his love
7. Temptation/Laments (“Lead us not into temptation…”)
  • Psalm 6: Pour out your tears and questions to God
  • Psalm 31: In distress put your trust in God’s presence
  • Psalm 64: When verbally attacked hide in God and rely on his justice
  • Psalm 73: When wicked seem to prosper – praise and trust God
  • Psalm 102: In depression cry out to God and recall his power and care
  • Psalm 142: Cry and complain to God and find that he’s your portion
  • Psalm 143: In troubles thirst for God’s unfailing love and will
8. Temptation: Dark Night of the Soul; Laments that God feels distant (“Lead us not into temptation…”)
  • Psalm 13: When God’s face is hidden learn to trust him in your heart
  • Psalm 22: When it seems God has rejected you praise him anyway
  • Psalm 77: When you don’t feel God’s love meditate on his goodness
  • Psalm 88: When you’re in a dark pit and God seems angry cry out to him
9. “For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”
  • Psalm 145: Praise Him – His kingdom is everlasting
  • Psalm 146: Praise the Lord He reigns forever
  • Psalm 39: Praise the Lord He is King forever!

Persistent Prayer

December 12, 2014

Luke 11:5-8 persistent prayer – why did Jesus emphasize this?

Like Luke 11:5-8, Jesus also taught in Luke 18:1-8 that as we cry out to God for help and are persistent in looking to Him, He will answer.

  • We do not need to be persistent because God cannot hear
  • We do not need to be persistent because God is toying with us
  • We do not need to be persistent because God needs the attention
  • We do not need to be persistent to twist God’s arm

=> The purpose of persistent prayer is for us to get our minds in accord with His.

That’s why in Matthew’s account following the Lord’s Prayer, we find Jesus teaching to take no thought for our lives but to seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. (Mt 6:25-33)

Persistence may require more than one knock. Knocking once does not indicate perseverance, but “continued” knocking does. This requires faith that God will answer in His time – maybe that’s why it’s emphasized here!

Hebrews 11:6 AMP
6 But without faith it is impossible to please and be satisfactory to Him. For whoever would come near to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He is the rewarder of those who earnestly and diligently seek Him [out].

If we persistently seek after God, His way of doing and being, we will find Him. Searching for Him is intentional and requires focus. Seeking as if  seeking for something precious and valuable.

Matthew 13:44-46 AMP
44 The kingdom of heaven is like something precious buried in a field, which a man found and hid again; then in his joy he goes and sells all he has and buys that field.
45 Again the kingdom of heaven is like a man who is a dealer in search of fine and precious pearls,
46 Who, on finding a single pearl of great price, went and sold all he had and bought it.

Seeking knowing that God is a good Father who gives good gifts to His children who ask(v13).

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Luke 11:1-13 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Instruction about Prayer

11 It happened that while Jesus was praying in a certain place, after He had finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John also taught his disciples.” 2 And He said to them, “When you pray, say:

‘Father, hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
3
‘Give us each day our daily bread.
4
‘And forgive us our sins,
For we ourselves also forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
And lead us not into temptation.’”
5 Then He said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend, and goes to him at midnight and says to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves; 6 for a friend of mine has come to me from a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; 7 and from inside he answers and says, ‘Do not bother me; the door has already been shut and my children and I are in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything.’ 8 I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will get up and give him as much as he needs.

9 “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, it will be opened. 11 Now suppose one of you fathers is asked by his son for a fish; he will not give him a snake instead of a fish, will he? 12 Or if he is asked for an egg, he will not give him a scorpion, will he? 13 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?”

A Structure for Prayer

December 11, 2014

The following prayer is traditionally taught as a passage to be recited, rather than a model for prayer, hence the words “when you pray say”. However, “The Lord’s Prayer” is actually “the disciple’s prayer”. Many of Jesus’ followers were men who first followed John the Baptist, so they were familiar with the forerunner’s practice of spiritual retreats in the wilderness (fasting, prayer, repentance). After being with Jesus, the followers sensed something different about His posture of prayer. Just as John the Baptist taught his disciples, Jesus teaches about prayer from the passage below. Jesus outlines the structure or pattern of prayer for His followers by placing emphasis on 5 key points:

  1. Adoration => honoring the Father, coming in humble reverence(v2)
  2. Submission => His will/kingdom first, His way of doing and being(v2)
  3. Supplication => Asking for His daily provision(v3)
  4. Repentance => forgiveness of sins, ours and others(v4)
  5. Protection => from the evil one and awareness of our own selfishness(v4)

Questions to ponder:

  1. What was Jesus doing before His disciples asked Him to teach them how to pray?
  2. According to this passage, what is the kingdom to come?
  3. Consider the placement of this passage in relation to Luke 10
    =>Jesus sends out the 70(Lk 10:1-12)
    =>Jesus rejoices upon the return of the 70(Lk 10:21-22)
    =>Jesus visits Martha and Mary(Lk 10:38-42)
    Is this significant?

Tomorrow consider Lk 11:5-8 persistent prayer – why did Jesus emphasize this? Plus answers to the above questions in the comments. 🙂

Luke 11:1-13 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Instruction about Prayer

11 It happened that while Jesus was praying in a certain place, after He had finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John also taught his disciples.” 2 And He said to them, “When you pray, say:

‘Father, hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
3
‘Give us each day our daily bread.
4
‘And forgive us our sins,
For we ourselves also forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
And lead us not into temptation.’”
5 Then He said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend, and goes to him at midnight and says to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves; 6 for a friend of mine has come to me from a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; 7 and from inside he answers and says, ‘Do not bother me; the door has already been shut and my children and I are in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything.’ 8 I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will get up and give him as much as he needs.

9 “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, it will be opened. 11 Now suppose one of you fathers is asked by his son for a fish; he will not give him a snake instead of a fish, will he? 12 Or if he is asked for an egg, he will not give him a scorpion, will he? 13 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?”

A Model for Prayer

December 10, 2014

Praise the Lord! My husband is involved with a ministry in camden and told the leaders they should do a teaching on prayer. Guess what?! This morning he tells me he looked at my sunday school book — in it there is a teaching on prayer! It’s like the Lord answered him 🙂

Not only that but it’s also an answer to some of the deceptive teaching on prayer that is in the church today ==> The Circle Maker and the New Age practice of “Entering God’s presence through silence(emptying you mind) – Contemplative Prayer – Be Still” promoted by Dallas Willard, among others.

 
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So here is the passage – a good passage to base a model of prayer on! So next time you hear of a “new” way to pray or “our prayer ministry is based on this book” why not ask – “why not base prayer on the model Jesus Himself gave us?” I’ll post some more about this tomorrow …

Do you see a structure for prayer in this passage?

Luke 11:1-13 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Instruction about Prayer

11 It happened that while Jesus was praying in a certain place, after He had finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John also taught his disciples.” 2 And He said to them, “When you pray, say:

‘Father, hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
3
‘Give us each day our daily bread.
4
‘And forgive us our sins,
For we ourselves also forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
And lead us not into temptation.’”
5 Then He said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend, and goes to him at midnight and says to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves; 6 for a friend of mine has come to me from a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; 7 and from inside he answers and says, ‘Do not bother me; the door has already been shut and my children and I are in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything.’ 8 I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will get up and give him as much as he needs.

9 “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, it will be opened. 11 Now suppose one of you fathers is asked by his son for a fish; he will not give him a snake instead of a fish, will he? 12 Or if he is asked for an egg, he will not give him a scorpion, will he? 13 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?”

Related:
The Legend of Honi the Circle Maker
Contemplative Prayer from Lighthouse Trails
The Be Still DVD & Contemplative Prayer