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January 3: The Privilege of Prayer (Matthew 6:9)

Adult Education

This Sunday Nik Lingle will finish the Christians and Culture series at 9:00am in the youth room, but the Gospel Project class will not be meeting this week (it will resume on January 10).

Matthew 6:9

Pray then like this:

     “Our Father in heaven,
     hallowed be your name.

Sermon Summary

This Sunday we will continue our mini-series unpacking our mission statement as a church. This week we will consider how we demonstrate a love for God's glory through prayer. Prayer is for many people a difficult subject. Some struggle over how to pray, when to pray, how frequently to pray, or where to pray. Others within the church neglect prayer and live as a practical atheist. This Sunday we will address the latter group by looking at the privilege believers have in prayer. In Matthew 6:9, Jesus instructs His disciples to pray, “Our Father, who is in heaven hallowed be your name.” The magnitude of these words is difficult to grasp. Jesus teaches that we can approach the infinite God in prayer and he will hear us. Moreover, we can call Him Father. The question remains, how can this be so? What price was paid for the believer to be able to imitate Jesus’ model prayer? This Sunday our goal will be that the reminder of our privilege in prayer will spur us on to pray more fervently and to commune with the God whose name alone is Holy!

Review and Apply

     1. What were my presuppositions about prayer?

     2. Do I see prayer as a chore? Or as a means of grace?

     3. How does the good news of the privilege we have in prayer affect our evangelism?

     4. Will my understanding of the work of Christ in providing access to the throne help invigorate my prayer life?