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What is Prayer and Why Pray? (Part 4)

Matthew 6:13a-b – The Lord’s Prayer

It’s Monday again and we’ll take a deeper look at the last of the three petitions which focus on our personal needs.

Matthew 6:13a+b (NKJV)
And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

The “New Believer’s Bible Commentary” says:

“Recognize your inclination to fall into sin, and pray that the opportunity to sin will not lead to committing the sin.” *

William MacDonald comments:

And do not lead us into temptation.
This request may appear to contradict James 1:13, which states that God would never tempt anyone. However, God does allow His people to be tested and tried. This petition expresses a healthy distrust of one’s own ability to resist temptations or to stand up under trial. It acknowledges complete dependence on the Lord for preservation.

But deliver us from the evil one.
This is the prayer of all who desperately desire to be kept from sin by the power of God. It is the heart’s cry for daily salvation from the power of sin and Satan in one’s life.” #

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What is Prayer and Why Pray? (Part 3)

Matthew 6:12 – The Lord’s Prayer

Today we’ll take a deeper look at the second of the three petitions which focus on our personal needs.

Matthew 6:12 (NKJV)
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors

The commentary in the “New Believer’s Bible” NLT version explains this verse as follows:

Confess your sins to God. Psalm 66:18 (NLT) says,

If I had not confessed the sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.

If you are clinging to some sin, your prayer life will suffer. *

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What is Prayer and Why Pray?(Part 2)

Matthew 6:11 – The Lord’s Prayer

Last week we looked at the first three petitions in Matthew 6:9 and 10 which focus on the glory of God. Today we’ll take a deeper look at the first of the second three petitions which focus on our personal needs.

Matthew 6:11 (NKJV)
Give us this day our daily bread.

Now that we have put God’s interests first we come to present our own needs. By doing it in this order we acknowledge our dependence on Him for everything.

“Our daily bread” – what does it mean or what does it stand for?

It’s not just talking about food for our physical body but also food for our spiritual well-being. We are also putting our other physical and personal needs at His feet. We know that our Lord will provide for all our needs.

Philippians 4:19 (NKJV)
And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

What would that look like in practice?

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What is Prayer and Why Pray? (Part 1)

Matthew 6:9-10 – The Lord’s Prayer

The way I understand prayer is that it’s a dialogue between God and I. It’s talking to Him, petitioning God, asking for help and a need.

Is there a right or wrong way of praying? Definitely not!

A prayer can be as short as a cry for help:

“God, please help!”

or longer with thanksgiving, praising God, and petitioning Him for a need we have in our or someone else’s life.

A while back I looked at the Lord’s Prayer. And I believe that it can be used as a guideline, like a framework for how to pray or, as some say, petition God. Reciting the Lord’s Prayer as is covers all the petitions as well.

There are six petitions in the Lord’s Prayer. The first three, in Matthew 6:9 and 10 focus on the glory of God; and the second three, in verses 11 to 13, focus on our personal needs.*

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What Has Philippians Taught Us?

Here’s a Recap of the “DO and DO NOT” from the Book of Philippians

Today I would like to summarize what we’ve learned from our study on how God expects us to conduct ourselves during this life on earth in the Book of Philippians.

I believe that the Book of Philippians is a God inspired guideline for our walk and being in this world. And just as a reminder, the Book of Philippians is not the only book in the Bible to give advice for life. We have to take the whole of Scripture into consideration and it’s important to keep all of it in context.

Let’s look at all the instructions God gave us to live a humble and fulfilling life.

We’ll start with what to DO and follow with what NOT to DO.

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DO and DO NOT – Book of Philippians 4:9

Today we are finishing our study on how God expects us to conduct ourselves during this life on earth in the book of Philippians.

I believe that the Book of Philippians is a God inspired guideline for our walk and being in this world. And just as a reminder, the Book of Philippians is not the only book in the Bible to give advice for life. We have to take the whole of Scripture into consideration and it’s important to keep all of it in context.

Philippians 4:9 (NKJV)
The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

Philippians 4:9
(NLT)
Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.

Paul is another example for us to follow. He practised what he preached! He was persecuted and put into jail but never renounced his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Paul stood tall because he knew God’s promise to him:

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DO and DO NOT – Book of Philippians 4:8

Think Positive

We are still in the last chapter of Philippians with our study on how God expects us to conduct ourselves during this life on earth.

I believe that the Book of Philippians is a God inspired guideline for our walk and being in this world. And just as a reminder, the Book of Philippians is not the only book in the Bible to give advice for life. We have to take the whole of Scripture into consideration and it’s important to keep all of it in context.

Philippians 4:8 (NKJV)
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthymeditate on these things.

Philippians 4:8
(NLT)
And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

What a wonderful instruction! And it says it all.

How can we fix our thoughts on the positive and not wonder off into the negative world around us?

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DO and DO NOT – Book of Philippians 4:6-7

We are still in the last chapter of Philippians with our study on how God expects us to conduct ourselves during this life on earth.

I believe that the Book of Philippians is a God inspired guideline for our walk and being in this world. And just as a reminder, the Book of Philippians is not the only book in the Bible to give advice for life. We have to take the whole of Scripture into consideration and it’s important to keep all of it in context.

Philippians 4:6-7 (NKJV)
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6-7(NLT)
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

What stands out in those verses?

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DO and DO NOT – Book of Philippians 4:5

We are now starting chapter four of Philippians with our study on how God expects us to conduct ourselves during this life on earth.

I believe that the Book of Philippians is a God inspired guideline for our walk and being in this world. And just as a reminder, the Book of Philippians is not the only book in the Bible to give advice for life. We have to take the whole of Scripture into consideration and it’s important to keep all of it in context.

Philippians 4:5 (NKJV)
Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.

Philippians 4:5(NLT)
Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon.

The Thesaurus defines
gentleness as kindness, tenderness, peacefulness, calmness; and
considerate as thoughtful, kind, understanding, caring, selfless.

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