Disciples Of Prayer

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Following Christ and His Model of Prayer

GBC Saturday Seminar
Session Two
2009-10-10

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Disciples Of Prayer

  1. 1. Session Two DISCIPLES OF PRAYER FOLLOWING CHRIST AND HIS MODEL OF PRAYER
  2. 2. Session Two OBJECTIVES ! Identify prayer ruts to avoid. ! See a pattern for, and the profit of, structured prayer.
  3. 3. Assumptions by Jesus 1. Jesus assumes that disciples pray. 2. Jesus assumes that hypocrites pray. 3. Jesus assumes that a reward is at stake.
  4. 4. How NOT to Pray Don’t Pray for the Wrong Reward (vv.5-6) Maybe you’ve met: Mrs. Not-enough Mr. Backdoor Mr. Likes-to-be-alone
  5. 5. How NOT to Pray Don’t Pray from the Wrong Reasoning (vv.7-8) Formal Emptiness Casual Emptiness • Using God’s name as a punctuation mark. • Icing prayers with “for Your glory.” • Flippantly finishing a prayer “in Jesus’ name.”
  6. 6. How TO Pray Invocation (v.9a) The act of invoking or appealing to a higher power for assistance.
  7. 7. How TO Pray Calibration (vv.9b-10) To measure and adjust to a standard.
  8. 8. How TO Pray Supplication (v.11) A humble appeal, asking someone who has power to grant the request.
  9. 9. How TO Pray Confession (v.12 [vv.14-15]) A formal statement admitting that one is guilty, along with a desire of absolution.
  10. 10. How TO Pray Benediction (v.13) The act of praying for divine protection.
  11. 11. TAKE-AWAYS The Disciples’ prayer is: • an argument for LEARNING prayer. • an argument for STRUCTURED prayer. • an argument for THEOLOGICAL prayer. • an argument for PERSONAL prayer.
  12. 12. TAKE-AWAYS Grunts Warriors • Don’t be a prayer parrot. • Don’t show-off a superior • Try adding light structure prayer life. to prayer times. • Don’t forget the skeleton.

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