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Prayer, part 3

Lead Pastor Toby Cox
Sunday, April 22nd, 2018

Prayer, part 3

“To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.”

~Martin Luther

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV)

16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Luke 11:1 (NIV)

Jesus’ Teaching on Prayer

11 One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”

Matthew 6:9-13 (NKJV)

9 In this manner, therefore, pray:
Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
10 Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
13 And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.[a]

6 Things To Seek In Prayer…

9 Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name…

1. Seek God’s PRESENCE With A Worshipful Heart.

Romans 8:15 (NLT)

15 So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children.[a] Now we call him, “Abba, Father.”[b]

10 Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

2. Seek God’s PRIORITIES Over Your Own.

Matthew 6:33 (NIV)

33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

Luke 12:31 (TLV)

31 Instead, seek His kingdom, and these things shall be added to you.

11 Give us this day our daily bread.

3. Seek God’s PROVISION For Your Daily Needs.

Psalm 121:1-2 (NLT)

A song for pilgrims ascending to Jerusalem.

1 I look up to the mountains—
does my help come from there?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth!

Philippians 4:19 (NKJV)

19 And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

4. Seek God’s PARDON For Your Sins.

1 John 1:9 (NIV)

9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

13 And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

5. Seek God’s POWER To Overcome Temptation.

Ephesians 6:12 (NIV)

12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

1 Corinthians 10:13 (NIV)

13 No temptation[a] has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted[b] beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted,[c] he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

13 For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.

6. Seek God’s PROMISE That He Is Big Enough.

Jeremiah 32:17 (NIV)

17 “Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.

Mark 10:27 (NIV)

27 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”

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