To Remember: God
wants to know us
Sermon on the Mount: Prayer
Lesson - Matt 6:9-13, Luke 11:2-4
Pray - to talk to God
Effectual - effective, produces results
Fervent - heartfelt, with sincerity and passion
Avails - produces, results in, accomplishes
Jesus' disciples asked Him to teach them how to pray. Prayer is
speaking to God. Jesus gave them a sample - or model - prayer.
Read Matt. 6:9-13 "9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our
Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10 Thy kingdom
come. Thy will be done in 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 lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the
power, and the glory, for ever. Amen."Let's look at
what this prayer teaches us.
Do you talk to your parents or friends each time you see them? What would
they think if you didn't speak to them? Giving people the "silent
treatment" usually indicates that you're upset with them - or that
you don't like them. How do you think God feels when we give Him the
"silent treatment"? God wants to be involved in our life, like a
friend. He wants us to include Him, to be close to us. He is always
willing and ready to talk. He leaves it up to us to approach Him.
Who - we are to pray to God - the Father
What - give thanks, ask forgiveness, ask for our daily needs and protection
from evil, ask for peace (1 Tim 2:1,2), share our burdens (Phil. 4:6).
Where - anywhere (Matt 6:6 says in secret - or privately)
When - anytime (1 Thess 5:17 "Pray without ceasing")
Why - for peace, forgiveness, health, to know God better, to know ourselves
better, to become dependent on God, and because He wants us to.
- for readers - fill in the scripture
- PK: 1 Thess 5:17 "Pray without ceasing"
- readers: James 5:16 "Confess your faults one to another, and
pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual
fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much."
- for PK - circle the pictures
Practice Prayer - Tell the class you will
have a prayer where each person contributes one part. Have them
decide in advance what they will say. The teacher begins and ends
the prayer. Discuss attitude and seriousness, as well as closeness
He's Got the Whole World In His Hands
True or False
Review Questions (can be used with gameboard) linguistic
We can pray to God anytime. T
God will always give us what we ask for. F
God will always do what is best for us. T
All that is good comes from God. T
God cares how we feel about everything. T
Define: hallowed revered, or kept special
Define: confess to reveal, make known, declare
Name 2 ways you can pray for others. 1) leaders and government, 2)
sick, 3) those grieving or in difficult times, 4) that they avoid temptation
or be drawn to the gospel...
Act out: one of the disciples asking Jesus to
teach them to pray.
What can make prayer unpleasing to God? When we do it to be seen of
men, when we do it purely because we have to, when we don't have faith in
what we ask for or in God...
Why does God want us to talk to Him?
He desires a close relationship with us. All close relationships are based
on communication. Our prayers to Him reveal our dependence and closeness to
Explain what it means to "pray without ceasing". To make prayer a
continual part of your life. To constantly be in connection with God, as if
he were standing next to you all the time.
What limits our ability to be forgiven? We must repent, ask for
forgiveness, and have forgiven those who've trespassed against us. Matt
6:14-15 "For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will
also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will
your Father forgive your trespasses."
Give 2 examples of prayer in the Bible. 1) Jesus in the garden, 2)
Elijah and the drought, 3) Hannah for a son, 4) Paul's prayer to be released
of his thorn, 5) the Christians' prayer for Peter while he was in prison.
Who are we to pray to?
Are we allowed to pray for things we need? Like what? Yes - daily
needs such as food, clothing, and our livelihood. We can pray for our needs,
but be careful about the "wants".
When is it appropriate to pray? We
can pray at any time. Sometimes it is more appropriate to pray privately.
Other times, public prayer is fine.