Marks of Discipleship – Pray (Part 2)

Marks of Discipleship – PoWeR SuRGe (PWRSRG).  Disciples of Jesus seek to…

  • PRAY daily
  • WORSHIP weekly
  • READ the Bible
  • SERVE at and beyond St. Martin
  • Be in RELATIONSHIPS that encourage spiritual growth
  • GIVE of time, talents and resource

This week I want to continue working our way through these marks of discipleship by looking deeper into the first practice.  Disciples are committed to PRAY.  As I mentioned last week, the primary challenge that people face in engaging in an active prayer life is simply this:  They don’t know how to pray.  No one ever taught them.  Jesus first disciples wanted to learn, so they asked him to teach them.  He gave them what we know as the Lord’s prayer as a model to shape their prayer conversations with the Father.  The great thing about this model prayer is that it provides a perfect framework for each of us to learn to pray.  If we go beyond simply reciting the words, it might look like this:

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. . .  [give thanks to God for being who he is… bigger and greater than even our deepest dreams and hurts and needs.]

Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as in heaven. . .  [in the Kingdom of God we are free from sickness and disease and poverty and brokenness and war… pray for God’s peace, healing, etc… pray “his Kingdom” to come in those people and in those places where this is not yet been fully realized]

Give us this day our daily bread. . .  [who is in need? offer to God your own needs and the needs of others.]

Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.  . . [pray for reconciliation of broken relationships… pray for those who you have wronged and those who have wronged you]

Lead us not into temptation, and deliver us from evil . . . [pray for the world and for personal struggles with temptation and evil]

For the kingdom and the power and the glory are yours, now and forever. Amen.  [It is all for the glory of God… by his power and his strength]

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