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Learning to Walk Like Jesus, An Intro to Prayer


Text: Romans 8:25-27, Like 11:1


OUR FIRST STEP:

WE MUST LEARN TO PRAY AS JESUS PRAYED


Footnotes:

Why does a child hold on to their parent’s hand when

they first learn to walk?

A child’s first steps are most often taken holding onto

the parent’s hands.

So it was with Jesus. He was always going to the Father.

He sought direction, help, and guidance.

He sought and received the steadying hand of His father

to guide His steps.

We need God to help us to learn to pray as Jesus prayed,

and to walk as Jesus walked, to live as Jesus lived

WE MUST BEGIN BY ADMITTING OUR WEAKNESS,

Our dependence, our need for His hand to hold us.


WE MUST ADMIT OUR WEAKNESS

1. I do not know how to pray as I should

We need to be taught to pray (Luke 11:1)

The Spirit helps us in our weakness (Ro. 8:26-27)

The Spirit intercedes for us


Footnotes:

The Bible gives clear instructions on how to pray and how

not to pray:

We are to avoid mindless repetitions (Mt 6:7)

We are to avoid making a show of it (Mt 6:5)

We should not be prideful in our prayers ( Luke 18:10-12)

The Bible offers many models of prayer in both the Old

Testament and the New.

Jesus himself provided a model prayer for us in Mathew 6:9-13


2. I do not know what to pray

What do I say to worship God?

Do I need to ask for forgiveness every time?

What should I ask for, or not ask for?

Footnotes:

Over the next two to three months we will explore the prayer

requests of the early church, and the prayers mentioned in the

epistles. Perhaps we can learn from the model of what they

prayed for, to learn what we should pray.


3. I do not know why to pray

I do not see the need for prayer

I do not get much benefit from prayer

I do not understand the practice of prayer

I do not know the purposes of prayer

I have not been “successful” in prayer


Footnotes:

Scripture encourages us to be devoted to prayer. (Ro 12:12, Col. 4:2)

The early church modeled a devotion to prayer. (Acts 2:42)

Most of us have not practiced prayer as it was taught and

demonstrated in scripture, so our experience is not consistent

with the scriptural accounts

There is much misunderstanding about prayer and its purpose.

Hang on we’ll get there.


4. I do not pray very much

The practice of prayer was an essential and defining

characteristic of the early church.

Today, it is largely absent in our churches, our homes,

and our lives


Footnotes:

Perhaps we have lost our devotion to prayer because it has not

produced the results we desired.

James tells us that we ask and do not receive because we ask

with wrong motives.

We will never persist in prayer if of a sense that we “ought to pray.”


Two Great Hinderances to Prayer

1. THE LACK OF UNDERSTANDING ABOUT PRAYER

Praying with wrong motives Influenced by false teachings

Unfamiliar with the scriptural teachings about prayer

Not familiar with the biblical models of prayer

2, THE LACK OF A TRUE RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD


Footnote:

Read Romans 8:26-27


Prayer is a conversation with God

The ultimate purpose of our prayer is to glorify God

The primary result of our prayer is a deepening

relationship with God


Footnote:

Where the desire to deepen the relationship with God

is present, prayer will always be found


We will never persist in prayer

because we know we ought to pray.


We will only be devoted to prayer when:

1) we acknowledge our need of Him &

2) when we so desire to fully know Him

THAT WE ARE DRIVEN TO PRAY