We begin reading Matthew 6:7-13. This portion of the Sermon on the Mount (cf. Matthew 5-7) includes what’s called the model prayer or the Lord’s Prayer. Leading into it Jesus warns His disciples about approaching prayer as ritualistic (cf. v. 7-8). Instead, He tells them God hears them not because of their repetition or recitation but because He is fatherly—He cares for them (cf. v. 9). There’s a relationship there. Prayer is a conversation with our caring Heavenly Father. With that explained, we broke into groups and prayed the following:
- Prayer of praise and submission (cf. Matthew 6:9-10). The One with who we have this intimate relationship is the holy Creator of the universe.
- Prayer of petition (cf. Matthew 6:11). God invites us to share our desires with Him and delights in meeting our needs.
- Prayer of confession (cf. Matthew 6:12). As believers we are completely and fully forgiven, but we tend to hang on to sin and carry the burden ourselves. We need to let those things go and live in the forgiveness Christ has bought for us.
Plan to join us for our next Prayer & Communion Service on Sunday, October 29, 2017 in Taylorsville!