Sunday, February 03, 2008

When You Pray - Matt.6.9

Matt. 6:9 “This, then, is how you should 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 today our daily bread. 12 Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’
One of the greatest and clearest teaching I've heard on this passage was by Andy Stanley when he summarized this prayer in this way:
When I pray...
1. DECLARE HIS GREATNESS
2. SURRENDER MY WILL
3. ACKNOWLEDGE MY DEPENDENCE FOR:
Provision
Pardon
Protection
This has become one of my favorite all time prayers. I love to declare His greatness. I need and want to surrender my will. And I want to acknowledge my dependence on Him for my provision, pardon and protection. You? How do you pray?

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