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Prayer is relationship over ritual. Prayer is about God’s will over our own. Prayer is not seeking to bend God to our will, but trusting God with His.

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  1. 1. Matthew 6:5-6a And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, Who is unseen. www.networkbible.org
  2. 2. Matthew 6:6b-8 Then your Father, Who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him. www.networkbible.org
  3. 3. Matthew 6:9-10 This then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name, Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. www.networkbible.org
  4. 4. Matthew 6:11-13 Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’ www.networkbible.org
  5. 5. You cannot live a GODLY life apart from a PRAYERFUL life. Prayer can either be POINTLESS or a POWERHOUSE depending on whether or not it is practiced in faith. The question is are we practicing our faith BEFORE people or FOR God.
  6. 6. Authentic prayer values God’s PRESENCE over peoples’ PRAISE It is possible to give the appearance of serving God when in truth we are only SERVING ourselves by PERFORMING for others If your PRAYER time is limited to CHURCH time, then don’t be surprised if God feels distant in your ALONE time.
  7. 7. Prayer is RELATIONSHIP over RITUAL Prayer is not about INFORMING God of what He doesn’t already know, but connecting our HEARTS to His.
  8. 8. Prayer is about God’s WILL over our OWN Prayer is not seeking to bend God to our will, but TRUSTING God with His If you desire to grow in godliness, then prayer needs to be about more than appearances, or seeking what you want; it must be about DEVELOPING INTIMACY with your heavenly Father…
  9. 9. Please take a moment to fill out your Communication Card My Next Step Today is to: ( ) Do the home life help (in bulletin) ( ) Evaluate my prayer life ( ) Examine if my faith is lived out more before people or for God ( ) Spend more time meeting with God in private (worship, study, prayer, etc.) ( ) Meditate on how Matt. 6:9-13 is both a model prayer and a model for prayer ( ) Other________________________