Dear pastors, missionaries, chaplains and friends,
Steve here… Prayer is the tool to connect with our Heavenly Father. So we had better get better at praying if we’re ever to consistently experience God’s peace and power.
Jesus gave us THE model to prayer in Matthew 6.
We get a chance to watch how Jesus intimately connects with our Heavenly Father. The disciples asked Jesus, “Teach us to pray” – or teach us to pray like that.
Jesus offers a prayer, traditionally called the Lord’s Prayer. Probably it would be better called the Disciple’s Prayer. It’s a prayer made up of eight phrases or nine mini-prayers that serve as eight antidotes to the greatest stressors in life – all conspiring to rob us of inner peace.
Let’s take a brief peek at what we learn from the Disciple’s Prayer:
· In Matthew 6:9, we learn that “Our Father in heaven”, is a caring Father, a loving Dad (Abba) and is always watching over us. That constant awareness of our well-being gives us peace.
· In Matthew 6:9, we learn that “Our Father’s name is holy”. His name is really a composite of all who He is. There are many names for God in the Bible; each one representing a NEED that our Heavenly Father longs to meet in our lives.
“Jehovah Jireh” indicates God’s longing to be my “provider”.
“Jehovah Rapha” indicates God’s longing to “heal” me.
Our knowledge of God’s desire to meet our every need gives us peace. His very Name and reputation is at stake when God promises to meet our needs. Know God’s peace.
· In Matthew 6:10, we learn that “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done”. Which is just another way of saying that those who long for Jesus to be King over their lives will know satisfaction, contentment and peace.
· In Matthew 6:11, we learn that when we pray “Give us today our daily bread”, we are praying that our Heavenly Father provides for our daily ration or daily need.
Knowing my Heavenly Father is looking out for my needs, not necessarily my wants, causes me to sleep very well at night.
We’ll finish up on the Disciple’s Prayer next week, but there is just one other practical thing I want to share about prayer:
How to Conduct a “PRAYER DRIVE”
You’ve heard of Prayer Meetings, Prayer Summits, Prayer Walks and Prayer Labyrinths. But what about a “PRAYER DRIVE?
I was visiting Oceanview Community Church in Ladysmith, BC and heard about this practical prayer ministry. Pastor Darren Phillips told me he borrowed the idea from our Fellowship Church in Fernie, BC. I thought it was a brilliant idea and hope many will adopt it as a tool to get our people praying.
Simply, a map is created sending small groups of people by car to specific locations in your city, town or village to pray.
See attached PDF to see a copy of Pastor Darren’s PRAYER DRIVE booklet. It will explain itself.
If you have some other creative ideas to get your people praying that was a positive experience, I’d love to hear about it!
Have a blessed week,