BREAKTHROUGH PRAYER STUDY
Prayer Week 2
The advantages of technology today provides so many means by which people can stay in touch: facebook, Instagram, twitter, text message, email, Linked In, skype, google hangouts, and many more. I’m sure I have barely scratched the surface. In 1982 John Naisbitt authored a book entitled, Megatrends, where he coined the concept of high tech high touch. As our use of technology becomes more and more involved with our lifestyles, we will reach out for more and more personal experiences. As high tech increases, our thirst for high touch increases.
Digging into the Text
Jesus did not have a cell phone or an Instagram account, but it was critically important for him to stay in touch with God. So often he would disappear. Even though the crowds still demanded his attention, and the opportunities to teach about the Kingdom of God continued to stretch in front of him; he would retreat away from the demands and spend time in prayer. He stayed in touch with God.
The disciples observed that this was so much a pattern of Jesus’ life that they asked him, “Teach us to pray.” And we find Jesus’ answer in this passage.
Matthew 6:9-13 (NRSV)
9 “Pray then in this way:
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And do not bring us to the time of trial,
but rescue us from the evil one.
Ron Kincaid (The Prayer Dare) writes: “Jesus knew that prayer was critical to developing an intimate relationship with God; in fact, He had such a close relationship with His Father that He prayed about everything. And He knew that prayer is how to tap into God's power.”
If prayer is that important to someone like Jesus, how much more it should be a priority for us as Jesus’ disciples. Notice it is a simple prayer. It is one that is based on a deep and personal relationship. Jesus calls God “Father.” It is a term of relationship. What does this imply?
For what does Jesus pray? How does this prayer differ from the one we pray together every Sunday morning?
Questions to Ponder:
1. How do you stay in touch with God?
2. How does Jesus’ pattern of prayer shape your prayers?
1. Visualize prayer to be a simple conversation with God – someone who loves you and cares deeply about you. In that relationship let prayer flow – sometimes words and sometimes silence – between God and you.
Lord, I pray for breakthroughs in my life, my church, and the world. Give me faith to see your Spirit at work. Reveal what you want to do through me. I trust in your grace in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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