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February 13, 2019

The Purpose of Prayer

By New Churches Team

Bigger Than Ourselves

A life lived as a disciple of Jesus Christ is rooted in prayer. But many people misunderstand prayer. So much of our prayer life is dominated by what we want, not what God wants for us. It’s prayer as a shopping list, as if God is the ultimate vending machine dispensing whatever is behind the button we pushed.

But that is so far away from God’s purpose for prayer and so far away from the heart of true discipleship. The heart of true discipleship is a deep recognition inside of us that we were created to live for something bigger than ourselves. You could argue that the four most important words of the Bible are, “In the beginning God,” because once God’s onsite, then all of life is all about Him. We are never in the center. It’s never about us. It’s always about Him. We were made to live for the glory of someone other than ourselves. And somehow the heart of what we’ve been called to gets lost even in prayer. But Jesus gave us the ultimate model for prayer.

“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 lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil” (Matt. 6:9-13).

  1. Affirming My Identity as a Child of God

“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name …” As God’s child, I should be excited about, not just my glory, but the glory of One who is my Father, the glory of One who—quite apart from anything I could achieve, anything I could deserve, anything I could accomplish, anything I could earn—has accepted me to be one of His children. Think of this identity as, “I am the child of the King of kings, the Lord or lords, the great Creator, the Sovereign One, the Savior.”

  1. May Your Kingdom Come in My Life

“Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven …” Not help me get what I want, but may everything You want be established in my life right here and right now. May Your kingdom come in my parenting, my private life, my finances, my marriage, my friendships, my career. May Your kingdom come. This is surrendering yourself to the agenda of something that is bigger than you.

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