Theme of the Week: Prayer
Bible Verse: Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Matthew 6:10
Scripture Reading: Matthew 6:5-15
Jesus was the most incredible person to have ever lived. He was fully God and fully man. He did what He did based entirely on His relationship with His Father.
He performed miracles, raised the dead, taught like no one else, and said things about Himself that were either absolutely astounding, totally crazy, or outright lies. But He backed up every claim He made about Himself with signs and fulfillments. He was truly who He said He was.
Crowds flocked to Him.
People cried out for Him.
He never failed, never sinned, never quit.
From the moment of His baptism, the Holy Spirit descended on Him like a dove and remained; the Spirit never left Him.
His disciples noticed His awesomeness and saw a correlation between that and one of Jesus’ main practices. Jesus often withdrew Himself to lonely places where He prayed.
He admitted that He could do nothing on His own; He could only do what He saw His Father doing. His Father loved Him and showed Him what He was doing. He showed Him through prayer.
So, His disciples asked Him, “Lord, teach us to pray.”
They wanted to be like their Master and the key to Jesus’ power and authority was His connection with the Father.
Nothing has changed. In fact, apart from Jesus, we can do nothing. He is the vine, and we are the branches. We must stay connected to Him at all times.
This week, we are going to be looking at the practice of prayer. To do that, we are going to remember some key prayers and pray-ers over the history of God’s dealing with humans. We can’t do anything of any real, lasting value, apart from Jesus. We need to pray.
I hope that this week will deepen your prayer life. It is a journey. We can all grow in this area and, as we do, we will experience more of the beautiful presence and boundless power of our Lord and Master, Jesus Christ.
Prayer: Lord, I commit myself to You this week. I want to grow in my prayer life. I want to be more connected to You. I want to hear Your voice and sense Your presence. I want to praise You more. I want to honour Your invitation to ask You more. Lead me this week and draw me closer to You. Amen.
Reflection: How would you describe your prayer life, these days? Have you slipped away from regular communion with your Saviour and friend, Jesus? What would it look like for you to be closer to Jesus in prayer?
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