Pray First – Part 1

Part 1 – Teach Us To Pray

(1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV) (16) Rejoice always, (17) pray continually, (18) give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

  • Prayer should be our first response, not our last resort.

(2 Chronicles 7:14-15 NIV) (14) if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. (15) Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.

Teach Us To Pray

(Luke 11:1 NIV) One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray…”

(Matthew 6:9-13 NKJV) In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. (10) Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. (11) Give us this day our daily bread. (12) And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. (13) And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

  1. Connect with God relationally.

“Our Father in Heaven”

(Romans 8:15 NLT) So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when He adopted you as His own children. Now we call Him, “Abba, Father.”

  1. Worship His Name.

“Hallowed be Your Name”

(Proverbs 18:10 MSG) GOD’s name is a place of protection– good people can run there and be safe.

  • Righteousness
  • Healer
  • Shepherd
  • Provider
  • Sanctifier
  • Victory
  • Peace
  • Present
  1. Pray His agenda first.

“Your Kingdom come Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.”

(Matthew 6:33 NIV) But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

(Luke 12:31 NLT) Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and He will give you everything you need.

  1. Depend on Him for everything.

“Give us this day our daily bread.”

(Psalms 121:1-2 NLT) A song for pilgrims ascending to Jerusalem. I look up to the mountains–does my help come from there? (2) My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth!

  1. Get your heart right with God and people.

“Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors”

(Psalms 139:23-24 NLT) Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. (24) Point out anything in me that offends You, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.

(1 John 1:9 NKJV) If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

(Mark 11:25 NLT) But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too. “

  1. Engage in spiritual warfare.

“And do not lead us into temptations but deliver us from the evil one.”

Actual Greek translation: “When I am lead into temptation…

(Ephesians 6:12 NIV) For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

  1. Express faith in God’s ability.

“For yours is the Kingdom and Power and Glory forever.”

(Jeremiah 32:17 NIV) “Ah, Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.

(Revelation 5:13 NIV) Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying: “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!”