The Model Prayer
Prayer is the key that unlocks all the storehouses of God's infinite grace and power. The Lord Jesus Christ has given us a pattern for powerful praying in the Model Prayer. Power in prayer is available for anyone, anytime, anywhere, who agrees with the pattern and follows the principles laid out in all circumstances. There are nine movements for effective praying which we will study in detail to the end that our praying will reflect the pattern given by Jesus in His Sermon on the Mount in His answer to the one disciple's request: "Lord, teach us to pray." (Luke 11:1). You already know the prayer; now note the movements:
1. "Our Father which art in Heaven"
2. "Hallowed be Thy name"
3. "Thy Kingdom come"
4. "Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven"
5. "Give us this day our daily bread"
6. "Forgive us our debts as we forgive others"
7. "Lead us not into temptation"
8. "Deliver us from evil"
9. "For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever"
Both Martin Luther (1483-1546) and John Wesley (1703-1791) stressed the importance of following the pattern. Luther said, "The Lord's Prayer is the highest, noblest, and best prayer; all other prayers shall be suspected which do not have or contain the content and meaning of this prayer."
A disciple is a learner. If followed in a spirit of spiritual exploration, these very practical studies will lead believers into exceedingly rich and powerful communication with the Heavenly Father in a "Sweet Hour of Prayer." The Model Prayer is an appropriate place to begin for those who want to learn to pray. The prayer is so comprehensive that Archbishop William Temple said: "It is the prayer you will offer if you love God with your whole heart."
As this book goes out, my sincere prayer is that the readers will be blessed and strengthened by reading and studying this material as I was in preparing it. The preparation has made a tremendous difference in my own understanding of prayer. I believe the same will be true of those who are ready to move upward and onward to newer vistas in their own daily time with God. This book is meant as practical help for people who want to grow in prayer. Study may be on an individual basis or in a group.
In the early nineties, the Lord began to impress upon me the importance of reducing key truths and insights he was teaching me to writing to help His children in their daily walk with Him. As I thought through obeying His call to write, my conclusion was to use a twelve-study format that would lend itself to systematic study for either an individual or a small group. Generally, I have been able to follow this approach.
The print and tape ministry provides an opportunity for individuals to study on their own or in small groups either as review or to further their knowledge and understanding of the essentials of the Christian faith: Bible study, prayer, witnessing, stewardship, and walking in the Spirit as a lifestyle.
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