BIBLE PASSAGE: Matthew 6:5-15
INTRODUCTION: It is a common practice to lock up valuables in special rooms and with special keys. Where to keep these valuables, whether in the outer rooms or in the inner strong rooms, depends on how valuable they are to you. Though there are different keys to these rooms, there is a master key, however, that is available to the master of the house to unlock at will any of the doors to these rooms. Today, we will begin to examine the spiritual master key of the house to unlock doors to answers to petitions of God’s children, that is, prayer.
WHAT IS PRAYER?
Prayer, simply put, is the soul of man talking to God. It is worship addressed to God the Father, in the name of God the Son and through the power of the Holy Spirit – Acts 12:5; Jn.14:13; Eph.6:18; Rom.8:26-27. Prayer should consist of the following:
(a) Adoration i.e. praise and worship of God for what God is e.g. God is good, merciful, kind, powerful, faithful, just etc. When you praise God for what He is rather than what He has done for you, it is true worship – Ps. 95:6.
(b) Confession and repentance from every known sin – Ps. 32:5. Washing in the blood of Christ will follow. If you are already sanctified and you have no sin to confess, wash in the blood all the same. You can never be too clean.
(c) Thanksgiving. Be thankful for anything and everything that God has done – Phil. 4:6.
(d) Supplication i.e. intercession, requests, petitions and desires can now be addressed to God, in the name of Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit – I Tim. 2:1.
WHY SHOULD WE PRAY?
God commands us to pray – Lk.18:1; 1 Thess.5:17; 1 Chro.16:11; Jam.5:13; Ps.50:15; Mt.26:15-36. Jesus prayed and Christian followers of Jesus are expected to pray – Mk.1:35; Lk.6:12; Lk.3:21. The early Church prayed, so, churches too should pray – Acts 4:23-31; Acts 12:5-6; Eph.1:15-20; Col.4:12. The believers of old prayed too e.g. Moses in Exodus 15:23-25; Jesus, Matt.26:39-42, David in Psalm 51:1-2 and Elijah too – 1 Kgs.18:37-39; Jam.5:17-18.
WHERE AND WHEN CAN ONE PRAY?
We can pray everywhere – I Tim.2:8, in the closet – Mt.6:6, or in the church, – Lk.18:10. Private prayer may be made in the secret place. Family prayer will involve a large group and may be made in the sitting room while public prayer may be made before the congregation.
We can pray in the morning – Ps. 5:3, at noon and in the evening – Ps. 55:17, day and night – Ps. 88:1, daily – Ps. 86:3, and always – Lk. 18:1. It is not only when you are on your knees with your eyes closed that you can pray. You can pray as you drive to work, while at work or while resting. Singing praises to God is also a form of prayer. Pray without ceasing – 1 Thess. 5:17.
We have just discovered some fundamental truths about the master key, especially the aspects of when and where to apply it. Let us, therefore, act now and present all our petitions to God in the name of Jesus Christ. It is certain that He will answer accordingly to His perfect will for us.
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