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Prayer is personal communication with God.1 It is an exclamation whereby his people cry out, “Help! We need you.” And on account of the gospel of Jesus Christ we are assured that he hears us and loves us. God is described throughout the Bible as our companion, helper, and advocate. In prayer, we are reminded that God is with us and for us.
Although prayer is personal, it doesn’t have to be private. We can pray both privately and corporately. We can pray on behalf of others or on our own behalf. We can pray to express worship and we can pray to express sorrow. We can pray when we have something to say and we can pray when we have nothing to say (Rom 8:26). God isn’t looking for an impressive prayer, just honest time with the people he loves—namely, you and me.
1Definition from Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology
Prayer is a vital yet often confusing aspect of the Christian life. Do I pray enough? How should I pray? What should I pray about? The prayers of the Bible have much to teach us about our freedom to relate to God through prayer, and in these prayers we learn about who Jesus is and what he has done for us.
How do I pray?
The disciples ask Jesus in Luke 11 to teach them how to pray. Jesus replies with, what we now call, The Lord’s Prayer. These three sermons look at this passage of scripture so we can better understand what it means to talk to God as a Father, what a pattern of prayer in our lives should look like, and how to wrestle with doubt.
Small Group Study on Prayer
Interested in diving deeper into prayer with your small group? We’ve made a study for you to ponder what it means to have the freedom to relate to God in prayer and through it, learn who Jesus is and what he has done for us.
Sermons on Prayer
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