Prayer That Moves God is More Than Personal

~ By Donny Weimar

The Model Prayer

 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

Matthew 6:9-13 (KJV)


Based upon the prayer Jesus teaches the disciples in Matthew 6:9-13, God moves when we pray this pattern often. This lesson series will break the Lord’s prayer down into 7 lessons that teach an effective prayer life. These are designed for the beginner. Prayer is our ability to talk personally with our God. Before Jesus died and resurrected, the Jews went through what was called the Levitical priesthood to petition God. This priesthood was a family who were ordained by God to pray and make sacrifices to God on behalf of the people. There were also prophets, like Samuel who spoke to the people on God’s behalf to reveal His will for their lives. Today we do not have to go through a priesthood of men to pray to God. Jesus teaches us this lesson.

According to the Divinely inspired book of Hebrews, “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds” (Hebrews 1:1-2 KJV). What the Spirit of the Hebrew writer is saying is that God used to use prophets to communicate His will to the children of God. But now He speaks to us through His Son. Prayer brings clarity in our understanding with this next passage in Hebrews 4.

“Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.  For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.  Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”

Hebrews 4:14-16 (KJV)

Jesus is the author of the Good News, which is the New Testament (Matthew through Revelation). When He speaks to us, the words are those which we derive our faith from because faith comes by hearing the word of God (Romans 10:17). Essentially, understanding the Gospel is to hear Jesus speak to us. He is Heaven’s last Prophet to mankind. Then, as we read in Hebrews 4, Jesus is our great high-priest. The old Levitical priests were tempted and committed sins. They had to make atoning sacrifices for themselves before they could make sacrifices on behalf of the people. But Jesus was without sin, even though He was tempted in every manner you and/or I are tempted.

The Lord’s model prayer teaches us to address Father God when we pray. The Father is the God whom we rely upon as the ultimate source of mercy and truth. We pray for inner healing for our souls and minds, addressing God appropriately. As we will learn in our lessons ahead, Jesus is our perfect High-Priest who is the only one through whom we may go to Father God, to speak directly at the throne of mercy and grace. Before the death, burial and resurrection of the Son of God this was an impossibility for most people. Learning how to pray in a manner that pleases God enables us to make supplication on behalf of others. That means we may pray for the needs of other people. Divine mercy is accessible because even the Spirit of truth comforts us through the Word of God. Personal prayer moves God and stirs improvement in our faith.

7 Ways to Pray That Move God (Matthew 6:9-13)

Lesson One: The God to Whom We Are Praying (Matthew 6:9)

Lesson Two: Pray The Kingdom of Heaven Come (Matthew 6:10a)

Lesson Three: Pray Heaven’s Will Be Done on Earth

Lesson Four: Praying For Food (Daily Provisions) (Matthew 6:11)

Lesson Five: Praying For The Forgiveness of Sins (Matthew 6:12)

Lesson Six: Praying For Victory Over Evil (Matthew 6:13a)

Lesson Seven: Praying The Big Word “Amen.” (Matthew 6:13b)

Let Jesus Take the Helm

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