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Prayer Guide using The Lord’s Prayer

19 Jan

Two or times a year, I schedule a Concert of Prayer at First Central Baptist Church in Chicopee, MA. Rather than talk about prayer or share prayer requests, we use the Scriptures to guide our prayer time. For the latest one, I used Jesus’ model prayer in Matthew 6:9-13 to guide us in praying for the ministries of our church. You can use the guide below or download a pdf version of the booklet.

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A Concert of Prayer

January 17, 2016

A Model Prayer – Matthew 6:9–13

Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. [For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.] (While not found in most early manuscripts, many of us learned the prayer with the last sentence.)

Adoration

“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.”

God’s name reveals his character. Praise God for who he is and what he has done.

  • Elohim – “The Strong One” (Genesis 1:1)
  • El Elyon – “God Most High” (Genesis 14:19-20)
  • Adonai – “Lord” (Genesis 15:1-8; Exodus 4:10-16)
  • El Shaddai – “God Almighty” (Genesis 17:1-2)
  • Jehovah Jireh – “The Lord will Provide” (Genesis 22)
  • Yahweh – “The Self-Existent One” (Exodus 3:1-15)
  • Jehovah Rapha – “The Lord who Heals you” (Exodus 15:22-27)
  • Jehovah Nissi – “The Lord is our Banner” (Exodus 17:8-16)
  • Jehovah Mekadesh – “The Lord who Sanctifies you” (Leviticus 20:7-8)
  • Jehovah Shalom – “The Lord is Peace” (Judges 6:24)
  • Jehovah Sabaoth – “The Lord of Hosts” (1 Samuel 1:10-11; 17:45-46)
  • Jehovah Rohi – “The Lord my Shepherd” (Psalm 23)
  • Jehovah Tsidkenu – “The Lord our Righteousness” (Jeremiah 23:5-6)
  • Jehovah Shammah – “The Lord is There” (Ezekiel 48:35)

Petition

“Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”

  • Pray for greater vision, faith, and confidence in God
  • Pray for our city, state, and national leaders
  • Pray for upcoming elections
  • Pray that God will guide our elders as they lead our church
  • Pray for the finance board as they manage our money
  • Pray for our the decisions we will make at our Annual Meeting
  • Pray that God gives us wisdom to evaluate our ministries
  • Pray that we would discern where God is at work and what he wants us to do for his kingdom
  • Pray that we would become more outward focused
  • Pray for our ministries that reach into our community—Tutoring, Awana, Celebrate Recovery
  • Pray for our ministries that help people grow—Sunday School, Small group Bible studies, women’s ministries, men’s fraternity, youth group
  • Pray that each attender will be fully engaged
  • Pray that we would be fruitful and effective, rather than busy
  • Pray that we would be willing to change and adapt, rather than hold on to the past
  • Pray that God would give us a spirit of generosity

“Give us this day our daily bread,”

  • Pray for financial provision
  • Pray that God raises up people who are willing to serve
  • Pray that God would add new believers to our church
  • Pray for greater boldness and open doors—church, missionaries

Confession

“forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors”

  • Confess personal sins
  • Confess corporate sins
  • Confess national sins
  • Pray for broken relationships

Dependence

“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”

  • Pray for our staff, elders, deacons, deaconesses, worship leaders, board and committee members
  • Pray for purity
  • Pray for willingness to say “NO!” to temptation and sin

Adoration

“For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.” (While not found in most early manuscripts, many of us learned the prayer this way.)

  • Praise God for who he is and what he has done.

 

 
 

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