Sunday, September 2, 2018—Mike Teel, Pastor
WAR ROOM Prayer Ministry: How You Pray
FOCAL PASSAGE: Matthew 6:5-8
5 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
MOTIVE FOR PRAYING
1. AUDIENCE OF ONE
Mt 6:5e… Truly I tell you, they have received their reward.
2. GOD KNOWS US
METHOD OF PRAYING
I Thessalonians 5:17
Jesus modeled having a scheduled time of prayer.
2. THREE KEY REASONS TO SHUT THE DOOR
A. Shutting the door shifts the focus off others.
B. Shutting the door shifts the focus off self.
C. Shutting the door shifts God into His place of priority.
MESSAGE OF PRAYING
What does Jesus mean here by babbling?
Luke 11:5-8 (NKJV)
I Kings 18:36-37 (NKJV)
I Kings 19:11-12
In prayer we don’t have to always be speaking. Sometimes we need to listen.
LIVE IT OUT
> Are you a child of God?
> To whom are you directing your prayers?
> What does your schedule for prayer look like?
> Have you heard the small still voice?