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Prayerful dependence is essential in a vibrant relationship with God. As we strive to grow in praying and trusting God, we offer these resources as tools to equip us for a strong prayer life.

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In Luke’s account of the Lord’s Prayer, one of the disciples asked Jesus, “Teach us to pray.” In response, Jesus provided a model of how to draw close to God in worship and make requests in humble dependence. Like the disciples, we’re asking God to teach us to pray. Through this Night of Prayer specific series, we’ll ask Jesus to instill in our hearts that same humility as we come to him with our praises and burdens.

SERIES INTRO

1 - OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN, HALLOWED BE YOUR NAME.

Our Response

The first two words of the Lord’s Prayer mark the nature of our relationship with God. Our connection to him is both personal and intimate. Like Jesus, we can call upon our loving Father—the Ruler of all things—confident that he already identifies with us, knows our needs, and is sufficient for us.

In this first request that God’s name be hallowed, or “made holy,” we express ownership of his cause, aligning ourselves with the mission to advance his Kingdom. To ask that God’s name be treated as holy means that we commit ourselves to that work with our words and actions.

Pray TO: Take a moment to talk to God as your Father, keeping in mind that regardless of the nature of your earthly father, God is loving, stable, and trustworthy. Express your confidence in his goodness and nearness.

Pray FOR: Pray that God’s holiness would be known throughout the world. Specifically, ask God for opportunities to make his goodness known to those around you—both believers and non-believers.

Pray WITH: Join your brothers and sisters in Christ to pray for the Church’s work in the world. Pray that as a local body of believers, we would help each other to advance the reputation of our loving Father in our community in tangible ways.

2 - YOUR KINGDOM COME, YOUR WILL BE DONE, ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN.

My Kingdom Come

Teaching: Jim Taylor

Our Response

God’s kingdom has already come through the world’s true king: Jesus. However, because God’s reign and rule are not yet fully realized, we continue to pray for the coming of the kingdom. As long as sin, death, and the devil are forces of opposition in the world, there is still work to be done. So, we pray for Jesus’ kingship to be made manifest. As citizens of the heavenly kingdom, we work personally on earth to advance his will in our lives, and we work corporately, engaging the Church to display God’s will to the world.

Pray TO: Ask God to advance his kingdom in your own life. Express your commitment to God’s mission by asking his kingdom to come in your work, relationships, and daily activities.

Pray FOR: Consider the ways you see God’s kingdom being attacked in the world. Pray for God’s grace and goodness to extend where Christ’s kingship is resisted or completely ignored. Ask that believers would join their will with God’s good desire to bless the world he made.

Pray WITH: As the Church, ask the Lord that we would be a people who reinforce and invite his kingdom to arrive through our hands and feet. Pray that his will and work would be done through the Church with the attitude of Jesus Christ.

Praying the Lord's Prayer

Weekly Rhythm of Prayer

Leading Our Kids to Pray

Weekly Rhythm of Prayer

Leading Our Kids to Pray

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Cultivating Habits of Prayer

Pray through the Psalms

Pray through the Psalms by reading one verse at a time and then reading it again a few phrases at a time. Pause to think about what the words mean, and then voice your thoughts to God—doubts, fears, confusion, hope, praise, or discouragement.

Keep a journal

Keep a Google doc or hard copy prayer journal. If your mind wanders when you attempt silent prayer, writing or typing your prayers keeps your hands moving in such a way that your mind can get absorbed in actually talking to God.

Use index cards

Take index cards and fill out specific prayer requests for each person in your household.

Use an app

Download a prayer app or a habits app for your smartphone that will help create a rhythm of prayer in your daily life.

Be physically active

Pair a specific physical activity with prayer. Walk or run a certain route in your neighborhood.

Have a focused time and place

Choose a particular place and time each week where focus on prayer will be undistracted. For example: “On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 6-6:30, I will walk the neighborhood and pray out loud after listening to an audio of a Psalm from my YouVersion Bible App.”

Schedule prayer with others

Schedule a regularly occurring meeting to pray one-on-one or with a couple weekly, monthly, or quarterly.  

Involve your children

Teach your kids to pray by using repetition or “share prayers” where they simply repeat after you as you pray short phrases before dinner. You can also pray the Lord’s Prayer once a week at the dinner table as a “share prayer” and let one of the kids lead that prayer. 

Create “breath prayers”

Craft a one-sentence “breath prayer” that can be said with one or two breaths—“Jesus, have mercy on me,” or “Father, Son, and Spirit: You are love.”  Use these to focus your heart, center your attention on God, and crowd out other distractions. If you are anxious or simply don’t know what to pray, fall back on these “breath prayers” until God gives you more words. You could also select a phrase or sentence from your readings of the Psalms and make it your “breath prayer” for that week.

Share prayer requests

Create a format, a shared document, or an assigned group member in your biblical community to share prayer requests within that group. Make sure that this can remain confidential to the group for more personal topics, but create a welcoming context to promote community. Remember, it is “Our” Father, and “our” sins, and that “we” forgive others (Matt 6:9-13).

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SERIES INTRO

TEACHING

Our Response

The first two words of the Lord’s Prayer mark the nature of our relationship with God. Our connection to him is both personal and intimate. Like Jesus, we can call upon our loving Father—the Ruler of all things—confident that he already identifies with us, knows our needs, and is sufficient for us.

In this first request that God’s name be hallowed, or “made holy,” we express ownership of his cause, aligning ourselves with the mission to advance his Kingdom. To ask that God’s name be treated as holy means that we commit ourselves to that work with our words and actions.

Pray TO: Take a moment to talk to God as your Father, keeping in mind that regardless of the nature of your earthly father, God is loving, stable, and trustworthy. Express your confidence in his goodness and nearness.

Pray FOR: Pray that God’s holiness would be known throughout the world. Specifically, ask God for opportunities to make his goodness known to those around you—both believers and non-believers.

Pray WITH: Join your brothers and sisters in Christ to pray for the Church’s work in the world. Pray that as a local body of believers, we would help each other to advance the reputation of our loving Father in our community in tangible ways.

For Community Groups

Our Father in heaven

WEEK 1

Spend time in prayer recognizing God’s sovereignty over all situations. Acknowledge his power and glory, and express a confident trust in his ability to accomplish good things.

WEEK 2

Spend time in prayer recognizing God’s care and concern for his children, along with his willingness for us to cast our cares and anxieties on him. Bring whatever burdens you are carrying to him.

Hallowed be your name

WEEK 3

Pray for our lives to be full of integrity while we care for others in our homes and workplaces, that we might model and represent the character of our God well.

WEEK 4

Pray for the ministry partners we work with at Grace (Project HOPE, JUMPSTART, Homes of Hope, Jasmine Road) that as we work together, God’s reputation in the community would be elevated.