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Our message series this month is called “Praying with Jesus.” Did you know that the Bible teaches that Jesus is praying for you right now? He wants us to join our prayers with His in order to see God do great things. So, when He was here on this earth, Jesus gave us instructions on how to pray prayers that get answered. Part of those instructions are found in the Lord’s Prayer, an example prayer to teach us how to pray better.

Today, my message is entitled “The Importance of Forgiveness.” We’re going to be talking about the place of forgiveness in prayer, both receiving forgiveness from God for ourselves and giving forgiveness to those who have sinned against us. A woman named Dawn Smith Jordan learned about forgiveness through a very difficult time. Dawn’s seventeen-year-old sister Shari was kidnapped and murdered just two days before her high school graduation. After the body was found, the killer phoned the family several times and described in detail the killing. Eventually, the murderer was caught and given the death sentence. Dawn and her family thought that this difficult chapter in their lives was over. However, the story wasn’t over. A few years later, the convicted murderer wrote Dawn’s family a letter. He told them that he had become a Christian and asked them to forgive him. What would you have done? How would you have responded?

Today, we’re going to look at the part of the Lord’s Prayer dealing with forgiveness.

Matthew 6:12 (NIV)  Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.

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We’re in a message series called “Praying with Jesus.” In this series, we’re looking in detail at the phrases in the Lord’s prayer to help us grow in praying more effective prayers. Prayer is the most powerful force available to the believer, because it connects us with the unstoppable power of God. I want to learn to pray more powerful and effective prayers and I’m sure you do as well. As we’ve looked at the Lord’s prayer, the first phrases had to do with God’s name, His kingdom and His will. So, our prayers as well, should give priority to God, placing our will in submission to His. Today, we begin to talk about our own requests with the petition found in

Matthew 6:11 (NIV)  Give us today our daily bread.

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Our message series in January is entitled “Praying with Jesus.” In this series, we’re looking at the phrases in the Lord’s prayer through the lens of other Bible passages. The Lord’s prayer is a model or example prayer. Jesus intended for us to learn how to pray for this prayer, not to pray it repeatedly word for word.

Why spend time studying prayer? Because prayer is one of the most important things you can do in life. Prayer connects you with God, for whom nothing is impossible. Today, my message is called “Living for the Kingdom.” We’re going to be looking at the phrase found in

Matthew 6:10 (NIV)  your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

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Currently, we’re in a message series entitled “Praying with Jesus.” In this series, I believe God wants to teach all of us how to pray better. What should be our goals in prayer? Our goals in prayer should be two-fold. First of all, God wants you to get to know Him better through prayer. Prayer can build your relationship with God in a way that no other activity can. Secondly, God wants your prayers to be answered. God wants to answer your prayers and the Bible contains a large amount of teaching on how to see your prayers answered.

James 5:16b (NIV)   The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.

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Today, we begin a new message series entitled “Praying with Jesus.” In this series, we’re going to be talking about one of the essential activities of a believer, the topic of prayer. Prayer is communicating with God, the creator of the universe. Prayer is two-way communication, prayer is conversation, prayer is talking with God.

Many people struggle with prayer. They feel like they should be praying more, but other things get in the way, they forget, they get tired and their prayer lives suffer. I believe that the main reason that people struggle with prayer is because of unanswered prayer. If people were completely honest, the reason they don’t pray more is that they’re not sure it really works. If you’re not sure something really works, then why bother to do it more. Of course, if you’re really in a pickle, you’ll pray, because it just might work and it sure can’t hurt.

What I believe that God wants to teach us in this series, is how to pray prayers that get answered. If you’re praying prayers that get answered, you’re going to get excited and you’re going to pray more and see more answers. There are many reasons for unanswered prayer, but let’s begin with one found in

James 4:3 (NIV)  When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.

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