Pray First – Teach Us to Pray

Pastor Jason Burns

January 7, 2024

  • 2024 can be your best year, if it’s your best year spiritually!

Genesis 1:1  //  In the beginning God…

  • Prayer should be our first response, not our last resort.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18  //  Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

2 Chronicles 7:13-14  //  When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

Luke 11:1  //  One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When He finished, one of his disciples said to him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray...’”

Matthew 6:9-13  //  “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one, for yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.”

1. Connect with God relationally.
  • “Our Father in heaven”

Romans 8:15 (NLT)  //  You have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.”

2. Worship His Name.
  • “Hallowed be Your Name”

Proverbs 18:10 (MSG)  //  God’s name is a place of protection—the righteous can run there and be safe.

  • Righteousness
  • Healer
  • Shepherd
  • Provider
  • Sanctifier
  • Banner of Victory
  • Peace
  • There
3. Pray His agenda first.
  • “Your Kingdom come Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven”

Matthew 6:33  //  But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

Luke 12:31 (TLB)  //  He will always give you all you need from day to day if you will make the Kingdom of God your primary concern.

4. Depend on Him for everything.
  • “Give us this day our daily bread”

Psalm 121:1-2 (NLT)  //  I look up to the mountains—does my help come from there? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth!

5. Get your heart right with God and people.
  • “Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors”

1 John 1:9  //  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

6. Win the war in the spiritual
  • “And do not lead us into temptation but deliver us from the evil one”

Ephesians 6:12  //  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

7. Express faith in God’s ability.
  • “For yours is the Kingdom and the Power and the Glory forever.”

Jeremiah 32:17  //  “Ah, Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.”