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Pray Like Jesus: Week 2

Pray Like Jesus: Week 2

“What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.”

~ A.W. Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy


  • Life of Daniel – living a life of godly impact in godless times
  • Our abiding relationship with God is absolutely essential to everything in our Christian life (Jn 15:5)
  • Prayer is simply talking to God but we often do it our way rather than His way so we need His definition
  • Luke 11:1 – “Lord, teach us to pray” // Matthew 6:9-13 – The Lord’s Prayer
    • Do Not’s
      • Hypocrisy – for other’s approval – be genuine and authentic in conversation with God
      • Magical formula but it is a relational connection with “your Father”
    • Do’s
      • Pray – “when” not if // Get alone with God // He sees you and is listening
      • Pray Jesus’ model for prayer
        • HOW to pray more than WHAT to pray
        • Reflects God’s heart of life is all about: Loving God and loving others
        • See how prayer changes us: from my kingdom and will to YOURS


  • Today, first part of the Lord’s Prayer
    • “Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed (holy) be Thy Name”
  • The importance of starting out our prayer, remembering WHO we’re talking to
  • His love for us and how amazing and “other” He is from us


The Lord’s Prayer

Matthew 6:9-13 Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. KJV


  1. Our Father

Psalm 103:13 “The Lord is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him.” NLT

  • “Our” – we are a part of God’s spiritual family – we have brothers and sisters in Him (Rom 8:14-17)
  • Our relationships with our “siblings” matter to God (Matt 5:24-25; 1 Pet 3:7; 1 Jn 4:20-21)
  • Our Father cares and values us – we don’t need to worry (Matt 6:27-27, 31-32; 10:29-30)
  • Part of Him being our Father is His corrective discipline (Deut 8:5; Prov 3:11-12; Heb 12:5-13)



  1. in Heaven

Philippians 3:20 But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior. NLT

  • Heaven is our true home – we are just passing through – keep our minds on things above (Col 3:1-2)
  • This reminder helps us to prioritize the things of heaven, His kingdom, not this one (Matt 6:19-21)


  1. Hallowed / Holy

Revelation 4:8b “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty—the one who always was, who is, and who is still to come.” NLT


  • To be holy is to be set apart, consecrated – for God – He is like no other (Jer 10:6; 1 Sam 2:2; Isa 36:9)
    • Divine Attributes of God:
      • Self-Existence – not dependent – fully capable – sufficient (Ex 3:14; Jn 5:26; Heb 1:3)
      • Immutable – He does not change (Heb 13:8; Ps 102:27; Mal 3:6)
      • All Powerful/Omnipotent (Gen 18:14; Ps 147:5; Dan 4:35)
      • All Knowing/Omniscient (Ps 139:1-4; Heb 4:13; Rom 11:33-36)
      • Always Present (Matt 28:20; 1 Kg 8:27; Jer 23:23-24
      • Love (1 Jn 4:8) / Good / Righteous / Faithful / True / Wisdom / Eternal / Life / etc
    • To be holy is to be complete pure, perfect, righteous (1 Tim 6:15-16; Ps 145:17; Matt 5:48)
    • Though God is close and intimate, our Father, He is also “King of kings and Lord of lords” (Rev 19:16)
    • My part is to remember to yield, surrender, to follow Him (Matt 4:19; Jn 17:17; 1 Pet 1:15-16)




  1. Application –


  • ACTS prayer acrostic helps us to start praying like Jesus prayed
  • Let’s not just learn about prayer, let’s be people who pray! (Jam 5:16-18)


A – Adoration – worship, praise, awe (1 Chronicles 29:10–13; Rev 4:8; Deut 10:17-18)


C – Confession – to agree with God over our sinfulness (Psalm 32, 51; Isa 6:5)


T – Thanksgiving – to thank God for who He is and what He has done (Psa 7:17; 107:1; Phil 4:6-7)


S – Supplication – to bring our requests to God (Phil 4:6; 1 Chron 4:10; 1 Jn 5:14-15)





  • The Knowledge of the Holy by A.W. Tozer – a short book diving into the attributes of God – a classic!
  • Fathered by God by John Eldredge – if you struggle with seeing God as your Father, this book helped me!


For Small Group Discussion


Opening Questions: Was there ever a time when you had a memorized prayer that you recited regularly? What was it? What was your main takeaway from the sermon this week?


Main Point: As we learn to pray like Jesus, it causes us to worship God because He is our father.


Main Scripture: Matthew 6:9


Head Questions

  • What does holy mean?
  • If God is holy, how can we possibly be “holy”?

Heart Questions

  • How does your image of God affect how you pray?
  • How has your relationship with your earthly father shaped your relationship with God?

Hands Questions

  • Since God is our Father, others in the church body are our brothers and sisters. Who has God placed in your life that needs a brother/sister in Christ this season?
  • Challenge: Take time to stop and pray. Pray out loud. Pray with another person. Pray a prayer of adoration to the Father. Acknowledge the ways you see God’s holiness.


Additional Scripture: Romans 8:15-17, Luke 11:2

Questions about prayer?

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