Welcome to Week 1 of our Inductive Bible Study, “Lord, Teach Me to Pray in 28 Days” by Kay Arthur. This week we learned to pray God’s way by observing the ingredients of effective prayer. Each sentence in the Lord’s Prayer is a topic which covers every aspect of prayer (Matthew 6:9-13). How incredibly awesome is that! This is the model prayer Jesus gave His disciples and told them, “Pray, then, in this way” (Matthew 6:9). Prayer is a skill, and with time and practice we can develop this skill into a powerful prayer life by following the Words of Jesus on how to pray.
Kay Arthur states, “Prayer is a discipline that when exercised will give you a greater intimacy with your Father but when neglected will make you feel distanced from Him.”
Do you want to have an effective powerful prayer life and a greater intimacy with God? I know I do, but many times I feel like my prayers are not going higher than the ceiling. I feel disconnected which leaves me with feelings of frustration and failure.
We can always go to the “Expert”…God Himself, and give Him our frustrations, our doubts, our fears and our desires. We can ask Him to teach us how to pray. The Disciples did that very thing…
“Lord, teach us to pray, just as John also taught his disciples.” Luke 11:1
Prayer is a form of worship and communication with our Heavenly Father. Think about it as a conversation. Each sentence in the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13) is a topic that helps to keep our prayers organized. Kay Arthur states, “If you use the Lord’s Prayer for what it is, the way to pray, it will not only keep you balanced when it comes to prayer, but it will also be an invaluable guide—a road map.”
Keep in mind that when you begin to pray you are entering the presence of God. Acknowledge Him for Who He is…the one true God, our Sovereign Creator, our Holy God, Jehovah—Lord, the self-existent One…
Our Father who is in Heaven
Hallowed be Your Name
Hallowed! This is the highest regard we give to God. It is worshiping His Name.
The Greek word for “Hallowed” is hagiazo, and it means…
- To render or acknowledge
- To separate from profane things and dedicate to God
We are worshiping God when we “hallow” His Name. We are acknowledging who He is.
Kay Arthur states, “Worship becomes the basis of everything that follows in prayer: allegiance to His kingdom, submission to His will because He is, after all, God! Such prayer is petitioning Him for what you need because you are acknowledging that the earth and everything it contains is the Lord’s.”
I urge you to practice this week hallowing God’s Name. Use the list of God’s Names on page 47 as a guide. And I’ll see you in the next lesson.
Praying for you!
BIBLE STUDY TIP: Write Matthew 6:9-13 on index cards and read them out loud three times a day.
DIGGING DEEPER: Review the Names of God list on page 47. Write each name on a separate index card along with the Scripture reference. Pray this week using one of the Names of God.
ASSIGNMENT FOR THE WEEK:
- Join a Small Group and fellowship with your fellow Bible students.
- Complete your study of Week Two, “It’s All About Him”
- Pray before you begin your study. Ask your resident Teacher, the Holy Spirit, to open your heart to wisdom and understanding to learn His truths.
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR THIS WEEK (answer in small groups or post a comment below:
- According to the Bible itself, the Bible is God’s Word and it is truth, God’s communication to humankind.” (Pages 19-20). With that thought in mind, what role is prayer to take in our lives? How important should it be? How important is prayer to you in your life right now?
- “If you want God to hear you and provide what you ask, then you need to ask according to His will.” (Page 16). How do you know that your prayers are according to His will? What is an example of a prayer not in His will?
- Each sentence in the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13) is a topic that helps to keep your prayers organized (Page 30). Kay Arthur states, “If you use the Lord’s Prayer for what it is, the way to pray, it will not only keep you balanced when it comes to prayer, but it will also be an invaluable guide—a road map.” (Page 35). Which topic in the Lord’s Prayer touched you the most in your current season of life?
- “Without faith, it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6 (Page 37). What are you to believe when you come to God in prayer?
- Review the Names of God chart on Page 47. Which name or names of God deal with where you are today? List some ways you are learning to hallow God’s name.
- How has God been answering your prayers this week?