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THE EXPERIENCE OF PRAYER Matthew 6:5-8

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THE EXPERIENCE OF PRAYER       Matthew 6:5-8

Pray in secret

 

And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.

 

Jesus made prayer a priority experience.  (vs 5)

He began his day with prayer.  (Mark 1:35)Poster for Prayer Warriors

He bathed his life (and ministry) in prayer.  (Mark 1:21-39)

He strengthened his spirit with prayer (Matt 26:42)

Jesus made prayer a personal experience. (vs 6)

Most prayer should be one on one with God.

All prayer should be conversational with God.

Jesus made prayer a productive experience. (Vs 6)

Prayer is not primarily about answers.
– not for bringing our “wish list” to God
– not about having our request granted

Prayer is primarily about relationship.Poster on Prayer
– it is about fellowship with God
– t is about spending time with God

But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

Christians need to experience prayer.Hands Praying

Pastor Steve Kramm, Troutman Baptist Church, Troutman, NC

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