FOUNDATIONS (Speaking with God)

Making Jesus Christ your Lord and Savior is the most important and exciting decision you will ever make! 

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You have begun a life-changing journey with God. So, what can you expect?

The foundational teachings below will help prepare you for what lies  ahead!

We encourage you to use these materials throughout the week for your personal Bible studies and discipleship pursuits, even if not attending the sessions. They contain a lifetime of discovery for you to learn and enjoy!

Each teaching begins with a video followed by great information including scripture references for more in-depth discussions.

Session 5 – Speaking with God

Watch the Prayer video

Healthy communication requires not only listening but also talking.

WHAT IS PRAYER?

Prayer is simply talking with God, about anything and everything. He is your new Father, and he wants to hear from you.

HOW DO I PRAY?

How do you pray? What do you pray about? What if you have trouble listening to him speaking?

Jesus’ followers had the same questions! Matthew 6:9-13 is His answer.

HERE IS JESUS’ FRAMEWORK FOR PRAYER:

Jesus then gave them an example of what effective prayer looks like. NOTE: this is not a prayer to be mindlessly repeated, but a guideline of heartfelt attitudes to be expressed as you pray (Matthew 6:7).

He said talking to God should include these understandings and requests:

  • ACKNOWLEDGE WHO GOD IS – Pray to “Our Father in Heaven” (Matthew 6:9a, Romans 8:15) – Understand who God is (your wonderful Father in Heaven). You may not have had a good father figure growing up, but Father God is the PERFECT father. You can trust Him. He will never let you down.
  • WORHIP HIM – Recognize who He is with “Hallowed be your name” (Matthew 6:9b, Proverbs 18:10) – Hallowed means to respect or honor greatly; revere. It means one who is set apart for a special and often higher mission. To a Jew, your name reflected your nature (who you were inside). Talk to God in ways that honor Him and show His awesomeness, power, and perfection. Nothing is impossible with God!
  • REJOICE OVER GOD’S KINGDOM LIFE – Acknowledge the truth that “Your Kingdom come” (Matthew 6:10a, Matthew 6:33) – Speak with the realization that God’s Kingdom rule and power is available to you now!
  • SURRENDER TO HIM AND HIS PLANS – Ask that “Your will be done in earth as in heaven “ (Matthew 6:10b)  –  Ask that His will, not yours, be done at all times. It is not about you. Express your total dependence on God for all things. He will then provide a glorious life above and beyond anything you could be without Him.
  • TRUST HIM FOR DAILY PROVISIONS – Ask for your physical needs (your daily bread) – (Matthew 6:11, Philippians 4:19). God promises to provide all your needs. Do not be anxious, seek first His kingdom!
  • BE REPENTANT AND ALWAYS FORGIVING – Ask for your spiritual needs (forgiveness) Matthew 6:12, 1 John 1:19. If we do not forgive others, we will not be forgiven of ongoing sin (Matthew 6:14,15)!  This does not teach that our eternal destiny is based on our forgiving other people; however, it does teach that our relationship with God will be damaged if we refuse to forgive those who have offended us. What He is referring to is the day-to-day cleansing we obtain when we confess our sins in order to restore fellowship with our heavenly Father—the fellowship which is interrupted by the daily tarnishing of sin that affects us all.
  • APPLY GOD’S WORD TO YOUR LIFE AND BATTLE IN PRAYER – Ask to be delivered from the evil one (Matthew 6:13). Your battle is truly spiritual (Ephesians 6:12). You must be totally dependent upon God, submit to Him, and resist the evil one (James 4:7, 1 John 4:4).
  • REJOICE IN THE ETERNAL HOPE OF HEAVEN

HOW DO I STAY FOCUSED?

Focus may be an issue when you pray. Our mind may stray, you may feel sleepy or distracted! Happens to the best prayer warriors!

It helps to set aside quiet time to pray (Matthew 6:6). Try reading some verses and listen for God’s prompting from a particular verse of topic (when that verse seems to be applying just to where you are at), Then stop and pray “God, what do you want me to see, understand, and apply in life”.

Try praying out loud. Pray scripture. Sing worship and praise songs. Pray while walking or with a friend. Personalize prayer to your life situations and relationships. Do whatever brings you into a wonderful dialogue with God.

Converse with God daily, persistently and whole-heartedly. You will find life on all its fullness, and it will transform the way you love and serve others.

NOTE: Even when you struggle to pray, be encouraged that Jesus and the Holy Spirit are praying to God on your behalf (Romans 8:34, Romans 8:26-27).

The next session is #6 – Change