At Southern Calvert Baptist Church, we are continuing to walk through the Bible, book by book, over a three year period. We are covering I Kings 8 this week. This is when King Solomon dedicates the Temple to the Lord. His prayer is a beautiful prayer and that is what we are going to study this week. As we observe this prayer, I want us to keep in mind the outline of the Lord’s Prayer. One version of the Lord’s Prayer is found in the Sermon on the Mount, found in Matthew 6.
9 “Pray, then, in this way: ‘Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.
10 ‘Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven.
11 ‘Give us this day our daily bread.
12 ‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 ‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. [For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’]
I am so glad to be back in writing mode. The past 2 months have been crazy for me and my family. I have changed jobs and, as a family, we have moved across the country. I have not been able to study and write like I normally do. I am getting settled in and I am so glad to be able to study and write on a more regular basis. Last week, our Sunday School lesson was based on Psalm 32. David left some practical advice for us to learn from his mistakes. Another of the Psalms that I have a lesson on is Psalm 19, Restoring the soul.
Dear readers, it has really been neat to teach through “The Essentials of Effective Prayer“. We have dedicated this entire year in the Children’s Department to learning about prayer and living out a vibrant prayer life. As I have been studying this topic with my Kids’ Express teachers, I have been blessed to see how the Lord is at work in all of our lives, drawing us closer together as a team.
This next lesson that I am about to teach is a crucial one. In the Lord’s Model Prayer in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus teaches us to pray, “Lead us not into temptation, but, deliver us from evil”. There are several things that Jesus wants to show us through this theme/subject. One is that temptation, if not handled correctly, will lead us to do evil. We need deliverance and we are too weak to do it on our own. Let’s see how this plays out as we use Scripture to interpret Scripture and discover the essence of Christ’s teaching here.
In the previous article, I began to outline the subjects mentioned in the Lord’s Model Prayer as found in Matthew 6. I hope that you found it helpful and have begun applying it to your daily prayer life. Jesus did not invent the subjects of this Model Prayer on the spot. Most of Jesus’ teachings in the Gospels comes directly from the Old Testament. Some people believe that Jesus was just making up His teachings as He went about His public ministry. This could not be further from the Truth. Jesus taught much directly from the Old Testament or made allusions to It while He ministered to the public. The subjects of the Model Prayer are not different. We can actually see these subjects in many prayers offered in the Old Testament. I would like to focus on one of those prayers in this article, King Jehoshaphat’s prayer which is found in II Chronicles 20. Continue reading →
Next week, I am going to meet with some of my preK teachers and do a lesson with them on prayer. We meet a couple of times a month to build our team by studying God’s Word together. If we want to be a genuine team that works together to impact the lives of others for the Gospel, we must spend time in God’s Word together. This is how we fellowship.
Our previous lesson was very eye opening on the power of an effective prayer life. If you missed that lesson, you can read it here. Continue reading →