Prayer and the Consecrated Life (part 2)


What is the Consecrated life?

Romans 12 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 

      The consecrated life is the life of acting like I am set apart by God as His through Jesus.
      Prayer is vital to the consecrated life!  It helps bring our entire being into alignment with our Father.

Matthew 6 “This, then, is how you should pray:
  Our Father in heaven,
         hallowed be your name…
10 your kingdom come…
        your will be done…
                                                        …on earth as it is in heaven.
     11 Give us today our daily bread.
     12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
    13 And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one’

How is Jesus teaching us to pray in the Lord’s prayer outline?

The posture of prayer is humility where He is the center of our focus. 
In this posture we can experience the “meaningful life Christ intends.”

In the second set of three petitions He teaches us to pray for real needs!

“Give us this day our daily bread!”      Bread?         Daily?

All that we are and have are gracious gifts from our Father in heaven.

“Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors”

Forgiveness of wrongs makes reconciliation of relationship with God and others possible! 
This “clean slate soul-free living” is at the heart of the meaningful life Christ intends!

Study Guide

Solitude, Scripture & Prayer 

Find a quiet place and 15 minutes.

Solitude – Spend TWO minutes quietly alone.  Take some deep breaths… Just be… … …Ask, “Holy Spirit, speak to me through Your Word!”

Scripture – Read slowly, out loud if possible, listen, reread, dwell, notice words & phrases you are drawn to & return there!  (Sermon notes may help with understanding, but don’t stop there.)

Keep asking, “Jesus, what are You saying?  Why this word this day?

What are You asking me to believe about You and about me? 

How do I join You today on Your mission and in my transformation?”

Prayer – Let your conversation with God flow from what He is saying then talk about what you notice is on your heart and also on your list.

Finish - Spend TWO minutes again with God

The readings this week expound on and illustrate different themes in the petitions of the Lord’s Prayer.  As you read the verses look for the connection.  For example, “Thy kingdom (reign) come” could apply to forces of nature or sickness or sinful forces which we are asking Jesus to reign over.  Enjoy!

Monday - Matthew 9:18-34

Tuesday - Acts 3:1-10

Wednesday – Acts 4:1-22

Thursday - Matthew 6:25-35 

Friday – Exodus 16:1-28

Saturday - Psalm 103:1-13


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