Prayer and the Consecrated Life (part 3)


The consecrated life is the life of a Jesus follower – nothing more nothing less.  It is a unique “set apart” life with Jesus leading.   Prayer is vital to this life!  It brings our everything 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’

 “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, free-soul living” is at the heart of the meaningful life Christ intends!

Forgiveness is …                                                                       Forgiveness is not …


Where is the freedom?
Forgiveness both directions is funded by Jesus’ full and complete payment for all sin.

Words help us do what we pray!

I am sorry for ……”                                      “I forgive you”                 (w/out a “but” or “it’s ok.)

 Note: If it’s worth an “I’m sorry … it’s worth an “I forgive you”!

“I receive ……. Thank you!”

“I need to hear you say …”

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 help us dig into the habit of confession and forgiveness.  Jesus knew we would need lots of help so He gave us a way to pray about it.  Notice how these verses help us see the value of confession and forgiveness and help us do it.  Enjoy!

Monday - Matthew 18:21-35

Tuesday – Psalm 51

Wednesday – Colossians 3:12-15

Thursday – 1 John 1:8-2:2 

Friday – 1 Corinthians 13:1-7

Saturday - Psalm 32:1-7


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