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CFOR 101 (Fa '16) T09 - Pray in Secret
Transcript of CFOR 101 (Fa '16) T09 - Pray in Secret
Pray in Secret (ch. 8)
Praying “in the Closet”
- read Matt. 6:5-6
Matt. 6:5-6, "And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 6 But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
Explain why private prayer is so important!
- it reveals our real motivation for prayer
Context for Relationships
- in prayer, we enjoy the gift of having God’s ear (ch. 7)
- we can talk to Jesus like friends (not servants)
What do we know about Jesus and his private prayer?
- he desperately desired fellowship with his Father
- the practice of private prayer was an essential part of Jesus'
relationship with the Father
How Did Jesus Pray
Group A: Matthew 14:23; Matthew 26:36-44; Mark 1:35;
Group B: Luke 5:16; Luke 6:12; Luke 9:19; Luke 22:41-43;
Look up the following Bible passages, also read the paragraph before and after the passage (context). What do we learn about Jesus' private prayers?
"Prayer - communion with God - is to be performed privately, in complete isolation from other persons." (B.A. Robinson)
Five Suggestions for Secret Prayer
1. Create Your Closet
2. Begin with Bible
3. Adore, Confess, Thank, Supplicate/Ask (ACTS)
4. Divulge Your Desires—and Develop Them
- be honest with God
- develop your desires with the Psalms and NT prayers
What are your thoughts about private prayer?
"Prayer is, in many ways, the measure of who we are spiritually." (David Mathis)
- balance structure with liberty
5. Keep It Fresh
- alternate between list-driven and meditation-driven
- watch Francis Chan,
Crazy Love (ch. 1)
Ask God to surprise you