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Matthew 6:7-9

Pray Like This

OUTLINE:
From your lips …
I. The Mystery of Prayer
A. Our Need
B. God’s Welcome
C. Free Access
D. Unceasing Opportunities
II. The Mastery of Prayer
A. A Lifelong Endeavor
B. Discipline of Devotion
C. Prompts
III. The Ministry of Prayer
A. God’s Work
B. Our Privilege
… to God’s ear.

Heidelberg Catechism
Lord’s Day 45

Q 116. Why do Christians need to pray?
A. Because prayer is the most important part of the thankfulness
God requires of us.
And also because God gives his grace and Holy Spirit
only to those who pray continually and groan inwardly,
asking God for these gifts and thanking God for them.
Q 117. What is the kind of prayer that pleases God and that he
listens to?

A. First, we must pray from the heart to no other than the one
true God,
revealed to us in his Word, asking for everything God has
commanded us to ask for.
Second, we must fully recognize our need and misery, so that
we humble ourselves in God’s majestic presence.
Third, we must rest on this unshakable foundation: even though
we do not deserve it,
God will surely listen to our prayer because of Christ our Lord.
That is what God promised us in his Word.
Q 118. What did God command us to pray for?
A. Everything we need, spiritually and physically,
as embraced in the prayer Christ our Lord himself taught us.
Q 119. What is this prayer?
A. Our Father Which art in heaven,
hallowed be Thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the Kingdom and the power and the glory forever.
Amen