Worship Based Prayer

As a pastoral team we are calling the living church to pray. Here’s a fresh, healthy practice for your prayer life. Join with hundreds in this simple, but profound method which will deepen and broaden your intimacy with God.

WORSHIP-BASED PRAYER

Worship-based prayer is built on a “4/4” Pattern, like a musical conductor would use, which is taken directly from the Biblical text we often refer to as “The Lord’s Prayer” in Matthew 6.

UPWARD: REVERENCE

In the prayer pattern Jesus gave His disciples, He instructs us to begin with a focus of worship. (“Our Father in Heaven, hallowed be Your name . . . “). We call this upward focus the “Reverence” stroke. This is the principle of “worship-based” rather than need-based prayer. It begins with the character of God as we take time to focus our entire being on the wonders of who God is. Ultimately, prayer is my response to the character of God, which leads to praise and thanksgiving.

As I get to know the God Who is, I will naturally respond to Him. This response is called prayer. As I get to know the God Who is, I will naturally respond to Him. This response is called prayer.

“…Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed by Your name.” ~Matthew 6:9 

Helpful Prayer Focuses:
• Praising God for His attributes/character
• Offering thanks for what He has done
• Not asking for anything, just worshipping

DOWNWARD: RESPONSE

Jesus taught a second element of biblical prayer when He said, “Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven . . .” This speaks of our response to God’s character in prayer as we consider His will, from His Word and for the sake of His purposes on earth. This also involves yielding to the control of the Holy Spirit as I respond to His invitations to a fruitful and obedient life. Introspection and surrender mark this time of response. It is a season of pledged obedience to the will and Word of God, desiring the accomplishment of His will in our lives.

Helpful Prayer Focuses:
• Worshipful response to who God is
• Acknowledge and surrender to God’s will
• Listening, allowing God’s Spirit to speak; then obeying

INWARD: REQUESTS

Now that we have rightly worshiped our God and Savior — and we have wholly surrendered to His will for our lives — we can now boldly bring our requests before Him, knowing that we are asking “in His name” and for His glory.

“Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.”  – Matthew 6:11-12

As I get to know the God Who is, I will naturally respond to Him. This response is called prayer. As I get to know the God Who is, I will naturally respond to Him. This response is called prayer.

“…Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed by Your name.” ~Matthew 6:9

Helpful Prayer Focuses:
• Praising God for His attributes/character
• Offering thanks for what He has done
• Not asking for anything, just worshipping

OUTWARD: READINESS

“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” Matthew 6:13 NIV

This outward stroke reminds us of the spiritual battle before us, and more importantly, reassures us of the spiritual resource within us, the Holy Spirit.

When we pray, “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil,” we recognize our own inability to overcome the temptations and attacks of daily life. We entrust our welfare for the warfare to the delivering force of our Divine Enabler, through the power of His presence and promises. We pledge ourselves to walk in obedience and victory as the fruit of our praying.

Helpful Prayer Focuses:
• Putting on the “Full Armor of God”
• Claiming God’s Promises for the battle
• Knowing He will answer
• Focusing on His glory above all else

Content is taken with permission from Strategic Renewal
 

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