Consistent with the Lord’s Prayer, in Mark 11:25, Jesus instructs that in prayer, believers should extend forgiveness to each other as God has extended His own forgiveness to them. This principle is also articulated in the parable of the unmerciful servant which is found in Matthew 18:21-35.
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Prayer reflects dependence on God and His divine providence through requests for sustenance, forgiveness, protection, and all other supplications. Psalm 107 reflects the depth of God’s work in the lives of believers. The message found in Ephesians 1:3-12 also memorializes the role of humanity in the predestined plan of God. E.M. Bounds wrote that, “[p]rayer is asking God for something, and for something which He has promised. Prayer is using divinely appointed means for obtaining what we need and for accomplishing what God proposes to do on earth.
Prayer is an expression of submission of individual will to that of the Father. James 4:7-8 reminds believers to “[s]ubmit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” Daniel 10: 10-14 also presents an example of how God hears the prayers of a believer who has humbled himself before God.
Prayer is directed to the Father. Believers are to have faith in God, believing that He hears them, and if they ask according to His will, those things will come to pass. This principle is also reflected in 1 John 5:14-15, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of Him” (see also Mark 11:20-25).
A manuscript simply referred to as The Kneeling Christian, the author of which is unknown, shares a story in which a child proffers the following spiritually astute definition of prayer, “[p]rayer is an offering up of our desires unto God for things agreeable to His will, in the name of Christ, with confession of our sins and thankful, acknowledgement of His mercies.
This definition embodies the themes and principles embodied in the Lord’s Prayer (Luke 11:1-13).
Prayer is directed to the Father.
Prayer is an expression of worship and adoration.
Prayer is an expression of submission of individual will to the will of the Father.
Prayer reflects dependence of God.
In prayer, we extend forgiveness and are ourselves forgiven.
The primary time when I practice the discipline of solitude is when I am trying to make a big decision in my life. Solitude helps me to seek God’s will, which in turn helps to mature my abilities to discern the Spirit. Solitude is a spiritual discipline that I enjoy, but at this point in my life I rarely have time to practice complete solitude. I usually have background sounds when I take a few minutes to withdraw and just listen to God. I can usually tune out my surroundings and listen for God to speak to me. However, I think it would be good for me to try to practice solitude in complete silence.
I teach the early childhood class in our Sunday School program. Tomorrow’s lesson will be over the Good Samaritan. Here is my lesson plan:
Review of friends – characteristics of friends (good, kind, honest, trustworthy, loving caring)
Today, we are going to learn about being loving and caring to one another – in the Bible we find out that Jesus told us about how someone took time out to care for someone who was hurting when no one else would.
Read & act out “the Good Samaritan”
Chant – Sing this song to the tune of “London Bridge.”
Jesus wants me to be kind,
to be kind, to be kind.
Jesus wants me to be kind,
Kindness makes me happy!
It’s easy not to help others. It’s easy to make up excuses to what we don’t want to do. What about the phrase about “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you?” What does God wants us to do as Christians?
The entire law is summed up in a single command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Good Samaritan Maze Worksheet
Good Samaritan Coloring Book
Review and application
- God wants us to love God, love our neighbors, and love ourselves.
- We are good neighbors when we show kindness and mercy toward others no matter who they are.
- We must listen to the teachings of Jesus and then go out and live them.
- We should help others in need without expecting a reward.
Lord, Help us to know your will in all that we do and help us do it. In your name we pray. Amen.