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PURPOSE STATEMENT

 

ENABLED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT WE TAKE CHRIST TO ALL PEOPLE BY LOVING GOD, NEIGHBOR, AND SELF.

 

GUIDING PRINCIPLES:

 

  • We are guided by the principle that
    Since Jesus is Lord and Savior we
    Pray

    To seek God’s guidance
  • We are guided by the principle that
    Since Jesus is Lord and Savior we
    Accept

    the gifts of all and encourage everyone to use them in God’s mission
  • We are guided by the principle that
    Since Jesus is Lord and Savior we
    Listen

    to the Holy Spirit and invite all to have a relationship with Jesus
  • We are guided by the principle that
    Since Jesus is Lord and Savior we
    Serve

    the needs of all and strive to nurture and care for one another

 

Principle:

A general truth or law; basic to other truths

            A settled law or rule of personal conduct

 

 

Guiding Principles

Core values and behaviors that will help us serve a useful role

in God’s mission.

  • Guiding principles will be available to us as we make decisions
    (Pray, Accept, Listen, and Serve)
  • Guiding principles will be with us in the midst of conflicts
    (Pray, Accept, Listen, and Serve)
  • Guiding principles will help us sort out which direction to go
    (Pray, Accept, Listen, and Serve)
  • Guiding principles will point us to good decisions and healthy actions
    (Pray, Accept, Listen, and Serve)

GUIDING PRINCIPLE:

 

We are guided by the principle that
Since Jesus is Lord and Savior we
Pray

To seek God’s guidance

 

Foundation of Prayer:       A Prayer Model

Matthew 6:5-15

When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites!

They love to stand up and pray in the houses of worship and on the street corners,
so everyone will see them.
I assure you, they have already been paid in full.

But when you pray, go to your room, close the door, and pray to your Father,
who is unseen.

And your Father, who sees what you do in private, will reward you.

When you pray, do not use a lot of meaningless words, as the pagans do,
who think that God will hear them because their prayers are long.

Do not be like them.

Your Father already knows what you need before you ask Him.

This then is how you should pray:
            “Our Father in heaven:
            May your holy name be honored;
            May your kingdom come;
            may your will be done
            on earth as it is in heaven.
            Give us today the food we need.
            Forgive us the wrongs we have done,
            as we forgive the wrongs that others have done to us.
            Do not bring us to hard testing,
            but keep us safe from the Evil One.”

If you forgive others the wrongs they have done to you,

your Father in heaven will also forgive you.

But if you do not forgive others,
then your Father will not forgive the wrongs you have done.


Foundation of Prayer:       A Prayer Model

 

Luke 11:1-4

One day Jesus was praying in a certain place.
When he had finished, one of His disciples said to Him,
”Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.

Jesus said to them, “when you pray, say this:
            Father,
            May your holy name be honored;
            May your kingdom come.
            Give us day by day the food we need.
            Forgive us our sins,
            for we forgive everyone
            who does us wrong.
            And do not bring us to hard testing.”

 

Foundation of Prayer:       A Prayer Model

 

PALS Worship Service Bulletin Lord’s Prayer

 

Our Father,

Who 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 trespasses

as we forgive those who trespass against us

and lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil,

for thine is the Kingdom,

and the power,

and the glory,

for ever and ever.

Amen

 

Daniel’s Prayer Situation

 

Daniel 6:1-10

 

Darius [the Mede who seized power in Babylonia from King Belshazzar]

decided to appoint a hundred and twenty governors to hold office throughout his empire.

In addition, he chose Daniel [an exiled Jew] and two others to supervise the governors and to look after the king’s interests. Daniel soon showed that he could do better work than the other supervisors or the governors. Because he was so outstanding, the king considered putting him in charge of the whole empire.

Then the other supervisors and the governors tried to find something wrong with the way Daniel administered the empire, but they couldn’t because Daniel was reliable and did not do anything wrong or dishonest. They said to each other, “We are not going to find anything of which to accuse Daniel unless it is something in connection with his religion.

So they went to see the king and said, “King Darius, may Your Majesty live forever!

All of us who administer your empire – the supervisors, the governors, the lieutenant governors, and the other officials – have agreed that Your Majesty should issue an order and enforce it strictly. Give orders that for thirty days no one be permitted to request anything from any god or from any man except from Your Majesty. Anyone who violates this order is to be thrown into a pit filled with lions. So let Your Majesty issue this order and sign it, and it will be in force, a law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be changed.”

And so King Darius signed the order.

When Daniel learned that the order had been signed, he went home. In an upstairs room of his house there were windows that faced toward Jerusalem. There, just as he had always done, he knelt down at the open windows and prayed to God three times a day.

 

Joseph example (Genesis 37-50)

            Man of integrity

            Always did right because it is always right to do right because it is right

            Faithful to God’s word

            Always gave God the credit (genesis 40:8 and 41:16)

Other officials put more effort into their scheme than into doing their jobs

Daniel did not panic or adjust his prayer habits

 

Jesus Prays

 

Matthew 26:36-46

Mark 14:32-42

Luke 22:39-46

John 17

 

Foundation of Prayer:       A Prayer Model Suggestion/Outline

 

  • Start each prayer with a thank-you
    • Air
    • Shelter
    • Food
    • Breath of Life
    • God’s patience
  • Use the Lord’s Prayer as a model and really think about the words.
  • Substitute words in the prayer that are different with words that you would use when having a conversation with a friend or your earthly father.
    (it is OK, you are having a conversation with God who loves you).
    Make the prayer your own.

 

Our Father,
Who art (lives/exists) in Heaven,
Hallowed (sacred/sanctified/holy) be thy (your) name.

Thy (Your) Kingdom (absolute rule) come,

Thy (Your) will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

 

Give us today our daily bread

(those mental and physical and awareness resources we need to do the things you already have planned for us to do)

and forgive us our trespasses

(against you and others;

those trespasses of thought word and deed;

those trespasses of lack of thought, lack of word, and lack of deed;

those trespasses of distractions while praying, worldly consumption

lust, vanity, and impatience)

as we forgive those who trespass against us.

Lead us not into temptation

(hard testing,

but if it be in your plan for us, remind us in a loud, strong voice

that you are there with constant love and faithfulness to see us through and

protect our souls from harm.

Help us to remember that you are a God that loves us and wants us to be in your presence throughout eternity; that You are too kind to be cruel and too wise to make a mistake.

Help us live with the understanding that you are a God that never does anything to harm us and every act you take is an act of love.),

but deliver us from (the tricks and snares of) the Evil One.

(insert PALS Prayer List concerns and personal prayer concerns here)

For thine (Yours) is the Kingdom (absolute rule),

and thine (Yours) is the power,

and thine (Yours) is the glory,

for ever and ever.

 

Amen

 

What Happens When We Pray; Why We Pray

 

  • Acknowledge that God exists
  • See God as a resource
    • Resource of comfort
    • Resource of calm
    • Resource of direction
    • Resource of instruction
    • Last resource
  • Communicate with God

 

Questions About Prayer

 

  • Do we offer to ‘say a prayer’ just to have something to say?
    • Do we really believe that prayer can change things?
    • Do we really believe that prayer can make a difference in a situation?
    • Does saying ‘I will prayer for you’ or ‘I will say a little prayer’
      carry the same weight as ‘Have a nice day’?
  • Is the effectiveness of our prayers based upon our belief or on God’s capacity?

 

 

Find ways to periodically re-assess upon what you base your values.
Develop attitudes and habits, like deliberate prayer and Bible study,

to help keep ‘the word of the Lord’ fresh in our thoughts, emotions, and wills (hearts).

 

ENABLED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT let the GUIDING PRINCIPLES of

PRAYING, ACCEPTING, LISTENING, and SERVING

help us choose, decide, and respond to ‘the word of the Lord’ in our lives.

 

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