We are pausing our God Meant It for Good series this Sunday for our Bible conference Pray Like This: The Lord’s Pattern for Prayer. We will be working through the Lord’s prayer (Matthew 6:9-13) in five sessions.
Friday evening will kick off with a panel discussion on practical helps for more effective praying. Then Saturday evening at 5pm our first two sessions will cover the first two petitions of Jesus’ prayer: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name” (Moyer Hubbard) and “Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Bobby Scott, Community of Faith Bible Church).
Of the three petitions that follow in Jesus’ prayer, Pastor John Onwuchekwa writes:
“Prayer begins with longing for God’s presence before his provision. But prayer shouldn’t end there. We still need things from God. Just because he tells us not to prioritize food and clothing doesn’t mean we don’t need food and clothing. Jesus invites us to ask for three things in particular: provision, pardon, and protection. These aren’t the only things we can ask God for, but they provide a template for what we should prioritize (from Prayer: How Praying Together Shapes the Church).”
In our Sunday morning worship services, Kip Dochterman will be preaching on the first two requests, “Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts as we also have forgiven our debtors.” In the evening at 5pm, Jason Oakes will help us consider the third request, “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” The evening will conclude with a concert of prayer.
I hope you will plan to join us for the entire conference! If you do, please let us know you’re coming by registering here (it’s free!).
Would you pray for each of our speakers, panelists, and breakout session teachers? And would you pray for all who will attend, that we would not only learn to pray but that we would be stirred and encouraged to pray more? We hope to see you this weekend!