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Why We Pray

Jesus modeled prayer for us in Matthew 6. His model prayer divides into the two basic halves that are first Godward (Matthew 6:9-10) and then manward (Matthew 6:11-13).

This is the essence of prayer is 1) He is worthy and 2) I am needy.

HE IS WORTHY

A vital element of recognizing our neediness is to be captivated with His worthiness. The Bible is filled with examples of the greatness and goodness of God. He is indeed worthy of our worship and prayer (Psalm 145:9, 86:5, 19:7, 34:8, 106:1, 143:10, Romans 2:4, James 1:17, 2 Samuel 7:28).

WE ARE NEEDY

The Bible gives us many reasons for a humble, daily dependence on God:

WE NEED HIM BECAUSE HE IS THE SOURCE OF LIFE

“And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.  He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.” (1 John 5:10-12)

WE NEED HIM BECAUSE SELF-RELIANCE IS FOOLISH AND FRUITLESS

“Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart departs from the LORD. For he shall be like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see when good comes, but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land which is not inhabited.”

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, and whose hope is the LORD.  For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit.”

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; Who can know it? I, the LORD, search the heart, I test the mind, even to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings.” (Jeremiah 17:5-10)

WE NEED HIM BECAUSE APART FROM HIM WE CAN DO NOTHING

“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” (John 14:4-5)

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