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The Lord’s Prayer Part 2
What is shaping and forming you as a child of God? As a disciple?
Immediately after calling His disciples Jesus begins to pour into them solid teaching to help form and shape them to be His disciples. They are given teaching that will shape and reform their hearts from the inside out. Tools and deep instruction on what it will mean to follow their new master in making other disciples.
The disciple’s prayer is the central part of this teaching.
Care for the heart of the disciple
Tools for how to approach others and how to care for their hearts.
After this teaching, Jesus takes the 12 on mission with Him. Jesus lives out this teaching in front of the disciples so that they might learn what it looks like to respond to what the Father is doing around them and follow His lead.
What are people asking of Jesus as they meet Him? What is He asking of them? Does Jesus give to those who ask, or does He withhold those gifts?
What other words of the sermon on the mount do you see lived out in Matthew chapters 8 and 9?
Demonstration modeled here is a prelude to the sending out of the disciples in chapter 10. More instruction…You have heard my words; you have seen my action…. now go and do likewise.
Over the course of the last year I been learning about different spiritual disciplines. One that is new to me is called breath prayers. These are simple prayers that are spoken to the Lord in the simple rhythm of our breathing. Over the summer I am going to be experimenting with some simple breath prayers that follow the pattern of the Lord’s prayer. The goal is to become rooted deeply in the prayer that is to shape and form disciples in any generation.
As a starting point here is a sample of incorporating the spiritual practice of using breath prayers in the combination of praying Scripture. Literally using words taken from the Scripture text to guide you in prayer and breathing:
Abba, We belong to You
Make us holy by Your name
Breath in: THINK and say in your mind, “Abba, We belong to You“
Exhale out: THINK and say in your mind, “You are present with us“
Taking another look at The Lord’s Prayer and incorporating the spiritual practice of using breath prayers driven by Scripture:
Matthew 6:9-13 New International Version (NIV)
9 “This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, 10 your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us today our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’”
Praying the Scriptures as breath prayers:
BREATH IN: Abba, We belong to You
BREATH OUT: Make us holy by Your name
BREATH IN: Let Your kingdom come among us
BREATH OUT: Let Your will be done among us
BREATH IN: Provide for all our needs
BREATH OUT: Have mercy on us and forgive us
BREATH IN: We release and forgive others
BREATH OUT: Lead us in all our ways
BREATH IN: Deliver us from Evil
BREATH OUT: May the Lord bless your hearts as you are led to follow Jesus
In His Grip,
The practice of breath prayer may be new to you.
We invite you to join with others in investigating the ancient spiritual practices used over centuries by those who pray daily and seek after unceasing prayer in their daily walk of life in Christ.
Breath Prayer: Practice
Breath prayer is a short petition, repeated in the space of one inhalation-exhalation cycle, that acknowledges the natures of both the Lord and the petitioner.
1. Sit comfortably with your back straight and close your eyes.
2. Pay attention to your breathing. Focusing in on breathing, in the beginning, will probably exaggerate the intake and output a little. Learn to listen to your body and wait until a comfortable rhythm can be found as you practice this new discipline or method of prayer.
3. Ask Jesus to be present, to lead, to guide, and to protect. Invite him to draw you into the community of the Trinity –Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
4. Wait silently until you feel ready to begin praying.
5. When you are ready, pray in your breathing rhythm.
- Inhale: Lord, Jesus Christ,
- Pause: Son of God,
- Exhale: have mercy on me, a sinner.
6. As the prayer repetitions begin to move from your head to your heart, you may feel a desire to still even the echo of the words and to sit quietly with the Lord in peace.
7. This practice has proven to be helpful not only for simple prayer but also can be used to still yourself in trying situations or to calm anxiety. As a daily practice of learning the discipline of quieting yourself so that you might hear more clearly from God.
8. When the silence is gathered and before you move on to the day’s tasks, write down anything that particularly stood out to you during your meditation. It may be that the prayer returns to you throughout the day with this nuance. The next time you practice the breath prayer, perhaps this will function as a starting point in your move to stillness.
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ION Europe Consultation – September 26 – September 28
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- September 26 – 28, 2019 at Oxford Centre for Mission Studies
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- October 3 – October 5 at North York Chinese Baptist Church
I WORD 4 ALL – Embodying Jesus in a Post-Textual Society www.oralitycanada.com This conference is open to all people interested in sharing the Gospel and making disciples of Jesus Christ. Together we reaffirm the centrality and truth of God’s Word…
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Connecting to Global Prayer around the world:
FELLOWSHIP OF PRAYER STRATEGISTS -JOIN THE CALL: FPS Prayer Call July 11, 2019 at 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm 7am CST/12pm GMT Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for information on how to connect to this monthly prayer call.
We believe prayer is the indispensable key to the unfinished task among the ‘Forgotten Fourth World’-the one-fourth of the world with little access to the gospel. Unquestionably God has impressed that upon us as a Body and He has been growing a global prayer movement for decades now. The Lord has been calling people of prayer to model and assist others in cultivating conversational relationships with God and to ignite movements to Christ based on extraordinary prayer and intimacy with Him. This urgent necessity quickly became obvious, not only to survive but to see fruit flourishing in these mostly hostile environments. In the course of pursuing loving obedience to His call, major prayer innovations have been and are being birthed. One of these seems to be the emerging role of the ‘prayer strategist’ that links passion for and practice of prayer and connection to prayer movements and networks with strategic field efforts to catalyze cascading movements to Christ.
Beginning May 2019, we will feature the largest “31 Frontier People Groups,” before launching out on a full year of prayer for the entire 401 Frontier People Groups (FPGs). The background material in the April 2019 issue highlighted here explains in more detail.
During the 13 months, we will pray for 88 percent of the people who are members of unreached people groups. If you have the “31” booklet already, you will notice that we put them in order by geography and re-wrote them with the GPD style.
Keith Carey, Global Prayer Digest April 2019
For more information and to continue to follow this prayer initiatie link to Global Prayer Digest at http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/