PrayingJuly 7, 2019

Matthew 6:5-15 / July 7, 2019
Charlie Welke 

Prayer is the Engine to all Spiritual Growth // Check Engine Light (Matthew 6.5, 7)

Beware “Low Grade” and “Imitation” Oils (Impurity/Hypocrisy, Mt 6.5, Mt 5.8)

o The Deepest Prayers yield the Highest Praise (Matthew 6.6; 1 Kings 18.20-40; Daniel 6)

Beware “Missing” and “Broken” Parts (Imperfection/Hyperverbal, Matthew 6.7-8, Matthew 5.48)

o The Lord’s Prayer Portfolio provides a Simple Formational Framework (Matthew 6.9)

“Tune Up” your Prayer-Engine because it’s a Long Journey

Eyes on the Dashboard and Heart to the Mechanic (Matthew 6.9-15, Luke 11.1-13, John 17)


Allow this translation from The Message to stir some new exploration of the Lord’s Prayer this week:

“With a God like this loving you, you can pray very simply. Like this:
Our Father in heaven,
Reveal who you are.
Set the world right;
Do what’s best—
    as above, so below.
Keep us alive with three square meals.
Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others.
Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil.
You’re in charge!
You can do anything you want!
You’re ablaze in beauty!
    Yes. Yes. Yes.”