I’m currently teaching a short series on prayer.iPray

The first week we looked at conditions and commands for prayer, you can listen and see the summary notes.

This week we are looking at the pattern or structure of prayer.

 Asking the question, should our prayer have a specific pattern or core elements?

What do you think?

While there are many passages on prayer, we are investigating one Old Testament prayer, that of Nehemiah (Nehemiah 1:5-11; 2:4) and one New Testament prayer, the “Disciples Prayer” (Matthew 6:5-15).

There are lots of wonderful observations and lessons in these two prayers, two that struck me are:

  • Prayer does not eliminate action it fuels it
  • Prayer should not be perfunctory performance but purposeful dependence

More in a couple of days.

Author: Steve

Steve Kilgore joined the staff of Calvary Church in Lancaster, PA in the fall of 2002 as the Pastor of Discipleship to facilitate the equipping ministries, which include Adult Bible Fellowship and other adult discipleship ministries, and work with the rest of the education ministries. He currently serves as the Executive Pastor of Ministries with a focus on providing ministries that facility individuals taking intentional Next Steps for growing and participating in the leadership and administrative aspect at Calvary. He has also taught part-time at Lancaster Bible College in the area of Spiritual Formation and New Testament. Prior to coming to Calvary he served in two churches as well as taught part-time at Philadelphia Biblical University. He was born in Dallas, Texas, but spent the first 13 years of his life in Guatemala where his parents were missionaries. It was there at the age of four and a half that Steve placed his faith in Christ as his Savior. Steve received a Bachelor’s degree in Bible from Philadelphia College of Bible and a Masters of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. Steve and his wife, Mary Anne, have their two boys, Andrew and Nathan (both in college), and live in East Lampeter Township. Steve lives and ministers by the personal motto, Know what you believe and why, live it, be able to defend it. His hobbies, other than playing with his family, include tinkering with computers, reading, drinking coffee with his wife, playing and watching basketball. Steve and Mary Anne are looking forward to exploring new hobbies as they transition to life as empty-nesters.

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