Re:Sermon | Changing how and what I pray

The following is taken from the sermon on Matthew 6.5-14:  Jesus on God-glorifying PrayerImage

Jesus teaches us that prayer is not a means to manipulate our good God into doing the good things we want.  Prayer is not our chance to vent to God, argue with God, or beg from God.  Prayer is not even about fixing problems, fulfilling needs, or even changing circumstances.  We don’t pray to impress God and be admired.  We don’t pray to control God and be blessed.  Both rob Him of glory. We pray to remember God, forget self, and be a changed in order to give Him more glory.  

Consider the following “revision” of the Lord’s prayer to reflect the heart oriented away from self and toward God:

Father, help me know your Glory

Help me adore your glory

Help me seek your glory

Help me desire your glory

Help me to depend on your glory

Help me to confess my self-glory

Help me to become more glorifying


Author: Sam Ford

Sam Ford is a preacher, planter, and pastor from the Pacific Northwest. He is currently pastoring Restoration Road Church in Snohomish, WA.