Petition ~ Is asking God for help in our need.
It expresses our dependence on God. Christ’s model PRAYER – contains 7 petitions.–
Like the 10 commandments they are divided into 2 parts.
Matthew 6 : 9-13
The first 3 recognizes God’s authority and greatness –
1. “Hallowed be Your name..”
2. “Your kingdom come..”
3.”Your will be done ..”
And the last 4 deal with human needs and our dependency on God.
4. “Give us this day our daily bread..”
5. “Forgive us our debts..”
6. Do not lead us into temptation..”
7, “Deliver us from the evil one..”
God invites us to ask and promises we will
receive depending on our unselfish motives.
Asking in Faith and in Jesus’ name – It must be as God’s will.
Sometimes – we do not always get what we ask for-
and there are various reasons for this.
God knows the timing is not right; so He says – “Wait awhile”.
Other times we may have the wrong motives –
“You ask and do not receive because you ask amiss,
that you may spend it on your pleasure.” (James 4:3)
George Muller – asked God to provide
daily bread for more than 2.000 orphan children in England.
His motives being unselfish – so his prayers produced results.
He received much because of his trust in God’s provision.
“But let us ask in faith, with no doubting,
for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven by the wind.”
James 1: 6.
I know that God is so loving – and promises our petitions –
He has given us a ‘model’ prayer. So ask in Faith.