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Talking to the King



Healthy relationships require cultivation. How can prayer help us cultivate our relationship with the king of the universe?

This week, Brad Jones joins us to continue in our collection through the Sermon on the Mount. Brad shows us how Jesus’ teachings on prayer in Matthew 6 model a healthy prayer life and encourages us to prioritize the time we spend with our Heavenly Father.

Key Takeaway

It's time for Jesus' people to have our hearts set on meeting with our King so we not only have life, peace, and sustenance given to our souls but also to the souls surrounding us. God's presence is the reward of prayer.

Matthew 6:1-18

Jesus focuses His sermon on giving to the needy, prayer, and fasting. These are conducts that honor God, but we need to watch out for the motivation behind our actions. We are missing the reward if these things are just a duty.

We want to be seen, and that's not necessarily a bad thing. God sees everything, especially the heart. Don't focus on others; focus on God. Hebrews 11:6 - seek him and give honor to God.

It says "when" you pray. Not if. Jesus is saying don't learn prayer from the hypocrites, who are actors that would put on a mask during the play. Essentially, don't do it so others applaud you for attention or status. Jesus says to go into your room, close the door, and speak to your Father, who is unseen. He will meet you with intimacy as He sees your pure heart in the secret place.

Mark 1:35

find time alone with God. In this unsteady world, when we pray, we are building our lives on the unchanging one. He is the anchor of our soul.

Matthew 6:9-13 is a model, not a script.

  1. "Our Father." Prayer is essential to cultivating our relationship with God. Cultivation takes time.
  2. "In Heaven, hallowed be your name." Start your prayer with praise instead of a list.
  3. "Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven." These are all vertical. It's you and God and knowing that God is God. Prayer is about aligning our hearts with God's heart.
  4. "Give us this day our daily bread." This is our proof of our dependence on God. If we're not asking God for help, do we really know we need His help? Pray for your friends to have the same. It says give US.
  5. "Forgive us our debt as we also forgive our debtors." Prayer has the power to change the relationships that have hurt us the most. Bitterness, anger, and rage have taken some of us over. Prayer allows us to get in touch with God, who has forgiven us.
  6. "Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one." God rewards our prayers. He sees us. He celebrates. Delivery from evil is being delivered to Jesus. The reward of prayer is Jesus. He delivers us from the lesser things of life and delivers us to the greater.


"We are so quick to say the Lord gave us a verse and then post it on social media. In the secret place, some things need to stay there."

Brad Jones

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Scripture References

  • Matthew 6:1-18
  • Mark 1:35-37
  • Romans 11
  • Psalm 84:5-6
Brad Jones Passion City Church Atlanta is pastored by Brad Jones. Together, he and his wife Brittany have been a part of the Passion Movement for over a decade helping carry the heartbeat of Passion Conference and Passion City Church. They live in Atlanta with their two children, Caleb and Addy.