Prayer (Matthew 6:7–15; Psalms)

  • Accommodate many different ways of praying so that we can have a rich repertoire of prayers to fit the needs of ourselves and our communities.
  • Reposition prayer within our relationship with God rather than treating it as an “external” supplement.
  • Reframe prayer as a liturgical practice (i.e. a practice of personal and communal formation) rather than a transactional practice.

Prayer as Transformation

The Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:7–15)

Prayer Within Relationship

Petition Is Secondary

Psalm 23

  • Who is the Lord in relation to me? The Lord is my shepherd. The Lord refreshes my soul. The Lord guides me in right paths.
  • What is the impact of that on me? I fear no evil, even though I walk through the darkest valley, for you are with me. Your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
  • What are results of this relationship? You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil, and my cup overflows — goodness and mercy all the days of my life. I dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Psalm 42

Psalm 4

Summing Up Prayer



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Brice Laughrey

Brice Laughrey


Owner of Breaking Bread Theology and co-founder of 1310 Ministries. Currently living and worshiping in Las Vegas, NV.