Matthew 3: Prayer Guide

April 25, 2021 in Today's Prayer by TGV

Matthew 3: Prayer Guide/ 40-BSG-3B, (Matthew 3:2-3; 8-10)/ Theme: Repent, Jesus is Coming/ Hymn: Lord I’m Coming Home, (SDAH 296).


Key Text: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!”… ‘Prepare the way of the Lord; Make His paths straight.” (Matthew 3:2–3) “Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance, and do not think to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones. And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.” (Matthew 3:8–10, NKJV)

Opening Remarks: “In calling upon the people to amend their ways, it was inevitable that John should expatiate on the evil of the ways in which they had been running. He could not consistently urge them to good ways, without reprehending them for their bad ways; and hence his cry would be a summons to humiliation for past waywardness and wickedness. He would call upon them to repent as in dust and ashes. He would say, in the spirit of the ancient prophets, Therefore now also, saith the Lord, turn ye to Me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping; and with mourning; and rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God (Joel 2:12, 13). His cry would thus involve a call to the most poignant sorrow for sin.” – [James Morison, A Practical Commentary on the Gospel according to St. Matthew, (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1899), 27].

Beloved, in this message, John is urging his people to genuine Repentance: to reformation, to ‘repentance from dead works.’ God’s message for this generation -just before the Second Coming -is still the same: Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” (Mt 3:2). Beloved, as we come to the today’s Prayer Session, we are invited to— Repent! True Repentance happens only when we sincerely with “ALL of our hearts” turn away from “the old man,” walking in “the newness of life!” … when we keep our bodies under and have no desire whatsoever for sin; … when the old ways of life are fully surrendered to Christ; … when the heart is under the subjection of the Spirit of God; when we are dedicated/ consecrated for His service and fully committed to follow Him. Anything short of that is not repentance. Without such repentance we deceive ourselves, and we are not fit as ‘candidates’ for the Kingdom of Heaven. Remember, only ‘the pure in heart’ shall see God.

Values to Build On: Genuine Repentance; Prayer; Baptism (dying to sin); Surrendering to God.

Sins to Avoid/ Confess: Sins directly against self → Pride, conceit, gloating, haughtiness, disdain; desire for distinction or praise (Mt 3:9); Failure or refusal to Repent, change one’s ways (Mt 3:2,8);  Failure or refusal to follow Christ in the water of baptism (by immersion).

Something to Thank God For: Divinity of Jesus Christ; the Example (obedience) of Jesus Christ; forgiveness of sin; the Coming Kingdom of glory; the Confirmation of gospel; the ministry of the Holy Spirit (sanctification);

People to Pray For: 1. The proud; those desiring for distinction or praise; those who mistakenly think that they can attain Salvation through works (Mt 3:8-10); 2. Unbelievers (who refuse the gospel of Jesus Christ, and the need for them to be baptized); 3. Those who have gone astray to be aroused by this message and make a commitment to be baptized; 4. Lastly, pray for all Christians to be involved in the work of “Preparing the way of the LORD” (Mt 3:3) –by using their time, talents, influence, resources, etc. and prepare the world for the Second Coming!

Issues to Pray For: Spiritual gifts and responsibility; Obedience to the Word of God; Preparation for the Second Coming; Baptism with Holy Spirit; Anointing of Holy Spirit.

Today’s Promise: “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.” (Acts 2:38–39, NKJV) “Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord,” (Acts 3:19, NKJV)

Note: Scroll down to Section (40-BSG-3Z) for a Closing Prayer. May the Lord Bless You!



Closing Prayer/ Matthew 3, (40-BSG-3Z)/ Is there a prayer for me to pray/echo in this chapter?  Yes.

Prayer: Father, we thank You for Your word in Matthew chapter 2. We thank You for the gift of life, for another day to hear the Gospel and make necessary changes in our lives. We thank You for the ministry, and the message of John the Baptist. May Thy Spirit help us to “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand”

We thank You for Jesus Christ whom Thou has “exalted to Your right hand to be Prince and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.” (Acts 5:31). We thank You for Your unchanging character – You are a loving, compassionate, forgiving God, “not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance (2 Pet 3:9).

We thank You for Your works of creation and re-creation: “Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence, And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.” (Psalm 51:10–11). We thank You for daily blessings; for Gifts and Promises of Gift – that “If we confess our sins, You are faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)

Father, we saw a list of Specific Sins in this chapter; we acknowledge those sins, and sincerely ask for pardon, cleansing and victory over those sins. Help us to – 1. “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness” (Mt 6:33); to 2. Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand;  3. Prepare the way of the LORD; 4. Make His paths straight; 5. Bear Fruit in keeping with Repentance; 6. Identify with Christ in the water of Baptism (by immersion); 7. Accept Jesus Christ (the Beloved Son of God) as the LORD and Saviour.

As we continue with the discussion of Your Word in Matthew’s gospel, may our lives be drawn to Jesus, and may we indeed be candidates of the Kingdom of Heaven. May Thy Spirit teach us to obey Your will, Commands, and Instructions. Forgive us dear LORD; Sanctify us, and Prepare us for the Second Coming. We thank You LORD, and ask these things, believing and trusting in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

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