The Mountains are Calling: Mount Eremos

This is the fifth sermon in the series, “The Mountains are Calling and I Must Go”. To see all sermons in this series, CLICK HERE.

Mount Eremos plays a significant role in Jesus Christ’s ministry. It is from this mountaintop that Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount, and where He taught us how to pray.

And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

Matthew 6:5-8

PRAYER FUNDAMENTALS

#1 – Prayer is not an optional exercise; it is an act of obedience.

In Matthew 6:5, Jesus says, “when you pray”, not “if you pray”. 

#2 – Prayer is not a public expression of piety; it is a personal encounter with the Father.

We are instructed to pray privately, “into a room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen.” (v. 6)

#3 – Prayer is not a mindless repetition of words; it is a meaningful expression of love and trust.

We are instructed not to “keep on babbling like pagans”.

PRAYER PATTERNS

CONNECTION

This, then, is how you should pray: “ ‘Our Father in heaven...

Matthew 6:9

ADORATION

This, then, is how you should pray: “ ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,

Matthew 6:9

SUBMISSION

your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Matthew 6:10

SUPPLICATION

Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.

Matthew 6:11-12

PROTECTION

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

Matthew 6:13

ADORATION

For Yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

Matthew 6:13

PRAYER TAKEAWAYS

We need each other in this world.
Learn the difference between wants and needs.
Forgiveness is a two-way street.
Life can be hard sometimes, but God is faithful.

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