“Teach us to Pray” Pt 2
PRAYER IS A LEARNED SKILL… JUST LIKE ANY OTHER SKILL.
NAS Luke 11:1 It happened that while Jesus was praying in a certain place, after He had finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John also taught his disciples.”
WITHOUT PRAYER THERE IS NO INTIMACY WITH THE FATHER.
WE SAID LAST WEEK, “EFFECTIVE PRAYER IS HEARTFELT AND DONE IN THE SPIRIT”.
JESUS ILLUSTRATED THE FATHER IN 2 PARABLES
Luke 11:5 Suppose one of you has a friend, and goes to him at midnight and says to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves; 6 for a friend of mine has come to me from a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; 7 and from inside he answers and says, ‘Do not bother me; the door has already been shut and my children and I are in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything.’ 8 I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will get up and give him as much as he needs.
9 “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you;
Luke 18:1 Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart, 2 saying, “In a certain city there was a judge who did not fear God and did not respect man. 3 There was a widow in that city, and she kept coming to him, saying, ‘Give me legal protection from my opponent.’ 4 For a while he was unwilling; but afterward he said to himself, ‘Even though I do not fear God nor respect man, 5 yet because this widow bothers me, I will give her legal protection, otherwise by continually coming she will wear me out.’” 6 And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge said; 7 now, will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry to Him day and night, and will He delay long over them? 8 I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?”
JESUS WAS CONTRASTING THE FACT THAT: GOD IS NOT A LAZY, SELFISH NEIGHBOR, & HE’S NOT AN UNPRINCIPLED JUDGE.
WE ARE PRAYING TO A CARING GOD WHOSE ATTITUDE IS TOTALLY OPPOSITE OF THE UNJUST JUDGE.
NLT Heb 4:16 So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.
MESS So let’s walk right up to him and get what he is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help
THE THRONE IS THE BELIEVERS PLACE OF AUTHORITY.
THE THRONE IS THE BELIEVERS PLACE OF GRACE, BLESSING, MERCY, HELP, ANSWER…
WE DRAW OUR STRENGTH FROM HIM… Is 40:31
Ps 59:9 Because of his strength I will watch for You, For God is my stronghold.10 My God in His lovingkindness will meet me.
16 But as for me, I shall sing of Your strength; Yes, I shall joyfully sing of Your lovingkindness in the morning, For You have been my stronghold 17 And a refuge in the day of my distress. O my strength, I will sing praises to You; For God is my stronghold, the God who shows me lovingkindness.
LAST DAY’S MINDSET…
NAS 1 Pet 4:7 The end of all things is near; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer.
Mess Everything in the world is about to be wrapped up, so take nothing for granted. Stay wide-awake in prayer.
NLT Be earnest and disciplined in your prayers.