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Published on February 4, 2008

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“Lord, teach us TO pray”:  “Lord, teach us TO pray” Luke 11:1-4 Praying in the Bible:  Praying in the Bible There are over 500 references to prayer in the Bible. Prayers are very person-specific in Scripture, we are never given one set prayer. Jesus’ life was characterized by prayer, [prayed all night, early, often, before meals, before the day, in the wilderness, for others, at Gethsemane, etc] and if He did, we should! Praying in the Bible:  Praying in the Bible The How’s – Standing, bowing, kneeling, falling on our faces, spreading hands, lifting hands, in the Spirit, in faith, in assurance, in forgiveness, with the whole heart, with a true heart, with our soul, with confidence, with submission, with honesty, deliberately, with holiness, with humility, with truth, desiring to be heard and answered, with boldness, with earnestness, persistently – night and day, without ceasing, everywhere and in everything. IN THE NAME OF CHRIST! Praying in the Bible:  Praying in the Bible Described as – Bowing the knee, looking up, lifting up the soul, lifting up the heart, pouring out the heart, pouring out the soul, calling upon the name of the Lord, crying out to heaven, drawing near to God, God drawing near to us, beseeching the Lord, seeking God, seeking the face of God, making supplication Prayer in the Bible:  Prayer in the Bible Accompanied by – Repentance, confession, self-abasement, weeping, fasting, watchfulness, thanksgiving, loudness, silence Prayer in the Bible:  Prayer in the Bible The Spirit’s role – Rom 8:26-27 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. Prayer in the Bible:  Prayer in the Bible Christ’s role – Heb 7:25 “Wherefore he [Christ] is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.” Prayer is to be IN CHRIST’s NAME Prayer in the Bible:  Prayer in the Bible To Be Constant – I Thes 5:17 – Pray without ceasing. Phil 4:6 - Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. Luk 18:1 - And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; Rom 12:12 - Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; Prayer in the Bible:  Prayer in the Bible Luke 11.5-8 (Parable of the Persistent friend) Summary Statement – [Luke 11.9-10] “And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For… every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” The Real Issue:  The Real Issue Jesus’ disciples asked Him to teach them “to” pray, not “how to” pray. The “HOW - TO” of prayer isn’t as important to God as the “HEART - TO”! …teach us “TO” pray:  …teach us “TO” pray Jesus didn’t pray this prayer – he says “forgive us our sins” (so He must be teaching, not praying) What do we mean by “pray”? To be in COMUNNION with God. Mutual participation in fellowship/intimacy with God …teach us “TO” pray:  …teach us “TO” pray When Jesus’ disciples asked Him, “Lord, teach us to pray” He is helping them to develop lives of “Open Communion”: When one is occupied with God constantly, in fellowship with Him 24/7! (though this will appear many different ways) #1 – Realize He’s your FATHER, and approach Him as such :  #1 – Realize He’s your FATHER, and approach Him as such Luke 11.2 “Our Father which art in heaven,” “Father” was an intimate address, not O.T. and would have stood out to audience. [Rom 1.7, 8.14-17; Gal 4.1-7, 5.1-3; *All of Paul’s intro’s] There is an approach made, before anything else. We too must “approach” God’s presence. The “Fatherhood” parable – Jesus is building on this foundation with the following parables. #2 – Realize His HOLY, and seek to GLORIFY His name.:  Luke 11.2 “Hallowed be thy name.” “Hallowed” = Sanctified/Holy We were made to glorify God, it’s how we were created! The Father Pleasing Principal [Prov. 17.6] “…and the glory of children are their fathers.” ie, “my Dad can beat up your Dad!” #2 – Realize His HOLY, and seek to GLORIFY His name. #2 – Realize His HOLY, and seek to GLORIFY His name.:  #2 – Realize His HOLY, and seek to GLORIFY His name. John Piper – “Our God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.” * Be jealous for the glory of His Name! #3 – Realize He is KING, and seek His KINGDOM:  #3 – Realize He is KING, and seek His KINGDOM Luke 11.2 “Thy Kingdom come.” The Kingdom of God in the world: Spiritually here NOW! Physically coming w/ Christ’s return. The King’s throne: (presence) We can come boldly (Heb 4.16) but should still come reverently! The Kingdom of God in You: How much does He really reign? #4- Realize His WILL, and seek IT.:  #4- Realize His WILL, and seek IT. Luke 11.2 “Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.” We pray not to have our will done in heaven, but God’s will done in earth! Ps. 37.4 “…delight thyself also in the Lord, and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” (not the object, the desire itself) #4 - Realize His WILL, and seek IT.:  #4 - Realize His WILL, and seek IT. Jesus said, “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” [John 15.7] John 16.3 “Howbeit, when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth:” You cannot separate Prayer and Study – All prayer (liberality) All study (legalism) #5 – Realize your DEPENDANCE, and seek Him for EVERYTHING!:  #5 – Realize your DEPENDANCE, and seek Him for EVERYTHING! Luke 11.3 “Give us day by day our daily bread.” Significance of “Daily Bread” – Typical of God’s sustaining the children of Israel for 40 years in the wilderness. (with Manna) Exo 16.4 “Then said the LORD unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no.” #5 – Realize your DEPENDANCE, and seek Him for EVERYTHING!:  #5 – Realize your DEPENDANCE, and seek Him for EVERYTHING! Phil 4.6 “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” Phil 4.19 “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” #5 – Realize your DEPENDANCE, and seek Him for EVERYTHING!:  #5 – Realize your DEPENDANCE, and seek Him for EVERYTHING! The parallel passage to Luke 11.1-4 is Matt 6.9-13 Following that passage, God illustrates: “Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? … #5 – Realize your DEPENDANCE, and seek Him for EVERYTHING!:  #5 – Realize your DEPENDANCE, and seek Him for EVERYTHING! Illustration con’t: Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” [Matt 6.25-33] #5 – Realize your DEPENDANCE, and seek Him for EVERYTHING!:  #5 – Realize your DEPENDANCE, and seek Him for EVERYTHING! Luke 12.26 “If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest?” Ps. 145.16 “Thou [God] openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing.” #6 – Realize our DEBT, and seek RECONCILLIATION. :  #6 – Realize our DEBT, and seek RECONCILLIATION. Luke 11.4 “And forgive our sins: for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us.” Realizing Our Debt: 2 Cor 5.21 – “For God hath made Him [Christ] to be sin for us, who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” Rom 5.8 – “But God comendeth His love towards us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.” Rom 5.6 “…Christ died for the ungodly.” #6 – Realize our DEBT, and seek RECONCILIATION. :  #6 – Realize our DEBT, and seek RECONCILIATION. Reconciliation: (with God/ with man) 2Co 5:18 - 20 “And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us; we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.” #7 – Realize your FRAILTY, and seek His DELIVERANCE.:  #7 – Realize your FRAILTY, and seek His DELIVERANCE. Luke 11.4 “And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.” God will NEVER lead anyone to sin! Jam 1:13-14 “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.” #7 – Realize your FRAILTY, and seek His DELIVERANCE.:  #7 – Realize your FRAILTY, and seek His DELIVERANCE. Here’s the thought: “And lead us not into any presence of temptation…because I know that I will fall if I am tempted!” Deliverance from “evil”: Suggesting, “the evil” or “evil one” (ie, Satan) Lord, teach us to pray…:  Lord, teach us to pray… Help us to stay before you as: Our Father The Holy One The King Help us to look to you for Your will Dependence for everything Reconciliation Deliverance from evil “Lord, teach us TO pray”:  “Lord, teach us TO pray” Luke 11:1-4

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