Jesus taught us to pray in what we call the Lord’s Prayer. Have you ever thought about how you can use this prayer as a template to teach your church how to pray?
You never know what is going to happen when you work with kids in the church. Years ago, I was teaching a group of children and heard one of the most bizarre statements. I asked … Read more
Yesterday’s sermon on sexual immorality was so helpful. 1 Thess. 4:1-8 is crystal clear concerning God’s expectation of us. What do you do when you are tempted? Pray! Jesus taught how. And do not bring … Read more
In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus offered a challenging prayer point: And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. -Matt. 6:12 This petition is very unique compared to the others. This request … Read more
Give us today our daily bread. -Matt. 6:11 This petition in the Lord’s Prayer is asking God to provide for our needs. After the Exodus, the nation of Israel wandered through the wilderness. God promised … Read more
In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus makes many petitions to his father. Two of the petitions focus upon God’s kingdom and the desire to see his kingdom advance throughout the earth. Your kingdom come, Your will be done … Read more
Out of all the things the disciples saw Jesus do, they asked him to instruct them concerning how to do one thing: “Lord, teach us to pray…” (Luke 11:1). The next words he spoke were … Read more
“Our Father” was the song written for “Knowing Jesus” to capture the essence of Jesus’ prayer life. In studying the gospels, you can’t escape from the fact that Jesus prayed a lot. And when Jesus prayed, stuff happened.
Unfortunately, for many of us, our prayer life can be characterized by the statement: “All we have left to do now is pray.” Can you imagine the Almighty God hearing such pathetic pleas as if He is a last resort? Prayer is not a spare tire. Prayer is not a last ditched effort. Prayer – communion with God – shakes heaven and earth.
As we continue in our Christology, we have now come to the section focusing on the supplication of the Christ. This is the prayer section of Jesus’ ministry and reminds us of God’s faithfulness.
Who taught you how to pray? How did they teach you?
When Jesus was on earth, the disciples saw unbelievable things happen before their eyes. When you encounter Jesus feed 5,000 men, heal every type of disease, walk on water, or be transfigured before your eyes, you probably would develop a list of things you would want Jesus to show you. We would all love a course on how to do the miraculous.
Interestingly enough, with all the disciples witnessed, they asked for Jesus to teach them one thing:
I know you get tired of me saying this, but I am sorry: wow, what a Sunday. I must say it again, because it just seems like week after week, our congregation is getting together … Read more