Lord, Teach Us to Pray (part 2)
Last week, our Lord taught us the principles of prayer content. Our prayers should consist of praying to our heavenly Father for His decreed end…His name being vindicated and His Kingdom consummating on earth. Jesus went on to explain that we should also ask God; depending on Him for our every need from the bread we eat to the sins that need to be forgiven. Jesus shows us we are to pray for the things that God promises to accomplish. When we pray correctly, we pray for God to accomplish His will.
This week our Lord shows us what our approach should be to prayer. In other words, Jesus shows us a proper prayer attitude. Last week the key word was dependence this week it is persistence.
After giving us the model prayer, Jesus tells a parable to illustrate how to pray. Notice in this parable words like impudence, ask, seek, knock…all these are words of persistence. We are to keep asking, seeking, and knocking until our godly requests are answered.
The big problem with our praying is that we are often praying very selfish trivial prayers. Rather, we should be praying God ordained big prayers.
Let’s look together at how Jesus so masterfully teaches us to pray.
This is God’s Word…
Lk 11:5 And he said to them, “Which of you who has a friend will go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves,
Lk 11:6 for a friend of mine has arrived on a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’;
Lk 11:7 and he will answer from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed. I cannot get up and give you anything’?
Lk 11:8 I tell you, though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his impudence he will rise and give him whatever he needs.
Lk 11:9 And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
Lk 11:10 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.
Lk 11:11 What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent;
Lk 11:12 or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?
Lk 11:13 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
Lord, grant us perseverance in prayer as we trust You as Father. Continue Reading