RENEWAL: PRAYING WITH THE HEART OF JESUS (Luke 11:1-13)

Sermon Date: 
Jan 21 2018
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SERMON SUMMARY NOTES BY PASTOR TREVOR

SCRIPTURES: Luke 11:1-13

QUESTION:
What could possibly happen through us, as individuals, or as a church body, when we continue to commit to growing in the maturity of Christ - when we begin to spiritually develop the mind of Christ - when we begin to move in the heart of Christ - and, in all of this, begin to humble ourselves in the very prayers of Christ?

QUOTE FROM A.B. SIMPSON
"There is no wonder more supernatural and divine in the life of the believer than the mystery and ministry of prayer... Wonder of wonders! Mystery of mysteries! Miracles of miracles! The hand of the child touching the arm of the Father and moving the wheels of the universe..."

TEACH US HOW TO PRAY
Ever feel lost in knowing how to pray? YOU'RE NOT ALONE! Even the disciples of Jesus had to ask Him to teach them how to pray. There was obviously something quite different, unique, and powerful in the way Jesus was praying to His Heavenly Father!

THE LORD'S PRAYER (The Disciple's Prayer)
Jesus provides a reference point to help His disciples learn and understand how to communicate & commune directly with God through their prayers. The Lord's Prayer also teaches us the heart of Jesus and how He kept in communion with His Heavenly Father.

A COUPLE OF THOUGHTS:
1) Praying to God flows from a LOVE-ABIDING RELATIONSHIP with God ("Our Father"). This is possible being declared as God's children through our faith in Jesus Christ (John 1:12; Eph. 3:26).
"Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need" (Heb. 4:16).

2) Praying to God has a heart's desire to be used by God that brings glory and honor upon him. As Jesus' heart was one of LOVING-OBEDIENCE to His Heavenly Father ("Your Kingdom Come," "Your Will Be Done") our position remains the same as Christians.

DON'T QUIT PRAYING (Luke 11:5-13)
We know there are times it feels God may not be listening or answering our prayers. Jesus encourages us, as He did with His disciples, not to just stop and give up. We must know with confidence that God is listening especially when it's our desire to see his Kingdom work to be fulfilled in us! Jesus then reminds His disciples how God, their Heavenly Father, loves to bring upon us good gifts. As examples, look at the gracious gift of Jesus Christ who voluntarily agreed to be our unblemished sacrifice for the forgiveness of our sins. Second, look at the gracious gift of the Holy Spirit - the very presence of God dwelling with and within us! And let us be reminded, we are also enduring through spiritual warfare which may interfere with our prayers (Daniel 10; Eph. 6:12, etc.).

KEEP IN HUMILITY
Let us be reminded in who we are approaching when we pray. "God opposes the proud by gives grace to the humble. Submit yourselves, then, to God... Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up" (James 4:6-7,10).

CONCLUSION - P.R.A.Y.
P = our prayers spiritually POSITIONS us in the Throne Room of Grace
R = our prayers RELEASES God's kingdom presence and power
A = our prayers flow from an ABIDING relationship with God, "Our Father"
Y = our prayers YIELDS ourselves in loving-obedience and humility to be used by God to fulfill his Kingdom work

"Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition, and listening to His voice in the depth of our hearts". - Mother Teresa

In Christ,
Pastor Trevor