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02-09-15.01                                                      02-10-06.01

Title:           “Lord, teach us to pray…”

D-Theme:   “The people’s prayer!”

M-Thrust:   The longing created in the hearts of the disciples by the witness of Jesus. Does the witness of the scripture create a longing in our hearts to pray? Does our witness create a longing in the hearts of others?

Comment:  spellbound—seven came to the altar to pray—Steve was very encouraging—said it was the best yet

Subject:     prayer

Date:          13A34904C90E47EE8B69FD1FA7201185

Text:           Luke 11:1-4

1Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.” 2So He said to them, “When you pray, say: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. 3Give us day by day our daily bread. 4And forgive us our sins, For we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one.”

• Introduction............................. dominating theme

•   30,000 feet vs. 5,000 feet

•   Sometimes it is necessary to have an overview…

•   Sometimes it is necessary to get down to ground level…

•   Which is what I intend to do between now and Thanksgiving

•   Get down to ground level with the ‘Lord’s prayer’…

•   A detailed look @ Jesus’s answer to the disciples plea…

•   Lord, teach us to pray!

•   An issue of semantics…

se·man·tics (sĭ-mănʹtĭks) noun

1.     The study or science of meaning in language. [1]

•   Pastor, why would you want to use that big word with us?

•   Well, words and their meaning are important…

•   How we understand things is important…

•   For example, on Sunday morning where do you go?

•   Most of us answer that we go to church!

•   But really, where we go is a building…

•   Where the church has determined to gather…

•   For what purpose do we gather…

•   For worship!

•   How would it change things semantically…

•   If, instead of saying, “I’m going to church…”

•   We would say, “I’m going to worship!”

•   How would it change things in the mind of the world…

•   To hear the church say that we are going to worship…

•   Rather than to hear us say that we are going to church?

•   So what’s your point pastor

•   My point is this… how do we refer to this prayer?

•   What does the heading of your Bible say…

•   My New King James Version translation calls this…

•   The Model Prayer

•   The New International Version refers to this as…

•   “Jesus’ Teaching on Prayer”

•   My computer database calls this…

•   “The Lord’s Prayer”

•   And isn’t that the way most of us refer to this? YES!

•   And perhaps it is a small thing…

•   Something not even to be messed with…

•   But what does that do in the mind of the average person…

•   When they begin to think semantically about this prayer?

•   It makes it someone else’s prayer…

•   There is a loss of ownership—a loss of connection…

•   There seems to be no point of identification

•   A response to a plea…

• Lord, teach us to pray!

•   Given in the imperative—a command to Jesus…

•   Suggesting to me that there was a great desire!

•   A great need and hunger…

•   This model prayer, Jesus’s teaching on prayer…

•   Comes in response to the plea on the part of a disciple…

•   And represents the disciples as a group…

•   And the need of all humanity…

• Lord, teach us to pray!

•   It is therefore not ‘The Lord’s Prayer’

•   Except from the standpoint that it is he who gave it…

•   No, rather, it is “The people’s prayer!”

•   It is my prayer—it is your prayer

•   It is the model by which Our Lord has taught us…

•   And all who will hear him—this is how you pray

•   This is “The people’s prayer!”

•   I want you to see if you can determine the keywords…

•   Of the points this morning…

• Witness.................................................................

• 1Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased… that one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.”

•   What is the witness of Jesus in regards to prayer?

•   What is his witness about the importance of prayer?

•   What was the witness he has left to the church…

•   And to all those who will take the time to seek…

•   The answer to all of those questions is…

•   Jesus was a man of prayer…

•   He was totally dependent, devoted, and dedicated…

•   to someone else… to another… to his heavenly Father…

•   The witness from the gospel of Luke…

Luke 3:21

21[…] Jesus also was baptized; and while He prayed, the heaven was opened.

Luke 5:16

He often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed.

Luke 6:12

Now it came to pass in those days that He went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.

Luke 9:18

And it happened, as He was alone praying, that His disciples joined Him

Luke 9:28-29

Now it came to pass […] that He took Peter, John, and James and went up on the mountain to pray. As he prayed, the appearance of his face was altered…

Luke 11:1

1Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.”

Luke 18:1

Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart

Luke 19:46

 “It is written, ‘My house is a house of prayer,’

Luke 22:32

“But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail;

Luke 22:41

And He was withdrawn from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and prayed,

Luke 22:44-45

And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.

•   The witness from the gospel of John

John 5:19

19 Jesus said, “[…] the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.

John 5:30

30I can of Myself do nothing. […] I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.

John 8:28

28[…] I do nothing of Myself; but as [He] taught Me, I speak

John 14:31

31[…] as the Father gave Me commandment, so I do…

• Want.....................................................................

• one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.”

•   The effect of the witness…

•   His witness exposed in the hearts of the disciples…

•   a deep want and need…

• Lord, teach us to pray!

•   Jesus’s witness revealed…

•   A desire, a yearning, a hunger, a longing

•   We want to pray—having communion with the Father

•   Because of the nature of man… created in God’s image…

•   There is that place in us all that yearns for fellowship…

•   With the divine creator—him who breathed life into clay…

•   Nothing else that will satisfy the longing of our heart…

•   Nothing will fill the void of our spirit man…

•   No one fills our heart like Jesus…

•   We need to pray—to have help outside of ourselves

•   To pray is to humble oneself and acknowledge weakness…

•   “I can’t do this alone—I need help!”

•   Unless the Lord helps us, we perish

Luke 8:24

24 they came and awoke Him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” He arose; rebuked the wind and the raging of the water. And they ceased, and there was a calm.

•   To do so acknowledges that we are not self-sufficient…

•   That we don’t have unlimited resources

•   That we need help

•   It also acknowledged that there is One who is all-sufficient

•   Who owns the cattle on a thousand hills

•   Who is able to help

•   We don’t know how to pray

•   We don’t know the right formula—the right words…

•   What is it that God wants to hear us pray?

•   We don’t know if our prayers are effective…

•   We feel as if the heavens are brass…

•   That our prayers are just so much words…

•   That they bounce off the clouds and never make it…

•   We don’t pray…

•   Sometimes it is a matter of feeling inadequate to the task…

•   Who am I to come before God to petition him for help?

•   Sometimes it is a matter of not feeling the need…

•   That we are self-sufficient—that we can overcome alone…

•   Thereby avoiding the humiliation of asking for help…

•   Most often it is simply a matter of not knowing how…

•   So we don’t ever start—we don’t ever begin…

•   And that is the role and function of the church…

•   The body of Christ—to show the way as Jesus did…

• Way.......................................................................

• 2So He said to them, “When you pray, say…”

•   Leading into “The people’s prayer!”

•   You want to know how… follow this model or pattern…

• “When you pray, say…”

Matthew 6:9

9In this manner, therefore, pray…

•   See, today I am establishing for you the pattern…

•   Follow this and you will be praying…

•   In accordance with the Father’s will and purpose

•   The promise is that when we pray in accord with his will…

•   Then nothing will be impossible to us…

•   Nothing will be denied to us…

•   If we ask for what the Father wants for us…

•   Then would he deny it to us…?

• Conclusion................................ motivating thrust

·   The longing created in the hearts of the disciples by the witness of Jesus. Does the witness of the scripture create a longing in our hearts to pray? Does our witness create a longing in the hearts of others?


----

[1]  Excerpted from The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Third Edition Copyright © 1992 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Electronic version licensed from Lernout & Hauspie Speech Products N.V., further reproduction and distribution restricted in accordance with the Copyright Law of the United States. All rights reserved.

02-09-22.02              vv                           zz              02-09-29.02

02-09-15.01                                                      02-10-06.01

Title:           “Lord, teach us to pray…”

D-Theme:   “The people’s prayer!”

M-Thrust:   The longing created in the hearts of the disciples by the witness of Jesus. Does the witness of the scripture create a longing in our hearts to pray? Does our witness create a longing in the hearts of others?

Comment:  spellbound—seven came to the altar to pray—Steve was very encouraging—said it was the best yet

Subject:     prayer

Date:          13A34904C90E47EE8B69FD1FA7201185

Text:           Luke 11:1-4

1Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.” 2So He said to them, “When you pray, say: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. 3Give us day by day our daily bread. 4And forgive us our sins, For we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one.”

• Introduction............................. dominating theme

•   30,000 feet vs. 5,000 feet

•   Sometimes it is necessary to have an overview…

•   Sometimes it is necessary to get down to ground level…

•   Which is what I intend to do between now and Thanksgiving

•   Get down to ground level with the ‘Lord’s prayer’…

•   A detailed look @ Jesus’s answer to the disciples plea…

•   Lord, teach us to pray!

•   An issue of semantics…

se·man·tics (sĭ-mănʹtĭks) noun

1.     The study or science of meaning in language. [1]

•   Pastor, why would you want to use that big word with us?

•   Well, words and their meaning are important…

•   How we understand things is important…

•   For example, on Sunday morning where do you go?

•   Most of us answer that we go to church!

•   But really, where we go is a building…

•   Where the church has determined to gather…

•   For what purpose do we gather…

•   For worship!

•   How would it change things semantically…

•   If, instead of saying, “I’m going to church…”

•   We would say, “I’m going to worship!”

•   How would it change things in the mind of the world…

•   To hear the church say that we are going to worship…

•   Rather than to hear us say that we are going to church?

•   So what’s your point pastor

•   My point is this… how do we refer to this prayer?

•   What does the heading of your Bible say…

•   My New King James Version translation calls this…

•   The Model Prayer

•   The New International Version refers to this as…

•   “Jesus’ Teaching on Prayer”

•   My computer database calls this…

•   “The Lord’s Prayer”

•   And isn’t that the way most of us refer to this? YES!

•   And perhaps it is a small thing…

•   Something not even to be messed with…

•   But what does that do in the mind of the average person…

•   When they begin to think semantically about this prayer?

•   It makes it someone else’s prayer…

•   There is a loss of ownership—a loss of connection…

•   There seems to be no point of identification

•   A response to a plea…

• Lord, teach us to pray!

•   Given in the imperative—a command to Jesus…

•   Suggesting to me that there was a great desire!

•   A great need and hunger…

•   This model prayer, Jesus’s teaching on prayer…

•   Comes in response to the plea on the part of a disciple…

•   And represents the disciples as a group…

•   And the need of all humanity…

• Lord, teach us to pray!

•   It is therefore not ‘The Lord’s Prayer’

•   Except from the standpoint that it is he who gave it…

•   No, rather, it is “The people’s prayer!”

•   It is my prayer—it is your prayer

•   It is the model by which Our Lord has taught us…

•   And all who will hear him—this is how you pray

•   This is “The people’s prayer!”

•   I want you to see if you can determine the keywords…

•   Of the points this morning…

• Witness.................................................................

• 1Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased… that one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.”

•   What is the witness of Jesus in regards to prayer?

•   What is his witness about the importance of prayer?

•   What was the witness he has left to the church…

•   And to all those who will take the time to seek…

•   The answer to all of those questions is…

•   Jesus was a man of prayer…

•   He was totally dependent, devoted, and dedicated…

•   to someone else… to another… to his heavenly Father…

•   The witness from the gospel of Luke…

Luke 3:21

21[…] Jesus also was baptized; and while He prayed, the heaven was opened.

Luke 5:16

He often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed.

Luke 6:12

Now it came to pass in those days that He went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.

Luke 9:18

And it happened, as He was alone praying, that His disciples joined Him

Luke 9:28-29

Now it came to pass […] that He took Peter, John, and James and went up on the mountain to pray. As he prayed, the appearance of his face was altered…

Luke 11:1

1Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.”

Luke 18:1

Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart

Luke 19:46

 “It is written, ‘My house is a house of prayer,’

Luke 22:32

“But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail;

Luke 22:41

And He was withdrawn from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and prayed,

Luke 22:44-45

And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.

•   The witness from the gospel of John

John 5:19

19 Jesus said, “[…] the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.

John 5:30

30I can of Myself do nothing. […] I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.

John 8:28

28[…] I do nothing of Myself; but as [He] taught Me, I speak

John 14:31

31[…] as the Father gave Me commandment, so I do…

• Want.....................................................................

• one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.”

•   The effect of the witness…

•   His witness exposed in the hearts of the disciples…

•   a deep want and need…

• Lord, teach us to pray!

•   Jesus’s witness revealed…

•   A desire, a yearning, a hunger, a longing

•   We want to pray—having communion with the Father

•   Because of the nature of man… created in God’s image…

•   There is that place in us all that yearns for fellowship…

•   With the divine creator—him who breathed life into clay…

•   Nothing else that will satisfy the longing of our heart…

•   Nothing will fill the void of our spirit man…

•   No one fills our heart like Jesus…

•   We need to pray—to have help outside of ourselves

•   To pray is to humble oneself and acknowledge weakness…

•   “I can’t do this alone—I need help!”

•   Unless the Lord helps us, we perish

Luke 8:24

24 they came and awoke Him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” He arose; rebuked the wind and the raging of the water. And they ceased, and there was a calm.

•   To do so acknowledges that we are not self-sufficient…

•   That we don’t have unlimited resources

•   That we need help

•   It also acknowledged that there is One who is all-sufficient

•   Who owns the cattle on a thousand hills

•   Who is able to help

•   We don’t know how to pray

•   We don’t know the right formula—the right words…

•   What is it that God wants to hear us pray?

•   We don’t know if our prayers are effective…

•   We feel as if the heavens are brass…

•   That our prayers are just so much words…

•   That they bounce off the clouds and never make it…

•   We don’t pray…

•   Sometimes it is a matter of feeling inadequate to the task…

•   Who am I to come before God to petition him for help?

•   Sometimes it is a matter of not feeling the need…

•   That we are self-sufficient—that we can overcome alone…

•   Thereby avoiding the humiliation of asking for help…

•   Most often it is simply a matter of not knowing how…

•   So we don’t ever start—we don’t ever begin…

•   And that is the role and function of the church…

•   The body of Christ—to show the way as Jesus did…

• Way.......................................................................

• 2So He said to them, “When you pray, say…”

•   Leading into “The people’s prayer!”

•   You want to know how… follow this model or pattern…

• “When you pray, say…”

Matthew 6:9

9In this manner, therefore, pray…

•   See, today I am establishing for you the pattern…

•   Follow this and you will be praying…

•   In accordance with the Father’s will and purpose

•   The promise is that when we pray in accord with his will…

•   Then nothing will be impossible to us…

•   Nothing will be denied to us…

•   If we ask for what the Father wants for us…

•   Then would he deny it to us…?

• Conclusion................................ motivating thrust

·   The longing created in the hearts of the disciples by the witness of Jesus. Does the witness of the scripture create a longing in our hearts to pray? Does our witness create a longing in the hearts of others?


----

[1]  Excerpted from The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Third Edition Copyright © 1992 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Electronic version licensed from Lernout & Hauspie Speech Products N.V., further reproduction and distribution restricted in accordance with the Copyright Law of the United States. All rights reserved.

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