Ok, back to tonights sermon. Brother Troy wanted to examine how and when Jesus prayed.
Luke 11 is referring to the Lord's Prayer. I hope I don't touch step on anyone with this, but it opened my eyes. The Lord's Prayer isn't meant to be a prayer, but a model prayer. In fact, that is what my bible titled this verse.
This is what the model prayer should be like:
- Pray for God our Father b/c His name is great and holy.
- Things on Earth need to be done to honor Him.
- The meaning of the words "give us our daily bread", isn't referring to our nourishment food wise, but by filling us whole with Jesus. He is the bread of life.
- Forgive others b/c he forgave us. Isn't that the truth!
- Pray for power to overcome our temptations.
Jesus started His day with prayer.
- Public prayer is NOT a substitute for private prayer. When you pray, you need to be alone, just you and Him. One on one with God.
- When praying, take up where you left off, instead of catching up and explaining where you have been.
- The more demanding life is, the more we should pray.
- Jesus prayed in the morning, in the middle of ministries, when He made huge decisions, and when there was a need. Shouldn't we?
- So many people wait until the last minute to pray. We have been blessed beyond measure. We should thank Him for our blessings, trials, health, and salvation.
Doing what I do, staying at home with kids, is very stressful, and I always say, I need a break. What I need to do, is get down on my knees, pray to God and ask for guidance. I need to open the Bible and read and study. I need to realize that I can help these children in the way He wants me to. I can introduce Him to them. I know a few know about Jesus. I have been able to teach one boy how to pray, and why we pray. I am teaching him who Jesus is and what He is all about. It makes me smile every time he wants to say the prayer!
I hope I have helped someone else along the lines of prayer. I know this sermon touched me.