Prayer

                                                                    Introduction   Luke 11:1-13

 

Communication is the most important issues in a relationship. This holds true with your Heavenly Father but just how does one open communication with God. Many religious teach that itís done by sacrifice or lifestyle. Many cults teach that by following their rules you will please God. The answer is to pray, itís that simple.

 

 

1. The Need=Teach us to Pray   (Luke 11:1-13)

        The disciples asked to be taught to pray, a need that affects all men.

        Man does not know how to approach God

        We have a need to touch God in prayer and our desire is to learn

1.      Jesus immediately acknowledges this need and begins his training

2.      It is the will of God to have an open relationship with man, this is Godís heart.

3.      Man was created as a companion to God; there is a need for love.

4.      Deut 6:5,  Deut 11:1, Josh 23:11 and Matt 22:36-40

5.      God enjoys your presents, he rejoices when a saints prays, it touches his heart.

6.      The need is ours but also God

 

2.      Our father   (VS 2)

        Prayer need to be a personal lifestyle, this means you have to cultivate intimacy, Ex. Marriage.

In a marriage, the best times are when you are alone and share one anotherís presents.

1.      Godís will, the will of God is what you must ask for

        Remember Ė It is a kingdom you are a part of and God is The Lord and Savior.

        God is very concern about souls and wants you also to acknowledge this

        His Kingdom on this land, holiness, authority, mercy and salvation

2.      Godís manna, Matt 4:3-4 Ė We need his life or words in our heart and daily.

3.      Godís forgiveness, understand that you are still a sinner and need to know that it is his grace.

        This helps us to remain humble before our father

        Understand the cost of your forgiveness was God in the flesh upon Calvaryís cross

        Forgiveness was not free it cost God, the worst the world had to offer.

        You also must have a forgiving heart

4.      Godís guidance, Helps us in our walk in this world

        (VS 4) Keep us from evil thru the Word of God, we must pray that we obey him

        Trust, faith and obedience in our prayer life, I think this is to remind us to keep his laws

        Deliver us for evil, we are always dependant on Godís direction in our lives

 

 

3.      Boldness of prayer

        Jesus immediate answers with a parable of the friends

1.      You must come to God and ask, this is his will. For you to be vocal (VS. 9-10)

        It pleases God for to give his children gifts, whatever they may be.

        We feel that we should not ask God for blessings, to be satisfied where you at. (Phil 4:11) like Paul

        It is not a sin to desire to improve yourself, as long as you follow the first commandment

        The bottom line is when you follow these rules of prayer God will give you a heart after him

1.      The rest shall be added unto you because you will develop a heart after God thru prayer

2.      You must find the mind of God is what prayer is, his glory not yours

        (1Kings 3:5-15) Ė Solomonís prayer serves as our example, God first and then his people

        God grants Solomonís request plus riches and all his hearts desire.

1.      We know the rest of the story.

 

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Luke 11:1-13

11:1 And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.

2 And he said unto them, when ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.

3 Give us day by day our daily bread.

4 And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.

5 And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves;

6 For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him?

7 And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee.

8 I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth.

9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.

10 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

11 If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?

12 Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?

13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?

 

Deut 6:5

5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

 

Deut 11:1

11:1 Therefore thou shalt love the LORD thy God, and keep his charge, and his statutes, and his judgments, and his commandments, alway.

 

Josh 23:11

11 Take good heed therefore unto yourselves, that ye love the LORD your God.

 

Matt 22:36-40

36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?

37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

38 This is the first and great commandment.

39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

 

Matt 4:3-4

3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.

4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

 

 Philippians 4:11

 

11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.

 

1 Kings 3:5-15

 

5 In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee.

6 And Solomon said, Thou hast shewed unto thy servant David my father great mercy, according as he walked before thee in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with thee; and thou hast kept for him this great kindness, that thou hast given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day.

7 And now, O LORD my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in.

8 And thy servant is in the midst of thy people which thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude.

9 Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?

10 And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing.

11 And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment;

12 Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee.

13 And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked, both riches, and honour: so that there shall not be any among the kings like unto thee all thy days.

14 And if thou wilt walk in my ways, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as thy father David did walk, then I will lengthen thy days.

15 And Solomon awoke; and, behold, it was a dream. And he came to Jerusalem, and stood before the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and offered up burnt offerings, and offered peace offerings, and made a feast to all his servants.

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