Sermon Summary:

There was a gentleman in my former congregation who, on his 85th birthday, asked me how to pray. I thought at first he was joking but realized that he was totally serious. He grew up the son of a pastor and always felt insecure about prayer. So he decided on his 85th birthday to ask his pastor about prayer.

I think there are many people similar to this. Christians who are unsure about prayer. There are lots of people who avoid prayer as a subject altogether because they are afraid to admit that they simply do not understand how to do it.

Well in the gospel of Luke chapter 11, Jesus’ disciples asked him to teach them how to pray. They had noticed that John the Baptist taught his disciples and so they wanted to learn from their teacher. So one day after Jesus had finished praying they asked him.

The first thing that I want you to notice is that they were watching him! They noticed his strong prayer life and wanted a similar prayer life. For us, we need to observe, as well, those people who have strong prayer lives. We need to take note of those men and women unafraid to pray and understand that prayer is a key ingredient in the Christian faith.

The second thing Jesus tells them is, “When you pray.” It is critical for us to understand Jesus believes we are already trying and praying. The text says “When” not “If” you pray. Perhaps you have heard to pray without ceasing. So pray to God even if you are uncertain about what to say or how to say it.

The third and final point from Luke 11 is our key. When Jesus begins to pray, he calls God Father. This means that Jesus has a relationship with God beyond mere casual conversation. This means that we don’t have to pray to some far away being but to someone who know us intimately. Someone who cares for us and wants us to succeed. Talk or pray to God like you’ve known God your entire life and you have no secrets or anything to hide. Pray to the Father in heaven like he is your close friend.

This is just a little of what was shared Sunday, September 6.

 

God bless,

Pastor Rhoden