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The Greatest Prayer Ever Prayed - Luke 11:1-13 PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Tsang   
Monday, 07 May 2018 12:10

 

Eugene Lee's sermon explored Jesus's practical, wise teaching on prayer in Luke 11:1-13. Of course prayer has a lot to do with our asking God to give us what we want and need, but Eugene shows how this isn't the whole story.

 

First of all, prayer starts with relationship - “Our Father” - which reflects how Jesus taught that loving God is more important than doing things for God.

 

Secondly, prayer also starts with worship - “hallowed be your name.” Though our hearts are always telling us they want certain things, more important than getting those things is having our hearts transformed so we'll love God more than all those things. That's why worship is even more important than petition.

 

 

Thirdly, the part of prayer that asks for what we want - “give us our daily bread” - is balanced with the request for forgiveness, because our happiness and health actually depend more than anything on a happy and healthy relationship with God.

 

Jesus's short parables that follow the teaching on prayer show clearly that desperate prayer is effective, so we certainly shouldn't clam up when we really want or need something, but the parables also show that what we want and need most of all is actually God: “your Father in heaven [will] give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (v. 13). So the foundation of prayer is that God wants to give Himself to us – and God has actually given Himself to us, leaving his kingly home, in Christ.

 

(Reflections of the sermon by Steve Ney)

 

Last Updated on Monday, 07 May 2018 12:17