I believe the video says it all. We had a great night full of toilets over flowing, strings breaking and power outages. We finished the sermon in the dark. Kudos to those who toughed it out!
Prayer, by definition, is communicating with God.
We communicate with God by speaking aloud,thinking silently, singing, journaling, meditating, etc.
Jesus prayed, and He is the perfect example of the perfect pray-er. In Luke chapter 11 we get to listen in, or eves drop on a private conversation between God the Father and Jesus the Son.
1 One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”
2 He said to them, “When you pray, say:
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come.
3 Give us each day our daily bread.
4 Forgive us our sins,
for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.
And lead us not into temptation.’”
From this passage we can gather two things. People don’t know how to pray… they have to learn. Here are the disciples, who have prayed, heard Jesus pray etc… but they still ask Jesus how to pray… there’s always something else to learn. The second thing we learn is that there’s no condemnation in needing to learn to pray.
There are potentially four kinds of people reading today.
Some of you are not Christians and don’t know how to pray like Jesus prayed.
Some of you are new Christians who are just figuring things out
Some of you Christians and you’ve been Christians for a while but you don’t pray often or that well and even now you may be feeling guilty that you don’t pray enough.
I always hear stories about men who walk holes into their rugs, or walk the varnish off of their wood floors. This is an unrealistic expectation that many people put on their lives. Yes, some people pray in this manner. However, one of the greatest men of God we’ve ever known, Smith Wigglesworth said, “I never pray more than 15 minutes, but I never go 15 minutes without praying.”
The other group are Christians who may pray very well… you may consider yourself a prayer warrior. However, there’s always something new to learn.
If you want to learn to pray; get around people who know how to pray. Prayer is often caught not taught, but if there were one perfect teaching this example in Luke 11 would be it.
The most important part will be what we focus on.
Our Father, who art in heaven.
If you want to learn to pray… to be a good prayer, get to know the father. Don’t focus on prayer, If you want to grow in prayer, focus on the Father.
Another way of looking at this would be: While driving, if you focus on the windshield, you will not drive well. You don’t focus on the windshield, you focus on your destination. In prayer, you don’t focus on the prayer itself, you focus on the receiver of the pray; the Father.