Aug 1 - Prayer Life of Jesus 8

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1 Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when He finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John also taught his disciples.” 2 He said to them, “Whenever you pray, say: Father, Your name be honored as holy.

Your kingdom come. 
3 Give us each day our daily 
4 And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves also forgive everyone in debt to us.
 And do not bring us into temptation.”   ~Luke 11:1-4

I refer to this as “The Lord’s Prayer Lite" 

There are two versions of the Lord’s Prayer given in the Gospels:
The Lord's Prayer Regular is in Matt 6, and contains 75 words.
This prayer in Luke 11:2-4 contains only 41 words.
Therefore, its the Lord's Prayer Lite!
It really gets down to the basics!

The prayer life of Jesus impressed His disciples. They saw that He had a consistency, a reality, a power in prayer that they did not. And they desired it. So they asked Him to teach them to pray, so that they could pray like He prayed.

This prayer therefore gives us an outline of the kind of prayers that Jesus prayed. What’s here?

  • First, divine relationship! God is to be approached as our loving, protecting, providing Heavenly Father.
  • Second, Kingdom focus. The passion our prayers shouldn't be the building our own little kingdom... the passion of Jesus-praying is to see God’s Kingdom come! Its not jus about me!
  • Third, provision. Its not wrong to pray for ourselves and ask for our needs to be met... its just not first or solely. Notice Jesus isn’t recommending that we ask for luxuries, but necessities. 
  • Fourth, human relationships. We may go into prayer with some bitterness, anger, resentment, or unforgiveness in our hearts, but we dare not come out of prayer with them.
  • Fifth, spiritual power to overcome the temptations of evil (moral and spiritual compromise) in our lives, our church, and our culture. 

Its what Jesus prayed for. 
How much do my prayers reflect this prayer-pattern of my Master?


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