Summary: A study of how Christ taught us pray and what it means to our daily prayer life.
Scripture Ref: Luke 11:1-13
Other References: The Believer’s Bible Commentary
Based in part on a message by Bob Deffinbaugh
a. Trinity Baptist Church is taking a bold journey—a journey of faith, a journey of love, and with God’s help, a journey of growth.
b. We can’t, however, take this trip all by ourselves; we need a champion. That champion will willingly come to our aid, but he likes to hear us ask for his help.
c. So, the question I start this message with this morning is, “What is the proper way to ask God for his help? Is there a magic formula?”
d. Over the course of my life, I have attended a number of churches where the “Lord’s Prayer” is often used as a prayer. While I won’t say using it this way is inappropriate, I tend to believe that that wasn’t its intended purpose.
e. In Matthew’s account, the Lord’s Prayer is preceded by these words:
Matthew 6:7-9a: And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. "This, then, is how you should pray:
f. Notice that Christ does not say “This, then is what you should pray…,” but, rather, “This, then, is how you should pray.”
g. I believe the Lord’s prayer is a model for us to follow when we pray.
h. This morning, I am going to focus on how, I believe, the scriptures teach us to pray.
2. The Textual Outline
a. Read Luke 11:1-13
b. Today’s text can be easily outlined.
(1) V1 — The disciple’s request — “Lord, teach us to pray.”
(2) Vv 2-4 —Prayer’s Content
(3) Vv 5-13 — The disciple’s incentive for prayer
3. The Disciple’s Request
a. Re-read Verse 1
b. This is another of the frequent references by Luke to the prayer life Jesus.
c. It fits in with Luke's purpose in presenting Christ as the Son of Man, constantly depending on God His Father.
d. The disciples sensed that prayer was a real and vital force in the life of Jesus, and as they heard Him pray, it made them want to pray too.
e. So one of His disciples asked that He would teach them to pray. He did not say, “Teach us how to pray,” but rather “Teach us to pray.” The request includes both the fact and the method.
(1) Subject of prayer raised by one of the disciples, rather than Jesus. Why? Was it because Jesus wanted the disciples to conclude on their own how important prayer is. Jesus was ready and willing to teach on prayer, but only when His disciples were eager to learn. Motivation cannot be higher for learning when the student asks the teacher to teach.
(2) Jesus knew the power of a good example is greater than that of a long speech. Jesus’ prayer life prompted the disciple to ask Him to teach them to do the same. It is easy to ask someone who has demonstrated expertise to share it with others.