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Summary: Jesus teaches us how to pray. Prayer is important and is of High priority.

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Luke 11: 1-13 Prayer

Opening Prayer, May the words of my mouth and the meditation of all our hearts are pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer. Amen.

This morning’s Gospel is on prayer.

How would you define prayer?

The dictionary defines prayer as a reverent petition made to God. It is an act of communion with God, such as in devotion, confession, praise, or thanksgiving.

That sounds about right.

Many wonder is prayer important if so what priority should we place on prayer?

To answer these questions we can look at John the Baptist who was the greatest of all prophets according to Jesus (Luke 7:28).

As we know from Scripture John the Baptist was totally dependant on prayer.

Also, Scripture tells us that Jesus Christ the perfect Son of God depended on prayer.

So how much more do you and I need to pray?

The fact is the reason John the Baptist and Jesus prayed so much is that they understood that prayer is the provision for every need and the solution to every problem.

Prayer is what nourishes our spiritual relationship with God.

One day at a staff lunch at the White House, Lyndon Johnson’s press Secretary, Bill Moyers was saying grace. The President shouted out, speak up Bill! I can’t hear a thing. Mr. Moyers quietly replied, I was not addressing you Mr. President.

It is good to remind ourselves that when we pray, we talk to God.

So YES prayer is important, very important and is of the highest priority!

Martin Luther wrote the head of the family shall teach their household to say morning and evening prayers"

In the morning, when you rise, make the sign of the cross and I say, "In the name of God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen."

Then, kneeling or standing, say the Apostles' Creed and the

Lord's Prayer.

Then you may say this prayer:

"I give Thee thanks, heavenly Father, through thy dear Son Jesus Christ, that Thou hast protected me through the night from all harm and danger. I beseech Thee to keep me this day, too, from all sin and evil, that in all my thoughts, words, and deeds I may please Thee. Into thy hands I commend my body and soul and all that is mine. Let

thy holy angels have charge of me, that the wicked one may have no power over me. Amen."

In the evening, when you retire, make the sign of the cross and say, "In the name of God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen."

Then, kneeling or standing, say the Apostles' Creed and the Lord's Prayer. Then you may say this prayer:

"I give Thee thanks, heavenly Father, through thy dear Son Jesus Christ, that Thou hast this day graciously protected me. I beseech Thee to forgive all my sin and the wrong which I have done. Graciously protect me during the coming night. Into thy hands I commend my body and soul and all- that is mine. Let thy holy angels have charge of me, that the wicked one may have no power over me. Amen."

Then quickly lie down and sleep in peace.

You may have noticed that both in today’s Gospel and also in the Martin Luther quotes from the Book of Concord the Lord’s Prayer is a prayer that we are told to say.


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