Summary: As much as we might like to, we just can’t measure up to the prayer life of Jesus. Because of the Fall, we need to re-learn what it means to communicate with God on His terms.
Re-learning to Pray
Via TV this week I met Meghan. The weekend after Megan’s high school homecoming she was in a horrible car accident that left her in a coma for several weeks. Now, she’s awake and only wants one thing-to graduate. The one word that motivated Megan and her entire family was “believe.” It became the mantra for fulfilling Megan’s wish. Megan met with expert doctors and started rehabilitation. She was determined to get up out of her wheelchair, walk across that stage and get her diploma! The entire town later gathered for Megan’s Graduation. The high school football field was once again transformed and almost all of Megan’s former classmates had returned to don their caps and gowns in her honor. Megan surprised them all by standing up and walking to receive her diploma. It was truly a miracle, but what caught my attention was how this high school track star had to re-learn to walk.
As we begin reading through NT, you will see that Jesus was in constant communication with His Father. Similar to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.
As much as we might like to, we just can’t measure up to the prayer life of Jesus. Because of the Fall, we need to re-learn what it means to communicate with God on His terms.
Just like Meghan re-learned to walk, we have to re-learn prayer.
The disciples had to re-learn prayer.
Disciples had been with Jesus 2 years when they asked, “Lord, teach us to pray.”
So if you haven’t learned to pray yet, don’t feel too bad. The disciples missed it too.
If Jesus were here today, I can hear us saying, Lord teach us to…
Raise money for your work
Do powerpoint more effectively
Praise and worship
Have a dynamic children’s ministry
Reach out to our community
Speak in tongues
Do miracles, etc.
Disciples said “Teach us to pray.”
Is any one of us proficient enough at prayer that we couldn’t use a refresher course from Jesus on prayer?
Jesus lays out two main lessons of prayer.
HONOR YOUR FATHER’S NAME
Our father, hallowed be thine name
Prayer starts with God, not us
Term of intimacy (Abba)
But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.
Syrian Phoenician woman whose daughter was possessed by evil spirit. Jesus told her that he needed to take care of his own family first and that it wouldn’t be right for him to take food from the children and give it to the dogs. She answered, “Even the dogs under the table are given some crumbs from the children’s plates.”
Who art in heaven: reminds us of His ultimate authority
Hallowed be thine name
“Thine name” Jewish people avoiding saying God’s holy name. When they wrote the name of God in any form they were to reverently wipe their pen, and wash their whole body before writing "Jehovah " lest that holy name should be tainted even in writing.
To sanctify, set apart, make special
Set apart as holy
Do we set God apart as Holy in our lives?
Set aside Sundays, quiet time, etc.
*In what ways are you setting Him apart as holy?