Join in with what God is doing. Prayer is making God's will real here.
How to Get There
- Jesus had just finished praying. The disciples knew that they wanted to be like Jesus. And so they asked Jesus how to pray.
- Prayer is critical to faith. The disicples knew that. We need to as well.
- Being like Jesus partly meant praying like Jesus.
- Many of us don't think we pray well, though. We're terrified of messing it up. But prayer isn't a vending machine or a magic spell that we say the right things in the right about and magic happens. We do it wrong and horrible things happen, or maybe just nothing because we didn't use the right word.
- Prayer is not twisting God's arm to do something special, it's not a formula we can use to force God to act. It's not even about making our lives better through God's power.
- Jesus' prayer shows what prayer should be like.
- We don't use words like "hallowed" anymore. It's a request that people honor and worship God everywhere.
- God's kingdom is another confusing thing, but Matthew clears it up somewhat by adding "your desires be followed on earth like it is in heaven." God's kingdom is everywhere God's will is followed.
- The first part of the prayer, the place of importance in Greek, is about asking that God's will become reality everywhere in the world, including ourselves.
- Prayer at its' heart is not about making the world like we want it, but about making this place, ourselves, this world, more fully God's. We make our place better for God, not have God make our place betetr for ourselves.
- What we ask first when we pray this prayer is that God's will fully becomes reality all over the world, but especially in us. We submit ourselvs to God.
Things to Watch For
Most people are not familiar with Luke's version of the Lord's prayer. It is Matthew's version that most people learn, which is longer. Some people also still know the even longer version from the King James translation, arrived at from a different original text entirely. Make sure you have looked at the differences between these prayers before preaching on it, because you can bet there will be questions.
When originally preached, I used a paraphrase I had written for the occasion to help people udnerstand it better. '"“It happened that Jesus was off someplace praying, and when he had finished some of his disciples came to him and said “master, teach us how we can pray, just like John taught his disciples So Jesus told them, “when you’re praying say ‘dear father, I pray that you may be recognized by all people as the holy God you are. May where you reign as Lord extend to right here. Give us what we need to survive another day and forgive us for our sins because we’re forgiving everyone who isn’t treating us like we deserve. Finally, please don’t bring us into temptation."
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|Daniel Praying to God instead of king Darius||Image|
|Students gathering to pray around their school's flagpole||Image|
|The wailing wall in Jerusalem, the last remnants of the temple wall.||Image|
This Message is part 14 of Luke: Advent to Easter message series.