The Lord's Lessons on Prayer
I. THE LORD TEACHES ABOUT POSITION OF PRAYER
II. THE LORD TEACHES PRAYER IS PARTICULARIZED
III. THE LORD TEACHES PRAYER IS PETITIONAL
IV. IV. THE LORD TEACHES PRAYER IS PRESERVATIVE
V. V.THE LORD JESUS TEACHES PRAYER IS PROJECTING
About 20 years ago, Time Magazine featured on its cover 5 missionary families & honored them for their many years of devoted service to others. One of those was the J. Russell Morse family. J. Russell went back just as the communists were taking the interior of China.
It wasn't long until communist soldiers came to get him, & they said, "Come with us." He asked, "Can I take some clothing & bedding with me?" They said, "No, you won't need anything. We'll take good care of you." But in his memoirs he later wrote that he knew they weren't telling the truth.
For 18 months he was held in a communist prison, with 15 of those months spent in solitary confinement. His small cell had no window, only a small hole high up to let in a little bit of light & air, & no bed, just filthy straw on the floor.
For 15 months he was never able to see or speak to anyone. Just once a day a small panel was opened in the bottom of his cell door & a bowl of food shoved through. He had no Bible, nothing to read. They had even taken away his glasses, so that he could barely see.
In his memoirs he later wrote, "The only things that helped me keep my sanity during that period were the Bible verses & hymns I had memorized. And the one verse that kept me going the most was Philippians 4:6: 'don't be anxious about anything. Pray about everything, & with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.'"
He wrote, "If there was ever a time to be anxious, it was when I was in that prison. And if there ever was a time when it was difficult to pray & be thankful, it was then. But I kept repeating those words in my mind over & over again."
When J. Russell Morse came out of the prison, he didn't have to be deprogrammed because God gave him the peace that transcends all understanding.
On a grassy hillside on the Sea of Galilee Christ gave His disciples a pattern prayer that we now call the Lord's Prayer.
I.THE LORD TEACHES ABOUT POSITION OF PRAYER
"Our Father in Heaven"- Relationship
"Hallowed be thy name"-Reverence
1. The term "Father" indicates a personal and intimate relationship between Him and me. God is OUR FATHER. This prayer is not for the unconverted. It is for the converted to "take it to the Lord in prayer."
Donald Guthrie in New Testament Theology (p83) puts it well when he says:
We need to enquire what "fatherhood" means when applied to God. As far as believers are concerned, it means that God is the source of their spiritual life and pours out his love upon them.
He is concerned with their welfare (Rom 8:28) and also with their discipline (Heb 12:5 "Our Father," inevitably designates that we have a distinctive relati ...
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