Pray: In Relationship
What would it have been like to hang out with Jesus?
Luke 5:15-16 The report of Jesus power spread even faster, and vast crowds came to hear him preach and to be healed of their diseases. But Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer.
Luke 6:12 One day soon afterward Jesus went up on a mountain to pray, and he prayed to God all night.
Luke 9:18 One day Jesus left the crowds to pray alone. Only his disciples were with him
Luke 9:28-36 About eight days later Jesus took Peter, John, and James up on a mountain to pray. And as he was praying, the appearance of his face was transformed, and his clothes became dazzling white
Luke 11:1-2 Once Jesus was in a certain place praying. As he finished, one of his disciples came to him and said, “Lord, teach us to pray
Jesus prayed a lot!
Why do I need to pray?
Our age is the most difficult age to pray
Prayer may be the most important thing in our life with Jesus
Prayer is a spiritual discipline
Spiritual disciplines are a means to an end and not an end in themselves
Prayer is a means to an end… Building our living relationship with God
Prayer is talking to God about what we are doing together. Dallas Willard
Revelation 3:20 Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.
1 John 3:1 See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are!
Rom. 8:38-39 Yes, I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor ruling spirits, nothing now, nothing in the future, no powers, nothing above us, nothing below us, nor anything else in the whole world will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Heart’s position when we pray?
Matt. 7:9-11 “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
Hallowed is your name, Holy is your name
Your kingdom come; your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Praying God’s goodness to a world of people he loves.
Prayer brings God’s goodness, love, holiness to a world he loves
Why did Jesus pray so much? He missed his dad. Pray heaven down to people.
Why should we pray? Enjoy God’s presence. Pray heaven down to people.
Move from a practice to a pleasure
Enjoy God’s presence. Pray heaven down to people.