Teach us to Prayer – 3
How do we pray that the Kingdom would come?
You do not have because you do not ask God.
7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
9 “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 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!Mat 7:7-11
In 2014 the Evangelical Alliance did a research on 1500 believers on their devotional life.
- 87 per cent of those surveyed agreed that every Christian needs to spend time alone with God on a daily basis, and that without that their faith will suffer.
- 90 per cent said they read the Bible regularly.
- 31 per cent said they set aside time each day to pray.
18 per cent said they do not have a fixed pattern of prayer but rather pray when the chance or need arises. (This figure rises to 29 per cent among those born after 1980.)
- “Older people (those born before 1960) are significantly more disciplined and structured in their prayer patterns”
Why do believers find it hard to pray?
A. Lack of discipline
- Find a time to pray
Adam and Eve met with the Lord in the cool of the day. When is the heat off your day.
B. Form a prayer list
- Our prayers need to ripple out: Me, spouse, children, family, church, community, world.
C. Misunderstanding of the sovereignty of God.
- Absolute Sovereignty: God is in control over the events of the world. If something happens on this planet it is because God wills it. Scripture seems to show us that God is in charge not in control. eg.
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
2 Peter 3:9
2. Pray, pray
1 Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. 2 He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. 3 And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’
4 “For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, 5 yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’”
6 And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. 7 And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off?8 I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”
14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.
1 John 5:14-15
Graham Cooke says that God only relates to us according to our persona not our personality.
Our personality is: Who the earth says we are.
Personality based prayers sound like:
- If it be your will
Our persona is who Heaven says we are:
Persona based prayers sound like:
- Mountain move
Jesus sent His disciples out to preach the Kingdom He told them to tell people “The Kingdom is near” (Mat 10:7/Luke 11:9).
This was the great announcement = God’s rule in Jesus has come.
Other Sermons In This Series
June 13, 2018
May 29, 2018
June 05, 2018