Learning To Pray From Jesus



Learning to Pray From Jesus

(September 2013 - Week 1)

(1). Luke 18:9-14 9 To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable: 10 "Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: 'God, I thank you that I am not like other people--robbers, evildoers, adulterers--or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.' 13 "But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, 'God, have mercy on me, a sinner.' 14 "I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted." [Humble ourselves before God in prayer.]

(2). Matthew 19:13-15 Then people brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked them. 14 Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." 15 When he had placed his hands on them, he went on from there. [Pray for the children.]

(3). Matthew 26:41 Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. [Praying is a battle with our weak flesh.]

(4). John 11:41-43 So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, "Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 42 I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me." 43 When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, "Lazarus, come out!" [Praying is knowing that God always hears us.]

(5). “I determined to learn to pray so that my experience conformed to the words of Jesus rather than try to make his words conform to my impoverished experience.” [Richard J. Foster, Celebration of Discipline]

(6). Prayer thought: Hebrews 7:25 Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them. We continually learn to pray from Jesus because he continually lives to pray for us.