Learning To Pray From Peter



Learning to Pray From Peter
(September 2013 - Week 2)

(1). Luke 9:28, 32 About eight days after Jesus said this, he took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray. 29 32 Peter and his companions were very sleepy, but when they became fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him. [Peter got sleepy while praying.] Mark 14:39-40 Once more he (Jesus) went away and prayed the same thing. 40 When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. They did not know what to say to him. [Peter fell completely asleep while praying.] 1 Peter 4:7 The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. [Peter learned to be alert while praying and taught others to do the same.]

(2). Acts 10:9-14, 17-20 About noon the following day as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the roof to pray. 10 He became hungry and wanted something to eat, and while the meal was being prepared, he fell into a trance. 11 He saw heaven opened and something like a large sheet being let down to earth by its four corners. 12 It contained all kinds of four-footed animals, as well as reptiles and birds. 13 Then a voice told him, "Get up, Peter. Kill and eat." 14 "Surely not, Lord!" Peter replied. "I have never eaten anything impure or unclean." 17 While Peter was wondering about the meaning of the vision, the men sent by Cornelius found out where Simon's house was and stopped at the gate. 18 They called out, asking if Simon who was known as Peter was staying there. 19 While Peter was still thinking about the vision, the Spirit said to him, "Simon, three men are looking for you. 20 So get up and go downstairs. Do not hesitate to go with them, for I have sent them." [Peter prayed and listened.]

(3). Acts 9:36-41 In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (in Greek her name is Dorcas); she was always doing good and helping the poor. 37 About that time she became sick and died, and her body was washed and placed in an upstairs room. 38 Lydda was near Joppa; so when the disciples heard that Peter was in Lydda, they sent two men to him and urged him, "Please come at once!" 39 Peter went with them, and when he arrived he was taken upstairs to the room. All the widows stood around him, crying and showing him the robes and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was still with them. 40 Peter sent them all out of the room; then he got down on his knees and prayed. Turning toward the dead woman, he said, "Tabitha, get up." She opened her eyes, and seeing Peter she sat up. 41 He took her by the hand and helped her to her feet. Then he called for the believers, especially the widows, and presented her to them alive. [Peter prayed and acted from that praying.]

(4). “I thank God for the story of Peter. I do not know a man in the Bible who gives us greater comfort. When we look at his character, so full of failures, and at what Christ made him by the power of the Holy Spirit, there is hope for every one of us.” [Andrew Murray, The Collected Works and Sermons of Reverend Andrew Murray]

(5). Prayer thought: Though Peter knows that he is a sinful man, fears drowning in the waves, falls asleep while praying, and denies Jesus at his arrest, Peter recognizes Jesus’ authority and position as his Lord. After the resurrection Peter is filled with the Spirit, continues his relationship with Jesus in prayer, and confidently follows his Lord’s leading from that prayer.