“What Jesus Demands From The World” – Daily Devotional (6/14/10): Demand #13 “Always Pray and Do Not Lose Heart”

Luke 18:1

Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.

Matthew 6:6-8

6But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 7And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

“Jesus intends to create a praying people.  His demand is clear, and the issue is so important that he tells us why, how, for whom, and what we are to pray (page 105).”  Even though we may think Jesus would be above the need to pray, he models it for us anyway.  He rose early in the morning to pray.  He sought time to be alone to pray.  He would sometimes spend the whole night in prayer.  In the end, he prepared for his suffering by prayer.

Why should we pray:  for God’s glory and for our joy.  We connect with God’s plan for us and can look back and see Him at work.  How are we to pray:  in simplicity, with perseverance and faith, in the name of Jesus, and not for the praise/attention of others.  For whom should we pray:  for ourselves (in our weakness) and for everyone else.  No one is to be excluded from our prayers intentionally.  Yes… even the person that probably just came to your mind.  What are we to pray for:  Jesus gives us a template or a format to follow and learn from.  We’ve come to know this as The Lord’s Prayer, which is recorded in Matthew 6:9-13:

9“This, then, is how you should pray:
” ‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10your kingdom come,
your will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
11Give us today our daily bread.
12Forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.”

Many books have been written about this prayer, especially in terms if Jesus meant for us to pray it word-for-word.  I believe it is very much a pattern to follow and learn from, but not a specific recipe to copy.  The adventure of prayer is worth undertaking for us and is invaluable as we grow closer to God.  Don’t let inexperience in praying or feelings of discomfort prevent you from reaching out to God in prayer.  In the person and example of Jesus, we are reminded that God is reaching out for us.

Blessings,

Pastor Josh

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