9/29/13 Luke 11:1-4
Our focus this morning is on the subject of prayer. Jesus gives another "show & tell" as He prays...then is asked by His friends to teach them to pray. In Robert Irvine style in Restaurant Impossible,, Jesus comes on the scene to promote a healthy, good view on the air we breath ... Prayer.
This is Luke's short version of the Lord's Prayer. Honest. Simple. Profound. Joyful truth about this most confusing subject.
Paul Miller has a fantastic thought about prayer, as he says: "Prayer mirrors the gospel –
The gospel, God’s free gift of grace in Jesus, only works when we realize we don’t have it all together. The same is true for prayer. The very thing we are allergic to—our helplessness—is what makes prayer work. It works because we are helpless. We can’t do life on our own.
Prayer mirrors the gospel. In the gospel, the Father takes us as we are because of Jesus and gives us his gift of salvation. In prayer, the Father receives us as we are because of Jesus and gives us his gift of help. We look at the inadequacy of our praying and give up, thinking something is wrong with us. God looks as the adequacy of his Son and delights in our sloppy, meandering prayers."