Sermon – November 19, 2017: “Expressing Through Prayer”

Luke 11:1-13
Matthew 6:5-15

Parallel Account
Matthew 6:9-13
Context is Sermon on the Mount.

  • Luke’s reason for recording
    • These three stories focus on relationships moving from relationship with fellow man, relationship with Jesus to relationship with God.
    • Luke stresses the inherent relationship between how one reacts to people and how one relates to God.
  • Matthew’s prologue
    • Prayer is communication between you and God only. (Matt 6:5-6)
    • God is concerned with the attitude of your prayer and not the language. (Matt 6:7-8)
  • The expressions of the Lord’s prayer
    • “Hallowed be your name” – Recognize who you are praying to: there is no one like God.
    • “Your kingdom come” – Recognize God’s sovereignty: only God’s will matters.
    • “Give us each day our daily bread” – Recognize God’s provision: God provides the essentials.
    • “and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us” – Recognize God’s grace and mercy: God has forgiven us and enables us to forgive others.
    • Matthew’s epilogue – God will not forgive us if we don’t forgive others. (Matt 6:14-15).
    • “And lead us not into temptation” – Recognize God’s power over evil: God helps us bear up under temptation.
  • Luke’s epilogue
    • Be persistent in prayer: persistence reveals we are serious about our request. (Luke 11:5-8)
    • Persistence helps us learn and accept God’s will. (Luke 11:9-10)
    • Depend upon God: he answers prayers. (Luke 11:11-12)
    • We need the Holy Spirit to guide us in praying according to and understanding God’s will. – (Luke 11:13)
  • The Transformation Expectation
    • We must pray!
    • Make daily time to spend with God in prayer.

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