Sermon Transcript – What Prayer Is and Isn’t

Series C – Tenth Sunday After Pentecost – Sunday, July 24, 2016 | Pr. Chris Rosebrough

Welcome to the Teaching Ministry of Kongsvinger Lutheran Church. Kongsvinger is a beacon for the Gospel of Jesus Christ and is located on the plains of Northwestern Minnesota.
We proclaim Christ and Him crucified for our sins and salvation by grace through faith alone, and now, here’s a message from Pastor Chris Rosebrough:
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0:26The holy Gospel According to Saint Luke
0:31chapter 11 verses 1 through 13. now Jesus was praying in a certain place
0:37and when he finished one of his disciples said to him Lord teach us to pray as John taught his disciples and he
0:44said to them when you pray say father Hallowed Be Your Name Your Kingdom come
0:51give us each day our daily bread and forgive us our sins for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us
0:58and lead us not into temptation and he said to them which of you who has a
1:04friend will go to him at midnight and say to him friend let me three loaves for a friend of mine has arrived on a
1:11journey and I have nothing to set before him and he will answer from within do not bother me the door is now shut and
1:18my children are all in bed with me and I cannot get up and give you anything I tell you though he will not get up and
1:24give him anything because he is his friend yet because of his impudence he will rise and give him whatever he needs
1:31and I tell you ask and it will be given to you seek and
1:36you will find knock and it will be open for you for everyone who asks receives
1:42the one who seeks finds and the one who knocks it will be opened what father
1:48among you if his son asks for a fish will instead of a fish give him a serpent or if he asks for an egg we’ll
1:55give him a scorpion if you then who are evil know how to
2:00give good gifts to your children how much more will the heavenly father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him in
2:08the name of Jesus amen brothers and sisters there is a lot of false teaching when it comes to
2:14prayer if you’ve watched Christian television or listened to Christian radio there is a good chance that you have been exposed to literally false and
2:22dangerous teaching as it relates to prayer today we’re going to use the occasion of Our Gospel text to address
2:28what is and what isn’t Christian prayer and we’ll begin if you would with kind
2:35of the negative Concepts but let us return again to Our Gospel text and note
2:40very carefully what Jesus and God’s word teaches us regarding praying to God our
2:46Father here’s what the text says now Jesus was praying in a certain place and when he
2:52finished one of his disciples said to him Lord teach us to pray as John
2:59taught his disciples it’s important to note Jesus God in human flesh the Son of God
3:05was a man of prayer and this may be seen from his withdrawals for prayer His
3:11blessings at meals his prayers at exorcisms and his prayers at healings
3:18he finds Assurance in prayer Jesus prays for his disciples and he gains help in
3:24prayer especially during his sufferings on the cross for your sins and mine
3:30in the Gospel of John his prayer at the raising of Lazarus convinces those around him of his Divine Mission his
3:36praying is so much an attitude that individual acts seem to be secondary
3:41Christian prayer then we must understand this is the certainty of being heard by
3:49God in virtue of his love and his Mercy for us so that all things might be brought to
3:55him let me say that again Christian prayer is the certainty of being heard in
4:02virtue of God’s love and mercy for us so Jesus said to them when you pray
4:09say that doesn’t seem very explosive does it but the reality is is that what
4:15Jesus just said is very explosive in light of the many false doctrines regarding prayer today
4:22Jesus In Our Gospel text reinforces the fact that Christian prayer requires Faith requires certainty in God’s love
4:30and tender care for his sons and daughters and he uses the word specifically
4:37now I don’t try to Vex you with Greek I understand the Greek well it seems like
4:43Greek to you but I think it’s important that we understand something here the Greek word for prayer Pros eukamai it
4:50literally means to petition a deity to pray to ask to beseech it is petitionary
4:59prayer it is an invocation of God
5:05is not a two-way conversation where the expectation is that you talk to God the
5:13same way that you speak to a friend or a relative and this point will be further driven home as we work through this text
5:20now the false teaching regarding prayer along these lines works this way you’ve
5:25probably heard it said that Christianity is not a religion it is a relationship and this is a true statement if by the
5:33statement you mean that Christianity is not a set of man-made Rules by which we
5:38follow them and climb the ladder to God instead it is a relationship with God
5:43that is based on faith and all the things that Christ has done for us to
5:50secure our Salvation we were born with a bad relationship with God because of our sin and Christ has died for our sins and
5:58calls us to repent and to be forgiven if that is what you mean by Christianity is not a religion it is a relationship then
6:05that is a fine statement to say but what ends up happening within evangelicalism
6:11is that people take this concept don’t rightly Define it and then start
6:17extrapolating doctrines from the slogan itself well Christianity is not a
6:22religion it’s a relationship they say so let me ask you what kind of relationship
6:27would it be if every time you spoke to God you didn’t give him the opportunity to say what’s on his mind
6:34can you imagine what kind of a marriage you would have if every time you’re with your spouse and you sit down and you
6:40talk and all you did was unload on your spouse all the things that you’re thinking and feeling and need and then
6:46never gave your wife or spouse the opportunity to say a word back you’d have a terrible relationship the
6:53argument goes and so people are taught wrongly the
6:59prayer kind of goes like this sit down you open up your Bible you have
7:04your quiet time and then you go to God in prayer and then you express to God your desires your needs your hurts your
7:11habits whatever it is that you’re looking for healing in your life and then you pause and you listen
7:19for that still Small Voice where then God will speak to you in the wind or
7:24maybe somewhere in your heart and Whisper things to you what’s on his mind
7:30this is not what scripture says prasukumai the Greek word totally rules
7:36that out and the rest of our pericope rules that out as well because Jesus in
7:43the latter half of our gospel text reinforces that prayer requires us to
7:48believe and to trust that God hears us that when we ask we receive when we seek
7:57we find this calls for Faith right
8:02another thing prayer is not an exercise in decreeing and declaring
8:12right you’re thinking decreeing and declaring if you have not run into this teaching you will
8:17it is growing in popularity and it’s demonic here’s how people are being taught to
8:23pray nowadays do you have an issue in your life maybe you haven’t found your
8:28spouse yet maybe you’re having trouble with your finances oh you’re the weather hasn’t been so good with your farm well
8:34here’s what you need to do you need to activate your faith and the way you do
8:40that is you stand up and You Begin decreeing and declaring I declare that I
8:48will find the perfect spouse I declare that my finances are going to be amazing
8:54that I will be prosperous and wise and healthy I declare that the weather will
8:59stop being ornery and that the sun will shine appropriately and only the right amount of rain will fall on my crops
9:08people are being taught that this is Christian prayer Jesus says
9:15and you will receive he does not say decree and declare and things will come
9:20into being behind the doctrine of decreeing and declaring as a prayer
9:26is the false doctrine that you are a little God that you are a little deity and just as
9:34God spoke the universe into existence by saying let there be light and there was light let the Earth produce plants and
9:41it did you too can create things in your life with your powerful words because you are made of God’s stuff
9:50is patently false if you ever hear a Christian minister teaching you to do
9:56these things stop listening to that Minister it doesn’t matter how many
10:02other things he’s gotten right what he’s teaching you is demonic and teaching you
10:07that you are a little God avoid him nor is prayer listen to this one a
10:15matter of unplugging your conscious mind there’s a practice known as practicing
10:21the presence of God and what it requires you to do is turn your brain off and
10:26then soak in the spirit in the presence of God kind of like well working on your suntan
10:34so pull out your spiritual Shay’s lounge and sit there and soak up the Rays of
10:41the sun this time the sun is the Son of God and just bake in the presence of God
10:48scripture nowhere teaches you to do this either in fact Jesus says when you pray
10:53say which means your brain is engaged it’s
10:59not unplugged okay unless of course you’re prone to just speaking without having your brain in gear which is a
11:06very dangerous thing to do at least that’s what I’ve found in my life so now that we know what Christian
11:12prayer is not lot is said there when you pray say
11:17prasukumai you are petitioning you are asking you are humbly confessing you are
11:23creature in need of God in need of what he has that you have
11:28nothing and that he has everything so what is Christian prayer well in prayer Christians pray according to
11:36scripture with one eye opened and looking toward Christ’s return at the
11:42end of the world first Peter 4 7 makes this clear where Peter says the end of
11:47all things is at hand therefore be self-controlled sober minded for the sake of your
11:54prayers yeah when’s the end of the world
11:59tomorrow which tomorrow I don’t know but it will be tomorrow
12:04it’s coming Christ is at the door so be self-controlled and sober minded for the
12:11sake of your prayers should we stand when we pray or should we kneel when we pray scripture
12:17encourages both in Mark 11 25 Jesus says whenever you stand praying notice he
12:23says stand forgive if you have anything against anyone so that your father also who is in heaven May forgive you your
12:30trespasses but prayer can also be done on our knees we see this in Acts chapter
12:3621 verses 5 through 6. when our days were ended we departed and went on our
12:42journey and they all with the wives and children accompanied us until we were
12:47outside the city and then kneeling down on the beach notice it says kneeling we
12:53prayed and said farewell to one another then we went on board the ship
12:59and they returned home there was a day when it was very common to see kneelers in churches
13:10unfortunately that day is not today it’s very rare to see anybody kneel for
13:17prayer and yet scripture so clearly teaches that this is a good way to pray
13:25scripture also reveals that Christians are to honor each other especially husbands are to honor their wives for
13:32the very sake of their prayers Peter writes in First Peter 3 7 husbands
13:38live with your wives in an understanding way showing honor to the woman as the
13:44weaker vessel since they are heirs with you of the grace of life and the reason for this is so that your prayers may not
13:50be hindered have you ever stopped to think the way you treat your spouse
13:56could hinder your prayers in prayer Christians are to avoid
14:02foolishness we learn this from James Chapter 4 verses 1 through 10 where James writes he writes what causes
14:09quarrels and what causes fights among you you Christians is it not this that
14:15your passions are at War within you the passions he’s referring to are the
14:21desires the sinful and deceitful desires of our sinful flesh
14:27you desire and you don’t have so you murder you covet and you cannot obtain so you
14:35fight and you quarrel you do not have because you do not ask and you ask and
14:44you do not receive because you ask wrongly wrongly to spend it on your passions oh
14:51you adulterous people how’d the song go oh Lord won’t you buy
14:57me a Mercedes bands please God don’t answer that prayer
15:05what do you need a Mercedes-Benz for and why would you ask God for it so that you can let everybody know and
15:12Telegraph to them how big your bank account is how wealthy you are how
15:18important you is God answers that prayer it’s not because
15:24he’s had mercy on you it’s because he’s turned you over to your sinful Passions
15:30right you do not have because you ask wrongly
15:35to spend it on your passions oh you adulterous people do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with
15:43God so the person who tells you on Christian radio or television that God wants you
15:51to be the head and not the tale the god the way he demonstrates his love for us
15:56is by making your bank account fat giving you a Bentley and a mansion in an
16:03Olympic-sized swimming pool and a well a private island in Tahiti
16:09the scripture makes this clear that man is lying to you and if you ever
16:15hear a Christian Minister preach this way turn him off forever
16:21he’s sending you to hell do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity
16:26with God and you want to know what the world’s all about just pick up well one
16:31of those fashion magazines it could be Vogue or GQ or Esquire or even Men’s
16:38Health right and what is the magazine filled with oh the latest fashions the most amazing
16:46watches and jewelry all things designed to let everybody know how fashionable you are how
16:54affluent you are aren’t you great you want to be noticed by people you want
17:00people to think the best about you based upon your clothes your watch your
17:06perfume your car this is what the world pursues after
17:11and it’s wicked self-centered idolatrous and Evil
17:16you do not ask God according to these passions
17:22so whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God
17:31this is what you want to pursue after go for it but understand this you have now
17:36made yourself an enemy of God by doing so or do you suppose that it is no purpose that the scripture says he
17:42yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us and there’s a
17:47mention of Prayer in the Holy Spirit you’ll notice at the end of our gospel text Jesus says that God will give the
17:54Holy Spirit you see the Holy Spirit according to scripture is intimately inextricably linked to your prayers
18:03right do you not know that he earns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in US
18:09but he gives more grace therefore it says God opposes the proud and he gives grace to the humble submit yourselves to
18:17God resist the devil and he will flee from you draw near to God He will draw
18:22near to you cleanse you your hands your Sinners purify your hearts you
18:27double-minded be wretched and mourn and weep let your laughter be turned to mourning
18:33and your joy to Gloom humble yourselves before the Lord and he will exalt you
18:41see prayer is that it is humbling yourself before the Lord
18:48not exalting yourself which is why doing it on your knees is a good practice
18:56when it comes to our prayers intercessory prayer is vital
19:01it’s important James also writes chapter 5 verses 13 through 18 is anyone among you suffering
19:09let him pray is anyone cheerful let him sing praise
19:14is anyone among you sick let him call for the Elders of the church and let
19:19them pray over him anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord and the prayer of faith will save the one who is
19:27sick it doesn’t say heal it says save the prayer of faith will save the one
19:33who is sick even if the person dies and the Lord will raise him up and if he has
19:39committed sins he will be forgiven therefore confess your sins to one another pray for one another that you
19:45may be healed the prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is as it is working
19:53do you hear that the prayer of a righteous person has great power and you might be tempted to sit there and say
19:59well that’s great for the righteous person but what about me
20:04I’m not so righteous yeah but see scripture says
20:10you have been clothed in the righteousness of Christ you have a righteousness given to you by
20:16God as a gift you see God sees you as perfectly righteous because you are covered and
20:23you are in Christ in other words your prayers Saints and holy ones have great
20:30power because scripture says so because of Christ not because of you but because
20:36of him and the example given here Elijah was a man with a nature like ours yeah sinful
20:42and he prayed fervently that it might not rain for three years and six months we all know the account this is what led
20:49to the showdown at Mount Carmel and notice the text doesn’t say that Elijah
20:54decreed and declared I decree and declare that there will be no rain until
21:00I say so nope he prayed fervently
21:05Lord God please let it not rain so that it might not raining for three
21:10years and six months it did not rain on the earth and then he prayed again and Heaven gave rain and the Earth bore
21:17its fruit scripture also tells us about the power of intercessory prayer when it comes to
21:25the ministry of Peter Peter’s Ministry was nearly cut short
21:30scripture teaches us in Acts chapter 12 verses 1 through 5 about that time Herod
21:36the king laid violent hands on some who belonged to the church he killed James
21:42the brother of John with the sword and when he saw that it pleased the Jews he
21:47proceeded to arrest Peter also this was during the days of unleavened bread this
21:53is the Passover time and when he had seized him he put him in prison delivering him over to four squads of
21:59soldiers to guard him intending after the Passover to bring him out to the
22:04people he was going to be given the Barabbas treatment who would you like me to release to Peter called cephas or
22:11right that was his intention
22:17so Peter was kept in prison but note this it says but Earnest prayer for him
22:24was made to God by the church do you think that’s in there for no
22:30reason it isn’t it tells us about the power of prayer
22:36that God heard their prayers on behalf of Peter and God intervened miraculously and
22:44sprung him out of the clink prayer is to be offered according to
22:50scripture for your brothers and sisters in Christ as well as your enemies Jesus
22:57says in Matthew 5 43-46 you have heard that it was said You shall love your
23:02neighbor and hate your enemy but I say to you love your enemies and pray for
23:08those who persecute you that would include Isis
23:15the Muslims in your neighborhood that are acting out and freaking you out
23:23love your enemies pray for those who persecute you so that you may be sons of your father who is in heaven for he
23:30makes the son to rise on the evil and the good and sends rain on the just and the unjust for if you love those who
23:36love you what reward do you have do not even the tax collectors do that yeah they do
23:43and then Paul writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit In First Corinth in first Timothy 2 verses 1 through 4 says this first of all then I
23:50urge that supplications prayers intercessions and thanksgivings be made
23:57for all people for kings that would include presidents even if the president
24:03is of a party that you never vote for for kings and all who are in high
24:09positions so that we may lead a Peaceable and quiet life Godly and
24:16dignified in every way and notice what then it says these prayers this is good
24:22and it’s pleasing in the sight of God our savior who desires that all people be saved and come to the knowledge of
24:29the truth yeah your prayer on behalf of everyone
24:38is good and pleasing in God’s sight so Jesus teaches us to pray
24:46father Hallowed be your name
24:52doesn’t seem very explosive right but it is you see the spirit is at work in prayer
25:00the holy spirit is attesting to us that we are God’s children
25:06and the Holy Spirit is interceding for us in our Frailty specifically in regard
25:11to this invocation of God Jesus says for you did not receive the
25:18spirit of Slavery to fall back into fear you’ve received the spirit of adoption as Sons by whom we cry Abba Father
25:26actually that’s Paul writing in Romans 8 verse 15. you did not receive the spirit of slavery you instead received the
25:33spirit of adoption as Sons by whom we cry out Abba Father Romans 8 15 makes it
25:39clear to pray Our Father how would be your name that is given us to do by God
25:45the Holy Spirit himself verse 26 in Romans 8 says likewise the spirit the
25:51Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness for we do not know what to pray as we ought
25:57instead the Holy Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings that are too deep for words
26:05you see we believe the holy spirit is quite active in the life of the believer the ability to pray Our Father Who Art
26:12in Heaven and believe it is given by the Holy Spirit and even when we’re not sure what it is that we are to pray God the
26:19Holy Spirit intercedes on our behalf with groanings that are too deep for words you’re not alone when you pray
26:27Cyril of Alexandria the Church Father writing about this that Jesus said pray
26:32Our Father Hallowed Be Your Name says this for the Savior said when you pray
26:38say our father and another of the Holy evangelist adds Who Art in Heaven
26:44he gives his own glory to us listen carefully
26:49you’ve got to understand this God is giving his glory to us God raises slaves
26:55like you and me to the Dignity of Freedom he has crowned The Human Condition with such honor as surpasses
27:02the power of our own Natures he rescues us from the measure of slavery giving us
27:08by his grace what we did not possess by nature and now permits us to call god
27:17father have you ever thought of how absolutely bold and outrageous that is
27:23you were born dead and trespasses and sins you were born a slave to sin you
27:30were born under the Dominion of the devil and Jesus teaches us to pray Our Father
27:40Who Art in Heaven that is a bold prayer
27:47bold for people like you and my like me to be praying in such a way but this is
27:52only possible because of the Cross this is only possible because of what Christ has done for us this is truly a bold
28:00prayer no joke I’ve seen people recently teaching in the church Christians should
28:06never pray the Lord’s Prayer because that’s vain repetition
28:11would Jesus ever teach you to do such a thing that’s vain never or they’ll say oh that Lord’s Prayer
28:19that’s common that’s ordinary that’s boring paw
28:25to pray Our Father Who Art in Heaven is well the most bold thing you could
28:32possibly pray who are you to pray that God is your father that’s how Jesus prayed and we
28:39all know he’s the son of God in human flesh but Jesus teaches us to pray this way because of what he has done for us
28:46we have now been adopted into God’s family we are no longer slaves we are
28:52heirs and so when we pray Our Father that is bold
29:00it’s outrageous it’s scandalous and it’s wonderful all at the same time
29:09Your Kingdom Come Jesus teaches us to pray another false teaching about this
29:14if you ever hear somebody say well there’s a difference between the gospel of Salvation And The Gospel of the
29:21Kingdom they’re two totally different things I mean we’re all about well we want
29:26people to be saved but now we’ve got to preach the gospel of the kingdom and by this here’s what they mean it’s our jobs
29:33as Christians to conquer the world it’s our job as Christians to conquer
29:40the world make all nations into Christian nations and establish the
29:46kingdom of God here on Earth and once we do that God will show up Jesus will show
29:51up and say good job good job golf club golf club golf club good job now I’m
29:57King it’s nonsense absolute nonsense
30:03when people preach what they call the gospel of the kingdom and say that it’s your job to go take Dominion
30:09they are ignoring what scripture says when will God’s kingdom come
30:16visibly when will it come when we establish it or when Christ brings it
30:22right Matthew 25 says this Jesus speaking in verse 31 when the son
30:30of man comes in his glory oh that would be the last day and all the angels with
30:35him then he will sit on his glorious throne and before him will be gathered all the nations and he will separate
30:42people one from another as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats he will place the sheep on his right the
30:49goats on the left then the king will say to those on his right listen come you
30:55who are blessed by my father inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the
31:01foundation of the world sounds to me like on the last day Jesus
31:07will say to the righteous ones now you get to inherit the Kingdom as if it
31:13wasn’t there their entire lives right and we understand this though
31:19that the kingdom of God does come it is Among Us now but it comes when people
31:26are brought to penitent faith in Christ and they bear fruit in keeping with that
31:31repentance and they trust God’s word they believe the gospel and in return as
31:38a result they live Godly lives both here in time and then thereafter in eternity
31:44right in other words there is no difference between the gospel of Salvation And The
31:49Gospel of the Kingdom scripture clearly teaches they are one and the same
31:56give us this day our daily bread Jesus says
32:01I think Ephraim the Syrian another church father has it right on
32:07this give us our constant bread of the day he translates this text he says look he has
32:15said seek the kingdom of God and these things over and above will be given to you as well he said bread of the day in
32:22order to teach us poverty in relation to the things of the world
32:30do you ever feel like man I only have enough in my bank account
32:36to pay for my bills and to put food on my table
32:42and then next month I have to really work hard in order to replenish that supply and then I have just enough to
32:50pay my bills and put food on my table and meet my daily needs
32:57this is what you prayed for give us this day our daily bread this
33:02teaches us poverty in relation to the world the one who has this is not rich in the world’s eyes
33:08but they are rich in faith they are rich in faith because they understand that it is God who meets our
33:14daily needs we don’t pray that God be our big quartermaster in the sky or our
33:20big concierge your genie we don’t pray that we ask that our storehouses be
33:25filled to the max so that we can take it easy for the next 20 years in fact that will come up in next week’s
33:32gospel lesson instead we are taught that we are creatures and that every day we
33:39walk by faith every day we need God every day we are beggars
33:45and every day God is the one who meets our needs and forgive us our sins as we ourselves
33:54forgive everyone who is indebted to us in other words this
34:00to forgive sins is what it really means to be like God
34:05to forgive others sins is exactly what it means to be christ-like
34:12oh Lord if you kept a record of wrongs who could stand but with you there is forgiveness therefore you are feared and
34:19Jesus is one command as I have loved you love one another well how has he loved us
34:24by forgiving us to hold a grudge to be unforgiving
34:31to say I will not forgive you I hope you get what you deserve
34:38is the opposite of what it means to be like Christ
34:43and lead us not into temptation truly we have an enemy the evil one himself
34:52who prowls around like a roaring lion Desiring to devour you
34:58to shipwreck your faith and drag your carcass into the fires of hell with him on the last day
35:05so it is not in vain that we pray lead us not into temptation the threat
35:11is real the danger is off the charts real
35:17and so we pray lead us not in Temptation now all of these petitions all of these things that Christ has taught us to pray
35:24call for Faith they call for trust that God hears you that God truly is your
35:31father in Heaven and that he will answer your prayer even if that answer takes
35:37years to come right and the way we know this is because of
35:42what Jesus said the text continues he said to them so which of you has a friend will go to him at midnight and
35:49say to him friend let me three loaves for a friend of mine has arrived on a journey I have nothing to set before him
35:54the scenario by the way in a middle eastern culture where houses are quite close to each
36:01other where you can hear what’s going on in your neighbor’s house or in the house above you right
36:07it’s quite a silly scenario and this is an honor culture
36:13we don’t quite get that as Americans but if you’ve traveled anywhere in the East honor is a big thing shame is a terrible
36:21thing to happen and for you to invite somebody and they show up late and you
36:26don’t have something to set before them well you’ve Dishonored that person by
36:33doing that so that’s your scenario which of you has a friend will go to him at midnight and say friend let me three
36:39loaves it’s kind of like you have a friend coming in from out of town their plane arrives at Fargo at 10 30 at night
36:46because weather delays you pick them up you get them home and you got nothing in the fridge and not putting something
36:52before them is to shame them to dishonor them so what do you do
36:58will you tell why didn’t you go in the restroom and take a quick shower and freshen up and and they close the door
37:04and then right run next door quick do you got some food I don’t have
37:11anything in my fridge we got somebody who came in from out of town all right that’s your scenario
37:16so Jesus says about this he says he will answer from within don’t bother me the
37:23door is shut my children are with me in bed yeah they kids didn’t have their own
37:29rooms back then that just had to be really awkward right go away it’s midnight
37:37right I cannot get up and give you anything Jesus says I tell you though he will not will not get up and give him
37:43anything because he is his friend friendship it doesn’t come into play here he says yet because of his
37:50impudence because of his the outrageousness of what’s being asked for he will rise and
37:57give him whatever he needs notice the need is given begrudgingly
38:03but this is not how God works God doesn’t give begrudgingly God isn’t like
38:09your neighbor God is not like them at all Jesus says I
38:14tell you ask and it will be given to you
38:19seek you will find God isn’t like that knock and the door will be opened God
38:28desires for you to ask he desires for you to seek and he Wills for you to find
38:36everyone who asks Jesus says receives the one who seeks finds the one who
38:41knocks it will be opened why because that’s how great God is
38:49and then he gives another example what father among you if his son asks for a
38:55fish will instead of a fish give him a serpent I don’t know any dads like that even the ones who are prone to pranking
39:01right or if he asks for an egg we’ll give him a scorpion thank God we don’t have any of those here
39:07right if then watch this if then you who are evil
39:14and that’s what we are if then you who are evil know how to give good gifts to your children well
39:20how much more will the heavenly father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him
39:28you see God is not like us although we are evil we know how to treat our children well
39:36but see God is not evil he is good and he is kind and notice that in the
39:41context of prayer Jesus says how much more will the heavenly father give the
39:46Holy Spirit to those who ask him well we’re asking to learn how to pray of
39:51course you are in learning how to pray you need the Holy Spirit
39:57you cannot do this apart from the Holy Spirit the holy spirit is inextricably
40:02and intimately linked to our prayers now in hearing this you might be saying
40:09pastor Pastor Chris you got to understand this my prayers
40:14have faltered I have not been praying as I should as
40:19this scripture teaches me I have not believed that God has heard my prayers yet alone answered them
40:27and what you’ve shown me from scriptures about prayer I have not been doing and
40:33now I feel guilt I feel guilt and sinful
40:38because of my inaction because of my laziness because when I pray I’m
40:43distracted and because of my lack of faithfulness when it comes to prayer
40:52scripture tells us this First Timothy 2. there is one God
40:58and there is one mediator between God and Men the man Christ Jesus who gave himself as
41:06a ransom for all in other words you’re in good company my prayers have
41:12failed too they have not measured up I’m in the same boat as you are but
41:18there is one whose prayers never failed
41:24Jesus and he is the one who gave himself as a ransom for your sins and for mine
41:31and John chapter 17 teaches us so clearly that Jesus has actually prayed for you
41:41he mentions you in scripture you’re there in John 17. let me read when Jesus
41:49had spoken these words he lifted up his eyes to Heaven he said father the hour has come glorify your sons of the son
41:55may glorify you since you have given him authority over All Flesh to give eternal life to all whom you have given him and
42:03this is eternal life that they know you the only true God and Jesus Christ whom
42:09you have sent I glorified you on Earth having accomplished The Works that you gave me
42:14to do that’s right he accomplished them he was sent to bleed and die for your sins and he now has accomplished them
42:20and now father glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed
42:27I have manifested your name to the people whom you gave me out of the world yours they were and you gave them to me
42:34and they have kept your word now they know that everything that you have given
42:40me is from you for I have given them the words that you gave me and they have
42:45received them and have come to know in truth that I came from you and they have
42:51believed that you sent me and I am praying for them I am not praying for the world but for
42:57these whom you have given me for they are yours now if you’re tempted to think
43:03well he’s talking about the disciples he’s praying for the disciples the text continues later I do not ask
43:11for these only but also for those who will believe in me through their word
43:16that they may all be one just as you father are in me and I in you and they
43:23also may be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me
43:29you see your prayers have faltered faltered but Jesus his prayers never faltered and he
43:36has prayed for you you are in him you trust the father has sent him you know
43:43that he accomplished his mission and he bled and died for your sins he has tucked you into himself in the waters of
43:50your baptism you have heard his Absolution today that your sins are forgiven
43:56and so it is true your prayers have faltered you have not prayed as you ought therefore repent
44:03repent and be forgiven and Trust in the one who has bled and
44:09died for you and the one who has prayed for you perfectly
44:15in the name of Jesus amen
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