Lord, Teach Us to Pray

We've come to Luke 11:1-4 in our AM sermon series.  In light of the disciples' request, "Lord, teach us to pray," we're going to pause here for the next 5 Sundays and consider some of the biblical models of prayer that reflect the main petitions in the prayer model Jesus gives to his disciples. October 12 -Lord, Teach Us to Pray

  • This Sunday we'll consider some of Jesus' general teachings on prayer found in Luke 11:1-13 and in other places of Scripture.

October 19 - Father, Hallowed Be Your Name

  • On this Sunday we'll look at David's great prayer of 2 Samuel 7:18-29.  There God has just established his covenant with David and promised to make his name great, but now David prays that God's name would be great.  As "hallowed" means "to be set apart as holy," David makes this clear in his prayer saying, "You are great, O LORD God.  For there is none like you..." (2 Sam. 7:22).

October 26 - Your Kingdom Come

  • Here we'll consider Solomon's prayer and the events of 2 Chronicles 6:41-7:3.  This is the great high point in Israel's history.  The temple is completed, the ark of the covenant is brought into the Most Holy Place, and Solomon prays for God to "arise... and go to your resting place" (2 Chron. 6:41).  God answers this prayer in a resounding way, establishing his throne and presence in Jerusalem's temple with fire and glory, in essence bringing his kingly reign to earth.  This passage has profound implications for how we ought to pray for God's kingdom to come today.

November 2 - Missions Week

  • We'll take a break this week as Derek Bates, RUF minister at the University of Pittsburgh, preaches for our Missions Week.

November 9 - Give Us Each Day Our Daily Bread

  • On this Sunday we'll consider the simple statement that Jesus gave thanks as he broke bread and gave it to his disciples during his last meal with them (Luke 22:19).  Through that thanksgiving prayer Jesus acknowledged God's provision of our daily needs in the form of physical bread, but obviously there was something more to this prayer, for Jesus himself is the "bread of life" and he was about to be broken.

November 16 - Forgive Us Our Sins, For We Ourselves Forgive Everyone Who Is Indebted to Us

  • In Ezra 9:1-10:5 the prophet, appalled at the great sin of God's people, tears his garment, pulls the hair from his head, and falls on his knees in repentance before the Lord.  Ezra's firm grasp of the atrocious nature of their sin fuels his prayer and he admits to God, "I am ashamed and blush to lift my face to you" (9:6).  Ezra's prayer reminds us of the atrocious nature of our own sin and thankfully, the merciful nature of our God.

November 23 - Lead Us Not Into Temptation

  • This is a petition of sanctification asking God to lead us away from temptation so that we may walk in a manner worthy of the Lord.  In light of this petition we'll examine Paul's prayer of sanctification for the Colossian church (Colossians 1:9-10) as he longs to see them forsake sin and become a people "fully pleasing to [the Lord]."