•The understanding of prayer has taken a different dimension in the life of some believers today.
•This is seen in the captions of most prayer revival posters all over the country. Some of the posters inviting people for such revivals have themes like;
- “My father, My father, that witch must die”
- “I smell America”
- “Give me a spouse or I die”
- “who stole my wedding gown” and
- “Leave me and let me drive my car”.
These and many others are the posters drawing people’s attention to prayer.
• Again, you will notice that most of the prayer topics in recent times focus on “killing” the enemy who is suspected to be the problem behind all the challenges of the believer.
•The question is, if the enemy is actually dying, why continue to pray such prayers all the time?
Today, I am speaking on the theme “Teach us to Pray” from Luke 11:1-4 and Mathew 6:9-13
• The passage we have heard today is about the Lord’s Prayer recorded in Luke 11: 1 - 4 and Matthew 6: 9 – 13
• In Luke, it was taught as an answer to a request by one of the disciples
• In Matthew, it was part of the Sermon on the Mount.
• From the Lukan account, it may be that this disciple had realized the miracles performed by Jesus and had concluded that this may be attributed to His Prayer life.
• It was of relevance that He also teaches them how to pray so as to realize same results in their lives.
• We shall look at the components of this prayer.
1. To start the prayer with “FATHER ”implies the following
• For you to call someone Father suggests that one has some kind of intimacy with this person.
• Jesus was teaching the disciples about the close relationship He shares with the Father and introduces us to this relationship.
• Your confidence level in prayer determines how well you know the Lord.
• You will realize that in the Old Testament, those who walked with God had a close relationship with Him
b) Those who pray are regarded as children of God.
• Refer to 1 John 3:1
• Are you a child of God?
• For some of us, we have been calling the name always but we are not children of God.
• In Acts 19: 15 we read, “One day the evil spirit answered them, Jesus I know, and Paul I know about, but who are you”.
• What is your identity?
C) Those who say Father have Inheritance with Him.
• Our inheritance is the sum total of all God has promised us in salvation.
• Examples of our inheritance are as listed; Healing, Riches, Wisdom, Security and Fruitfulness etc.
d) Children normally take refuge in their parents.
• In Psalm 121: 4, we read, indeed, the one who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
• No one can harm you because you are in the hands of the Lord
• You are secured because God is your father.
e) It also indicates that those who pray have nowhere to turn but God.
• He is our shepherd
• Accepting that God is your Father implies that, He is the only one you have
• You have nowhere else to turn to.
It is my prayer that as you call the name Father, all the rewards that come with that name shall be yours in the name of Jesus. May you never sever your relationship with this ALL LOVING FATHER.
THE LORD BLESS YOU IN JESUS’ NAME.