Wed, Sep 13, 2017

The Giving Father

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Luke 11:5-13 The Giving Father

 

“Prayer, perhaps more than any other religious activity, is frequently considered a passive activity, recondite, even capricious. Jesus’ teaching about prayer is direct and definite, simple, and inviting. Prayer is not a mysterious burden but an inter-relational adventure with God, with Jesus as one’s example and companion.” - Edwards

 

 

 

5-8: And He said to them, “Which of you who has a friend will go to him at midnight and say to him, “Friend, lend me three loaves, (6) for a friend of mine has arrived on a journey, and I have nothing set before him; (7) and he will answer from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed. I cannot get up and give you anything? (8) I tell you, though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his impudence he will rise and give him whatever he needs.”

 

    • Time frame:
    • Nothing to give:
    • Answer from within:

 

Application: A tepid attitude toward prayer, will not bring the potency that we are looking for in our communication to God.  True prayer is not just expectant, but persistent.

 

 

Psalm 121: I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? (2) My help comes from the  Lord, who made heaven and earth. (3) He will not let your foot be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. (4) Behold, He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. (5) The Lord is your keeper; The Lord is your shade on your right hand. (6) The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. (7) The Lord will keep you from all evil, He will keep your life. (8) The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.

 

 

Illustration: Fae, my daughter had to learn to ask for things directly…

 

 

Expectant, Persistent, Patient prayer is the true interaction between a man of faith, and the God of faith.

 

9-10: And I tell you, ask and it will be given to you, seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. (10) For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.

 

Hallowed be Your Name, Your kingdom come.

 

11-13: What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; (12) or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? (13) If you then who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!