August 30, 2017

Week 3—Deepen Internal Values

Luke 11:1-13

“Lord, teach us to pray….” This was a heartfelt request offered by one disciple, and as he had done time and time again, Jesus seized the moment to teach all of us how to talk to our Father in Heaven. Not only did he provide a template for the focus of our prayers, he went on to clearly state these prayers should be offered continuously. Our persistent prayers reveal the very depth of our reliance on God. They also offer a glimpse of the pressing needs we realize only he can satisfy. Jesus makes it clear the Father responds when he hears us ask, seek, and knock.

Steven Curtis Chapman wrote a song about prayer that sheds some additional light on this passage in Luke:

So when we feel the Spirit moving
Prompting, prodding, and behooving
There is no time to be losing, let us pray
Let the Father hear us saying
What we need to be conveying
Even while this song is playing, let us pray
And just because we say the word, “Amen”
It doesn’t mean this conversation needs to end.

Our prayer is exactly that—a conversation with the Creator. It is meant to be a constant dialogue filled with bold praise, confession, repentance, and thanksgiving. If you are not having a constant and consistent conversation with your Lord, what are you waiting for? He is waiting. Just ask, seek, and knock!

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