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The Person of Prayer

April 18-19, 2020

“Lord, teach us to pray.” (Luke 11:1)

Prayer.

As he was praying the heavens opened up, and the Holy Spirit came on him. (Luke 3:21-22)

The news spread all the more so crowds of people came to hear him and be healed. But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. (Luke 5:15-16)

One of those days Jesus went out into the hill to pray and spent the night praying to God. When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles. (Luke 6:12-13)

“Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat, but I prayed for you…” (Luke 22:31-32)

Jesus went out to the Mount of Olives as usual. And his disciples followed. He said, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.” He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them and knelt down and prayed. (Luke 22:39-41)

“Lord, teach us to pray.”

Our Father in heaven, 

Hallowed be Your name. 

Your kingdom come. 

Your will be done

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our debts,

As we forgive our debtors.

And do not lead us into temptation,

But deliver us from the evil one.

For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen (Matthew 6:9-13 NKJV)

Our Father…

The number one image of God that Jesus paints for us again and again is that God is a Father.

189 times in the four Gospels alone, Jesus referred to God as a father.

“What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” —A.W. Tozer

“We tend, by a secret law of the soul, to move toward our mental image of God.”—A.W. Tozer

The number one image of God that Jesus paints for us again and again is that God is a Father.

All of us have a primal craving for a father’s approval, affection and attention.

As soon as Jesus was baptized, he came up out of the water. Then heaven opened, and he saw God’s Spirit coming down on him like a dove. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love, and I am very pleased with him.” (Matthew 3:16-17)

We don’t live for the Father’s blessing; we live from the Father’s blessing.

“No matter how successful their careers, how happy their marriages, or how fulfilling their lives, women told me that their happiness passed through a filter of their fathers’ reactions.”
—Dr. Peggy Drexler

“Life for most boys and for many grown men is a frustrating search for the lost father who has not yet offered protection, provision, nurturing, modeling, or, especially, anointment.”
—Dr. Frank Pittman

The Father from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. (Ephesians 3:15)

“Jesus’ intent was to bring his apprentices to the point where they dearly love and constantly delight in that heavenly Father made real to earth in Jesus, and are quite certain there is no catch, no limit to the goodness of his intentions or his power to carry them out.”—Dallas Willard

Even if my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will take me up. (Psalm 27:10)

God is not the reflection of your earthly dad. He is the perfection of your earthly dad.

Healing doesn’t come by ignoring our wounds. Healing will never happen if we fixate on our wounds. Healing comes as we consider another’s wounds—namely, the wounds of Jesus.