Praying to the God of “How Much More…”

This is the first post in a new series I hope to continue. From time to time, I plan to post the notes I take on the sermons from my pastor, David Sunday. You can listen to any of them at www.newcbc.org.

We are currently in the middle of a series going verse by verse through Luke’s Gospel. On Sunday, September 1, 2013, Pastor Sunday preached from Luke 11:1-13. Below are my notes from his sermon titled “Praying to the God of ‘How Much More…'”.

Jesus had unparalleled closeness and intimacy with the Father. The disciples, seeing this intimacy in his prayer life (v. 1), asked Him to teach them how to pray.

Jesus removes 2 obstacles related to prayer

  • Jesus removes the obstacle of not knowing what to say when we pray. (vv.1-4)
      • Luther’s barber asked him once how to pray and Luther wrote an 11 page treatise (A Simple Way to Pray) for him using the Lord’s Prayer, the Ten Commandments, and the Apostle’s Creed
      • Jesus teaches us to pray for the glory of the Father
        • Through the cross and our adoption He has opened the way for us to know God as Father
        • Pray for His reputation to be hallowed, His name to be regarded as holy
        • Pray for God’s reign, His kingdom on earth
      • Jesus teaches us to pray for the good of the Father’s family
        • There’s no ‘me’ or ‘my’ in the prayer, always ‘us’ and ‘our’
        • 3 areas or ways to pray for the Father’s family
          • Provision
            • Daily bread, today’s needs
            • what we need to serve God today
          • Pardon
            • “Forgive our sins”
            • Knowing we need forgiveness every time we pray we quickly recognize our need to forgive
          • Protection
            • From temptation
            • From our fierce enemies

Jesus is not just giving us a prayer formula, He’s after our hearts. Our prayer life reveals what is in our hearts. The 2nd obstacle He removes is the greater obstacle.

  • Jesus removes the obstacle of not trusting in the goodness of the One to whom we are praying. (vv.5-13)
      • (vv. 5-8) God is not like the sleeping friend, He never sleeps or slumbers, He is always available, He will never say it’s a bad time.
      • (vv.9-10) God is a God who is worth seeking because He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him
        • God is far more eager to give to us than we are to ask
          • Sometimes he waits to answer yes because He want to humble us first and prepare us to receive His blessing…so we will know without a doubt it is from Him
          • He is conditioning us to pray without ceasing
          • Spurgeon was said never to have prayed more than five minutes at a time, but he never went more than five minutes without prayer
      • (vv.11-13) Our Father is a Father who always gives us His best
        • No limit
        • Our Father is the God of “How much more”
        • Trust in the goodness of God even when circumstances disagree
          • “Behind a frowning providence, He hides a smiling face”
          • He has never treated us ungenerously
        • Keep praying for the filling of the Holy Spirit
        • Prayer from Valley of Vision – “The Spirit of Jesus

Conclusion: God will never say now is not a good time, please stop asking, or now you are asking too much.

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