Jesus, Teach Me to Pray
10.02.16 - 11.06.16
Lead Us Not Into Temptation
Jesus, Teach Me to Pray • November 6, 2016 • Allen Jackson
The final line in the prayer — the one sandwiched between the instructions on forgiveness — is a plea that temptation would not overwhelm. The hope is that we will relate to the Father moment by moment in a way that keeps us from temptation.
Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread
Jesus, Teach Me to Pray • October 23, 2016 • Allen Jackson
We are taught to plead for God to give us what we need for each day; physically, mentally, socially, emotionally, spiritually. We are also to pray for daily bread for others. As Mack used to say, I am just one beggar telling the other beggars where to find bread.
Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will Be Done
Jesus, Teach Me to Pray • October 16, 2016 • Allen Jackson
Anticipate God’s immediate purpose while longing for the ultimate reality of Jesus’ return, heaven. When we say that God is sovereign, we are declaring that God really is in charge of everything. Even some atheists pray when their loved ones are in a terrible situation. That’s because there’s something inside of us that tells us God is in control and Scripture affirms this time and time again.
Father, Hallowed Be Thy Name
Jesus, Teach Me to Pray • October 9, 2016 • Allen Jackson
We were taught to start the Lord’s Prayer by recognizing that we are praying collectively to God who is Father and who is in Heaven. Just as a respectful child approaches his father with humility and love, we also should approach praying to our Heavenly Father with humility and love rather than praying as if God were a cosmic vending machine, existing to give us whatever we ask for. We engage in worshipful prayer by humbly recognizing who we are and who God is.
When You Pray
Jesus, Teach Me to Pray • October 2, 2016 • Allen Jackson
In a loaded statement, Jesus answers a request to help the disciples pray with the power that seems to accompany HIS prayers. He begins, when you pray. For many of us, it is better worded, if you pray. All of us, pastors included, will confess that many things crowd our daily time. The emphasis of this message is on the discipline of daily, systematic, unhurried, intentional time in prayer.