November 26, 2017 – You Can Do It!

Speaker: Don Dyck

Study Series: The Jesus School of Prayer

Study #10: You Can Do It!

Scripture: (all Scripture links go to BibleGateway.com)

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Brief review of our journey into the Jesus school of prayer

  • the only specific request for Jesus to teach his disciples
    • “…teach us to pray…” (Luke 11:1)
    • Behind the question
      • teach us to pray like you pray
      • praying that connects with the heart of the living God and make a difference not only in our lives but in the world around us
    • What Jesus taught his disciples was…
      • more than just words to be repeated
      • more than a model or pattern to be followed in praying
      • an orientation of a follower’s life reflected in prayer
    • A practical exercise
      • Listen to your own prayers and ask yourself the following questions:
        • Why do I pray?
        • What do I pray?
        • Who is the focus of my prayers?
  • The Jesus way of praying makes God the main focus:
    • Prayer grows out of his relationship with us
      • “Our Father in heaven…”
    • Prayer is centered on God…
      • Making his name honored “on earth as it is in heaven”
      • Establishing his kingdom “on earth as it is in heaven”
      • Having his will done “on earth as it is in heaven”
    • Within that context and with that perspective we are invited to express our needs
      • “Give us today our daily bread…”
      • “Forgive us our debts…”
      • “Lead us not into temptation…”
      • “Deliver us from evil…”

Concluding with an important reminder → Only God can do what we pray for!

  • “For yours (not ours!) is…
    • …the kingdom…
      • …and the power…
        • …and the glory…
  • …forever. Amen.”
    • *Note: These words are not found in the oldest manuscripts available but most are agreed that Jesus would have ended with a similar focus.

Coming full circle in our praying → reminding ourselves that prayer is an expression of our dependence on God

  • “For yours…”
    • “for” points back to everything that has been prayed for and recognizes that it can only be accomplished through God
      • only he can do it
    • an expression of confidence in God
      • “yours” not ours
      • helps us correct a subtle shift that so often happens in our lives from trusting God to depending on our own resources to accomplish what we think needs to be done
  • “…is the kingdom…”
    • the kingdom of God (or heaven) → the main focus of Jesus’ ministry
      • has in focus not so much a geographic location as a sphere of influence or reign – God’s rule (see John 18:36)
      • many of Israel’s struggles and problems grew out of their desire for a king “as all the other nations have” in effect rejecting God as their king (see 1 Samuel 8:4-9)
    • A practical exercise
      • What are some ways in which we (you) attempt to establish your own kingdom, your own rule?
        • What are some ways in which you bow to the rule of “kings” other than God?
      • What are some ways in which you can acknowledge God as king and be part of bringing his kingdom into being?
  • “…and the power…”
    • “power” → Gk., dunamis  → includes in its meaning the capacity as well as the ability needed to accomplish something
      • God’s power is seen at work in his creation
      • God’s power is active in history, at work in shaping history to accomplish his purposes
      • It’s God’s power at work in us that makes it possible for us to live according to his purpose for us (see Ephesians 1:18-21)
      • We get into trouble when we begin to rely on our own power thinking we have what it takes (see Deuteronomy 8:17) instead of relying on God (see 1 Peter 4:10-11)
  • “…and the glory…”
    • “glory” → splendour, honor, highest recognition → that which makes one worthy of praise

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