Monday, December 29, 2014

On 1-4-15, Jesus’ Model for Prayer will be our Adult Sunday School/Uniform Series/International Sunday School Lesson herein is my commentary. This lesson is known by some as Jesus’ Model for Prayer

Jesus' Model for Prayer
Luke 11:1-13
International Sunday School Lesson
January 4, 2015

Jed Greenough

“Lord, teach us to pray.”  If you concentrate on nothing else this week make it that sentence.  These disciples had been through much with Jesus already.  You know that they had prayed their whole lives or at the very least must have been prayerful as a result of their being with Jesus.

We know from the scriptures in Luke alone that Jesus prayed after monumental events (Luke 3:21). That he withdrew from others so that He could pray in solitude (Luke 5:16).  That He sometimes prayed for hours at a time (Luke 6:12).  Jesus showed them that even those who mistreated them were to be prayed for (Luke 6:28).  He showed them that they should always pray and never give up and yet lengthy prayers for show were not desirable (Luke 18 and 20).

Clearly these are just a few of the examples via demonstration that Jesus gave and yet the disciple who spoke asked for more.  Should we ask for more?  Do we think that something so basic we grow up with is like riding a bike once you’ve learned it you’ve got it for life?

Like the disciple, we have our examples from Jesus too and yet we neglect prayer, we make a show of prayer or we fail to pray for what we should.

Praying correctly despite being disciples of Christ is important enough for the experienced to remind themselves regularly.  Perhaps they pray the same prayer so often it is just a repeating of words.  Maybe they don’t pray to the Father but to Christ who in fact intercedes for us with the Father (Hebrews 7:25).  Do you ever get in a habit of praying just for you and yours instead of what is God’s?  Are we afraid to pray for God’s will?

We all are creatures of habit in some fashion.  It might be how we bathe, it might be what we eat and it most likely is often in how we pray.  But just because we do something repeatedly doesn’t mean we don’t develop bad habits or start to get off track.  Even the great golfer Tiger Woods has a coach to help him with his swing and I’d say this disciple was pretty smart to ask the question.

For Discussion:

1.      Find and discuss examples of those who prayed in the Bible that you feel are good models.
2.      Discuss the great significance of verse 13.
3.      I grew up reciting the Lord’s Prayer in church but where I worship now does not.  I never grew tired of it and I miss it.  Discuss the congregational aspects of saying the Lord’s prayer.
4.      Discuss the importance in what Jesus is saying to pray, “Father, hallowed be they name.”
5.      And, “your kingdom come.”
6.      And so on with verse 4.
7.      Discuss the meaning of “and lead us not into temptation” when we know from scripture that God does not tempt anyone (James 1:13).

Upcoming Lessons      
1-11-15     Jesus’ Prayer for His Disciples     John 17:6-21 or 17:1-26
1-18-15     Jesus’ Intercession for Us     Hebrews 4:14-5:10
1-25-15     Powerful Prayer or We Prayer for One Another     James 5:13-18 or James 5    

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 Biblica. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved

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