“And when you pray …”
These are the words of our Lord Jesus when He was teaching the
Sermon on the Mount which is found in Matthew chapters 5-7.
Our Lord assumes that we, His people, pray. Or rather, the Lord Jesus knows that His people pray. And rightly so, Christians are praying people.
Do you pray? When do you pray? How do you pray? Do you like to pray? Is it your desire to pray? Is it your reaction to pray?
There are two familiar passages in the Bible where Jesus instructs with prayer. In Matthew 6:9-13 we have the Lord’s prayer (or model prayer). This is where Jesus is instructing us on how to pray. He says “Pray then like this:” Let me encourage you to listen to the teacher. Learn from Him (Matthew 11:29), and therefore pray as our Lord teaches us to pray.
The other familiar passage is John 17. This chapter in John’s gospel is not so much Jesus telling us how to pray as it is Jesus showing us how he prays! Learning to pray gains from both of those experiences: 1) Being taught how to pray and also 2) observing how other people pray.
This month we as a church our committing ourselves to prayer. We are prioritizing this great privilege. On Friday & Saturday, August 8th & 9th, we will have people at the church praying for 24 straight hours. We will also have people away from church committing to prayer during this period.
Let me encourage you by challenging you to pray. Get involved with what it means to be a real child of God and a real piece to God’s church and PRAY!
Read Matthew 6 and John 17 and begin growing in your understanding of what prayer really is. Indeed, Learn from Jesus! So that the next time you read Jesus saying “And when you pray…” you will know for certain he is speaking to.
My prayer is that we will be a strong, unified, praying church. God help us!
With all Sincerity,
Your Pastor, Josh