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Lord, Teach Us to Pray

September 14, 2014 Speaker: Fred Greco Series: Luke

Topic: AM Service Passage: Luke 11:1–11:13

What does prayer mean to you? For so many, prayer is a vague looking up to heaven when a time of crisis hits. In this way, prayer would seem to have the same nebulous purpose no matter what you believe? But is that the reality of prayer? To whom should you pray? For what should you pray? How should your prayers be formulated? All of these questions cry out not only for answers, but for answers that are sure. Where can we find those sure answers? We look in the same place that Jesus’ disciples looked: the Word of God. The disciples provided the occasion for us to have Jesus’ definitive answer, when they asked Him, “Lord, Teach Us to Pray” (Luke 11:1-13).

I. Pattern for Prayer
A. Life Marked by Prayer
B. Relationship Motivating Prayer

II. Petitions of Prayer
A. Praying Upward
B. Praying Downward

III. Practice of Prayer
A. Praying Persistently
B. Praying Expectantly

Questions for consideration: (1) Why should our prayer life be concerned with God and His glory? (2) What petitions are a central part of your prayer life? How can you strengthen that aspect of your prayers? (3) What are three practical things you can start doing this week to follow Jesus’ instructions on the practice of prayer?

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