THE POWER AND MIRACLE OF PRAYER
Part 16: Jesus Teaches the Disciples About Prayer: Importunity
(Luke 11: 1-10 & Matthew 6: 9-15)
In the name of God Master, of the Universe, Ruler of the earth
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Our scripture lesson for this discussion as we proceed with our study regarding the power and miracle of prayer is taken from Luke the 11th Division. Here Jesus teaches the disciples how to pray. However as we study the scripture found here we also see some powerful cross references that further instill our mission of persistence in prayer. We will begin with verse 1 and proceed to verse 10 and our related scriptures.
Luke 11: 1-10: “And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.”
Jesus as the Son of God is here asked “Lord, teach us to pray.” Jesus complied with this request. However Jesus does not teach so much a specific word usage in prayer. But mainly that our prayers should be scriptural. Therefore study in preparation for prayer is very important as we review the following scripture. The responsible and obedient that believe in God and Christ will study as well as pray. (Also see II Corinthians 3: 5)
2. “And he said unto them, when ye pray say, our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.” (Also see Matthew 6: 9)
We have already discussed this verse as we noted Jesus and Prayer at Matthew 6. However we refer you to several prominent scriptures for a broader meaning of the kingdom as noted in the Old Testament. Thus see Isaiah 11: 9; 63: 16 and Daniel 7: 14.
3. “Give us day by day our daily bread. (Also see Matthew 6: 11).
4: “And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. (Also see Mathew 6: 13).
This verse also has been previously discussed as we reviewed Matthew 6. However here are several very prominent cross references to this verse that we will discuss to add more meaning to our over-all discussion.
Ephesians 4: 32: “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”
Believing Christians should always show consideration for others as we seek to critique things in society. Because we also are in the flesh and also have human weaknesses. (Follow this thought up a Galatians 6: 1). Now look at the phrase, “Forgiving one another, even as.” Almighty God through Christ has offered the greatest example of divine forgiveness. So as we feed on that example we should be motivated to forgive others. Now follow us over to I Corinthians where Paul warns us not to forfeit our liberty with idol worship.
I Corinthians 10: 13: “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”
There is no “Special Providence” with the Lord. He will not do for one man that He will not do for another due to the same circumstances. Meanwhile the plan of salvation is open to all that embrace Christ. (See Colossians 2: 10). There is no miracle provided for in scripture that will allow an escape from temptation. At I Corinthians 9:27 Paul notes that he is a castaway or one that has become unfaithful before the end of life on this side. Therefore as he preached to guard against being unfaithful he had to resist temptation. Thus Paul reveals that although inspired he was human and in the flesh and fought daily to remain faithful to the Lord. However it is the Lord’s will to protect us in any manner regarding temptations it will be in accord to the written word. Once more than once a need for the true believing Christians to read and study the Bible. Now go over to James for a very important word on temptation and God. Here we will see another example that reveals there are no contradictions in the Bible. Here we see James teaching about the sources of temptations and enduring trials and tribulations.
James 1: 13: “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempted he any man:”
We refer you to James 1:2 where we are told to count temptations as cause for joy. However the Bible does not contradict itself. Meanwhile here it tells us that God does not tempt any man. But there is a difference in temptations. The idea of verse 2 is that we shall receive a blessing from or a benefit. Thus the hardships and trials placed on the saints by their enemies will result in a blessing. Now back to our primary verse and the word evil that is so important. This word does not have the same meaning as trials or adversities. Evil here always means the opposite of good and is always morally wrong. Of course God does not use such means to test His subjects in their religious life. For a final word on temptation see Revelation 3: 10. Here the writer John records what Jesus revealed to the Church at Philadelphia regarding obedience. Due to their patience and endurance regarding the word the Lord promises to keep and protect them during the hour of temptation. However this promise is far reaching and could mean from the world in general. We need this protection also as the world moves more to the line of the goats.
5. “And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him Friend lend me three loaves;”
6. “For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him?”
7. “And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee.”
8. “I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth.” (Also see Luke 18: 1).
9. “And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” (Also see Matthew 7: 7; 21-22; Mark 11:24; John 15:7; James 1: 6 and I John 3:22; 5: 14).
10. “For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”
The most important aspect of this discussion resides in the word importunity. Importunity means persistence. Thus we are to pray without ceasing and be persistent. Meanwhile our faith must be strong to realize that although we have not received a request our faith remains strong. God works in His ways therefore our faith is strengthened as we study and are able to accept what God renders to us in His time. Thus we pray for faith and patience daily.
Peace and Golden Paradise, Carl A. Patton writing for the FreedomJournal Press 4 August 2009 in the year of our Lord and savior Christ Jesus.
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