Today, we continue to evaluate the value of prayer. We quickly review the pattern given to us by the Lord, and then we see how we are to pray - consistently, persistently, and expectantly. We see through a parable of the persistent neighbor what asking, seeking, and knocking are all about. And we are reminded that our God is generous, He is kind, and He answers prayer because of His Fatherly love.
It is a joy to remember what our God can do through prayer. And it is a joy to remember that He desires to hear from us.
To help you with your study of this topic, we are also including the study questions prepared each week for our congregation. May the Lord use them, and the sermon, to be a blessing to you. You will find them, as well as a short prayer, directly below the audio link.
Persistent Prayer and the Promise of God
Series: Luke – A Prescription for Doubtful Souls
Pastor James McDonald
Generous Father, You are the giver of all good gifts, the provider, protector, and sustainer of our lives. Help us, this day, and all days, to see You not only as the foundation of our mortal frame, but also as the One who loved us so much that, even when we walked in open rebellion and sin, You gave us the Redeemer, Your Son and our Savior, Jesus. And now, You stand ready to daily give us the strength, the guidance, the comfort, and the instruction of the Holy Spirit. May this reality drive us to You in daily prayer and praise, as we see You as the only One able to help through our labors and trials. Fill us with Your Spirit. May the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control, grow in us abundantly for your glory and honor. In Jesus Name, Amen!
- Recount the prayer outline in the Lord’s Prayer from verses 1-4. What does this teach us about our position before God?
- What does persistence in prayer look like? How did the request for the three loaves represent a need?
- According to James 4:2, why are some prayers not answered? Why might some people not pray?
- How does James 4:3 relate to Luke 11:1-4?
- What is different between the phrases, “ask, seek, knock?” How do we participate in the fulfillment of prayers?
- What do verses 11-12 tell us about God’s goodness, generosity and care?
- Jesus called us evil. Do we see this in ourselves?
- According to verse 13, what is the greatest gift that the Father gives His children?
- Discuss the Holy Spirit, who He is and what He does. Meditate on aspect of His ministry that is important to you.
- What are you praying for? Who are you praying for? How often are you praying?
- How will your practice of prayer change after this message?