Using Jesus’ Model Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13 sermon)

Hudson Taylor was the missionary to China who founded the Inland China Mission which touched multitudes of Chinese with the gospel. When Taylor was home in England, a young man who was interested in the ministry decided to go and see him at a meeting at his headquarters. He wrote:

“His appearance did not impress me. He was slightly built, and spoke in a quiet voice. Like most young men, I suppose I associated power with noise, and looked for physical presence in a leader. But when he said, ‘let us pray,’ and proceeded to lead the meeting in prayer, my ideas underwent a change. I had never heard anyone pray like that. There was a simplicity, a tenderness, a boldness, a power that hushed and subdued me, and made it clear that God had admitted him to the inner circle of His friendship.”

I think it must have been that way to hear Jesus pray too. Isaiah says He had no outward appearance that we should be attracted to Him — and yet there was such power evident in His prayers, that His disciples came to Him and said: “Lord, teach us to pray.” They didn’t ask Him: “Teach us to preach”; or “teach us to heal”; but “teach us to pray.” They knew that prayer was the source of His spiritual power. And it is for us too. Prayer is THE highest activity of the human soul (MLJ) and we will never be all that we should until we learn to pray.

And that is why Jesus took time here in Matthew 6 to teach His disciples — including US! — how to pray. Two weeks ago we looked at some “Keys To Effective Praying” that Jesus gave us in this text, and now today we are going to study the Model Prayer He gave us in :9-13. This Prayer is very well known; perhaps about as much as any scripture in the Bible — and yet many who “know about it” don’t really understand what this amazing prayer is. Continue reading

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Passing On The Word

“For the words which You gave Me I have given to them; and they received them and truly understood that I came forth from You, and they believed that You sent Me.” (John 17:8)

In His High Priestly prayer here in John 17, Jesus reviews with His Heavenly Father the ministry He had with His disciples, as a prelude to interceding for their future. In this “prelude” He recalls one of the most important aspects of His ministry to His disciples — which should be one of own priority ministries as well. Continue reading

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Two Divine Assertions

“Now, Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.” (John 17:5)

John 17 must be considered the highest of high prayers, made just before Jesus went to the cross, and in it we find some of the richest nuggets of spiritual truth contained anywhere in the word of God. Among them we find a couple of statement in verse 4 which point to Jesus’ definite awareness of His Deity: Continue reading

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Glorifying God In Our Work (John 17:4 Devotion)

Sunday morning we are going to be looking at what many people throughout history have called “The Lord’s Prayer” in Matthew 6:9-13. But as we will see Sunday, it should better be called “The MODEL Prayer”, because it really is a model that Jesus gave us; it is not so much “His” own prayer, as it is OURS to learn how to pray from.

But there IS a prayer that we can rightly call “The Lord’s Prayer”, and that is found here in John 17. Many believe it to be the greatest prayer that has ever been uttered in human language, and I don’t know how you would dispute that. It is an amazing prayer, from the lips of Jesus Himself just before He went to the cross, with such incredible insights about Himself, and us, and the mission God sent Him on. We should probably spend a whole series going through this prayer together verse-by-verse some time.

But for now I want us to focus on just one verse that stuck out to me as I have been reading this chapter this week; it is :4, in which Jesus prays:

“I glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which You have given me to do.”

Jesus Himself prayed these words, and they were true for Him. But I also believe this is a great verse for ANY of us to make our own, for any day or for any span of time in our lives. We want to be able to pray to God: “I glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which You gave me to do.”

There are several ways this verse applies to each of us, and can guide our prayers and our actions: Continue reading

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What Is Eternal Life?

It is most helpful whenever God defines terms for us in scripture. Hebrews 1:14 is an example of that, as it gives us a Biblical definition of angels: “Are they not all ministering spirits, sent out to render service for the sake of those who will inherit salvation?”

In John 17:3 we find another definition, from the lips of Jesus Himself, as to what “eternal life” really is. He said: “This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” Continue reading

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The “Anything” You Can Ask For

“In that day you will not question Me about anything. Truly, truly I say to you, if you ask the Father anything in My name, He will give it to you.” (John 16:23)

It is interesting how many Christians totally ignore the first part of this verse, in their rush to claim the second part of it. Continue reading

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He Will Convict

“And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment” (John 16:8)

The word “He” in this verse is important for a couple of reasons: Continue reading

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