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Lord, Teach Us to Pray – Dave Choi

This past weekend at Eastbrook, my good friend, Dave Choi, kicked-off our series on prayer with a fantastic message from Luke 11:1-13 called “Lord, Teach Us to Pray.”

You will definitely want to listen to his message online at the Eastbrook web-site here.

You could also look up Dave’s church, Church of the Beloved, here or give him a shout-out at Facebook.

The outline for his message is as follows:

I. Lord teach us to pray
II. Prayer is simple
III. Prayer is shamelessly bold
IV. Prayer seeks until it finds
V. Prayer works because of who God is

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Posted by on August 6, 2012 in Eastbrook


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Pray Like Jesus

We will begin a series this coming weekend at Eastbrook Church called “Pray Like Jesus.”

If you wanted to develop a skill, you would learn from a master teacher. How much more is this true in prayer? In this series, we will take Jesus as our Master Teacher in the life of prayer. We will look at Jesus’ teaching on prayer, modeling prayer, and then praying in the midst of difficulty.

My good friend, Dave Choi, a church planter from the south side of Chicago, will kick off this series this weekend and then I will preach the following two weekends of the series.

August 4/5
Title: Lord, Teach Us to Pray
Text: Luke 11:1-13
Summary: The disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray. His response shows that prayer is simple, prayer is shamelessly bold, prayer seeks until it finds, and prayer works because of who God is.

August 11/12
Title: Jesus on How We Should Pray
Text: Matthew 6:1-8
Summary: In Jesus’ most clear teaching on prayer, He tells His disciples to not be like the hypocrites who love to be seen or the pagans who babble on endlessly in prayer. Instead, Jesus calls His followers to have a humble secrecy in prayer and a deep trust that Father God hears us.

August 18/19
Jesus Praying in Difficulty
Text: John 17
Summary: The night before His crucifixion, Jesus spoke powerfully with His Father. He was concerned about all sorts of things: the glory of God, the continuation of the faith, the unity of His followers, and those who would come later. Looking at Jesus’ prayer on that difficult night, we will learn what it means to pray in the midst of challenges.

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Posted by on August 1, 2012 in Eastbrook


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Saturday Prayer 8

I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me. (John 10:14, NIV)

Jesus, You are the good shepherd of the sheep. Thank You that You lead us and speak to us. Thank You that Your voice speaks our names, and that You allow us to know You.

I long to hear Your voice more and more clearly each day. Today, help me to hear You amidst the clamor of voices and sounds around me. Open my ears so that I might more clearly discern what You are saying, and then follow You.

And give me strength, Lord, to truly follow. At times the push and pull of dreams and longings wash over me and pull me off Your pathway. When that happens, Jesus, please correct me and set me back on the path. Help me to work with You and not against You.

Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. (Hebrews 13:20-21, NIV)

[This is part of a series of prayer posts in 2012 that began here.]

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Posted by on February 25, 2012 in prayers


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Saturday Prayer 7

The Lord reigns, let the earth rejoice; let the distant shores rejoice. Clouds and thick darkness surround Him; righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne. (Psalm 97:1-2, NIV)

Lord Father, this morning I rejoice in You. Thank You for sleep. Thank You for a bed to sleep in. Thank You for the  relationships You have provided for us that enable me to thrive, feel encouraged, and grow.

Thank You for Your grace and encouragement through the day yesterday. Thank You for space now to think, pray, and talk with You.

Lord Father, I pray for my family and friends today. Please give them strength and extra grace today. Pour out the power of Your presence on them.

[This is part of a series of prayer posts in 2012 that began here.]


Posted by on February 18, 2012 in prayers


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Saturday Prayer 6

Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; His love endures forever. (Psalm 118:1)

If it is true that Your love endures forever, then give me the ability to see Your love that does not cease in times of difficulty any more than it crests in times of joy.

Thank You for Your love that endures when I wake each day, as it says in the Scripture:

His compassions never fail. They are new every morning. (Lamentations 3:22-23)

Thank You for Your love that endures through my ignorance and death in sin, as it says elsewhere: Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on February 11, 2012 in prayers


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Saturday Prayer 5

Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. (Psalm 20:7, NIV)

Lord, You are greater than any human power. You created all human power and stand behind it all, sustaining all creation. My trust is not in human power. That power comes and it goes. It is strong compared to some but weak compared to others. Human armies and defenses have no power against the spiritual powers, for ‘our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms’ (Ephesians 6:12). But, Lord, You are greater than all these. Before You, Lord, who can stand? “Now, this I know: the Lord gives victory to His anointed” (Psalm 20:6).

Thank You that in Jesus Christ the victory has already been won. “Having disarmed the powers and authorities, He mad a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross” (Colossians 2:15). And “thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Romans 7:25). You gave victory to Your anointed, Jesus Christ. We stand now in His victory: free from sin, raised to life, and seated in the heavenly places in Christ, even as the nations and people rage around us.

[This is part of a series of prayer posts in 2012 that began here.]

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Posted by on February 4, 2012 in prayers


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Saturday Prayer 4

I will praise You, Lord, among the nations;
I will sing of You among the peoples.
For great is Your love, reaching to the heavens;
Your faithfulness reaches to the skies.
Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;
Let Your glory be over all the earth.
Psalm 57:9-11, NIV

Lord, please deepen me with You. I have a clear sense that I need to grow in my own depth of life and love with You. I am hearing from You that it is not about rearranging my schedule or even saying ‘no’ to more things right now. Rather, it is about saying ‘yes’ to You from the start of the day and then remaining surrendered to You purposefully through each minute of the day. It was written of the first disciples: ‘so they went and saw where He [Jesus] was staying, and they spent [remained] that day with Him’ (John 1:39, NIV).

I would like to remain with You throughout this day. I surrender my fears, my joys, my needs, my stresses…all into Your hands.

[This is part of a series of prayer posts in 2012 that began here.]


Posted by on January 28, 2012 in prayers


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