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

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.

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.]

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.]

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 More »