PRAYING TO THE FATHER

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					PRAYING LIKE A CHILD
       Penge Baptist Church
             6th March 2011
    Pray like a child?
   We are God’s children
       John 1:12-13 “Yet to all who received him, to those who
        believed in his name, he gave the right to become children
        of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human
        decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
   Jesus cares deeply for children – and wants us to be
    like them
       Mark 10:13-15 “People were bringing little children to Jesus
        to have him touch them, but the disciples rebuked them.
        When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them,
        “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them,
        for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you
        the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God
        like a little child will never enter it.”
   Praise for disciples for being like children
       Luke 10: 17, 21 “The seventy-two returned
        with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons
        submit to us in your name.” ....At that time
        Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said,
        “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and
        earth, because you have hidden these things
        from the wise and learned, and revealed them
        to little children.”
How like a child?
   Humbly
       Matthew 18:1-5 “At that time the disciples came to
        Jesus and asked, “Who is the greatest in the
        kingdom of heaven?” He called a little child and had
        him stand among them. And he said: “I tell you the
        truth, unless you change and become like little
        children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
        Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is
        the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. “And whoever
        welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes
        me.”
   Being without pretence
       Matthew 20:20-21 Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons
        came to Jesus with her sons and, kneeling down, asked a
        favor of him. “What is it you want?” he asked. She said,
        “Grant that one of these two sons of mine may sit at your
        right and the other at your left in your kingdom.”
   Being real, coming to God as you are
       Matthew 21:15-16 But when the chief priests and the
        teachers of the law saw the wonderful things he did and
        the children shouting in the temple area, “Hosanna to the
        Son of David,” they were indignant. “Do you hear what
        these children are saying?” they asked him. “Yes,” replied
        Jesus, “have you never read, “ ‘From the lips of children
        and infants you have ordained praise’ ?”
       John 1:47 When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he
        said of him, “Here is a true Israelite, in whom there is
        nothing false.”
Praying like a child

   Bold asking like a child
       Luke 7:7-11 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and
        you will find; knock and the door will be opened to
        you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks
        finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be
        opened. “Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will
        give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him
        a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how
        to give good gifts to your children, how much more
        will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those
        who ask him!”
   Persisting like a child
       Luke 11:5-8 “Then he said to them, “Suppose one of
        you has a friend, and he goes to him at midnight and
        says, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, because a
        friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have
        nothing to set before him.’ “Then the one inside
        answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked,
        and my children are with me in bed. I can’t get up and
        give you anything.’ I tell you, though he will not get up
        and give him the bread because he is his friend, yet
        because of the man’s boldness he will get up and give
        him as much as he needs. “So I say to you: Ask and it
        will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and
        the door will be opened to you.
   Trusting like a child
       Matthew 15:26-28, “It is not right to take the
        children’s bread and toss it to their dogs.” “Yes,
        Lord,” she said, “but even the dogs eat the crumbs
        that fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus
        answered, “Woman, you have great faith! Your
        request is granted.”
        Luke 7:8-9 “I myself am a man under authority, with
        soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes;
        and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my
        servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard
        this, he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd
        following him, he said, “I tell you, I have not found
        such great faith even in Israel.”
   Recognising our dependence
       John 5:19 “Jesus gave them this answer: “I tell you
        the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can
        do only what he sees his Father doing, because
        whatever the Father does the Son also does.”
       John 15:5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a
        man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much
        fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
   Bringing our helplessness to Jesus
       They have no wine (Cana)
       They have no bread (Feeding 5,000)
       He has no life (Lazarus)
       2 Cor 12:8-9 “Three times I pleaded with the Lord to
        take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is
        sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in
        weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly
        about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may
        rest on me.”
The comfort of a
loving father!

   Gal 4:6 Because you are sons, God sent the
    Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who
    calls out, “Abba, Father.”
   Philippians 4:6-7 “Do not be anxious about
    anything, but in everything, by prayer and
    petition, with thanksgiving, present your
    requests to God. And the peace of God, which
    transcends all understanding, will guard your
    hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

				
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