I'm lagging behind on getting the update for this series posted to the site but better late than never. If you missed class on the 28th, we had our second discussion on prayer entitled "Prayer By Example".
Here are a few of the points we discussed:
1. Jesus began his ministry with prayer and fasting. (Luke 3:21-22) (Matt 4:1-11)
2. Jesus needed alone time to pray.
(Matt: 14:23, Mark 1:35, Mark 6:46, Luke 5:16)
3. When tough decisions arose, Jesus would spend whole nights in prayer.
4. Jesus prayed for other people.
(Matt 19:13, Luke 22:32, John 17)
5. When Jesus prayed it attracted others. (Luke 11:1)
6. Jesus prayers helped teach the disciples significant lessons. (Luke 9:18-20)
7. Jesus showed we can be confident when we pray.
(John 11:41-43, Matt 14:19, 15:36)
8. Jesus prayed for God’s Will to be first.
(Matt 26: 36-46, Mark 13: 32-42)
9. Jesus showed us the goal of our prayers should be to glorify God. (John 17)
10. Jesus fought spiritual battles through prayer. (Heb 5:7)
So do we pray this way? How would it change our lives if we began to really practice the master's prayer example? I'm convinced it would radically change the world... but being convinced doesn't radically change anything. My convincetion (new word) must lead to action if change is ever to come.