This was the Scripture that we did in family devotions last night. I’ve preached sermons on the Lord’s Prayer and still use it as a general model for daily prayer along with ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication) which is included in much of the Lord’s Prayer. I’m sure many of you are familiar with it as well, just as my 2 oldest kids are as they started robotically, boringly repeating it when reading it last night and I had flashbacks of my old Roman Catholic days when we’d have to repeat it along with Hail Mary what seemed like a billion times after confessional. So we will not talk about the Lord’s Prayer that much in Jumpstart today. If you want to know more about it here’s one of my sermons on it from a few years ago.
Today I want to focus on what Jesus said AFTER the Lord’s Prayer. I want to focus on verses 5-13 because this is what stood out to my family during family devotions yesterday and we don’t hear these verses as often as we do the Lord’s Prayer. You see, after Jesus shows us how to pray (and not just repeating those words but the heart and theme around those words) He reminds us how friends will give and provide for their friends when they go through great extremes in asking and how bad fathers will still give good gifts to their children, how much more with a good Father, but not JUST a good Father but a Perfect Heavenly Father will give good gifts to his children and provide for them. As Jesus instructs us to regard God as our Father, we know that He is a giving, good, loving Father who wants to hear from His children in prayer. But don’t forget, God doesn’t just listen but He gives us good gifts and He never stops loving us as a good father exemplifies.
- Do speak to God in prayer as a Good Father?
- What type of good gifts and prayers has He answered in your life lately?
By: Erik Koliser — West Campus Pastor