Today you should read: Luke 11:1-13
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
5 thoughts on “February 8, 2018”
Thanks for the reminder Erik of our good God.
3) Give us each day the food we need (NLT)
This verse really spoke to me today. We live in a country that is blessed beyond measure. Within a five mile radius of my home are at least 4 grocery stores with an abundance of practically anything my heart could desire to eat. I’m reminded that God doesn’t just give us what we “need” to survive but He has blessed us with so much more.
There are millions of people in the world who don’t have the vast resources we have. I will be praying for those who aren’t sure how they’re going to feed their families TODAY, let alone tomorrow or the day after. Lord, give us eyes to see and hearts to respond to those in need.
Thankful for jumpstart today! Thanks Erik!!
Thanks Erik! What jumped out to me was the first verse – Jesus was praying. Jesus is God yet through scripture we see his need to pray. It made me look more into his praying and realized how much I can learn about prayer by looking into Jesus prayer life. Jesus prayed for others, prayed with others, prayed alone and regularly, prayed with passion from his love for God , taught us to be persistent and prayed believing and trusting his prayers would be answered.
What a good word! He is really our Father! It really jumped out to me that at the end of this passage, the gift Jesus is speaking of is the Holy Spirit. We could never even say that Jesus is Lord without the Spirit. I want to walk in the Spirit so I won’t live a life trapped in my flesh. Jesus knew how much help we needed. His Spirit gives us the power to overcome! I sure need to overcome!
Sorry everyone. I had one of my busier days full of meetings yesterday and wasn’t able to respond back until now. Thanks for the encouragement and additional insights on passages that stuck out. I really love reading God’s Word with my church fam!