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A Word from the Lord

with Archbishop Foley Beach
“Jesus, Teach Us To Pray” Sunday, August 11, 2019
MESSAGE SUMMARY: From the Gospel of Luke (11:1-13): Life Lessons from Luke on Prayer This “Life Lesson from Luke” focuses upon the Apostle Luke in the context of “Luke the Evangelist” – telling the good news of Jesus the Christ. Luke emphasizes Jesus’ prayer life. The Apostles, including Luke, would have seen Jesus pray every day and night, over three years, as they followed Him. In Luke 11:1, the Apostles asked Jesus: “Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.’”; and Jesus responded to their request for teaching them to pray in Luke 11:2-4:”he said to them, ‘When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread, and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation.’”. In Luke 11, Jesus’ instruction to His Apostles and us includes a model prayer in four sections: 1) praising and glorifying God; 2) asking for God’s Kingdom to come to be communicated across the Earth and to be accepted by all; 3) confession of our sins and a request for God’s forgiveness of our sins along with God’s guidance to be like Him in forgiving those whom we believe have not done well for us; and 4) praying for other’s needs, our own sustenance, and God’s help for us to live a righteous life. Ask Jesus both to teach you to pray and lead you to a person that can teach you to pray. Then in Luke 11:2-13, Jesus taught His Apostles how to pray “The Lord’s Prayer”. From Luke 11:1-13, we can envision God standing, with His hands wide open, to bless us; but we must pray and ask. Be persistent in praying to the Lord and asking, as Jesus has instructed us through the Gospel of Luke and, indeed, like we are consistently instructed throughout the New Testament. TODAY’S AFFIRMATION: I affirm that because of what God has done for me in His Son, Jesus, I AM RIGHTEOUS IN GOD’S EYES. God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:21).   SCRIPTURE REFERENCE (ESV): Luke 11:1-13; Luke 15:16; Luke 6:12; Luke 9:29; Luke 22:31-32; Luke 22:41; Luke 23:34; 1 Chronicles 4:10; 1 Corinthians 10:13-14; James 4:2-3.; Psalms 4:1-8.   SCRIPTURE REFERENCE SEARCH: www.AWFTL.org/bible-search/   WEBSITE LINK TO DR. BEACH’S SERMON VIDEO – “Marriage – A Current Assessment (Christ the King Anglican Church; Birmingham, AL)”: www.AWFTL.org/watch      A WORD FROM THE LORD WEBSITE: www.AWFTL.org.   DONATE TO AWFTL: https://mygiving.secure.force.com/GXDonateNow?id=a0Ui000000DglsqEAB

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