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The Prayers of Jesus (3-5) 2/18/2009
Dear Family.

Lord, Bind Us Together In Love!

F Father
M Mother
L Love
Y You

That was the theme of our Sunday School Breakfast on Sunday and it went very well. Thanks for all who worked so hard to make this time special for all of us who where there.

We continue to walk with our Lord Jesus as we observe His life of prayer. Today we will follow along and note three more occasions/reasons when He prayed.

3. Praying after the Sermon on the Mount, after the busiest day of His ministry and before His first preaching tour of Galilee (Mark 1:35-39)

KJV Mark 1:35 And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.
KJV Mark 1:36 And Simon and they that were with him followed after him.
KJV Mark 1:37 And when they had found him, they said unto him, All men seek for thee.
KJV Mark 1:38 And he said unto them, Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also: for therefore came I forth.
KJV Mark 1:39 And he preached in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and cast out devils.

4. Praying after the healing of a leper (Luke 5:12-16)

KJV Luke 5:12 And it came to pass, when he was in a certain city, behold a man full of leprosy: who seeing Jesus fell on his face, and besought him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.

KJV Luke 5:13 And he put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will: be thou clean. And immediately the leprosy departed from him.

KJV Luke 5:14 And he charged him to tell no man: but go, and shew thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing, according as Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them

KJV Luke 5:15 But so much the more went there a fame abroad of him: and great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed by him of their infirmities.
KJV Luke 5:16 And he withdrew himself into the wilderness, and prayed.

5. Praying before choosing the twelve disciples (Luke 6:12,13)
KJV Luke 6:12 And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.
KJV Luke 6:13 And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles;

We learn much about prayer by observing small children with their godly dads. Here is a devotion which came in my email this morning.

A childlike dependence
In his public teaching ministry Jesus commended humility as
the pre-eminent characteristic of the citizens of God's
kingdom, and went on to describe it as the humility of a
child ...
Many people are puzzled by this teaching, since children
are seldom humble in either character or conduct. Jesus
must therefore have been alluding to their humility of
status, not behaviour. Children are rightly called
'dependants'. They depend on their parents for everything.
For what they know they depend on what they have been
taught, and for what they have they depend on what they
have been given. These two areas are, in fact, the very
ones Jesus specifies when he develops the model of a
child's humility.
--From 'Pride, Humility and God', in "Alive to God", ed. J.
I. Packer and L. Wilkinson (Downers Grove: IVP, 1992), p.

May the Lord bless us in our fellowship with Him.

In Christ,

Pastor Orval
Posted on 18 Feb 2009 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala
The Prayers of Jesus 2/12/2009
Lord, Bind Us Together In Love

KJV Psalm 5:3 My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.
KJV Psalm 85:8 I will hear what God the LORD will speak: for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints: but let them not turn again to folly.

Last Sunday during Sunday School a question was asked, "What does it mean to pray?" After a short while a young child raised her hand and said: "It is talking to and hearing from God." Wow!

That answer which came from the child so well answered the question that was asked that the elder who asked the question was noticeably taken aback at the reply as were the rest of us who were listening. Praise the Lord!! We today recall our Lord's words:

KJV Matthew 21:16 And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?

KJV Matthew 11:25 At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.

I wish to continue to develop the theme/prayer which has been chosen for the upcoming annual convention of the Apostolic Lutheran Church this summer in Kingston and St. Cloud, Minnesota: "Lord, Bind Us Together In Love." May this be the deepest desire of our soul, may it be as the breath of our lungs, may it come before Our Father heaven as a sweet odor of praise to Him.... Yes, our desire is that we would be bound together in love, but the question is: How does that happen? That is what we wish to pursue through this study of prayer.

So, recognizing that prayer is both speaking and listening, and also being very well aware that the latter aspect of prayer is much more difficult to master than the first, I thought that it would be wise to observe the life of our Lord concerning His prayer life. Jesus is our Savior, our Lord, but He is also our example and pattern. We are called to learn of Him from Him. (Matthew 11:29) Here I might interject this: In my former life as a contract logger, on occasion I would visit competitors sites to see how they were doing things, visiting many sites in the process, but careful to make sure I included the most successful operations as well. Through observation I was able to see a common way of doing things and therefore was able to not only learn from them, but was able to utilize those methods that were seen to be productive to our operation's benefit. Well, in a sense, can we not approach a study of prayer in the same manner?

There are at least 27 prayers which were prayed by Jesus. Here are first two.

1. Praying prior to Bethlehem (Hebrews 10:5,7) (In the halls of eternity past)

KJV Hebrews 10:5 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:
KJV Hebrews 10:7 Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.

2. Praying at His baptism (Luke 3:21,22)

KJV Luke 3:21 Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened,
KJV Luke 3:22 And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.

May the Lord bless our study as we "drive through the Bible to see when, where and why Jesus prayed." As we consider each of these occasions of our Lord's praying, let us ask ourselves those three questions.

In Christ,

Pastor Orval Wirkkala
Posted on 12 Feb 2009 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala

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