Luke 6:12-36

Luke 6:12-36

Why do we pray? We pray because God wants us to be involved with Him. God wants us talking to Him, and He wants to talk to us... Why do we pray? So we can now God's heart and God's desire. So that we can be right with Him, and we can draw close to Him.(The first 30 seconds has some distortion.)

You know, the one question I get asked more than any other question, “Why do we pray? What is the purpose? If God already knows all things, why do we pray?” We pray because God wants us involved with Him. God wants us talking to Him, and He wants to talk to us. Just because He already knows all things, we don’t know all things, and He wants us to show interest in Him as He’s shown interest in us. He wants us to have love relationship with Him as He’s had love relationship with us…

“Are you sure, Father, about that one? But, Your will be done.” “Lord, what’s best for Me? God, what do You want for me? Not, what do I want for me. How will that situation benefit Your kingdom, rather than my life?” Have you ever prayed that way? That’s a much harder prayer to pray, and it takes a lot longer to pray it. “Are You sure You want me to go through that suffering? Will that benefit Your kingdom, even though it means pain for me, it means expense for me? Lord, if that’s what You want, Your will be done. Even, Lord, if that person is going to hurt me, do You want me to be around them?…”

Prayer is something I think we take too lightly. Why do we pray? So that we can know God’s heart, God’s desire, that we can be right with Him, that we can draw close with Him. Prayer isn’t just for us to ask for what we want, but so often that’s what prayer is for us. We pray for only those things that make us comfortable…

You know, we get rejected for a lot of things, but just because you’re rejected in life does not mean that you have a blessing. It’s when you are rejected because you have stood firm for the Name and the Person of Jesus Christ, for the Son of Man…

You know, we’re not going to heaven just because we’re going to church. We’re not going to heaven because we were born into a Christian family. But we have a blessing, and we can rejoice in that day, because our reward is in heaven when we have stood in the Name and for the Person of Jesus. And it is when men look at us for being believers in Jesus Christ and persecute us in these ways that we receive that blessing…

The truth of God’s Word, generally, is hard to hear. The truth of what God has to say to us is hard to hear, and it deals directly with our hearts and our own attitudes. I don’t like hearing God’s Word, I don’t like reading God’s Word, I don’t like studying God’s Word, because every time I do, it speaks to me because I have sin in my life, and it shows me that I have sin in my life, and it shows me that I have to change. And you know what? I like me, and I want me to be blessed. And it’s unfair that God should expect me to stop being me in order to have a blessing. It’s not fair that I should have to give to you, because if you would just work a little harder, you would have what I have. This is the attitude that most of us live with in life. We don’t like hearing God’s Word. We don’t like hearing that we have to change because of God’s Word, but this is what Jesus is speaking to here. There is a blessing for those who give their lives over to the Son of Man, who walk with and in this pPerson named Jesus, who put off religion and put on humility and love and change…

“Love your enemy. Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who mistreat you.” This is not how we live. If we had our choice, we would not be doing these things. This is foreign to religion and to those who are religious and have been raised up in church. This is foreign. Only those who have been raised up in Jesus can understand this…

You want reward in heaven? You want to know, truly, what heaven is going to be like? Heaven is that feeling you get when you’ve truly given up what’s yours, your rights, and have given yourself over to the Lord, and the freedom and the release you feel because you’ve done kindness to someone without expecting kindness in return. When you’ve loved regardless of who the person is, regardless of what he’s done, regardless of how he’s treated you. There is a great feeling of release, of comfort that you get when you finally give in to Lord, when you allow the Holy Spirit to work through you to love your enemy and to do good to those who you know are just taking advantage of you. And why are we doing it? Because our Father in heaven has done it. Because He is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.

We look at people and say, “I’m not going to help them. They’re ungrateful. They never repay me. They never do good to me. They’re always trying to find ways to cheat me. Why should I be a part of their life?” Because your Father is a part of their life. And He has lent to them. And He has loved them. And He has cared for them. And He knows the whole time He’s doing it that they’re ungrateful and that they’re wicked. But yet He reaches into their wicked heart, and He blesses them. And you know what? I am, in fact, grateful because God, one day, reached into my wicked heart, and He blessed me. The more you reach in to a wicked man’s heart to bless him, the softer that heart becomes…

Many of the things that cause us to grow and change are very difficult to hear…

This is the mandate of God to our hearts. This is what Jesus came for: is so that we would understand how to live and interact with one another. And the way He wants us to interact with one another is 1) to love them unconditionally; 2) to give to them unconditionally; 3) is to pray for them unconditionally. Do to others as you would have them do to you. We all want others to love us, and to help us when we are in our times of need. “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them.” What difference are you being when you love someone who loves you?…

It’s the hardest thing, I think, for us to accomplish in life, is to truly be kind to one another. We can be kind when someone’s kind to us. We can be kind when we want something. But are we truly being kind? Do we understand what kindness really is? Jesus has just laid it out. Real kindness is when you give unconditionally, regardless of who the recipient is or what he’s done or how she’s treated you. It doesn’t matter. It’s not about them. It’s about God in heaven, and it’s about me and my love relationship with God in heaven. And if I have a love relationship with God, and I call myself a son of God, then it doesn’t matter who you are or what you’ve done. I have a mandate that is to love you. To love you. To love you! I don’t care who you are or what you’ve done. It is my mandate to love you. You call yourselves children of God? You’ll know if you’re a child of God by how you think about the people who are around you or the people you interact with, and especially about how you feel about those that have mistreated you, who’ve taken advantage of you, who have despised you, because He is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. “Be merciful just as your Father is merciful.”

Dave Elkins

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