Luke 11:5-13

Luke 11:5-13

I believe prayer is the most important thing you can do in your day. Communicating with God. And as you pray, then you turn to His Word and take in that food that strengthens you... You can't just read the Bible and expect to be strong, though. You also have to pray.There is nothing about God that is selfish, but yet we, even though oftentimes are calling ourselves Christians, find ourselves only thinking about us. Me! But yet, God, sitting on His throne, running this universe without needing me, saw that I had a need, and knew that because of my evil and my wickedness, that I would never, ever find my way to Him, and so He sacrificed. I didn’t have to ask Him to do it. I didn’t have to manipulate Him to do it, because it is said, before the foundations of this earth God made the sacrifice. Christ was crucified. Long before I had even a glimmer of thought, God was already seeing to my need. He volunteered it. He gave up a part of Himself. He walked on this earth, and He dwelt amongst the evil that was here, and He tried to reason with men. But you know how hard it is to reason with men who are only thinking wickedly, selfishly? Seeking to fulfill their own position in life? Jesus was not about fulfilling His own position in life. He is the King. He is declared to be the King by the Father, but yet it wasn’t His throne that He came to fulfill. It was because we were lost in sin that He came, and He came to fulfill for His Father the need that His Father had: to have fellowship with us. The desire that His Father had: to have fellowship with us. The longing that His Father had: to have fellowship with us. He came for those reasons. And everything that He asked when He would pray, He asked for His Father’s sake and for our sake and not for His own…

When do we pray? And why do we pray? When is our prayer effective? Our prayer is effective when it is prayed out of selflessness, when it is prayed because we have a desire to be right with God, and we have a desire to see others right with God…

The best gift you can have, the one thing that you can have that will meet all of your need — all of it, one hundred percent… You have need, and that need can only be met through the Holy Spirit. “So I say to you, ask and it will be given to you.” Do you desire to be right with the Father? Do you desire to have a good relationship with God in heaven? First you’ve got to recognize that you’re separated from Him, and you’re separated from Him because of evil in your life, so, “Lord, forgive me. Forgive me for who I am and what I’ve become in life. Forgive me because I need Your forgiveness, and Lord, help me to forgive others around me so that then I can be right with You.” This is how we pray. This is what touches God’s heart: when we step away from our own selfish motivation and say, “Lord, it is about You. You know what? My neighbor needs You… What can I do? How can I be a part of that? Give me, Lord, the things I need so that I can be a part of what You’re doing in this earth to bring people to know You. Give me what I need, Lord, so that my need is met so that I’m strengthened, so that I can be the very best use to You.”

This is how we pray. And we do it all starting in the context of, “God, You are holy. You are mighty. You are deserving. You are the Master of this universe, not me. You are the Master of my life, not me…”

I believe prayer is the most important thing you can do in your day. Communicating with God. And as you pray, then you turn to His Word and take in that food that strengthens you from His Word. You can’t just read the Bible and expect to be strong, though. You also have to pray… So often we avoid prayer, and I hear people say, “Oh, I don’t know what to say. I don’t know what to ask for.” Do you know somebody else? I guarantee you, everybody in this room knows somebody else. If you don’t know what to pray for, pray for them. Say, “Lord, meet their need. Father, be their strength.” You know, you don’t have to pray just for yourself, and you don’t have to get clever in conversation. God is not going to be impressed with our clever words, our vocabulary… He wants all of us to seek after Him and to talk to Him. And our prayers are the most effective when those prayers are brought to God on behalf of those that are around us who have need… Then it is the Holy Spirit that is glorified, and it is God on His throne Who is glorified. It is not we who are glorified…

There is nothing we can do to impress Him, but we can touch His heart when we pray appropriately, when we come to Him boldly, when we seek after Him, when we ask Him, and when we find ourselves knocking because the need is that great…

It doesn’t matter what time of day or night you come to God. When you start knocking, He’s there listening. And if what you’re desiring is to meet that need of a friend, to bring the Living Bread, the real Bread, the life-giving Bread to your friend who’s stopped in and has need, the door will be opened. The good gift that you will receive is the Holy Spirit. This is what God desires for us.

Dave Elkins

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