Lord, Teach us to Pray – Pt. 2
To help his disciples learn how to pray Jesus turns to every day encounters. In that he shows us that prayer requires persistence more than mechanics and we as humans are already familiar with the practice of prayer – we just need to learn how to pray to God. We begin to do this when we grow in confidence in God through his promises and proof of power.
Lord, Teach us to Pray – Pt. 1
The disciples of Jesus saw him pray, and pray a lot. Prayer was the central force in Jesus’ life and his disciples wanted to know how to do that. So when they asked how Jesus began by teaching them, not mechanics but substance. He gave them his word to pray. Learning to pray the Word of God is the best place to start learning how to pray.
Often what stops us from moving in to the fullness of life God has promised is not external obstacles but internal ones. Before Israel could enter the promised land God had to remove the reproach of their past. Once removed, they were free to live in the promises of God.
The Wheat & Weeds
Jesus used parables to teach his disciples about Kingdom life. At the same time he issued warnings to those who assumed they were in the Kingdom, but their life would show otherwise. The only difference between the wheat and the weeds is one produces fruit and one does not.
Exhaustion & Renewal
Worn out, beat down, ready to give up. Maybe you’ve felt that way – Elijah, the prophet of God, certainly did. In this story we see a man who gave his all, faced serious disappointment, and found renewal in the strangest place and in the strangest way.
Christ, through the church, is leading each of us to a collective future. One where we are unified around Jesus, maturing in our faith, and growing up to become just like Him.
The practice of baptism is a beautiful portrait of salvation. Putting on full display the work of Jesus Christ in his death, burial, and resurrection. At the same time it is the moment when a person unites themselves to Christ’s saving work, having their sins washed away and raised to walk in a new life.