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A JESUS WHO LISTENS TO US

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A Jesus Who Listens To Us - Luke 11:1-13
Sermon Discussion

Last week Pastor Duane talked to us about Mary and Martha and choosing to listen to Jesus. This week Duane flipped the conversation to talk about Jesus listening to us. Through prayer that is exactly what happens!

What are some things that make a good listener? Would you say you're a good listener?


Let's read the passage:

1 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.” 2 And he said to them, “When you pray, say:

“Father, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come.
3 Give us each day our daily bread,
4 and forgive us our sins,
for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
And lead us not into temptation.”

5 And he said to them, “Which of you who has a friend will go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves, 6 for a friend of mine has arrived on a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; 7 and he will answer from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed. I cannot get up and give you anything’? 8 I tell you, though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his impudence he will rise and give him whatever he needs. 9 And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. 11 What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; 12 or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” -- Luke 11:1-13

Before we get into the sermon, did anything interesting, confusing, or challenging pop out to you in the passage?

Pastor Duane pulled 3 things to we can talk about from the passage:

Learning to pray
Learning to honor
Learning to receive

LEARNING TO PRAY (v 1-4)

The disciples see Jesus praying and ask him to teach them to pray. Jesus then lays out The Lord's Prayer to model how to talk to God.
Duane pointed out that the disciples first had to realize they were not good at praying and could improve before deciding to ask Jesus to teach them.

How does prayer get improved? How have you seen yourself get better at praying?

The Lord's Prayer can be analyzed and studied in many different ways, Duane provided some helpful handholds by highlighting 6 parts or emphases.

"Father": Jesus begins by greeting God using one of His names. There are many names for God throughout the Bible, "IAM", "Jehovah", "Adonai", "Yahweh", etc.

How do you greet God when you pray to him? What would make you try a different greeting?


"Hollowed be thy name": Jesus includes this to emphasize perspective; so we remember it's not just a meditation or some flippant conversation.

What separates prayer from meditation? Can you have a casual prayer with God?


"Your kingdom come": a reminder that God is king and to be on the lookout for tastes of the kingdom now in this broken world.

What are some examples of "tastes" of God's kingdom you've seen recently?


"Give us each day our daily bread": every day we should be talking to God, and seeing Him as provider.

What does it mean that God is our daily provider?

"Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who have sinned against us":Duane pointed out that for forgiveness is the currency of the spiritual life. A life that based on doing everything right all the time will wear you out. Prayer itself, allowing us to talk to God is because of God's grace.

How would you explain this idea that "forgiveness is the currency of the spiritual life" to a friend or neighbor?

"Lead us not Into temptation": Reminder that there is a tempter, and a spiritual battle happening.

What are somethings we can do as a Community Group to encourage one other in resisting temptation?

LEARNING TO HONOR (v 5-8)


Jesus share a quick story to show that God cares about honoring His name. He often acts throughout the Bible to glorify His own name. In prayer we also have the opportunity to honor His name.

Why does God care about His name being honored?


Prayer means a lot. And praying with others, out loud can be a great tool for sharing what we believe about God with unbelievers and believers.

Do you ever pray out loud? How is it different than silent prayers?

 

LEARNING TO RECEIVE(v 9-13)


Jesus again emphasizes God's place as Father. Provider and Protector of His children. Duane talked a bit about seeking God, and how there are 2 types of seekers: those with honest questions who are researching those that went before and want to learn, and those that already have a decision made and are just looking for confirmation in that decision.

How does God protect his children?


When Pray to God, how can you know which kind of seeker you are going to Him as?


PRAYER


Pray as a group and honor God's name by calling on him to bring His kingdom soon, provide for us, and keep us from temptation