Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church, Singapore
Professor. Russell Dykstra 19th August 2018
Prayer is a privilege and a lifelong blessing!
Luke 11:1-13 Heidelberg Cat. L.D.45
A vital and precious NEED, INDISPENSIBLE
Covenant fellowship (communion), worship and expression of thankfulness.
- We must know him, ask according to the model prayer and for what is needed.
- We are dependent creatures with material and spiritual needs (grace/Spirit/our calling/life’s hardships).
- We are sinners needing forgiveness and cleansing.
- It is hard because it is SPIRITUAL and we are EARTHLY!
- We shall be heard.
Contrary to what RD says it may contain apparent trivia (God is interested in the minutiae of life) and be spontaneous, informal and just by “shooting” a thought to heaven (Nehemiah 2:4).
Message by Rev. Martyn McGeown at CPRC on Ephesians 3:17b-19. How true knowledge of the immensity of Christ’s love has a transforming effect on Christians.
“…yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth.” Luke 11:8
Importunity means a persistent plea.
Good Web Article
The daily offerings (Exodus 29:38) of two lambs and of incense burnt (Exodus 30:7) are Old Testament types pointing clearly to the need of every believer devoting themselves to God daily by taking time with him in the word and prayer (Bible time, quiet time etc). It was said of Moses, “And the Lord spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend ” (Exodus 3:11). That is our privilege even more-so (Heb.4:16). David was accustomed to more (Psalm 55:17). No reason we shouldn’t pray continually but we do need to set aside time to pray and read Scripture or listen to it being preached. A complete Bible reading plan helps.
“Keep, sanctify, unite, glorify thy people”- Christ.
The Lord’s Prayer is the most well known but his high priestly prayer in John 17 is all-encompassing.