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We know we are in a different atmosphere—a higher one—when we hear someone pray with the priorities that Jesus teaches. And hasten the day of Christ's final appearing.It sounds something like this, taking our outline from verses 2–4: "Father, we long to see you honored more and more in our church and our city. Meet our physical needs we pray, so that we can press on with joy in the work you call us to for your name's sake.Jesus teaches us to prevail in prayer without doubting the Father's love. The man says that the door is locked, the children are asleep in his room, don't bother me now.But his friend keeps knocking and asking until the man gets up, not because of his friendship, but because of the man's prevailing, persisting, persevering knocking.He shows this mainly by teaching us to call God Father when we pray to him.
I tell you, though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him whatever he needs.I want to mention four things in this text that Jesus teaches us about praying—four directions based on four promises. When the disciples ask Jesus to teach them to pray (11:1), he says (in v.2), "When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name.Your kingdom come." Notice that these are requests.All of the Lord's Prayer is requests, not thanks or praise.
From this alone we should feel motivated at the beginning of a new year to make prayer more central in our lives. It is the will of the Lord Jesus that Bethlehem be a church of prayer—that our new sanctuary be a house of prayer, and that our people be given to daily, prevailing prayer for personal needs, for the power of the Spirit, for the progress of the gospel, and for the glory of God's name. So I urge you now to open yourself to what Jesus is saying to you this morning.