PRACTICAL DISCIPLESHIP – Prayer

PRACTICAL DISCIPLESHIP – Prayer

Matthew 6:5-15 –“Jesus, the most important person in the world, authorized only four very limited biographies, four small gospels that focus on just three years of his life. John commented at the end of his gospel that Jesus said and did far more than he included in his story but that he chose only to include the things that would lead his readers to “believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God” (John 20:30-31; 21:25). The limited nature of the gospels means that repeated things hold an important place in understanding Jesus. With that backdrop in mind, consider how many times the gospels record Jesus praying or teaching about prayer – Matthew 6:5-14; 14:23; 11:25-26; 26:36-46; Mark 1:35; 6:16; 14:35-42; Luke 3:21; 5:16; 6:12-13; 9:18, 28-29; 10:21; 11:1-13; 18:1-8; 22:40-46; 23:34, 46; John 11:41-42; 12:27-28; 14:13-16; 16:23-26; 17:1-26. The important place Jesus gave to prayer in his life models for us the place it ought to have in our lives. Therefore, we will consider prayer’s place in Jesus’ life and teachings to help us better understand its place in our lives.”