We can get prayer wrong. A major issue in prayer is pride. A good test for pride is whether we can say this prayer.
We do not presume to come to your table, merciful Lord, trusting in our own righteousness, but in your manifold and great mercies. We are not worthy so much as to gather up the crumbs under your table. But you are the same Lord whose nature is always to have mercy. Grant us, therefore, gracious Lord, so to eat the flesh of your dear Son Jesus Christ, and to drink his blood, that we may evermore dwell in him, and he in us. Amen.
Preached by Rev. Jacob Crane on Sunday, June 30th, 2019
Many of us find prayer a little difficult.
And there are many reasons why this may be so.
After teaching His disciples to pray the Lord’s prayer, He shares with them a parable on prayer.
It begins by teaching that how we see God, effects the way we pray. If we see God as some begrudgingly obliging neighbour, our prayers will be stifled, only coming to God on occasions of desperation.
But. Should we see God as He is, as Jesus teaches us, we can go to Him with shameless boldness, and trust in the goodness of our heavenly Father.
Jesus teaches, that the gift our Father is most eager to give, is the gift of the Holy Spirit. And by His Spirit, He will make known to us, He will guide, not only our prayers, but the whole of our lives.
Through the Holy Spirit, we are, by faith, all in Christ. Not only are we united with Him, but we are united with each other. Paul then calls the church, to live worthy lives of Christ’s death, making every effort to live in the unity of the Spirit, to be the spiritual dwelling place for God.
As we draw to a close our four-part series on the Holy Spirit, we examine the Apostle Paul’s teachings of the Spirit of Unity & Fruitfulness.
The Holy Spirit according to …
The Apostles: The Spirit of Unity & Fruitfulness
How well can you truly know someone?
How well can you truly know God?
As we gain information about the people around us, we create an understanding of that person in our minds. To know others is a process from the outside-in. Information from outside, about a person, comes to inside us.
To truly know God comes only from the Holy Spirit. To truly know God, comes from the inside-out, not from within us, but from the gift of God’s Spirit, given to teach, guide and comfort His people.
As Jesus prepares His disciples to continue God’s mission after His death, Jesus teaches the disciples about the promised presence of the person of Holy Spirit, with its purpose of teaching and comforting those whom Jesus has called by name.
The Holy Spirit according to…
The Son: The Spirit of Understanding & Comfort
As we continue our series on the Holy Spirit, we learn that the despite the constant failures of God’s people to live pleasing lives to God, fulfilling their purpose to be a blessing to other nations, God remains faithful.
His grace and patience aren’t limitless, and when His Holy name is profaned, God acts and judges His people. He acts precisely because of His Holy Name, both in judging Israel and in promising to redeem them. He promised to make Israel a great nation. So He redeems them, promising to place within us, a new heart, and His Spirit.
The problem with humanity, is the human heart.
The Holy Spirit according to…
The Prophets: The Spirit of Reconciliation & Obedience