1. This morning we emphasized the principle that "men ought always to pray, and not to faint" (Luke 18:1). 2. This evening we are basing our lesson on the request made in Luke 11:1: "Lord, teach us to pray." 3. We are covering a number of verses in which "the Lord teaches us to pray." Discussion: I. THE LORD RESPONDED BY GIVING HIS MODEL PRAYER (Luke 11:2-4)
A. Jesus addressed His prayer to the Father, showing great respect and reverence. B. Jesus taught His followers to pray: 1. for the coming kingdom 2. for the Father's will to be done 3. for daily needs 4. for forgiveness 5. for help with temptation 6. for deliverance from evil.
II. THE LORD TEACHES US TO PRAY THROUGH HIS EXAMPLE
A. Jesus prayed when special events occurred. 1. He prayed at His baptism (Luke 3:21). 2. He prayed at His transfiguration (Luke 9:28-29). B. Jesus prayed in seclusion after doing a great work (Luke 5:16). C. Jesus prayed before making an important decision (Luke 6:12). D. Jesus prayed for Peter (Luke 22:31-32). E. Jesus prayed before He faced His great trial (Luke 22:41-44). F. Jesus prayed while receiving cruel treatment (Luke 23:34; Matthew 5:43-48). G. Jesus prayed when His life ended (Luke 23:46). H. We can learn much from the occasions when Jesus prayed. Conclusion:
1. Prayer is a special privilege for God's children. 2. Let us pursue this great blessing as the Lord taught us.