Pastor Rey starts off on a new series “Can You Hear Me Now?”, diving into prayer life and growing closer to God. The first step as we learn from Jesus is to pause, slow down, and get away from the crazy.
Imagine learning to throw a football from Russell Wilson, or how to coach a team from Pete Carroll, or how to manage a company from Paul Allen, or how to talk smack from Richard Sherman. Minus the last example, I think most of us would relish in the opportunity to learn a skill from one of the greats.
Now imagine learning to pray from Jesus himself. Imagine if you could somehow figure out this whole prayer thing from the person who was most connected to God. Well you don’t have to imagine because you can learn to pray vicariously through the disciples who once asked Jesus, “Teach us to pray.”
I have been trying to figure out prayer ever since becoming Christian. I have tried praying silently, aloud, writing down my prayers, reading other’s prayers, walking through nature and praying, praying while I jog, praying through scripture, praying on my knees, praying on my back, praying with my eyes open, and every other way you can imagine.
And for most of my life the results have been mixed. Sure I have experienced answered prayers but they are sandwiched between unanswered prayers. Honestly I can’t help but think that I must be doing it wrong. Not saying the right words or not saying them the right way.
I think we have all had our doubts at some point. Can God truly hear us? Jesus answers that with an emphatic ‘YES!’ And he teaches us how to.
He begins his lesson by introducing us to God. He reveals the nature of God to us. He reminds us who we are talking to because I think they struggle with the same issues I struggle with. I tend to overlook God.
From the very beginning Jesus reminds us – Before you pray, I want to you pause. I want you to slow down. I want you to take a deep breath and think about who you are talking. God is your Father. Holy and different than all others. None can compare. Though He is unseen, he sees and knows all about you. He knows all about your needs and he is your rewarder.
The essence of prayer is relationship which is why Jesus tells us to pause and think about who you are talking to. Declare God’s greatness.
Which is what we are doing this week. We are pausing. We are taking this week to declare God’s greatness. To make a list of who God is to you. To contemplate. To meditate. To recognize the God of eternity who has invited us to refer to him as Father.
Don’t miss out next week as we dive into the rest of the prayer. For those who missed, here is a link to last week’s message.
Like what you hear, but want more?