Message from Last Sunday, Feb 27, 2011 – The Lord’s Prayer, a Recipe for Prayer

At one point in his teaching, Jesus gave clear and direct instructions on prayer. He said, “When you pray, pray like this…” Then he gave his disciples what we know today as, “The Lord’s Prayer.” But what does it mean? Why do we pray, “Thy kingdom come”? Can anyone stop God’s kingdom from coming? Explore the Lord’s Prayer with Pastor John from Journey of Life Lutheran Church in Orlando, Florida.

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Luke 6:17-19 reading and brief reflection

In this passage, we see Jesus healing many people of all sorts of sicknesses. This shows us two things. First, Jesus verified that he was the messiah by fulfilling Old Testament prophecies of miraculous healings. He didn’t just claim to be the messiah and speak eloquently. Second, God sometimes does choose to heal us in response to our prayers.

Luke 6:12-16 reading and brief reflection

In this reading Jesus spends a night in prayer and then designates twelve of his disciples to be apostles. From this account we learn to bath big decisions in prayer and to rejoice in diversity rather than seeking uniformity in the church.

In this reading, some religious leaders are looking for a way to accuse Jesus. Knowing their thoughts, Jesus openly heals a man on the Sabbath right before their eyes. In doing this, Jesus illustrates again the proper place of rules an traditions in the life of a person of faith.

Luke 6:1-5 reading and reflection

In this reading, Jesus’ disciples are questioned by the pharisees for picking grain and eating it on the Sabbath. Jesus reminds us that he is Lord of the Sabbath (and, via another Gospel, that the Sabbath is there to serve us not master us)

Luke 5:33-39 reading and brief reflection

Message: Foundation of Prayer – the Inescapable Presence of God

Awareness of God’s presence — Christian mindfulness — is essential to a life that grows in living out the scripture’s invitation to “pray without ceasing.”

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Luke 5:27-26 reading and brief reflection (Jesus heals a paralytic)

Luke 5:12-16 Jesus Heals a Leper (brief reading and reflection)

Luke 5:1-11 reading and brief reflection

Reflect briefly with Pastor John on this episode in Jesus’ life when he calls his first disciples to leave their fishing boats behind and follow him.