How do you pray? Is it how you're supposed to pray? Jesus gave some good advice on how to do it.
his sermon is quite a bit different from how it was written, therefore, please listen to the sermon rather than read it. The sermon notes which are included for convenience.
Sermon delivered at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Berkeley.
July 24, 2016 - 10th Sunday after Pentecost
"Shameless, Persistent Prayer". Text is from Luke 11:1-13
Good morning to you my sisters and brothers, saints and sinners, disciples of Christ and children of God.
How do you pray? Our disciples haven't quite gotten the knack of that discovery but they've seen it done. Surely it means something when they see John the Baptist and Jesus having one-on-one conversations with God. They want to have those conversations and want to know how it is that God says things out loud for everyone to hear.
And so, the disciples find Jesus in prayer, an opportunity they cannot pass up, and he gives them some words to use for themselves. Here in Luke, we have an abbreviated version of a prayer we're all familiar with:
Father, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come.
Give us each day our daily bread.
And forgive us our sins,
for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us.
And do not bring us to the time of trial