This week’s sermon title is “Let’s talk prayer” which means it could be preached virtually any Sunday 🙂 In this case, the Lectionary has us looking at Luke 11 where the so-called shorter Lord’s Prayer is found. The passage continues to verse 13 which means it includes a couple of Jesus’ funniest illustrations as well as some words about persistence in prayer.
One of the most significant things about prayer, and I think I explain it better at St. Mark’s than at Knox* is how it can re-orient us. We are quite legitimately and humanly concerned about ourselves but we can easily go overboard and begin to think that we are the beginning and the end of everything that matters. Prayer helps us to remember where we fit in the grand scheme of things; not at the top but not at the bottom after absolutely everything else either.
I also make the further point about prayer that we are called to persist in prayer not because we need to “wear down” God until he gives in but rather because of the change(s) it can create in us. This means that I actually had two points today so let me know, if you are so inclined, if I was successful or not.
Knox Presbyterian Let’s talk prayer
St. Mark’s Presbyterian Let’s talk prayer
* If I’m correct and it is better explained there . . . sorry Knox