Title: Prayer – Faithful Prayer
John Calvin described the habit of prayer as “the chief exercise of faith”. By this he meant that prayer arises in our hearts as an expression of our relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
In this sermon we go back to the Lord’s Prayer, using the version recorded in Luke chapter 11. In it we explore three areas of faithful prayer:
* Prayer that is God-centred rather than self-focussed.
* Prayer that comes from the heart, secure in the Father’s love
* Prayer that prevails even under trial and tribulation
We illustrate these three titles using the prayer of the early Church recorded in Acts 4 - just after Peter and John had been released from prison after healing a lame man in the name of Jesus. They had been threatened with severe punishment if they continued preaching about Jesus and in their prayer they respond by asking God to increase their boldness in sharing the Gospel!