In Luke 11:1-13 Jesus responds to a disciple’s request, “Lord, teach us to pray.” This Lord’s Day, we come to the final section of this passage in which Jesus brings this teaching to a climactic.. application. Let your life be characterized by prayer knowing that God is our loving Father who delights to hear and answer us.
The hymns selected for the worship service focus on the love of God that moves him to answer pray.
PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP
Prelude Behold the Lamb of God
Call to Worship: Psalm 147:1-6
Hymn (Insert) Doxology (5 verses)
Note: Our opening hymn lays the proper foundation for our prayers: “Praise God from whom all blessings flow.’
Hymn HLG 274 Lord, Teach Us to Pray Aright
Note: Echoing the words of the disciple (11:1), we ask the Lord to teach us to pray. We recognize that we are but “dust and ashes” in his sight, yet we can come to him through the work of Christ and the help of the Spirit.
Scripture Reading: Psalm 145:1-25
Note: David extols the greatness and goodness of God. Our prayers rest on these truths.
The Lord is righteous in all his ways
and kind in all his works.
The Lord is near to all who call on him,
to all who call on him in truth.
He fulfills the desire of those who fear him;
he also hears their cry and saves them.
Hymn 249 O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus!
Note: Our confidence in prayer is anchored assurance the God loves his children. Jesus is the supreme expression of God’s love for us. This love is . . .
Vast, unmeasured, boundless, free,
rolling as a mighty ocean
in its fullness over me.
Hymn 670 Behold the Throne of Grace!
Note: John Newton calls us to “seek our God and Father’s face” because He is the One “who loves to answer prayer. He calls us to enter his presence boldly to ask what we desire.
My soul, ask what thou wilt,
Thou canst not be too bold:
Since His own blood for thee was spilt,
What else can He withhold?
Message: The Father Who Gives Good Gifts
Pastor Steven Thomas
Hymn 336: The King of Love My Shepherd Is
Note: The 23rd Psalm declares our confidence that the Lord will always care for us: “I shall not want.” His unfailing goodness does mean that we never will pass through dark valleys, but that he will always be with us and will bring us home.
Prayer Response: Jeremy Sherrill
Benediction: John Miles