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Prayer and peace to all
December 31, 2012
by Pastor Orval Wirkkala, Apostolic Lutheran Church, Kingston

As we enter into the blessed year of our Lord 2013, may we be encouraged through the life of prayer that Jesus lived during His time here on earth.

Luke records seven specific occasions during which Jesus prayed: 3:21, 5:16, 6:12, 9:18, 9:29, 11:1, 22:42-44.

As we continue to live our lives in peaceful union with Him, may our hearts and lives be knit together in Him as we draw near to Him and to each other in this coming year.

“The Lord is at hand/near; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:5-7

We approach the the new year by echoing the request of Jesus’ disciples, and noting the principles of prayer that are taught in this portion of His teaching.

“Now, Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.’

And he said to them, ‘When you pray, say: “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 who is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation.”’ Luke 11:1-4

Praying persistently

And he said to them, “Which of you who has a friend will go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves, for a friend of mine has arrived on a journey, and I have nothing to set before him;’ and he will answer from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed. I cannot get up and give you anything.’ I tell you, though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his impudence/persistence he will rise and give him whatever he needs.” Luke 11:5-8

Praying believing

“And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.” Luke 11:9-10

Praying specifically

“What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?” Luke 11:11-12

Praying expectantly

“If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” Luke 11:13

May we have a blessed New Year growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.