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There are not a lot of examples in the gospels of people asking Jesus to teach them something. But in Luke 11, Jesus’ disciples ask Jesus to teach them to pray. Perhaps more amazingly is that Jesus teaches them to pray in just fifty-odd words (about 290 characters by my count – just a little more than a tweet!)

In the next 8 blogs, we’ll look at the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6 and Luke 11. We’ll do this slowly and allow the truths of Jesus’ teaching to shape and encourage our prayer lives.

Our Father in heaven

26th April 2021

J.I. Packer wrote that the key to a great and vibrant prayer life is a wonderful awareness of the greatness of God. He said,

“the vitality of prayer lies in the vision of God that prompts it. Drab thoughts of God make prayer dull”.

When Jesus teaches us to pray, 'Our Father', our thoughts focus on the incredible truth of our adoption as God’s children and the depth of relationship and intimacy that we have with our God. And when he adds the words, ‘in heaven’, we are reminded of the very nature of the God we call ‘Father’. We are reminded that when we pray, we speak to the infinite, self-existing, unchanging, all-powerful, all-knowing, all-loving God who transcends this world, and whose presence is everywhere.

When we pray, we call out to the one who is utterly different from us. He is not bound as we are; he is not limited as we are; he is not fragile as we are; he is not self-absorbed as we are. A.W. Tozer writes,

"To admit that there is One who lies beyond us, who exists outside of all our categories, who will not be dismissed with a name, who will not appear before the bar of our reason, nor submit to our curious inquiries: this requires a great deal of humility, more than most of us possess, so we save face by thinking God down to our level, or at least down to where we can manage Him.”

And of course, when we reduce God to our level, our prayers lose their vibrancy and our dependence on prayer disappears. It is only when we seek to behold our God in all his glory and power that we truly appreciate the privilege that prayer is. It is not a form of positive-thinking, it is not thinking happy thoughts, but is speaking to the one who is the author, creator, sustainer, and focus of life and everything. When we look at Jesus, we see the very character of God – the one who calms the storm, walks on water, multiplies bread and fish, heals the lame, raises the dead, and speaks with incomparable wisdom.

This is the God we pray to:

Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure (Psalm 147:5)

“For I the Lord do not change (Malachi 3:6)

For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself.” (John 5:26)

By the word of the Lord the heavens were made (Psalm 33:6)

Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me. (Psalm 139:7-10)

 

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgements and how inscrutable his ways! (Romans 11:33)

His splendour was like the sunrise;
    rays flashed from his hand,
    where his power was hidden. (Habakkuk 3:4)

He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just.
A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he. (Deuteronomy 32:4)

Our God is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see … and the wonder is that we can approach him in prayer because He is our Father.

How does this affect us as we pray this week? 

Praise

As we pray, focus our praise on who God is – you may wish to reflect on some of the verses above or look up other ones. Praise him for who he is and allow our hearts to be filled with awe and worship as we think about our Father. You might want to actively engage with the verses by writing them out, drawing them, or singing them.

Repent

Repent of the times when we have reduced God to our level or failed to humble ourselves before his majesty.

Ask

Ask that God would increase our vision of who He is – pray this for yourself and for others. Pray that this increased vision would fuel a vibrant and joyful prayer life.

Yield

Humble ourselves before our great God, recognise our inadequacies and his sufficiency, and seek God's help to depend on him more and more as we go through each day this week.

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Next - 'Hallowed by your name'

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Welcome! Whether you've just moved to the area, or have lived here all your life, we hope our website helps you to find out everything you want to know about our Church.

 

Some key information about the church...

 

Where & when does the church meet?

Our Church usually meets every Sunday at 10.30am and 7pm for our Sunday Services. Aim to arrive 10 minutes early to ensure you get a parking spot and seat in time for the service to start. You can park in either the car park behind the Church or the Hunter House car park next door to the Church.

We meet at:

Calderwood Baptist Church 
Maxwellton Road 
Calderwood
East Kilbride 
G74 3LW


You can see a map on our contact us page

 

What should I expect when I visit the church?

You will receive a very warm welcome particularly from our Welcome Team who will be able to answer your questions and direct you to where you need to go.

In our morning service, there will be around 45 minutes of worship with the whole Church family when there will be singing, prayer, and a children's message. At this point, the children will leave for their own Sunday Club. The Bible will then be read and one of our Pastors or leaders will preach from God's word. The service usually finishes around 12noon.

In our evening service, we usually spend about 20 minutes singing and praying before the Bible is read and preached. Our evening service usually finishes around 8pm.

Tea, coffee and biscuits are served after all of our services where there is plenty of time to meet new people and ask more questions.
 

What happens to the kids at church?

We have a fantastic programme for the kids at our Church. Children stay with their parents at the start of the service as we worship together for the first part of the morning. Someone will announce when the children need to go to their programme.

We have a very gifted team of Sunday Club teachers who lead a great curriculum for all ages. We have the following Sunday Club classes:

0-3 years:     Creche
3-5 years:     Pre-School Sunday Club 
P1 - P7:        Sunday Club
S1 - S3:        Bible Class
 
For more information about our Sunday Club please visit our Sunday Club page.
 

Is there a dress code?

No! Please just be yourself and come dressed in your 'normal' clothes.
 

Will I have to join in?

Not at all!
You are free to simply observe or participate as much as feels comfortable for you.
 

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Please feel free to contact us. If you want to know who works in the church office, check out our Staff and Leadership page.



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