One thing is necessary…
10/28/2018

One thing is necessary…

Speaker:
Series:
Passage: Luke 11:1-13
Service Type:

Bible Text: Luke 11:1-13 | Speaker: Nelson Nyman | Series: Luke |

AA achieved success through book sales and it almost destroyed them. 

“Our Society, therefore, will prudently cleave to its single purpose: the carrying of the message to the alcoholic who still suffers. Let us resist the proud assumption that since God has enabled us to do well in one area we are destined to be a channel of saving grace for everybody.”

~ A.A. co-founder Bill W., 1955

Question: What is my purpose? 

Answer: “One thing is necessary…”

1 One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. 

When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, 

“Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”

2 He said to them, “When you pray, say:

“‘Father, hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come.

3 Give us each day our daily bread.

4 Forgive us our sins,

    for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.

And lead us not into temptation.’”

5 Then Jesus said to them, “Suppose you have a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; 6 a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have no food to offer him.’ 7 And suppose the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’ 8 I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your shameless audacity he will surely get up and give you as much as you need.

9 “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

11 “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

Luke 11:1-13

What better to follow Mary sitting at the Lord’s feet than with the Lord’s prayer. 

“Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”

First: The Lord’s Prayer Second: the exhortation to, ASK!

1. Persistent audacity produces results

“…he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship…”

Example: Hawaii it’s all about who you know. 

Uncle Peni and Judy with the outreach teams and the Hula lesson.

When friendship isn’t enough..

Why?

“…yet because of your shameless audacity he will surely get up and give you as much as you need.”

the persistent widow even gets what she wants from a godless judge

It take lots of effort to persistently ask for something. 

2. Persistence is prompted by desire

What are you hungry for?

Example: Giving to a kid who has a mountain of gifts, “Just set it over there.”

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, 

for they will be filled.

Matthew 5:6

Example: Hunger is healthy.

Do you desire righteousness?

“…he will surely get up and give you as much as you need.”

Are we asking for what we need or only for what we want?

3. Godless desire prompts godless persistence

“Amnon became so obsessed with his sister Tamar that he made himself ill.”

2 Samuel 13:2

His passionate persistence got him what he wanted… and in the end, death. 

What’s the Lord’s prayer asking for?

4 things:

1) ’Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come.

Example: Jesus in the garden. “Not my will but yours be done.” 

1) God’s will over mine

2) Give us each day our daily bread.

Let us be thankful for having NEEDS met. 

“But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 

But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.”

1 Timothy 6:6-8

2) Contentment and gratitude for what I have

3) Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.

We are forgiven, so how can we hold anything against other sinners?

At the end of the Lord’s prayer in Matthew, Jesus says this:

Matthew 6:14-15

Starting off every day with this prayer is a reminder of the way this works. 

3) Personal repentance and forgiveness of others

4) And lead us not into temptation.’”

Do you get as close as possible?

Is it your desire, first and foremost, not to be tempted at all?

“…give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me, lest I be full and deny you and say, “Who is the Lord?”

or lest I be poor and steal and profane the name of my God.

Proverbs 30:8b-9

4) Avoidance of sin at all cost

Summary: What is the common thread in these requests?

What is the Lord’s prayer asking for?

1) God’s will over mine
2) Contentment and gratitude for what I have
3) Personal repentance and forgiveness of others
4) Avoidance of sin at all cost

How do your desires line up under this list?

Psalm 37:4

Do you want to want to be godly?

2 other reasons to pray:

Praise from People:

In Matthew, this is part of the sermon on the mount where Jesus tells them not to pray out in the open to be praised by men.

Matthew 6:5

Selfish Gain:

Maximizing pleasure and minimizing pain.

James 4:3

What do I want? Why do I want it?

Conclusion: 

“One thing is necessary…”

“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.…

how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

Are my desires (demands of God) leading me off track?

But there must be a real giving up of the self. You must throw it away

“blindly” so to speak… The very first step is to try to forget about the self altogether. Your real, new self… will not come as long as you are looking for it. It will come when you are looking for Him. Does that sound strange? The same principle holds, you know, for more everyday matters. Even in social life, you will never make a good impression on other people until you stop thinking about what sort of impression you are making. Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.

The principle runs through all life from top to bottom. Give up your self,

and you will find your real self. Lose your life and you will save it.

Submit to death, death of your ambitions and favorite wishes every day and death of your whole body in the end: submit with every fibre of your being, and you will find eternal life. Keep back nothing. Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really yours. Nothing in you that has not died will ever be raised from the dead. Look for yourself, and you will find in the long run only hatred, loneliness, despair, rage, ruin, and decay. But look for Christ and you will find Him, and with Him everything else thrown in.

~ C.S.Lewis: Mere Christianity 

5. Desire for God comes with everything else

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *