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Tuesday, April 26 2016

Luke 11: What Did Jesus Say About Praying?

"When ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask Him"

The famous "LORD's Prayer" (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour) is known by millions of people - some of whom use it, or other prayers, in repetition. But that is not what is meant by "5:17 Pray without ceasing" (1 Thessalonians 5:17 KJV). Notice carefully what the Messiah commanded about vain repetitions.

"6:6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. 6:7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. 6:8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him." (Matthew 6:6-8 KJV)

The "LORD's Prayer" is an outline of what to pray for ("Thy Kingdom come. Thy Will be done, as in heaven, so in Earth"; see What Gospel Did Jesus Preach?) and how to be in a position whereby God will hear the prayer ("And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us"; see the Fact Finder question below).

Mountain

"11:1 And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.

11:2 And he said unto them, When ye pray, say,

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.
11:3 Give us day by day our daily bread.
11:4 And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us.
And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.

11:5 And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves; 11:6 For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him?

11:7 And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee. 11:8 I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth.

11:9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. 11:10 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

11:11 If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? 11:12 Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? 11:13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?" (Luke 11:1-13 KJV)

The "unpardonable sin" is the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit (see The Unpardonable Sin). People who accuse the LORD's true people of being in league with Satan are themselves the ones doing his false accusing (see How Does Satan Impersonate Jesus Christ? and Face Of An Angel, Heart Of A Devil).

"11:14 And he was casting out a devil, and it was dumb. And it came to pass, when the devil was gone out, the dumb spake; and the people wondered. 11:15 But some of them said, He casteth out devils through Beelzebub the chief of the devils. 11:16 And others, tempting him, sought of him a sign from heaven.

11:17 But he, knowing their thoughts, said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house falleth. 11:18 If Satan also be divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand? because ye say that I cast out devils through Beelzebub. 11:19 And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your sons cast them out? therefore shall they be your judges. 11:20 But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you.

11:21 When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace: 11:22 But when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils.

11:23 He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathereth not with me scattereth.

11:24 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out. 11:25 And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished. 11:26 Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first.

11:27 And it came to pass, as he spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked.

11:28 But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it." (Luke 11:14-28 KJV)

The "three days and three nights" specification was declared by the LORD to be the only proof of His being the Messiah. And yet millions of Christian-professing people declare that He was only in the Tomb for one day and two nights (to understand when the Messiah was actually Crucified - and then was resurrected three days and three nights later, exactly as He said that He would - see What Time Did Jesus Die? and Why Did They Find The Tomb Already Empty At Sunrise?).

Light Under A Basket

"11:29 And when the people were gathered thick together, he began to say, This is an evil generation: they seek a sign; and there shall no sign be given it, but the sign of Jonas the prophet. 11:30 For as Jonas was a sign unto the Ninevites, so shall also the Son of man be to this generation.

11:31 The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with the men of this generation, and condemn them: for she came from the utmost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here. 11:32 The men of Nineve shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here." (Luke 11:29-32 KJV)

The Light of the Holy Spirit is what makes and maintains a true Christian. Hiding the Light doesn't merely block it from shining - it extinguished it in the life of the person who is ashamed of it (see Why Can't Light Be Hidden?).

"11:33 No man, when he hath lighted a candle, putteth it in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that they which come in may see the light.

11:34 The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness. 11:35 Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness. 11:36 If thy whole body therefore be full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle doth give thee light." (Luke 11:33-36 KJV)

The Pharisees, those who were as yet unconverted, or who rejected their conversion, were examples of that Light being stifled and covered - by means of their own self-serving and self-worshipping interpretations and traditions (see Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say?).

"11:37 And as he spake, a certain Pharisee besought him to dine with him: and he went in, and sat down to meat. 11:38 And when the Pharisee saw it, he marvelled that he had not first washed before dinner.

11:39 And the Lord said unto him, Now do ye Pharisees make clean the outside of the cup and the platter; but your inward part is full of ravening and wickedness. 11:40 Ye fools, did not he that made that which is without make that which is within also? 11:41 But rather give alms of such things as ye have; and, behold, all things are clean unto you.

11:42 But woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

11:43 Woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye love the uppermost seats in the synagogues, and greetings in the markets.

11:44 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are as graves which appear not, and the men that walk over them are not aware of them.

11:45 Then answered one of the lawyers, and said unto him, Master, thus saying thou reproachest us also.

11:46 And he said, Woe unto you also, ye lawyers! for ye lade men with burdens grievous to be borne, and ye yourselves touch not the burdens with one of your fingers.

11:47 Woe unto you! for ye build the sepulchres of the prophets, and your fathers killed them. 11:48 Truly ye bear witness that ye allow the deeds of your fathers: for they indeed killed them, and ye build their sepulchres. 11:49 Therefore also said the wisdom of God, I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they shall slay and persecute: 11:50 That the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation; 11:51 From the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zacharias, which perished between the altar and the temple: verily I say unto you, It shall be required of this generation.

11:52 Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered.

11:53 And as he said these things unto them, the scribes and the Pharisees began to urge him vehemently, and to provoke him to speak of many things: 11:54 Laying wait for him, and seeking to catch something out of his mouth, that they might accuse him." (Luke 11:37-54 KJV)

Fact Finder: What did the Messiah teach about how to properly pray?
See How To Pray: 12 Biblical Principles Of Personal Prayer and When Does God Listen To Prayer?


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This Day In History, April 26

1514: Renaissance astronomer and mathematician Nicolaus Copernicus (in his native Polish, Mikolaj Kopernik) made his first observations of "Saturn" (a pagan name that scientists gave to the planet; see also Rescuing Charles Darwin From The Atheists and What Did Jesus Tell John About Creation?; also Einstein's Holy Spirit Formula).

Queen Elizabeth 1607: English pioneers of the London Company established a colony at what is today Cape Henry, Virginia. "Virginia" was named after Queen Elizabeth I, "the Virgin queen," who reigned from 1558 to 1603. Queen Elizabeth I was the daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn.

1654: Jews (see also Jews - Three Tribes and Three Meanings) were expelled from Brazil.

1721: A massive earthquake destroyed Tabriz, Persia (Persia became known as Iran in the 20th century).

1802: Napoleon Bonaparte signed a general amnesty to allow most of the members of the French Revolution to return to France.

1803: Thousands of meteor fragments fell over France. The event advanced the study of meteors in European science.

1807: Russia and Prussia signed the Convention at Bartenstein, forming an alliance to force France out of the German states.

1828: Russia declared war on Turkey (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire) to support Greece's battle for independence.

1865: John Wilkes Booth, 27, the accused assassin of Abraham Lincoln, died in a shootout with Federal authorities 11 days after Lincoln died.

1923: Albert, Duke of York (later King George VI, father of Queen Elizabeth II) married Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon ("The Queen Mother") in Westminster Abbey.

1933: The Gestapo (a German abbreviation of "The State Police" - ge-sta-po), the official secret police force of Nazi Germany, was established (see also Is Iniquity Liberal Or Conservative?).

1937: German fighters sent by Adolf Hitler (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion) to help fascist General Francisco Franco overthrow the communist Popular Front destroyed the undefended Basque town of Guernica, killing 1,000 and injuring 900.

1942: An explosion in a coal mine killed 1,549 in Manchuria.

1944: During the Second World War (1939-1945), Georgios Papandreou became the leader of the Greek government-in-exile based in Egypt.

1945: Marshal Henri Philippe Petain, leader of France's Vichy regime that collaborated with the Nazi invaders during the Second World War, was arrested on treason charges.

1954: The Geneva Conference, an effort to restore peace in Indochina (Vietnam) and Korea, began. The people of Vietnam and Korea were nevertheless each divided into North and South by meddling foreigners.

1964: Tanganyika and Zanzibar merged to form Tanzania.

1971: 15" of rain fell in 24 hours in the Bahia district of Brazil.

1982: The Falklands War between Britain and Argentina ended.

1986: The worst nuclear accident in history (up to that time; the 2011 earthquake-caused nuclear power plants disaster in Japan exceeded it) occurred at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine, just north of Kiev. A fire caused by an explosion in one of the plant's 4 reactors released a cloud of radioactivity that was blown over Europe by shifting winds. Within 2 weeks, winds in the upper atmosphere had carried dust from the explosion completely around the world. At least 31 people died as a direct result of the accident.

1989: The deadliest tornado on record struck Bangladesh. Over 1,300 people were killed, over 12,000 were injured and 80,000 were left homeless.

2005: Syria withdrew the last of its 14,000 troops from Lebanon, ending a 29-year military occupation.



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