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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).
"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.
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.
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?).
"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.
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.
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.
Fact Finder: What did the Messiah teach about how to properly pray?
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).
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.