Josh continues to walk us through the month of prayer looking at the example Jesus gave to the disciples in Luke 11 when they asked Him to teach them to pray. They witnessed all that He was doing and deduced that His prayer life was key. We often view prayer as petitionary or intercessory. Jesus' example illustrates the importance of orienting ourselves in relationship with God, the Father. The worship journey for this week: "Prayer orients us to the Kingdom." Luke 11:1-13; Matthew 11:28-30.
Josh shared a quote from Dallas Willard: "God's 'response' to our prayers is not a charade. He does not pretend that He is answering our prayer when He is only doing what He was going to do anyway. Our requests really do make a difference in what God does or does not do. The idea that everything would happen exactly as it does regardless of whether we pray or not is a specter that haunts the minds of many who sincerely profess belief in God. It makes prayer psychologically impossible, replacing it with dead ritual at best. And of course, God does not respond to this. You wouldn't either."