Imitating Jesus in Prayer

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, February 10, 2019

  • Are you satisfied with your prayer life?
    • Luke 18:1
    • Colossians 4:2
    • Ephesians 6:16
    • I Thessalonians 5:17 – Pray without ceasing!
      • II Samuel 9:7 – “Continually” means to make it a way of life.
  • We must imitate Jesus in our prayer life
    • Luke 3:21 – Jesus prayed when He began His public ministry.
    • Mark 1:35 – Jesus began His day in prayer.
    • Matthew 15:36 – Jesus prayed at mealtime.
      • I Timothy 4:3
    • Mark 14:23 – Jesus closed His day with prayer.
    • Luke 6:12-13 – Jesus prayed before big decisions.
    • Luke 9:28-31 – We must pray when we are trying to transform our lives.
    • Mark 14:32-35 – Jesus prayed at Gethsemane. We cannot fight and win the battle without prayer to God.
    • Luke 23:34 – If we imitate Jesus, the time between our last prayer and our last breath won’t be very long.
  • Be careful how you live. How you live will be how you die, and it will most certainly be how you are judged.

By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, November 7, 2018

  • Matthew 6:1-15
  • Matthew 6:1-4 – Don’t seek approval from men when practicing righteousness. Do what is right before God with the right motive and God will reward you.
  • Matthew 6:5-6 – This is not saying it is wrong to pray in public. We have numerous examples of Jesus, Paul, and others doing so. The emphasis is on praying with the right motive.
  • Matthew 6:10 – God’s kingdom is now here (the church), but we can still pray that God’s kingdom will grow and spread in the hearts of men.
  • Matthew 6:13 – See James 1:13. God tempts no man. Compare I Corinthians 10:13. This is a prayer that we will not be drawn into temptation, especially that which we might be unable to bear. See also Psalms 141:4.
  • Matthew 6:7 – It is not wrong to repeat yourself in prayer. Jesus did so in His own prayers at times (compare the use of “Father” in Jesus’ prayer in John 17). It is wrong, however, to use meaningless

Ephesians, Part 2

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, March 18, 2018

  • Ephesians 1:15-2:8
  • Ephesians 1:16 – Paul left us a good example of making mention of other saints in our prayers.
  • Ephesians 1:17 – Paul prayed that they would be blessed with wisdom and with a mind to receive revelation from God.
  • Ephesians 1:20 – See Ephesians 6:12. The word “heavenly” in Ephesians is used to mean the highest of whatever class is being considered. Compare Ephesians 1:3.
  • Ephesians 1:23 – The church is the body of Christ. Compare Ephesians 4:4.
  • Ephesians 2:3 – They formerly walked in the lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and the pride of life.
    • I Corinthians 11:12-13 – One can be something “by nature” either because it is an innate quality or because it is something a person has learned to be. See also Romans 2:14.

The Prayers of Cornelius

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, February 25, 2018

  • Acts 10
  • I John 3:22; John 9:31 – God answers prayers of the faithful.
  • Acts 10:4 – Cornelius evidently had a right relationship with God. How was that so? Because he lived righteously under God’s law at the time.
  • Romans 1:26-32 – These were not acceptable to God because they did not respect God’s law. These were all things Cornelius did not do. He respected God’s law.
  • If Cornelius was already acceptable to God, why did he need Peter to come teach him?
    • The same question would apply to God-fearing Jews of the time.
    • Acts 1:8
    • Hebrews 13:10
    • It was a question of God’s timetable. Jews and Gentiles of that time had to hear and respond to the gospel to continue to be acceptable to God. Rejected the gospel would have meant they were no longer in a right relationship with God.

James, Part 1

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, December 10, 2017

  • Introduction
    • Some contend that Romans and James cannot be reconciled with each other. Martin Luther had this view and declared James to be “spurious.” These two books can be reconciled: Romans talks about who provides salvation and James talks about practical matters of faith.
    • It is not completely clear exactly who the intended audience is. It could possibly be directed to Jewish Christians living abroad (James 1:1). The book applies to all Christians, though. Romans 2:28-29
    • The book was written somewhere between 45 and 62 A.D.
  • James 1:5-8 – It does no good to pray if you don’t believe God can and will answer that prayer. That is a hypocritical prayer.
  • James 1:9-11 – All men are the same before God, regardless of their wealth.

Prayer

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, November 26, 2017

  • The man Christ Jesus makes prayer possible as the mediator between God and man. I Timothy 2:5
  • We need our intercessor to help when we pray. Romans 8:26-27
  • Who has the right of prayer? I Peter 3:12; John 9:31
    • Ephesians 1:3
  • Prayer is an important part of the Christian’s life. Luke 18:1; Ephesians 6:18; Colossians 4:2; I Thessalonians 5:17; Psalms 119:164; Daniel 6:1
  • Prayer is also an important part in assembly worship. Acts 2:42
  • Elements of acceptable prayer:
    • To God – Matthew 6:9; Acts 7:59
    • Through Jesus – John 14:13; I Timothy 2:5
    • In faith – James 1:6
    • If it be God’s will – I John 5:14
    • With forgiving heart – Mark 11:15-26
    • With right motives – James 4:3
    • Be a doer of His will – I John 3:22
  • In the assembly:
    • One who leads, lead so that others can say, “amen.” – I Corinthians 14:19
  • How do we know Go answers prayer?
    • One word is the answer: FAITH. James 1:6; I John 5:15
  • How does God answer prayer?
    • Deuteronomy 29:29
    • Relative to spiritual things, He answers through His laws governing spiritual things. Luke 23:34
    • Relative to material things, He answers through His laws concerning material things. Romans 15:30-31
    • If there is more beyond this, God knows.
  • Jesus prayed:
    • At the beginning of His ministry. Luke 3:21
    • At the beginning of His day. Matthew 1:35
    • At meal time. Matthew 15:36
    • At close of His day. Mark 14:23
    • The night before selecting apostles. Luke 6:12-13
    • At His transfiguration. Luke 9:28-35
    • At Gethsemane. Luke 14:32-35
    • He closed His life on earth in prayer. Luke 23:34, 36

Psalms, Part 1

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, July 23, 2017

  • Psalms 1-7
  • Psalms 1:1 – God has a law and He wants us to walk in it!
  • Psalms 1:6 – A godly man is one who respects God and His word. “Godly” is not the same as “god-like.”
  • Psalms 2:1-5, 8-10 – The rulers on earth generally rage against God.
  • Psalms 4:1 – We can have gladness even in times of persecution because we live in spiritual peace and safety.
  • Psalms 5:3 – This is the best and only right way to start our day!
  • Psalms 6:1 – Don’t let the hardships of life turn you against God.

Faith WITHOUT Works

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By David Watson

Benchley, April 9, 2017

  • James 2:17-20
  • We need to do what God’s word says to do.
  • James 2:15, 10-11
  • Love God! James 1:12
    • Submit to God, James 4:7-10
    • Spiritual vs. earthly wisdom, James 3:14-17
    • Selfishness, James 4:1-4
    • Prayer, James 1:5-8
  • Love others! James 1:12
    • Partiality, James 2:1-9
    • Pray for each other, James 5:13-16
    • Rescue sinners, James 5:19-20
    • Be helpful and pure, James 1:27
    • Speak well, James 1:19, 26; 3:1-12

2 Corinthians, Part 1

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, February 8, 2017

  • II Corinthians 1:1-11
  • Introduction:
    • It is generally understood that II Corinthians was written by Paul shortly after I Corinthians. It was written from Macedonia about A.D. 57.
    • Purpose of the book:
      • To commend the Corinthians for correcting some of the things Paul rebuked them for in I Corinthians.
      • Give further instruction and admonition about the collection for the needy saints in Jerusalem (II Corinthians 8-9).
      • To rebuke those who were still tearing Paul down and advocating Judaism.
    • II Corinthians 1:2 – Peace: See Philippians 4:7.
    • II Corinthians 1:4 – Overcoming afflictions: See James 2:2.
    • II Corinthians 1:6-9 – Paul was God-centered, but also focused on the needs of the Christians in Corinth. He had great confidence that they would continue to do what was right.
    • II Corinthians 1:11 – This shows that Paul wanted people to pray for him and for his physical deliverance. This shows it is right to pray for physical things.

Godly Families, Part 17

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By David Watson

Benchley, December 11, 2016

  • Train children to love God (continued):
    • We must instill the proper motivation (continued):
      • Genesis 39:9
      • What’s wrong with just raising our kids to know that if they misbehave, they’ll be punished?
    • Love God yourself!
      • Parents should set the example. Proverbs 20:7; Matthew 7:5; II Timothy 1:5
      • Let us be as noble in our parenting as Jesus was in his leadership. Hebrews 4:15; I Peter 2:21
      • Deuteronomy 6:5-7 – This is directed to parents!
    • (Grand)parenting applications: training children to love God.
Specific Goal Passage(s) to discuss & guide Ways (grand)parents can exemplify and teach Temptations and hindrances Behaviors to correct
Care deeply about pleasing God (conscience) Genesis 39:9; II Corinthians 1:12; Acts 9:9 Worship 7 days a week; plan careers, recreation, schedules around God Family discussions and priorities rarely center on God; God is a Sunday topic “It’s okay – I won’t get caught.”
Pray without ceasing Romans 12:12; I Thessalonians 5:17; James 5:13-18; Matthew 6:5-7 Pray sincerely; more than at meals (like when something happens); pray topically. Praying only when in trouble.  Meaningless repetition. Praying in vain, not meaning what you say or useless repetition.  Never praying; making prayer a joke.
Repent when wrong Acts 26:20; Matthew 12:41; Jonah 3:8-10 Openly repent when you have wronged others (especially kids). Holding out for someone else to initiate.  No self-evaluation & self-awareness. Not really apologizing or not admitting guilt in the first place.  Insincerity.
Joyfully worship and praise God John 4:23-24; Colossians 3:16; Psalm 100; 122; Philippians 4:4; Acts 16:25 Be happy to go to worship.  Encourage the same in children.  Worship outside the assembly. Worshiping out of necessity.  Daydreaming; too many toys; trained not to participate. Not being joyful.  Not focusing in worship.   Indifferent; complaining.