NEW STRENGTH FOR TODAY. 050618

Text:Luke 11:1
Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.”

?Topic: “Lord, teach Me to pray,

●This kind of prayer can result in miracles.

?If you long for someone you love to come to know Jesus, here are three ways you can pray for them:

●1.  LOVE.

John 6:44
Jesus says, “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them”
First, you can ask God to reveal His overwhelmingly deep and unconditional love for the person you want to see come to Jesus,and it’s God’s love that does the drawing.

?A strong, cold wind cannot blow the coat off a man’s back, but when the warm sun shines steadily and gently down on him, he will freely choose to remove it.

1 John 4:19
John says, “We love him because he first loved us.”  No one can love God first.
It is very appropriate for us to pray that God will shine his love down on the ones we want to see come to Jesus, so that they will be drawn to choosing him.

●2.   LIGHT.

II Corinthians 4:4 says, “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”
Second, you can ask God to open the eyes of your loved one so they can see the Light.
“Seeing the light” has become a cliche, but it’s essential to salvation.

?Satan will do everything he can to keep people from seeing Jesus, because he knows when they see him they will know the Truth and he will lose his control over them.

John 14:6
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

We cannot pray that God will force people to choose Jesus, but, because of what Jesus did on the cross, we have the right to pray that the huge obstacle of spiritual blindness be removed.

Job said, Job 42:5-6
My ears had heard of you, but now my eyes have seen you.  Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes.”
“ When the Light shines on an unbelieving heart, it becomes very hard for that heart to reject the Truth that the light reveals.

●3.  FREEDOM.

Third, you can ask God to free your unbelieving loved ones from bondages that keep them from choosing him.

Ephesians 2:2
in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience,

?Adam and Eve were created with the freedom to choose to obey their Creator. When they chose disobedience, they sold themselves, and the whole human race, into slavery.
Satan will not let his slaves go without putting up a fight, and often there is a great struggle to claim freedom, both before and after we choose to give our lives to Jesus. Bondages of pride, rebellion, unbelief and fear restrict the ability of unbelievers to choose Jesus.

But as a believer, you can do spiritual warfare on their behalf.

Philippians 2:9‭-‬11
Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

?Praying for these three things is appropriate because it does not infringe on our loved one’s freedom to choose.  It’s also effective.

?Lord Teach Me To Pray.????