Deuteronomy 26:1-27:26 ~ Luke 10:38-11:13 ~ Psalm 76:1-12 ~ Proverbs 12:15-17
Today is April 4th. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It is great to be here with you today and every day. I’m glad we can have these moments that we reserve for orienting ourselves to God and letting his word wash over us around our global campfire. Glad we’re here together. We’re reading from the New International Version this week. We’re listening to Moses retell the law that the Lord had given for the children of Israel to govern their culture before he turns over the reins of leadership. Deuteronomy chapter 26, verse 1 through 27:26.
In the gospel of Luke, the disciples come to Jesus and ask that they be taught how to pray so that they can pray which is a beautiful thing. Jesus teaches them. It’s a beautiful thing because they’ve been praying to the Lord all along, every time they say anything to Jesus, and they’re learning. So Jesus teaches them what we now know as the Lord’s Prayer. And the Lord’s Prayer from the gospel of Luke is a little different than the Lord’s Prayer from the gospel of Matthew which is the one we’ve typically memorized. The spirit of it is the same. But Jesus isn’t just saying ‘here, just say these words. If you’ll just say these magic words in this magic order then God will hear you. This is how you pray.’ He is modeling the posture of heart.
And he goes on to tell a story to illustrate further the posture of heart about a man who is in bed and he’s got his family, everybody is asleep. A man comes knocking on the door in the middle of the night in order to get some food because he has an unexpected guest, and it’s the ask, it’s the boldness to ask that gets the guy out of bed. Jesus says, “Look, ask and it will be given. Seek and you’ll find. Knock and the door will be opened.” It’s a continual thing. Ask God, seek God, knock on the door, stay in fellowship, remain in the conversation, deepen the relationship.
Father, who art in heaven, hallowed by your name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Father, we thank you for including us in your kingdom and we ask for wisdom. We seek wisdom as the foundational piece of our lives, that the wisdom you invoked and used in creating the world and us be available to the choices and issues and decisions of our lives. Come Holy Spirit, we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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