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"Our Father", Priority and Praise: Practicing Prayer (1)

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Practicing
Prayer (1): “Our Father”, Priority & Praise
    
2014/09/07
Christ Church, Mountain Top
Mark 14.32-42, Romans 8.12-27
Lord’s
Prayer – Our Father
      Not just information, but transformation
      Transformed by practice – by doing stuff
Practicing
prayer
1.    
Post it: mirror, sun visor, coffee maker, fridge
2.    
Pray with body – expand posture – lifted hands
a.    
Talking with your hands
b.   
Al Gore doing the Macarena
c.    
Penn State game – the wave
d.   
Lifting holy hands to the Lord
Praise : raised hands as Child to Parent
      Jesse: “hold-ja”
      “You’re the best dad in all the world” (#1
Dad mugs)
Andrew
Murray, of us: “You are created in Christ to pray. It is your very nature as a
child of God; the Spirit has been sent into your heart – what to do? To cry
Abba Father.” (92)
      Abba – every language has words for
father/mother, no teeth required
            Intimate

“In
the Hands of God” by Teresa of Avila
Yours,
you made me,
Yours,
you saved me,
Yours,
you endured me,
Yours,
you called me,
Yours,
you awaited me,
Yours,
I did not stray.
      . . .
Look
at me, Sweet love,
Sweet
Love, look at me.
      (p 377)
Our
Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Priority : raised hands as Surrender
Andrew
Murray, of Jesus: “He first gave himself up to the will of God. There he won
the power to influence and guide that will.” (92)
      “Your will be done” – NOT MINE
“In
the Hands of God” by Teresa of Avila
I am yours and born for you,
What do you want of me?
Give
me death, give me life,
Health
or sickness,
Honor
or shame,
War
or swelling peace,
Weakness
or full strength,
Yes,
to these I say,
What do you want of me?
      (p 377-378)
Thy
Kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Not
about me, all about You.
Lord’s
Prayer, Our Father – Robin, giving birth
      We are made to pray!
Resources:
      Andrew Murray, Prayer’s Inner Chamber, p 92, Zondervan, Marshal Pickering, AEF,
1989 printing.

      St. Teresa of Avila, trans by Kieran
Kavanaugh and Otilio Rodriguez, 1985, The
Collected Works of St. Teresa of Avila, vol 3,
Institute of Carmelite
Studies: Washington, DC.