Learning Prayer from the Words of Jesus
with Pastor Don Kimbro
"No one has ever prayed like Jesus. No one understands prayer like Jesus. No one has ever taught about prayer like Jesus. And should that surprise us? Jesus is God, and with God there is absolute wisdom, knowledge and perfection in all things. Jesus taught His disciples—those who followed Him, those upon whom He entrusted the spreading of the Gospel—how to pray. Who better is there then, from whom we can learn how to pray? So let's go no further, my friends. Let's go right to the source—to the words of Jesus from the Gospels—and learn all about prayer."
— Don Kimbro
Learning Prayer from the Words of Jesus #10
The Prayer of Jesus for All Believers
From John chapter 17, following Jesus’s prayer for His disciples He prays for the rest of His church, present and future. Here we see His prayer for unity among all believers, and unity between believers and God the Father and God the Son.
“I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.” — John 17:20-21
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The Prayer of Jesus for Himself
In this lesson, Pastor Don examines Jesus' powerful prayer for His disciples.
"Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. For their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they themselves also may be sanctified in truth."
— John 17:17-19
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The Prayer of Jesus for Himself
In the Gospel of John, chapter 17, Jesus shows the way to eternal life, and the central importance of glorifying God in our prayer.
Jesus spoke these things; and lifting up His eyes to heaven, He said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify Your Son, that the Son may glorify You, even as You gave Him authority over all flesh, that to all whom You have given Him, He may give eternal life. This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. I glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which You have given Me to do. Now, Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.” — John 17:1-5
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The Prayer of Jesus at Gethsemane
Pastor Don teaches a central lesson from Jesus' prayer at Gethsemane. We should always seek to pray to the Father, "not as I will, but as You will."
And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.”
— Matthew 26:39
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Boldness in Prayer
In Lesson 6 of this series, we see how Jesus teaches us to pray with boldness, and that we can have confidence that God hears and responds to our prayers.
“Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
— Hebrews 4:14-16
My House Shall Be Called a House of Prayer
— Jim Cymbala, Brooklyn Tabernacle
(NOTE: Lesson 6 in this series has been rescheduled for Wednesday, January 17, and will be posted here shortly thereafter.)
Jesus said, "My house will be a house of prayer." So why are most churches non-praying places? Jim Cymbala shares how his church, the Brooklyn Tabernacle in New York City, became a praying church. He also shares his own journey of having a wayward child, and how God spoke to him through that experience.
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Faith and Prayer
Pastor Don teaches on the importance of faith in prayer, particularly as it relates to our accomplishing the works of God's kingdom.
Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.” — Matthew 17:19–20
And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him. — I John 5:14–15
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Asking and Receiving
Pastor Don reviews Jesus' imperative command that we pray continually and persistently, and the assurance we have from Him that God will respond to our prayer. He also examines the role of prayer in evangelism, as revealed by Jesus in Matthew chapter 9.
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” — Matthew 7:7-9
When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” — Matthew 9:36-38
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How to Pray
In Jesus' teaching related in Matthew chapter 6, He shows us the ways in which we should not pray, and in "The Lord's Prayer," the way of prayer that is His model for us.
(NOTE: The first portion of this video is missing due to a technical error. Our apologies.)
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Praying in the Name of Jesus
In this second lesson of the series, Pastor Don Kimbro examines in detail Jesus' teaching on prayer from John 16:23–28.
“In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete. Though I have been speaking figuratively, a time is coming when I will no longer use this kind of language but will tell you plainly about my Father. In that day you will ask in my name. I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf. No, the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. I came from the Father and entered the world; now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.”
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Bringing Glory to the Father
In the first lesson of this series, we learn how Jesus teaches us that by praying in faith and abiding in Him, we bring glory to God by producing spiritual fruit in our lives as God's fulfillment of our prayer.
“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.” — John 14:12–14