April 26, 2016 Psalm 78:1-8, Luke 11:1-13 , Psalm 78:9-17, (23)

Does this say we should nag God in our prayers. Do we have an obligation to do things when we ask for things from God in prayer. Two different people could be praying for opposite things.  Where does faith come in and how does it differ from persistence? Maybe what we pray for isn’t really what we want or need.

Chuck V. Wrote the following.
When we were reading the parallel passage in Matthew (Chapter 7, Verses 7 and following)  you may remember I read you a mini-sermon, in which I contended that it isn’t the mere asking, but rather the continual bugging, as it were, of the Heavenly Father, which finally gets us what we want.

I think that’s born out in this parable of the importuned friend.  I believed then—and I still do—that Jesus was giving us this tip out of his own personal experience. (Used the Holy Spirit as a channel between his humanity and his divinity, perhaps?)

But something still bothered me;  my persistent nagging of God is not going to let me win the lottery, is it?  Or—even closer to home—not even my fervent and prolonged haranguing of the almighty Father is going to cause my choral arrangements to be performed and loved.  The best I can hope for,  according to verse 13, is the Holy Spirit.

But wait!  It came to me last week:  Isn’t possession of or by the Holy Spirit the ultimate gift?  What greater blessing could God give than the Holy Spirit.

How do we know we have the Holy Spirit? Intern says we are sealed with the Holy Spirit in baptism. Dan is going through a serious situation with his wife. What can he pray for? He wants a miracle but is it going to happen. Community may help. How will persistence prayer help? What should we be praying for in a case like this? Should we bargain with God by making promises with our prayer? Whatever he does is maybe out of his control and all he can focus on is some comfort for her. Should we be asking for the courage to face life’s problems however devastating they may be. We and Christ are in this together. How do we clean up the loose ends in the event of death. It is good to be able to clean up the loose ends. Is the Holy Spirit in us or among us. Jesus says in John 14 that he will send an advocate to help us come to God and seek his help. What is the supposed unforgivable sin, the sin against the Holy Spirit. It is to harden your heart against repeated attempts from the Holy Spirit to reach you.