Sermon Quotes: "The Invocation of Prayer"

“The Lord’s Prayer may be the single set of words spoken more often than any other in the history of the world. Jesus Christ gave it to us as the key to unlock all the riches of prayer. Yet it is an untapped resource, partly because it is so familiar.” Tim Keller

“When Jesus taught his disciples to pray in this fashion, he was addressing men who were already convinced of the awesomeness of God’s transcendence, the grandeur of God’s ineffable exaltation. When they first timidly prayed, ‘Our Father in heaven,’ no doubt they deeply felt the tremendous privilege of approaching this marvelous God in so personal and intimate a fashion.” Don Carson

“The Bible doesn’t present an art of prayer, it presents the God of prayer.” Ed Clowney

“In telling us to address God as ‘our Father in heaven’, the concern of Jesus is not with protocal (teaching us the correct etiquette in approaching the Deity) but with truth (that we may come to him in the right frame of mind). It is always wise, before we pray, to spend time deliberately recalling who he is. Only then shall we come to our loving Father in heaven with appropriate humility, devotion and confidence.” John Stott

“We are not uttering a formal address but celebrating a relationship. We are reminding ourselves of the deep intimacy and incomprehensible love of the One to whom we pray.” Grant Osborne

“You sum up the whole of the New Testament in a single phrase if you speak of it as a revelation of the Fatherhood of the holy Creator. In the same way, you sum up the whole New Testament religion if you describe it as the knowledge of God as one’s holy Father. If you want to judge how well a person understands Christianity, find out how much he makes of the thought of being God’s child and having God as his Father. If this is not the thought that prompts and controls his worship and prayers and his whole outlook on life, it means that he does not understand Christianity very well at all. For everything that Christ taught, everything that makes the New Testament new, and better than the Old, everything that is distinctively Christian as opposed to merely Jewish, is summed up in the knowledge of the Fatherhood of God. ‘Father’ is the Christian name for God.” J.I. Packer