There is a tendency among some to regard prayer as requiring specialized knowledge and skills. To those who place faith in traditional wording of prayer, for example, we may say that there is no more need to use "thee" and "thou" in our prayers than there is to use Roman numerals in our hymnbooks. Prayer embodies more trust than technique, more faith than formula. So Jesus urges us to keep on praying and not to lose heart. An old Olney hymn, in a homey manner, reflects one person's puzzlement over the results of prayer: I asked the Lord that I might grow,
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So he went his way, proclaiming throughout the city how much Jesus had done for him.” (v. 39b)
Good morning boys and girls,
I love seeing you here today. Are you happy to be here in God's holy house? (children respond) Great! I have a scary, wild story from the bible to share with you. Are you ready to hear it? (children respond)
This week's text concerning the exorcism which set a captive Gerasene demoniac free is the only text appointed from Luke 8 in this year's lectionary readings. David Tiede points out that the material in Luke 8:3„9:50 sets forth the substance of Jesus' ministry in Galilee as Luke tells the story. There is a theme to the stories in Luke 8, and it is the theme of the power of God's word. We touched upon some of this material in Chapter 13 when we discussed the general theme of hearing and doing God's word.