The world offers many ideas about what it means to be a “real man.” We live in an age of men being told to “get in touch with their feminine side.” Others are mired in gender confusion. I am grateful that God in the very beginning, “created male and female” (Genesis 1:27). The apostle Paul wrote, “I desire that in every place the men should pray” (1 Timothy 2:8). As we begin a new semester of Band of Brothers, we are going to discuss weekly how to “Go Vertical” by fellowship, worship, and teaching.
I have often wondered what John the Baptist taught about how to pray. The disciples requested, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples” (Luke 11:1). The Bible does not tell us, but I am sure that it had somewhat to do with repentance and the coming Messiah. Fortunately, Jesus gave us His Model Prayer, which is brilliant in its economy of language, life-changing in its simplicity, and unparalleled as a pattern for prayer. Other pastors, who are gifted in teaching, and I will teach through various phrases of the prayer in order to mine the nuggets of truth (i.e. “Give us this day our daily bread”). After discussing Matthew 6:9-13, we will then study other key prayers in the Old and New Testaments learning how to pray for ourselves and our families. We don’t just recite familiar words but we strive to be like Moses who met God face to face and talked to Him as a friend.
We will be blessed next weekend by the preaching of my good friend, Dr. Albert Mohler, President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He will be sharing separate messages on Saturday and Sunday concerning how to think with a Christian mind and how to view our culture from a Christian worldview. He is considered one of the nation’s most brilliant and articulate spokesmen of defending the faith and analyzing culture. Thousands have listened to his daily radio programs and read his blogs, website, and books. Al Mohler is committed to transforming this generation of leaders as they train up pastors. Frankly, he fulfills the English proverb, “He who plants trees, loves others besides himself.” May we also become a river of blessing flowing to others and not a swamp mired in error or lesser things.