Heard at Café: 02/18/2020

Tonight, we got to sip on green tea lattes and eat delicious crumb cupcakes, while hearing from three of our Café interns (!!): Matt Kelley, Jonathan Brown, and Benji Lee. We focused on Luke 11:1-13.
One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”He said to them, “When you pray, say:“‘Father,
hallowed be your name,your kingdom come.Give us each day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins,    for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.
And lead us not into temptation.’”Then Jesus said to them, “Suppose you have a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have no food to offer him.’ And suppose the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’ I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your shameless audacity[e] he will surely get up and give you as much as you need.
“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.11 “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for[f] a fish, will give him a snake instead?12 Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
To Benji, prayer is a form of talking to God, which in turn allows us to grow in our relationship with him. This requires persistence, and following through with prayer even when it's hard. Benji shared with us that while the Lord's prayer provides guidelines for how to pray, prayer doesn't have to be scripted; it can be casual and still with a level of respect. Benji also talked about the daily bread phrase in the Lord's prayer. In Biblical times, bread was an everyday essential; in fact, it was almost used as a utensil for other food. The Lord's prayer is similar: it's just the essentials; it's asking just for what you need today.

Jonathan shared about how prayer can sometimes become lists of what we need or want. In this prayer, Jesus doesn't pray for the ideals of the situation. He prays for God's kingdom to come, and for his will to be done. This is trusting God in every aspect, and in doing so, we invite his power in the good and the bad. Jonathan also pointed out that the kingdom of God isn't far away. By asking for God's kingdom to come, we change from being future-oriented to being present-minded. Jonathan also focused on the persistence of the friend from the passage. God wants us to pray to him, and to show the persistence of the friend.

Matt Kelley shared how sometimes we can think that there is a right path and a wrong path, but actually, God will be with us anywhere that we choose to go. The Lord's prayer doesn't really have a future focus to it. Jesus is telling us to pray for the right now and to trust God with what's to come. This means that we get to use our present circumstances to further God's kingdom. In verse 13, we see that the gift God is offering to us is the Holy Spirit. This is the part of God that is currently with us. God's will is for us to receive the Holy Spirit and to act on it. God uses the Holy Spirit to empower us in scary situations. The good gift God is offering is his presence because his spirit is a source of strength.

The underlying theme here that the interns pointed out to us is that the point of prayer is to align with God's will and build and grow in our relationship with him.