The book of Deuteronomy was written right before the children of Israel were to enter the land that God had promised to give them. Moses takes time to tell them the law of God again and what God has done for them these many years. This book covers a two month period which includes the 30 days of mourning over the death of Moses. What Moses gives in his messages were probably given with in a seven day period. I want us to liken this seven day period as one in which is like the last seven days that Jesus had before his crucifixion. I want us to see how prayer is a very important part of the life of those who follow God.
Here is a outline we get from Moses here in Deuteronomy that can aid our prayer life.
I. Prayer should begin with praise. Vs. 24 O Sovereign LORD, you have begun to show to your servant your greatness and your strong hand. For what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do the deeds and mighty works you do?
II. Prayer should include purpose. 25 Let me go over and see the good land beyond the Jordan–that fine hill country and Lebanon.
III. Prayer calls for believing and obedient performance. 26 But because of you the LORD was angry with me and would not listen to me. “That is enough,” the LORD said. “Do not speak to me anymore about this matter.
IV. Prayer is answered in God’s way. 27,28. Go up to the top of Pisgah and look west and north and south and east. Look at the land with your own eyes, since you are not going to cross this Jordan. 28. But commission Joshua, and encourage and strengthen him, for he will lead this people across and will cause them to inherit the land that you will see.”
So every prayer should include Praise, Purpose, Performance and God’s answer in His way. As I said this was in a week’s time that Moses gave these messages. It was the last week of his life. He pleaded with the Lord to let him enter the promised land but was denied that request. I want us to turn to the last week in Jesus’ life and see how God dealt with Him and how He deals with us. As you read the Gospels you find that one day Jesus came riding into Jerusalem on a donkey and the people gave Him great praise. Someone asked, “Who is this man?” “This man is Jesus, the prophet from the town of Nazareth in Galilee.” “Praise God! God bless the one who comes in the name of the Lord! That kingdom is coming.” “There is peace in heaven and glory to God.” What a great day for Jesus. It would appear that all things are going well. Then comes the final week of His life as a man on the earth. We want to turn to the last dark night. What did Jesus experience that we can relate to but also see that God is in control?
As with Moses, Jesus prayed.
I. JESUS EXPERIENCED UNANSWERED PRAYER. Matthew 26:36