…. But I think there’s something more significant about this man. And that is, he was a man that “stood in the gap”. You know, Ezekiel says that God sought for such a man, and he couldn’t find anybody like that. And He was seeking for a man like that so the people would not be destroyed.
In Luke 11, we read that the disciples came to Christ with a request, and I think it’s interesting what they requested. They did not request to be taught (how) to preach, they did not request to be taught how to teach, how to heal, how to cast out demons, or how to do miracles. They asked Jesus to teach them to pray. And so he taught them this prayer that we are going to be looking at this evening, which actually has become a very neglected part of most of the church, but the Anabaptists retained their appreciation of this prayer.