Praying Through The Sermon On The Mount
And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying: (Matthew 5:1-2, NKJV)
Let’s try a new theme; Praying Through The Sermon On The Mount.
Although I cannot prove this, it is my opinion that the Sermon on the Mount, or some portion of it, was Jesus’ “normal” teaching. He was declaring the Kingdom of God.
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus tells us how to live.
It is said if you took all the good advice for how to live ever uttered by any philosopher or psychiatrist or counselor, took out the foolishness and boiled it all down to the real essentials, you would be left with a poor imitation of this great message by Jesus.
This presents a radically different agenda than what the nation of Israel expected from the Messiah. It does not present the political or material blessings of the Messiah’s reign. Instead, it expresses the spiritual implications of the rule of Jesus in our lives. This great message tells us how we will live when Jesus is our Lord.
It is important to understand that the Sermon on the Mount does not deal with salvation as such, but it lays out for the disciple and the potential disciple how regarding Jesus as King translates into ethics and daily living.
We need to be praying, meditating upon, and living this message.
[clickToTweet tweet=”Praying Through The Sermon On The Mount” quote=”Praying Through The Sermon On The Mount” theme=”style3″]
Holy Father, we praise You. Teach us, Holy Spirit, as we pray through this portion of Your word. In Jesus name, amen.