A Cry For Justice

Awakening the Evangelical Church to Domestic Violence and Abuse in its Midst

Teach Us to Pray — sermon by Ps Sam Powell

Teach us to Pray
Luke 11:1-13 NKJV
Ps. Sam Powell

Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.”

So He said to them, “When you pray, say:

Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us day by day our daily bread.
And forgive us our sins,
For we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.”

And He said to them, “Which of you shall have a friend, and go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves; for a friend of mine has come to me on his journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; and he will answer from within and say, ‘Do not trouble me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give to you’? I say to you, though he will not rise and give to him because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will rise and give him as many as he needs.

“So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”

You can listen to the sermon by clicking on the link above.


  1. Grateful

    I have yet to listen to the sermon but I just wanted to say this website, this ministry of Barb’s, Pastors Powell and Crippen, they keep some of us alive. It is that way for me, at least. Once a pastor has been evil towards you, once church becomes yet another unsafe place, it’s like one’s world is totally destroyed. The church was my last holdout. For a brief moment, I even wondered if maybe God was a scam because of all the betrayal, etc. But that is not so. God gave me this website. God led me here and I’ve been learning ever since. Nourished by true fellowship with true Christians.


  2. anony

    Pastor Powell, (or others)

    In the Lord’s Prayer we say, “forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us…”

    And maybe I misunderstood your linked sermon, but I thought we only forgave in times where our enemies repented, apologized, sought our forgiveness. God forgives us when we ask for such and repent of our sins, confessing them, seeking forgiveness. God doesn’t forgive without repentance. Why should we forgive our enemies for their sins against us if they are not sorry.

    Isn’t there a thing about the Office of the Keys and what we forgive here on earth, our Father will forgive in heaven too. Why should I forgive those who are wicked towards me and proud of it? They are just going to further harm me. I don’t think they should be forgiven, as they are not remorseful in the least.

    Did I misunderstand the linked sermon?

    • I don’t think you misunderstood the linked sermon, but I do think you might have a slight misunderstanding of the doctrine of forgiveness. May I suggest you read the posts which are linked on our FAQ page titled What About Forgiveness?

      • anonymous

        FAQ — Frequently Asked Questions — complete with linked answers. Some things go over one’s head. Never paid attention to such before. So that’s what that page is for. Thanks, Barb. 🙂

  3. Jamie

    I love what Ps Sam Powell says at 30:37-

    He has access to every single good thing. …

    The problem is never lack of resources. Ever. God has all the resources that can be possibly be had and THEN some.

    I think of this often when I am frustrated with lack of Domestic Violence resources. …or frustrated with Domestic Violence advocates. I’m so grateful for the perfect advocate we have in Jesus Christ.

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