Since joining Eb twenty odd years ago I have become a fan of consecutive teaching. I didn’t start out with this point of view and to be honest in the beginning I saw it as constricting and a way of excluding any leading from the Holy Spirit. Over the years I have seen countless benefits from teaching methodically, from the richness of some of the passages that no preacher would choose, to the obvious evidences that the Holy Spirit is in charge anyway.
Having said all of that, there are times when the Lord seems to lead to a passage or a subject that isn’t on the schedule and that was the case last Sunday. We were due to continue our look at the life of Abraham but a number of things just pointed to look once more at the subject of prayer.
The PowerPoint has been posted earlier and if you would like to hear the message again you can do so by clicking here Prayer
To Pray is to be burdened
- Nehemiah was burdened when he heard the state of Jerusalem – Nehemiah 1:1-4
- Jesus lamented to state of Jerusalem – Matthew 23:37
- If we could see through his eyes – Matthew 9:36
- Do we see what’s on the surface or the reality?
- In our world
- In our society
- In our community
- In eternity
To Pray is to be broken
- “We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy” – Daniel 9:17
- God hears some prayers and ignores others – Luke 18:9-14
- To walk as Jesus did – 1 John 2:6
- We are called to brokenness in every area of our lives
- “Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray,” it’s right to pray when in trouble – James 5:13
- How much of our prayer time is focused on others?
- Total surrender
To Pray is to be bold
- “Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up” – Luke 18:1
- “Ask and it will be given to you” – Matthew 7:7
- “Greek present imperatives are used here, indicating constant asking, seeking and knocking. Persistent prayer is being emphasised” – NIV Study Bible
- This is not a blank cheque – Acts 12:1-5
- Faithful in prayer – Romans 12:12
To Pray is to believe
- Is your God big enough?
- We know that he is the all powerful creator
- Is he powerful enough to affect your home, marriage, workplace, class, neighbours?
- Feed on the Word of God – Romans 10:17
- “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” – Matthew 21:22
To Pray is to begin
- Pray to open doors – Colossians 4:3
- We could be the answer to our own prayers
- “Then the LORD said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on” – Exodus 14:15