Today we will take one more look at the need and importance of prayer. Hopefully, you are being challenged to grow in your personal prayer life.
A man was lost in the woods. Later, he told of his experience, of how frightened he was and how he had prayed. “Did God answer your prayer?” Someone asked. “Oh no! He replied. “Before God had a chance, a guide came along and showed me the path.”
A farmer was in town over the lunch hour and stopped in at a restaurant for a hamburger and fries. When he was served, he quietly bowed his head and gave the Lord thanks for his food. Some tough looking guys at a nearby table saw him and decided to give him a hard time. One of them said, “Hey Farmer, does everyone do that where you live?” The farmer looked over and said, “No, the pigs and the donkeys don’t.”
Prayer not only releases the power of God to work on issues and circumstances, prayer releases God’s power to work on and change me.
Last week we looked at biblical characters and considered what would have happened if they would not have prayed. We also looked at biblical ramifications if we don’t pray. Quick review of what we covered last week. Today I want to look at a model of prayer and see what happens when we do pray. Next week in Part 3, we are going to look at biblical reasons why we should pray.
Pray is not so much knowing what words to say or how to say them. Prayer is like connecting to the 911 emergency systems. All you need to do is dial those numbers and you will instantly be connected to the dispatcher. Automatically, there will be a display of your address, name and phone number. There will be an instant connection to the police, the fire department and the paramedics. All you need to say is, “I need help,” and help will be one the way. God knows our needs before we even ask, but we need to make the call.
Prayer is the pole that connects us to the source of power. Regardless of past contact, or future ambitions, if we are not connected at this moment, we are powerless to move forward. I want to talk today about prayer. Have you ever stopped and taken the time to think about prayer? Where would you be if someone had not prayed for you?
What is the most unique birth announcement you’ve ever seen? Today we are going to look at a birth announcement like no other in history.
What does God’s love look like when it is seen in the life of an individual?
Everyone wants to celebrate Christmas, but not many want to celebrate the Christ of Christmas. I want to remind you that you can’t have Christmas without Christ.
Rev. Doug Sider The Wrights singing He's in the Midst Sandra Wingert singing Make My Heart Your Home Gospel Tide Choir singing God is Our Refuge and Strength and Let Your Love Flow Through Me
Do you see people as riches and value others like God does? In our story today we find God looking for someone who will value and love people as He loves people. We will be reminded of the love of God for us and His great love and value of all people.
One thing we simply must understand is that salvation is dealing with that disease of sin, which lives in us because we are human beings. So we must understand that word salvation comes from a treasure hunter looking for value motif – to “salvage,” it means essentially “to Rescue,” and it is God’s method of Dealing with our Sins.
What do you get excited about? What are you passionate about? Maybe you don’t know. Let me ask it a different way. What do you like to do when you have free time or some extra money? Whatever it is that you want or like to do is most likely your passion. The more you like to do it, the more passion you have for it. For men it may be sports, hunting, fishing, golf, cars, racing, off road, camping, etc. For women it may be shopping, clothes, shoes, appearance. I don’t know? Do you realize that whatever you give yourself to will become your passion?