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.
Sandra Wingert singing How Excellent is Thy Name? Ralph Sider singing I Am Not Skilled to Understand Gospel Tide Hour Choir singing Immortal, Invisible and Glorify Thy Name in All the Earth
September 18, 1994 Maurice Bender Holiness for Modern Times Gilmore Trio- I’m Standing on the Solid Rock Kathy Parsons- Master of the Winds that Blow GTH- Only Trust Him, He is Here Matthew 5:27-28 Colossians 12 Romans 16
God is the One who causes the Church to grow, but He uses His children, people, just like you and me, to build it. As God’s children, we are called to actively participate in meeting the needs and providing the ministries that will help people grow spiritually and mature and in Christ. Today we will look at the early church in Acts and Ephesians as our example and model.
I believe that God longs to bless His children, but often our disobedience stands in the way, as a roadblock, to our ability to be blessed from His holy hand. Today I want to call you to a deeper level of obedience in your relationship with the Lord. It is not about feeling, nor is it without personal cost or sacrifice, but the blessings will come when we obey. I am convinced that God has more for us than we are currently experiencing in our walk with Him. Today I want you to hear the biblical call to go deeper in your relationship with Jesus. The challenge comes from a fishing story that is “tthhiisss biigg!”
Being a true follower of Christ does not come without personal cost and sacrifice. Today we will take a look at some of the costs of following Jesus, found in 1 John 3.