The Great Prayer

The Great Prayer
Dec 2014 - Jul 2015
Have you ever been around something so much it fades into the background and you forget it’s there? Early in our marriage, my wife and I moved into an apartment just yards away from the railroad tracks. For weeks we were startled from bed by the 3AM freight coming down the line. But after about a month or so, we never heard it again. Did it stop? No. We just got use to it.

Unfortunately it can be like that with spiritual truth. When we hear something over and over and over we fail to see the reality of what it is teaching us. That is no where more true then The Lord’s Prayer. Many can recite it from memory. The phrases are familiar. But what if I asked you, ‘how has the Lord’s prayer changed your prayer life?’ Other then meaningless parroting now and then we would probably say not at all. But it was originally meant to give us template to transform our prayer. So why hasn’t it?

Sermons in this series

Prayer is Plenty
Sun, Jul 26, 2015
Duration:46 mins
Sing praises to the LORD, O you his saints, and give thanks to his holy name. For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning. (Psalm 30:4-5 ESV) Are you an atheist? (If you are receiving this email, I'm guessing your answer is a resounding - NO!) But all atheist don't declare their beliefs. Some, maybe most, just live it. These are called 'practical atheists'. They might be bible declaring, church going Christians. But when it comes to the realities of their day-to-day life, God barely figures into it. It's easy to fall into such a state, especially when we live in a place of ease and comfort. We don't think about our neediness. And we planned so well, that all of our contingencies are covered. We have become independent even of God. That shows up most easily and practically in prayer. When we don't feel a need to pray, we are on the road toward practical atheism.A That was David's position in Psalm 30. This week we are going to close our series on prayer by looking at the joy and dangers of blessings. I'd encourage you to take some time and read this psalm to prepare your heart and mind for worship this Sunday.
Prayer Through Tears
Sun, Jul 19, 2015
Duration:57 mins
My tears have been my food day and night, while they say to me all the day long, "Where is your God?" These things I remember, as I pour out my soul (Psalm 42:3-4 ESV) The dark enclosure of sadness is a reality of life. For some, these are passing moments of glum. For others it seems to be an inescapable, constricting hole. Sometimes Christians tend to treat these emotional realities either as a moment to escape or worse, ignore them all together as ungodly. But the scripture, specifically in Psalms, is a tear-stained book. How are these times to be viewed? What are we to do with them and in them? This week we take another look at Prayer through our emotions and consider our prayer through our tears. In Psalm 42 and 43 the writer pours out to God the darkness he is in, but he also provides us a pathway to help us consider our own sadness. Take some time before Sunday to read through these songs/ prayers. Do they sound like you?
Forgive us our debts . . .
Sun, Jun 28, 2015
Duration:56 mins
and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. (Matthew 6:12 ESV) Let me just be honest. One of my greatest struggles both personally and in ministry is bitterness. We tell our kids 'sticks and stones' are the only thing that break bones, but things that people have said sting for a long, long time. You add that to hurtful actions and you have a recipe for unforgiveness. How do we deal with that? Here in the Lord's Prayer, Jesus teaches us that a vital part of prayer is confession that clears our relationship with God and must affect our relationship with others. Plan to join us this Sunday as we continue to explore the Great Prayer.
How God is involved in prayer
Sun, Jan 11, 2015
Duration:46 mins
Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it. (John 14:13-14 ESV) "In Jesus' name. Amen." We all say it. We tack it on at the end. But what does it mean? Let's just admit it. Most of the time our prayers are rote. We mouth similar words that are familiar and unfelt. We feel guilt if we don't "say it right." But we also wonder if our prayers are really doing anything or even being heard. This week we will continue to explore the subject and practice of prayer. I want you to think about how God is involved in our prayers. And how that should encourage and aid us as we consider coming before him.
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