Sunday, June 7, 2009

Prayer, Part 1

Today was a great day as a church family! I had the privilege to dedicate children for 5 families & we welcomed 10 people into the Kingdom of God. I talked about the importance of prayer in our lives. How do you get to know God through prayer? Often times we don't pray because we aren't sure how to, we think our requests aren't important or because we become easily distracted. Here are some of the notes from the message... the full message is available via iTunes.

PRAYER IS COMMUNICATING WITH GOD.
Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my sighing. Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray. In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation. Psalm 5:1-3

WHEN TALKING TO GOD...

PRAY WITH COMPLETE HONESTY.
"And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men… And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Matthew 6:5, 7 (Psalm 31:14-18)

PRAY ABOUT EVERYTHING THAT MATTERS TO YOU.
You are depending on God for whatever you are praying for!
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7

PRAY ALL THE TIME.
Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

STOP & LISTEN FOR GOD'S RESPONSE.
“… Listen, all you people… The Lord will stay with you as long as you stay with him! If you
seek him, you will find him. But if you abandon him, he will abandon you… For a long time, Israel had been without the true God… and without God's law. But in their distress they
turned to the Lord and sought him and he was found by them.” 2 Chron. 15:2-5