Sermons on Prayer

Destination

There are places we want to go and places we must go. We want to go on vacation; we must go to the dentist. We want to go to the movies or a sporting event; we must go to school or work. Whether it is a “want to” or a “must” go place, technology allows us to type in the destination and our phones will tell us how to get there. That’s exactly how many of us approach prayer. We…

Course Corrections

Mobile devices can warn drivers about everything from road debris to major highway construction. When activated and acted on, drivers can potentially save time by following the directions offered by their “smart” device. Then there are those people who assume their device is smarter than it actually is, and end up in a ditch off the side of a road. Unlike modern technology, however, God offers directions that, while they may not always make sense at the time, are sure…

Disciples Pray with Boldness

The success and growth of the first church was not generated through extravagant programs held in state-of-the-art facilities. Their accomplishments were not the result of powerful, influential leaders. In fact, the early church had almost nothing we consider essential for the church today. All they had is all that Jesus promised them: power from the Holy Spirit. The disciples were dependent on God, and that dependence drove them to their knees in prayer. Join us for part three of The…

Jesus Prayed for You

What if you were reading a newly discovered letter from a respected, loved, and long departed person and discovered that they had mentioned you in their letter? That is precisely what we discover when we read Jesus’ prayer recorded in John 17. There is an old gospel song that says, “While He was on the cross, you were on His mind.” John 17 is proof that this is true. What did Jesus pray for you? Why should it matter? Join…

Jesus Prayed for Unity

A person’s dying request is a window into their heart. It reveals what they think is most important. Just before His arrest and crucifixion, Jesus prayed a prayer that contained His dying wish for His church. While He could have asked for the Church’s military or political success, their financial well-being, wisdom or success, He instead asked for their unity. Join us for Part Three of “One” and learn how prayer affects our relationships and how our relationships can affect…

Jesus Prayed For the Glory of God

Prayer is an opportunity to align our hearts with the heart of God. Unfortunately, too often it is our attempt to convince God to align Himself with us. When Jesus taught His disciples to pray, He told them to pray, “Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” When He was in the garden shortly before His crucifixion He prayed, “Father, not my will, but yours be done.” Join us for Part Two of…

Jesus Prayed

What Jesus prayed is important, but don’t overlook the fact that Jesus prayed. He prayed a lot. If Jesus, who had never sinned and lived in perfect communion with the Father thought that it was important to pray, how much more should the rest of us? In Part one of “One” we will explore Jesus’ habit of prayer to learn ways we can better connect to God through a meaningful and consistent prayer life. Scripture Reading When Jesus had spoken…

The Gourd and the Lord

What is it about this little four-chapter book that captures our imagination? A man being swallowed by a fish? Sounds bizarre, perhaps even unbelievable, yet Jesus seems to suggest there is something about this story that bears great significance. So much more than a cute children’s Bible story, Jonah reveals that the darkness in the world is often as close as our own heart. We will discover the choice Jonah faced between pursuing his own selfish pleasure and God’s will…

Furious Love

What is it about this little four-chapter book that captures our imagination? A man being swallowed by a fish? Sounds bizarre, perhaps even unbelievable, yet Jesus seems to suggest there is something about this story that bears great significance. So much more than a cute children’s Bible story, Jonah reveals that the darkness in the world is often as close as our own heart. We will discover the choice Jonah faced between pursuing his own selfish pleasure and God’s will…

Second Chances

What is it about this little four-chapter book that captures our imagination? A man being swallowed by a fish? Sounds bizarre, perhaps even unbelievable, yet Jesus seems to suggest there is something about this story that bears great significance. So much more than a cute children’s Bible story, Jonah reveals that the darkness in the world is often as close as our own heart. We will discover the choice Jonah faced between pursuing his own selfish pleasure and God’s will…

What to do if you’re swallowed by a big fish

What is it about this little four-chapter book that captures our imagination? A man being swallowed by a fish? Sounds bizarre, perhaps even unbelievable, yet Jesus seems to suggest there is something about this story that bears great significance. So much more than a cute children’s Bible story, Jonah reveals that the darkness in the world is often as close as our own heart. We will discover the choice Jonah faced between pursuing his own selfish pleasure and God’s will…

Hijacked

What is it about this little four-chapter book that captures our imagination? A man being swallowed by a fish? Sounds bizarre, perhaps even unbelievable, yet Jesus seems to suggest there is something about this story that bears great significance. So much more than a cute children’s Bible story, Jonah reveals that the darkness in the world is often as close as our own heart. We will discover the choice Jonah faced between pursuing his own selfish pleasure and God’s will…
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