It was a special Sunday last week with lots of excitement from a baby baptism to a growth track’s graduation. Pastor Juan continued on the series, What would Jesus Pray? Little did we know, the reminder in the importance of prayer would help guide us through the trail of circumstances that were to come this past week with the hurricanes and earthquakes.
KEY THOUGHT: Our troubling circumstances become the path for passionate prayers.
Why? Because we cannot control troubling circumstances. It’s out of our hands. Trouble is fertile ground for sprouting a miracle because when we cannot control our circumstances, and we have no choice but to let God control them.
There are many things that we can learn from Jesus’ prayer life.
1. Jesus prayed alone & often: Luke 5:16 reads, "But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed."
2. Jesus prayed in nature: Luke 6:12 says, "One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray ..."
Nature prayer walks is where you see the greatness of the God who made the heavens and the earth.
3. Jesus prayed long and short prayers: Prayer is about what’s in your heart, but the more you are passionate about it, the more you will need to pray.
4. Jesus prayed with others: Luke 9:28 reads, "[Jesus] took Peter, John and James with Him and went up onto a mountain to pray."
5. Jesus prayed passionately. (John 17)
What was he passionate about? He was passionate about his purpose and PEOPLE.
People a lot of times show their passion before they leave this earth and it was the same with Jesus.
Jesus in his soon to be final moments on this earth, spent time praying to God for his purpose and for us. We were His passion.
“My prayer is not for the world, but for those you have given me, because they belong to you. All who are mine belong to you, and you have given them to me, so they bring me glory. Now I am departing from the world; they are staying in this world, but I am coming to you. Holy Father, you have given me your name; now protect them by the power of your name so that they will be united just as we are...”(read John 17-1-26)
Let’s continue to focus on keeping passion in our prayer. And not just when troubles and circumstances arise but consistently so we are prepared when the battles come. And so our passion will be revealed to others - Our love for God and our love for people.
Bring a friend and join us tomorrow at 1 PM for word, worship and fellowship!