We are so excited with what God is doing! Last Sunday, we covered the importance of selfless prayer. Jesus asked this of his disciples in Matt 26 when he asked them to keep alert and pray for him. They had one job to do in that moment and that was to back Jesus up in prayer but they fell asleep!
Passionate prayers are a direct result of selfless prayers.
Key Thought: Selfless prayers produce passionate Christians.
Jesus showed that in this instance. He knew trouble was looming and all he wanted to do is pray and do it with his friends.
Jesus was the epitome of selfless, and his passion for people showed it.
God is ok with you coming to him in prayer because you need something, but if that is the only reason why we pray, we have completely missed it!
4 Ways we can Nurture Reliable Prayers:
1. Pray with your church crew:
a. "Then Jesus went with them to the olive grove called Gethsemane, and he said, “Sit here while I go over there to pray.” He took Peter and Zebedee’s two sons, James and John, and he became anguished and distressed. He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” Matthew 26:36-38
b. Check on your crew: "Then he returned to the disciples and found them asleep. He said to Peter, “Couldn’t you watch with me even one hour?" Matthew 26:40
Back each other up!!
2. Pray Constantly (Jesus prayed 3 times for the same thing).
3. Pray what you feel (If it’s hard, pray that!)
a. “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death.”
b. “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me..”
4. Pray regardless of the answer. (Some people stop praying because things are hard)
God always answers prayers, he just doesn’t always answer it the way we think he should:
• Sometimes God answers immediately.
• Sometimes God’s answers to prayer are delayed.
• and Sometimes our requests are denied.
God always knows what is best for us, and we should be constantly thankful for His divine wisdom. Many of us have prayed for things in the past and now we're saying, whew, I'm glad that didn't happen!
Selfless prayers are the act of giving God the control.
• You can’t control the unexpected.
• You cannot control what you cannot change.
• You cannot control people.
Be prayed up before trouble arises! Get involved, sign up for LifeGroups and pray with a crew! Don’t miss this Sunday as we wrap up WWJP and celebrate our big move next week! See you at 1 PM Sunday!
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!
Last week we kicked off a powerful new series called, "What would Jesus Pray?"
We dug into the scriptures and read the Prayers of Jesus. There is no better example for prayer then Jesus himself!
The desire to pray can reveal our desire for intimacy with God.
KEY THOUGHT: Intimacy with God reveals how much into God you are.
Prayer can change things and God still does miracles, but the #1 reason for prayer is not so much for God to change THINGS but for God to change US.
If God changes us, we will be able to raise above any circumstance.
More than ever we need intimacy with God. In today’s culture, life without God is going to feel hopeless. What’s happening in our world should lead us to greater intimacy with Christ and one another.
Jesus is God in human flesh. Yet, his human side of him (not his divine), depended on constant prayer to be able to accomplish His purpose here on earth. The disciples saw Jesus praying often. It's so important!
9 Tips on Prayer
1. Prayer is about attitude. "“When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites who love to pray publicly on street corners and in the synagogues where everyone can see them. I tell you the truth, that is all the reward they will ever get." Matthew 6:5
You are either about being real, or about being religious.
2. Prayer is about priority.
"But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you." Matthew 6:6
Private prayer life will yield to public blessed life.
3. Prayer is about authenticity.
"“When you pray, don’t babble on and on as the Gentiles do. They think their prayers are answered merely by repeating their words again and again. Don’t be like them, for your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him!" Matthew 6:7-8
Get to the point and be you! God knows you and your needs before you even ask.
4. Prayer is about relationships.
Pray like this: Our Father in heaven..." Matthew 6:9
Father! Abba (Daddy) is a term of endearment. Like a child comes to their dad.
5. Prayer is about honoring who God is.
"…may your name be kept holy." Matthew 6:9
Establish honor before you ask for anything.
6. Prayer is about the will of God, not ours.
"May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven." Matthew 6:10
Prayer is about asking God what he wants before we ask him what we need.
7. Prayer is about reliance on God.
"Give us today the food we need…" Matthew 6:11
God doesn’t want you to stress about tomorrow, he wants you to rely on Him today.
8. Prayer is about receiving and giving grace. "and forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.Matthew 6: 12
We need grace, but so does the person we don’t like. Pray for those that you can’t stand, and God will stand for you.
9. Prayer is about asking for our spiritual needs. "And don’t let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one." Matthew 6:13
God will take care of your need, but if you focus only on your need, you are not going to focus on the solution to your need.
God wants a relationship with you! And what good relationship is not based on communication? Talk to God, that is what prayer is. Join us tomorrow as we continue the series in prayer at 1 PM! Bring a friend!
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