This week we talked about our prayer life. Dave went to scripture to provide us with some ways of approaching prayer. We challenge each and every one of our youth to have a consistent prayer life. The sermon notes from this week are listed below.
Choose God: Part 5
- Prayer if used properly puts us in a right position with God
- Prayer allows us to understand our sin and see our great need for a savior.
- Look at Matthew 6:9-10
- You don’t see anything about our needs wishes or desires. It’s not that we don’t have these but it’s not how we should initially approach God. This type of prayer is putting us in the right position with God
- It says “Our father…” This implies our caretaker, maker, relationship, disciplinarian. A father’s presence is felt (mother too). When you mess up all you think is “oh no! My parents.” God’s presence is felt too. Sometimes in our prayer life we don’t see God as our father.
- “In heaven…” He see all, he made all. We have to acknowledge that first. We are struggling through earthly stuff right now. Ask God “Could you get me to a higher place so I can see it from your perspective?”
- There are a lot of things that happen in our life that seem like huge deals. When we go to prayer and say Lord I don’t even want to talk about that right now. You’re in heaven. I get that some crazy stuff is happening right now, but the most important thing is this you God. You are in heaven. You have a bigger perspective on this than I do.
- Matthew 6:9-10 also talks about keeping God’s name holy. We should say “In spite of my circumstances I’m going to preserve Gods name.” Ask yourself “Am I being an accurate representation of His name?”
- “You’re kingdom come…” If He has a kingdom then He is a King. If God is our King how do we approach Him? If you were approaching the king of a country you wouldn’t come with all of your requests. Before we even talk about what we need, we have to recognize that He our King. It’s not about the circumstances. It’s about saying “God you are the King of my life. What do you want me to do with my circumstances?” Wherever he puts us, our job is to serve Him.
- “Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven…” It’s not our job to bend God’s will to ours. It’s our job to bend our will to His.
- Look at James 5:16. This week we finished with a prolonged time of prayer. We had the opportunity to pray for one another and to have an intimate time alone to pray to God.