HS WEEK #10: Intimacy with God

Executive Pastor Dave Williams spoke on mark 1:35 teaching about prayer and the power that comes from it. Dave shared about the intentionality with God in prayer that brings Intimacy and dependance on God.

 

Mark 1:35 And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed. 

 

Prayer

  • Before we get into what efforts were made to pray we have to at least grapple with what he did. Jesus prayed.
  • Of course this is not the only time we see him pray. In Luke 3 we see him pray before he is baptized. In Luke 6 he prayers before he calls his first disciples. John 6 he prayers before he feeds the 5000. Luke 9 before he is transfigured and Matthew 27 before he raises Lazarus from the dead. Of course one of his most famous prayers is found in John 17 when he is praying for his disciples and us.
  • Point #1 Jesus prayed. 

Why did Jesus pray

  • Jesus had submitted to creation, submitted to the Father and was led by the spirit.
  • Jesus says that he can only do what he sees the father doing. We just read in vs 12 that He was driven but by the spirit into the wilderness to be tempted. Jesus submitted..
  • It was in this act of great submission came forth a great dependence.
  • It was because he was fully submissive and dependent that he prayed.
  • Jesus prayed.
  • See the proof that Jesus was who he says he was is demonstrated in his miracles, teaching, and ultimate death and resurrection but the power behind the action was prayer.
  • One theologian defines prayer this way: Experiencing awe and intimacy with God.
  • The greek word for it literally means: to have a conversation with God. 
  • Either way you see that Prayer is simply sharing a moment with the one that created you, wants to lead you, inspire you, care for you, teach you, guide you, died for you.
  • Jesus prayed.
  • He did this.

Why do we pray

  • This is why we pray.
  • It first puts us in a posture of submission.
  • Point #2 Prayer puts us in a posture of submission
  • See when we don’t stop and pray we tend to think that we can handle it and then find out later we need to include Christ!
  • I think of Joshua—for those of you who are in Bible 316—He gets to Jericho and God tells him specifically what to do.
  • They have a conversation.
  • Yet, the very next city is AI and you know what Joshua doesn’t do? Pray.
  • See he forgot that prayer puts you in a place of submission. It is again spending time with the one that knows, loves, provides, and cares for you.
  • Want to guess what happens there? 35,000 people lose their lives because of Joshua’s leadership.
  • And because Joshua’s posture changes his approach to God afterward changes too.
  • Look at what he says in chapter 7 of Joshua, “7 Alas, O Lord GOD, why have you brought this people over the Jordan at all, to give us into the hands of the Amorites, to destroy us? Would that we had been content to dwell beyond the Jordan! 8 O Lord, what can I say, when Israel has turned their backs before their enemies! 9 For the Canaanites and all the inhabitants of the land will hear of it and will surround us and cut off our name from the earth. And what will you do for your great name?”
  • Who is in charge here? Who is submitting to who?
  • Joshua’s posture has changed and all started because of a lack of a prayer-life.
  • If you are finding yourself struggling with submitting to God’s leadership check your prayer life.
  • Prayer puts in a posture of submission

Prayer is the power behind the action

  • Point #3 Prayer is the power behind the action
  • Prayer empowers us. It isn’t the act of it that does it but anytime we commune with God we are going to leave that time a little stronger.
  • What it does is is increase our dependency.
  • Some of struggle with being submissive to Christ but a lot of us also struggle being dependent on him.
  • Think about when Jesus prayed in the garden shortly before going to the cross.
  • In Luke 22 we see that he prays, “Lord, let this cup pass from me but not my will but yours.” It was at this point that the angels came down and ministered to him. 
  • Prayer empowered him in that situation. When we see our dependency in Christ increase we also begin to see the power of Christ increase in our lives as well.

Preparation for prayer

  • Mark 1:35 And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed. 
  • Christ rose early, before the sun was up, before there was light he prayed.
  • What does that tell us. First off, it should be the first thing we do. It is how we start our day. We pray.
  • It is us starting our day saying, “God we submit and depend on you.”
  • It is giving the day, with all it’s problems, successes, and circumstances to him.
  • But look at where he prayed. He got up, went out to a place that was quiet and desolate.
  • This doesn’t sound like a prayer of convenience but of being intentional and effort. Jesus had to get up and walk under darkness and find a place that fit that criteria.
  • He was looking for that perfect place to spend time with the Father and the Holy Spirit.
  • Now we don’t have to do this all the time but I highly encourage you to do the same. Find that place, maybe it is walking to the top of a Butte, maybe it is putting on some worship music and just spending time praying through God’s word.
  • But whatever it is be intentional. Take the time and create a place to pray.
  • Again, Jesus didn’t always do this but I don’t think it was a random thing that he put this in the Word.
  • So tonight we are going to do that.
  • We are going to create a place to pray.
  • Set everything aside. Just spend time with the Father.
  • Pray by yourself and then we will spend some time praying for each other.

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