I was asked to have a short lesson ready for the youth in case Ethan was still ill this evening. He was Ethan and his family are thankfully on the mend and he was there tonight. No reason to waste what The Lord put on my heart so here you go.
Well I haven’t really ever done a study on prayer. Honestly I haven’t done a whole lot of studies period. Back when I preached God just gave me the message.
This week though I began to look at and think about prayer.
I figured I’d start at the Bible
In the King James version, prayer is mentioned 109 times. The word pray is mentioned 313 times.
Seems pretty important.
Then there is the fact that Jesus actually teaches us how to pray
Matthew 6:9-13 New King James Version (NKJV)
In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
Since Jesus took the time to teach people how to pray and the fact that it made it into the Bible twice is probably a good indication that it’s something we should do and Jesus has never ever told us something to do that he has lost interest in or not been faithful to.
Today I want to talk mainly about one of the many reasons we pray.
We pray to build a relationship with God. Your best friends are those you talk to the most.
How can Jesus be our best friend if we only talk to him once a week?
how many of us have friends that only talk to us when they want something? We don’t consider them very good friends either do we?
Jesus wants that close relationship with us. He knows whats going on in your life but it means more if we want to tell him. He wants us to grow in him like a tree taking root that will not be swayed
Eph 3:14-19 (NLT)
14 When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, 15 the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth.16 I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. 17 Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. 18 And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. 19 May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.20 Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. 21 Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.
The more you spend time getting to know Christ like a good friend by talking to him and reading the book that He gave us the more soundly rooted you will be when the trials of this life shake us.
The apostles were often persecuted and imprisoned but what is to me one of the most amazing things about them is that they still prayed. They prayed in prison and it wasn't a prayer of release. They knew God had this handled whether they went free or not. So they prayed for strength, & for comfort. They praised God thru the storm rather than ask for the storm to end.
So as you pray tonight think about their example. Ask him for things that will help you grow or further the kingdom. Pray for the lost, those that aren’t hearing his word from a pulpit or a youth pastor. Pray that he may use you to help them find Him. Pray for direction in your life that He will guide your steps and give you the ears to listen.
Pray for each other and for the sick.
Most importantly Praise God for who he is and thank him for what he’s done.
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