Another Clewer

19 05 2014

Yesterday I went to church in a little village near Salisbury where my Dad’s cousin was speaking. I’ve not heard him speak before, but just knew he’s very clever with an excellent sense of humour. Well – cheesy, but to me that’s excellent!

I know I haven’t done a sermon notes blog in a while, but I think for our current sermon series at Heathervale I want to just do one overall one, but this of course was a complete one off yesterday, so here goes – the subject was prayer.

  • If we spent as much time praying as we did watching Emmerdale [insert other soap/tv show/hobby here] then we’d be a powerful church. We’d easily spend 30 minutes on the phone to a friend.
  • Our prayer time often consists of us talking to God but we don’t wait for a reply or for the Holy Spirit to guide us. Imagine ringing a friend, talking, and hanging up without giving them a chance to reply!
  • The Holy Spirit gives us three things to help us in prayer.
    • Boldness
      “Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.” – Hebrews 10 vv 19-23

      The most wonderful prayers we hear other people pray are the bold and honest ones

      “But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.” – James 1 vv 6-8

    • Ability…
      • …to pray for those who persecute us.
        It allows us to love them.

        “You have heard that it was said, “Love your neighbour and hate your enemy.” But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,” – Matthew 5 vv 43-44

      • …not to lose heart.
        We often do

        “Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.” – Luke 18 v 1

      • …to pray without ceasing.

        “pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” – 1 Thessalonians 5 vv 17-18
        Notice that that says in all circumstances, not for all circumstances.
        God had to put the prophets into the right place before He moved, and so things were tough for a while.

    • A sure reward
      “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” – Hebrews 11 v 6

      “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” – Matthew 6 v 33

      Putting Him first means listening to what He has to say. Not necessarily actively doing lots of things, but stopping and listening.

      “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4 vv 4-7

      To get the peace in verse seven, you have to do the things before it!



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