Our Deepest Prayer: Hallowed Be Your Name is Piper’s sermon from 1/9/11. As a church, we are working out way through Jesus’ words on prayer in the Sermon on the Mount. Watch this and prepare your heart for this coming Lord’s Day as we look at Matthew 6:9.
Great word from Tim Keller on prayer and the Gospel:
One of the most basic things that the gospel does is change prayer from mere petition to fellowship and the praise of his glory. Galatians 4:6-7 teaches us that when we believe the gospel, we not only become God’s children legally, but we receive the Spirit in order to experience our sonship. The Spirit leads us to call out passionately to God as our tender and loving Father. The Spirit calls out ‘Abba’ (4:7). In the very next verse Paul refers to this experience as “knowing God” (4:8). We do not just know and believe that God is holy and loving, but we actually experience contact with his holiness and his love in personal communion with him.
I don’t know if your prayer life reflects this reality or not, but may you look to the Gospel again and find that God loves you in spite of who you are. Run to Him as your Father.
Yesterday AM’s sermon, Wordy Prayer, from Jesus’ words on prayer in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 6:7-8) is now online. Basically, I understand Jesus encouraging us to not get too hung up on the content or linguistical make-up of the prayers. Many were encouraged that I formed a new word during the sermon “cakeness”. At any rate, hopefully the sermon helps people to go hard after the Father Himself in prayer.
In the evening, we continued our work through Thabiti’s What Is a Healthy Church Member? (IX Marks). My group had great discussion on chapter 9: a church member is a humble follower.
Finally, our weekend at Crestview included a visit from missionaries we support in Brazil. The Bacheller Family visited us and updated on their current ministry. We enjoyed good fellowship with them for the entire weekend and many in our church had the privilege of hosting them for a meal. Thanks to all in the church who made this a possibility.
This is Malt O Meal’s promo for buying their cereal. Our society is always looking for an angle to help us. Unfortunately, we try and use angles in our prayer lives. We think that if we do it this way or pray that way, God will be impressed and answer. Join us tomorrow AM at 10:15, as we look at Jesus’ thoughts on angles in prayer from Matthew 6:7-8.
Yesterday’s sermon, Hypocritical Prayer, from Matthew 6:5-6 is now online. This sermon helped kick off our Week of Prayer. As a church, our elders have devoted a week to turn and look to God, expressing our dependence on Him. This sermon also started a series of about 7 sermons on Jesus’ words on prayer in the Sermon on the Mount, so it was a great day.
The sermon showed the rewards of hypocritical prayer and the rewards of secret prayer. What was staggering to me is that God promises that when we go to Him in secret prayer He will be there. He will reward. I hope you can listen to this and find the confidence to go to Him in prayer.
The Africa Inland Mission urges us to Pray for Sudan. Here’s the need:
Sudan – Africa ’s largest nation – needs our prayers. A referendum to decide whether the already semi-autonomous south will secede from the north is scheduled for January 9, 2011. This land has already seen two million die as a result of over two decades of civil war between the north and oil-rich south. Pray that this will not happen again.
We are urged to pray for:
• Please pray for peace and acceptance of the results of the referendum, whatever they may be.
• Pray for those organizing the referendum; that all preparations will be made in time, and that the process would be fair.
• Pray for Sudan ’s leaders: President Salva Kiir in the South, and President Omar al-Bashir in the North.
• Pray that AIM ministries in Sudan will be able to continue, and that God will continue to open doors for more outreach in this nation that so needs the Prince of Peace.
• Pray that the Church in Sudan will play a large part in the reconciliation process in Sudan and that it will take the lead in holistic development.
• Pray for AIM’s team of missionaries who currently serve in southern Sudan and desire to stay.
Will you join others in praying for these needs.
…found in this helpful post from Bob Hostetler. If you’re like me, you want to pray for your kids. You know that God has to work in them or there really isn’t much hope. You want Him to do His work. You just start rehearsing the same old things. These 31 ways would be a different thing you could emphasize each day of the month. I use Google Calendar to remind me of Psalms of the Day, Scripture memory for the week and could easily incorporate this.
Also, Andrew Case’s book Setting Their Hope in God is helpful for me these days in praying for my children. Whatever you use, though, Pray!
…from the DG Blog…
In chapter nine of When I Don’t Desire God, John Piper introduces a memorable and helpful acronym for what to pray before reading Scripture: I. O. U. S.
* Incline my heart to you, not to prideful gain or any false motive. (Psalm 119:36)
* Open my eyes to behold wonderful things in your Word. (Psalm 119:18)
* Unite my heart to fear your name. (Psalm 86:11)
* Satisfy me with you steadfast love. (Psalm 90:14)
The article has more. Read and benefit.
Today’s sermon, A Praying Church, from Colossians 4:2-4 is now online. The sermon surveyed 4 elements of a praying church:
1) She makes prayer her habit
2) She perseveres in prayer
3) She prays gratefully
and 4) She advances the Gospel through prayer.
While we should not minimize our role in taking the Gospel to unbelievers (See next week’s passage Colossians 4:5-6), we often fail to realize the amazing Gospel-advancing work that is ours in prayer as we pray for what I called: open doors, open lives and open mouths. So, join your church in advancing the Gospel through one means: prayer.
Today’s sermon, In the Name, from Colossians 3:17 is now online. It was an amazing Lord’s Day morning as we wrapped up memorizing Psalm 1 and jumped into Hebrews 13:5-6. Also, singing all those wonderful songs we have in our repertoire on Jesus’ name were a huge blessing. It seemed God was work among us as we saw the call from God’s Word to live for something bigger than ourselves. Specifically, we saw God’s Word call us to live completely, for Christ’s name, with gratitude.
Tonight, we hope to continue a wonderful Lord’s day with a time of corporate prayer. In case you can’t make it, some big items to join the Elders in praying for are:
– Long Term Wisdom in Expansion/Remodeling
– 2011 Budget
– 2011 International Missions Trip
– 2010 Praises
– Those suffering from chronic health challenges in our church
– Launch of Wed Evening Activities this week (September 1)
I hope your enjoyment of God this Lord’s day is full and continual.