By AJ Bormann | NEWSL.ORG
Over the past few days we have seen the relevance of this message and it has been a great source of reflection due to a wave of attacks on faith in God, specifically about the reason why we pray.
“all these [elected] officials can seemingly do is rush to offer their useless thoughts and prayers.”
These ignorant and selfish comments need to be addressed, but addressed in the correct manner.
As a Christian, I welcome “attacks” like this upon my faith. Consider it an opportunity to spread God’s Word. Consider it a challenge, and your way to do what Jesus charged us to do in the first place:
And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.
(Mark 16:15-16 ESV)
And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another. And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
(Matthew 24:10-20 ESV)
Here are my notes:
Reference scripture is Matthew 6:9-13
Sermon title: ‘Pray Like Jesus’
How we usually pray:
- Like God is a Genie
- To get back at someone
- With a Git-R- done attitude.
How to P.R.A.A.Y.: (Matthew Chapter 6)
- Praise God for who He is and all He’s done. (verse 9)
- Repentance for all known sin and unknown sin. (verse 12)
- Ask for any requests. (verse 11)
- He answers with a Yes.
- He answers with a No, or Not Now.
- Keep on Asking. (7:7)
- Act now (verse 10)
- Yield to God’s will in all circumstances. (verse 9-15)
Prayer brings us closer to God and further into faith.
Another way to say this is…
Prayer moves us closer to God and further into action.
You may ask though, what has God called us to do?
Then Jesus came to them [his 11 disciples] and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
(Matthew 28:18-20 NIV)
God has called you to act. “Go and Make disciples…” It is an action statement.
When society chastises Christianity, when they attack you, embrace it as a challenge and an opportunity to do what God has called you to do. Take the time to talk to that person and challenge yourself to put yourself in an uncomfortable situation…to grow in your faith.
God has called you to teach them so they may believe as you do. Transform their lives, make them disciples.
Imagine what this world would look like if the effort placed into destroying each other was refocused to spreading God’s word and loving one another.