Prayer

Good evening! I’m trying (again) to get caught up, so this message was actually from last Sunday. Pastor Alan was out of town, and we were blessed to have Terry speak to us about prayer. He focused on Matthew 27:50-53. To listen to this message, simply click play on the audio player below. I’ve also included notes with links to verses that Terry references in his lesson. Enjoy!

Prayer

Matthew 27:45-56

When the veil tore (v. 51), it was the culmination of God’s redemptive plan. We now have access to God (Hebrews 4:16).

We must pray through the Son, not in our own power. After all, He is the gate (John 10:9) and the Way (John 14:6), etc.

We pray to unload our burdens (1 Peter 5:7).

Jesus taught that prayer should not be a show for others but communication with the Father (Matthew 6:5-8).

We are to be in constant communication with God (1 Thessalonians 5:17).

God will supply all of our needs, if we ask (Philippians 4:19).

But we have to ask of the Father in Jesus’ name. He will provide, if our desires are aligned to His will (John 16:23).

Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us that if we:

  1. Trust in the Lord with all our hearts AND
  2. Lean not on our own understanding AND
  3. Acknowledge Him/submit to Him in all our ways…

Then He will make our paths straight.

Remember, broad is the way to hell, but narrow is the road to heaven (Matthew 7:13-14).

God has given every one of us a measure of faith. Where are we putting that faith? In myself? Money? Family? Friends? or God?

Wherever we are at with the Lord, He wants us to go deeper, higher, than we ever thought possible.

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