Sunday Sermon Recap - August 28
Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at 11:39AM
Michaela

Good Wednesday to you.

 

This past Sunday we explored the most prayed prayer in the history of the human race – and nothing else comes close: The Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13). Since our rabbi Jesus taught us this prayer, it has been prayed in more languages, across more continents, in more cultures and civilizations, century after century for 2,000 years.

 

When we pray “Our Father,” we should be moved to reflect deeply on the person and tender care of God. When we say “Hallowed by your name,” we should be inspired to give him worship, adoration and praise. If we dare to declare, “Your will be done,” we should be propelled into prayers of submission and surrender. As we ask for our “daily bread,” we should find ourselves humbly telling God about our needs we have in our lives and in the lives of those we love. “Lead us not into temptation” is better understood as, “Do not let us fall when we are tested.” Jesus did not give us a prayer to memorize and repeat over and over until our minds go blank. It is a launchpad from which we are lifted to high places of worship, petition, confession and so much more. Every time we pray this prayer, something new and fresh can happen. Do I hear a “Yes! So be it. That’s just the way we want it (an Amen)”?

 

Here is our charge: Pray the prayer Jesus taught us to pray at least once each day this week. Don't rush through it. Fill each phrase with your own thoughts, your own deep desires, and the honest rumblings of your spirit. Make this week an adventure in prayer; an adventure in praying with power.

 

Next Sunday, we venture into the Old Testament to explore the verse that says, "God helps those who help themselves." Oh, wait, maybe that’s a line from one of Aesop’s fables. Or is it one of Ben Franklin’s sayings? See you Sunday morning!

 

For Pastor David…and me,

 

Grace and peace,

 

Ralph West

 

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