The Inside Column 14/4

Posted in: The Inside Column- Apr 14, 2013 No Comments

Good morning and a very warm welcome to all. If you are visiting with us today we hope you feel at home. Please make yourself known and we would love you to stay for a cup of tea or coffee after the service.

Last week we started a new preaching series on intimacy with God. We starting by looking at how we prioritise our lives and what it is we think we are here for. In the words of Rick Warren

 

“The purpose of your life is far greater than your own personal fulfillment, your peace of mind, or even your happiness. If you want to know why you were placed on this earth, you must begin with God. You were born by his purpose and for his purpose”.

 

This is the starting point, we are made in the image of God to be in relationship with God.

Our first priority then is to “Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness” (Matthew 6). With this in mind we will be looking at how we might make time to do this. This week we will be looking at Prayer.

There is a story of the young man who walked along the beach every morning on his way to school, and would pass an old man standing on the beach, arms stretched out in prayer and intercession. The boy asked him if he would teach him how to pray. The old man grabs him and holds him under water. The boy tries to get free but the old man holds him under for a long time. The boy’s lungs are burning and just when he thinks he can stand it no more, the old man lets him up. The boy takes several deep breaths and asks the old man “What did you do that for?” The old man replied “Until you want God as badly as you just wanted air, I cannot teach you how to pray!”

The first thing for us to think about is do we have a passion for prayer? If we don’t then why is that?

Reflect on these words of Jesus from John 12:

“Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the          Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”

 

I don’t know about you, but I still have a lot to learn about the power of prayer.

 

Yours in Christ

Philip

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