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Persistent Prayer

God is a good Father who answers persistent prayer. In this passage, Jesus teaches us how to pray and the daily petitions we should bring before God. We see God juxtaposed with an unwilling neighbor and earthly fathers, both of whom are willing to meet needs, but how much more is God able and willing to answer the prayers of His children.

Scripture: Luke 11:1-13

Boldness In Trouble

If you have shared the gospel or your story of faith with many people, then you’ve run into “trouble.” Some people are antagonistic, others can be apathetic, and a few might be accepting. It seems, however, that the negative response far outweighs the positive.

This is not new. Jesus faced trouble, He taught His followers to expect it, promised them His presence and help during it, and showed them how to respond in the middle of it.

As we study Acts 4, we see the first signs of trouble for the witnesses of the early church. And there are two questions we must answer as a result; in the face of trouble, what will we profess? And in the face of trouble, how will we respond?

An exclusive Gospel, opposed by the prevailing powers but professed by emboldened witnesses is plan A – there is no plan B.

A request for boldness, and faithfulness in the face of trouble is how we should respond.

Scripture: Acts 4; Luke 21:12

Be Devoted to Prayer

James teaches the early followers of Christ that wherever you’re coming from or whatever you’re going through – pray – because God works through prayer. Prayer isn’t mainly about certain postures or practices. It’s the expression of a relationship between a believer and their Heavenly Father. He’s holy and great, so we worship Him. He’s just and merciful, so we repent of our sin. He’s gracious and kind, so we give thanks. He’s loving and caring, so we ask for ourselves, our family, friends, and the world.

Scripture: James 5:13-18

Global Prayer for the Local Church

Church’s are busy with many programs and events; according to Paul all kinds of prayer for all kinds of people and leaders in the world comes first! In these verses you see that God calls us to pray for all people, He desires all to be saved, He’s provided for salvation and He appoints us to share with all people. The bottom line is that the progress of the gospel in the world depends on the prayers of God’s people.

Scripture: 1 Timothy 2:1-7

Lord, Teach Us To Pray!

If we are to call ourselves Christians, then prayer must be a part of our DNA.

Scripture: Luke 22:39-46

Jesus Is Our Great High Priest

Jesus is our great high priest who offers Himself for our atonement, which means He steps in on our behalf and pays the penalty and consequence for our sin.

As our great high priest we 1) hold fast our confession of Jesus as the prophet, priest and king and 2) we draw near to Him. Jesus sympathizes with us in our weakness and our prayers, efforts are met with kindness and compassion.

Praying The Course!

We were privileged to hear from DeWayne Hawkins, pastor at Life Givers Church. Pastor Hawkins takes us through verses in Luke 11:5-13 to examine the teachings on prayer. Prayer is very immersive, it demands the whole person, it demands all of you. God wants all of you, the messy, broken parts, the parts you don’t want to show anyone. Listen to learn how to pray the course.

Scripture: Luke 11:5-13

Humble Dependence Upon the Father

Too often we live our lives apart from a dependence on the Father. One pastor said that inattentiveness is the main reason for a difficult and unhealthy relationship. In the Lord’s Prayer Jesus teaches us how to pray, and foundational to all, it is a reliance upon Him, rather than ourselves.

Scripture: Luke 11:1-4

Jesus Prays All Night

Most people in the world pray, regardless of their faith background. If your circumstances are tough enough, you may pray even if you don’t identify with any particular faith. But how do you pray all night?

Jesus was choosing the 12 men who would follow Him most closely. He called them to be with Him so that He could send them out to preach. But before He selected them, He spent the night praying through the decision. Why, and how does Jesus’ example influence the way we see prayer, and the way we pray?

Scripture: Luke 6:12-16; Mark 3:13-16

Stand Firm In This Way

The Bible is very practical. Its not some heavy or academic book where only the brightest can discern it’s meaning. It’s intensely practical. In Philippians 4:1-9 we don’t have doctrinal statements but attitudes and behaviors that should characterize the Christian life so that men and women will stand firm in the Lord.

Scripture: Philippians 4:1-9