Alex Enabnit – Programming Coordinator
This weekend we continued our “Prayer Circles” series with a message entitled “What Are You Asking?” During this sermon, Cal challenged us that if we can’t find the motivation to ask, God won’t find the motivation to answer.
In the Bible, God makes it clear that we are always free to ask Him. Unfortunately, many of us don’t! Here are a few reasons why:
1. We don’t want to bother God
2. We are not convinced that God really desires to bless us
3. We live to not need any help from anyone at any time
4. We’ve never bothered to figure out what it is we want
5. Somewhere along our spiritual journey, we stopped believing in prayer
To demonstrate the power of impossible prayers, Cal highlighted two Biblical stories from 1 Kings 17-18 and Joshua 10:12-14. Both of these men, Elijah and Joshua were ordinary men (James 5:17) yet God still answered their seemingly impossible prayers! You see, God isn’t limited by whatever we think is possible.
Last week Cal challenged us to pray. This week the new challenge is to pray specific prayers. To help you with this, keep a journal to document what you are praying for, and more importantly, so that you can go back and write down the date that the prayer was answered!
Verses and quotes from the message:
Matthew 7:7-8; James 4:3a; Isaiah 55:6; Jeremiah 33:3a; Psalm 84:11; Psalm 37:4; Isaiah 50:2b-3; 1 Kings 17:1; 1 Kings 18:1-2; 1 Kings 18:41-46; James 5:17-18; Joshua 10:12-14; Matthew 19:26; Luke 18:27; Hebrews 11:6; James 1:6-7
“You don’t have to pester God to get his attention. You don’t have to grovel. You don’t have to flail yourself. You don’t have to bite your lip and groan and moan and all of these kinds of things people do to show God they really mean business. If one of my kids ever called me and said, ‘Daddy, please, please, please, I beg of you, I petition you, I’m pleading with you to listen to my need.’ I’d say, ‘Time out. I don’t like the underlying assumption here. You don’t have to go through all those gymnastics. What can I do for you? Nothing in my life is more important than you.’ What gives me greater pleasure in life than meeting the needs of my children? What?” Bill Hybels