Tom Scott - 30/08/2015
Date: August 31, 2015
This summer I wanted to share a sermon series with you that looked at the basic doctrines of the Christian church. It is important that we understand what we believe and why we believe certain things about God and the scriptures. Sunday, we wrapped up this series with an important message on prayer. It is my firm conviction that prayer is one of the most powerful weapons in this world. There is great power in prayer. Sunday morning I talked about a passage of scripture from Paul’s letter to the Philippians. It is in chapter four that we find Paul talking about the need to pray to God. From this passage I shared three reasons for why we pray as Christians. Let me encourage you to spend some time reflecting upon the five questions below. Feel free to share them with others whether through social media, email, or a letter.
1. Nearly fifty percent of Americans claim they pray at least once a day. Many say they pray best at home when they are alone. If you were asked by a polling firm how often you prayed and where you did your best praying, how would you respond?
2. When we turn our attention to the words of Paul in Philippians 4:4-7, we read in the opening lines that Paul wanted to rejoice in the Lord. If you turn back to chapter one, we see Paul prayed with joy because of these Christians in Philippi. This leads us to see that there is great joy in prayer. When was the last time you walked away from a prayer feeling this deep sense of joy and what were you praying about at that moment?
3. A second reason for why we pray that comes out of Philippians 4:4-7 is the power that exists in prayer. Jesus told his disciples that they could move mountains through their prayers in Matthew 21:21-22. Paul says that we need to bring our requests to God. What prevents us from bringing our requests to God in prayer?
4. There is great comfort in prayer as well which is why we pray. Paul promises his readers in verse seven that God would give them a peace that transcends all understanding. Back in verse six he tells them not to be anxious about anything, but in everything to present their requests to the Lord. God invites us to bring our anxieties to Him in 1 Peter 5:7. Is there something that you are anxious about today that needs to be laid at the feet of Jesus?
5. Much could be said about prayer, but the simple truth is that God loves to have us come to him and share our thoughts and feelings with him. He enjoys hearing from his children much like a grandmother loves hearing from her grandchildren. What are some of the obstacles that are keeping you from praying to God more so than you are right now?
Let me express my sincere appreciation for all the kind words during this sermon series. It has been such a treat to share these messages with you over the course of the past couple of months. It is my prayer that all of us have come to a deeper understanding of what we believe and why we believe certain things when it comes to our faith in God. I want to encourage you to join me this Sunday as I cast a vision for the fall here at Cumberland. On September 13th we will begin a new series based on the story of the Prodigal son. This is going to be good stuff so plan to be here and invite others to come with you. Have a great week in the Lord!
WHY DO WE PRAY?
Philippians 4:4-7 August 30, 2015
Introduction: Prayer is something that all of us engage in, but have we ever stopped to consider why we pray. What would we say to someone who asked us this question? The apostle Paul talks about prayer in his letter to the church at Philippi. This morning we will look at what we believe about prayer using this passage from chapter four.
I. There is great joy in prayer.
A. The ability to say, _____________. Philippians 1:3-6
B. Bring your __________________ to God. Psalm 46:1
II. There is great power in prayer.
A. The ability to move ___________. Matthew 21:21-22
B. Bring your _______________ to God. James 5:16-18
III. There is great comfort in prayer.
A. The ability to find ________________. Isaiah 26:3-4
B. Bring your _____________ to God. 1 Timothy 2:1-2
Conclusion: Most everyone here today believes in the power of prayer. Hopefully all of us can share with our family and friends why we believe in prayer. Prayer is one of the greatest weapons we could ever hold in our hands. Let’s become prayer warriors for the Lord!
Key Thought: We pray because it is our way of speaking to God.
Key Words: Rejoice, troubles, mountains, requests, peace, anxieties