Service Wk 6
What part does prayer play in service?
Led by Amanda, Naomi, Nicki and Rachel
Lysa TerKeurst President of Proverbs 31 Ministries in New York
The reality is, my prayers don’t change God.
But, I am convinced prayer changes me.
Praying boldly boots me out of that stale place of religious habit into authentic connection with God Himself
Abraham Lincoln I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had no where else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day
Matthew 6:5-13 And when you come before God, don’t turn that into a theatrical production either. All these people making a regular show out of their prayers, hoping for stardom! Do you think God sits in a box seat? Here’s what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace. The world is full of so-called prayer warriors who are prayer-ignorant. They’re full of formulas and programs and advice, peddling techniques for getting what you want from God. Don’t fall for that nonsense. This is your Father you are dealing with, and he knows better than you what you need
This week’s challenge
- How does prayer change our opinions and actions?
- How does our prayer change the way people see us?
- Can prayer improve the way we serve young, old, isolated people?
Loving God, who notices the one when the ninety-nine are safe, help me to notice the ones you would have me hold in prayer.
Draw my attention to signs of openness and interest. Give me empathy with any who are hurting.
Don’t let me miss, in my busyness, the unspoken request for my interest or help. Amen.