Sermon Notes: Why We Pray


Stained glass at St John the Baptist's Anglica...

Stained glass at St John the Baptist’s Anglican Church http://www.stjohnsashfield.org.au, Ashfield, New South Wales. Illustrates Jesus’ description of himself “I am the Good Shepherd” (from the Gospel of John, chapter 10, verse 11). This version of the image shows the detail of his face. The memorial window is also captioned: “To the Glory of God and in Loving Memory of William Wright. Died 6th November, 1932. Aged 70 Yrs.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The following are Pastor Crutchfield’s sermon notes from this morning’s service at Compassion Church of Katy.

 

By Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield

Senior Pastor, Compassion Church of Katy

 

We don’t pray to impress those around us, we pray to speak directly to God,

 

Mathew 6:5-6

When you pray do not be like hypocrites. They love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners so people will see them. I assure you that’s the only reward they will get. But when you pray, go to your room, shut the door and pray to your father who is present in that secret place. Your Father who sees what you do in secret will reward you.”

 

So why then do we pray, and seek to talk to God ?

 

We pray for God’s wisdom as seen in,

 

1 Kings 3:7-9

 

And now, Lord my God, you have made me, your servant, King in my Father David’s place . But I am young and inexperienced. I know next to nothing. But I’m here, your servant, in the middle of the people you have chosen, a large population that can’t be numbered or counted due to its vast size. Please give your servant a discerning mind in order to govern your people and distinguish good from evil, because no one is able to govern this important people of yours without your help.”

 

We of course are not rulers, but this is not the point. The point is God is THE source of wisdom when the affairs of this world seem to large for us to handle.

 

In fact one of the most important reasons we pray is for God to meet our needs. This form of prayer actually pleases God very much Consider the words of,

 

Philippians 4:6

 

Don’t be anxious about anything; rather bring up all your requests to God in your prayers and petitions, along with giving thanks. Then the peace of God that exceeds all understanding will keep your hearts and minds save in Jesus Christ.”

 

As you can see from this verse God doesn’t want us to be worried or stressed out. He wants to be by our side during the struggles of life he simply wants to be invited in. But we don’t just pray about our own needs. Prayer is also how we seek God’s help for others. This kind of prayer is called intercessory prayer, and is a very important part of our personal ministry as Christians.

 

We see this in,

 

1 Timothy 2:1-3

 

First of all then, I ask that requests, prayers, and thanksgiving be made for all people. Pray for kings and everyone who is in authority so that we can live a quiet and peaceful life in complete godliness and dignity. This is right and it pleases God our savior.”

So you see that prayer is both a way for us to be served by God, and a way for us to serve others through him.

 

There are other reasons we pray, but these will get you started. Hopefully they will grow your understanding of why each Christian should be in a constant conversation with God. Prayer is the way we make that conversation happen.

About Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield

a bi-vocational minister organizing a new church plant in the Katy, Texas Area.

Posted on November 4, 2012, in Prayer and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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