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Sermon March 10 2013

Sermon March 10 2013

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Published by: Chain of Lakes Church on Mar 21, 2013
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At Chain of Lakes part of our purpose is to be disciples who impact the world. We’reliving out this part of our Purpose Statement during Lent through this sermon series called Prayer and Righteous Action. On alternative Sundays we’re looking at prayer—helping us to behealthier disciples or followers of Jesus. And then we’re looking at important community issues —righteous action.Today the topic is prayer. We’re looking at the question “how do I pray?” I’m going toshare two easy methods that can help you in your prayer life. I want to encourage you to get outthis brochure that is in the bulletin. In the devotion I shared with you six rich prayers from theBible and devotional readings. By using this devotion this week you’ll grow in your prayer life.You have a place to take notes and a place for prayer requests.I have a vision for the prayer life at Chain of Lakes. It has two parts. One part is our community prayer life. I would love it if people frequently got together to pray. We would have prayer groups and prayer partners. We would be a group who was comfortable finding someoneand saying, “let’s get together and pray this week; or let’s pray for each other this week. I’mguessing you could find a person here who could be your prayer partner. What I mean is youwould pray for each other and you would get together to pray. I would love it if we had a groupwho would pray together 15 minutes before we started worship. We have quality worship, butwe would worship even better if we had a group who was praying for worship. I would certainlylove it if we talked about our prayer lives with each other. We’re as comfortable in talking aboutour prayer lives as we are in talking about the weather. We all know that we can do better, butwhen we talk about our prayer lives we do it with honesty and not self-judgment. We’ve let goof the moralism of prayer. Finally I would love it if all of us were frequently asking God for direction in our ministry together at Chain of Lakes. Before we start a new ministry we would
 
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stop—even if we are completely gung ho about the idea—and pray to God for direction. Wewould become skilled at knowing if God is leading us.The other part of this vision is our individual prayer life. I use the language of a prayer life. I believe a prayer life has 4 d’s. They are:SLIDEDaily—we pray every day. If we miss praying during the day, we know itDiverse—we’re comfortable in praying in a variety of different ways. We have learned that petitionary prayer is not the only way to prayDisciplined—we pray even when we don’t want to pray. We understand that we will go throughdry spells and also understand how to overcome dry spells.Make a difference—we are different people because of our prayer life. We know that we couldnot have become the people we are unless we’ve been praying.This is the vision. As I said earlier this vision involves us talking about our prayer life.I want to try an experiment. I’m pushing the envelope a bit here. I know that some of us cometo worship and we want to be by ourselves. Every now and then it’s good to talk to each other.What we’re about to do we don’t do very often. Stand up. Turn this way—find someone andhave a conversation for four minutes about these three questionsSLIDE1) A time in your life when you had a prayer answered or someone you know had a prayer answered2) What does your prayer life look like right now? (Don’t use adjectives or judgmental phrases.Describe it—don’t judge it)3) What is the biggest obstacle to your prayer life?---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Two weeks ago I addressed the spiritual nourishment of prayer when I addressed the question,“Why pray?”1. We pray because Jesus prayed. If the Son of God needed to pray then we need to pray2. We pray to go deeper in relationship with God.3. We pray to negotiate the complexities of our life.As I shared today I’m addressing the question, “How do I pray?” I’m going to share twoways or methods.
 
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The first way is to pray the Lord’s prayer during the day. Today we heard a story wherethe disciples came up to Jesus and said, “teach us to pray.” The disciples wanted to know how to pray. Their question is the same question we’re looking at today. Jesus answered the question.He answered it by saying this:SLIDEWhen you pray say:Father, hallowed be your name.Your kingdom come.Give us each day our daily bread.And forgive us our sins,for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us.And do not bring us to the time of trial.Luke 11:2-4We recognize this as the Lord’s Prayer. There is one other place in the gospels where we canfind the Lord’s prayer. The other place is Matthew 6:9-13.Here is the version in Matthew:SLIDEOur Father in heaven,Hallowed be your name.Your kingdom come.Your will be done,On earth as it is in heaven.Give us this day our daily bread.And forgive us our debts,As we also have forgiven our debtors.And do not bring us to the time of trial,But rescue us from the evil one.Matthew 6:9-13When you look at these prayers you might wonder, “how did we get the Lord’s prayer from these two prayers. Because there are two versions of this prayer in the Gospels different people in the church edited them over time and came up with the Lord’s prayer. The Lord’s prayer was developed over time by people in the church.

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