Skye Burcham 19th January 2013 (Romans 15:5-6, Matthew 6:9-13, 1 John 5:14-15, John 17:14-23)

Skye Burcham, January 19, 2014
Part of the Visitor Speaker series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

Prayer and Unity
Relationships take time. We need to spend time talking to those in our closest relationships. Likewise in our relationship with God, we need to spend time with Him.
Romans 15:5-6. Need to have a relationship with Jesus.
Sheldon and Paul, about getting deeper with God. Easy to talk about being inspired on a Sunday, but then on monday you go to work and get smashed head-on. Easy to lose passion you had on Sunday. Set aside a little time each day to be with God.
Meditating on the word of God, hearing from God, build up. Make it part of your routine.
Matthew 6:9-13, the Lord's Prayer. Need to understand what we're really praying there.
- Our Father in heaven. The most perfect father you can ever imagine
- Hallowed be your name. Holy God, putting God first in our lives. He is worthy of all honour and praise
- Your kingdom come, your will be done. Submitting to God's will and control in our lives.
- Give us this day. God is our provider
- Forgive us our debts. Asking God for forgiveness.
- Lead us not into temptation. Asking God to help us in the future.
Don't set ourselves us for failure. We all pray differently. eg 20 minutes, complete focus on loving God. Not praying to be seen by men, but praying for God. Don't look to others, don't mimic others.
If we pray how God intended us to do it, then we can be confident that He will hear us and answer our prayers. 1 John 5:14-15.
Part of God's plan for us as a church is unity. Need to have personal relationship with God in order to have unity.
Rom 15:7. Accept one another. Jesus has accepted us, and is asking us to accept one another. God wants us to be unified with one heart and one mouth. We need to be together so we can glorify God together. eg Skye and Jason - wouldn't know each other if we didn't go to the same church, worship the same God, share the same vision.
Not going by how we feel, but get to the way that God feels.
Pete's song. We are the body.
We are an accepting church, united church. Called to be a family. For some people, this is the only family that they have. Need support from each other, called to be that, Don't be a family that is pulled in different directions, but be united in Christ.
John 17:14. Jesus prayer for believers. Prayer for unity. Jesus wants us to be the message that God loves this world. Starts with our own personal relationship.

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