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.
|« Paul Mulroney 12th Jan 2014||None||Patricia Okello 26th January 2014 »|
5Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus: 6That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. (KJV)
9After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 11Give us this day our daily bread. 12And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. (KJV)
1 John 5:14-15
14And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: 15And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him. (KJV)
14I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 15I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. 16They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 17Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. 18As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. 19And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth. 20Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; 21That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. 22And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: 23I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. (KJV)