The below are the sermon notes from Sunday, March 16th. The audio file can be found on the Payette River Vineyard Christian Fellowship website. Blessings.
- Why teach on prayer to a church full of praying people?
- What more can I say that hasn’t been said?
- Did you know that here are a lot of books out there about prayer?
- It seems that prayer is a bestselling topic
- Everyone seems to have written about prayer
- Prayer is a HUGE topic to write or teach about
- One could talk about healing prayer
- How to pray for the sick?
- What happens when folks don’t get healed?
- What do you do when they DO get healed?
- Corporate prayer
- Intercession prayer
- The Lord’s Prayer
- Dinner time prayer
- Bedtime prayers
- Not to mention our two favorite types
- prayers of petition
- prayers of help
- Over the next five weeks we are going to be focused on the spiritual discipline of prayer
- About creating an ongoing prayer rhythm in our lives.
- It is about intimate communication with our Lover, our King, our Best Friend and Master
- Some of you may have a hard time thinking about God as your lover
- Especially men…
- But we are the Bride of Jesus – just read Song of Solomon
- It is full of language that should make you blush
- God is seeking an intimate relationship with Him
- Sadly, I think we – stereotypically – have learned to be content in having a so-so relationship with God
- We like Him – we will give Him our tithes
- We’ll go to church
- We may even study the Scriptures
- But if we were honest with ourselves, we really don’t want a truly inmate relationship with Him
- It is scary
- It is a freighting
- Not because of what may happen, but because I think deep down in our heart of hearts we don’t want Jesus to know who we really are
- We can fool our neighbors
- We can fool our family and friends
- We can even fool ourselves to a certain degree
- But we can’t fool God
- And that makes us nervous
- One of the verses that has shaped my life the most is Isaiah 6:5
- Isaiah is mining his own business – perhaps prayer, perhaps not – we don’t know
- All of a sudden he sees this vision of God
- As he watches these seraphim start sing
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.”
- As they sang the temple shook and Isaiah drops to his knees crying out:
“Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.”