29 Sep Prayer
Pastor Ken Cline - September 29, 2019
From Series: "Ephesians"
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What are you really saying when you pray? Does it look like a laundry list of things you want or need? Something like: “God, I really want this new car,” or “God, I really need you to get me out of this mess?” Most likely, our prayers have all looked like this more often than not.
This week, Pastor Ken continued with his sermon series on the book of Ephesians, using Paul as an example for prayer. Paul fills Ephesians with what are known as doxologies, or praises to God. Matthew 12:34 tells us that what comes out of our mouths is a reflection of what’s in our hearts. Paul’s doxologies reveal what’s in his heart—gratitude for God’s overwhelming love, goodness, and grace.
Not only does Paul demonstrate praising God in his prayers, but also the importance of intercession, or praying for others. He writes his prayers for the Ephesians and asks the Ephesians to pray for him, showing both his care for God’s people and humility (Eph. 6:18-20). Though God already knows every one of our requests, he still wants us to pray for each other and bring those requests to him. He wants us to spend time with him, to build a relationship with him, to grow in our faith. Prayer is not a one-sided, laundry list; it is a partnership with God.
This sermon challenged me to reflect on my prayers–to look at what is coming out of my mouth so I can see what is actually in my heart. Am I so full of gratefulness that doxologies are pouring? Am I remembering the needs of others and interceding for them? I encourage you to give it a listen and examine your prayers this week as well.