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It's Not Optional...pray

May 7, 2017 • Jason Smith

Title: It's Not Optional...pray "Prayer should be a natural conversation with a supernatural God" The reasons Christians don't pray- They don't know how to, they don't understand the power, they have unconfessed sin, they are too busy, they don't see the fruit, we fall out of love with Jesus, we don't believe, afraid of what God may say. John 17:1-5 “Jesus said these things. Then, raising his eyes in prayer, he said: Father, it’s time. Display the bright splendor of your Son So the Son in turn may show your bright splendor. You put him in charge of everything human So he might give real and eternal life to all in his charge. And this is the real and eternal life: That they know you, The one and only true God, And Jesus Christ, whom you sent. I glorified you on earth By completing down to the last detail What you assigned me to do. And now, Father, glorify me with your very own splendor, The very splendor I had in your presence Before there was a world.” ‭‭John‬ ‭17:1-5‬ ‭MSG‬‬ http://bible.com/97/jhn.17.1-5.msg 3 Reasons why we should pray #1- Prayer is Commanded 1 Thessalonians 5:18- Pray without ceasing. Matthew 26:41- "stay awake and pray, so that you won't enter into temptation. The Spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. Luke 18:1- The need to pray always and not become discouraged. Romans 12:12- Be persistent in prayer. #2- Prayer is Communication John 10:27- "My sheep hear my voice, I know them, and they follow Me." How do we communicate with God through prayer? A-Set aside time to talk with God. B-Be persistent when you pray C-Just talk to Him #3- Prayer is Conventional Ephesians 6:18 “Pray at all times in the Spirit with every prayer and request, and stay alert in this with all perseverance and intercession for all the saints.” ‭‭

Mother's Day

May 14, 2017 • Christina Smith