Good Folks, it is Friday, July 22, 2016.
Tomorrow at 1:00 P.M. we will celebrate Jose Altamero’s life in the sanctuary. We pray for Connie and their family during this time of great loss.
I am sure that the first prayer I ever learned was the Lord’s Prayer, in Spanish. “Padre Nuestro, que estas en los cielos, sanctificado sea tu Nombre…” (Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name…)
Some might have learned, “Now I lay me down to sleep. I pray the Lord my soul to keep…”
Can you remember your first prayer, or is there one that reminds you of the graciousness of God, his strength and comfort?
Ed Strauss, in his book The Top 100 Prayers, starts from Genesis 15:1-5, Prayer beneath the Stars, to Revelation 7:9-12, In Jesus’ Name, Amen. Some might argue, why pray at all since God knows what you will pray for before you do, since God knows everything?
Does God hear my prayers? I prayed and my dad did not get healed and died. What did I do wrong? I said the right words, In Jesus’ name. What gives here? I am a good person.
I do not have all the answers to all the questions about prayer. What I will share on Sunday morning at both services will be my understanding that prayer was important to Christ, it is important to me and it should be important to the Church. For it is the furnace by which the church continues and does the very will of God.
I will be using the Lukan scripture, chapter 11, verses 1-13. Read them before Sunday. Pray before you read the scriptures asking God for a deeper understanding.
You are invited to invite others.
Blessings from Duncanville,
PS: Alex will be giving a four-week sermon series on “Relationships” in the ACCESS service at 5:30pm on Sundays during the month of August. You will not want to miss this exciting series which begins in two weeks.