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Why Pray?

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Sermon shared by Michael Mccartney

February 2010
Summary: We need to understand the importance of prayer and the impact of prayer in our lives. The song you heard reflects the importance of prayer and really how natural it is to pray.
Series: Why series?
Audience: General adults
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Sermon:
Why Pray?
Series:"Why?"

Opening Illustration: Song and clip from "Jesus take the wheel." This little clip we just heard reveals how prayer is only a breath away. Itís really more natural to pray than not to pray.

Thesis: We need to understand the importance of prayer and the impact of prayer in our lives. The song you heard reflects the importance of prayer and really how natural it is to pray.

Introduction:
When you think of prayer what comes to mind?
The other day I was listening to this song you just heard called "Jesus take the wheel." sung by Carrie Underwood. The story is about a women driving and then the car loses control and she cries out, "Jesus take the wheel." She is spared a horrible accident and thanks the Lord for help and in that moment her prayer changes her. She then tells Jesus to take the wheel of her life. It is a powerful song about the power and the importance of prayer. Letís listen to the words for a moment.

Lyrics of Jesus, Take the Wheel
(James/Lindsey/Sampson)

She was driving last Friday on her way to Cincinnati
On a snow white Christmas Eve
Going home to see her Mama and her Daddy with the baby in the backseat
Fifty miles to go and she was running low on faith and gasoline
Itíd been a long hard year
She had a lot on her mind and she didnít pay attention
she was going way too fast
Before she knew it she was spinning on a thin black sheet of glass
She saw both their lives flash before her eyes
She didnít even have time to cry
She was sooo scared
She threw her hands up in the air

Jesus take the wheel
Take it from my hands
Cause I canít do this on my own
Iím letting go
So give me one more chance
Save me from this road Iím on
Jesus take the wheel

It was still getting colder when she made it to the shoulder
And the car came to a stop
She cried when she saw that baby in the backseat sleeping like a rock
And for the first time in a long time
She bowed her head to pray
She said Iím sorry for the way
Iíve been living my life
I know Iíve got to change
So from now on tonight

Jesus take the wheel
Take it from my hands
Cause I canít do this on my own
Iím letting go
So give me one more chance
Save me from this road Iím on

Ooh, Jesus take the wheel
Ooh, Iím letting go
So give me one more chance
Save me from this road Iím on
From this road Iím on
Jesus take the wheel
Ooh, take it, take it from me
Ooh ooh wah ah ooh ooh ooh

I recall a time in my life when I was driving and the truck started sliding sideways on a snowy road in Minneapolis. I was on an entrance ramp with Bear and He and I cried out to Jesus to take the wheel and believe it or not the truck straightened out and spared us a horrible accident. So I can relate to this song and to the natural reaction of prayer in crisis moments.

Have you ever wondered why people in trouble who are not Christianís pray?
So why do people who are not even Christians pray?
Especially in crisis times?
They cry out in prayer when facing death?
They turn to prayer in the face of natural disasters?
After 911 many were open to prayer even on the street corners of New York.
Most of your secular magazines have done issues dedicated to the prayer, Time, Newsweek and others.

U.S. News and World Report in Dec. of 2004 did a magazine focusing on the power of prayer: Jeffrey L. Shelter wrote in his article,"The Power
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