Summary: Prayer isn't a wish list. Prayer isn't a formal conversation. Pray is a vulnerable, honest, and raw conversation with God. God doesn't want the information, He wants the conversation.
Title: Does Prayer Even Work?
Text: Matthew 6:5-13
Bottom Line: Prayer isn’t a wish list, it’s the foundation to a relationship.
A couple years ago I was asked to be in a wedding in Iowa. An other buddy of mine was also in the wedding and we decided we would fly out a day or two early and hang out. We asked the groom what airport to fly because my only experience with Iowa was the smell. And we were told Minneapolis and Iowa City were both an hour an a half away. We figured Minneapolis had less corn, so that was the better choice to spend a day in.
We flew in, got our rental car and spend the evening exploring the area. Later that night in our hotel room I decided to look up the directions for the next day to the wedding venue… Turns out we were 5 and half hours away from the wedding venue… Iowa City, was 40 minutes from the venue. To make matters worse Minnesota has an extra tax on out of state drivers for rental cars upwards of $800…
I don’t know about you but nothing drives me more crazy then being told the wrong information… And that’s why we decided to do this Misquoted series. Because there’s a lot of people that have been told something that Jesus never said. They have the wrong information.
And I think this has been a great series. Because there are so many misquotes and misconceptions about Jesus floating around it’s really important that we as a church, and individually, examine ourselves to make sure that we are standing on what Jesus actually said. Because if we don’t we will leave a trail of hurt people behind us.
And the reality is there are some of you in this room that you’ve been hurt by these things. For the rest of us, maybe you haven’t been personally effected by these. But you have people in your life that have. We want to address some of these things and talk about what Jesus actually did say.
This series is especially important for the season that we are heading into as a Church. As we figure out what our new normal looks like it’s really important that we focus on what Jesus said and make sure our foundation is off his words.
Today we are going to talk about prayer. There’s a lot of crazy ideas out there about prayer. Just do a quick google search and you will see a myriad of thoughts and beliefs on what prayer is and how it works. Some are good, and a lot are crazy. That’s left a lot of people confused and lead astray, because they’ve been told prayer is something different then what it really is.
Many of us in this room would probably admit that our prayer isn’t where we want it to be. It might not be bad, but there’s probably room for improvement. Let’s be honest how many of our prayers lives look like this… God, thank you for today, thank you for providing, please be with… Did I forget to paint that spot on the wall? I think I’m out of clean shirts… I can’t forget to pick up milk later… And the next thing you know you are replacing your screen that has a whole in it, right? Come on be honest, how many of you have done that?