Summary: This sermon is an actual prayer preached as a sermon dealing with living our lives as Christians and being different from the world.
God, we humbly come to you in prayer, asking that you touch our hearts (hand over heart), mind (hands over head), body (hands/arms hug body), and soul (extend arms east to west) as we take in your Word (hold up Bible), through your Holy Spirit - may we grow in righteousness and holiness as Christians.
We acknowledge to you, Holy God, as stated in Isaiah 64:6: All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.
Who is Holy? Who is Righteous? Father, God - the God of Abraham, Jacob, & Issac. You deliver us from our sins, our iniquities. You are faithful and You alone. Who is it that parted the Red Sea and delivered your people from the hands of the Egyptians?
Matt 19:26: Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."
Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty.
1 Tim 2:8: I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing.
Let us lift our holy hands in prayer to you:
Holy Holy Holy Lord God Almighty
Early in the morning our song shall rise to thee
Holy Holy Holy, Merciful and Mighty
God in three persons, blessed Trinity.
God, only thou art holy, there is none beside thee. Perfect in power, in love, and in purity.
Father, as we lift our holy hands in prayer to you, we look at our own hands and ask ourselves, "What is it, that makes our hands holy?"
God, we pray to you and ask that you give us "Holy Hands".
Father, may we examine our bodies and our minds. Father, help us to examine our hands - that they may truly be "Holy".
Father may our hands be the hands that do not find sin against your Kingdom. Hands, Father, that are used to Glorify you, bringing honor by righteous and holy living. Father, may our hands not be used to find or explore evil. May our hands be hands that are not used to explore pornography by the use of magazines, movies, pictures, or computers. May our hands not put evil into practice through the use of video games, violence, or gestures. Remind us, O’ Lord as stated in Jer 17:10: "I the LORD search the heart and examine the mind, to reward a man according to his conduct, according to what his deeds deserve."
We pray, Father, that you hear our prayer and that if any wickedness is found in our hands, that you convict our hearts, our souls, that we may see the errors of our ways so that we may repent before you. We are reminded Father, from the promises of your Word in 1 John 1:9: If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
God, you have taught us in 2 Tim 3:16-17: All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
God, we read in verse 17, the phrase "Man of God". To the congregation of the people of God - in the Church of our Lord, Jesus Christ at Milton, Kentucky - I ask all you men - baptized into Jesus Christ, living as Christians -please repeat after me: "I am a Man of God" Please repeat this now: "I am a Man of God" - "I am a Man of God".
To the women of this congregation, baptized into Jesus Christ, living as Christians, please repeat after me: "I am a Woman of God" Please repeat this now: "I am a Woman of God" - "I am a Woman of God".
Father, we read from Your Holy Word in Mark 7:6-7: He replied, "Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written:
"’These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.
7 They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.’
God, we ask you to constantly remind us of our Christianity. What makes us a "Man of God" or a "Woman of God"? Father, 1 Cor 3:16-17: Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? 17 If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is sacred, and you are that temple.
You also tell us Father, 1 Cor 6:19-20: Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.