Summary: We need to bring todays church back in awe while we are in the presence of God. This lesson I feel makes examine ourselves on how we approach God in prayer. This was inspired after reading Crazy Love by Francis Chan
What if I asked you to stop praying! What if I told you to quit talking at God. What I want to do today is for us to stop praying the way that we are. The way we are praying is not just for the God that has done all that he has for us.
We see throughout Proverbs were Solomon talks about fools. We see many times that he warns us against being foolish. He tells us that fools run there mouths wise people reserve their words.
So I ask you today to not be a fool when you come into the presence of God.
The norm for society is just going through the motions of saying a prayer.
We need to recognize who it is we are talking to.
How many times have you said something to your parents in a well not so well thought out manner and they look at you and say “you better realize who you are talking to before you talk to me like that again.” Well….You better realize who you are talking to before you get down on your knee’s or bow your head and pray again.
Turn with me to Genesis chapter 1. I know you are all thinking…I have read this SO…many times…it is funny because I remember as a child I would set out to read the whole Bible and I would hardly get past Genesis, and then later I would set out to do it again and I would start over and read from the beginning of Genesis again and barely get past it…I don’t even know how many times I have read this first chapter of Genesis. I am sure that I am not alone with this. Today though we need to look at Genesis 1 as this is the first time you have ever read this and look at it as you know nothing about the Bible or God.
1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Oh WOW…God created all this…the heavens and the earth. Is this the God that I am praying to everytime I say a prayer!
2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.
Hold up! You mean to tell me the God I am talking to everyday when I say my prayers is the God that said let there be light and bam it was there.
6 And God said, “Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.” 7 So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it. And it was so. 8 God called the vault “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day.
9 And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. 10 God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good. 11 Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. 12 The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day.
14 And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. 16 God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. 17 God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, 18 to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day.
20 And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.” 21 So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.” 23 And there was evening, and there was morning—the fifth day.