Summary: The iMission is for all of us to carry out. We are all to Pray, Give, & Go.
iMission - (Part 1)
INTRO: This morning we start a new 3 week series called the iMission. Why iMission? “I” is not for the internet as some of you are thinking…. because the church is made up of who? People… the “I” is for individuals. We as the church or the Body of Christ according to 1 Corinthians are made up of many members but all one body. Scripture also tells us that when one rejoices, we are all to rejoice, likewise… when one suffers we all suffer. Everything we do affects the lives of the body. Individually.
YES, We have a corporate responsibility to live the iMission but more importantly we have a individual & person responsibility whether your 3 or 93 years old… we are to live out the iMission that Christ has given all of us.. We are to pray, to give, and to go!
My Personal Life Motto is: “Serving God By Serving Others.” This is not to be just a motto but an action in move forward in the iMission. You and I are to reach everyday people where they are at. We have got to live this iMission. To be a Christ follower is to embrace this mission and run with it… We are to be the men, women, youth, & kids, that God has called us to be and to set the people of our community and around the World FREE. AMEN?
The first part of the iMission we want to look at is: “iPray”
I. WHAT IS PRAYER?
Prayer is simply talking with God. Think of it this way: prayer is like talking on the phone with a friend. Prayer is not a one way conversation but its an active… Often times we feel as if prayer is only One-sided or one-way, but in reality its not. God may seem silent at times, but God has much to speak and say to you by His spirit as you learn to pray. The Question becomes are you willing to listen? He may say something's that you might not like or even want to hear.
With this said lets look at: Why Pray?
II. WHY PRAY?
We pray because God wants us to tell him what is on our minds. Even though He sees and understands our situations better than we do, he still wants to hear from us in our own words.
Prayer is the key to the heart of God. Prayer is the only way to a real and personal relationship with Him. For the Christian, praying is like breathing. It is easier to do it than to not do it…. And we pray for a variety of reasons.
Prayer is a form of serving God and obeying Him.
- God commands us to pray. (Philippians 4:6-7)
- Prayer is an act worship to Him. (Daniel 3x a day)
- Prayer is an example given to us by Christ and the early church.
If Jesus thought it was worthwhile to pray, we should also. If He needed to pray to remain in the Father’s will, how much more do we need to pray?
Prayer is a means of obtaining God’s solutions in a number of situations. (A Few Examples)
- Pray in preparation for major decisions. (Luke 6:12-13)
- Pray to overcome demonic barriers. (Matthew 17:14-21)
- Pray for strength to overcome temptation. (Matthew 26:41)