Pentecost 19: What is Prayer?

Sermon for the Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Welcome to the Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost Season B.  This sermon was preached at Faith Lutheran Church in Gardner, MA.  On September 20th we started a six week series called  “What is the Church?”  This week the sermon focused on the question “What is Prayer?”.  The scripture readings for the day are Philippians 4:4-7 and Matthew 6:5-15.  To listen to all the sermons in this series click here.  

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In this sermon Pastor Joe explores these ideas:

  • Asking the question “What is Prayer?”

  • Most of my prayers were simple, God bless my family and my friends.  Thank you God for a wonderful day.  And I don’t know when this happened but at a certain point in my life all of my prayers centered around asking God for something.    God — Help me, bless me, keep me, teach me, protect me, or save me. 

  • Prayer is a mystery; many of us want to pray and if we don’t get what we want but we keep praying in hopes that if we pray long and hard enough God is going to bless us and answer our prayer.

  • My next prayer was “God, thank you for helping my friend get into the right preschool, but can you spread around some of that energy and help my friend get a job?”

  • Jesus teaches us and his disciples and us how to pray.

  • What if, prayer is not about us getting things at all?  What if the point of prayer is not to ask God for things anyway.  What if prayer is not about your needs, your wants or your desires and your wishes? What if there was something so much bigger?

  • We need to have a time when we can focus on connecting with God we are then able to really connect, really deepen our relationship with God.  To have an an intimacy in our  conversation that can’t happen when we are running around while we pray.

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