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  "So I say to you, Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you.

Luke 11:9  

 



 

Sermon Excerpt: What Prayer is Not, Luke11:1-13, by Rev. Frank Schaefer


Play YouTube video excerpt of King of Queens (on Prayer):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kZYNdd6HbE

How then should we pray? Can we pray for anything we desire? Can I pray for those Gucci shoes? Can I pray for my football team to win? Can I pray for a healing either for myself or a loved one? The answer is yes, yes, yes, and yes.

However, whether God answers all of our prayers or not is a different question. That’s really important to keep in mind.
Prayer at its most basic level is walking and talking with God. It’s about a relationship. So, in this sense, prayer is more of a way of life rather than a thing we turn on and off.

Sometimes we can define a concept really well by saying what it’s not. So here is what prayer is not.

Prayer is NOT...

- a formula that must be mindlessly recited as a Christian duty. Some people pride themselves in being able to recite the Lord’s Prayer in less than 5 seconds. Well, I think it’s safe to say that they sort of missed Jesus point about prayer.

- our personal Genie service. Jesus addresses God as the “Heavenly Father” which is an intimate relationship. There is more to prayer than getting a wish fulfilled. Prayer is an ongoing conversation between God and us. Besides, God is not at our service to grant anything. “Hallowed by your name” implies that God is to be acknowledged as the one in charge.
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