October 20, 2019-Preparing for the Lord's Day
Preparing for the Lord's Day
Spiritual Training: "Prayer"
Prayer is something many Christians feel like they need to do, but something many Christians don’t feel like they know how to do. From feeling awkward, uncomfortable, distracted, and distant the reasons not to pray are plentiful. This Sunday, we continue our sermon series, Spiritual Training for the Purpose of Godliness, with the call to make a prayer a meaningful part of our lives. God desires to hear from is people and gives us the means to be in relationship with Him.
In Ephesians 3:14-21, Paul prays for the church in Ephesus and his prayer for the people to be strengthened with His might, to be rooted and grounded in love, to know Christ’s love, and to be filled with the fullness of God gives us a guide to learn about the purpose of prayer. As we grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ and become more like our precious Savior may we not neglect this good gift that God has given us and by His grace let us become more disciplined in prayer for the sake of His glory.
To come prepared for worship, please be in prayer. Meditate upon Luke 5:15-16, Luke 11:9-13, Matthew 6:6-8, and Philippians 4:6-7. As we gather to worship the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit this Lord’s day, look forward to joining our hearts in song, singing the Hymn of Praise “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling” the Acclamation of Praise “Oh How I Love Jesus,” and the Hymn of Response “More Love to Thee, O Christ” Let us come to worship this Sunday prepared to hear God’s Word, to receive it in faith, to love and treasure it in our hearts, and to practice it in our lives that we may continue to glorify and enjoy Him!
Sermon Text: Ephesians 3:14-21
Sermon Title: The Purpose of Prayer
1. To be strengthened with His might
2. To be rooted and grounded in love
3. To know Christ’s love
4. To be filled with the fullness of God