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Getting the Most Out of 2019: The Power of Prayer
January 20, 2019

Getting the Most Out of 2019: The Power of Prayer

In our sermon series, Getting the Most Out of 2019, we continue to focus on the power of prayer. In our society, there is an emerging sense of arrogance. It is an arrogance that leads to division and to people “looking down” upon others. It also is one of the barriers to prayer because it makes us think we do not need to take time to build a relationship with God. In the sermon, The Humility of Prayer, we turn to Luke 18:9-17 and Jesus’ parable of two men going to the temple to pray. Their prayers are starkly different! The simple reality of pride impacts how we pray and our desire to pray! This passage helps us to realize some simple things that will strengthen our prayer life and our relationship with God. As you read Luke 18:9-17, notice the lessons that Jesus wants to teach us through these two men and the children coming to him to be blessed. Luke 18:9-17: 9 To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable: 10 "Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: 'God, I thank you that I am not like other people-- robbers, evildoers, adulterers-- or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.' 13 "But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, 'God, have mercy on me, a sinner.' 14 "I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted." 15 People were also bringing babies to Jesus for him to place his hands on them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them. 16 But Jesus called the children to him and said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 17 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it." (NIV)

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