Friday Focus – July 25, 2014

by: Clayton Kreisel (July 24, 2014)

fridayfocuslogolong“Kingdom Praying”

Do you pray Kingdom prayers? Do you even know what is meant by the term “Kingdom prayers?”

We believe the Bible is the inerrant, infallible and inspired Word of God. That is our doctrine. The Word of God is filled with prayers. These prayers may have been voiced mainly by prophets, priests and apostles, but these individuals penned them as they were being carried along by the Spirit of God to do so. Therefore, I believe it is fair to conclude that the prayers presented in the Bible are not only the prayers of the human recorders of scripture but also very prayers of God Himself. Why I am explaining this?

Because, we can gain valuable insight into what is on God’s heart and the things that He longs for us to pray for by looking at these prayers. We will not have enough time to do a thorough job of this on Sunday but my hopes are that you will  walk away from this sermon as challenged in your prayer life as I have been in the course of writing it.

Often my prayers (and I would venture to bet yours as well) are chalked full of requests of a physical nature. “Give him good grades.” “Bless so and so with a job.” “Heal her body from this particular illness.” This list goes on and on. These things are not in any way bad to pray for. In fact we are commanded to do so in the Word. But, are these the primary things on God’s heart as revealed to us by the prayers of Scripture?

This coming Sunday we will look at various prayers in Colossians, Ephesians and Matthew to see if we can get to the heart of what God wants us praying for. Then we will have time to practice praying Kingdom prayers as a body, together. If you want to come prepared for this sermon then reading Colossians 4:2-4, Ephesians 6:18-20 and Matthew 6:5-13 would serve you well.

God Bless,

Clayton Kreisel

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