Prayer changes things. It isn’t just a mental exercise or a theoretical conversation. Prayer invites the Creator of the Universe to move and create and restore and renew things in our lives and in the world. So, it shouldn’t surprise us that when we seek God and contend in prayer that healing breaks out in and around us.
Prayer isn’t just about asking, it’s also about receiving. In this great exchange with God that we call prayer, we are meant to interact with Him - to trade our sorrows for His joy, to trade our fear for His hope, to trade our questions for His answers, and to trade our confessions for His forgiveness.
No matter what sport you might be playing, one thing remains true across the board: you can only play for one team at a time. The best soccer player in the world is no good to you if he’s putting the ball in the back of both nets. He’s no longer a teammate, but a liability.
Imagine for a moment that you have a teenage daughter. She walks in to the living room, where you are relaxing and enjoying a cup of coffee. She walks by you while looking at Instagram on her phone, doesn’t look up, but sticks out her hand and says, “Can I have the car keys?”
Humility is an essential component of contending prayer. When we turn to God, and begin to pour out our longings before Him, we must remember who, in this relationship, is God. Like we learned in week one, the core of our prayer life - even when we are bringing requests before God - must be: “YOUR Kingdom come, YOUR will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Any time our desires don’t line up with God’s character, God’s purposes, or God’s will, we must be humble enough to surrender them, and trust that He knows more than we do.
Today we begin our final week of 21 Days of Prayer. This week we’re focusing on what it means to contend in prayer. This kind of prayer is different to prayers that focus on worship, or getting to know God, or sharing what’s on our hearts. This is the kind of prayer we employ when we’re asking for God to change things in our world, and when we are standing firm against the enemy. These are the battle-cry types of prayer that beckon God to intervene in our hearts, in our families, in our circumstances, in our cities and in our world.
Join us this morning to worship and hear the first message in our three week prayer series. If you are unable to attend today, keep up with the journey by listening to the podcast this afternoon! (it'll be right on this app!)
In the story of God’s people Israel, much of their hardships and breakdowns in their relationship to God occurred because they gave into forgetfulness. They forgot Who God is, they forgot what He had done for them, they forgot what He had called them to, they forgot the promises that He had made. They forgot the consequences of walking away from Him. They wandered.
The Goodness of God is one of the most fiercely contested truths in our generation. The majority of the non-Christian world either believes that God is uninterested or angry, (or both). And for us, at Commonwealth specifically, from the very beginning, we felt like one of the major missions God has given us is to show San Diego that He is good.