Join us this morning for the final day of 21 Days of prayer! We will worship together this morning and celebrate all God has done in and through us over the past 21 days.
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.
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.
“It is He who made us, and we are his, we are his people, the sheep of His pasture.” We aren’t praying to a distant God who is out there somewhere in the Universe, we are speaking heart-to-heart with the one who designed every cell in your body, who called forth the purpose of your life, and who walks with you and cares for you like a shepherd cares for his sheep.
Today we begin week 2 in our prayer journey. In this first week, we looked at the Lord's Prayer, and how to pray as Jesus taught us. This week, we’ll be looking at how worship is a key part of our prayer life. We will look at some psalms and passages on worship, and learn to bring our heart before God in praise, in song, and in words that come from the heart.
We have to remember that we were born into a war. Life on this earth is not random, nor is it neutral. We really do have an enemy who’s goal is to “steal, kill, and destroy,” (John 10:10), but the good news is, this verse continues and reminds us that Jesus came to bring us into “life to the full". So it’s really important that in our prayer life, we remember to ask God to help us and lead us in the midst of these battles.
Forgiveness is one of the most crucial components of the Christian faith. Other religions have pathways of penance, or ways that a person must earn their way toward salvation, but our hope is fixed upon a God who graciously and generously forgives us. The gift of eternal life God gives us comes through His radical act of forgiving us for every sin, and declaring us righteous before him.
When Jesus speaks of daily bread, instantly in the mind of his audience at the time, they would have remembered the story of the Exodus. In the book of Exodus, when God is delivering His people out of slavery and into a new life in their promised land, He personally provided food for them each day called Manna. As God was training his people into being free sons and daughters instead of slaves, one of the main lessons was to learn to trust God for provision.
One of the most important things about this passage is the idea that God has a will. In every moment and circumstance that occurs on the earth, God has a will, a desire, a plan for how He would like it to be - essentially this is what heaven is like. The Kingdom of heaven is the place when & where God’s will is actualized. This is why it is so important for us to understand what the kingdom of heaven is like, because it helps us understand what God desires.