Sun, Jun 03, 2018
Duration: 38 mins 24 secs
One of life's hardest lessons is giving up our goals, letting go of our expectations, releasing our grip on our dreams. Our ways will not always come to pass. God's way will. And when our will collides with God, his will win. The prayer of concession helps us deny ourselves and submit to Him. Fortunately, His way is better.
Sun, May 27, 2018
Duration: 42 mins 19 secs
Confession feels like a dirty word. And, in a way, it is because it admits the guilt we bear for our wrongful deeds and attitudes. Ezra the priest made confession for the people who returned from exile (454 BC). He lamented the mixed marriages of his people, knowing their religious devotion would likely suffer as it had in the past. Ezra's confession teaches about God's compassion and our culpability. It encourages us to take time to lay bare our souls before God.
Sun, May 20, 2018
Duration: 39 mins 34 secs
Praise comes naturally when we talk about things we love. We praise our kids, spouses, and sports teams. We praise our company, accomplishments, and delicious foods. We praise what we love because we want to share the joy with others. Do we do this in prayer? Do we do this with God? Hear how David teaches prayer as celebration; you'll want to join him!
Sun, May 13, 2018
Duration: 43 mins 52 secs
Solomon dedicated the Temple (a twenty-year building project) with a prayer. And he wanted the Temple to serve as a House of Prayer. It was a place where God's people and foreigners could recommit themselves to God. Prayers of commitment, whether big decisions or daily choices, mark our path and fuel our progress as God's people.
Sun, May 06, 2018
Duration: 44 mins 47 secs
Prayer is a two-way conversation. Us and God. God and us. We talk and listen. We share and hear. Except, too often we approach prayer as a monologue and laundry list for our Father in Heaven. Abraham serves as a model for prayer as conversation, teaching us that awareness, honesty, and asking matters.