Sermon Summary | July 24, 2016
Mother Mary opened the sermon on Sunday by reading the mission statement of the church:
“We challenge ourselves and the world to love like Jesus as we worship joyfully, serve compassionately, and grow spiritually.”
The Gospel reading was from Luke 11 in which Jesus, when asked by his disciples, taught them how to pray. He gives them the Lord’s Prayer first, and then continues to tell them to be persistent and the heavenly Father will answer their prayers. Just as we challenge ourselves in our mission statement, we should also challenge ourselves to pray like Jesus, and in a manner, to exchange wishes with God. Prayer allows us the opportunity to change our human ideas to be more like God’s ideas and is inextricably interconnected with our faith.
As we have all experienced, God’s answer to our prayers will not always be what we asked for or thought we needed. Yet, Jesus tells us in the Gospel to “ask, and it will be given you.” If God’s answer is something other than our specific request, we can trust that it is what He wants for us and thus is best for us. Jesus also says “If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” We can be assured that our prayers, when in concert with God’s teaching and commandments, will provide his very best for us in accordance with his plan for our lives.
What does God want from us more than anything? Mo. Mary and many other theologians believe it is relationship. God desperately desires to be close to his children. Without relationship, God is unable to work in our lives to the extent He desires. God speaks through the prophet Jeremiah saying, “When you call upon me and pray to me, I will hear you. When you search for me, you will find me; if you seek me with all your heart, I will let you find me, says the Lord.” What an amazing promise we have from our heavenly Father to love and provide for us as we live into relationship with Him, and our prayers are an integral part of that daily walk.
Respectuflly Submitted by Mal Underwood