Prayer, A Holy Art

05/31/2014

Summer Series: Prayer, a Holy Art

The calendar is about to turn another page on Sunday. It hardly seems possible that June is almost here when, from a Minnesotan’s point of view, the temperatures are more April-like. The truth of the matter is that the calendar does not lie. We are moving toward summer and the longest day of the year.

Your council has been thinking about and discussing a small booklet put out by a church growth specialist by the name of Joe McKeever. The booklet is titled “10 Reasons Small Churches Tend to Stay Small.” Among the topics he addresses as reasons small churches stay small are:
1. Small Churches Tend to Stay Small because they want to stay small.
2. Small Churches Tend to Stay Small because of a quick turnover of pastors.
3. Small Churches Tend to Stay Small because of the domination by a few strong members.
4. Small Churches Tend to Stay Small because the church doesn’t trust the leaders.
5. Small Churches Tend to Stay Small because the church has an inferiority complex.
6. Small Churches Tend to Stay Small because the church has No plan.
7. Small Churches Tend to Stay Small because the church is unhealthy.
8. Small Churches Tend to Stay Small because the church has lousy fellowship
9. Small Churches Tend to Stay Small because a state of neglect permeates the church.
10. Small Churches Tend to Stay Small because there is little or no prayer.

These are all thought provoking issues and your council has been diligent in discussion of these issues. It is because of the final item on the list that I have been led to share with you for the remainder of the summer the series of messages I have indicated in the title of my contribution to the June issue of the Lighthouse.

We will begin looking at the perfect prayer that Jesus presents for our instruction in Matthew 6:5-13, The Lord’s Prayer.  There will be a total of nine sermons in this series which will deal with the individual petitions of the Lord’s Prayer. Each message will not only reference Jesus’ instructions to us but will also include reference to the teaching of the Heidelberg Catechism.

We need to become more and more a people of prayer because the promise of Jesus in John 14:13-14
13" And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father.  14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it."

Let us be praying for one another as we prepare to speak and hear these messages.

Grace and Peace be with you.

Pastor Jerry

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