Feb 12, 2015

Permission to Speak Freely - I Can Hear You Now - Part 1

Great message from Andy Stanley... its about prayer.  The very thing we should be eager to learn and know about.  Its our connection with God.  Jesus taught us specifically how to pray. The first thing He addresses is where we pray.   Matthew 6:5-6 "And when you pray do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they may be seen by men.  Truly, I say to you, they have their reward in full.  But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.  And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words."

Based on Jesus' teaching it appears the majority of our time in prayer should be done in secret, in what many call their "prayer closet", their private space or room... behind closed doors just between ourselves and God.  Our Father who is unseen, who sees what is done in secret (i.e. praying) and will reward us.  The reward is not always answer to those prayers that we are specifically praying.  He knows what we need before we even ask.

Then Jesus goes into what we have come to know as "The Lord's Prayer"... listen/watch this teaching to continue....

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