In this sermon, part of a series entitled, “Whatever You Do,” Pastor Neil talks about the need for prayer and urges us to devote ourselves to prayer. Don’t give up on praying. Here are some excerpts:
Your sincere, heartfelt prayers are not a bother to God. God is not annoyed by your prayers. Prayer connects us with a God who loves us. Prayer connects us in relationship with the true and living God. The Bible reminds us that through Jesus, we may come with boldness, confidence, and humility to the throne of grace – the throne of God – in prayer, there to receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need (Hebrews 4:16).
Whatever you do, dear church, do not neglect the gift and privilege of prayer. Do not give up on prayer. Whatever you do, don’t stop praying. Don’t give up praying for: the world, for America, for our church, for its health and its witness in this community. Don’t stop praying for: revival in the church and in our culture, a new great awakening in which millions of unbelievers come to faith in the Lord Jesus; the prodigal(s) in your family to come to their senses and to come back home to Jesus; the President. And for whomever the next President will be.
Don’t give up praying for the sick, the hurting, the poor, the brokenhearted, the bereaved, the discouraged, the depressed, the lonely, the elderly… Whatever you do, devote yourselves to prayer, keeping your eyes open to what God is doing and, as it says in 1 Thessalonians 5:18, giving thanks to Him in all circumstances
Maybe you and I can’t fix all the things we think are wrong with social media and the way some people express themselves and their viewpoints on it. But we can, with God’s help, make sure that what we communicate is gracious and loving and true.
Dearly beloved, pray… devote yourself to prayer… don’t give up on prayer.
Whatever you do, be gracious; let your conversation be always – always and in all ways – full of grace, seasoned with the preservative power of the gospel, so that you may know how to speak to everyone and so that the grace and glory of God will be exhibited in your life.