A local exercise was to have a two readings on the subject of prayer:
Reading 1 – Why we pray: Paul Burton
Reading 2 – How we pray: Ben Bodman
First reading suggested by Paul Burton – Why we Pray
Gen 18 whole chapter
We are told to pray about 20 times in scripture. It is an integral part of the believers life. We need to see what the point of Prayer is. If God knows everything why do we need to pray?
1. We pray because God wants our company
2. We pray because others need our prayers
3. We pray because we have needs ourselves
Abraham was a friend of God: God had pleasure in the relationship and delighted in telling him what He planned. We can share our Joys, sorrows and secrets with God. We should start a day by asking God what we should do. Thereby we get to know what God is like. We call God our Father. He is greater than our natural father.
Second Reading suggested by Ben Bodman. How we pray.
This is commonly called the Lord’s prayer. It could not be (forive us our trespasses) . John 17 is really the Lord’s prayer.
Relationship: Our Father
Reverence: hallowed be thy name
Reliance: give us our daily bread
Repentance: forgive us our sins
Release: we forgive others. Showing grace
Answers. “Yes”. – “No” – “Not yet”
Preaching Knaresborough 10 November 2019 James Shearer
The simple message – come – There is a great celebration and God wants your company.
Brothers taking part in the readings included:
|Jimmy Gray||Tunbridge Wells|
|Ken Hollands||Lytham St Annes|
|Peter Mutton||Walton on Naze|
|Keith Pye||East Wemyss|