Prayer

Teaching Series:  January to July 2010

I have to eat.  It isn’t too many hours each day until my body reminds me.  If I am busy or preoccupied I can put it off for a while but not for too long.  Without food my body will soon ache, my concentration will begin to lapse and my energy depletes.  I need to eat.  It sustains me, nourishes me and keeps me alive.  So each day not too many hours pass before my body craves the food that I need.  But Jesus said:
 
“Man does not live on bread alone….” (Matthew 4:4).
 
You don’t have to read about Jesus for long to see that there was something else he craved.  Something he just couldn’t do without.  On times the pressure of the day would stop him getting it but that only increased his craving, making him more determined.  As the story unfolds you see that for Jesus it is this, above all else, that sustains him and keeps him alive.  He needs it, maybe more than food.  What is it?  It’s being with his Father.  It’s prayer. 
 
But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed (Luke 5:16).
Like my day is punctuated by food, his day was punctuated by time with his Father.  It gave him life, sustenance and everything he needed.  It was from that place that Jesus went out into the rest of his day.  And what days they were:  with a word storms were ceased and dead men raised, with a look and a touch rejected outcasts were loved and included, with a short story or a timely phrase the world’s wisdom was put into shadow. 
 
Those closest to him could see where it all came from.  They could see that more essential than the food he ate, even the air he breathed was for Jesus to be with his Father.  No wonder the only thing recorded in the Bible that the disciples ever asked Jesus was:
 
 
This series is an echo of that cry.  It’s something I need to learn more than I know, to teach my whole being to crave God’s presence greater than my body craves food each day.
 
Will you join me?  I hope so.
 
 
Simon Harris
Senior Minister
 
 
 
Prayer of Restoration Prayer can also work as a cleansing restoration for the soul - handing over sin to Jesus
(Readings: Luke 18:9-14, John 4:1-42)
Simon Harris 18 Jul 2010
Prayer Walking How and why to walk and pray around the neighbourhood of the church
(Reading: Gen 13: 14-18)
Simon Harris 04 Jul 2010
Warfare Prayer Prayer is not just a support for action. Prayer can itself be the most powerful action
(Reading: Acts 12:1-19)
Simon Harris 27 Jun 2010
Parent Prayer Praying for children, and recognizing God as Father
(Reading: Deut 11: 13-21)
Simon Harris 13 Jun 2010
Unanswered Prayer - Grow Part 13 of 'Lord, teach us to pray' - Unanswered Prayer - Grow
(Reading: Isaiah 58:6-13)
Simon Harris 16 May 2010
Unanswered Prayer - Slow Part 12 of 'Lord, teach us to pray' - Unanswered Prayer - Slow Simon Harris 25 Apr 2010
Unanswered Prayer - No Part 11 of 'Lord, teach us to pray' - Unanswered Prayer - No Simon Harris 18 Apr 2010
Praying for the Lost (part 2) Part 10 of 'Lord, teach us to pray' - Praying for the Lost (part 2)
(Reading: 2 Corinthians 5:11-21)
Simon Harris 21 Mar 2010
Praying for the Lost (part 1) Part 9 of 'Lord, teach us to pray' - Praying for the Lost (part 1)
(Reading: 1 Timothy 1:15 - 2:8)
Simon Harris 14 Mar 2010
Praying with fasting Part 8 of 'Lord, teach us to pray' - Praying with fasting
(Reading: Matthew 6:8-18)
Simon Harris 07 Mar 2010
Praying persistently Part 7 of 'Lord, teach us to pray' - Praying persistently
(Reading: Luke 18:1-8)
Simon Harris 28 Feb 2010
Praying with faith Part 6 of 'Lord, teach us to pray' - Praying with faith
(Reading: Matthew 14:22-36)
Simon Harris 21 Feb 2010
Praying in Jesus' name Part 5 of 'Lord, teach us to pray' - Praying in Jesus' name Simon Harris 08 Feb 2010
Open to Prayer's Potential Part 4 of 'Lord, teach us to pray' - Open to Prayer's Potential
(Reading: Acts 9:1-19)
Simon Harris 24 Jan 2010
Disappointment with prayer Part 3 of 'Lord, teach us to pray' - Disappointment with prayer
(Reading: Mark 9:14-29)
Simon Harris 17 Jan 2010
Discovering the Father heart of God Part 2 of 'Lord, teach us to pray' - Discovering the Father heart of God
(Reading: John 14:1-14)
Simon Harris 11 Jan 2010
A Great Invitation Part 1 of 'Lord, teach us to pray' - 'A Great Invitation'
(Reading: John 17:1-26)
Simon Harris 03 Jan 2010