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02.23.2020

 

 

SERVICE SUMMARY: Conversation can be difficult even in the most intimate of relationships. We’ve all seen a married couple at a restaurant, eating their meal in silence. Or perhaps we’ve had a friend who only talked and never listened. Maybe we’ve even been that friend at times. If conversation is difficult in human relationships, how are we supposed to talk to God? Join us this Sunday as we look at Jesus’ teaching on prayer in his famous Sermon on the Mount.

 

 

REFLECTIONS

Prayer is not prayer if it is addressed to anyone else but God.

—Karl Barth

 

Before they call I will answer, while they are yet speaking I will hear.

—Isaiah 65:24

 

 

SCRIPTURE:

Psalm 141:1–4, 8

O Lord, I call upon you; hasten to me!

    Give ear to my voice when I call to you!

Let my prayer be counted as incense before you,

    and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice!

Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth;

    keep watch over the door of my lips!

Do not let my heart incline to any evil,

    to busy myself with wicked deeds

in company with men who work iniquity,

    and let me not eat of their delicacies!

But my eyes are toward you, O God, my Lord;

    in you I seek refuge; leave me not defenseless!

 

Matthew 6:5–7; 7:7–11

5 “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 6 But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

7 “And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words.

7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. 9 Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? 11 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!

 

 

CONFESSION OF SIN

Almighty God, you have raised Jesus from death to life
and crowned him Lord of all.

We confess that we have not acknowledged his authority or trusted in his commands.

We have boasted in our own achievements and failed to give him thanks.

We have been deaf to his call and blind to his work in our world.

silent confession

Forgive us and raise us from sin, that we may be your faithful people, following our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

 

SONG TO CONSIDER

1. Father for Thy, promised blessing,
Still we plead before Thy throne
For the times of, sweet refreshing,
Which can come from Thee alone
Blessed earnests, Thou hast given,
But in these we would not rest
Blessings still with, Thee are hidden,
Pour them forth and make us blest!

2. Prayer ascendeth to Thee ever,
Answer! Father, answer prayer
Bless oh bless each, weak endeavor,
Blood-bought pardon to declare
Wake Thy slumbering, children wake them,
Bid them to Thy harvest go
Blessings O our, Father make,
Round their steps let blessings flow

3. Let no people be forgotten,
Let Thy showers on all descend
That in one loud blessed anthem,
Millions may in triumph blend
Give reviving, give refreshing,
Give the looked-for Jubilee
To Thyself may, crowds be pressing,
Bringing glory unto Thee

Tag: Give reviving, give refreshing,
Give the looked-for Jubilee
To Thyself may, crowds be pressing,
Bringing glory unto Thee

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