2009-07-05 George - Prayer

Sunday July 5, 2009 – Rick opened talking about the limitations put on Satan.  He is powerful if we give him that power. 

 1 John 3:7-10 Dear children, don’t let anyone deceive you about this: When people do what is right, it shows that they are righteous, even as Christ is righteous. 8 But when people keep on sinning, it shows that they belong to the devil, who has been sinning since the beginning. But the Son of God came to destroy the works of the devil. 9 Those who have been born into God’s family do not make a practice of sinning, because God’s life is in them. So they can’t keep on sinning, because they are children of God. 10 So now we can tell who are children of God and who are children of the devil. Anyone who does not live righteously and does not love other believers does not belong to God.

Rick closed thanking God for our freedom and our country.

Cindy read a verse from the scriptures - 2 Chron 7:13-14:

At times I might shut up the heavens so that no rain falls, or command grasshoppers to devour your crops, or send plagues among you. 14 Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.

Lyndee led praise and worship leading the boys in singing “Humble Yourself in the Sight of the Lord”, “Proud to be an American” and “God Bless America

Ben talked with the boys about how we as Christians do not realize how precious our faith is until someone attempts to take it away.  We need to appreciate what we have and be on the defense protecting our liberties in Jesus Christ. How thankful we are for all the blood of all the young men that gave their lives for America but all of that blood is not as precious as the blood of our savior, Jesus Christ. 

Nations are changed not by new governments but by a new birth.  It is going to take weapons of spiritual warfare to change our country and those we have influence over.  We have to lead by example, at our jobs, in our dorm rooms, our homes, everywhere.

Ben told of praying during the lunch hour at a bench in the school yard for the lost souls in his school and how young people would join him.  It was that love he had for his school mates that caused his love for Christ to grow.  The more he loved them the more he loved Jesus.

He told the story of Mary and Martha and how Mary chose to sit at the feet of Jesus listening to heavenly things while Martha busied herself with earthly duties.  How we need to loose ourselves from these worldly chains so we can give all to Him who gave all to us.

He spoke of God’s call upon him to enter the battle, not to win territory or destroy earthly enemies, but to win souls.  His war is with Satan and his weapon is the word of God.  He closed asking the boys to join him, to enlist in his army, to be a soldier for Christ.

Our morning speaker was George Leader.  He opened encouraging the boys to read the “Sermon on the Mount”, Matthew 5,6 and 7.  His subject was that portion of that sermon where Jesus speaks about effective prayer: Matthew 7:7-8:

  7 “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.

George told of a simple example of how he put that scripture to work seeking an appliance for his son. His prayer was not answered in his time frame but in God’s frame because he kept on asking and kept on believing. 

He quoted John 3:16:

“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

With sincere passion George shared the gospel with his audience asking them to listen and accept God’s call on their life, talking about true confession, repentance and faith.

George closed giving examples of how God answered prayer in his life talking of his grandmother, his wife, his children and even his dog.  All had a part in God answering his prayers because he was faithful and kept on asking. 

Ken closed with a story about God’s ambassador and then closed with the Lord’s Prayer.