What if You Pray for Something that Isn’t Healthy?

If what we’re praying for is not consistent with the word of God, then whatever we’ve gained is not from God. When we violate the word and the wisdom of God, what we get on the other side is not the will of God. God will not answer our prayer in an unhealthy way that goes against what He teaches us in the Bible.

How Do You Talk with a Non-Believer about Prayer and God’s Will?

Sometimes friends who don’t believe in God ask us, as Christians, to pray for them. When things don’t go as we hoped and prayed, our friends feel disappointment and we feel uncomfortable. Pastor Kevin explains practical, step-by-step ways to pray with non-believers and how to follow up later to initiate conversations about faith.

How Can Single Moms Develop an Atmosphere of Prayer?

The first thing a single mom should do to develop an atmosphere of prayer is to grow her own intimate relationship with her Heavenly Father. This opens the door to her children believing in the possibility for themselves. The next thing she should do is to let her children know she’s praying for them and offer to pray with them together. Engage the mystery of prayer and watch God work.

How Can Kids See Answers to Prayer if They Don’t Get Their Way?

As we pray with our kids and they’re getting older, we transition from mere thankfulness to the concept of being cooperative with God.

Think of it this way: the first half of things we ask of God can be answered by gifts He’s already given us – a body, a mind, the earth, the capacity to work, etc. The second half is God doing things for us that we cannot do for ourselves. We cooperate with God to answer prayers; we both do our part.

How Do I Make Prayer Practical for Young Children?

Children crave routine, and prayer can easily become part of your family’s daily rhythm. Begin with prayers of thanks for food, toys, friends, etc. Progress over time to prayers for God’s help in situations at school or with difficult relationships. Prayer should grow in complexity as children get older. Model for them, through all stages of life, how to pray to their Heavenly Father.

How Pastor Kevin Forgave His Dad

Pastor Kevin shares how he managed to forgive his father, from whom he’s been estranged since age 17. He discusses the three words that helped him process the loss: bitterness, forgiveness, and sadness. The forgiveness removed the bitterness, but it did not remove the sadness of what could have been.

Lead Like a Man, Pray Like a Boy

There is so much in our lives and in our world that we can’t control. Political issues, economic changes, relational problems – many things plague us. At work and in our families, when we’re expected to lead, we should lead with strength and confidence. But when we pray to God, our protector, provider, and deliverer, we should humbly approach Him like a child.

Prayer Is Not for God, It’s for You

Why should we pray if God already knows what we need? Theologian John Calvin offers an insightful explanation. In short, prayer is not for God, it’s for us. God knows what we need, and He’s faithful to provide it. But when we pray, we exercise our faith, release anxiety, and are reminded of who God is.

When we don’t pray, we’re at risk of believing everything we need falls upon us to provide. Remember, it’s not our own efforts and abilities that afford us what we need. It’s always God who does the blessing.

Stronger

Scripture:

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being

Ephesians 3:16

The Holy Spirit (in you) is the supernatural source of power that makes you Stronger in your inner being.

3 Examples of Stronger:

  1. Stronger Sight
  2. Stronger Self
  3. Stronger Significance

What would you pray?

  • Prayer to confess I sometimes live as if God exists to serve me rather than existing to serve God? (Forgive me, change me)
  • Prayer seeking the Holy Spirit to strengthen my spiritual gifts so as to build up others (in His church-the body of Christ)
  • Prayer seeking the Holy Spirit to strengthen self-control?
  • Prayer seeking the Holy Spirit for clearer sight?

 

Fair Fight

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13

Love Redefines How You Fight

5 Fair Fight Lessons from Love:

1) “Love cares more for others than for self”  (Sponge)
Love absorbs annoyance.

2) “Love doesn’t fly off the handle”  (Frying Pan)
Love lets things roll off your back.

3) “Love doesn’t keep score of wrongs”  (Wastebasket)
Love trashes the list.

4) “Love isn’t always me first”  (Hammer & Nail)
Love hears before it’s heard.

5) “Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have” (Measuring Cup)
Love is content (or discontent will undo you).

Seek God

Scripture: 

  • Genesis 2
  • Hebrews 10:23-25

Big Picture:  You were created by God and for God.

  1. He is the only person who can fulfill you.
  2. He has the power to change you.
  3. He is the purpose that is greater than your pressure.

Best Practice: Seek God by praying together.

Father, we ask that you would change us, that you would fulfill us, draw us closer to you and closer to each other. Amen.

Uncertain Future

PK draws from John 14 to explain how Jesus has built a box of faith formed by four promises from God’s Word that takes the “un” out of uncertain to give us a certain future:

  1. Our souls live forever and there is a place prepared for us in the Father’s house.
  2. Jesus is Lord forever and will return.
  3. Our body is not forever and we will all physically die at some point.
  4. Our access to the Father is certain when we pray in Jesus’ name.

Jesus invites us to be BOXED IN by these certainties that we might pray out of faith, not fear.

I Pray When…

One Conviction: Prevail in Prayer to Prevail in Life!

1) Prevail over Sin (Matthew 8:1-­‐4)
a) Repentance Road
1) You’re Lord
2) I’m a Leper
3) Please Cleanse me

b) 3 Traps on Repentance Road
1) Worthless Quitter
2) Excused Victim
3) Hard Hearted
Truth: 1 John 1:9; 2:1-­‐2

2) Persist in Prayer (Luke 18:1-­‐8)

The majority of the time, God is not hiding; we are. We hide sin and pretend it is not an issue. We must realize it is going to hinder our prayers. We can’t pray when we entrap ourselves in our lies. I pray when…? When I sin! That’s how we prevail over sin. Temptation doesn’t stop being an issue once we become saved. Repentance must be a daily part of our lives. Grab hold of the grace that not only saved you but also will sustain you. Prevail in prayer, and you will prevail in life.

I Don’t Pray

We Need to Know:

  • Prayer is not how you Secure control, its how you Surrender control

We Need to Do:

  • Hands Up

PK teaches us to surrender control in order to allow God to move and give us Huge Victories and Huge Peace. He challenged us to consider what we need to surrender (ie. Anger, Hurt, Frustration, Sorrow, Grief, Loss, Disappointment, Fear, Pride, an Independent Spirit, Prayerlessness).

When I’m Stuck

KQ teaches that fasting with prayer is the effective tool to getting unstuck. Where are you stuck? Use God’s given tool of fasting to gain traction; to step out in faith to apply intensity and focus to our prayer life, and to have courage to resolve like Daniel. Daniel had no idea what was on the other side of the fast, but what he found was resolve.

I Pray For Our Nation

Despite opposition by jealous peers and threat of death, Daniel stayed true to his faith and his commitment to pray three times daily to the one true God. In this message, PK draws from Daniel’s prayer for his nation in chapter 9 and highlights the importance of bringing the circumstances of one’s nations and politics to God in prayer.

What is God’s Will For My Life?

Guest Speaker: Kevin Queen

3 Attributes of God

1.     God is ­­­­­­________________. He is with you. (Psalm 139:7-8)

2.     God is ________________. He is at work. (Psalm 139:9-10)

3.     God is ________________. He is for you. (1 John 4:8)

 

God’s primary plan for your life is not for what you _____   it’s for who you ____________.