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 Families Can Withstand Pressure

Two different families may come from the same mold, but we won’t know the difference between the two until pressure is applied; job, finance, emotional, psychological. Once the pressure comes there is no amount of skill or training that can compensate for being hollow – it all falls apart.

If families are built from the inside out, they can sustain pressure from the outside in.

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.

Prayer

Scripture: James 5:13-18

One Thing To Know:
Prayer is keeping company with God.

Two Things To Do:

  • Talk with God everyday, because he enjoys your company.
    Talk with God about everything, because he cares about you.

Three Life Hacks:

  1. Power Down
  2. Invite In
  3. Host The Dove

Boasting

Scripture: James 4:13-17

Need to Know: (2 Life Truths)

  • What is unknown; your future.
  • What is known; you are fragile.

Need to Do: (3 Life Hacks)

  1. Give credit where it’s due.
  2. Pray through work plans.
  3. Talk like you’re dying vs. Divine

Who is Wise

Scripture: James 3:13-18

Need to Know: (2 Life Truths)

  • There are two kinds of wisdom (above and below)
  • The two cannot be mixed (without double-minded disorder)

Need to Do: (3 Life Hacks: before you Act)

  1. Stop
  2. Look
  3. Listen

Trials

Scripture: James 1:1-12

What’s The Goal?

  • Try to live free from “pressure” & be secure
  • Try to live free under “pressure” & be mature

Life Principle:

  • In a World of TRY; (to be free from trials)
  • You will be TRIED; (face trials of many kinds)
  • So Mature to TRUST! (Joy in God who reigns & restores)

Life Hacks:

  1. Learn Under Pressure
  2. Laugh Under Pressure
  3. Look Up Under pressure

A Promising Turn

Scripture: Genesis 12-17

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Three things Abraham teaches us for everybody’s story:

  1. Life Principle: A broken relationship needs to Restore Trust.
  2. God’s Promise: (Abraham Trust Me)
    • Great Nation
    • Great Land
    • Great Messiah
  3. My Practice: Lean into God’s Promises More than my Pressures.

Reflect: Do you focus more in your pressures? Or Gods promises?

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.