The Power of Prayer

This past Sunday, August 11, 2013, Circle of Friends had the BLESSING of participating in worship at Union United Methodist Church in the city of St. Louis. Pastor Dianne Cochran’s sermon on this particular day was centered on prayer. Prayer…that wonderful, delicious conversation we have with God! She provided different ways for the congregation to get back into the prayer habit (just in case some had done so!) with two simple reminders, both coming from the book of Luke:

1.  Luke 11:5-13      Think about ACTS. A is for Adoration and giving praise to God. C is to confess our sins before Him. T stands for Thanks. Thank God for His many blessings, and finally S, or Supplication–praying for those concerns we have on our hearts.  End the prayer, “In the name of Jesus, Amen. How simple is that?

2.  Luke 18: 1-8     Follow the P.U.S.H. prayer pattern. Pray (including praise, penitence, and petition) Until Something Happens. In the name of Jesus, Amen. Again, quite simple, really.

One of the most powerful parts of her sermon had to do with not only talking with God, but “being” with God in a state of prayer. She suggested that one sit relaxed in a chair, hands on the lap, palms up. Relax. As you inhale, say, “Lord Jesus Christ,” and then as you exhale, say, “Have mercy on me.” She actually had us do this during the service three times. I cannot tell you what a peace that caused.

Prayers do not have to be fancy. Prayers do not have to be eloquent. This sermon was a great reminder of the power that our conversations with God can have for us and those in our lives.  One of the songs that Circle of Friends chose to sing at this service was “A Living Prayer.” In this song, it talks about taking our own lives and letting them be a living prayer for Christ. How is your life a living prayer for Christ?

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