The Church God Wants – Quick to Forgive is the final message in our summer sermon series. When you forgive someone their sin you are releasing the debt they owe you.
I want to persist in prayer, but it’s hard. How do I know that my Lord listens? How do I know that he cares about me? What if the answer he offers isn’t good enough? Our God draws us into his promises through prayer.
In a sense, prayer comes naturally to us. We want so we ask. We hurt so we cry out. We are frustrated so we vent. We are blessed so we give thanks. So we sometimes define prayer as “speaking to God from the heart.” Seems so easy. What does not come naturally, however, is the focused prayer God wants for us.
We are focused on service this week. If you listen to the first part of this week’s message, you’ll hear in detail all that Abraham did for God – that’s all good. God allowed Abraham to do it after all. God didn’t need Abraham’s hospitality. This was something that Abraham needed to do for God. It’s a thankful heart.
Should we stay or go? That is the question the people of the world wrestled with shortly after the flood. They settled on staying, against God’s wishes for the purpose of making a name for themselves. Our love God confused their languages and they scattered across the world. This language barrier was undone on that first Pentecost that started the New Testament church. That harvest festival continues today as we share God’s word with anyone who will listen.