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Prayer – 1 John 5:13-15

Does prayer really work? Why should we pray? Those are a couple of questions I addressed in a recent Periscope broadcast.

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Thanks for watching,

Travis

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A Sermon on Prayer

This is a sermon I delivered on May 4th, 2014 at Windwood Presbyterian Church. It was Youth Sunday, and it was a blast! I hope you enjoy the video…

You Didn’t Know God is Like a Fast Food Restaurant?

The other day, I was directed to a very disturbing video. It features a man by the name of Rickie Rush and he is advertising his book entitled, “May I Have Your Order, Please?”. In Rickie’s book he likens God to a fast food joint. Apparently, God just takes your order and will give you whatever you want. Find this hard to believe? Check out the video:

According to Rickie Rush, all you need to do is place your order to God, pay God (or Rickie?) for your order, and wait for God to complete your order. Now, compare Rickie’s understanding to what Jesus says about prayer:

Pray then like this:

     ‘Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name.

     Your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

     Give us this day our daily bread,

and forgive us our debts,

as we also have forgiven our debtors.

     And lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.’ -Matthew 6:9-13, ESV

Now look at 1 John 5:14:

Welcome to Good Burger, home of the Good Burger. Can I take your order?

And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.

Do you see the difference between Rickie Rush’s teaching on prayer and the Bible’s teaching on prayer? Rickie’s teaching revolves around Rickie, and the Bible’s teaching revolves around God. Prayer is never to be used to get what you want, rather, it is to glorify God by admitting you don’t have the answer. God knows what you need and if you ask according to his will, he will give you what you need.

So, you have two options. #1 You ask God according to your will. #2 You ask God according to his will.

I pray that God will open the eyes of those blinded by Rickie’s false teaching, and I pray that you will grow in your view of prayer.

Thanks for reading.

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