Begin with Prayer
Reasons We Don’t Pray
- “I don’t know how.”
- “I’m too busy.”
- “I doubt it works.”
Jesus Begins With Prayer
- (Luke 3:21) Jesus prays at his baptism, and the heavens are opened as he is filled with the Holy Spirit and blessed by the Father.
- (Luke 5:16) Jesus had a regular practice of withdrawing from the crowds by himself to pray.
- (Luke 9:16a) Jesus prayed before performing miracles asking the Father to bless the work he was doing.
- (Luke 22:32) Jesus prayed for his friends, that they would remain strong in their faith.
- (Luke 22:41) Jesus spent the night before his crucifixion alone in a garden prayer
“One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles: Simon (whom he named Peter), his brother Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Simon who was called the Zealot, Judas son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.”
Challenge: Begin with Prayer
- In prayer, we open ourselves to God and the leading of his Spirit.
- In prayer, we focus our minds to recognize his promptings.
- In prayer, we receive the direction we need to discover the people and the places God is calling us to BLESS.
People and Places