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March 17, 2017, 11:40 AM

How Not to Pray

Mr. and Mrs. Moody often had guests in their Chicago home. One evening, after a very demanding day, Moody asked a visiting Christian to lead in family devotions. The man waxed eloquent as he expounded the symbolism in a difficult chapter of the Bible. Then he prayed at great length. When the worship was over, Mrs. Moody and the guest got up from their knees, but Moody remained bowed in prayer. The guest thought that he was praying, but Mrs. Moody soon detected that her husband was--asleep!

Matthew 6:5-7, when you pray do not pray like hypocrites and when you pray do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do.

 

Last week we talked about Praying Persistently this week we are going to continue talking about the difference in praying “persistently verses repetitive”. This week’s message is titles “How not to Pray”. I pray you will join me as we continue our messages on prayer.

 

Prayer needs: Mike Collier (kidney stone), Karen Frye (death of her sister), Patti Richards (illness of her father), people traveling, Frank Healer,

Wow, March is nearly over, Spring officially begins soon, daylight savings time is here and Easter will be here before we know it!

This year we will have the Egg-Hunt on Easter Sunday morning for our children. We need you to bring filled eggs please, there is a basket in the office to drop off your filled eggs, thanks.

 

DON’T FORGET YOUR ANNIE ARMSTRONG EASTER OFFERING!

 

Mark 11:25

25 “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.

 

 

1 Peter 3:7

7 Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered.

 

 

The story goes that one time when Bill Moyers was a special assistant to President Lyndon B. Johnson. He was asked to say grace before a meal in the family quarters of the White House. As Moyers began praying softly, the President interrupted him with "Speak up, Bill! Speak up!" The former Baptist minister from east Texas stopped in mid-sentence and without looking up replied steadily, "I wasn't addressing you, Mr. President."

 

How is your prayer life?

 

 

See you Sunday, join me as we continue to seek to grow in our prayer life!

 

Your pastor and friend

Bro. Keith


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