How to Rejoice in Prayer

Pastor Craig Carter During our current sermon series we are learning how to pray based on a prayer Jesus taught us called the Lord’s Prayer. It is found in Matthew chapter six and Luke chapter eleven. Last week we observed that in order to start praying we actually need to stop praying. We learned how to pause in prayer and spend time in silence and solitude. It is in quietness and stillness that we are able to position ourselves to hear from God and receive all that He has for us.  And that pause is prompted by the way in …

How to Pause in Prayer

Last week I introduced a new sermon series on prayer called How to Pray. The series is based on The Lord’s Prayer with insights from a book by Pete Greig called How to Pray: A Simple Guide for Normal People.  According to Luke 11:1, the disciples came to Jesus with a request, “Teach us to pray…” And Jesus said, “This is how you should pray…” (Luke 11:2a NLT). Then He launched into a model prayer that has endured through the ages, “Our Father…” For us, that’s a familiar prompt to continue, “…who art in heaven. Hallowed be thy name.” But …

How to Pray

Pastor Craig Carter The start of a new year gives individuals and organizations an opportunity to review past performance, consider the present state of affairs, and make plans for the future. As a pastor, I tend to see the start of a new year as an opportunity to realign our priorities and make sure we’re keeping the main thing the main thing. That’s why I am choosing to start the new year with a sermon series titled, How to Pray. The priority of prayer is written on almost every page of the Bible and in every chapter of church history. …