Tom LundeenJanuary 23, 2022
Passage: 1 Kings 18:25-44
Pastor Tom Lundeen
We’re in a series where we’re learning what it means to stand for God and His truth and embrace His mission when everyone and around us is standing for anything and everything else but God and His truth.
is something we know is vitally important...but it can also seem as a reality in our own lives.
Too often we can view prayer as a guilt-producer instead of an anxiety-reliever...as a dreaded obligation instead of a wonderful privilege.
Notes James 5:17-18
Elijah shows us that prayer begins with:
A great misconception about prayer is that it demands some kind of from us (note Matthew 6:5).
Prayer isn’t a way to impress other people or to impress
(note 1 Kings 18:25-29).
Note 1 Kings 18:36-38
Note 1 Kings 18:38, 45a
Note 1 Kings 18:1
Note 1 Kings 8:35-36, 18:39, 41
Elijah’s was not based on how well he prayed, how long he prayed, or what words he used in his prayer.
It was because he prayed for God’s will to be done.
Way too often, we think of (and practice) prayer as if it’s up to us to God to do what we want Him to do.
Prayer throughout the Bible...is to be primarily understood as asking God to come on what He already promised. (Millar)
Prayer isn’t getting God to change His purposes and plans, but it is about changing my desires to God’s plans and purposes.
Note 1 Timothy 1:15-16; 2:3-4; and 2 Peter 3:9
Elijah knew God’s promises; but he also had to in God’s character as he prayed for the drought to end and the rain to fall (note 1 Kings 18:42-43).
Note Luke 11:5-10
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