November 6, 2016
Sermon Notes for November 6, 2016
+Today’s Sermon: “Follow Jesus and Pray At All Times In the Spirit”
+ Introduction / Question: “How am I to follow Jesus and pray at all times in the Spirit to stand firm against the enemy?”
“Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, having put on the breast plate of righteousness, and as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints…” (Ephesians 6:13 - 18)
+ Sermon points:
- Ask yourself: “Am I willing to pray at all times in the Spirit (drop to the heart)?”
“…if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and forgive their sin and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)
- Ask yourself: “Am I willing to trust Jesus as I pray?”
“And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.” (Luke 11:9 - 10)
- Ask yourself: “Am I willing to pray counting on God’s goodness for my family, friends and others so they may believe Jesus is their Lord and Savior too?”
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
+Conclusion / Question:
“How am I to follow Jesus and pray at all times in the Spirit to stand firm against the enemy?”
(Sermon Notes prepared by Pastor Warren A. Reichert for Grace Lutheran Church, Eaton, Ohio, November 6, 2016)
How to pray? A plan to help you “follow”* God in prayer:
Set a time and place for your prayer time with God (Start slowly and add times until you pray each day.)
Read the Gospel or another Scripture Lesson from today’s worship (see the Sermon Notes to direct your prayer time). Begin your prayer time asking yourself:
- What is one main thought, key insight or truth I gained from this passage?
- What does this thought, insight or truth say about my praying as I follow Jesus?
- Ask God to help you apply His Word to your life as you live and share the Gospel of peace in Jesus (Try praying: “Lord, I ask …” or “Lord, help me to…”).
Try writing your responses to the questions in a spiral notebook or composition notebook. Be gentle with yourself. Take your time with this new effort. Let the Word of God guide you following Christ. Look back over your first week, month, and so on, and see how the Lord is calling you to follow Him through His Word and with prayer.
(*Mark 1:17: ESV - “And Jesus said to them, "Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.")