Messages From HopeCC

“Pray Up!”

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Luke 18:1 NKJV Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart,

Prayer is both communion-centered and kingdom-centered.

"If you aren't a praying church, then you're just playing church." —Mark Batterson

"I charge you my fellow-servants, never to go forth to plead with men for God until you have first pleaded with God for men." —Charles Spurgeon


Prayer is about…
1. Connection.

Matthew 6:9 NKJV In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.

Communication is the hallmark of all healthy relationships.

2. Reputation.

Matthew 6:9 NKJV In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.

Prayer helps us project and proclaim His worth.

3. Direction.

Matthew 6:10 NKJV Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.

Prayer focuses on His will, not our wants.

4. Provision.

Matthew 6:11 NKJV Give us this day our daily bread.

Prayer reminds us of our dependence on God.

5. Confession.

Matthew 6:12 NKJV And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors.

Prayer helps us maintain our relationships.

6. Intercession.

Matthew 6:13 NKJV And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

Praying for/with others prioritizes our ultimate mission.