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Kevin Dibbley - May 10, 2020

To Prioritize Your Presence (Matthew 6:5-8)

It would be a shame to squander the gift of a pandemic with busyness and amusement rather than to seize the wonderful opportunity to seek the face of God and to surrender our lives more completely to Him. The sermon on the Mount turns upside down our normal expectations of life in the kingdom and that is true of prayer. Prayer is not an activity in which I come to change the mind and will of God. Prayer is the activity where I relinquish my will and have God reshape my thinking, priorities, values, and passions. Prayer changes things… definitely! It changes the prayer-er! This series is an invitation for you to invite God each week to do whatever it takes to change some aspect of your life. Will you do it? This week’s prayer: Whatever it takes… to Make Your Presence My Priority.

Scripture References: Matthew 6:5-8

From Series: "Whatever It Takes: Finding Fresh Power In A Familiar Prayer"

Whatever It Takes: Finding Fresh Power In A Familiar Prayer Matthew 6:6-15 Have you ever wondered if people can really change? Have you ever wondered if you could truly change? Often, we think to ourselves that the possibility of deep change in our lives is increasingly unlikely as time goes on. We struggle with the same old sins. We fall into the same bad habits. We get stuck in the same mindless amusements. Who really changes and for how long? One of the great encouragements of the Bible is that there is power for deep and lasting change through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. One of the greatest and most familiar passages in the Bible, The Lord’s Prayer, is actually designed to call God’s people to seek God’s face for deep authentic personal change. Over the next several weeks, we are going to look at a familiar passage of Scripture in what is hopefully a completely fresh and unfamiliar way. Whatever It Takes is discovering how Jesus’ teaching on prayer is a clear call to seek a radically new set of passions and priorities in our lives – Kingdom priorities. Pray that God will help all of us pray an old prayer in a radically new way. Are you willing to pray “Whatever It Takes”?

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