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Prayer

April 19, 2020 Preacher: Jeff Vanderstelt Series: Spiritual Formation

Topic: Prayer Passage: Luke 11:1–11:4

April 19th: This week we will focus on the spiritual discipline of prayer.

The purpose of this resource is to help your family, missional community, or a few friends experience many of the elements we do together when we gather in downtown Bellevue.

TIPS FOR USING OUR DIGITAL LITURGY:
-Pick someone to do the readings and prayers or take turns.
-Participate in all the elements below. They work together, we promise.
-We recommend turning mobile devices horizontal for use of this liturgy.
-Remove distractions like other devices, pets, noise, etc

As disciples of Jesus, we are committed to being with Jesus, becoming like Jesus and doing what Jesus did. One of the ways we do all of these is by practicing the spiritual discipline of prayer. Prayer is a way that God our Father forms us to be more like His son Jesus. And as we commune with Him in prayer, we become more dependent on Him. When we are dependent on Him and walk in intimacy with our Creator, we begin to experience our life and our purpose the way God intended - with Him. 

OPENING PRAYER / CALL TO WORSHIP

Prayer is how we spend time with God. The disciples witnessed very clearly that Jesus lived a life of prayer. He started His day with prayer. They saw that the busier Jesus got, the more he prayed. They saw Him make major decisions beginning with prayer. Jesus came to the Father in prayer with gratitude, sorrow, joy, frustration, His requests, and simply put - whatever was on His heart. He shared his deepest feelings with the Father because He was walking in communion with Him.

God cares for us as our perfect Father. God knows that we need Him! He has given us the gift of being able to pray to Him at all times, so that we can truly walk with Him and talk with Him. While life as we know it has been somewhat paused, social activities not being an option, jobs looking different, travel plans being cancelled, plenty of uncertainty - we definitely have the time to pray and we clearly have things to pray about.

Would we know His glory more and more throughout this pandemic. Would we walk in the peace He has available for us - because we are walking with Him in prayer.

(pick someone to read this out loud)
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.
5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand;
do not be anxious about anything, but in everything
by prayer and supplication 
with thanksgiving
let your requests be made known to God.
7 And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding,
    will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:4-7

"HOW DEEP THE FATHER'S LOVE FOR US"

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VERSE 1
How deep the Father's love for us
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure
How great the pain of searing loss
The Father turns His face away
As wounds which mar the chosen One
Bring many sons to glory

VERSE 2
Behold the Man upon a cross
My sin upon His shoulders
Ashamed I hear my mocking voice
Call out among the scoffers
It was my sin that held Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished

VERSE 3
I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no power, no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection
Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have payed my ransom

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TIME OF RESPONSE

Take a few minutes of silence. Allow your own thoughts to quiet and be still. Then pray together with those around you:

Begin by hallowing His name (being captivated by His glory).
Pray the Kingdom come starting with your own heart and then to others.
Confess your sin.
Partake in communion together. Here's a helpful at-home guide.

RESPOND BY GIVING

Giving is an act of worship, and right now, giving supports the ways we are recreating ministry for this unique time, and allows us to keep our team intact. Doxa exists to make disciples in the every day stuff of life, and that continues when we are unable to meet together in person. Giving is also an expression of faith that the Father will continue to provide for our every need. We encourage you to stop and thank God for all that He has provided for you in this season, and ask Him what you should give. 

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RESPOND BY SINGING

"OUR FATHER"

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VERSE 1
Our Father in Heaven
Hallowed be Your name
Your kingdom come quickly
Your will be done the same

CHORUS
On earth as it is in Heaven
Let Heaven come to earth
As it is in Heaven
Let Heaven come

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Let Heaven come

BRIDGE
Yours is the Kingdom
Yours is the power
Yours is the glory, forever amen

"BUILD MY LIFE"

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VERSE 1
Worthy of every song we could ever sing
Worthy of all the praise we could ever bring
Worthy of every breath we could ever breathe
We live for You

VERSE 2
Jesus the name above every other name
Jesus the only one who could ever save
Worthy of every breath we could every breathe
We live for You

CHORUS
Holy, there is no one like You
There is none besides You
Open up my eyes in wonder
Show me who You are
And fill me with Your heart
And lead me in Your love to those around me

BRIDGE
I will build my life upon Your love
It is a firm foundation
I will put my trust in You alone
And I will not be shaken

"YET NOT I BUT THROUGH CHRIST IN ME"

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VERSE 1
What gift of grace is Jesus my redeemer
There is no more for Heaven now to give
He is my joy, my righteousness and freedom
My steadfast love, my deep and boundless peace

To this I hold, my hope is only Jesus
For my life is wholly bound to His
Oh how strange and divine
I can sing, "All is mine!"
Yet not I, but through Christ in me

VERSE 2
The night is dark, but I am not forsaken
For by my side the Savior He will stay
I labor on in weakness and rejoicing
For in my need, His power is displayed

To this I hold, my Shepherd will defend me
Through the deepest valley He will lead
Oh the night has been won and I shall overcome
Yet not I, but through Christ in me

VERSE 3
No fate I dread, I know I am forgiven
The future sure, the price it has been paid
For Jesus bled and suffered for my pardon
And he was raised to overthrow the grave

To this I hold, my sin has been defeated
Jesus now and ever is my plea
Oh the chains are released
I can sing, "I am free!"
Yet not I but through Christ in me

VERSE 4
With every breath I long to follow Jesus
For He has said that He will bring me home
And day by day I know He will renew me
Until I stand with joy before the throne

To this I hold my hope is only Jesus
All the glory evermore to Him
When the race is complete
Still my lips shall repeat
"Yet not I, but through Christ in me"

BENEDICTION

We will never have a thriving relationship with God and others without prayer. But thankfully, we have full access to His power and His presence at all times through prayer! Prayer is how we respond as Christians in a pandemic. Prayer is how the Lord will lead us through this pandemic. Prayer is how we will continue to see the power of God moving.

(read this aloud together)
16 Let us with confidence then draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Hebrews 4:16

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