In our current sermon series, "Moving Mountains," we're not talking about scaling physical peaks but overcoming the mountains of obstacles and challenges in our lives that block our path to God's promises. These "mountains" can be health issues, financial troubles, family crises, or other intimidating situations. Jesus, in Matthew 17:20b, offers us a profound perspective on these mountains, stating that even with faith as small as a mustard seed, we can command them to move, and they will. This shows us the power within our prayers.
As a church, we've embarked on a 40-Day Prayer Challenge in an effort to strengthen our faith through prayer. Yet, the truth is, sometimes prayer can feel like a mountain to climb. We may find ourselves lost, ill-equipped to pray boldly, and uncertain about approaching God. We often get caught up in the rituals, like wondering how to fold our hands, whether to close our eyes, or use formal language. We may even compare ourselves to others who have their prayers answered quickly. All these doubts can lead to questioning whether God is listening or even present. In these moments, our prayers can feel more like a climb than an act of moving mountains.
THE POWER OF PERSISTENCE IN PRAYER
Have you ever felt lost or uncertain when praying? If so, you're not alone. We all have moments when we struggle to find the right words or approach God with confidence. However, Jesus offers a simple yet transformative principle that can revolutionize our prayer life: KEEP PRAYING. In Luke 11, after teaching the Lord's Prayer, Jesus tells a story about persistence in prayer. He describes a scenario where someone asks their neighbor for bread in the middle of the night. At first, the neighbor refuses, but he eventually gives in due to the requester's shameless audacity.
This story teaches us to approach our Heavenly Father with a similar shameless audacity—knocking, seeking, and asking persistently. Jesus encourages us not to give up, but to continue in prayer. There is power in persistence. Our prayers' frequency and consistency matter as much as the content and words we use. This persistence measures our love and determination, especially when praying for something significant, like a breakthrough for a loved one. So, we're encouraged to keep praying!
THE CONFIDENCE IN OUR HEAVENLY FATHER
Throughout the New Testament, the theme of persistent prayer is emphasized. We're instructed to "pray without ceasing" in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, "devote ourselves to prayer" in Colossians 4:2, and "pray at all times and on every occasion" in Ephesians 6:13-20. In Luke 18, These all , highlight the importance of never giving up. These consistent references to perseverance in prayer underscore the message: There is power in persistency!
Don't lose hope if you've been praying for a long time and it feels like nothing has changed. Keep going knowing you're not alone. We're praying alongside you. Remember that our God is a mountain-moving God, and your Heavenly Father is always ready to listen to your shamelessly audacious prayers. Approach Him confidently because He's not just any God; He's your Dad. Your prayers don't need to be eloquent or perfect; even simple words can move His heart. Your Heavenly Father may not always give you what you want when you want it, but His delight is in hearing your persistent requests.
As a church, we are determined to chase after God with shameless audacity. We will ask, seek, knock. We will continue to ask God, no matter the number. And as we persistently pursue Him, we believe that we will witness God's fingerprints all over our lives, moving the mountains that stand in our way. Remember, your Heavenly Father is by your side, your mountain is never too big to move. So, keep praying and never give up!
For more encouragement, support, and tools to equip you, we encourage you to check out these additional resources:
- MESSAGE: To watch the complete message from Liquid Church’s Moving Mountain Series, "The Power Of Perseverance," Click here.
- ARTICLE: Are you feeling the weight of the world? Are you ready to get back in shape spiritually? To learn, “How To Be Resilient,” Click here.
- MESSAGE: Do you have a strong prayer life? Are you bold? Are you strong? Do you pray with power and conviction? Your prayer life is the way to find a deeper connection with God and you can learn to be someone who prays with POWER!, To watch last week’s message, “Be Bold & Courageous," Click here.