Prayer: The Breaking of Silence

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Prayer: The Breaking of Silence

  1. 1. u n c o m f o r t a b l e s i l e n c e
  2. 2. Prayer is the breaking of silence.
  3. 3. The need to be known and the need to know.
  4. 4. The sound made by our deepest aloneness.
  5. 5. “JESUS CHRIST!”
  6. 6. The impulse to open up our lives at the deepest levels.
  7. 7. People pray because they cannot help it.
  8. 8. One way or another, maybe all people pray.
  9. 9. God is the stranger. Listen? Answer? There?
  10. 10. Luke 11:5-7 Then he said, “Imagine what would happen if you went to a friend in the middle of the night and said, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread. An old friend traveling through just showed up, and I don’t have a thing on hand.’! ! “The friend answers from her bed, ‘Don’t bother me. The door’s locked; my children are all down for the night; I can’t get up to give you anything.’
  11. 11. Luke 11:8! “But let me tell you, even if she won’t get up because she’s a friend, if you stand your ground, knocking and waking all the neighbors, she’ll finally get up and get you whatever you need.”
  12. 12. Ask and you’ll get;! Seek and you’ll find;! Knock and the door will open.” Luke 11:9 “Here’s what I’m saying:
  13. 13. Luke 11:10-13 “Don’t bargain with God. Be direct. Ask for what you need. This is not a cat-and-mouse, hide-and-seek game we’re in. If your little boy asks for a serving of fish, do you scare him with a live snake on his plate? If your little girl asks for an egg, do you trick her with a spider? As bad as you are, you wouldn’t think of such a thing—you’re at least decent to your own children. And don’t you think the Father who conceived you in love will give the Holy Spirit when you ask him?”
  14. 14. himself answers! reasons! solutions! peace! relief! results! security! healing! justice! miracle!
  15. 15. Luke 11:13 “And don’t you think the Father who conceived you in love will give the Holy Spirit when you ask him?”
  16. 16. How can we pray in the aftermath of TRAGEDY? Prayer service after shooting @ Seattle Pacific University
  17. 17. no stranger It’s not about pestering.! It’s more about persisting.

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