I had given a sermon a few weeks back from The Sermon on the Mount, and I talked to y’all about prayer. Specifically, if you recall, I introduced the idea of “lament” in our prayer lives. The lament that we bring to the Lord can change our posture before God as we come to Him; as we honestly tell him the things that are troubling us...before we get into Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication.
Being honest with God about the things that we’re lamenting is just a way to improve our fellowship and relationship with Him. I wanted you to read a couple of Scriptures. But before you do, I have a question... do you keep a list of the things that you ask God about? Writing our prayers down (and the answers to those prayers) is a great discipline for our spiritual formation.
I'll start the Old Testament, from Jeremiah 33:3, the Scripture says, “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”
Jeremiah 29:12 also says, “Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.”
Psalm 18:6 says, “In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help. From His Temple He heard my voice; my cry came before him into his ears.” I love that last part.
First Thessalonians 5:16-18 says, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
Lastly, 1 John 5:14 says, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.”
Again, in Psalm 18, we heard that our prayer goes into his ears and then here in 1 John, if we pray anything according to His will, He hears us. I want you to believe that. I trust this, from both from the Old Testament the New Testament, that our prayer goes into His ears. If it's according to his will, we have the confidence that the Lord will answer.
So that prayer list that you have, I have something I want to add to it. That's why I took this picture above. I would like you to add this building, to your prayer list. That might sound like a strange request but as we're constructing, be in prayer for the construction workers. And beyond construction, when we fill this building with young people, I'm asking you to be praying for that.
Pray that disciples will be made here at Evermore! Pray for the leadership. Pray for Harold, our youth pastor. Pray for the youth sponsors and Sunday school teachers. We are making disciples here at Evermore Community Church. I want you to understand that making disciples is the goal. We aren’t spending money just for the sake of spending money, nor building something because we just want to build something. We're building something with the purpose of making disciples.
BUT...disciples won't be made if we don't pray. So, I'm imploring you to pray to the God of the universe, our Heavenly Father, that disciples would be made here. That is why we're building this building and I pray that you’re encouraged. You are invited to come out and take a look at the building from the pavilion so you can see the progress. Come out and pray here for the ministry that will be happening on this site for many many years to come.