How Does Prayer Work?

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Preached at the Sunday Morning service on January 16, 2011 by Pastor Ray Bertolet.
Part of the Miscellaneous series.

Kids are usually very quizzical, especially when it comes to how things work. How many times has some young child ask you, "How does that do that?" "How does a washing machine work?" "What makes pizza taste so good?" They just want to know, but are we really any different as grownups? We have probably simply accepted that with some things we simply expect it works, even if we don't know how. Computers do what they do and we can fully explain it….only a select few individuals understand how all those 1's and 0's placed in long rows get some machine to do something so "simple" as sending an email to someone. So that brings us to our question today, "how does prayer work?"

Tags: dependence, how, humble, intercession, Jesus, mediator, philip, reading, special

2 Chronicles 7:13-20

13 When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command the locust to devour the land, or send pestilence among my people, 14 if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 15 Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayer that is made in this place. 16 For now I have chosen and consecrated this house that my name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will be there for all time. 17 And as for you, if you will walk before me as David your father walked, doing according to all that I have commanded you and keeping my statutes and my rules, 18 then I will establish your royal throne, as I covenanted with David your father, saying, ‘You shall not lack a man to rule Israel.’

19 “But if you turn aside and forsake my statutes and my commandments that I have set before you, and go and serve other gods and worship them, 20 then I will pluck you up from my land that I have given you, and this house that I have consecrated for my name, I will cast out of my sight, and I will make it a proverb and a byword among all peoples. (ESV)

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  1. Sandra Workman says:

    Pastor Ray – Harry and I just listened to your message. Again, very soul searching and thought provoking. I think of the Scripture passage that says “Examine yourself and see if your in the faith”. This is a daily walk – keep on being filled with the Spirit – confessing sin and renewing right fellowship with the Lord. Good exhortation! Blessings, H&S

  2. Donna Coverdale says:

    God wants us to Himself, with no idols before Him. This message helps us to realize how easy it is to become distracted from the things of the Lord in our daily lives.

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