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Praying For Our Needs (4 of 4)
Series: House of Prayer
I Timothy 2:1-8
OPEN: A preacher by the name of Larry Davies shared that during one worship service, he asked: "Are there any prayer needs today?"
• One person mentioned a neighbor who was sick.
• Another spoke of a couple with financial problems.
• A young man asked us to pray for the family of a friend's grandmother who recently died.
After hearing what seemed to be all the requests I said, "If there are no other needs then let us bow our heads and pray."
Shortly after beginning the prayer, I felt something tugging on my pants leg and at the same time heard a loud whisper: "Preacher! Preacher! "I 'needs' something too!"
Still speaking, I slightly opened one eye and took a peek.
A little boy was on his hands and knees below me, tugging on my pants leg as hard as he could and earnestly whispering: "Preacher, I 'needs' something too!"
I could hear giggling in the background as the boy continued tugging on my pants and was by now speaking loudly: "Preacher, I 'needs' something!"
"Oh no!" I thought to myself. "In my arrogance and pride, had I ignored the needs of a small child? Maybe he knew of someone who was ill that we needed to include?" Feeling guilty and ashamed, I stopped the prayer and gently asked the young boy:
"Yes son, what do you need?"
"Preacher, I 'needs' to go to the bathroom!"
APPLY: The Bible tells us we "needs" to pray for one another, and because we realize that… we are praying church. We have prayer chains. We have a special time of prayer during worship … AND I know that there are many who pray for others all the time.
That's the way it ought to be. For Jesus said, "My house shall be called a house of prayer." Matthew 21:13.
We work at being a "house of prayer" And that's what we always "needs" to do.
I. Several weeks ago, when I started planning this series on prayer I was really focused on THIS sermon.
I had all kinds of ideas on how I would ...
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