In Episode 11 I continued my discussion with BJ Penick and Cori Bridges on the topic of Prayer. This is Part 2 of the discussion so if you didn't listen to part 1, please check it out here. BJ lives in Oklahoma with her husband Bud. They have been married 41 years and have 3 sons, 2 daughters (in-law) and 7 grandchildren. When they are not busy being with their family, BJ Penick is the owner of a Team Development business that uses Experiential Learning, a kinesthetic style of team interactions that provide highly effective transformations of individuals within a team. Her expertise is in communication, problem-solving, relationship building and self-awareness. Cori lives in Greenville, TX and works as an Industrial Engineer. She also loves volunteering as a youth leader in her church and I'm thankful to call her one of my best friends.
In this second part on prayer we dive into some personal stories about how God has answered our prayers. We also talk about how prayer can divide God's people and how prayer relates to the gospel. Finally we talk about the phrase "all I can do is pray."
Share some examples of prayers - Answered prayer for friendship; Church members would be involved in missions; To get married - instead changed heart in how marriage was viewed; Starting a family - family looked different than imagined; God’s answer was “I still love you”; God uses people to speak truth as answer to prayer; 2 Corinthians 1:8-11 "We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters,[a] about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many."
Have you ever seen prayer divide God’s people? - God hates dissension (Proverbs 6:16-19); Don't make it my viewpoint vs your viewpoint (i.e. - Jesus is on my side and not yours); Unity and harmony does not mean sameness; May sense that God is doing two different things; Our purpose is never to hurt or destroy
How does prayer relate to the gospel? - Acts 26:18 - Prayer precedes the gospel; Allows us to recognize how God is already working and to join with Him; Jesus’s example - forgiving those who crucified him; Honest prayer but also submitting; “The reach of the gospel is expanded through prayer”
What about the phrase, “Well all I can do is pray”? - “Prayer does not fit us for the greater work; prayer is the greater work.” (Oswald Chambers); But sometimes you just need to get up and do what he told you to do; It’s minimizing to prayer; Leads to trap of saying we’ll pray about something and then not doing it; Be faithful not only to the prayer, but also what he’s asked you to do
Wrapping up - Praying the Word of God; What a privilege that we get to pray; Most of the time listening comes directly from the Bible
What We're Reading
The Knowledge of the Holy - A.W. Tozer
Matthew (Bible Project) - Tim Mackie
Redeeming Love - Francine Rivers
Why Trust the Bible - Greg Gilbert
Coronavirus and Christ - John Piper
Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life - Donald Whitney
Be the Bridge - Latasha Morrison
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