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Spring Valley Missionary Baptist Church

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Sunday Service

by Bro. Jack Rennaker

  16 July
Sunday Service

by Pastor Joe


The Importance of Prayer

Sermon Notes

Knee Deep in the Lord's Work

Matthew 6:8-13

Beginning a prayer is the recognition that we have a Father in Heaven who is the Supreme Being on His throne, watching over us and giving us a place in our heart.  

Today we were blessed with our special guest Jenifer Libo-on, a visiting missionary to the Philippines who is currently on a short leave from the mission field.  Miss Libo-on shared her testimony, her area of missions, her beautiful singing voice and her prayers for teaching materials and a vehicle to reach

children in the villages.

Today's sermon is based on Matthew 9:35-38 and 7:21-23. 

We need to be sure of our standing on Judgment Day before the Lord! There are 4 things we need to make sure of:

  1. Make sure the laborers are saved. (7:21 Not all who say "Lord, Lord" are truly saved.)
  2. Make sure the laborers are called. (7:22 It doesn't work out if God hasn't called you to do something.  These people were teaching and acting the right way but they weren't saved nor called.  They were involved for their own personal gain, not for the glory of the Lord.)
  3. Make sure the laborers are doing what God wants them to do. (7:22 It's not what you want from ministry, it's what God wants you to do.  You must leave the results up to God.)
  4. Make sure the laborers are working for the right reason. (7:23 What is their purpose, their motive?  The only reason should be for the honor and glory of the Lord.

Is God calling you to work for Him?  Now is the day to surrender your will to His.

We instinctively know we should pray, but how many of us pray and in faith leave the petition with Jesus?  It seems to be human nature to want to hold on to the request and worry about it.  Faith accompanies prayer as we wait for God's answer.  Our prayers should include the "little" things as well as the worrisome "big" things.  Prayer should include asking for forgiveness for sin and then receiving His forgiveness in response.

Prayer is a "closer walk with Thee".  More than a hymn, it should be our heart's desire.  As we look back on our life, we recognize how God has worked in us and for us. Praise should come from our lips for both the "good" and the "bad" things we experience in life. 

Although prayer is so simple, it's just a matter of talking with God.  In prayer, always remember to pray for those who need salvation as well as for our daily needs.