God calls each of us to work. While each of us gets the choose the work we do, none of us get to choose whether or not we work. In this sermon, we discover what it means to be satisfied in the work God has called us to. The secret to enough work is to never lose sight of the purpose of work when faced with all the profits of work. When we remember our purpose, God will multiply it in ways bigger than us.
Time is God’s gift to us. In this sermon, we will discover how to better manage our time. There are two questions that should govern our schedule. First, what time is it? This question recognizes that we are able to do certain things in this season of our life that we could not do previously or in the future. Second, what is God doing? This question seeks the purpose of God for this season of our life. When we understand what the right time is and we follow that with the right action, we will find satisfaction. Our schedules will then reflect what it means to have “Enough: Time.”
In the book of Ecclesiastes, Solomon takes us on a journey to discover what it means to live with enough – to find satisfaction for our souls. Most of live live believing that if we can add to the good and subtract from the bad of life then we will have enough. Except, eventually we all discover what Solomon discovered: there is no satisfaction to be found in the things of this life but only in the eternal things of God. We learn to live with enough when we have faith enough to trust God to be enough for us.
When we pray we take on a unique position. Prayer places us somewhere between the work God wants to do and the people to whom He wants to do it. Through prayer, we become channels through which God’s work is accomplished. This position is most commonly referred to as intercessory prayer. In this sermon, we learn from the story of Abraham how interceding for Sodom and Gomorrah has the power to change both the work of God and the people who are about to receive it.
Perhaps, the greatest struggle when it comes to prayer is the persistence that is required. It is the situation we pray for over and over again only for it not to change. It is the person we pray for time and time again only to experience the same painful results. In Matthew 15: 21-28, we encounter a woman that teaches us how to pray persistently. Persistent prayer 1) waits on Jesus 2) presumes the silence of Jesus 3) prioritizes the mission of Jesus. Ultimately, persistent prayer is about what it produces, a great faith. This great faith has the power to move the mountains and to face them when they are not moved.
The posture of prayer places us in a position to not only enter into the kingdom of heaven but for the kingdom of heaven to lives in us. The posture of prayer is the reason why we pray. We pray so that heaven and heart meet together as one. The more we access the kingdom of heaven through prayer the more we begin to think, act, and live as heaven. This all begins with a simple prayer: “Lord, have mercy on me a sinner.”
The pattern of prayer exists between two realities: the world that we see and the world we cannot see. Throughout Matthew 6, Jesus reveals an important truth that the God sees the unseen. It is what is done in the unseen that God uses to change the seen. This is evidenced in the words Jesus taught us to pray, the Lord’s Prayer.