FBC E-Blast - March 18, 2013
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March 18, 2013
Simple Prayer
Luke 11


The disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray. He responds by offering a simple model for our prayer time.

Luke 11:2-4 states So He said to them, "When you pray, say: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us day by day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one." This prayer is not meant to be recited. It's a model of how to pray.

When we pray, we should acknowledge all that God has done, is doing, and will do in our life. We should be thankful to God for providing for our needs and we should ask God to forgive us of our sins.

Too often we forget that we are to pray simply, as a child speaks to his father. Humans are good at overcomplicating things. Prayer is no exception. Sometimes we will beat ourselves up for not adequately impressing people with our public prayer; as if prayer is a show piece of our spirituality. Or, we will often recite words and go through the motions of prayer without engaging in meaningful dialogue with God. God is our Father. We should simply speak to Him.

Not only should we pray simply, we should pray boldly. Jesus says, "Ask, seek, and knock." These are not waiting words. These are words of action. Even though He doesn't need our help, Jesus wants us to participate in His activity by boldly and persistently making requests to our Father. God works through people. He always has. We can approach God with confidence knowing that a good Father wants good things for His children.

Prayer is an opportunity for us to speak to our awesome, incredible Creator. What are we waiting on?

Used by permission from NewSpring Church

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Upcoming Events:

March 18 - Ladies' Small Group starts at 6:30 PM at the Robinson's home. If you are interested in attending, please contact Stephanie.

March 23 - Men's Small Group at 8 AM at the church. If you have any questions or are interested, please contact Pastor Ben.

March 24 - Stuffing Easter Eggs after AM Worship service. Pizza will be provided.

March 30 - Midway Community Easter Egg Outreach beginning at Noon

March 31 - Easter Services:

  • 8 AM - Sunrise Service
  • 9 AM - Carry-in Breakfast
  • 10 AM - Easter Worship Service

April 19-20 - Marriage Retreat at Salt Fork State Park in Ohio. Cost is $200 per couple. Please let Pastor know if you are interested, or sign up for it in the lobby of the church.

FBC Small Groups

The women will be going through Lisa Terkeurst's book Unglued: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions. They will be meeting on Monday evenings. Please see Stephanie if you are interested in joining. They will start tonight, March 18th, at 6:30 PM.

The men are going through Hot Topics taken from current events and how the Bible relates to them. The next topic being discussed is "What the Bible says about Divorce." They will continue on Saturday March 23rd at 8 AM.

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