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Theme for the day:

The Power of Prayer

Today's  theme addresses the importance of  visualizing the reality of God in relation to kingdom participation  and  of  these entities in the answering of  the   prayers of those who belong to such kingdoms.  It is designed to inform about ways by which humans could communicate with God  effectively through prayer.  It suggest that the prayers that we sent up to God must be  be heard and answered through the kingdoms to which we belong. Read the Lord's Prayer: Mathew 6 9-14 or Luke 11 1-4. of the King James version of the bible. There are, however, things that we must do,  conditions that we must meet, before God through the kingdoms to which we belong, would answer whatever prayers we implement to him.    Join us, as we explore this dynamic subject.

Today's Subject

The Essence of Prayer

Presenter : Gatty James, Bishop of the Church

 Let us Pray

Father, Most high  God, we come before you this day to worship you, to praise you, to adore you, to express our undying love for you. We   ask  you Lord to come into our midst and worship with us in this your  house of praise. Because of your love for us, we have dedicated this church to you. We ask that you bless us. Give us strength, knowledge and power, the basis of our having thy holy spirit Lord,  to met the challenges of this life so that we can carry out your desire that we implement love for one another day by day. Be with us Lord.  Teach us to pray as you taught your disciples, amen.

Scripture text for Today's Lesson

  Psalms 23.

1The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. 3 He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His nameís sake. 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever

Worship Leader's Welcome Remarks

Brothers and sisters, it is with pleasure that I invite you to worship with us this holy day that the Lord had made. After your week of toil, you have seen fit to come and join us as we give God praise.  We do not implement worship on this day because we feel to.  We are here today because God has asked us  to set aside a special day of rest from our routine. We are happy to do his bidding and to join one   another in songs,  prayers and praise to him on this special day.

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We echo the Psalmist David when he said, "I will sing of mercy and judgment: unto thee, O Lord will I sing." 

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The Pastor Speaks

Subject:

The Essence of Prayer

Brothers and sisters, my name is Bishop Gatty James. I salute you in God's  name  and welcome you to  this lecture namely, The Essence of Prayer.  I ask you to examine   the bible with me, as it addresses  this most important    method  by which  humans  may communicate with God.  As   mechanisms who are filled with needs, isn't it wonderful to know that we can talk to God and that he is capable of answering our prayers? Humans' therefore, can be assured that when they pray, such prayers could be heard.    The days when we used to pray without being certain or even aware that our prayers could  be heard,  or that they do not have to be heard in  mediocrity  could become things of the past. What role,   however, must humans play in making this reality?  I say to you welcome in God's holy name and ask that you join me as we examine this important subject. 

 If there is one   element that   abides in the heart of every Christian in the world, it is that desire to be able to talk to God at any time,  for of any reason,    wherever  we    abide. This desire,  which is  highly culture-based, is rooted in the needs that we display for the things  with  which  we   are able to    survive in the  environments in which we dwell. Such a desire is also rooted in the constant attempts that we  humans, our systems and organizations have made over the years  to inform on the  infinite powers that God wields over the world and its vast  resources.

 The foregoing desire also resulted from the    principles that Jesus, the numerous prophets of the bible and other scholars defined about  the       criteria  through which God suggested that he could be accessed  towards meeting   human needs. This    powerful messages of deliverance have  buoyed the spirits of many in the world  who have  constantly attempted to  utilize prayer  as a method by which they  could   implement  the   love, hope  and happiness that  Jesus  spoke about while he was living among human  on this  earth a little over two thousand years ago.

According to the King James version of the bible, the    document that defines the principles by which humans could interact with God,   access to   God  is easier said than done.    Jesus, his son,   informed that   in order for humans to gain access to     his father,     such humans must work through  him, which is, utilize Jesusí method of kingdom unity as the basis by which they would be able to access to God, his father. 

 The whole of the new testament, from the book of Mathew to the book of Revelation, is dedicated to Jesusí   kingdom of heaven, the methodology that Jesus  declared  is  the  basis by which humans could gain access   to his father.  Love of humans for one another is the primary tool through which this method  must be implemented.  Only through this  love, would humans be able to acquire the powers by which they could dispel   poverty, weakness, sickness, even death,  and in turn get answers to their prayers. We can only become born again, through our understanding and acceptance of  this powerful method of deliverance.

In a world in which people, systems and organizations,   forces by which humans are highly influenced are so diverse, the implementation of love by humans for other humans,  as  that element was defined by Christ,   has been one of the most difficult feats to accomplish..     Even as humans proclaim love for one another, in accordance with Jesusí call for that element,  wars  that are thousands of times more vicious than those  that humans  fought against one another during the times that  he walked on this earth,   are  being fought  daily. 

Like the  bible's  most famous brothers, Cain and Abel,   petty greed, envy and other prejudices continue to promote deceit and other evils among  brothers.  Sisters, families, communities and nations  are no different.  For our inability to implement such love, the opportunity and other costs have been enormous.

Indeed, the primary method that Jesus  submitted to  humans, as the basis by which  we could   solicit help from  God, as  we  attempt to live in this world,  is through prayer.  This entity can be seen as the  basis by which humans   reach out to God, the all powerful master,   king,  or shepherd   of the universe, of the home, the family, the kingdom, or  any human, for help in their times of need.  In this work, humans  mean  all of the human being   who God has placed in his   world, be  they poor,   black, white, yellow,  brown, imprisoned, gay, lesbians or straight.  God is a God of all peoples.

 A kingdom is that unitary  force through which humans are able to  implement transformation processes, notwithstanding the size, position or other dynamics of  such a kingdom.  By being a people-based instrument, kingdoms  are  equipped with the capacity to guarantee humans that their prayers could be heard.  The basis of this, is that all    kingdoms have the power to a  emulate  Godís method by which these entities should be implemented.

In Godís kingdom, for example, there are no half or three quarters of  humans, as the confederate constitution of the South of the United States of America had pronounced African to be during the dark days of Chattel slavery in that nation.  There are no non-human, chattel slaves,  as    some  people, because of their disrespect for God and his wonderful works, declared Africans to be.    Through prayer,  all   humans,  and the  instruments that such people create, by which  they  could be represented in this world,  be they churches or other types of institutions, can   talk to God about their problems and their needs.

When it comes to prayers to God,  no individual, group, family or  organization  can monopolize    this element.  The young the old, the rich, the poor, all people,  community and other forms of entities have equal access to God.      All can  talk to God,  Yahweh, Jesus, Jehovah, Allah,    about  their difficulties with others, even with  themselves.  All can reach out to  God  in confidence, without fear of retaliation  or prejudices,    and ask that  tell  that    to provide for   their needs.  God, in turn,  by being that infinite source of strength, courage  and power,   can help such entities  as they attempt to implement solutions to  their problems. 

To the downtrodden, the poor the disposed, homeless or the deprived, this should be the  most wonderful news that   have ever  been   echoed in their ears.  For those who are afraid to approach God the father,  Jesus Christ has informed us, that he  possesses the capacity to     intercede with   his father, on behalf of such  humans with other humans, and as  is defined in Exodus chapter 2, and the Psalms, with other Gods and  other people of different persuasions.

No man,   Jesus said,  could    get to his father except through  him., Christ, by making such a comment,   was  implying that he alone  has the method     through which his father, the God of the world, the owner of everything,  could be accessed. Weather  an entity utilizes prayer  by which that entity could  gain access to God and the things with which God could help or not,  that  entity must activate Jesusí method.  It is because of this that we must do every thing that we can to comprehend this lifeline to our prosperity in the world, Jesusí model of deliverance.

 God, indeed,  the great father, according to Jesus,  understands  our needs, and can look into our minds to define what ails us. He can then design ways by which he could  help, and help us as we strive to deal wit our problems.   He can  mediate, even arbitrate the    problems that arise between    people and  other  peoples, between God and  the fellowmen   of others, and  between  such people and the world. What can be seen from the foregoing   claims, is that God is remarkably powerful, willing and able. His understanding of the systems in which we live gives him enough credence to be able to  such  claims.  This power that God wields, makes it absolutely necessary  for him to     become linked to the  transformation  of   humans.

If mortal humans are to reap the rich rewards  that  God, through his ability  and willingness to  intercede on their behalf and  to   mediate   their problems with others  can bestow on such humans,    they must be aware of the dynamics of this powerful and important entity, which is,  who God is. It is only fair that   God,   who is  so relevant to  the  survival and positive transformation of humans, be known by such humans. They must be able to trust him,  be at ease in his presence, talk with God as they do with their parents, children or  best friends.

 No   husband nor  mother who love and care  about  that entityís under aged  children,   would allow    their    such little ones  to walk, even talk with someone or something that   such parents do  not know, except such people are deranged. Should they     do this, they   could  be exposing such children to danger,  and under current laws,  be charged with endangering the welfare of their children.  How then, can humans trust a God who they do not know? How could  humans,    confidentially, without fear of blackmail and other negative repercussions,  tell  a God who they do not know,  about   their needs and problems, when they are not aware of  his attitude to dealing with  such elements, especially if the environment in which such people are interacting is hostile to such people.   

 Humans must confidentially trust  the God  who they serve    to provide such  entities  with the things that they need to build their lives, notwithstanding their capacities to contribute to the building of his kingdom?  For God sees every member of his kingdom as being essential to the growth of that entity. Would the God to whom  the United States pray, be willing to hide the secrets of that nation   from  its   enemies, even if the nation  seem  to be wrong in the eyes of such enemies.  Many people claim that prayer could be answered  to the benefit of  entities, in accordance with the   faith that such entities have in God.   It was   James, in his message to Jewish believers,  who wrote,   ďEven so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone,Ē James 2: 17. 

 In this complex,  sinful, even remarkable  world, the God to whom  we  pray   must be willing to implement work on our behalf, towards the answering  our  prayers.  The most important factor here, is that the answering of prayer is   quite possible. If this is so, why then  are troubles, poverty and hopelessness so prevalent among peoples, even those who    frequently pray  to God for help. The answer to this question will be found in  our  examination of the true dynamics of God and prayer, in relation to humans, systems, environments and organizations.

The first thesis that is implemented in this work, is that  the God, that   powerful force,   what we can call  the king of his  kingdom who an entity   serves,   must be relevant to  that entity.  Relevance here, implies   that God must know  or  understand that entity, be able to feel that  its woes, hear  its  cries and feel  its pains. God must in effect, be a crucial part of that entity. Wouldnít it be useless for an entity that is making a specialized  product,  to  ask another  who knows nothing, even cares nothing,  about that productís  development,  to promote such a product after it was built?  

Will a God who doesnít know an entity,  even care about what ails that entity, be willing to listen to  its cries for help, and try to help?   Will a God who knows nothing about your difficulties,  your sorrows, your hurts or your pains, even  the joys that you experience day after day,  be able to empathize with you?  Will he trust the honor and praise that you bestow on him, when he realizes that you do not know him? Likewise, will he accept the praise you give,   for his wonderful works to others, even while you may be suffering as they enjoy plenty? 

Will  a  God who knows nothing of  an entity,  allow  that entity to interrupt him  at   his sacred throne of grace at any time, towards telling him of their grief, their sorrows and pain,  when  that God is not aware of who  that entity is?   Is there any correlation between ethnicity and God, even the extent to which he watched some of such entities suffer in his world, answered the prayers of some who ask for things in mediocrity,  amidst their sufferings in this world?  Are there preconditions that humans must meets before they God would answer their prayers?  To fully enjoy the benefits of prayer, it is necessary that these questions be addressed, in relation to the questioner.

 Indeed, the God  to whom this writer if referring in this work,   means   God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit; all individual entities which combine    to become one; this oneness being the body, soul and Spirit of God. Most of all, such a God means a God who emanates out of the    entity   that   is seeking the support of such a God, wherever their members are dispersed in the world.  The psalmist David in his overwhelming and confidential praise and thanks  to his God, was so proud of his God, that he exalted   that entity  as the greatest among all of the other  Gods  that existed in the world then.

Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works, David wrote.  This praise was given because of  Godís sustenance of the children of Israel, and their continued deliverance   out of the hands of their enemies and into self reliance.  As far as King David was concerned, his God  was deserving of  all of the praise that  his people  could have showered on him.  He had accumulated so much, that he could have found time to write praise to God.   He wrote the book of Psalms, one of the most poetic books in the King James version of the bible. 

Even the penning of praise to God therefore,  could become difficult for those whose prayers are either not heard, or are heard in mediocrity. For it is extremely difficult for the troubled mind, or the mind that knows no happiness,  to write about praise and happiness, even to write and thank   God. In effect, Godís answering of prayer sets the basis by which he would be praised by humans.

If indeed,  we pray     and we  implement the actions that God said should be implemented by us and our prayers  are not answered,  God must be held accountable.  God does not lie.  Thus it become necessary for us to examine our selves for what we may be doing wrong. The bible say, whatsoever you ask in my name, believing you shall receive.  Remember every prayer that you send up to the heaven can be heard in accordance wit your needs. But there  are  requirements that you must meet to make such reality. What are these elements? Find out in the next discussion in this series.

Today's Song of Deliverance and Awareness

 Higher Ground: I'm pressing on the upward way. New Heights I'm gaining every day.

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I'm pressing on the upward way,
New heights I'm gaining every day;
Still praying as I onward bound,
"Lord, plant my feet on higher ground."

     Refrain

 Lord, lift me up, and let me stand
    By faith on Canaan's tableland;
    A higher plane than I have found,
      Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.

My heart has no desire to stay
Where doubts arise and fears dismay;
Though some may dwell where these abound,
My prayer, my aim, is higher ground.

I want to live above the world,
Though Satan's darts at me are hurled;
For faith has caught the joyful sound,
The song of saints on higher ground.

I want to scale the utmost height
And catch a gleam of glory bright;
But still I'll pray till rest I've found,
"Lord, lead me on to higher ground."

 

 

Deacon

On Giving

We highly appreciate this precious gift that you are about to give to this worthy cause towards carrying out God's work through this church. As we return our tithes and offering to God, let us meditate on  Malachi 3: 10-13:

10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.  11And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts.  12And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the LORD of hosts.

Deacon:

 Let us all bow our heads as  our head Deacon  prays for God's Gift through his people:

Lord we thank you this gift that you through your people have given this church today.  Bless it. Guide the hands that will implement it towards the building of your kingdom. Continue to bless those who have given. Bring prosperity the those who have been a unable to give. In your precious and  holy name: Amen

Closing Prayer: Let us pray:

Father, you have been in our midst today and have uttered through my mouth,  the things that I have informed your worshipers this day. Open their hearts that they would understand the relevance of  such words to their spiritual and physical deliverance. Help them to understand you, to search you out and to implement acts by which they could have their prayers heard.  Hide nothing from them, Oh God. Show them the necessity of unity and the basis by which they would have their prayers heard.  Be with them as they leave this sanctuary, stay in their hearts and teach them spirituality, especially through action oriented love for one another, in Jesus' name, Amen.

Church's  Theme Song

Lean on Me: by Bill Withers

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Sometimes in our lives we all have pain
We all have sorrow
But if we are wise
We know that there's always tomorrow

Lean on me, when you're not strong
And I'll be your friend
I'll help you carry on
For it won't be long
'Til I'm gonna need
Somebody to lean on

Please swallow your pride
If I have things you need to borrow
For no one can fill those of your needs
That you don't let show

Lean on me, when you're not strong
And I'll be your friend
I'll help you carry on
For it won't be long
'Til I'm gonna need
Somebody to lean on

If there is a load you have to bear
That you can't carry
I'm right up the road
I'll share your load
If you just call me

So just call on me brother, when you need a hand
We all need somebody to lean on
I just might have a problem that you'd understand
We all need somebody to lean on

Lean on me when you're not strong
And I'll be your friend
I'll help you carry on
For it won't be long
Till I'm gonna need
Somebody to lean on

 

As you prepare to enter the next week of your life, we invite you to meditate on our scripture text for today, Psalms 23.  We trust that God will richly bless you.

 

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