Closing the Gap

Sermon Notes
March 29, 2015
Rev. Dr. Jim Toole
Luke 19:35-41
The Prayer Project

Closing the Gap

Imagine if you were Jesus. People are proclaiming you as King. People are dancing, singing, and claiming you as the Messiah. But you knew that you were not the honored guest of the feast but you were the Paschal Lamb. Jesus was the sacrificial lamb that would free all of us from bondage. But the crowd and even His disciples did not get it and I believe this disconnect hurt Jesus’ heart.

Jesus knew that there was a gap between His followers’ perceived need and their true need. Jesus wanted to give them so much more.

Theme: Prayer is the way we close the gap between what we think we need and what we really need, which is Jesus’ presence.

 Prayer allows for a precious space in time for a meeting between God the Lover, and we, the beloved. Prayer is simply being with Christ.

 Prayer is bringing ourselves before God, just as we are, warts and all.

 Prayer is the spontaneous yearning of the heart to worship, honor, magnify, and bless God.

 Prayer is continued conversation with God throughout your daily routine.

 Prayer is a picture of our falling into the arms of Jesus.

 As we end this sermon series on prayer and as we enter into Holy Week, be intentional about making time to sit in the presence of your Savior. Run into the arms of Jesus and bring yourself before God just as you are.

Reflection Question for Holy Week

What does Jesus want to say to you this Easter season?