Praying the Ordinary/Prayers of Action

Sermon Notes
March 8, 2015
Rev. Dr. Jim Toole
Acts 9:10-19
The Prayer Project

Prayer of Action

As we have been learning about prayer, we are going to start looking at prayers that move us a bit outward. Foster claims that transformation and intimacy with God cry out for ministry. We are not called to intimacy in prayer merely to experience acceptance but also to give His love to others. Today we are looking at the Prayer for the Ordinary, or another name for it is: The Prayer of Action. Each activity in our ordinary lives in which we stretch ourselves on behalf of others is a prayer of action.

Theme: If we listen, God’s voice interrupts the ordinary and calls us to action.

But the million dollar question during this whole series on prayer is, how do we really know what we are hearing is from God? Here are four filters.

First question: “God, is this prompting truly from You?”
Second question: “Is it scriptural?”
Third question: “Is it in tune with my own character?”

Fourth question: “What do the people I most trust think about it?”

The theological term for discovering if something is from God or not is discernment. The filters above help us determine, discern, and wrestle with what we are hearing from God.

Practice:
Pray every morning: “God, give me eyes to look for Your interruptions today as You call me to action.” After you pray go out in your life and start looking.