Pray Like Jesus (Week 4): “The Greatest Prayer”

Jason Mayhall, Lead Pastor – John 17:1-26

Pastor Jason Mayhall concludes the current sermon series, entitled “Pray Like Jesus,” at Redemption Bible Church. The teaching includes what we should think about when we pray, specifically how our eternal life hinges on the knowledge and acceptance of one true God. Praying like Jesus means we must look beyond our own wants and needs, and recognize that everything we have is because of God. We must recognize that the Devil is real, and we need to pray for protection from him — not just for ourselves, but also for the rest of the world. We must be witness to the world as one being, recognizing that when we unify together we create the bonds that Jesus sought for us. The enemy of God, the Devil, seeks to divide people. As a church, we must emphasize relationships amongst ourselves and our community. No matter what is happening, Jesus is praying that we stay and work together; that we are united in the belief that there is one true God who loves us and protects us. Praying as Jesus did helps us strengthen the bonds between us. It encourages us to think about not just ourselves, but those around us and the role we can play in redeeming the world.

Pray Like Jesus (Week 3): “The Hardest Prayer”

Jason Mayhall, Lead Pastor – Matthew 26:36-46

Pastor Jason Mayhall continues Redemption Bible Church’s four week sermon series entitled “Pray Like Jesus.” This week, Pastor Jason teaches what happens if nothing occurs after we pray to God. Many of us have faced or are facing difficult, painful realities and seeking God’s help. God knows us, and knows what we need. Parents say, “No,” to some requests of their children because the children don’t understand what is coming. Similarly we, as children of God the Father, need to learn God listens to and responds to our prayer requests in the way He knows will lead us to maximize how we might grow in our faith. For example, God may be protecting us from ourselves and from sin we have not dealt with yet. He may be using the opportunity to teach us persistence and to rely on Him more than our own gifts. This does not mean we cannot be anxious about what is in front of us. We see in Matthew chapter 26 how Jesus prayed three different times and expressed some anxiety about what was to come. It is not wrong or sinful for someone to be anxious or to want something different than God’s will. God hears us, loves us, and protects us. God will show us the way and present us with the things we need to help us become the best version of ourselves that we can be. We will not get to a place of peace, healing and submission unless we spend time talking to God.

Pray Like Jesus (Week 2): “A Pattern for Prayer (Part 2)”

Jason Mayhall, Lead Pastor – Matthew 6:11-13

Redemption Bible Church continues the new sermon series entitled “Pray Like Jesus.” Pastor Jason Mayhall teaches how, through the Bible, the Lord has provided us with guidance that enables us to effectively pray. It is during prayer we can ask God for what we need today but, if we accept God’s provision, we must also recognize that only God can distinguish between need and want. God knows what we truly need. If we believe in Him, He will provide for us. Pastor Jason also reminds us that we must pray not just for our needs but also the needs of others. Through this, we can help make the world more like God’s Kingdom in Heaven. During prayer we must recognize our sins — both the things we did and should not have done, and the things we should have done but did not do. Every time we sin, a debt is created, which demands payment. When we confess our sins, this debt is paid for by Jesus’ sacrifice of Himself. By praying to God, He will lead us to freedom; A freedom from the sins that Satan uses to ensnare us. Rather than being distracted by Satan we can ask God, through prayer, that our life would bring glory to Him.

Pray Like Jesus (Week 1): “A Pattern for Prayer (Part 1)”

Jason Mayhall, Lead Pastor – Matthew 6:5-10

Redemption Bible Church begins a new sermon series entitled “Pray Like Jesus,” led by Pastor Jason Mayhall. This will be a 4-week examination of how to pray. What should the process of talking to our Lord God look like? Do you pray in a way that generates spiritual vitality, or do you find yourself stalled when you feel the urge to pray? Are you coasting without really going in any particular direction? Pastor Jason teaches that prayer can fall by the wayside for some, but if you carve out time to pray it can cause the rest of your life to fall in line. Jesus laid out a path to prayer, which we can follow starting with the Lord’s Prayer. Jesus’ teaching show us that prayer is mostly private, so we must seek out an environment where we can go to meet God. He also teaches that prayer should be purposeful. It is not sufficient to just repeat the same prayers over and over. Finally, it is patterned. It’s not simply sporadic thoughts, but similar to dancing, it’s got a flow to it that prevents us from getting stuck. The goal of this 4-week series is to use Jesus as a model, to use Him as a prompt to start expanding our prayer-life. The challenge to anyone listening to this series is to use the Lord’s Prayer for the next 28 days, building new habits in our prayer life.