What a privilege to hear the Word preached this past Sunday, April 19 about prayer at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC. Guest pastor Rev. Shawn Maze, former pastor of Sanctuary, preached from Joshua 10:6-14 where we see the Lord heed the word of a man. But he cautioned us from being misled to think, If I pray like Joshua and have enough faith, then God will move heaven and earth for me.
Rev. Maze began with the posture of prayer. The early church in Acts devoted themselves to prayer, meaning prayer was a normal way of living and not simply a gesture, which is a move that deviates from the norm.
We often make a gesture of prayer instead of prayer being our posture.
He continued with the right perspective of prayer. It’s like God tells us, you need to pray, so you can see my glory. God’s perspective is so much bigger than ours: He’s orchestrating all events across nations and time to be a blessing to all people and to redeem those he chooses. We don’t need to pray that God would move heaven and earth for us because he’s already done it through Christ’s death on the cross. Listen to the whole sermon here.