At first glance, the clean-unclean metaphor in Scripture seems lost on us today. But perhaps the meaning is hidden in plain sight for an image-controlling culture that can no longer tell what is filtered and what is real. We, like the Pharisees, are experts at cleaning the outside. But are we what we appear to be? The good news is that Christ can make us clean on the inside.
Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction and faithful in prayer… Have equal concern for one another… (and) pray for each other so that you may be healed.
While we wait for the kingdom of God, we are called to pray for in prayer we build the rails which allow the kingdom to come. In prayer, we learn that there are limits to our work; there are things only God can do, and things that he wants to do. Prayer is an invitation to join him in those things. This sermon will explore practical ways of praying more effectively.