• Family Night (Join us for fun and fellowship)  Saturday May 27, 2023 at 6:30pm
  • King Jesus will be praised worship night (May 28, 2023 at 6pm)
  • Prayer meeting (Next One May 7, 2023 at 6pm).  First Sunday of every month
  • Next Women’s meeting Saturday June 3, 2023 at 12pm.
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  • Spanish Translation for the sermon is now available at HCC.  Feel free to invite Spanish speaking people to church.
  • Youth meet every Saturday at 6:30pm.
  • Pray for HCC and Open Hands Community Charitable Services as we prepare to expand our service to the community

Sermon Notes:

Main Point:   God hears our prayers so we don’t have to hope God hears us but believe in faith God hears us and is working on our behalf.

God hears your prayers

  • Proverbs 15:29. God is far from the wicked but he hears the prayers of His people.

Why Pray?

  • As Christians we have Kingdom privilege to pray without ceasing (often).  1 Thessalonians 5:15-19
  • For peace. Philippians 4:6-7.  Let your request be made known to God with a thankful heart and the peace of God will shall keep your hearts and minds through Jesus Christ.

When you pray do you hope or believe?

  • When you pray, claiming God’s promises in his word (like raise up a child in the Lord and he will not depart), then you don’t need to hope.  Just believe because God has promised it.  Your child will be saved?
  • When you have a need and you need to pray about it?  Find a scripture promise that goes with your prayer request and petition God.  God hears your prayers
    • How many times should we petition God?  Persistently.
      •  (Luke 18:1-8.  Story of the woman requesting persistently to a judge)
  • You never have to doubt if God hears your prayers?

Does God answer every prayer?

3 Possible Answers:  Yes, No, or Later. 

  • No matter what God does in response to your prayer.  Never stop believing that God hears you and God is good.
  • Never stop believing that God’s ways are better than our ways. 
  • Never stop believing that God is good and as a loving father desires to fulfill the righteous desires of your heart.  (Psalm 37:4)
    • The key is to request with a righteous desire.  
    • If we petition God selfishly or ‘amiss’, then we will receive not (James 4:3)

The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective.

  • James 5:16.  When someone in need needs someone to pray for them, who do they look for?  Someone they consider to be close to God.
  • Share your prayer request with our prayer Pastor Eloy who is anointed to stand in the gap in prayer for you.

Pastor’s Thoughts:

  • We are privileged children of the Kingdom of God and we should pray often because we have access to the Creator of all things who cares and loves us.
  • God hears our prayers and is at work on our behalf.
  • God may change the desire of our heart before our prayer is answered.  Don’t be afraid.
  • How important is prayer in your life.

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