John Knox Presbyterian Church (USA) 452 Cummings Lane N PO Box 20968 Keizer, OR 97307 503-393-0404
Rev. Dr. John Neal, Pastor
Welcome! We invite you to worship with us Sundays
at 10:30 am. Sunday School for children ages 4 through 8th grade is at 9:15 am every Sunday during the school year, and adult education begins at 9:15 am.
We look forward to seeing you!
Our pastor, The Reverend Dr. John Neal.
Of all the questions that I am asked, probably the hardest to answer and yet the most asked is: "How is a Christian believer to pray?" -- Prayer is the primary method used by us to connect with the living God. Prayer is the foundation of all the spiritual disciplines, and we are asked by Jesus to pray continually. As I look back over the years, I find that I have been led into many different ways of praying, including the experience of using as my own prayers those that have come from history. Now I know that some will be surprised by this sharing, because of my teaching about spontaneous prayer with its emphasis on the use of unwritten prayers.
Back to our question for the month--- "How is a Christian believer to pray?" In the New Testament, we read that when the disciples of Jesus asked this question, he answered with what we know as "The Lord's Prayer". This prayer has been a life giving prayer for countless disciples and is often referred to as containing all the ingredients of true heartfelt devotion to God and can lift our spirits into the very presence of God.
For Jesus himself and many others down through the ages, the Psalms have offered a wonderful source of prayer. With its rich use of language and its down to earth sharing of heartfelt desires, it is no accident that the Book of Psalms has been called: "The Prayer Book of the Church".
And we also have written prayers that have come to us from almost two thousand years of believers. When we pray the prayers that many have prayed so long ago, we are drawn into the heart of the communion of saints. When we try to answer the question of how is a Christian to pray - we always need to remember that our goal is to bring us closer to God. Thus using the prayers of others helps us to pray our own.
I hope you are aware of the reality that there are people now praying for you.
See you in Church! To God be the glory--
Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.... Albert Camus