Beloved in Christ,
Welcome to The Presbyterian Church of Pittsburg. It is good to have you here on the sixth Sunday after Easter. The celebration continues. Christ Is Risen!! Christ Is Risen Indeed!!
We continue our study of the Gospel according to St. Luke, focusing today on Luke chapter 5, verses 12-16 (Luke 5: 12-16). You will find this reading in the New Testament of the Bible. I invite you to take some time and read this passage.
The story is about Jesus healing a man who was very sick with a serious skin condition. I want to draw your attention to a particular act of Jesus. Verse 16 tells us “Jesus often slipped away to be alone so he could pray” (New Century Version). This, my friends, is the source of everything that Jesus did. He took the time to attend to his relationship with his Heavenly Father and the bedrock of that relationship was prayer.
Despite all the demands on him, Jesus had a habit of prayer. He did not wait to pray AFTER all were healed and taught. No!! He prayed when it was time. You see those who have a secret life of prayer also have an alive open channel with God in public.
How is your relationship with God? God’s relationship with you is secure in Christ Jesus. But how about your relationship with God. Are you attending to it? Do you have a habit of private prayer that undergirds your public actions? Are you in the Scriptures regularly, hearing from God and communing with God? Under your own steam you will not last very long. Learn to wait on God. Those who do renew their strength. How is your prayer life?
Let me invite you to check out the Pillars Prayer Group at Pitt Pres. The group meets at 9:00am on Sundays in the Golden Rule Room. Please reach out to me if you want to take some steps forward in your prayer life. This is why I’m here. There is no shame in asking for help in prayer. If I can’t help you, I will connect you to others who can. “Apart from me”, says Jesus, “you can do nothing” (John 15:5).
Come, let us worship God.