October 9, 2016: “Living Between Grace and Gratitude: Prayer”

An audio file of the sermon from October 9 is available here.as-flyer-front-001

The Scripture readings are Genesis 18:16-33 and Matthew 6:5-13.

Abraham prays with a sense of reverence for God. In our culture, we tend to equate a casual, chatty approach to God with reverence. I’m not so sure, though. In his little book Lament for a Son, which some of you have read, my teacher and friend Nicholas Wolterstorff says, “In the presence of God, it is foolish to chatter.” Abraham doesn’t chatter in the presence of God. He knows the infinite difference between God and himself and includes that in his prayer. God is “the judge of all the earth,” and he will do right.”