Praying in the Midst of Promises and Problems

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What does faith-filled prayer look like?

That was the central question I set out to answer this past weekend as I continued our “Faith Life” series at Eastbrook Church. Drawing upon Genesis 18:16-33, I outlined five types of faith-filled prayer that we see in this wonderfully entrancing dialogue between God and Abraham.

You can watch the video for the sermon and follow along with the sermon outline that is also included below.

You could listen to the message via our audio podcast here. You can access the entire series of messages from the “Faith Life” series here. You can also visit Eastbrook Church on VimeoFacebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Traveling in the Midst of Promises and Problems

  • The guiding promises of God
  • The problems of the surrounding land
  • The faith-stretching journey of Abraham and Sarah

Five Elements of Prayer for the Journey

  1. Prayer as crying out to God (18:20-21)



  1. Prayer as listening to God’s plans (18:17-19)



  1. Prayer as pleading for others before God (Genesis 18:22-26)


  1. Prayer as negotiating with God (Genesis 18:27-32)
  1. Prayer as relinquishing control to God (Genesis 18:33)

Three Specific Tools

  1. Prayer cards
  1. Prayer groups
  1. Prayer getaways

One thought on “Praying in the Midst of Promises and Problems

  1. Thank you for the message. Btw I have been listening to your sermons here on Facebook in case I miss somsthing at church our of town. Also this video sermon is having problems. It’s scratched or something. Couldn’t listen to the whole message. The volume was cut off.

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