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Ryan Vanderland: The Struggle of Prayer (Matthew 26:36-44)
Ryan Vanderland, pastor of First Baptist Church in Electra, Texas, teaches about the nature and purpose of prayer, calling it communication and communion with God. What’s more, God invites us to be involved in God’s actions in this world through our prayers.
Prayer—asking God to do something for our benefit—becomes a struggle when nothing happens, when it seems God doesn’t hear us. Vanderland addresses this struggle by examining Jesus’ prayer on the night he was arrested. To listen to the audio for this sermon, use the player below or click here to open in a new window.
This sermon was delivered during the morning service at First Baptist Church in Electra on March 3, 2019, as the final message in a series on prayer. The outline for this sermon is available here.