Honest Prayer

Someone asked about the name of the last movie clip I showed today during the sermon. It is called the Apostle. After seeing the movie some told me they felt the preacher, named Sonny, was a fraud. I had a different opinion. To me he was an honest man who had a terrible time dealing with the deeper sin issues in his life. While it is never attractive to see a person give in to sinful temptations, I found the movie to give encouragement to a person who’s heart wants to serve God, but continues to fail. My hope is that such a one would not stay stuck in the same cycle of temptation and failure, but find the true freedom that God has made possible through the death and resurrection of Jesus. Walking the path of freedom is often difficult. The most difficult parts of the journey require the most honest of communication with God.

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Byron FikePreaching Minister

Byron has been the preaching minister at Clear Lake since 1999. He and his wife have three grown children, who have also devoted their lives to serving the Lord. In his personal time, Byron likes to read books, watch movies, and play with his little dog Willie. He also is an avid follower of Alabama football, having grown up in Tuscaloosa during the glory days of Bear Bryant.

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3 Responses to “Honest Prayer”

  1. avatar Tommy says:

    I thought this sermon was really great! It really made me think back on all my prayers that I have made to God. Almost as if I was talking to a boss. This sermon has really opened my eyes to a real honest prayer, thank you.

  2. avatar Amanda says:

    I really appreciated your sermon Sunday. We need to be reminded to be real with God. It is actually so refreshing to talk to God honestly. I don’t know why I don’t do it more often…

  3. avatar Jeremy says:

    Good sermon, great reflection. Too often we think a Christian is a “fraud” if they are not crisp, clean, and at least seem sinless. I have not seen the movie, but from your description, Sonny’s life resembles very much my own; striving to live a life following God, but often tripped up by the sin and the world. I don’t believe it makes be less of a Christian or a fraud. I think it just means that I am a sinner walking in the grace of God.
    Honesty with God often leads to what has been termed a catharsis, and emotional cleansing as it were. Letting it all out, good and bad, prevents it from poisoning us from the inside.
    I believe the same is true spiritually. Unless we are honest with God (and I believe we must also be honest with out fellow Christians), unless we allow ourselves to have a spiritual catharsis, our sin and struggles will continue to burn inside and will eventually consume us.

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