February 6, 2019
Sarah Bowling is on a mission to make an eternal difference in today’s world. She is the founder of Saving Moses, a global missions organization dedicated to reducing infant mortality around the world by supporting orphanages, malnutrition clinics in Africa, and developing NightCare centers in Asia, giving children and infants the chance to live and flourish by assisting with physical, medical, food and water needs.
As a Bible teacher, international speaker, author, and pastor, Sarah’s love for the Bible was birthed at an early age by her parents, Wallace and Marilyn Hickey. Her mother has been teaching the Bible on television for more than 30 years; together they co-host a daily television program which reaches a potential audience of 2.2 billion households worldwide.
Sarah and her husband Reece have three children, and are Senior Pastors of Encounter Church in Centennial, Colorado. Sarah has taught, traveled, and ministered in over 40 countries at Bible Encounters, International Healing Meetings, Women’s Conferences, Ministry Tours, and Pastors’ and Leaders’ Conferences.
Prayer Is Conversation Pt 3
Abraham & Genesis 15
God’s first conversation with a human that is not sin dominated
- Adam in Genesis 3 – remedial
- Cain in Genesis 4 – preventative & remedial
God’s conversation with Abram is in two parts: Genesis 15:1-6 & 7-21
Part 1: Offspring / Inheritance / Land
Genesis 15:1-4 God Initiates: Declarative
Genesis 15:1, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying: “Do not fear, Abram, I am a shield to you; Your reward shall be very great.”
- Seeing the word of the Lord – be willing to sense God in unique & illogical ways (seeing the word)
- I’m your protection (I’m your shield – what a warrior carries into battle; your bodyguard)
- You’ll have a great reward
Abram questions God: What?
Genesis 15:2-3, “O Lord God, what will You give me, since I am childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” 3 Abram said, “Since You have given no offspring to me, one born in my house is my heir.
God gets more personal in His reply: Walk, Look, Listen
Genesis 15:4-5, Then behold, the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “This man will not be your heir; but one who will come forth from your own body, he shall be your heir.” 5 He took him outside and said, “Now look toward the heavens, and count the stars, if you are able to count them.” He said to him, “So shall your descendants be.”
Are we willing to let God change / challenge our perspective, assumptions, view of the future?
The Proper Reply: Genesis 15:6 Then he believed in the Lord; and He reckoned it to him as righteousness
1 – Are we willing to see, hear and sense God in ways that don’t always follow logic or human experience?
2 – Take a walk with God, literally
3 – Let God determine your focus / vision
4 – Listen