Face Time A Time to Talk
Sermon Summary
This message digs into a prayer of King David the Psalmist. It shows beautifully how face time with God is talk time! God desires so much to hear our voice. He bows His ear to hear the heart cries of His children. In fact God once made this statement to His people: “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14. David many times asked God to “turn His ear.” This was David’s way of asking God to listen to him. David’s prayer contains elements such as, confession, persistence, worship, exuberance, confidence, reiteration, acknowledgement, and permission. Face time with God is not just time we set aside to pray, but is also learning to have face time with Him as we are going about our daily lives. In other words, we don’t have to say goodbye, when we finish our quite time because God goes with us! We just need to be aware of His presence at all times.

Community Questions
1. What are some things you can get when you talk with someone face to face that you won’t get in a text or even over the phone?

2. Even though we can’t see God’s face physically, He touches our heart and soul spiritually in beautiful ways when we speak to Him in prayer. One such way is the joy and confidence we have from knowing Almighty God is listening to our petitions. Describe the joy or the confidence you’ve felt during a face time encounter with God and how it impacted your life.
Psa 28:7  The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.

3. One of the greatest hindrances to talk time with God is a lack of desire on the part of God’s children to pray. What are some of the reasons people lack a desire to pray?
Psa 51:9  Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity.
Psa 51:10  Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Psa 51:11  Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.
Psa 51:12  Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

4. What are some things we can acknowledge about God during our talk time with Him and why should we do this?
Hosea 6:3  Let us acknowledge the LORD; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth."

Full Sermon Notes
Face Time: A Time to Talk
"Oh how I need your grace, more than words can say, Jesus I come, Jesus I come!"
And then it says, "Just as I am I come!"
Sometimes we have to remind ourselves that we can come to God just as we are!
Years ago, when I was in seminary in New Orleans, I was in the French Quarter talking to an old man about his faith in Jesus. He said, "Son, I've got some things in my life I need to get strait first and when I do, I'm gonna think about making that decision."
I said to him, "Sir if you wait until you get things strait you'll never come to Jesus, because without God's mercy and help we can never get it right! But He'll help anyone whose willing to come just as they are and ask Him for His help!" He said, "I haven't thought about it like that, but you're probably right!" For an old man to admit that a young man had spoken truth into his life was a humble step in the right direction.

Today we're going to talk about how face time with God is a time to talk! God's enemy, our enemy, Satan, will try to do anything he can to keep us from having face time with God in prayer. Like telling us we've done to much wrong for God to even listen to us, or God's mad at us or so disappointed in us He doesn't want to talk to us. Nothing is further from the truth! I can tell you this, if you have any desire in your heart whatsoever to know God, then it's not to late, and you haven't committed the unpardonable sin. If you had, there would be no desire or room for God in your heart. And I can tell you this, God certainly hasn't lost His desire for a relationship with you! He wants to talk to you, the question is, do we want to talk to Him?

Let's pray right now and ask God to teach us the truth about His desire to hears us talk to Him in prayer!
"Father God, I know you desire to hear Your children's voices. You desire for us to come to You and spend quality face time with You in prayer. Teach us what it means to pray!
You have placed an insatiable desire within each of us to spend time with you, but so many of us try to fill that desire with hollow substitutes. Teach us the truth that there is no suitable substitute for face time with You and may our prayers be precious in Your ears. Speak through Your servant today. Let this message flow from Your Word deep into our hearts! In the beautiful Name of Jesus, our Savior, our Lord, and our best friend, I pray! Amen.

I need for you to understand what I'm about to say. I'm not against written prayers. I write prayers I'm going to pray sometime, but they are prayers from my heart! I am not against quoting prayers that others have written or even the Lord's Prayer. In fact, in Luke's gospel, 11:2, when the disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray He says…

Luke 11:2 He said to them, “When you pray, say: “ ‘Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come.

But another time, recorded in Matthew's gospel, Jesus says…

Matthew 6:9 “This, then, is how you should pray: “ ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,

So the prayer Jesus taught the disciples is indeed the model prayer and it's a wonderful example of prayer. And sometimes we should pray that exact prayer. However, Jesus said in Matthew, "this is how you should pray!" We can use the model prayer as a template for prayer, but God doesn't want us to just recite prayers from memory. He wants us to pray prayers from our heart and soul. And when you do recite a prayer, any prayer, you should really think about what you are saying before you say it. If you don't, it's just empty words. The words may have meaning, but they won't mean anything to you if your not thinking about what you're saying. And prayer should never be just another task on your list you have to check off. It should be on your list, but don't let it become a chore. It's great to pencil God in on your calendar, but if that's all the time God gets, that's sad. It would be like telling your spouse, "you get 10 minutes of talk time in the morning and 20 minutes at night. Imagine living in the house with someone and the rest of the time, there's just silence. Of course, some of you might say, "I'd love it if I got 10 minutes of talk time in the morning and 20 at night!" If that's your situation, we have counselors you need to see. When you love someone, you want to talk to them. If we truly love God we desire to talk with Him! Prayer is having an honest chat with God and although we can't physically see His face, prayer is face time with Him!

That's why we sometimes close our eyes and go to our quiet place, so we can block out the distractions of the world. Once again we turn to the Psalmist, David, for insight on face time with God. And today we'll step inside one of his most deeply moving moments of face time with God. His prayer is powerful and chocked full of wisdom for us concerning talk time with God! There's one major take away from today's message: Face time with God is a time to talk and we do that in prayer! David's prayer with God includes many elements and each one helps us understand what real talk time with God is all about! Obviously you won't be able to remember all of these, but I pray at least one of the elements of David's prayer will grip your heart and imagination.

Real Talk Time with God Includes

Psalm86:1 Hear, O LORD, and answer me, for I am poor and needy.

In both the New Revised Standard Version and the The King James Version they actually use the more literal Hebrew language of "Incline your ear" and "bow down thine ear" which meant "hear me!"

I think it's a beautiful thing to picture God inclining his ear or moving His face to position His ears to hear us. Now we know that God is Spirit and it's not that He has to literally turn His head to hear us, but when we seek face time with God we need to seek His ear. You've probably heard someone say, "Okay, you've got my ear now!" Which simply means you've got their attention! Or you might hear someone say, "Let me talk to Steve, he's got the ear of the boss man!" This means, Steve's got a relationship with the boss man and can talk to him. When we spend face time with God in prayer, we are desiring an audience with Him! We are seeking to have His ear and for  Him to hear our voice! David used this terminology numerous times in his prayers. Psalm 5:1-2/Psalm 88:2/Psalm 116: 1-2

Psalm 5:1 Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my sighing.
2 Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray.

Psalm 88:2 May my prayer come before you; turn your ear to my cry.

Psalm 116:1-2 I love the LORD, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy.
2 Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live.

So the first and most important element of prayer is our desire to talk to God and our desire for Him to hear our prayer. David cried out to God! E.M. Bounds wrote these words back in 1929 in his book "The Necessity of Prayer"...

"Without desire, prayer is a meaningless mumble of words. Such perfunctory, formal praying with no heart, no feeling, no real desire accompanying it, is to be shunned like a pestilence. Its exercise is a waste of precious time, and from it, no real blessing accrues…Lack of spiritual desire should grieve us and leave us to lament its absence…"

Now, let's go back to the specific prayer of David we are examining today. Psalm 86. Look at that first verse again and we will discover another important element of face time with God...

Real Talk Time with God Includes

Psalm 86:1 Hear, O LORD, and answer me, for I am poor and needy.

I know what you might be thinking. "Really, David, King David, the head of a nation, poor and needy?" David wasn't talking about his material position in life! He had everything a man could want in that regard, but spiritually speaking he recognized he was poor and needy.

Until a person realizes their spiritual poverty they cannot receive the spiritual blessings of God because if a person doesn't think they are spiritually poor and needy they will not seek the spiritual treasures God has for them to discover.

In fact, Jesus talked about this in His sermon on the mount...

Matthew 5:3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

And if a person is not willing to admit they've done wrong, they will not seek forgiveness. If you don't think you are in need spiritually, you won't seek the things of God! Pride has kept more people from knowing God than any other sin. Here's the way God put it to the nation of Israel...

2 Chronicles 7:14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

Real Talk Time with God Includes

Psalm 86:2 Guard my life, for I am devoted to you. You are my God; save your servant who trusts in you.

David understood that with all of His power, and his armies, if he didn't have the protection of Almighty God, he was in trouble! "Guard my life!" he said. And David knew even with all his resources as King, without the provision of God, those resources could be gone in a flash. David knows his salvation in this life and the next depends on God, so he states that God is his God and that he is God's servant trusting in God to save him. Talk time with God is a time to petition God for His protection, provision, salvation or any other need we have.

Real Talk Time with God Includes

Psalm 86:3 Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I call to you all day long.

But as we grow closer and more aware of God's presence we get to a place where we can do what Paul said in his letter to the Thessalonians...

1 Thessalonians 5:17 pray continually;
18 give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

That means we pray in the good times and the bad times, happy times, sad times, quite times and noisy times, slow times and busy times, easy times and hard times, all times!
Why? Because of face time we are aware of His constant and consistent presence with us!  

Again, it's good to set aside time for prayer, face time with God. It's during this time we focus deeply, but because we've spent time alone with God, we come to understand that we are never alone and without God. When we leave our prayer closet, our quite place, our secret place, our worship place, God walks out with us! So we never have to say goodbye to God, or see you next Sunday, or see you tomorrow morning. No, He is our traveling companion at all times and no matter where we go .

Real Talk Time with God Includes

Psalm 86:4 Bring joy to your servant, for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.

When a mere human being spends face time in a relationship with Almighty God, there's no way you can walk away unchanged. And no matter what you're going through, talk time with God can bring joy. This doesn't mean you're going to always be happy, or laughing. Sometimes you're going to be sad, and sometimes you're going to cry, and even grieve, but joy is so much deeper than happy. Happy is based on circumstances, but the joy of the Lord is a deeply known and deeply felt truth that God has not forsaken you and His strength will get you through any circumstances!

Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Real Talk Time with God Includes
of What God Has Done

Psalm 86:5 You are forgiving and good, O Lord, abounding in love to all who call to you.

Talk time with God should always include acknowledgement of what He has done for you. He has forgiven you! He has loved you! And what did you have to do to receive God's forgiveness and love? Ask for it!

Romans 10:12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile —the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him,
13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Real Talk Time with God Includes

Psalm 86:6 Hear my prayer, O LORD; listen to my cry for mercy.

Hasn't David already asked God to hear him and for mercy? Yes he has and God heard him the first time, so the repetition is not so much for God as it is for us. It helps me to never forget that if God doesn't hear me my words are hopeless and without God's mercy I'm a tragic mess. Repetition is not my doubting God, it is my earnest passion for God expressing its need over and over, because it's such an urgent and fervent need. In fact the very next verse of David's prayer expresses that...

Real Talk Time with God Includes Confidence

Psalm 86:7 In the day of my trouble I will call to you, for you will answer me.

"You will answer me!" The more face time you spend with God the more confident you will become in all things, but especially your confidence that God has heard you and is going to act on your behalf. The writer of Hebrews put it this way...

Hebrews 4:16 Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Real Talk Time with God Includes
of Who God Is

Psalm 86:8 Among the gods there is none like you, O Lord; no deeds can compare with yours.

What can I add to that? God is who He is and He is God, there is none like Him!!

Real Talk Time with God Includes

Psalm 86:9 All the nations you have made will come and worship before you, O Lord; they will bring glory to your name.

People sometimes wonder why some people lift their hands when they are worshiping. What is that all about? I think it's just a physical gesture that says what no words can describe when a person sees God in all of His glory. Sometimes you just have to lift your hands and let them say Wow, Awesome, Beautiful, Amazing, glorious, powerful, indescribable!

Real Talk Time with God Includes
of What God Is Doing

Psalm 86:10 For you are great and do marvelous deeds; you alone are God.

What's God doing in your life right now. Sometimes we can discover where we are in our relationship with God by how old our stories about God are. When you talk about God's work in your life, do you have to reach way back to find a good story, or has God been working in your life lately?

In prayer we don't just ask for God to do more, we thank Him for what He's already doing!

Real Talk Time with God Includes

Psalm 86:11Teach me your way, O LORD, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.

Permission to teach. That's next weeks message: Face time, Time to Listen! But in our talk time, we give God permission to work in our heart. To clean out the junk, to help our heart's desires become united in God's purposes!

Real Talk Time with God Includes

Psalm 86:12 I will praise you, O Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever.
13 For great is your love toward me; you have delivered me from the depths of the grave.

Real Talk Time with God Includes

Psalm 86:14 The arrogant are attacking me, O God; a band of ruthless men seeks my life—men without regard for you.

Tell God what's going on in your life. Be honest, He knows, but you need to talk to Him about it. He'll help you if you ask Him to. God wants you to be real with Him. He can handle real!

Real Talk Time with God Includes
More Acknowledgement

Psalm 86:15 But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.
16 Turn to me and have mercy on me; grant your strength to your servant and save the son of your maidservant.

I don't know about you, but there have been so many times I've had to rely on God's compassion, grace, love, and faithfulness. And sometimes I really am amazed at how slow God is to anger. Especially when I have to come to Him about the same mistake I've made many times before!

Real Talk Time with God Includes

Psalm 86:17 Give me a sign of your goodness, that my enemies may see it and be put to shame, for you, O LORD, have helped me and comforted me.

When David prayed this prayer, his deliverance was still in the future so he asked God if He would give him some kind of sign that his prayer was going to be answered as a testimony to his enemies. Let me say this to you, if your desire is for the will of God to be done in your life you won't need a sign more than the promise of God found in 1 John 5:14...

1 John 5:14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.

So we have confidence God hears us, so let's have confidence God will give us the answer we truly need, even if it's not the answer we though we wanted.
It's a matter of where your heart is! In closing, I want to ask you a question. After hearing this message on David's prayer, if I were to lead us in The Lord's Prayer, would you be able in good conscious to say the words. Let's bow our heads.
Let me read the words to you. Jesus said...

Matthew 6:9 “This, then, is how you should pray: “ ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. ’

Father God I ask you to cause us to desire to have face time with You and to know that face time is a time to talk. You long to hear our voice, the question is do we long to talk to you? Please work in every heart today and help each of us to leave here knowing a little more of Your love for us! In Jesus Name