I. What: prayer is asking, seeking and knocking
A. Asking and receiving - prayer according to the revealed will of God I John 5:14, 15
B. Seeking and finding - prayer according to the unrevealed will of God Jeremiah 29:12, 13 and Psalm 27:8
C. Knocking and opening - tenacious prayer, Matthew 17:14-21 (when God's will and your way is blocked by an obstacle)
II. Why: why should we pray?
A. Prayer is a command Luke 18:1, I Thes. 5:17
B. Jesus is our example throughout the NT
C. Prayers gets things from God, James 4:2
D. Brings joy, John 16:24
E. Delivers from troubles, Ps. 34:6
F. Brings wisdom, James 1:5
G. Sin not to pray, I Samuel 12:23 Pastor Bruce D. Cummons - "the greatest sin today in the ministry is prayerlessness".
H. Saves from Temptation, Matt. 26:41
III. How: how to pray
A. To God the Father in Jesus' Name, John 14:13, 14, by the Holy Spirit, Romans 8:26, 27; Jude 1:20
B. For God's will, Matt. 26:39
C. Daily needs
E. Deliverance from evil
F. In faith, James 1:6-8
IV. Where: where to pray, Acts 12:5
A. In the assembly, Acts 1:13, 14 and Acts 2:42-47
B. In the closet, Matthew 6:6
V. Hindrances to prayer
A. I Peter 3:7, bad relationship with spouse
B. Selfishness, James 4:3
C. Unforgiving spirit, Matthew 5:22, 24
D. Unbelief, James 1:6-8
The First Commandment
Introduction: When we read (vv 29-30) we need to step back and find where Jesus is quoting from.
He is “ONE” LORD
There is NONE else
He is God the only God
SO what we have learned so far is that in terms of God, “…there is none else.
We know from scripture there is only one God, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. He is the Holy Trinity; The Great Three in One.
I. A LAWYER SPEAKS UP (v 28)
A. Asking Jesus
1. Which of the commandments
i. Is the most important
B. Historically At This Time There Were
1. Over 600 Jewish Commandments
C. So Which Is The Most Important To Obey
1. These Pharisees expected Jesus to say:
i. The Sabbath
ii. Being Circumcised
iii. The Sabbath
2. They were hoping Jesus would state one of
i. Yet Christ went to the Scriptures
II. THEGREATEST COMMANDMENT (vv 29-31)
A. Know That Your Lord
1. Is one Lord
i. He is Jehovah / Yahweh
a. There is no other God
ii. He is our God
a. We are His people
iii. He is one Lord
B. We Are To Love The Lord
1. Have a personal relationship
2. A tri-level love
i. ALL thy heart
a. Not a piece or part
ii. ALL thy soul
a. Your walk
b. Your being
iii. ALL your mind
a. Your thoughts
b. What is in your mind
today? This Moment?
3. All this relegates us to a condition
i. A condition of Commitment
a. Which includes loyalty
4. A loving relationship involves
i. Both commitment and loyalty
ii. God is committed to you
iii. God is loyal to you
C. Then We Must Love Our Neighbor Too!!
1. An active love
i. Not physical love
ii. Not a lustful love
iii. A concerned love
iv. A caring love
2. A love that is shown in our walk
3. It is not a religious experience
i. It should be YOU
4. We love ourselves
i. Love our neighbor as we love
1. Endures long
2. Is kind
3. Is not puffed up
4. Thinks no evil
5. Can bear all things
III. THE GREATNESS OF THIS COMMANDMENT (vv 32-34)
A. Causes Men To Think
1. This lawyer hated Jesus
i. Considered Him a heretic /
Yet the lawyer listened to Jesus
i. Being a smart guy
a. His job was to attempt to
ii. As a good smart lawyer
a. He could find no fault
B. This Love Of God
iii. The Sabbath
C. Thou Art Not Far
1. From Salvation
i. Paul witnessing to Agrippa
ii. Have you accepted Jesus?
a. Or almost persuaded
CONCLUSION: As a Christian, we are given eternal life at the time we accepted Jesus as our personal Saviour.
When we accepted Jesus, that set into effect a series of thou shalt’s and thou shalt not’s.
Within this new realm we first are to commit ourselves to the God who loved us so much He put His only begotten Son on the Cross to die for our sins. Christ’s blood, His death on the Cross, paid the price for our sins. He forgave us on that Cross, if we with sincerity accepted Him; we then have an eternal life with Jesus the Christ in the presence of God Almighty.
As an example, when Sharil and I got married we committed ourselves to one another. In this almost 49 years, we have become more loving and committed, but also more loyal to one another.
That is the way we need to be with God and His Son Jesus, if we don’t commit to Him at the start how in Heaven’s name can we expect to ever become loyal to Him.
Where do you stand in His presence? Can you look down in your heart and say, Yes Lord, I am in love with you and God, I do love my neighbors as I love myself.”
What if you can’t say that, you can do something about it. You first can just come to the altar and kneel down here a pray to God, to give you a heart that loves. A heart that loves God and His Son, but also an heart that seeks concern over your neighbor.
The second, may be you have not accepted Jesus as your Saviour, then we have people here who will show you in God’s Word how you can be saved.
All of this, regardless of why, requires an honest sincere heart.
IT PAYS TO REMEMBER
Introduction: Having just read Psalm 143, It is a prayer Psalm, the last of 7 Penitent Psalms. A penitent psalm is a song of the repentance of a person’s sin. I did not find in my study what was occurring around David or what his particular consequence was. But we know how King David was a friend of God, yet a sinner just like you and I. Tonight I want to put an emphasis on verse 5. David in his prayer makes the statement
I. REMEMBER GOD’S WORD
A. His Word Endureth Forever
1. It isn’t a word
i. It is God’s Word
ii. His Holy Word
B. It Shall Stand Fore Ever
1. All else will fade
i. The Word of God will endure
II. REMEMBER GOD’S WONDERS
A. All Of His Wonders
1. His Miracles
i. The creation of Man and Woman
ii. The great flood
iii. The Exodus out of Egypt
a. The plagues
b. The parting of the
c. Creation of water sources
d. The daily manna
B. The Conception Of Jesus His Only Begotten Son
1. His birth
2. His life
3. His death
4. His resurrection
5. His ascension
6. My salvation
a. His forgiveness
b. His mercy
III. REMEMBER GOD’S MERCY
A. It Is Always Your Heart
1. God is not concerned with your things
i. He is concerned about your heart
a. Rend = Repent
B. Remember His Mercy
1. God is slow to anger
i. He is great in kindness
IV. REMEMBER GOD’S WILLINGNESS
A. God Loves Us Dearly
1. He let His Only Begotten Son
i. Willingly die on a Cross
a. For you and I
B. He Pardoned My Sin
1. He didn’t retain His anger
2. He Delights in mercy
V. REMEMBER GOD’S WAYS
A. Our Ways Are Not God’s Ways.
1. We want things our way
i. Regardless, whether it is right or
ii. God’s way is always right.
B. How God gets things done in our lives is always correct.
VI. REMEMBER GOD’S WORKS
A. Muse (or Ponder) Over God’s Works
1. Some of God’s works are:
CONCLUSION: We must remember there are some things in our life worth remembering. On the other hand there are things we would like to forget but we cannot.
Things concerning God, we must do our utmost to remember.
We must remember to read our Bible, we must remember to read our Bible, we must also pray and we must remember to read our Bible. Don’t forget to read your Bible.
All of what we know about God is in His written Word. If we fail to read His Word, How do we know the means to fashion or prayers? How do we know how to talk and walk for Him?
In His Word, we find God’s love, we find His mercy and in His Word we find His forgiveness.
Where else can you find it? None of what we have talked about tonight is located somewhere else, it is only in our Bible. Our remembrance of God is in His Book we call the Holy Bible.