by Pas.Francis B
“I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for myself as a temple for sacrifices.
13 “When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, 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 I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
In these words God is speaking to His children, and He is speaking today with you also. Let’s see what He would like to talk with us through His Scripture. God is asking each of you to focus in the verse 14 where God is reminding us about relationship.
This world is built upon relationship; it began with God and spread in each of our families, communities and countries.
God speaking to His children and said “if my people”. What privilege these people has to be called as God’s people. Yes it is true even with you and me, as He created us in His Image and redeemed us from the sin and sickness to give us eternal life and riches.
One of the things you might be surprise to see that God redeemed us to Himself, “I, the Lord… I have rescued you. I have called you by name; now you belong to me.” Isaiah 43:1
This is because He pleasures in it and finds the joy. In these last days our Nations need revival that people might be delivering from their darkness to light, poverty to prosperity. In order to receive revival in our Nations what must we can do?
There must be Brokenness in our Prayer:
In James 4:6 “But the kindness God shows is greater. As the Scripture says, “God is against the proud, but he is kind to the humble.”
It is a terrible thing to face punishment from the living God. Heb 10:31
Both the statements are terrifying as well as a satisfying statements. For God resist a man, a church, a nation, is a terrible thing, on the other end if we observe “to humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God is to be exalted in due season. The humbleness we can learn only from Jesus, He is the supreme example and shown through His practical way of living thereby in Matt 11:29 says
“Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.”
When God’s children are humble, they will never boasts of themselves, nor they argues with others, they always content with what they have, but the person who don’t has humbleness boast himself and boast about his accomplishments. The greatness and help of God they don’t recognize. These people are like Pharisees as it is revealed in the God’s word.
In Luke 18:9-14, in this parable a Pharisee and publican prayer we can see. Over five times the Pharisee uses the personal pronoun “I”.
He was proud and haughty, as a consequence his prayer never reached to God and God didn’t answer his prayer. Let’s look at the Publican prayer; here we see the brokenness in his heart. He humbled himself and exalted God in His prayer. This exactly God is looking in our today’s prayer that acknowledging God as our source and helper in everything. The Pharisee might be thinking that he is scholar and pleased God with his prayer, but in the sight of God he is a fool, and he didn’t know that he is deceived by Satan.
C.H Spurgeon has written in Lectures to my students -“the devil is greater scholar than you and nimbler disputant”
PRINCIPLE 1: Our brokenness prayer causes God to change the person and people to draw closer to Him.
There must be Selflessness in our Prayer:
Here twelve Hebrew words employed to express this single English verb to pray. This one is used to state the purpose of mean “to judge self habitually” our major problem in prayer is self desire and design.
God reminds you from James 4:3 and even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure.
We need to ask God in what He pleases and gives praise to Him. Our primary prayer focus needs to glorify God through our works and worship. When God encountered with Jacob, as the morning is near Jacob in His prayer asked God the wise thing that is He asked for Blessing, and Solomon asked for God’s wisdom, Jesus in His prayer asked to fulfill His Father’s will.
PRINCIPLE 2: Practicing the selflessness in our prayers helps us to please God for eternal blessings.
We will be continuing …. In rest of the 2 things from this sermon what God is going to speak…