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BEECHFIELD UNITED METHODIST CHURCH-Sermon


BELIEVING AND RECEIVING


PRAYER
Scripture: John 10:10
This sermon will be the conclusion on our series on the abundant life. (comments - H.S.) I believe that I have shown you that the abundant life belongs to you. God showed us last week that we are the righteousness of Almighty God. We saw were righteousness meant equity in character and we also saw that it meant prosperity - and that is prosperity in all three realms = spiritual, physical and mental. But now the question may be going through your mind - pastor, I have received everything that you have told me. I received the principal that we are to fast, I received that we have to take back the authority that Satan has stolen from us. I received that when Satan steals from us - that the least that he has two returned to us is double. But - Pastor - I have a problem, some of my prayers still remain unanswered.

Well, I have the solution for that and that is there are several acts of obedience that we must do in order to receive. Turn to Matthew 6:7-12 “Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he will seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him? So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” (comments - H.S.)

Now turn to Phil. 4:6-7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, present your request to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (comments - H.S.) Now lets tie this scripture with the scripture that we read in Matthew. God is telling us that he wants more for our lives than we want for ourselves. Did you notice that God says here by “prayer and supplication.” In my mind I always consider these to be redundant. I thought God was just repeating Himself, using two different words that meant the same thing in order to get his point across. But, boy, was I wrong. I looked the word prayer that was used in this text and it means “worship.” (comments - H.S.) That really blew my mind - because the last thing that God talked about in our revival was worship. But not only that I looked up the word - seek - that we read in Matthew and it also means worship. So the word ‘seek’ in Matthew and the word ‘prayer’ in Philippians - both mean the same thing - worship!

Now watch this, turn back to Matthew 6:31-34 “So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink? Or What shall we wear? For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek (there’s that word again) first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (comments - H.S.) What is God saying, God is saying when we start to worship and praise Him because of who He is. When we start worshiping and praising Him because of what He has done. When we start worshiping and praising Him simply because we know He is worthy to be praised, when we start worshiping and praising Him - now wanting anything from Him just wanting Him - this moves and touches His heart - and the blessings will come down. When we start chasing after Him and not after the blessings - our prayers will be answered! Hallelujah!

Next comes “supplication” The word supplication means = your petition. This goes with asking in Matthew. But it doesn’t simply mean - ask - like give me this, or I need the other. But the word supplication means = to beseech. That means praying from you gut. Pleading with the Lord, begging Him if you will! In one of the gospels Jesus said we are to pray like a woman in travail, a woman who is giving birth to a child. Why because we need to give birth to the answer to our prayers. But the word supplication also means intercession. This is when you have prayer (worshiped), when you have lifted up your supplication (petition), but you still haven’t seen the answer manifested. Turn to Luke 11:9-13 “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. Which of you fathers, if you son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him.? Wow! (comments - H.S.)

You say Pastor wait a minute, I thought you were talking about praying and getting our prayers answered, now you are talking about the Holy Spirit. Turn to 8:26 “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do no know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.” Remember the word supplication in Philippians meant intercession. So what is the Lord saying, the Lord is saying that after you have worshiped Him, after you have asked him for what you need in travail, and you still don’t see your prayers answered. Then you need to pray in the spirit. Because the Holy Spirit knows how to pray, when we have run out of words. The Holy Spirit knows more about the situation, than we do. The Holy Spirit knows what is in the will and the heart of God for our lives, so He can pray more effectively than we have ever dreamed of! Thank you Jesus.

Remember our text said, ask, seek, and knock. Philippians said, ask in prayer and supplication with thanksgiving. There are three things in each text. So what does knock mean. We need to use the word knock = thanksgiving. God is saying that after you have done the first two then you need to start praising and thanking Him for the answer. Because he tells us in Mark 11:24 “Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it and it will be yours.” When you believe that you got the answer you will be praising and thanking Him for the answer before it is manifested in the physical realm. Thanksgiving is knocking down all the obstacles that are hindering you from receiving you answer. Hallelujah! (comments - H.S.)

But there is also a fourth step that you need to take and for that lets go back to Matt. 7:12 “So in everything, do to others what you would have to do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” Whatever it is that you stand in need of - you need to give to someone else. Turn to Luke 6:38 “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you give, it will be given to you again.” If you are in need of financial blessings you need to become a giver. (comments - H.S.) If you are in need of friendship, you need to be friendly. If you are in need of love you got to give love. But you say, Pastor, I’m in need of healing, than pray for someone else’s healing. I’m in need of my children being saved, then pray for someone else child. What you need, you have got to give in order to receive. Thank you Jesus!! Stand up and give the Lord a praise offering. Hallelujah!!

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