THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE – 10-13-13

LESSON TITLE: “GOD’S PEOPLE ARE PRAYERFUL.”

WELCOME

GOOD MORNING! THANK YOU FOR JOINING US TODAY FOR GOD'S LIVING WORD. I HOPE EVERYONE HAD A GREAT WEEK, AND I HOPE YOUR WEEKEND WAS A PROFITABLE ONE ALSO. HERE WE ARE ON ANOTHER GLORIOUS LORD'S DAY MORNING. WHAT A WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY WE HAVE AGAIN TODAY TO JOIN TOGETHER IN THE WORSHIP OF OUR REDEEMER. I HOPE YOU ARE READY TO BEGIN THIS NEW WEEK WITH A DAY OF SERVICE AND OFFERING TO YOUR GOD.

AS ALWAYS, IT IS OUR COMMITMENT THROUGH THIS PROGRAM TO PROCLAIM THE SIMPLE TRUTH OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST - WHICH IS CONFIRMED FOR US IN THE BIBLE. I HOPE YOU ALL HAVE YOUR BIBLE'S HANDY AND I HOPE YOU ARE READY TO WORSHIP GOD TOGETHER AS WE SING PRAISES TO HIS NAME AND STUDY FROM HIS WONDROUS WORD. NOW LET'S BEGIN BY TALKING TO OUR FATHER IN PRAYER!

PRAYER: OUR GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN, WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS DAY AND EVERY DAY OF LIFE. WE THANK YOU FOR THE PRIVILEGE THAT WE HAVE TO BE CALLED YOUR CHILDREN. FATHER, WE KNOW THAT AS YOUR CHILDREN YOU GIVE US ALL THAT WE NEED SPIRITUALLY AND PHYSICALLY. FATHER, BE WITH US THIS DAY THAT WE MIGHT GIVE YOU OUR VERY BEST AS WE WORSHIP AND DO ALL IN SPIRIT AND TRUTH AS YOU HAVE COMMANDED. MAY WE ALSO LOOK TO YOUR SON AND THE GREAT GIFT THAT HE GAVE ON THE CROSS AND THE BLOOD THAT HE SHED THAT HELPS US TO BE FOUND JUSTIFIED AND PERFECT IN YOUR SIGHT THAT SOMEDAY WE MIGHT RECEIVE THE GREAT REWARD OF HEAVEN AND LIVE ETERNALLY WITH YOU. IN JESUS NAME WE PRAY, AMEN.

AT THIS TIME, WE WANT TO SING A SONG THAT REMINDS US THAT GOD IS ALWAYS THERE FOR US. WON’T YOU ALL JOIN IN WITH THE CONGREGATION AT THIS TIME AS WE PRAISE GOD TOGETHER WITH THE HYMN, “SAVIOR LEAD ME.”

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU SAID SOMETHING THAT YOU REGRETTED? YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN, "OPEN MOUTH AND INSERT FOOT." I THINK WE HAVE ALL BEEN THERE AND DONE THAT. HOWEVER, THE REAL QUESTION THAT WE MUST CONSIDER IS, JUST HOW IMPORTANT IS IT THAT WE DO AND SAY THE RIGHT THINGS? WELL OUR LORD SAID IT IS VERY IMPORTANT.

IN MATTHEW 12:35, JESUS SAID, “BUT I SAY TO YOU THAT FOR EVERY IDLE WORD MEN MAY SPEAK, THEY WILL GIVE ACCOUNT OF IT IN THE DAY OF JUDGMENT.” ALSO IN REVELATION 20:13, WE READ THAT EACH ONE IS JUDGED ACCORDING TO HIS WORKS! NOW WE HAVE THE ANSWERS! IT MATTERS BECAUSE THE THINGS WE DO AND SAY WILL JUDGE US IN THE LAST DAY! WE WILL EITHER RECEIVE A GOOD REWARD FOR THE RIGHTEOUS LIVES THAT WE HAVE LIVED OR WE WILL RECEIVE DAMNATION, ACCORDING TO OUR CHOICES IN THIS LIFE WHICH FORGOT GOD.

IN THE SAME TEXT BACK UP IN VERSES 33-34, JESUS SUMMED UP WHAT CAUSES US TO DO AND TO SAY THE THINGS WHICH WE DO. THERE HE SAYS, "FOR OUT OF THE ABUNDANCE OF THE HEART THE MOUTH SPEAKS. A GOOD MAN OUT OF THE GOOD TREASURE OF HIS HEART BRINGS FORTH GOOD THINGS, AND AN EVIL MAN OUT OF THE EVIL TREASURE BRINGS FORTH EVIL THINGS." CHRIST SAYS WE DO AND SAY THINGS ACCORDING TO WHAT WE ARE INSIDE. THE HEART AND SOUL OF MAN CAUSE HIM TO PRODUCE EITHER GOOD TREASURES OR BAD. SOLOMON SAID, "AS A MAN THINKS IN HIS HEART, SO IS HE," PROVERBS 23:7.

THE THINGS WE CHOOSE TO FEED OUR HEART, SOUL, AND MIND WITH, WILL DETERMINE WHETHER WE PRODUCE THAT WHICH IS GOOD OR BAD. YOU AND I KNOW THAT A GOOD TREE DOESN'T PRODUCE BAD FRUIT NOR DOES A BAD TREE PRODUCE GOOD FRUIT. AGAIN, IT WAS OUR SAVIOR WHO SAID, "THEREFORE BY THEIR FRUITS YOU WILL KNOW THEM," MATTHEW 7:20.

SO MY QUESTION TODAY IS, WHAT TYPE OF FRUIT DO YOU PRODUCE THROUGH YOUR WORDS AND DEEDS. IS IT THE GOOD FRUIT ACCORDING TO THE WILL OF CHRIST, OR IS IT BAD FRUIT ACCORDING TO THE EVIL'S OF THIS WORLD? REMEMBER, IT DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE, IT DOES MATTER - SO CHOOSE THIS MORNING TO ONLY BEAR THAT FRUIT THAT MAKES YOU ACCEPTABLE BEFORE GOD.

IN OUR STUDY OF THE DAY, WE WILL BE CONTINUING OUR DISCUSSION ON "GOD'S OWN SPECIAL PEOPLE." OUR SPECIFIC TOPIC OF THE MORNING WILL DEAL WITH, "GOD'S PEOPLE ARE PRAYERFUL." SO PLEASE CONTINUE WITH US AND AFTER OUR NEXT SONG TOGETHER I WILL RETURN WITH THIS LESSON FROM GOD'S WORD. IT'S NOW TIME TO JOIN IN OUR SECOND HYMN OF THE MORNING, THE NAME OF THE SONG, "SEEKING THE LOST."

LESSON

BY RAY SULLINS

“NOW IT CAME TO PASS AS HE WAS PRAYING IN A CERTAIN PLACE THAT WHEN HE SEES THAT ONE OF HIS DISCIPLES SAID TO HIM LORD, TEACH US TO PRAY AS JOHN ALSO TAUGHT HIS DISCIPLES.” GOOD MORNING AND THANK YOU FOR CONTINUING WITH US AS WE AGAIN FIND OUT ANOTHER VERY SPECIAL PRIVILEGE THAT WE SHARE IN AS CHRISTIANS AS WE ARE HIS OWN SPECIAL PEOPLE. OUR GOD LOVES US AND HE HAS CHOSEN US THROUGH HIS SON JESUS CHRIST AND THE BLOOD THAT HE SHED. WE HAVE THE GREAT PRIVILEGE OF NOT ONLY KNOWING THE WILL OF GOD BUT WE ALSO HAVE THE GREAT PRIVILEGE AND OPPORTUNITY THAT GOD HAS PROVIDED US THAT WE MIGHT COMMUNICATE WITH HIM. OUR GOD IS ALL KNOWING GOD. OUR GOD IS EVERYWHERE AT ALL TIMES. OUR GOD IS ALL POWERFUL, BUT AS GOD HAS DELIVERED TO US HIS WORD THROUGH THE BIBLE THAT WE MIGHT READ IT AND THAT IT MIGHT SPEAK TO US CONCERNING HIS TRUTHS. WE ALSO HAVE BEEN GIVEN AN AVENUE IN THAT AS WE PRAY WE ARE SPEAKING TO GOD. WE ARE GOD'S OWN SPECIAL PEOPLE AS WE ARE A PRAYERFUL PEOPLE. WE ARE PRIVILEGED TO BE ABLE TO PRAY. WE ARE PRIVILEGED TO GIVE TIME TO TALK TO GOD.

I WANT TO ASK US FIRST TO THINK ABOUT THE FACT THAT ISN'T COMMUNICATION WONDERFUL? I KNOW THAT SOMETIMES WE MIGHT HEAR THINGS THAT WE DON'T LIKE AND PEOPLE MIGHT GET MAD AT EACH OTHER. ON THE OTHER HAND, ISN'T IT A BEAUTIFUL THING TO BE ABLE TO SPEAK TO THOSE WHOM WE LOVE AND TO COMMUNICATE WITH THOSE WHO ARE FAMILY AND FRIENDS AND THOSE AT WORK. ISN'T IT WONDERFUL TO BE ABLE TO COMPLIMENT ONE ANOTHER, TO ENCOURAGE EACH OTHER, TO LIVE IN THIS LIFE TOGETHER WITH SUCH A BEAUTIFUL PRIVILEGE, AND THE OPPORTUNITY TO SAY THINGS TO ONE ANOTHER THAT HELP US GET THROUGH THE DAY? WITH THAT IN MIND, THE DISCIPLES UNDERSTOOD THE GREAT SIGNIFICANCE OF BEING ABLE TO PRAY AND THEREFORE COMMUNICATE DIRECTLY WITH GOD. THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT WAS TAKING PLACE HERE IN LUKE CHAPTER ELEVEN WHEN THE DISCIPLES WERE ASKING JESUS HOW SHOULD THEY PRAY. THEY ASKED JESUS TO TEACH THEM TO PRAY INDICATING THE GREAT SIGNIFICANCE OF PRAYER. THEY KNOW THAT THE PEOPLE OF GOD HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A PRAYERFUL PEOPLE. IN FACT, WE CAN GO BACK INTO THE OLD TESTAMENT AND FIND THAT GREAT SERVANTS OF GOD HAVE ALWAYS APPROACHED THE THRONE OF GOD IN PRAYER. WHETHER IT BE GREAT LEADERS OF GOD IN RELATIONSHIP TO ASKING THAT GOD MIGHT COME AND HELP THEM. OR WHETHER IT BE IN RELATIONSHIP TO KINGS THAT SPOKE TO GOD ASKING IF THEY SHOULD GO INTO BATTLE OR NOT. PRAYER HAS BEEN THAT OPPORTUNITY TO COMMUNICATE DIRECTLY TO OUR GOD AND TO ASK WHAT WE WILL AND THAT HE MIGHT HEAR FROM US AND HE MIGHT KNOW OUR NEEDS. I OFTEN THINK THAT SOMETIMES THAT WE FORGET THAT PRAYER IS OFTEN AS MUCH FOR US AS IT IS FOR GOD. WE HEAR OURSELVES PRAISING GOD AND LIFTING UP HIS NAME. WE ASK OF HIM TO FIND STRENGTH AND HELP BUILD UP OURSELVES KNOWING THAT GOD IS A GOD WITH GOOD EARS WHO WAS WILLING TO HEAR AND TO ANSWER THOSE PETITIONS. WE ALSO KNOW IN LUKE CHAPTER 11 THAT THIS IS THE PLACE, LIKE IN MATTHEW CHAPTER 6, THAT JESUS THEN SPEAKS THE LORD'S PRAYER. CERTAINLY, JESUS HAD ALWAYS BEEN THE MASTER TEACHER EVERYWHERE HE WENT. HE AMAZED PEOPLE. WHAT THEY ARE THINKING IS THAT JESUS TEACHES US TO PRAY. HE SHOWS US THE THINGS THAT ARE REQUIRED TO PRAY TO GOD. CERTAINLY WE CAN BE FOUND PLEASING BEFORE THE FATHER.

JESUS DOES TEACH THEM HOW TO PRAY. EVEN JESUS PRAYED. THAT'S ANOTHER GOOD THING TO THINK ABOUT FOR A MOMENT BECAUSE IN JOHN CHAPTER1 IT SAYS JESUS CAME AS GOD HIMSELF. IN THE BEGINNING WE FIND THAT EVEN JESUS FELT A NEED TO PRAY TO THE FATHER. THIS IS EVIDENT MANY TIMES THROUGHOUT HIS LIFE AND MINISTRY BUT ONE OF THE MOST FAMILIAR PLACES IS THERE IN MATTHEW CHAPTER 26. HE WAS ABOUT TO BE SEIZED AND ARRESTED AND TRIED AND THEN EVENTUALLY PUT ON THE CROSS. THERE HE WAS IN THE GARDEN AND WHY HAD HE GONE TO THE GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE? HE HAD GONE THERE TO PRAY. HE PRAYED THERE AND HE PRAYED BEAUTIFUL THINGS TO HIS GOD. ONE OF THE MOST PRECIOUS PARTS OF HIS PRAYER OR EVEN INSTRUCTIONAL PARTS OF HIS PRAYER IS SIMILAR TO WHAT WE READ EVEN IN LUKE 11 OR MATTHEW 6. NOT MY WILL BUT THINE BE DONE, AS HE PRAYED THERE, THAT THIS CUP MIGHT PASS FROM ME. HE SAID NEVERTHELESS NOT MY WILL BUT YOUR WILL BE DONE. YOU SEE, WHEN WE PRAY WE HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THAT THERE ARE FOUNDATIONAL THINGS THAT ARE NECESSARY. THERE ARE PREREQUISITES AND THOSE THINGS ARE INCLUDED IN THE FACT THAT WE MUST NOT ONLY BE BELIEVERS OF GOD BUT FOLLOWERS OF GOD THAT ARE STRIVING TO BE FAITHFUL. GOD HEARS THE PRAYERS OF BELIEVERS. ALSO, WE FIND THE IDEA THAT WE MUST BE THOSE WHO PRAY ACCORDING TO THE WILL OF GOD ALMIGHTY. LET'S LOOK AT THESE CONCEPTS IN AND OF THEMSELVES IN RELATIONSHIP TO WHERE THEY ARE SEEN IN GOSPEL ACCOUNTS.

IN MARK ELEVEN WE FIND ONE PLACE THAT SO CLEARLY TALKS ABOUT THE NEED TO PRAY AS ONE BELIEVES. IN MARK 11:24 THE BIBLE SAYS, “THEREFORE, I SAY TO YOU WHATEVER YOU ASK WHEN YOU PRAY BELIEVING YOU WILL RECEIVE THEM AND YOU WILL HAVE THEM.” THERE ARE SO MANY OTHER PLACES WE FIND THE SAME IDEA. FOR INSTANCE, I THINK OF JOHN FOURTEEN. HE MENTIONS THE SAME CONCEPT THERE IN VERSE 13 OF CHAPTER 14, “WHATEVER YOU ASK IN MY NAME, I WILL DO.” NOTICE THERE IN MY NAME THE WILL OF GOD I WILL DO? THAT THE FATHER MAY BE GLORIFIED IN THE SON AND THEN THE NEXT VERSE 14 IT SAYS, “IF YOU ASK ANYTHING IN MY NAME I WILL DO IT. WELL, WHAT IS GOD? GOD IS OUR FATHER. WHEN YOU HAVE CHILDREN, MANY OF YOU ARE PARENTS, WHEN YOU HAVE GRANDCHILDREN AND YOUR GRANDCHILDREN AND YOUR CHILDREN ASK YOU THINGS OR FOR THINGS, WHAT DO WE DO? WE USUALLY SPOIL THEM DON'T WE? WE USUALLY GIVE THEM WHATEVER THEY WANT AND THEM WE GIVE THEM A LOT OF THINGS THEY DON'T EVEN NEED. THAT'S WHAT A FATHER DOES BECAUSE HE LOVES HIS CHILDREN AND HE WANTS THE BEST FOR THEM. GOD IS OUR FATHER SO WHY WOULDN'T HE HEAR OUR PRAYERS AND ANSWER OUR PRAYERS TO THE VERY BEST? WELL, THE FACT IS HE DOES. THAT'S WHAT HE DESIRES FOR HE IS A LOVING FATHER, A CARING FATHER, A GIVING FATHER AND SO GOD HEARS OUR PRAYERS AND GOD ANSWERS OUR PRAYERS. I'D LIKE TO SEE THAT IN RELATIONSHIP TO TRUTH THAT GOD PROVES AND WE WILL DO THAT BY TURNING OVER TO THE BOOK OF FIRST JOHN. THERE IN1JOHN CHAPTER 5 SEVERAL THINGS ARE MENTIONED ABOUT PRAYER BUT I SPECIFICALLY LIKE VERSES 14 AND 15 AS HE SAYS THIS, “THIS IS THE CONFIDENCE THAT WE HAVE IN HIM, THAT IF WE ASK ANYTHING ACCORDING TO HIS WILL, HE HEARS US AND IF WE KNOW THAT HE HEARS US,” VERSE 15, “WHATEVER WE ASK WE KNOW THAT WE HAVE THE PETITION THAT WE'VE ASKED OF HIM.” WELL, MAYBE......NO. WELL, MIGHT......NO. WE KNOW GOD GIVES US THE PETITIONS WE ASK FOR BASED ON HIS WILL. THERE ARE THINGS THAT WE MIGHT PRAY FOR AT TIMES THAT WE DON'T NEED. THERE ARE THINGS THAT WE PRAY FOR THAT REALLY ARE NOT EVEN ACCORDING TO THE WILL OF GOD. THERE MIGHT BE THINGS THAT WE PRAY FOR THAT WE DON'T RECEIVE IN THE WAY THAT WE WANT OR THE WAY THAT WE THINK IS BEST BECAUSE GOD IS AN ALL-KNOWING GOD AND HE IS ABLE TO SEE TOMORROW AND THE NEXT DAY AND THE NEXT MONTH AND THE NEXT YEAR AND IS ABLE TO SEE WHAT THE RESULTS ARE. LET ME ASK YOU A QUESTION. HAVE YOU EVER GOTTEN SOMETHING IN LIFE THAT YOU WANTED AND THEN YOU DECIDED YOU DIDN'T WANT IT? I THINK THAT WE FIND THAT ALL THE TIME IN OUR LIFE. HAVE YOU EVER GOTTEN YOURSELF INTO A SITUATION OF LIFE THAT YOU THOUGHT YOU REALLY WANT TO DO THAT AND YOU WANT TO GO THERE. I REALLY WANT TO BE WITH THAT PERSON AND I REALLY LOVE THEM. THEN A MONTH OR YEAR LATER, YOU THINK WHAT HAVE I DONE?. WELL, GOD KNOWS. WHEN WE PUT THINGS INTO THE HANDS OF GOD, HE HEARS AND ALWAYS ANSWERS OUR PRAYERS AND YES, HE ALWAYS DOES IT FOR THE BEST OF OUR GOOD AND THAT WE MIGHT BE ABLE BE PROFITABLE IN ALL THINGS. SOMETIMES THAT MEANS THAT THE ANSWER IS NO. AS A PARENT OR GRANDPARENT, ARE THERE NOT TIMES THAT YOU TELL YOUR CHILDREN OR GRANDCHILDREN NO? ISN'T THAT AN ANSWER? DADDY, I WANT THIS. NO, YOU CAN HAVE THAT. YOU DON'T NEED THAT. DADDY, CAN I EAT THAT CHOCOLATE BEFORE I HAVE SUPPER? NO, YOU'RE NOT GONNA BE ABLE TO DO THAT. THOSE ARE ANSWERS, THEY MAY NOT BE THE ANSWERS WE WANT, BUT THEY ARE THE BEST ANSWERS IN THOSE SITUATIONS BASED ON THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF WHAT IS REQUIRED OR WHAT WILL NEXT TAKE PLACE. WE'VE GOT TO TRUST IN GOD. WE'VE GOT TO TRUST IN GOD THAT HE WILL ALWAYS DO AS HE HAS PROMISED.

WE LEARN IN THE BOOK OF ROMANS THAT GOD IS WORKING ALL THINGS FOR GOOD TO ALL WHO LOVE HIM. THAT'S OUR GOD. THAT'S OUR FATHER. THAT'S WHAT FATHERS DO. I WANT YOU TO NOTICE IN RELATIONSHIP TO PRAYER AS WE PRAY ACCORDING TO HIS WILL, BELIEVING AND UNDERSTANDING THAT HE ALWAYS HEARS AND ALWAYS ANSWERS OR GIVES US PETITIONS BASED ON HIS WILL, WE SEE SOME THINGS THAT WE MUST DO BESIDES BELIEVING IN GOD. BELIEVING IN GOD ACTUALLY MEANS NOT ONLY TO KNOW GOD BUT STRIVING TO OBEY AND FOLLOW HIS WILL. WE CANNOT DOUBT. I'M SURE THAT WE'VE ALL BEEN GUILTY BEFORE OF PRAYING FOR SOMETHING AND IN THE BACK OF OUR MIND WE ARE THINKING GOD WILL NEVER GIVE ME THAT. GOD IS GOING TO THINK THAT I DON'T DESERVE THAT. HAVE YOU EVER DOUBTED GOD? WE OFTEN DOUBT GOD EVEN KNOWING THAT HE IS ALL-POWERFUL AND ABLE TO DO ALL THINGS. WHAT A SAD THING BECAUSE THOSE OF US WHO LOVE GOD HAVE SEEN THE POWER OF GOD THROUGH PRAYER. WE'VE SEEN WHAT WE WOULD SAY ARE GLORIOUS AND WONDROUS RESULTS. MAYBE NOT MIRACULOUS IN THE SENSE OF WHAT TOOK PLACE IN THE NEW TESTAMENT. THOSE WERE IMMEDIATE AND INSTANTANEOUS. A LAME MAN GETTING UP AND WALKING AS IF HE NEVER WAS LAME MIGHT NOT HAPPEN AGAIN BUT STILL GOD IS POWERFUL AND HE IS ABLE TO DO THINGS. HE CAN HEAL AND RESTORE. WE PRAY BECAUSE WE BELIEVE BUT WHEN WE PRAY AND WE DOUBT, WHAT DOES JAMES SAY? LOOK BACK WITH ME IF YOU WILL TO THE BOOK OF JAMES CHAPTER 1. THERE WE FIND IN VERSE 5 THIS STATEMENT, “IF ANY OF YOU LACKS WISDOM, LET HIM ASK OF GOD WHO GIVES ALL LIBERALITY AND WITHOUT REPROACH. IT WILL BE GIVEN TO HIM BUT LET HIM ASK WITHOUT DOUBTING.” IF YOU ASK FOR WISDOM OR IF YOU ASK FOR GOD'S HELP, GUIDANCE, AND PROTECTION AND YOU SAY GOD REALLY CAN'T DO ANYTHING OR GOD'S NOT GONNA DO ANYTHING, THEN WHAT GOOD IS IT? DON'T DOUBT! DON'T DOUBT AND HAVE FAITH. AS YOU HAVE FAITH THAT THERE IS A GOD, AS YOU HAVE FAITH THAT GOD IS POWERFUL, AS YOU HAVE FAITH BY THE EXAMPLES OF SCRIPTURE TO SEE THAT GOD HEARS PRAYER AND ANSWERS PRAYER AND DOES WONDROUS THINGS BECAUSE OF PRAYER, WHY NOT BELIEVE AND NOT DOUBT. WHEN WE BELIEVE AND WE HAVE THAT CONFIDENCE THEN WE ARE ABLE TO BOLDLY APPROACH THAT WONDROUS THRONE OF GOD. I LOVE THE WAY THE HEBREW WRITER SAYS SUCH THINGS BACK IN HEBREWS CHAPTER 4. YOU MIGHT NOTICE IN VERSE 16 THAT THE STATEMENT HE MAKES IS THIS, “LET US THEREFORE COME BOLDLY TO THE THRONE OF GRACE THAT WE MIGHT OBTAIN MERCY AND FIND GRACE TO HELP IN A TIME OF NEED.” WOW! HOW CAN I BE BOLD BEFORE GOD? BECAUSE I KNOW WHO HE IS. I KNOW WHAT HE HAS DONE. I'VE EXPERIENCED HIS POWER AND I KNOW HOW GLORIOUS HE IS. I KNOW I WILL BE VICTORIOUS AND THEREFORE WE KNOW JESUS IS ABLE TO SYMPATHIZE. THAT'S WHAT THE TEXT IS TALKING ABOUT. WE KNOW HE'S OUR HIGH PRIEST. WE KNOW HE HAS SUFFERED AS WE HAVE SUFFERED AND THEREFORE WE KNOW HE UNDERSTANDS HOW WE ARE TEMPTED AND HOW WEAKNESS DEALS WITH US AND BLOWS AGAINST US. WE ALSO KNOW THAT IF WE BELIEVE IN HIM, LOVE HIM AND HAVE CONFIDENCE IN HIM, WE CAN BOLDLY APPROACH HIS THRONE BECAUSE WE KNOW HE HEARS AND ANSWERS OUR PRAYERS EACH AND EVERY TIME.

THEREFORE, WE FIND MERCY AND GRACE EVEN IN HARD TIMES. WE FIND MERCY IN THE FACT THAT GOD IS NOT GOING TO PUNISH ME ALTHOUGH I DESERVE IT AS A SINNER AND AS ONE WHO HAS BROKEN HIS COMMANDMENTS. I WILL NOT BE PUNISHED BECAUSE OF THE MERCY OF GOD. I'M GOING TO RECEIVE EVEN WHAT I DON'T DESERVE. A GIFT BEYOND MEASURE. WHAT A LOVING GOD WHO ALLOWS ME TO APPROACH HIS THRONE OF FAVOR. HIS THRONE OF UNLIMITED FAVOR. HIS THRONE THAT IS REALLY GIVING FORTH AN UNDESERVED FAVOR. I MIGHT ALSO ASK, WHAT THEN ARE THE LIMITS OF THAT GRACE? IS THERE ONLY SO MUCH POWER THAT HE HAS? NO, GOD CAN FORGIVE AND FORGIVE AND FORGIVE. GOD CAN BLESS AND BLESS AND BLESS. GOD CAN ACCOMPLISH ALL THINGS THROUGH HIS SON JESUS CHRIST AND THE PRECIOUS BLOOD THAT WAS SHED FOR YOU AND ME. NO WONDER THEN THAT WHEN PAUL WROTE THE THESSALONIANS CHURCH HE CHALLENGED THEM WITH THESE WORDS THAT ARE IN CHAPTER 5: 16-18. HE SPEAKS ABOUT THEIR NEED TO STAY AWAY FROM SIN AND TO PRAY WITHOUT CEASING. BEGINNING IN VERSE 18 HE SAYS THAT IN EVERYTHING GIVE THANKS. ARE YOU A PRAYERFUL CHILD OF GOD? DO YOU BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF PRAYER? KNOW THAT GOD IS REAL. KNOW THAT GOD HEARS AND HE WILL ALWAYS BLESS AND REWARD YOU IN THE END.

CLOSING COMMENTS

WHAT A WONDROUS TIME WE HAVE HAD TOGETHER IN PARTICIPATING IN THE THINGS OF GOD. I HOPE WE ALL HAVE BEEN ENCOURAGED THROUGH OUR TIME SPENT TOGETHER. PLEASE REMEMBER, YOU ARE INVITED TO JOIN US EVERY SUNDAY MORNING AT 7:30, AS WE COMMIT OURSELVES TO THIS SERVICE OF GOD.

NOW LET ME ASK IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS ABOUT TODAY'S LESSON? MAYBE, YOU WOULD LIKE A FREE TRANSCRIPT OR A FREE CASSETTE TAPE OF THIS PROGRAM? POSSIBLY, WE COULD ASSIST YOU WITH FREE BIBLE MATERIALS OR FREE BIBLE CORRESPONDENCE COURSES? NO MATTER WHAT YOUR NEED IS, PLEASE CONTACT US AT THE FOLLOWING ADDRESS:

The Living Word 2540 N. Kansas Expressway Springfield, Mo. 65803

Many of these materials are also available on our website: That address is: www.thelivingwordprogram.com

Or if you prefer, you may call us at: (417)869-2284

WHAT A WONDERFUL CHALLENGE WE HAVE FROM GOD TO BE A PRAYERFUL PEOPLE. WE ARE CERTAINLY BLESSED TO HAVE THIS AVENUE OF COMMUNICATION WITH OUR CREATOR. ARE YOU STRIVING TO PRAY WITHOUT CEASING?