A Praying Man

(Gen.18 )                                                        (James 5:16-18) 

The time comes in History of all places like Sodom when God decides to act. America is in and has been in that position even as we speak. Before proceeding against Sodom God took Abraham into His confidence and revealed to His servant a new line of truth, apocalyptic truth, the truth concerning the impending overthrow of an utterly vile civilization.

The revelation of this truth was an interesting test of Abraham’s growth in grace and his increase in the knowledge and trust of God. How would a faithful, maturing, obedient child of God react to the truth that a holocaust of judgment is about to engulf a world of vile, reprobate, godless, society?

Jonah, when faced with apocalyptic truth was glad. He pondered the impending doom of Nineveh with glee, determined to do nothing. Jesus faced apocalyptic truth with tears as he could envision Jerusalem within a generation. Here; faced with apocalyptic truth, Abraham prayed.

  • Prayers position.
    • (V2) the wording here implies one moment there was nothing and the next, three men were there.
    • Notice there was no slothfulness on Abrahams’s part. ( Pr 3:27) ¶ Withhold not good from them to whom it is due when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.   
      • He seen an opportunity and acted upon it, and was rewarded.
      • We too often spend more time worrying about getting taken, or someone else has more to give, or even I have done my share its time someone else carries their weight, that we miss out on great opportunities to serve.
      • He made haste, he didn’t confer with others, and he put himself into a position to serve. He bowed himself. Laid prostrate before Him.
  • The preparation of prayer.
    • Abraham put himself in the way of God. He saw where He was and went to Him. Now he is planning on getting to know Him. Not just more about Him but know Him.
      • He calls out to his bride for help.
    • Now I feel that because of the twisted wicked world that has so invaded our minds there could be those who scoff at the idea of imposing on Sarah like this and those who twist Sarah’s part in this
      • Notice the transaction between this Godly man and his loving wife.
      • Abraham didn’t lay all the work on her. He didn’t feel he had more important things to do. He took care of the majority of the preparation of the meal. Why? It was his guest.
    • This is a major part of who this man of God was. Peter wrote of it ; (1Pe 3:7) Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.
      • He led his household, by example.
      • The preparation of his prayer life started long before these men showed up in his front yard.
    • Abraham set aside a specific time, made preparation, saw to it himself, then reeled in the benefits that come from knowing God.
    • The Lord not only reminds him of the promise, the covenant He has made with him but now shares with Abraham an apocalyptic truth.
  • The petition or accountability of prayer
    • How does a faithful, maturing, obedient child of God react to the truth that a holocaust of judgment is about to engulf a world of vile, reprobate, godless, society? He prays.
    •  It is the first solemn prayer we have upon record in the Bible, and it is a prayer for the sparing of Sodom.
      •  Abraham, no doubt, greatly abhorred the wickedness of the Sodomites; he would not have lived among them, as Lot did, even if they would have given him the best estate in their country; and yet he prayed earnestly for them. 
      • (2Pe 3:9) ¶ The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
      • Though sin is to be hated, sinners are to be pitied and prayed for. God delights not in their death, nor should we.
    • So what is it with this man that God would share with him something like this?
      • We are told in the bible that he is known as a man of faith, he was called the friend of God(Jas.2:23) and we also know that no one pleases God except by faith. (Heb.11:6)
    • Hey did you know that as born-again believers that is exactly what we are known as? People of faith. (Eph 2:8) For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:    Did you also know we are known as Christ friends? (Jn 15:15)
      • Did it ever dawn on you just like Abraham God has given use apocalyptic truth?
  • The petition or accountability of the church in prayer.
    • How does a faithful, maturing, obedient child of God react to the truth that a holocaust of judgment is about to engulf a world of vile, reprobate, godless, society?
      • Well, maybe we should take Abraham’s example.
    • God has shared with us through many different passages of scripture the outcome. Those who continue to rebel against God and choose to serve sin will be forever damned.
      • He has warned us that a day is fast approaching when the church will be taken up or raptured. Then hell on earth is the only way to describe future events.
    • Abraham made haste. He didn’t wait around but went to the Lord. He prepared his heart by living what he believed. Then he faithfully petitioned the Lord.
    • The Lord kept his promise. Those who would listen he saved. 
  • Daddy’s letter.
    • How far have you gone? How much have you done with this knowledge of impending destruction?
    • How do you have to hate someone to hold back this truth?

Sunday School

Outline for June 28, 2020

Mrs. Joyce Hicks

Luke18:1-8

  • And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;
  • Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man:
  • And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary.
  • And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man;
  • Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.
  • And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith.
  • And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?
  • I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?

To this end…..(in light of what He had been talking about in the last chapter – the coming kingdom)

Men ought always to pray and not to faint

  • Prayer and persistence
  • Be thinking about your personal prayer life.  How would you describe it to someone and would God agree with that description. (ouch!) What would be an acronym that describes your personal prayer life?   For example ACTS….or would it be SSSS?  Are you persistent or are you a “one and done” kind of pray-er?
  • The most basic definition of prayer is “talking to God.” Prayer is not meditation or passive reflection; it is direct address to God. It is the communication of the human soul with the Lord who created the soul. Prayer is the primary way for the believer in Jesus Christ to communicate his emotions and desires with God and to fellowship with God. – GotQuestions.org
  • Prayer is the Christian’s way of communicating with God. We pray to praise God and thank Him and tell Him how much we love Him. We pray to enjoy His presence and tell Him what is going on in our lives. We pray to make requests and seek guidance and ask for wisdom. God loves this exchange with His children, just as we love the exchange we have with our children. Fellowship with God is the heart of prayer. Too often we lose sight of how simple prayer is really supposed to be. – GodQuestions.org
  • Psalm 19:14 – wonderful verse to pray each morning
  • Philippians 4:6-7 – worry about nothing, pray about everything
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:17 – pray without ceasing

Unjust judge – hmmmm

  • did not fear God
  • did not regard man

Widow

  • Prevailing and persistent prayer

God will avenge his own elect

  • AMPC – And will not (our just) God defend and protect and avenge His elect (His chosen ones), who cry to Him day and night?  Will He defer them and delay help on their behalf?
  • NIV – And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off?

Shall He find faith?

  • AMP – However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find (this kind of persistent) faith on the earth?
  • EASY – I the Son of Man, will return to earth, but will I find many people that still believe in me then, or not?

Will we finish well?