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MESSAGE FOR THE WEEK: Rev. E. Anderson

ernestandersonTHE ANSWERING LORD – 1 KINGS 18

HUMAN REQUIREMENT: Because of the extreme situations that man finds in at times there is the demand for help and intervention of an immense kind. He is reduced to circumstances where he cannot deal with the issue himself neither can others around bring the required solution. He is both powerless and helpless before the thing. Thankfully there is someone called the Lord who is the Lord that can be called upon to render His loving and mighty assistance.

DIVINE RESPONSE: There is the promise given through Jeremiah on this line: “Call unto Me, and I will answer you, and shew you great and mighty things which you know not” – 33:3. Even answer gives an assuring word from the Lord by stating: “And it shall come to pass, before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear” – 565:24.Such are a tremendous encouragement to faith and prayer and to expectation.

IMPOSSIBILITIES; The Lord not only specializes in answering prayer but in performing in impossible circumstances of a human order. Many instances are made known in the Bible through different people in different generations who discovered that He listened and responded in magnificent style. He works and does things in His own way and time and proves that He has an ear to hear, a heart that care and an arm that is not shortened. We are led to believe He can do the same today.

1/. HE ANSWERS BY RESCUING OUT OF DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES – GENESIS 18 & 19

Abraham was duly concerned about the welfare of Lot and his family in Sodom. This had ever been a factor in his life and now the impending divine judgement upon the wicked place made him more concerned then ever and so he pleaded and bargained with the Lord . He certainly had the ear and attention of the Lord and ultimately saw his petition answered in a remarkable way. The angels did not find it an easy matter but succeeded in their mission.

2/. HE ANSWERS BY DELIVERING FROM A DESPOTIC RULE – EXODUS 3:9

The Lord stated to Moses that He had the ‘cry of His people’ and it was time to do something. The Israelites were under a tyrant domination and were serving under great servitude. It had gone on for a very long time so that the mental and spiritual state of His people had been utterly weakened. They just regarded themselves as serfs. But their praying had not gone unattended but was to be answered in an outstanding and unforgettable manner – see Exodus 3- 14.

3/. HE ANSWERS BY CAUSING THE BARREN WOMB TO PRODUCE – 1 SAMUEL 1

A woman is in terrible and awful dilemma and distress because she is unable to have any children. The statement has it: “the Lord had shut up her womb” –v5. There was no way that she could produce unless the Lord heard her prayer and answered. She knew this was the route and so was relentless in her seeking Him to turn this captivity and she was not to be disappointed. She not only got a Samuel, she got more beside – 1 Samuel 2:20,21. See the difference in 4: 19-22, Phinehas’s wife.

4/. HE ANSWERS BY SAVING FROM AN EMBARRASSED STATE – 1 SAMUEL 30

David is reduced to a condition of utter embarrassment when he returns to Ziklag. Not only so, he appears to be out of favour with the people who had been loyal to him. Only the grace and protection of the Lord preserved him from fatal consequences. He needed an answer from the Lord and so he prayed and subsequent events proved that he had the ear and arm of the Lord. He was saved and spared from his embarrassment as a result of the Lord’s presence and providence.

5/. HE ANSWERS BY CONFIRMING THE FACT HE IS THE LORD – 1 KINGS 18

The prophet had been very jealous for the honour of the Lord and was desirous it should be established once and for all, was and is God. The opportunity came so that he could present a challenge as to who could send fire upon a prepared sacrifice. Having set the thing up he mad his prayer that reveals the whole purpose of this arrangement – vv30-37. The Lord not only sent fire but rain also!

6/. HE ANSWERS BY RELEASING HIS SERVANT FROM EXECUTION – ACTS 12

It looked certain from the human standpoint that Peter would be Herod’s next victim. But he reckoned without God and the prayers of God’s people – v5. They prayed with great entreaty and intensity and the night prior to his planned execution there is remarkable deliverance. It is Herod who is the next victim!

7/. HE ANSWERS BY BRINGING INSTANTANEOUS HEALING – MARK 10

A blind man in such desperate need calls out to the Lord as He passes by and discovered that He hears His call above the crowd and is ready to move to perform a miracle on his behalf – v49. It looked as he would be condemned to a life of blindness but in an extraordinary fashion he is given his sight. His first sight of Christ and he never wanted to let Jesus out of his sights because it says – “and followed Jesus in the way.”

It is good to recognize that is ours to pray and for Him to answer in the way He chooses best. Prayer is intended to be a simple matter of calling and placing matters in His hands and allowing Him to deal with them in His time and in His own way. The answers He gives reveal His grace, power, love and signature.

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