Pastor Tan’s Sermon 26, October, 2012: Prayer Meeting VIII

After ministry outing last Friday, I went to Jurong West prayer meeting for the first time.
It was planned to be 40 weeks of prayer.
So, it was the eight one which I attended.
Pastor Tan Ye Peng delivered a message on prayer.

Luke 18:1-8
The context of this passage is about the kingdom of God.
A widow persisted in asking a favor from an unjust judge since there was no other judge.
In the  end, the judge gave in to her request.

Lord Jesus taught them that they always ought to pray.
Similarly, we too, should pray and find a spiritual way against adversary.
Widow here represents the elect of God suffering from adversary.
God will then avenge them speedily or, more correctly speaking, suddenly.

Luke 17:25-30
Lord Jesus Himself suffered and yet He prayed.
Like lightning flashes: it is sudden. God suddenly acts.
In the days of Noah: Noah was a righteous man, suffering from the evil men surrounding him.
Times and again he warned them about the flood as he was building the ark. Yet, people mocked at him.
Finally, the day came. God speedily/suddenly avenged him by sending the flood.
In the days of Lot: Lot was a righteous man (2 Pet 2:7) who suffered from the evil of Sodom and Gomorrah people.
Finally, the day came. God suddenly saved him from the rain of sulfur and brimstone.

Luke 18:8
Will Lord Jesus find faith on the earth? What can faith He is looking for?
– Faith to continue praying to the same God.
– Faith that God will answer speedily and suddenly.
– Faith that God shows mercy and exalts us as we humble ourselves (Luke 18:14).
– Faith of little child to believe that coming to Lord Jesus is to enter the kingdom of God (Luke 18:17).
– Faith to believe that the kingdom of God does not come by observation but it is within us (Luke 17:20).

Matt 25:1-10
The foolish virgins might have thought they were wise and then mocked the wise virgins.
The wise virgins might have looked foolish for being overprepared. In the end, they were truly wise.
In the context of prayer, let’s over-pray.
Even when the breakthrough is obvious, keep praying. Do over-pray.

A very nice sermon.
A reminder for me to keep praying even when things go from bad to worse.

Posted October 31, 2012 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Church Service, Prayer, Sermon

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