Sermons on Prayer

Sermons on Prayer

Isaiah 63:15-64:12

In Isaiah 63:15-64:12 Isaiah continues to call out to God in response to the glorious messianic prophecies of 59:15-63:6. Isaiah sees the vast difference between what was promised and the current state of the people of God and this causes him to cry out to God to restore His people. He acknowledges his and the people’s sins, recognizes God’s sovereignty and the people’s covenant relationship with Him, and on the basis of these things pleads with God to restore His…

Isaiah 63:7-14

Many argue against God’s existence or against God in general by arguing that He is not good. Isaiah, however, remembers God’s goodness in his prayer for the restoration of the people of God. Remembering God’s goodness even when we sin provides a basis for godly prayers. We remember what God did in His grace in the past and ask that God would do the same in the present according to His mercy and grace and for the sake of His…

Isaiah 62:1-9

In Isaiah 62:1-9 Isaiah speaks about the prayers that ought to be made to God in light of the coming of Christ. The passage actually starts out with an example of Christ’s prayers for the restoration of the people of God. These prayers are made constantly to God. We do not have, however, only a prophecy of Christ’s prayer, Isaiah also tells us that Christ will set watchman to pray unceasingly to God for the restoration of Zion. The instructions…

Isaiah 61:10-62:12

In Isaiah 61:10-62:12 Isaiah gives three ways in which we are to respond to the good news of the coming Messiah: Rejoice, pray, and evangelize. We live in the days where all these things have been fulfilled, and therefore, we ought all the more to do these three things.

1 Samuel 10:17-27

In 1 Samuel 10:17-27 Saul is publicly chosen as King. Samuel reiterates the sinfulness of the request and yet God still gives the people what they want. Such is the danger of making sinful requests of God.

Matthew 6:9-13

We recognize that in evangelism only God can change the heart. If only God can change the heart, then prayer becomes essential for evangelism. We are not seeking merely to put the Word of God before people but also to see their lives transformed by this Word. This, however, is not something we have the strength to effect. Therefore, we must plead with God to bless our evangelism and to change the hearts of sinners sovereignly.

Hebrews 4:14-16

In Hebrews 4:14-16 the author, summarizing his exhortations to this point, calls up on Christians to hold fast to their confession of faith and to approach the throne of grace with confidence. All of this in light of the glory of our great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus Christ, who is able to sympathize with us in our weaknesses.

Matthew 9:35-38

In Matthew 9:35-38, having completed a number of miracles that proved his authority, Christ now turns his attention to the propagation of the message of the kingdom. In this context he says that the harvest is plentiful but the laborers few. Though many will reject the message, Christ maintains that the harvest is plentiful. There will be many who believe. The propagation of the gospel is dependent on God sending preachers into the world. Therefore, all can be involved in…