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Sunday, May 3, 2020
“PRAYING ABOUT BIG PROBLEMS”
As our nation and world continue to face the big problem of the Coronavirus Pandemic, it is a huge problem that has drastically changed our lives as we knew it. How do we pray about big problems?
Psalm 3 was written by King David during one of the worst times of his life. His son Absalom whom he loved, wanted his father's position more than his father's love, and formed a rebellion to steal the throne. David writes this Psalm while on the run from his son and those who want to kill him. What does David do? He runs to God in prayer over his big problems. In this Psalm, David provides 3 principles to include, when praying about big problems.
I. BRING OUR COMPLAINTS TO THE LORD – v.1-2
Phil. 2:14; Psa. 6:6-7, 7:1-2, 142:1-2; Phil. 4:6-7
II. PLACE OUR CONFIDENCE IN THE LORD – v.3
A. Because He is my PROTECTOR – v.3a; Isa. 43:2-5a; Psa. 34:7
B. Because He is my ENCOURAGER – v.3b; Ps. 121:1-2; Isa. 41:10
C. Because He is my FORGIVER – v.4; Eph. 4:31-32; Isa. 1:18
III. ANTICIPATE OUR COMFORT FROM THE LORD – v.5-8
Psa. 91:1-2; Matt. 11:28; 2 Cor. 1:3-4
This Thursday is the “National Day of Prayer.” It is a day that is set aside annually, for our nation to come together and turn to God in prayer. No matter how big the problems we face, we serve an even bigger God. As we pray, may we remember:
• Cast all your cares upon the Lord - I Pt. 5:7
• Put your confidence in the Lord - Jn. 14:13; I Jn. 5:14
• Keep praying until the Lord answers your prayer – Lk. 11:5-10;
Sunday, April 26, 2020
“HELP FROM PSALM 121”
One of the most powerful words in the English language is the word “help”. With the fear of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people and nations around the world have cried out for help.
In this chapter, we find the Psalmist in an urgent need of help. Evidently, he was in such a position that there was no other place to turn but to God. Out of this experience, God taught the Psalmist “3” lessons that I believe he never forgot and he shares them with us through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
There will be times in life when the only way out is up; times when your only hope is to trust God and rely on God. When you reach those times, never forget these “3” truths from Psalm 121.
I. THE LORD IS MY PROVIDER – v.1-4
A. He provides security – Psa. 121:1-2; 46:1,10-11
B. He provides stability – Psa. 121:3; Isa. 41:10
C. He provides serenity – Psa. 121:3b-4; Phil. 4:7; Jn. 14:27
II. THE LORD IS MY PROTECTOR – v.5-6
A. He is our shield – Psa. 121:5a; 28:7; 84:11
B. He is our shade – Psa. 121:5b-6; 36:7; 1 Pet. 4:12,19
III. THE LORD IS MY PRESERVER – v.7-8
A. He preserves us from all evil – Psa. 121:7a; 2 Thes. 3:3; Jam. 4:7
B. He preserves us for all eternity – Psa. 121:7b-8; 37:27-28; Jn. 14:1-3
1. The Lord understands our fears and worries, and is in control.
2. Find comfort in God’s word as you face your challenges.
3. Use wisdom, but keep your eyes and thoughts fixed on God.
4. I Jn. 4:4 – “Greater is He that is in you, than He that is in the world.”