May 3, 2020
SUNDAY SERMON: WHEN GOD ANSWERS PRAYER
Psalm 28:6 – 7
Introduction: The very act of praying displays belief that there is a God somewhere who hears us. A measure of faith, though perhaps as small as a mustard seed, is present in even the shortest, simplest prayers. We pray because we believe God is listening.
When we do not receive an immediate response to our prayers, our doubting spirits are prone to wonder if God is indeed listening; and if He is listening, does He care? At those times, God’s silence is deafening, arousing a deep concern within our souls. At other times---in the midst of critical situations---we long to be sure that God has heard us and is coming to our aid. Since we know that sin, lack of faith, and other factors can hinder our prayers, we sometimes seek assurance that we have gotten through to God, that our prayers have risen “higher than the ceiling.”
Who has not prayed in times of trouble? Praying in crisis is as natural as breathing.
Praising God for answers is another matter.
1. After the storm, we often forget who rescued us.
(After the pandemic crisis, will we forget who rescued us?)
2. When answers come, we may forget to give thanks.
(When God answers our call, will we forget to give thanks?)
God always has the right answer to our requests.
There was a pastor who had a very spiritual parrot. All the parrot would say was, “Let’s pray. Let’s pray.” The pastor tried to teach him to say other things but to no avail. One day he learned that one of his deacons also owned a parrot. The deacon’s parrot was not so spiritual. It would only say, “Let’s kiss. Let’s kiss.” So, the pastor decided to invite the deacon and his parrot over for a visit. When the deacon arrived, they put the parrots together to see what would happen. The deacon’s parrot said, “Let kiss. Let’s kiss.” The pastor’s parrot said, “Thank you, Lord. My prayers have been answered.”
In this particular lesson, David raised his voice in grateful praise.
1. He is a good example to us all.
2. When God answers prayer, consider David’s reasons for thankful
GOD HAD HEARD HIS PRAYERS
GOD HAD HONORED HIS FAITH
GOD HAS HELPED HIM