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1) 10-26-08…PM…SBC

PM Reflection on AM Sermon – Matthew 7:7-11 “Persistent Prayer”

Why does God delight in our prayers?

·         in prayer we are expressing our thoughts and feelings about God

·         because God wants to answer our prayers and provide us with what is useful to our situation

·         God is pleased and delights when He is glorified and if we pray with the right heart motives this is what we accomplish

·         MacArthur says, “No prayer should be mostly petition; all prayer should be mostly thanksgiving.”

Isaiah 49:15

Background:[1]

1-      Throughout Isaiah’s life Assyria presented a great threat to God’s people.

2-      Isaiah prophesied before and after the downfall of the northern kingdom of Israel and successfully warned the southern kingdom, Judah, to avoid the same fate by returning to God.

3-      Although the threat of Assyria was diminished, the greater threat of the rising nation of Babylonia loomed in the future.

4-      Isaiah predicted the Babylonian captivity; he also proclaimed the future restoration of the nation to the glory of God.[2]

Context:

1-      v14 - Zion is the fortified mound between the Kidron and the Tyropean valleys that David captured from the Jebusites (II Sam 5:7). Subsequently, it became known as the city of David. [3]

2-      Zion may even refer specifically to the temple vicinity or more generally to Jerusalem itself; sometimes it includes the entire nation, the covenant community itself (Isa 1:27; Ps 97:8, Isa. 51:16).[4]

3-      The Israelites have been consumed in their circumstances (captivity) and have become despondent in their outlook

o       See how deplorable the case of God’s people may be sometimes, such that they may seem to be forsaken and forgotten of their God;[5]

o       At these times temptation can very strong

o       How does prayer help eliminate these temptations, especially the Lord’s Prayer? (Mt 6)

 

Quote:  Matthew Henry

“Weak believers, in their despondency, are ready to say, ‘God has forsaken his church and forgotten the sorrows of his people.’ But we have no more reason to question his promise and grace than we have to question his providence and justice. He is as sure a rewarder as he is a revenger.”[6]

4-      v15 – Is it possible to a mother to forget her nursing child?  Is it likely? Yes/No

5-      The love of God surpasses that of either father or mother.[7]

6-      “God is love” (1 John 4:8) in his very essence; and his infinite love is deeper, tenderer, truer, than finite love can ever be.[8]

7-      Still, that which is nearest to it upon earth is, doubtless, the love of a mother for her children (see ch. 66:13).[9]

Ø      In reply to complaining Israel, which knows that her home is in Zion-Jerusalem, and which has been kept so long away from her home, Jehovah sets forth His love, which is as inalienable as a mother’s love, yea, far greater than even maternal love.[10]

Dispensationalism:

1-      There is a clear distinction in the NT between national Israel as distinct from, and outside the church

2-      This is a distinction that we must maintain when looking at Isaiah 49:15

3-      We must realize that though God’s emphasis has changed from Israel to the Church, God himself has not changed

Application to Prayer:

1-      The reality of God’s endless love confronts our timidity in thinking that we are too small and insignificant for God to be concerned with us and our needs

2-      We cannot fool God with the depth or lack of depth in the emotion of our prayer life

3-      The covenant loyalty of God towards Israel is more reason to develop a persistent, continual, deep prayer life

4-      Don’t become so hopeless in the circumstances that you convince yourself that God has forgotten you because he has not nor will He ever

 

- allow your difficult circumstances to drive you to your knees in a more intense prayer life

Discussion Questions

What should be the most rewarding part of prayer?

What is usually the most rewarding part of prayer? – seeing our prayers answered (hint of selfishness)

How does prayer bring us into deeper fellowship with God?

What is some of the most common hindrances to prayer?

How can we eliminate them?


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[1]Robert B. Hughes and J. Carl Laney, Tyndale Concise Bible Commentary, Rev. Ed. of: New Bible Companion. 1990.; Includes Index., The Tyndale reference library (Wheaton, Ill.: Tyndale House Publishers, 2001), 253.

[2]Robert B. Hughes and J. Carl Laney, Tyndale Concise Bible Commentary, Rev. Ed. of: New Bible Companion. 1990.; Includes Index., The Tyndale reference library (Wheaton, Ill.: Tyndale House Publishers, 2001), 253.

[3]R. Laird Harris, Robert Laird Harris, Gleason Leonard Archer and Bruce K. Waltke, Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament, electronic ed. (Chicago: Moody Press, 1999, c1980), 764.

[4]R. Laird Harris, Robert Laird Harris, Gleason Leonard Archer and Bruce K. Waltke, Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament, electronic ed. (Chicago: Moody Press, 1999, c1980), 764.

[5]Matthew Henry, Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible : Complete and Unabridged in One Volume (Peabody: Hendrickson, 1996, c1991), Is 49:13.

[6]Matthew Henry, Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible : Complete and Unabridged in One Volume (Peabody: Hendrickson, 1996, c1991), Is 49:13.

[7]The Pulpit Commentary: Isaiah Vol. II, ed. H. D. M. Spence-Jones (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2004), 233.

[8]The Pulpit Commentary: Isaiah Vol. II, ed. H. D. M. Spence-Jones (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2004), 233.

[9]The Pulpit Commentary: Isaiah Vol. II, ed. H. D. M. Spence-Jones (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2004), 233.

[10]Carl Friedrich Keil and Franz Delitzsch, Commentary on the Old Testament. (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2002), 7:475.

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