Matthew 9:27-28 - December 31, 2014 pm
“As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!”28 When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?”“Yes, Lord,” they replied.
What expectations do you have for this coming year? Perhaps instead of making promises to make New Year Resolution we need to ask what do you think God expects from us as followers of Christ! I had a woman call and say she is asking God to supply wisdom for her. I believe tonight we are directed by our God to draw closer to the Lord Jesus Christ like never before. In doing so we will discover God’s will for us, in our faith we will strive to become mature in our faith as well discover spiritual renewal of the faith.
Abraham believed God. He took the Lord at His Word and his whole perspective was transformed. Because he took God into account; Abraham’s life was changed as he translated faith into obedience. Those who believe and put their trust in God demonstrate their faith just like Abraham had done, by obedience to the word promised, and they were blessed.
Illustration: Steps of transformation: I recall one of the very first books I read was “God’s Smuggler” by Brother Andrew. I was fascinated as I read His many accounts how he called on God as he went about answering the call of God on his life. Let’s have a peek at one account of faith…..pg. 100.
We are told in scripture to have, to receive, to possess a childlike faith. Matthew 7:7-8 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”
Two men, blind men following Jesus, exercising their faith, they simply believed that Jesus could do it. They probably got together and discovered Jesus was passing by gathered up their strength and faith, stepping out in faith they pursued the Savior, let’s just go right up to Him and ask, this was their plan. One thing I know about Jesus’ ministry very seldom was He alone, crowds seemed to follow Him everywhere. Exercise your faith, don’t stop believing, and be persistent like these two blind individuals and perhaps their affliction served to their advantage. They followed Him down the street and entered the house that He had gone into. Jesus never turns any one away. Can you image walking into a strangers home without being invited but these two did and were purpose driven.
E. M. Bounds writes “Purpose in Prayer” ….“Prayer is a rare gift, not a popular, ready gift. Prayer is not the fruit of natural talents; it is the product of faith, of holiness, of deeply spiritual character. Men learn to pray as they learn to love.”
Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”
Jesus has just finished a teaching on prayer in Matthew 6 when we discover the answer to these two men who came seeking Jesus for Mercy, for a healing; Ask, Seek and Knock in other words pray, pray, and pray again.
Illustration: When you call on a friend how determined you want to see them will be up to you. If you gently knock, usually no one comes to the door, but if you want everyone in the house to know you’ll find a way. Donna Hillyard and her door bell….ding, ding, ding, ding it must be Pastor Mark. Since those days you’ll never believe this a few years ago Debbie and I arrived at their home and they had changed the door bell, can you believe their nerve!
Ask: Anyone who asks God is bound to desire to know Him more, God never refuses prayers and He never mocks our prayers. When we ask we are to present our needs and burdens to God! It is a real privilege to call out to God and unload our needs on Him. Approach God as you would if you were a traveler who is in need of finding your way, cry out, plead with the Lord as you pray.
Illustration: This morning Debbie’s cousin Shawn was found dead in his car he had overdosed and took his life. Shawn was 40yrs young, his girlfriend a doctor expecting their first child. His mom and Dad Born again believer’s devastated by this news. He suffered from depression. My prayer Lord send your Holy Spirit and begin to comfort and minister to their family needs.
Seek: The answer you seek may not be forth coming immediately; therefore, we should “seek” to know the reason why? Have you ever lost something you value greatly? Do you throw in the towel and yell I give up, No! Often we tear the house apart, well call for help and if nothing else we will turn and pray.
Daniel 9:3 “So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition, in fasting, and in sackcloth and ashes.”
Knock: We must make sure that it is His door on which we are knocking; if it is, it definitely will be opened to us. Seeking and knocking implies something more than asking and praying. We must not only ask but seek; we must follow up in prayer with our endeavors; seek for which we ask for, else we tempt God. We must not only ask but knock; we must come to God’s door, must ask, plead and sometimes wrestle with God.
Revelation 3:20 “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.”
Why are we asked to keep on asking, seeking and knocking? Because our Heavenly Father in Heaven delights in good gifts to those who persist in prayer. He will answer our prayers two ways: In wisdom and in love; and that we must bring to God an undiscouraged life of prayer.
Jesus speaking to His disciple’s in Matthew 17:20 “He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
Mark 11:22 “Have faith in God, Jesus answered.”
"Come unto me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest unto your souls." - Mathew 11:28