How to Ask for Gods Help

HOW TO ASK FOR GOD’S HELP
(BELIEVING THAT HE WILL ANSWER)
(Pastor Lee Jackson FFWC)

I) INTRODUCTION – HOW MANY OF YOU HAVE BEEN DRIVING IN YOUR AUTOMOBILE AND GOTTEN COMPLETELY LOST. IF YOU MEN ARE AT ALL LIKE ME IT TAKES ME A LONG TIME TO ADMIT THAT I AM LOST AND A MUCH LONGER TIME TO STOP AND ASK FOR DIRECTIONS. THIS SEEMS TO COME A LITTLE EASIER WOMEN THAN MEN. I RECALL A TIME WHEN I WAS LOST HUNTING AND IT WAS GETTING DARK VERY QUICKLY. THERE WAS NO ONE AROUND TO ASK FOR HELP. I LOOKED TO THE HEAVENS AND ASKED MY HEAVENLY FATHER FOR HELP AND SOON I SAW SOME LIGHTS AND WAS ON MY WAY HOME. WE ALL NEED HELP FROM TIME TO TIME BUT MANY US JUST DON’T KNOW HOW TO ASK…
II) 1ST RECOGNIZE THAT GOD LOVES YOU AND WANTS TO HELP YOU
A) IF YOU HAVE ACCEPTED JESUS CHRIST AS YOUR LORD AND SAVIOR; YOU ARE GOD’S CHILD AND A PART OF THE FAMILY OF GOD.
B) GOD WANTS TO HELP YOU, BUT HIS PRIMARY CONCERN IS TO HELP YOU TO GROW INTO THE IMAGE OF HIS SON; THE HELP THAT YOU ARE ASKING FOR MAY NOT BE THE HELP THAT YOU MOST NEED; YOUR PRIORITIES ARE NOT ALWAYS HIS.
C) HEB 12:5 AND YOU HAVE FORGOTTEN THE EXHORTATION WHICH HE SPEAKS WITH YOU, AS WITH SONS, “MY SONS, DO NOT DESPISE THE CHASTENING OF THE LORD, NOR FAINT WHILE BEING CORRECTED BY HIM.
D) IF YOU ARE HERE THIS MORNING AND HAVE NOT ACCEPTED CHRIST, GOD STILL LOVES YOU. CHRIST DIED FOR YOU – THAT YOU MIGHT RECEIVE GOD’S FORGIVENESS…
E) PSALMIST DAVID SAID: PSA 25:15 MINE EYES ARE EVER TOWARD THE LORD; FOR HE SHALL PLUCK MY FEET OUT OF THE NET.
III. 2ND, REMEMBER THAT GOD IS WILLING AND ABLE TO HELP YOU
A) WHEN SARAH, ABRAHAM’S WIFE LAUGHTED AT THE PROMISES OF GOD, GOD ASKED ABRAHAM IN GEN 18:14 IS ANY THING TOO HARD FOR THE LORD?
C) GOD IS THE SOURCE YOUR HEALTH, RELATIONSHIPS & FINANCES; THERE IS NOTHING TOO HARD FOR HIM. ONE TIME JESUS CALLED A FISH IN TO PAY HIS TAXES.
D) HE WANTS YOU TO LOOK TO HIM FIRST. ISA 31:1 (PARAPHRASE) WOE TO THEM THAT GO DOWN TO EGYPT FOR HELP …THAT TRUST IN HORSES AND CHARIOTS AND HORSEMEN BECAUSE THEY ARE STRONG BUT THEY LOOK NOT UNTO THE HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL, NEITHER SEEKING THE LORD!
D) WHEN YOU ARE IN NEED DON’T LOOK TO THE WORLD FOR HELP. THE GOVERNMENT IS NOT YOUR SOURCE; YOUR EMPLOYER IS NOT YOUR SOURCE; EVEN YOUR FAMILY IS NOT YOUR SOURCE. GOD IS YOUR SOURCE. HE MAY USE THE GOVERNMENT OR YOUR EMPLOYER OR YOUR FAMILY TO SUPPLY CERTAIN OF YOUR NEEDS AT TIMES BUT BE SURE THAT YOU UNDERSTAND THAT GOD IS YOUR SOURCE.
E) GEN 22:14 GOD REVEALED HIMSELF TO ABRAHAM AS JEHOVAH-JIREH, GOD WILL PROVIDE. GOD PROVIDED A RAM IN THE BUSHES FOR ABRAHAM. JEHOVAH JIREH LITERALLY MEANS, THE LORD WILL SEE;; that is, God will take care that every thing shall be done that is necessary for the comfort and support of them who trust in him: hence the words are usually translated, The Lord will provide.
F) MAT 6:25 THEREFORE I SAY UNTO YOU, TAKE NO THOUGHT FOR YOUR LIFE, WHAT YE SHALL EAT, OR WHAT YE SHALL DRINK; NOR YET FOR YOUR BODY, WHAT SHALL YE PUT ON. IS NOT THE LIFE MORE THAN MEAT, AND THE BODY THAN RAIMENT? WE ARE TO BE PRUDENT BUT WE ARE TO TRUST GOD AND WALK IN OBEDIENCE TO HIS WORD. THEN WE HAVE CONFIDENCE TOWARD GOD, NOT WORRYING AND FULL OF ANXIETY.
IV) 3RD, REMEMBER TO THANK HIM FOR WHAT HE HAS ALREADY DONE
A) BEING THANKFUL BUILDS OUR FAITH AND CONFIDENCE IN GOD BECAUSE WE ARE REMINDING OURSELVES OF HIS FAITHFULNESS.
B) PSA 100:4 ENTER INTO HIS GATES WITH THANKSGIVING, AND INTO HIS COURTS WITH PRAISE: BE THANKFUL UNTO HIM, AND BLESS HIS NAME.
C) COL 3:15 AND LET THE PEACE OF GOD RULE IN YOUR HEARTS, TO THE WHICH ALSO YE ARE CALLED IN ONE BODY; AND BE YE THANKFUL.
V) 4th , ASK FOR GOD’S HELP
A) ASK IN FAITH, ASK WITH HUMILITY, HAVING RIGHT MOTIVES, WITH A GOOD ATTITUDE AND A THANKFUL HEART. IF NEED BE, ASK GOD’S FORGIVENESS, NOT ONLY THE OBVIOUS, BUT SINS OF ANGER, MURMURING, COMPLAINING AND UNBELIEF.
D) PSA 116:1-2 I LOVE THE LORD, BECAUSE HE HATH HEARD MY VOICE AND MY SUPPLICATIONS. 2 BECAUSE HE HATH INCLINED HIS EAR UNTO ME, THEREFORE WILL I CALL UPON HIM AS LONG AS I LIVE.
B) PHI 4:6 –7 BE CAREFUL FOR NOTHING; BUT IN EVERY THING BY PRAYER AND SUPPLICATION WITH THANKSGIVING LET YOUR REQUESTS BE MADE KNOWN UNTO GOD. 7 AND THE PEACE OF GOD, WHICH PASSETH ALL UNDERSTANDING, SHALL KEEP YOUR HEARTS AND MINDS THROUGH CHRIST JESUS.
C) 1PE 5:6-7 HUMBLE YOURSELVES THEREFORE UNDER THE MIGHTY HAND OF GOD, THAT HE MAY EXALT YOU IN DUE TIME: 7 CASTING ALL YOUR CARE UPON HIM; FOR HE CARETH FOR YOU.
D) PSA 37:8 CEASE FROM ANGER, AND FORSAKE WRATH: FRET NOT THYSELF IN ANY WISE TO DO EVIL.
E) HEB 12:15 SEE TO IT THAT NO ONE COMES SHORT OF THE GRACE OF GOD; THAT NO ROOT OF BITTERNESS SPRINGING UP CAUSES TROUBLE, AND BY IT MANY BE DEFILED; (NASB)
F) JAM 4:3 WHEN YOU ASK, YOU DO NOT RECEIVE, BECAUSE YOU ASK WITH WRONG MOTIVES, THAT YOU MAY SPEND WHAT YOU GET ON YOUR PLEASURES. (NIV)
V) 5th , REST IN THE LORD; BELIEVE HIS PROMISES; AWAIT HIS ANSWER
A) PSA 37:3 5 TRUST IN THE LORD, AND DO GOOD; SO SHALT THOU DWELL IN THE LAND, AND VERILY THOU SHALT BE FED. 4 DELIGHT THYSELF ALSO IN THE LORD; AND HE SHALL GIVE THEE THE DESIRES OF THINE HEART. 5 COMMIT THY WAY UNTO THE LORD; TRUST ALSO IN HIM; AND HE SHALL BRING IT TO PASS.
B) 2CO 1:20 FOR ALL THE PROMISES OF GOD IN HIM ARE YEA, AND IN HIM AMEN, UNTO THE GLORY OF GOD BY US.
A) MIC 7:7 THEREFORE I WILL LOOK UNTO THE LORD; I WILL WAIT FOR THE GOD OF MY SALVATION: MY GOD WILL HEAR ME.
B) ISA 40:31 BUT THEY THAT WAIT UPON THE LORD SHALL RENEW THEIR STRENGTH; THEY SHALL MOUNT UP WITH WINGS AS EAGLES; THEY SHALL RUN, AND NOT BE WEARY; AND THEY SHALL WALK, AND NOT FAINT.
VII) CONCLUSION – I WANT TO ASSURE YOU THAT GOD LOVES YOU AND WANTS TO HELP YOU IN YOUR TIME OF NEED. HE TOLD THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL: JER 29:11- 13 FOR I KNOW THE THOUGHTS THAT I THINK TOWARD YOU, SAITH THE LORD, THOUGHTS OF PEACE, AND NOT OF EVIL, TO GIVE YOU AN EXPECTED END. 12 THEN SHALL YE CALL UPON ME, AND YE SHALL GO AND PRAY UNTO ME, AND I WILL HEARKEN UNTO YOU. 13 AND YE SHALL SEEK ME, AND FIND ME, WHEN YE SHALL SEARCH FOR ME WITH ALL YOUR HEART. ISAIAH PROPECIED OF THE TIME WHEN GOD WOULD ESTABLISH HIS KINGDOM ON EARTH, REVEALING GOD’S HEART: ISA 65:24 AND IT SHALL COME TO PASS, THAT BEFORE THEY CALL, I WILL ANSWER; AND WHILE THEY ARE YET SPEAKING, I WILL HEAR. IN THESE VERSES WE SEE THE HEART OF GOD TOWARD ALL MANKIND. IF YOUR PRAYERS ARE HINDERED ASK GOD FOR HIS FORGIVENESSS.

 

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