Invitation to Miracles

Invitation to Miracles

Invitation to Miracles

William Stout / General

 

 

 

Invitation to Miracles

 

Jeremiah 33:3 NKJV

‘Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’

 

  • Jeremiah lived in tough times
  • His people taken captive by the Babylonians
  • God had sent numerous prophets to warn the people
  • they had also seen signs, and reasons to believe the prophets
  • as peace was being taken, Israel had already fallen, now Babylon had grown strong
  • Jehoahaz, 1st son of Josiah to become king only reigned 3 months and was overthrown by Pharaoh Necho
  • Eliakim (aka Jehoiakim), his brother became king (also Josiah’s son)
  • During his time Nebuchadnezzar began to come against Judah
  • After 11 years he died and Jehoiachin his son reigned only 3 months
  • Jehoiachin (Josiah’s grandson) was only king 3 months when Nebuchadnezzar captured him and took him prisoner along with over 10,000 captives from Jerusalem, and all the gold and treasures from the temple,
  • Nebuchadnezzar made Zedekiah (Josiah’s son also) king and allowed him to continue to rule under tribute, later took another 7,000 captives
  • In the 9th year of Zedekiah’s reign, King Nebuchadnezzar came with all his host (2 Kings 25:1) and besieged the city for two years
  • It was during this time that Jeremiah wrote these words while in prison.
  • Instead of recognizing their error and repenting, most of the people became harder still
  • not unlike many things we see in the world today
  • Now the Babylonians were clearly defeating them
  • His message rejected by his own people
  • Instead of recognizing that he was giving them Words of correction in love, which was the only thing that could save them, they called him a traitor
  • He was imprisoned for being faithful tot he Word God had given Him
  • Yes, things were definitely tough for Jeremiah
  • I know some of us have seen some tough times, but not many have had it this bad

  Encouragement for God’s Servant

  • A good word for the weeping prophet
  • In one of the worst times, God spoke encouragement to Jeremiah
  • God Invites Jeremiah to “call upon Him”
  • God invites him to a life of miracles
  • Prayer Brings Miracles into Our Lives

 

 

 The Privilege of Prayer

  • “Call unto me”
  • What an invitation!
  • Prayer begins with God’s invitation
  • Throughout the Bible we see God inviting people to call to Him, in their troubles, and in their despair
  • We are all invited –

Isaiah 45:22 NKJV

“Look to Me, and be saved,

All you ends of the earth!

For I am God, and there is no other.

 

  • Prayer does not begin with our troubled condition, but rather with His invitation and our faith

 

  • Consider Jeremiah’s difficulty

Jeremiah 33:1 KJV 1900

Moreover, the word of the Lord came unto Jeremiah the second time, while he was yet shut up in the court of the prison, saying,

 

  • God invites the prophet to call upon Him
  • Many invitations to pray in the Bible
  • “Ask and it shall be given …” (Matt. 7:7)

Matthew 7:7 KJV 1900

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

  • Here, again, there is a promise attached to the invitation
  • James tells us “You have not because you ask not” (James 4:2)

James 4:2 KJV 1900

Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.

  • Too many times, when calamity strikes, people shake their fists at God instead of bowing their heads
  • So often people become hardened, blaming God for the troubles in the world, and their lives.
  • Shouting demands and accusations, instead of humbly asking in faith
  • yet we are invited to “call upon Him”, to ask, to come.
  • Hebrews tells us we can even Call boldly in times of need (Heb. 4:15)

Hebrews 4:15–16 KJV 1900

For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

 

  • We see this right attitude of faith in Jeremiah –
  • Truly he was troubled
  • truly he was suffering greatly
  • yet, he continued to believe that God’s Word was true
  • Continued to believe that God was able and willing to help
  • Continued to “respond” to the invitation
  • We see in the preceding chapter

Jeremiah 32:17–19 KJV 1900

Ah Lord God! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee: Thou shewest lovingkindness unto thousands, and recompensest the iniquity of the fathers into the bosom of their children after them: the Great, the Mighty God, the Lord of hosts, is his name, Great in counsel, and mighty in work: for thine eyes are open upon all the ways of the sons of men: to give every one according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings:

 

 The Promise of Prayer

  • Not only do we have the privilege of prayer, we also have a promise
  •     “I will answer thee”
  • God promised if we call upon Him, He will answer
  • This is not just Not just theological therapy
  • Not like turning a prayer wheel
  • Not like bowing to an idol
  • God hears when we pray
  • There are many  Answers to prayer in the Bible
  • Abraham’s son in his old age (Gen. 21)
  • Elijah’s prayer for rain (1 Kings 18)
  • David’s prayer for freedom from fear (Ps. 34:4)

Psalm 34:4–6 KJV 1900

I sought the Lord, and he heard me,

And delivered me from all my fears.

They looked unto him, and were lightened:

And their faces were not ashamed.

This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him,

And saved him out of all his troubles.

 

  • Solomon’s prayer for wisdom (2 Chron. 1)

God still answers prayer Today

  • He said “I am the Lord, I change not”
  • “Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today, and forever”

    The Power of Prayer

  • “Great and mighty things” is what God promised
  • Above all, we ask or think (Eph. 3:20)

Ephesians 3:20 KJV 1900

Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,

 

  • Prayer moves mountains (Matt. 17:20)

Matthew 17:20 KJV 1900

And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

 

  • No limits on our asking
  • All things are possible with God (Mark 9:23)

     Let Us Accept God’s Invitation

  • Pray for our homes – expecting great and mighty things
  • Pray for our churches – expecting great and mighty things
  • Pray for our nation – expecting great and mighty things
  • Pray for our personal needs – expecting great and mighty things
  • Let Us Expect God to Answer Our Prayers – believing for great and mighty things

 

 

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