Monthly Archives: January 2017

Prayer: Prayer and Seeking (#912)

Prayer: Prayer and Seeking (#912)

Well, we’ve been having a great series on prayer; covering many aspects of it: prayer with believing; prayer with desire; prayer with knowing what you can chose and what has already been chosen for you — a lot of fun little topics.  Today we’ll talk about prayer in the context of seeking God.  This is something we looked at a couple of years ago, but today we’ll look at it specifically from the context of prayer.  And we’ll start in Deuteronomy chapter 4.  Because some people think that they just pray and pray and pray and nothing happens or ever will happen; yet God is very clear that He is there and if we seek Him we’ll find Him.  So here we are in Deuteronomy chapter 4 and in verse 23…

Taught by Bruce Mahone on 20170129.  All rights reserved.

Verse Listing and Notes

Deut. 4:23-31           If you seek the Lord, you will find him (vs. 29)

I Chron. 16:10-12     Seek the LORD and his strength

Psalm 9:9-10             Thou hast not forsaken them that seek thee

Psalm 34:10             The young lions do lack and suffer hunger, but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing

Psalm 34:22              None of them that trust [Heb. Chasa: seek refuge, flee for protection, put trust in, confide or hope in] in him shall be desolate [guilty, offended]

Psalm 63                    Early [diligently] will I seek thee (vs. 1).
Marrow & fatness (vs. 5): the richest of foods (NIV), a rich feast (NRSV)
A portion for foxes (vs. 10): food for jackals

Prov. 8:12-21            Those that seek me (wisdom) early [diligently] shall find me (vs. 17)

Jer. 29:10-14              Ye shall seek me and find me (vs. 13)

Matt. 7:7-8                 Seek, and ye shall find (vs. 7)

Col. 3:1-3                    Seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth (vs. 1)

Heb. 13:14                 Here we have no continuing city, but we seek one to come

Teaching

Prayer: Prayer and Seeking (#912)

Prayer: Prayer and Desire (#911)

Prayer: Prayer and Desire (#911)

Today we’re going to talk about prayer and desire and we’ll start in Psalm 37 verse 4….

As taught by Bruce Mahone 20170117, all rights reserved.

Verse Listing and Notes

Psalm 37:4                   Delight thyself in the Lord…he shall give the desires of thine heart

Jer 42:1-17                    That the Lord thy God may show us the way wherein we may walk                                                (vs. 3.  cf. Jer. 44:15-19, whatsoever goeth forth out or our mouth)

Luke 22:39-44              Remove this cup from me…not my will, but thine, be done (vs. 42)

Acts 16:6-15                 Forbidden (koluo) of the Holy Ghost…Macedonian call

Acts 20:7-21:36            What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? (Acts 21:13)

Rom 1:8-13                   I purposed (determined) to come unto you, but was let (koluo -forbidden, hindered, prevented)

Col 4:2-3                        Praying…that God would open unto us a door of utterance

James 4:13-15               Ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that

Teaching

Pray and Desire (#911)

Prayer: Prayer and Choice (#910)

Prayer: Prayer and Choice (#910)

Today we’re going to talk about an aspect in prayer involving choice.  Somethings we can choose, somethings we can’t; somethings God has already chosen, and somethings He lays out in his Word what we should do and it is up to us to do it or not.  And if God has said very clearly what His will is in a situation, we can certainly pray and ask Him to change, which He occasionally will.  But for the most part, once God has said something we should go ahead and do it.  [Maybe we’ll have a session where God changed His mind when people prayed about it.]  But if God is not willing to change His mind, then we just have to go with what He’s said.  So here in Genesis chapter 2 verse 15…

Taught by Bruce Mahone, 20170101.  All rights reserved.

Verse Listing and Notes

What We Can Choose

Gen 2:15-17; 3:1ff      Adam was given a command, and chose to disobey it

Deut 28                        The blessings and the curse of the law

Jer 42ff                          God provided them a way of safety, which they rejected

Jonah 3-4                      God gave Nineveh a chance to repent, which they did

Rom 10:9-10                 If thou shalt confess (acknowledge), thou shalt be saved

What Has Been Chosen

Rom 5:6-9                      Being justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath (vs. 9)

Rom 8:15-25                  Waiting for…the redemption of our body (vs. 23)

Rom 13:11                     Now is our salvation nearer than when we believed

I Cor 15:51-58               This corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality (vs. 53)

Eph 1:13-14                   Until the redemption of the purchased possession (vs. 14)

Eph 2:4-8                        That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus (vs. 7)

Eph 4:30                          Ye are sealed unto the day of redemption

Col 1:3-5                          For the hope which is laid up (NIV: stored up) for you in heaven (vs. 5)

I Thes 4:13ff                    So shall we ever be with the Lord (vs. 17)

I Thes 5:9-10                   God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation

I Tim 1:1                           Lord Jesus Christ our hope

Tit 1:2                               In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised

Tit 3:5-7                           Heirs according to the hope of eternal life

I Pet 1:3-9                       Begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead – vs. 3

Teaching

Prayer: Prayer and Choice (#910)