Summary: Sermon 9 of the series, "Things that Accompany Salvation." In the current sermon we ask: Am I free from moral guilt? Have I experienced answered prayer?
A. The Promise (22A)
22A And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him,
Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
Matthew 21:22 And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.
B. The Prerequisite (22B)
22B because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.
ILLUS: Death of Comedian
On April 10, 1992, an up and coming comedian made an appearance in a night club. He preferred the night clubs because television censors had to bleep out every other word of his act. He made fun of God, he made fun of women, and did it all in the filthiest language of any act on the night club stage of his day. When not on stage, he made no attempt to hide his ravenous appetite for drugs and alcohol. He was so desperate for alcohol, that one night, when the time had passed for alcohol to be legally served in the city where he stayed, he rented a fleet of limousine so that he could raid the mini bar in each one and keep the party going. His name was Sam Kinison.
One more thing – before he started his night club acts, he was a Pentecostal preacher. A revival style, Hell-fire preacher. But then he divorced his wife and left the ministry. Thus began his blasphemous comedy career. He later married again and began to try to come off the drugs, but it was merely an attempt to “clean up” and not a return to God. Then, without renouncing his language or career, he persuaded someone to let him back into the pulpit and preach again. And on April 10, 1992, just six days after his wedding, God’s patience ran out for Sam. God would no longer allow him to blaspheme His name.
Witnesses tell us that, as stood in the parking lot after an act, a friend waited to drive him to his next performance. Sam walked away from the car, stood off to himself and was heard to say (this is incredible) "I'm not ready" followed by a pause then saying a resigned "Alright." (Who was he talking to?)
On his way to a performance in Laughlin, Nevada, on a two lane highway in the Mojave Desert near Needles, California (ironic), his car was struck head on by a drunk driver (again ironic). He was either thrown or pulled from the car, and as he lay on the pavement said, "Oh God, I don't want to die like this." It was a prayer that God would not hear. Sam Kinison had not been doing His commandments. He had not been obeying His will. He had not been doing those things that were pleasing in the Lord’s sight! His grave is in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It reads, “In another time and place, he would have been a prophet.” Sam was just 38 years old!
EIGHT REASONS FOR HINDERED PRAYER
1. Not praying in Jesus name.
John 14:14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
• It is no wonder that even the ACLU will tolerate prayers not made in Jesus’ name.
2. Not praying according to the revealed will of God.
And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: (1 John 5:14)