Summary: we often think we should only ask God once, but there is a record that shows the need for persisent prayer
A KNOCK AT MIDNIGHT
LUKE 11: 5—8
Introduction….Prayer is perhaps the most important arsenial the christian has at his / her disposal. This message is a continuation of the sermon I preached on the power of prayer. So you could call this message the power of prayer part 2. this message deals with the significance of PERSISTENT PRAYER.
Midnight is 1200 pm a time of the day,…it denotes the darkness hour before day…each one of us have had to deal with midnight…When midnight shifts from the time of the day to a condition in life, then midnight can come at high noon. Midnight comes when we least expect it, just takes one phone call, one knock at the door, one telegram. Midnight will come into all our lives at some point if we continue to live.
SOME EXAMPLES OF MIDNIGHT
LOVED ONE IS ROLLED INTO INTENSIVE CARE----DOCTOR TELLS YOU THAT MODERN MEDICINE WILL DO NO GOOD.-
RESPONSIBLE FOR A MORTAGE, CAR BILLS & FAMILY AND THEN .LOOSE YOUR JOB..
CERTIFIED LETTER FROM IRS / BANK…ASSETS FROZEN
BEEN MARRIED FOR 10 YEARS, WITH CHILDREN…...SPOUSE WALKS OUT
RAISE A CHILD..NURTURE HIM..INSTILL GODLY PRINCIPLES……THEN HE TURNS HIS BACK ON YOU AND VIOLATES ALL THOSE PRINCIPLES
ITS PROM NITE..PHONE RINGS… YOUR ONLY DAUGHTER HAS BEEN KILLED.
PASTOR TRYING TO LEAD THE CHURCH, MOVE THEM TO A HIGHER LEVEL WITH GOD AND THEY TURN A DEAF EAR…………..
(ASK JOB ABOUT MIDNIGHT)………….
WHEN ADAM SINNED IT WAS MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN
DOG BARKED AT THE CAT -ROOSTER CROWED AT MIDDAY
GRASS TURNED BROWN SNAKE NO LONGER WALKED BUT CRAWLED
LION ATTACKED THE LAMB - MAN’S ENJOYMENT TURNED INTO EMPLOYMENT
RIVERS, CREEKS DRIED UP
DEATH GRABBED THE KEYS TO HELL AND THE GRAVE
THE MAN WAS IN A DILEMNA - HE WAS ALSO DETERMINED
HE GOES WITH BOLDNESS AND EXPECTATIONS
HE HAD A RELATIONSHIP WITH HIS NEIGHBOR
THE NEIGHBOR KNOWS HIS VOICE
HE GOES ON BEHALF OF A FRIEND
WE CAN ALSO GO TO GOD IN PRAYER IN THE VERY SAME MANNER.
HE GOES TO HIS NEIGHBORS HOUSE AND KNOCKS. NEIGHBOR SAYS GO AWAY I AM IN BED ASLEEP WITH MY WIFE AND CHILDREN AND CANNOT GET UP. HE CONTINUES TO KNOCK AND TELLS HIM TO GET UP AND MAKE ME SOME BREAD. THOSE DAYS BREAD WAS MADE ON A DAILY BASIS SINCE THET DID NOT HAVE ANY MEANS FOR STORAGE, SO HE WAS ASKING NOT JUST GIVE ME SOME BREAD, BUT MAKE SOME.
THE HOUSES IN THOSE DAYS WERE A ONE ROOM HOUSE.HAD ONLY ONE DOOR. DURING THE DAY THE DOOR WAS LEFT OPEN WHICH INDICATED ANYONE WAS WELCOMED TO JUST WALK IN. HOWEVER AT EVENING TIME THE DOOR WAS SHUT WHICH MEANT THE OWNER WAS NOT TAKING VISITORS. A PORTION OF THE FLOOR WAS ELEVATED WHERE EVERYONE SLEPT TOGETHER. SO TO GET UP MEANT HE WOULD WAKE HIS WHOLE FAMILY..HE CONTINUES TO KNOCK UNTIL THE NEIGHBOR GETS UP AND HONORS HIS REQUEST. THE APOSTLE PAUL TELLS US WE CAN GO TO THE FATHER THE SAME WAY WITH BOLDNESS AND EXPECTATIONS. WE HAVE A RELATIONSHIP WITH THE FATHER. HE RECOGNIZES OUR VOICE, AND HE IS MERCIFUL AND WILL GRANT THE DESIRES OF OUR HEART.
JACOB WRESTLE WITH AN ANGEL ALL NIGHT
WE NEED TO ASK….WE NEED TO PRESS “ASK AND IT SHALL BE GIVEN, SEEK AND WE WOULD FIND…KNOCK AND THE DOOR WILL BE OPEN