Summary: A National Call To Pray!. PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
(1). Prayers to God (vs 1-5)
(2). Confidence in God (vs 6-8)
(3). Reliance on God (vs 9)
• On May 27, the German High Command announced:
• “The British army is encircled and our troops are proceeding to its annihilation”.
The Prime Minister Winston Churchill said:
“I thought, and some good judges agreed with me that perhaps 20,000 or 30,000 men might be re-embarked. The whole root and core and brain of the British army . . . seemed about to perish on the field or be led into captivity.”
• The previous Sunday May 26 1940,
• At the request of His Majesty King George VI,
• Had been set apart and observed as a National Day of Prayer.
• In a stirring broadcast, the King called the people of Britain and the empire;
• To commit their cause to God. The whole nation was at prayer.
• Three miracles then happened:
• Hitler stopped his general advance,
• a storm of extraordinary fury grounded the German Air Force on May 28th,
• a great calm settled over the English Channel for several days.
• Which allowed 338,000 men of the British army to be evacuated from Dunkirk!
• The success against the odds of the evacuation of 338,000 men;
• From the beaches of Dunkirk was widely regarded as a ‘miracle’.
• A ‘national day of prayer’ was called for by the King;
• More than once, in fact at several critical points during the war,
• TRANSITION: Verse 9: Is a call to the nation to pray:
• “Lord, give victory to the king! Answer us when we call!”
• This was an Old Testament instruction to dedicate themselves to the Lord.
• (Deuteronomy chapter 20 verses 1-4):
• In doing this they would remember that no matter how big the opposing army might be!
• It was the Lord who would grant them victory;
This psalm is a prayer written by David for such an occasion:
• Psalm 20 is mostly ceremony before a battle.
• Psalm 21 is mostly celebration after a battle.
• This Psalm shows the value that David placed on prayer.
• David knew that prayer was his best weapon when he went into battle.
• And so, David gave the people of Israel who stayed behind a prayer to pray.
• And through this important work of prayer,
• Even those staying behind could share in the victory.
• Sam the local scoundrel shows up at a Church meeting, seeking help.
• He tells the pastor: "I need you to pray for my hearing,"
• The pastor puts his fingers on Sam’s ears and prays and prays and prays.
• When he’s done, he asks Sam, "How’s your hearing now?"
• Sam replies:
• "I don’t know, ‘cause I don’t go to court till next Tuesday."
• A more serious illustration regarding prayer from the life of Charles Spurgeon.
• Many years ago five young college students made their way to London;