Summary: I want to preach on verse 45. Please note that there is no verse 45 in Mark chapter 12. But, if you meditate on the text, you have to wonder, “What ever happened to the widow?” She doesn’t have a dime in her pocket...
“How to talk to God”
Introduction: This is part two from last week’s message on the “Might of the Widow’s Mite.”
I want to preach on verse 45. Please note that there is no verse 45 in Mark chapter 12. But, if you meditate on the text, you have to wonder, “What ever happened to the widow in this text?” Think about it. She has left the Temple. She is standing on the Temple steps. She doesn’t have a dine in her pocket. She has bills to pay and no money. Where is she going to get her next meal from? What does she have left? Who can she depend on?
The title of the message is “How to talk to God.”
Prayer suggestion Number One:
“Lord, I never had enough…”
She only had to insignificant copper coins to begin with. She never had enough.
We need to become completely honest with God about our Christian life. Our righteousness is as filthy rags. We have sinned and come short of the glory of God. There is no good thing in our flesh.
This widow never did have enough to pay the bills with. One commentary that I read said that her two copper coins equaled only one sixteenth of a Roman soldiers daily wage.
Prayer suggestion Number Two:
“Lord, all that I have is yours…”
Can you imagine the temptation of the widow to put in only one of the two coins? That still would have been fifty per cent. That is better than a tithe!
But something inside of her said, “Give it all.”
Let’s quick hanging unto the things of the this world. Let’s put our entire faith in Christ.
When we learn to say, “Lord, I don’t have much, but what I do have is yours,” God will pour out his grace. God give grace to the humble.
Have you placed everything that you have into the ministry? I am not talking about putting into the Church offering plate. I am talking about putting all that you have, all that you are, into God’s hands. God knows when you are holding out on him. God can only bless us when we “walk by faith.”
Prayer suggestion Number Three:
“Lord, all that is yours, is mine…”
It is time for you to begin claiming the promises of God. Let be warn you however, be sure that you have prayed points one of two of this message before you come to this third point!
If you do not know what the promises of God are, you cannot claim them. Our faith grows in measure to the knowledge and trust that we place into the scriptures.
Let me encourage your heart. Before God, you can claim these precious promises. Here are just a few of God’s promises to you:
(Heb 13:5 KJV) Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
(Mat 5:13,14 KJV) Ye are the salt of the earth:….Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
(Phil 4:19 KJV) But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
(John 14:13 KJV) And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
(Phil 4:13 KJV) I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
(Eph 3:20 KJV) 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,
(Psa 37:25 KJV) I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.
Prayer Suggestion Number Four:
And Lord, I want to be sure to say, “Thank you”
God is a rich God. Certainly this widow had no need of worry. God always comes through for those who live by faith.
My concern is, once that God has provided, remember to say, “Thank you.” Whatever we are, and whatever we have,” is certainly by the grace of God.
“Thank you, Father, for providing us with daily bread."