Malachi 3:1-12 Prayer
10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
1. THE PLAN...Bring.
In the act of bringing there is personal worship. “Bring.”
Eph 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
1Tim 2:8 I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.
2. THE PEOPLE...Ye - all the people of God are to come.
Heb 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.
3. THE PORTION...all the tithes.
What a Friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.
4. THE PLACE...“The storehouse.”
(a) The Presence In Heaven -
Isa 66:1 Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest?
(b) The Purity Of Heaven -
Rev 20:11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
(c) The Power Of Heaven -
Rev 19:6 And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.
(d) The Provision Of Heaven -
Ps 105:40 The people asked, and he brought quails, and satisfied them with the bread of heaven.
(e) The Path To Heaven -
Php 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
5. THE PURPOSE. . . “That there may be meat in mine house.”
Praying is God’s method for furthering His work.
Rev 8:4 And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand.
6. THE PROPOSITION...“Prove me…”
"God Answers Prayer"
I know not by what methods rare, But this I know, God answers prayers.
I know that He has given His Word, Which tells me prayer is always heard,
And will be answered, soon or late, And so I pray and calmly wait.
I know not if the blessing sought, Will come in just the way I thought;
But leave my prayers with Him alone, Whose will is wiser than my own,
Assured that He will grant my quest, Or send some answer far more blest.
7. THE PROMISE...“Open the windows of heaven,
Mt 19:29 And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.
8. THE PROVISION...
and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.”
John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, MY PEACE I GIVE UNTO YOU: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
1 Cor 1:30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: