Summary: This sermon is designed to encourage believers to pray while facing the problems of life.
P.U.S.H “Praying Until Something Happens”
SUB-TOPIC: Keep On praying until something happens
Luke 11: 5 And he said unto them, which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him and midnight, and say unto him, friend, lend me three loves; For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him? And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee. I say unto you, though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth. And I say unto you, ask and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
This morning I want to drop anchor in the collection of writings called the New Testament and right behind the Gospel of Mark and right in front of the Gospel of John there you will find the Gospel of St. Luke. In the 11th chapter of Luke’s Gospel, there is a word from the Lord.
I want to talk from the subject “P.U.S.H”. I have come on a mission of encouragement. I pray that the words I speak offer both sympathy and empathy for those of us whom are hurting. I submit that it is a fact that in life sometimes our way will get dim and dark, our mountains will be high and our hills will seem harder climb, but I would that we all remember that there is power in prayer. I have come today on an assignment from God to say to the depressed, dejected, defeated and those whom are in dismay that the solution to the situation is not positive thinking, it not the accumulation of things as that the health and wealth movement advocate. What afflicts us the most can not be dealt with by pills or dollar bills. I submit that what we need to do right in the midst of our situations, right in the midst of failing health, dying love ones, divorce and various difficulties is to PUSH. Push! I know you are saying that does that mean. Most of us have spent our lives trying learn how to swim with sharks and deal with devils (the ones that walk on two legs. We have spent our lives struggling to cope with traps and tricks, responding to rejection, hiding our fears and projecting our successes. In the course of the exercise of life we face constant stress and strain and they often leaves us drain. Yet I have come on assignment today to remind us of what already know and that is that we must keep on pushing. We have to push, PUSH - Pray Until Something Happens. Yes, sometimes we have had to walk through valleys, and climb up hills and it seems that the deck was stacked, and the game was rigged for our failure. Sometimes we have been abandoned by love ones we needed them the most, and stabbed in the back by our so-called best friends. With tears in our eyes, and feeling like David we he reminded us that all of have a little rabbit in our blood system, for there are sometimes when even
the best of us want to run away from it all” Oh that I had wing like eagle I would fly away”. I don’t want to try your patience today but I have come to encourage you keep pushing remember Jesus was trying to teach us about the volatility of human nature, for his final hours demonstrated how the same people that said hosanna, hosanna one day and would cry crucify him on another day. I believe that’s Luke 18 is crucial, for it reminds us that we should always pray because prayer is the antithesis of fainting. People can and will frustrate, irritate, agitate and even at times try to intimidate us, but I have come to say in the midst of it we need to keep on pushing, we must keep on praying until something happens. We have to pray, in the morning, we have pray at noon and at night, yes, we have to pray just to make through the day. We have to push through bills and sickness; we must push thorough sickness and sadness. We have push, P-U-S-H, Pray Until Something Happens.
The custom of the day comes to bear on our text, for this parable is not about friendship, and it is improper contexulaization to compare God to the groggy and grumpy friend whom reluctantly handed over bread to get a pest away from his door, but this parable is all about Palenstian culture as it relativity to the nature of God. Middle eastern custom demanded that a host be given one unbroken loaf of bread to each person, although a conscientious one would want to put more before a guest. Yes just as a villager would arouse to keep the good name of the whole village from being embarrassed, God is intent on preserving His good name, his honor is at steak and he will answer the faintest cry, or the quietest whisper. The songwriter said Jesus is on the main line, call him up and tell him what you want. This parable is visual representation of the abstract of the incomprehensibility of the language of prayer. and yet all about the prevailing power of persistent of prayer. This parable encourages us to keep pushing, when life’s unexpected happens we should push. This parable teaches that when we have to travel in the night to get what we need, we should push.