Summary: Sermon on prayer
THE RAVENS CRY
There is was a young man by the name of Gary in fact Gary lived right over here on Goodyear Lake. Now Gary had head a tail that had been passed on through his family that his father, grandfather and great-grandfather had all walked on water on their 21st birthdays. So, on his 21st birthday, Bob headed out to the lake. "If they did it, I can too!" he insisted.
When Gary arrived at the lake, he rented a boat and began paddling. When he got to the middle of the lake, Gary stepped off of the side of the boat ... well he nearly drowned. Furious and somewhat embarrassed headed for home.
When Gary arrived back home, he asked his grandmother for an explanation. "Grandma, why can I not walk water on my 21st birthday like my father, and his father, and his father before him?"
The feeble old grandmother took Gary by the hands, looked into his eyes, and explained, "That’s because your father, grandfather, and great-grandfather were born in January. You were born in July, dear."
With that said I would like you to turn to our passage for today, which is Psa. 147:9. That would be page 546 in your pew Bible. Today we are continuing our series of messages on prayer. Now we may cover some things that we covered last week, but if you look to the Word of God one of the ways in which God teaches us things is through repetition. While they may not be presented in the same way some of the concepts that we will be looking at today, may some familiar.
Psa. 147:9 “He gives to the beast its food, And to the young ravens that cry.”
As I begin this morning I want to share with you something about ravens. It seem when young ravens are all grown up in able to fly on their own the parent raven kicks them out of the nest and sets them off to find there own food. No matter how much the young raven calls it’s parents will not bring it food, it is on it’s own. So who provides for the raven, the Word of God tells us He does. God provides food for the beast and to the young ravens that cry because they have gotten throw out of their nests.
What the Lord is telling us in this passage is that He is the provider. He provides for His creation. We see the hand of God in creation and we ought to be willing to learn from that.
This passage reminds me of what is stated in Rom. 1:20; “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse,” Many of the things that we can learn about God can be learned from His creation.
The general lesson that we can learn from a raven’s cry is found in the words of our Lord in Luke 12:24 there the Lord states; “Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds?”
Following the Lord Jesus’ logic here I want us to consider the ravens as the cry. That cry out with croaking kind of sound, yet as harsh as they sound they make their needs known to the Lord and the Father hears their prayers and sends them food. They seek the favor of God and receive it.
Do you pray to seek the favor of God, and are you not much better then the raven. If God cares so for the ravens will he not care for you. If God is so willing to provide of the need of a creature such as a raven, how much more is He willing to provide for your need.
As I preach this message this morning my goal will be to encourage those who have been praying for the mercy of God, to encourage those who have been crying out to God, but perhaps have not seen and answer or have not found peace in the answer.
We must never fall for the lie of Satan that God will not hear your prayer. Whether you are praying for mercy, for strength, or even salvation God hears your prayer. There are several truths that want us to look at this morning.
First of all, Psa. 147:9 speaks of a raven that cries, and that you are much better then a raven.
We normally do not see Ravens in the wild in this area of the country. They are found north of us towards Canada, although there are found in the Appalachian mountains. But they are part of the crow family, and we are all familiar with crows. In fact ravens look very much like crows but they tend to be a little bigger. Both birds however do sound the same, their cry is the same. The reason I bring that up is that while we may not know what kind of bird the raven we all know what kind of birds crows are. We find them disgusting for the most part. They eat road kill and other carrion. We see them a lot on Fridays along Rt. 28 because that is garbage day. We see them picking through and eating trash. They are a dirty looking kind of bird.