Summary: A sermon examining the steps following a prayer for direction.
When The Prayer Is Over
There are certain moments in life that we will never forget. Those moments that we remember exactly where we were when they occurred. May 2nd, 2011 is one of those moments. That was the day that Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden was killed. We now know that the man who fired the fatal shot was Rob O'Neil. But he did not make the decision himself. He had orders from above. In fact the orders and authorization to conduct this raid came from the Commander-In-Chief, President Obama. When the orders were handed down, O'Neil and the rest of Seal Team 6 obeyed the command and successfully carried out the mission. The team gathered together and developed a plan of action. They discussed every detail of what was to be done. But they did not just continue to talk about what needed to be done... There came a time when they had to put their plan into action.
As servants of Christ we also receive "orders from above". When the direction is given, we must be willing to act swiftly and obey His command. We cannot simply ask the Lord for His will in our lives. When He reveals His plan to us...we must act!! We are privileged to converse with the Savior. Prayer is vital in the Christian life. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 (says that we should) Pray without ceasing.
While we are to have a constant spirit of prayer, we cannot spend every moment gazing into the clouds. We know that we all have a calling. We know that there is work to be done. Therefore we must make it a priority to spend time in intense prayer, seeking God's will for our lives. And when God speaks we must move forward!
As we arrive at our selected text, the Children of Israel have been released from the strong hand of Pharaoh. God has delivered them from 400 years of slavery and oppression in Egypt. They had begun a new journey of hope and great expectation. But after traveling for a while they find themselves in a discouraging situation.
Their enemies are approaching and it seems that they are trapped. In front of them is the great Red Sea. To the left is a mountain. To the right, another mountain. Behind them are Pharaoh & the Egyptian army. Moses was their leader and he had been praying to the Lord. The Lord now tells Moses that it is time for action! Moses responded accordingly and his actions show us what to do "When The Prayer Is Over".
- The first thing I would like to take away from this text is:
I. WHEN THE PRAYER IS OVER... WE MUST LISTEN - v15 And the LORD said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward:
Moses' prayer is not recorded but it is clear that he lifted up his heart to God. The Lord doesn't rebuke him for praying. But He made it clear to Moses that the prayer had been heard and now it was time to move. Jesus has promised to hear and answer our prayers - Matthew 7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
Maybe you have been praying for God to reveal His will for your life. It is not enough to ask for His will, you must be willing to listen when He responds. It is possible that He will respond in a way that you do not like. His will for you may be the direct opposite of what you want to do. When the Lord initially called Moses, he was a reluctant servant. He didn't want to do what the Lord called him to do. Later on after dealing with the grumbling Israelites Moses wanted to quit. There was even a point when he asked God to kill him!
God may call you to go somewhere you DO NOT want to go. He may call you to do something that you DO NOT want to do. Maybe you are already doing what you have been called to do and you are ready to quit....Remember that God is the One Who called you and He is the only One Who can relinquish you of you duties. If you seek to remain in the center of His will...LISTEN TO HIM!!
- When the prayer is over...We Must Listen! We also see in this verse that:
II. WHEN THE PRAYER IS OVER... WE MUST LEAD - v15b speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward:
Moses had lead these people to this place. Notice what he told them in verse 13 And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.