ENGAGING THE HAND OF THE LORD II

Jer 27:5

I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are upon the ground, by my great power and by my outstretched arm, and have given it unto whom it seemed meet unto me. KJV

He is the One that gives it.

Today may that great hand deliver your own to you.

Ps 95:3 – 4

For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also.

The Hand of the Lord is the key.

The Hand of the Lord is Mighty

Jos 4:23 – 24

For the LORD your God dried up the waters of Jordan from before you, until ye were passed over, as the LORD your God did to the Red sea, which he dried up from before us, until we were gone over: That all the people of the earth might know the hand of the LORD, that it is mighty: that ye might fear the LORD your God for ever.

That all the people of the earth might know the hand of the Lord.

This Hand of the Lord brings answer – Ezr 7:6

The King’s heart, He hold it – Pr 21:1

The Hand of the Lord is the doer. – Isa 41:20

The Hand of the Lord is mighty.

We need to learn how to get this Hand of the Lord work for us in making the impossible possible.

God is a God of Order

God does everything in order

Sad to say many of us Christians are still ignorant of the order of God

Order means first thing first.

Order means you do it as commanded

You cannot be ignorant of the guidelines that God has set in place and have a miracle.

Apostle Paul said in 1 Timothy 2:1

I exhort therefore, that, FIRST OF ALL, SUPPLICATIONS, prayers, intercessions and giving of thanks, be done for all men.

Notice the words “First of all” that is before anything else.

What must be first?

SUPPLICATIONS, prayers, intercessions and giving of thanks, be done for all men

Also notice that all these words are plural and that they start with supplications?”

This meant that all these prayers can be done many times.

The words ‘first of all’ denote a prescribed order to prayer.

Our God is a God of order.

He has a certain way which he operates in.

It is left to us to understand this order and use it to make the impossible to become possible in our lives.

Today my focus is on the first supplication.

Supplication what is it?

Supplication: The word supplication’ is in a legal format.

It is the act of asking a god or someone who is in a position of power for something in a humble way.

It is to plead your case in receiving a favorable answer

In understanding supplication, you must understand first that the word of God is in itself a legal document.

Remember what it is called “TESTAMENT”

In many ways it is put in a legal format.

Supplication simply means “Petition”

That is ‘a formal request addressed to an official person, or to an organized body, having power to grant it.

Also, it is a form of appeal against mistaken verdicts and as a means of rectifying inadequate legislation.

It also refers to bending of the knees, which denotes humility and honor.

The word means that literally or figuratively a person falls down on their knees in prayer before God.

Look at this example in 1 Kings 8:54

And it was so, that when Solomon had made an end of praying all this prayer and supplication unto the LORD, he arose from before the altar of the LORD, from kneeling on his knees with his hands spread up to heaven.

Back to 1 Timothy

1 Timothy 2:1 I exhort therefore, that, FIRST OF ALL, SUPPLICATIONS, prayers, intercessions and giving of thanks, be done for all men.

Here Apostle Paul also said “I exhort”

To exhort is to strongly urge or persuade.

In a stronger sense, it also means to order or summon.

Like being summoned to appear before a court; the court of heaven in our case.

In our case it is not really an option.

We are called or ordered to supplicate or present our petition before the court of heaven.

Now how do we supplicate?

The first thing I want you to know is that your petition stands, and falls based upon its evidence.

Before God can receive your prayer, your supplication must be acknowledged.

Psalm 6:9

The LORD hath heard my supplication; the LORD will receive my prayer.

Apostle John also says in 1 John 5:24 – 25

And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

How does this work?

The Word of God is your evidence and your merit

For your supplication to carry strong merits, the argument should be based on the written word of God.

This is as you bring Him into remembrance of His own word or promise.

The error in many of us is that in prayer we are not supplicating first.

We serve a God of order who has placed his word in a legal format.

Look at these Hebrews 12:23 – 24

To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.

God the Father is the Great judge,

Christ the Son is our Advocate and mediator 1 John 2:1

The devil is the accuser – Rev 12:10

And you are the accused.

We need to be aware of this legal system in the spiritual realm.

In supplicating therefore, you must.

  1. Specify your appeal; know what you want: This is your prayer request
  2. Be armed with the reality of who you are: This is when you support your prayer request with Gods promise or word about you.
  3. Present your strong reasons: Here is when you begin to cite the relevant scriptures which gives you the right to contend, reason or appeal your case with God
  4. Produce references in arguing your case, showing how your situation is inconsistent with God’s promise concerning you.
  5. To strengthen your case, you can then continue to call examples of people in the scriptures who experienced the order of your desire.

From all these you can see that if the word in you is weak, your capacity to supplicate will be compromised.

God Himself called us to reason with him. – Isaiah 1:18

Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

God himself invites us to come and reason with Him, to bring forth our petitions, our supplications.

Hebrews 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.

Therefore, come boldly with your reasons in supplication.

Tell God what you have found in his word and prove how it’s contrary to what the devil is throwing at you.

Show God you have a strong case based upon the promises in his word.

You do this by sitting down with yourself and searching the scriptures and writing the ones that cover your situation.

In God’s case you get answer when you bring to him what he has said in His word.

God wants us to bring our cases to him based on His word.

He is willing to answer a prayer based on evidence of His word.

Isaiah 41:21

Produce your cause, saith the LORD; bring forth your strong reasons, saith the King of Jacob.

Your case should carry evidence and strong reasons for it to be heard.

This is why James said in James 4:3

Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.

Coming without strong reasons is asking amiss; which is why people do not receive

In prayer many of us are praying but not praying through because our prayers are without substance.

Isaiah 43:26

Put me in remembrance: let us plead together: declare thou, that thou mayest be justified.

Look at it I amplified version

Put Me in remembrance [remind Me of your merits]; let us plead and argue together. Set forth your case, that you may be justified (proved right, acquitted) Isaiah 43 vs.26 AMP

i. Remind me of your merits

ii. Plead and argue your case

iii. Justified, proved right or acquitted

To pray a prayer of supplication you must be able to bring Him into remembrance of His word, giving citation as a way of appealing a case.

Your strong reasons will determine if you will be justified and your supplication heard or not.

This is how God expect us give supplications in prayer.

Supplication is a way of bringing God into remembrance or bringing his word back to him.

Find scriptures that cover your case.

You must take God at his WORD!

This is why you must settle down with God’s word.

This is how you can be quick to gather facts on what the word says, to bring it before the LORD.

Let us in closing look at an example in scriptures of a man who “REASONED WITH GOD”

Exodus 32:9 – 14

And the LORD said unto Moses, I have seen this people, and, behold, it is a stiffnecked people: Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may wax hot against them, and that I may consume them: and I will make of thee a great nation. And Moses besought the LORD his God, and said, LORD, why doth thy wrath wax hot against thy people, which thou hast brought forth out of the land of Egypt with great power, and with a mighty hand? Wherefore should the Egyptians speak, and say, For mischief did he bring them out, to slay them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth? Turn from thy fierce wrath, and repent of this evil against thy people. Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, thy servants, to whom thou swarest by thine own self, and saidst unto them, I will multiply your seed as the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have spoken of will I give unto your seed, and they shall inherit it for ever.

When Moses prayed like this what happened?

14 And the LORD repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people.

You can see that Moses was aware of God’s word and covenant He made with Abraham; in his supplication he made reference by way of bringing the Lord into remembrance of his word.

Psalm 138:2

for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.

This is greatly amazing that God is ready to respond to you if only you can make your case.

It now over to you to make your case.

This year you will go forward

Jesus is Lord

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