Mission Impossible – October 19, 2015

Today’s Scripture… “And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, BELIEVING, ye shall receive.”  Matthew 21:22

Thoughts for Today…
It was like something straight out of the movies.  The bad guy killed one of the good guys.  Then, because it made him look tough in front of the other bad guys, he decides to kill again.  He chooses his victim, but decides to wait until there is a larger audience for his murder.  So, he locks the good guy up, intending to wait just a bit until a crowd can gather to watch.

Of course, he goes through all of the standard precautions so the good guy can’t escape.  First things first, he ties the good guy up.  In fact, he secures him with chains.  Then, he places a guard on either side of the good guy.  He continues to make it impossible to escape by locking them all in a small room.  Finally, he places more guards at the door of the room, the only possible way out.

Here’s where things get kind of fun to watch.  It’s in the middle of the night and the good guy is sound asleep, which in itself is kind of typical of the big screen hero.  Even though he’s going to be killed in a few hours, he’s resting comfortably, in chains, between two guards, in a guarded, secured room.  No problem.  So, it’s in the middle of the night and suddenly someone turns on a light and slaps the good guy across the head and he wakes up.  Now, get this.  The guy with the light says, “Get up and get dressed.”  Without stopping to realize that he can’t get up because he’s bound, the good guy gets up and finds that the chains fall harmlessly at his feet.  He gets dressed and follows the guy with the light.  Strangely enough, neither the two guards beside him, nor the locked door, nor the guards at the door, give them any trouble as they make their escape.   It was a clean getaway.

I would entitle this story “Mission:  Possible,”  God simply calls it Acts Chapter 12, verses 1-10.  It’s the story of Herod, Peter, the guards and the Angel of the Lord.  What I find most interesting about this account is two verses.  Verse five tells us, “Peter therefore was kept in prison:  but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him.”  The church was praying for the release of Peter.  But, how expectantly were they praying?  A few verses later in verse sixteen, after the above scenario had played out, as Peter was knocking at the door of the gate of those who were praying for his release, the Bible tells us, “Peter continued knocking; and when they had opened the door and saw him, they were astonished.”  When God granted the very thing they had prayed for, the Bible tells us these believers were astonished.  I’m astonished that they were astonished that God had answered prayer!

I wonder how many times we pray and don’t really expect God to answer.  How many times do we pray and give God a way out?  For instance.  Here’s a prayer that I have prayed.  “Father, I ask that you would save _______ today.  God, if you don’t, then please keep them safe until they come to that place where they
accept you.”  What I have done is say, in essence, “God, please answer this prayer, but here’s another option if you decide you don’t want to.”  What kind of faith is that?

How many times do we really expect God to answer when we pray?

Christian, God is a God of great things.  It’s time we start expecting great things from Him.  He’s the same God who parted the Red Sea.  He’s the Same God who caused 24 feet thick walls to tumble down at the sound of trumpets and shouts.  He’s the same God who caused fire to burn where there was water, healed the sick, fed 5,000 with a few loaves of bread.  He’s the same God who spoke into existence everything that we see.  There is nothing so big that God can’t handle, and nothing so small that He doesn’t care about it.  It’s time we start allowing God to be God instead of placing limitations and restrictions on what we will ask Him in prayer.

The world looks at certain situations and problems and hardships and struggles, maybe what you are facing this morning,  and says, “There’s no way.  It cannot be done.”

God simply smiles and says, “Mission:  Possible.” And the chains loose, the waters part and the giant falls.
That’s the God we serve.  That’s the God we pray to.

Seems like a good time to pray, doesn’t it?

Have a “Wonderful DAY in Christ,”
Pastor Terry
Family Worship Center

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