I Chronicles 21:8 (MSG) – Then David prayed, “I have sinned badly in what I have just done, substituting statistics for trust; forgive my sin-I’ve been really stupid.”
I Chronicles 21:9 (MSG) – God answered by speaking to David’s pastor:
God is a prayer answering God. Many are the scriptures that marry prayer and heavenly answers together in holy matrimony. They are joined together and no man or devil can pull them asunder.
However, God’s answers aren’t committed to any one-delivery method. Our answers come in many different ways: direct voice from heaven, anonymous donor, a pointed passage of scripture, etc.
Usually God will use His preacher. This method isn’t as glamorous as the others – but very efficient.
David let his pride punish his future by pushing him to number the people of Israel. God came with consequences and David seized by conviction prayed for a merciful conclusion to his mess. God answered David through His preacher.
Many are the times a preacher will get a word from God and have no idea why he is preaching that particular point. You have been praying for a specific answer and God is answering you through the sermon you hear on Sunday.
I Corinthians 1:21 – For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
I Corinthians 1:22 – For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:
I Corinthians 1:23 – But we preach
God uses the simplicity of the spoken word to answer many of your prayers. The problem arises when we marry ourselves to a more demonstrative delivery method. The Jews wanted a sign, the Greeks looked for wisdom, but God used preaching to answer their prayers.
Thank God for preachers who are sensitive to the moving of the Spirit and allow Him to direct their speech and sermons. The page could be filled with the biblical illustrations of God hearing the cries of His people and mercifully responding by sending a preacher.
Preach to me Preacher:
1. Don’t miss a service. Each service could hold the sermon that unlocks your prison.
2. Don’t get distracted during the delivery of the message. Pay attention and write down the thoughts which move you.
3. Believe your unanswered prayer is going to be answered through your preacher’s message.
4. Pray for your preacher: that he will have the mind of Christ and flow with the current of the Spirit.
5. Don’t bring any problems to your preacher before the service. Let his mind be loosed to filter through the Spirit and the thoughts of Christ.
6. Let your preacher know when He has answered your prayer through his preaching. This encourages and edifies – it won’t puff him up.
7. There is an ebb and flow in preaching. The preacher says something, and you respond with amen’s and praise. This is how faith is loosed through preaching.
8. Learn your preacher’s unique style. Get on his frequency.
9. Familiar passages of scripture tend to produce a faulty perception; because we know the story we tend to tune out the truths. Be ready for an old passage to produce new truths.
10. Throw away your shovel. Sometimes we hear the word and think it’s for our neighbor, so we shovel the word over our shoulders. Believe every word is for you and receive it in kind.