2 Kings 3:1-27

2 Kings 3:1-27

2 Kings 3:15Vintage message from May 21, 2000. (Original message was cut of at the end.)

The one thing I see in life that we pursue within this nation is our own selfish comfort, and it has infiltrated the church in a very major way; that we within the church want to be comfortable. Understand, we are not called to comfort; that the blessing is for the ability that we would be able to love life and see good days, not to be “comfortable.” Do you understand that? There’s a difference between “comfort” and “good days”? A good day is one that you have faced the challenge, that you have walked headlong into adversity and have stood firm, still loving Jesus Christ, saying that, “My relationship with the Lord is stronger now than it was twelve hours ago. The Lord has brought me through. Today was a good day. It wasn’t comfortable by any means, but it was a good day…”

One of the things that I have observed as a believer, that oftentimes, the world, the people in the world, because they are struggling with something in their life, when they begin to struggle, who do they turn to? They turn to the believer. They turn to those that know and trust God, and they try to bring you into their problem…

What we see in our society today, there are fewer and fewer and fewer people who truly will stand up for the name of the Lord, that will stand on the clear teaching of God’s Word. We’ve diluted God’s Word so that it does not mean what it actually says. We’ve changed His Word so that it fits into our lifestyle. It makes us feel comfortable. We rip out whole pages, whole chapters, whole books, because they say the things we don’t want to hear. And so, by the time the world holds up its Bible, the Bible is meaningless…

We need to be in prayer. As believers, we need to be in prayer because remember, the ear of the Lord is attentive to the one who’s right with the Lord… Do you want the Lord to hear? Do you want the Lord to be part of what you’re doing? Pray first, and He will hear you, and He will be attentive to you…

Are we the kind of people that spend our time praying for our friends, praying for our family, and praying for our nation? Are we believers in such a way that God can call on us at any moment, even if it means sacrificing our life, sacrificing our home, sacrificing our pleasure, to be where God would have us to be, so that if He needs us, God can then perform a miracle through us?…

I hear people often ask, “You know, I pray. Why doesn’t God ever answer my prayer?” What is our heart attitudes when we pray? Our heart attitude oftentimes is, “God, do for me. Do for me.” Our attitude isn’t one of, “God, I want to be in Your presence. God, You do what You want to do. Say what You want to say.”

I will be in a right heart attitude. When I approach God, when I pray, I’m going to have my heart right before Him, and whatever He says, He says. If I like it or not, what He says goes. And that takes a right attitude before the Lord. And we don’t find that right attitude until we have spent time worshipping before the Lord. We do not spend near enough time before the Lord worshipping, calming our hearts, calming our minds, waiting for the Lord to say what He wants to say.

Pastor Dave Elkins