Sunday Sermon Series – The Guilt and Danger of Such a Nation as This

You may have noticed recently I have been posting many devotional thoughts concerning the trends in America. Here is a sermon from John Newton best known for composing Amazing Grace he was with his friend William Cowper a prolific hymn writer and excellent preacher. 

While Jeremiah was obviously speaking prophetically to the nation of Israel in Chapter 5, every nation that turns its back on the one true God of the universe should be equally forewarned. 

Jeremiah 5:29 Shall I not visit for these things? said the LORD: shall not  my soul be avenged on such a nation as this?

SERMON

The Guilt and Danger of Such a Nation as This

BY JOHN NEWTON

 

THREE times* the Lord God repeats, by his prophet, this alarming question. Their ingratitude and obstinacy were so notorious, their sins so enormous and aggravated, the sentence denounced against them, however severe, was so undeniably just, that, partial as they were to themselves, God is pleased to appeal to their own consciences, and to make them judges in their own cause; inviting, or rather challenging, them, to offer any plea why his forbearance and patience, which they had so long despised, should be still afforded them…

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Today’s Prayer 

Dear God,

We as a nation are in turmoil. We have partisan politics, ungodly laws, and tempers flaring over uncertain times. We ask you, Lord, to dwell among us, to not forsake you remnant, nor lift your hand of divine providence.  We confess our nation’s unworthiness of your mercy. 

We are comforted by the knowledge that You alone are our Savior and Lord, and the sovereign Master of life. We trust our nation to Your loving care, Lord. Send Your Spirit to touch the hearts of our nation’s leaders. Give them the wisdom to know what is right, and the courage to do it. Give us Your light and Your truth to guide us in our ways so that we may seek Your will in our lives and impact the world around us for Your Kingdom. In Jesus’ Name, we pray. Amen 

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How to Pray vs. How Not to Pray

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How to Pray vs. How Not to Pray

Is there a wrong way to pray? Of course. You can pray to the wrong gods, in the wrong places, for the wrong reasons. This is one of the reasons why Jesus taught his disciples the difference between right and wrong praying.

The context is the sermon on the mount. When the sermon gets to prayer, Jesus says:

“And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

“And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. . .” (Matthew 6:5-8).

In this passage we see how to pray vs. how not to pray.

How Not to Pray

In Exalting Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount, Daniel Akin asks this question: Why do people not attend church? He lists various reasons why:

• The church is boring.
• The services last too long.
• I once got hurt in the church.
• The church just wants your money.
• I don’t like organized religion.
• The church is too political.
• My needs aren’t being met.

(Personal note here, take a good look at this list for not going to church. Not one of them is about the Word of God being falsely preached or taught, God not being honored or Glorified, all these reasons are based on selfishness.) 

I would add also that many people don’t go to church because they aren’t believers and don’t love God or his people. Not to mention the idols of expressive individualism and busyness in our culture.

But the most common reason, according to what Akin has heard, is because the church is filled with hypocrites.

Hypocrites. Interestingly, the word hypocrite shows up over 12 times in Matthew’s Gospel alone. In this text on prayer, Jesus gives the example of hypocritical praying as a guideline for how not to pray…

CONTINUED AT SOURCE: How to Pray vs. How Not to Pray