“For your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him,” by Louis A. Dole

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“For your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.” – Matthew 6:8

Readings

Amos 9:11-15 · Matthew 6:1-13 · Psalm 97

Sermon

We are brought into this world and gifted with life. We did not ask for it. We cannot refuse it. We cannot give it away or do away with it. We must live forever, whether we will or no.

We do not live from ourselves, God created us and from moment to moment gives us life, and He has given His Word to tell us things which we could not find out for ourselves and to reveal to us the purpose and the way of life. For without a knowledge of the Lord and of His providence over us life here cannot be understood.

We know that we are born in helpless ignorance, knowing neither what we need nor how to obtain it. Through our parents we are provided for. As we grow into childhood and youth, we do not know what we need. If our own desires were granted fulfillment, we should soon come to irreparable harm. And as we grow into manhood and womanhood and become independent, we still must look outside of ourselves for the light to guide us. There is only One who really knows our needs. To give us light upon the path of life He gave the Scriptures, that we may know Him and His purposes for us, for without a knowledge of our Creator and of the purpose of our creation life here cannot be understood.

All religion is based on three essential principles: first, the acknowledgment of God as the object of worship; second, the sense of obligation to Him as manifested by a life according to His precepts; and third, as an intermediate between the other two, the acceptance of Divine revelation, which makes known who and what God is and what His precepts are. These three principles are of necessity involved in every religious system. Religion cannot exist even in name if any one of them is wanting.

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“And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them,” by Louis A. Dole

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“And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.” – 2 Kings 6:16

Readings

2 Kings 6:8-23 · Revelation 7:1-3, 9-17 · Psalm 91

Sermon

The Word is more than the history of what took place in the past. The event of which our text speaks took place nearly three thousand years ago but, spiritually interpreted, it is an event that takes place today. “Thy Word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever,” It is even so. In times of distress and danger, when we are fighting against the enemies of truth and goodness, it is good to know that “they that be with us are more than they that be with them.” In fact since the Resurrection the Lord is more fully present with us than before. His love and care reach down to every individual. He is no less mindful of one person than of another, for He is love or goodness itself.

The hosts of Syria had come up in hostile array against the kingdom of Israel. Their plans had more than once been thwarted by the prophetic counsels of Elisha. Against him, therefore, they directed their efforts. Their king sent an army to the city of Dothan, where he was, in order to capture him. They came by night and compassed the city about. After stating these facts, the account proceeds as follows: “And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do? And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them. And Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.”

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“Whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, I will do it,” by Louis A. Dole

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March 8, 1959

“Whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, I will do it.” – John 14:13

Readings

1 Kings 8:35-52 · John 14:1-14 · Psalm 25

Sermon

In the Christian religion prayer is fundamental and vital. In the worship of the Jewish Church the smoke of the incense represented the ascending of prayer to the Lord. So they were commanded to build an altar for the burning of incense which was to be placed before the Holy of Holies in the tabernacle.

“Thou shalt make an altar to burn incense upon… And thou shalt overlay it with pure gold… And thou shalt put it before the vail that is by the ark of the testimony, before the mercy seat that is before the testimony, where I will meet with thee.” And through Malachi the Lord commanded: “From the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering: for my name shall be great among the heathen, saith the Lord of hosts.”

Often prayers are likened to incense. In the Psalms we read, “Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice,” and in Revelation we read of the golden vials full of incense “which are the prayers of saints.”

Prayer holds a prominent place throughout the Word. There are many prayers in the Old Testament. Our first lesson was from Solomon’s prayer at the dedication of the temple. The Psalms are for the most part prayers. And in the Lord’s life on earth prayer held a conspicuous place. He prayed constantly. All of the seventeenth chapter of John is a prayer. And He ended His life with prayer. He taught us an all-inclusive prayer, and has bidden us “always to pray.” He said of the temple, “My house shall be called a house of prayer.” And He has given us the assurance that whatsoever is asked in His name He will grant.

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“Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them,” by Louis A. Dole

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“Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.” – Matthew 6:1

Readings

Isaiah 58 · Matthew 6:1-18 · Psalms 82, 83

Sermon

The text is one of the well known passages from the Sermon on the Mount. The Word is the book of life, given that it may be for us the guide of life. The Psalmist writes, “How sweet are thy words unto my tastes yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.” The Word is here pictured not only as a light of the mind, but also as cherished in the heart. The truths of the Word may be in our minds, yet if they are not received in the heart, they will not be wrought out in our lives. The Word should be in the heart. The Lord in His love and mercy speaks through His Word and when the Lord speaks to His children, how gladly should He expect them to listen and to treasure His words!

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