Prayer Meeting (April 06, 2016)
Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. — James 5:16
Prayer Meeting service start with testimony sharing and led by Brother Arminio Gumalot.
Congregational Singing led by Brother Christian Tolentino.
“Sweet Hour of Prayer”
“Holy, Holy, Holy ”
Special Number “Melody of Love”
Preaching of the Word of God by Pastor James E. Estenilo
Why Do We Suffer?
Text: II Corinthians 1:3-11.
Introduction: The Corinthians wanted to know just why both they and Paul suffered as children of God. We often ask or question why some things come into our lives. (John 16:33) God never promised us a life without pain and suffering. Job, a righteous man could bear testimony to this in his life. He said in Job 5:7, “Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward.” Also in Job 14:1, he said, “Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble.” Trouble, pain and suffering are a part of our existence upon this sinful earth. In this passage Paul gives some insight as to why we are permitted to suffer as Christians.
1. That We Might Know God’s Comfort. (Vs. 3-5)
One reason we as Christians are permitted to suffer is to feel or experience the comfort of God. The word “comfort” or even “Consolation” is used ten times in verses one thru seven. The word means “to call to one’s side.” Paul proclaim God as a God of comfort that will come to the side of His children when they suffer. Isaiah 41:10, 13; 43:2-3. When we suffer we learn about our great God of Comfort.
A. His sufficiency. What a wonderful blessing it is to know that we have a God that is sufficient to help us. Each member of Trinity is a comforter: The Father in II Corinthians 1:3, and the Sn and Spirit in John 14:16.
B. His Sacrifice. Knowing of the sufferings of Christ gives us comfort to go on. Hebrews 12:1-4. Because suffer we are able to know the God of comfort.
2. That We Might Comfort Others. (Vs. 4, 6-7) God allows us to suffer for the sake of others.
A. The Equipping. (Vs. 4) As we endure various trials and tribulations it equips us to be prepared to come to the aid of others who shall experience some of the same things. When God comforts us it is not an end to itself, but it is designed for a larger end for which the particular man is used. As the recipients of God’s comfort and mercies we become the instruments of the same. The school of affliction is a school of comfort and the school of comfort is a school of sympathy. Every right we possess is a duty. We are blessed to bless. We are comforted to comfort. We are given to give back to others.
B. The Energizing. (Vs. 6) Paul realized that as he suffered and was comforted by God in the sight of the Corinthians; it is energized them to do the same. The next time you encounter trials realize others are watching your life. How you respond to trials will either be an encouragement or discouragement to others as they face the same.
C. The expectation. (Vs.7) Paul expected the Corinthians to follow his example and become partakers of the sufferings of Christ. I Thessalonians 2:13-14. He expected them to bring comfort to others. God expects us to use our experiences for the benefit of others.
3. That Our Confidence Would Be In God. (Vs. 8-11) Long suffering encourage us to place our confidence and trust in God, the one who can handle all things.
A. Paul’s Trouble, (Vs. 8-9) Paul learned then to place is confidence in God. He did not die, and God was faithful to deliver him. Sometimes God puts us in a place where we can only look up to Him. This is a valuable lesson to learn.
B. Paul’s Trust In God’s Power (Vs. 10) Paul gives threefold, testimony of deliverance.
- Past Tense: “delivered” refers both to his past experience in trials and his salvation experience. This is regeneration-deliverance from sin’s penalty. John 5:24
- Present Tense: “doth deliver” refers to God’s continuous provision. This is sanctification deliverance from sin’s power. Philippians 2:12-13.
- Future Tense: “will yet deliver” refers to Paul’s confidence in future trials with hope of resurrection. This is glorification deliverance from the presence of sin. Philippians 3:21.
C. Paul’s Trust In Prayer. (Vs. 11) Paul depended upon the prayers of God’s people to support and sustain him. We should faithfully pray for our friends and loved ones that are facing trials and suffering. Ephesians 6:18-19. How many times do we forget to pray and take all the problems upon our own shoulders? Do you pray believing and remembering how the Lord has delivered you will we ever comprehend with these finite minds all the ways the Lord has delivered us until we get to heaven?
Pray more often and you will be lifted more often.
Offering prayer also from Pastor James E. Estenilo
Closing Prayer from Brother Romy Orocay.
Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;
— 2 Corinthians 1:3