Who Is God and Why Does He Want to Talk to Us
Scripture: Deuteronomy 4:32-40
Deuteronomy 4:32-40 (NIV)
32 Ask now about the former days, long before your time, from the day God created man on the earth; ask from one end of the heavens to the other. Has anything so great as this ever happened, or has anything like it ever been heard of? 33 Has any other people heard the voice of God speaking out of fire, as you have, and lived? 34 Has any god ever tried to take for himself one nation out of another nation, by testings, by miraculous signs and wonders, by war, by a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, or by great and awesome deeds, like all the things the Lord your God did for you in Egypt before your very eyes? 35 You were shown these things so that you might know that the Lord is God; besides him there is no other. 36 From heaven he made you hear his voice to discipline you. On earth he showed you his great fire, and you heard his words from out of the fire. 37 Because he loved your forefathers and chose their descendants after them, he brought you out of Egypt by his Presence and his great strength, 38 to drive out before you nations greater and stronger than you and to bring you into their land to give it to you for your inheritance, as it is today. 39 Acknowledge and take to heart this day that the Lord is God in heaven above and on the earth below. There is no other. 40 Keep his decrees and commands, which I am giving you today, so that it may go well with you and your children after you and that you may live long in the land the Lord your God gives you for all time.
- Who is this God to Whom We Pray?
- God Is Holy – Set Apart. Meeting with God in prayer is sacred / holy time.
- Holy means to be set apart. The word “holy” is associated with God’s perfect nature. It is God’s perfect nature that set Him apart from His creation and the creations of humanity.
- Prayer is conversing with God. It is a holy moment with God out Father. Prayer is a time that has been set apart for us and God.
- We know that we are on holy ground when we don’t want to leave His presence.
- God Is Omnipresent – God is Everywhere
- There is strength in knowing that God is near – Psalm 145:18 The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.
- God is everywhere all at once - Psalm 139:7-8 - Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
- God Is Outside of Time – God is not subject to the limits of time.
- Rev. 1:8 "I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, "who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty."
- God is not subject to anyone or anything.
- There is no problem that we have and no burden that we bear that God doesn’t know about. God is concerned about everything that occurs in our lives and He also knows all that is occurring.
- Other Attributes:
- Immutable – His nature doesn’t change
- Omnipotent – All powerful – more powerful than nuclear power or anything we might come up with.
- Eternal – No beginning and no end
- Immanent – active in His creation
- Why Does God Want to Talk to Us?
- God desires to reveal Himself to us. He knows us better than we know ourselves; yet He wants us to know Him better. He wants us to have an intimate relationship with Him.
- you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.
- If God knows everything and understands our every need; why do we need to pray? Numerous reasons - let me highlight a couple of them:
- We are instructed to pray – Matt. 5:4; 6:5; Romans 12:12; 1 Thes. 5:17; James 5:16
- James 5:16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. – James the brother of Jesus commands us to confess our sins to each other and pray for each other. Healing takes place because of prayer and confession. We need to take seriously both.
- 1 Thes. 5:17 simply commands us to pray continually. We are to be in an attitude of prayer as we mow grass as we drive down the road as we worship.
- We should follow Jesus’ example - Matthew 11:25-26 (NIV)
25 At that time Jesus said, "I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. 26 Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure.
- Prayer is how we communicate with, worship and praise God – Philippians 4:6; 1 Thes. 5:17
- Through prayer God allows us to participate in His works. Prayer can heal nations and grant us enough strength to endure trials, and it plays apart in bringing others to Christ. – 2 Chronicles 7:14; Isaiah 40:29-31; Hebrews 4: 15-16
- Prayer gives us power over evil. – Matt. 26:41; Mark 9:29; 1 Tim. 4:8; James 4:7
- Prayer is always available to us. – Psalm 139:7; Romans 8:38-39
- Psalm 139:7 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?
- Romans 8:38-39 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
- Prayer keeps us humble before God. – Jeremiah 32:17; John 15:5; Rom. 8:28; Col. 3:12; James 4:6-7; 1 Peter 5:5-7
- Prayer grants us the privilege of experiencing God. - John 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; 10:9-23
- Prayer strengthens the bonds among believers. – Eph. 6:18; Col. 4:2; 1 tim.2:12; James 5:13-16
- Prayer succeeds where other means have failed. – 1 Chronicles 16:11-12; Proverbs 3:5-6; Phil. 4:6-7; James 5:15-16
God Is Omniscient – God is All-Knowing. He is the beginning and end of all understanding.
2. There is nothing that God doesn’t know – think about that for a moment. He knows that nasty thought we have about someone or He knows when we lustfully look at someone or something. He knows our motives and our intentions which ought to make all of us squirm just a little bit. It sure makes me squirm.
The call to prayer has never changed. From the opening of Genesis to the close of Revelation, God calls us to prayer. He continues to beckon us to communicate with Him. God desires our fellowship; He doesn’t need our fellowship but He does want to be in fellowship with us.