• Pastor Neville McDonald

Blow the Trumpet!

We as the people of God are able to sound an alarm as watchmen.

In the old testament, they would blow a trumpet and the trumpet would be a signal. There were signals when they would go to war, when the war ended, there were signals to move.

We heard a trumpet this past weekend as the Jewish community celebrated Rosh Hashanah to declare a new season as it is the beginning of a new year.

When we begin to pray, the bible says that we lift up our voices as a trumpet. (Isaiah 58:1)

In Matthew 26:4, Jesus speaks to His disciples and says

“Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

Isn't that true? Our spirit man is willing but when you wake up at 5 in the morning and the Lord says “Pray”, you think “Are you serious? It is really cold, it's early, I need coffee.”

You don't necessarily have to be on your knees. You can be under your blanket and you begin to pray in those early hours. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak, which means we are more willing in our spirit man, our recreated man to press into the presence of God but our bodies get tired and struggle.

There is a place in prayer where you gain momentum and after you have gained momentum, that momentum carries you into the realms of God, the presence of God. To gain momentum, you have to start.

When we look at prayer, you will notice that in Luke 18:1, Jesus speaks a parable:

Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart.” It’s easy to lose heart. You become discouraged and you give up.

You say, “well, the Lord didn’t answer my prayer, what am I supposed to do now?”

We need to guard against discouragement which can lead to becoming despondent. When we pray and we don't see answers or the situation that we've been praying for goes the complete opposite direction we were praying, we can become discouraged which can cause us to give up.

But God isn't finished yet! When we stir ourselves up in the hope of Jesus, we are reminded that God may not move like we think He should, but He is at work, He does hear our prayers and we are not forgotten.

God is always available, always ready and longs to speak with you. When discouragement comes, because it will, take it to Him. Let Him walk with you through it restoring your hope. Just like David did when his child died. (Psalm 51)

Remember, God never slumbers nor sleeps. He is always awake, He is always ready, listening, He always hears us and He is ready to respond to you and I.

"Shout it aloud, do not hold back. Raise your voice like a trumpet. Declare to my people their rebellion and to the descendants of Jacob their sins." Isaiah 58:1

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