A Sermon Delivered at St. Stephen Episcopal Church on Sunday, July 24, 2016

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THEME: Prayer Can Make the Impossible, Possible

TEXT: Text: Like 11:1-13; Genesis 18: 20-33; Colossian 2:6-15

INTRODUCTION: There has been much talk about our country’s current situation. Talk about the way things are going on in the country. This has led some to believe that it will be impossible for Liberia to move any further.

Some are so frustrated, to the extent that they wish this country could be mortgage or managed by a different body.

Individuals are concerned about their future, especially when life is catching up on them. What have we to show that we have accomplished, they say? We have gone 169 years of existence. They hear people say, Liberia will be better. But for them, when will this be? The saying that: “Dog meat is sweet but what will we be eating before the dog gets dried?”

We have talked a lot; it is time that we inter-spice talks with prayer. This is because prayer can make the impossible, possible.

Under the theme: “Prayer can Make the Impossible, Possible” we will consider three points.

The Person of Prayer
The Process of Prayer
The Prospect of Prayer

In the Gospel lesson taken from Luke 11:1-13 Jesus’ Disciples asked Him to teach them how to pray. Even though they had been with Jesus for a while, they did not know how to pray. This is a typical example of those who claim to be Christian for so many years but are not exemplifying the true character of a Christian. They brag about this, but they have no fruit to show their work of their Christianity.

This is an indication that it is not how long you have been a Christian but how well you have attracted others to the Christian faith through the life you live.

The Person of Prayer must have a personal relationship with Christ in order to communicate with him. This will afford him/her the opportunity to see the impossibilities in life and pray against them. Our country is becoming polluted more and more with lots of immoral attention. The minds of the people are corrupted with ungodly practices. These corrupt practices are spilling into our churches. It is killing the spirituality of the Church.

We point finger at Government to be corrupt, failing to know that corruption is not only about stealing money and squandering our country resources. Of course, this too is very wrong. We see corruption also as living recklessly, undermining each other, and living immorally. Sexual immorality in Liberia is no different from the one practiced in Biblical times – in Sodom and Gomorrah. Family life is another troubling situation in our country. Families are not together as it was in the past. It is hurting the sanctity and unity of society.

Others are saying that there will be no peaceful transition in 2017. It will be impossible. This is because of the problem of exclusion and social injustice that have the propensity of undermining peace and security in Liberia.

In the Wednesday, July 20, 2016 edition of the Liberian Daily Observer, it was reported that upon the arrival of our President, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, at the RIA from the African Union (AU) Conference, she lamented the disappointing attitude of Liberians towards the country’s transformation. She named Ethiopia and Rwanda as two countries being massively transformed by their citizens’ disciplined, hard work and patriotism. She made mentioned of bad work ethics, laziness and indiscipline among the citizens that may be serving as hindrances for true transformation.

Hence, the President and her able lieutenants have a greater challenge to put into place system that will curtail these concerns raised by her. We must accept that we are lagging behind in many areas of growth. We have gone 169 years of independence but we are yet dependent on others for growth. Even though we have all the necessary potentials and resources in our country that should lead us to better growth and development, we are still being challenged in the area of revenue collection. The inflation of our country’s currency is yet another indicator that we are lagging behind.

All these interpret the “impossible” for Liberia and Liberians. Nevertheless, I have a strong assurance, that these can be conquered through prayers. This is because, with God, all things are possible.

The Process of Prayer

As we consider praying for the situation in our lives and country, we must be spiritually prepared. James 5:16 tells us, “the prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” So, in order to pray and get good results, we must be in right standing with God. We must do everything possible to get rid of these obstacles in our lives that would serve as hindrances to our prayer. The Psalmist in Psalm 66:18 said: “If I have cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.” Sin will hinder our prayers from being answered.

As we pray for the impossible to be made possible in our country, Liberians must be free from the act of lies, failure to forgive, hatred, deceit, pretense, hypocrisy and bitterness. I can understand that the act of exclusion and social injustice might be giving rise to most of these behaviors. Hence, we must rid ourselves of these if we will pray against the impossibilities.

As we prepare in our prayer life, we must be positive in our thinking and utterances.

In Mark 9:23, Jesus said: “All things are possible to them that believe.” I believe that God’s words for moving Liberia forward are settled. This is because He is a God that never lies… (Numbers 23:19). Also, in Mark 11:24, we are told by Jesus that whatever we ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it and it will be yours. We must not only be positive but we must confess positively towards our situations.

In James chapter three (3), we are reminded that “Life and death lies in the tongue.” Proverb 23:7 reads “As a man thinks, so is he.” Liberians, it is about time that we began to confess positively on our situation and country. When we prepare in prayer, we should be positive in our thinking and utterances.

We must be persistent like the man who wanted help from his friend in Luke chapter eleven. Because of the man’s persistence, he was able to get what he requested for. We must not only be persistent; we must also be patient when we pray. God has a threefold answer to our prayers. He will say no, yes or wait. No, it is not good for you. Yes, it is good for you or wait, I will make it better for you.

To all Liberians, God is saying wait. It will be better. I am preparing a better future for you. I am preparing a better Liberia for you. WAIT! Or be PATIENT. Habakkuk 2:3b says though the vision lingers, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.” Though the night may be long, day will “surely break.”

Day will break for Liberia.

The Prospect of our prayer will be that Liberia at 169 will rise beyond the present.

STAY PRAYERFUL FOR LIBERIA. GOD BLESS.

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