“Praying Until Your Plague Stops”

“Praying Until Your Plague Stops”
Dr. Delman Coates
St. Paul’s Baptist Church

We often times search for reasons and excuses to do what we know is wrong.  For example, speeding when we know it’s against the law.  Finding loopholes within the tax codes so that we dont have to pay all the taxes we are required to pay.  In the same manner, we also look for spiritual loopholes to get out of what we know we should be doing.  There is one thing we definitely should NEVER try to escape from doing, and that’s praying.  Luke 18:1 and Philippians 4:6 are just reminders that we should ALWAYS pray; in any and all situations.

Aaron & Moses Numbers 16:41-50 (NIV)

Moses and Aaron were trying to get the Israelites to where God wanted them to be; in a promise land of milk and honey.  They had to work for what God had in store for them.  If God speaks anything into your life, you’re going to have to work for it. 

41 The next day the whole Israelite community grumbled against Moses and Aaron. “You have killed the LORD’s people,” they said.  42 But when the assembly gathered in opposition to Moses and Aaron and turned toward the tent of meeting, suddenly the cloud covered it and the glory of the LORD appeared.  43 Then Moses and Aaron went to the front of the tent of meeting, 44 and the LORD said to Moses, 45 “Get away from this assembly so I can put an end to them at once.” And they fell facedown.  46 Then Moses said to Aaron, “Take your censer and put incense in it, along with burning coals from the altar, and hurry to the assembly to make atonement for them. Wrath has come out from the LORD; the plague has started.”  47 So Aaron did as Moses said, and ran into the midst of the assembly. The plague had already started among the people, but Aaron offered the incense and made atonement for them.  48 He stood between the living and the dead, and the plague stopped.  49 But 14,700 people died from the plague, in addition to those who had died because of Korah. 50 Then Aaron returned to Moses at the entrance to the tent of meeting, for the plague had stopped.

What do you do when a plague hits your life?  Your first response should be that of Moses; prayer!  Moses led the Israelites in prayer during the first sign of trouble.  Prayer has the power to stop the plague.  It gives us strength to get through it.  Once you have prayed over the plague in your life, THE POWER COMES ON!!!

How long must you pray for?  I know many of us have seen the popular acronym P.U.S.H:  Pray until something happens. This is exactly what we must do.  Pray until your plague stops.  If it isn’t over yet, KEEP PRAYING!!!!  1 Thessalonians 5:17 reminds us that we should “Pray without ceasing.” 

Something to think about:  Prayer isn’t just what we do on our knees but when we get up as well.  You have to turn your prayers into actions.  You can’t pray for good health and continue to make poor eating habits.  You can’t pray for a great marriage and then continue to ignore the needs of your spouse.  You can’t pray for good finances and continue to spend more money than you have coming in.  God will do His part but we must do ours as well in being proactive.  God wants us to believe and trust that He can do anything for us.

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