Victoria Fellowship Church (VFC)
International and Interdenominational
House Fellowship for week commencing 25th September 2016
Quarter Theme: Standing On God’s Promises
Topic: I will answer you:
Texts: Jeremiah 33:1-16
Memory Verse: Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’ (Jeremiah. 33: 3)
God has promised Jeremiah that he will answer when he call upon Him. This was not an empty promise because the person that promised has the ability to fulfill all His promises. In Verse 2, before God made the promise, He reminded Jeremiah who He is- the one that made, formed and established the earth. Jeremiah faced a crisis, he was a prisoner, confined in the court of the prison (Vs.1), an unpleasant circumstance. He faced challenges with the plan he followed (opposite of what the King wants) and the predicament that followed were unpleasant. He was a holy man living in the midst of an unholy people. Israel, as a nation are suffering due to disobedience to God, and he is suffering right along with them. While he was in the prison, the Lord came to him with a word of hope, blessing and promise. It will be observed that verse 3, the key verse, is clearly divided into three segments, the Request (“Call upon me”), the Response (“and I will answer you”) and finally, the Result (“and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know “)
The Request indicates God’s invitation to Jeremiah to call on him, even in the mist of his crisis. God is asking that he focus on Him, talk to him and connect with him in faith. Notice the simplicity of the invitation, devoid of complications. God calls us to prayer, because He is calling us into a relationship and knowledge of Himself, which is the BEST THING for us. Notice again that it’s the second time that the word of the Lord came to him (V1) He is asking him to pray ceaselessly (1 Thess 5:17)
Notice the Response– “and I will answer you”. What a great assurance it was for Jeremiah. It’s been said that the greatest problem we deal with is not unanswered prayer; it is unoffered prayer! God’s response to our call in faith is to answer. His answer is for His glory and our good and for the strengthening of our faith. The Result of God’s answer to prayers and call is so that he can tell us the great and unsearchable things we do not know. No wonder Deut 29:29 said “The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law” The result of God’s answer to our prayers is revelation of his plan for us through the Holy Spirit that lives in us. The things the world do not know, he freely, by virtue of our relationship, reveals to us. Hallelujah!
QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION
- In your opinion, why should a Christian pray? Mark 11:24, Rev 3:20. Who benefits from prayers- God, ourselves or others- Explain your answer?
- Discuss why Jeremiah was at cross road (Jeremiah 32:1-5) and importance of God’s reassurance that He will answer him in Jeremiah 33:3. Is there any lesson for us?
- It’s been said that God’s answer to our prayer can be YES, NO or WAIT. Do you agree? Using personal examples or from the scriptures share with the group your experience.
- What are the hindrances to God answering prayers? James 4:3; Isaiah 59: 1-2