Jennifer Downs (Oklahoma Visiting Worker) - Okotoks Special Meetings - Morning Meeting, December 17, 2006

Hymn 3, "Tell Me Again"


It is a great privilege to be here.  My thoughts have been on that little word “again.”  In our study last week in Mark 14: 36, “Jesus went and prayed that, if it were possible, the cup be taken from Him: nevertheless not what I will, but what Thou wilt.” …not My will but Thy will.  He asked the disciples, Peter, James, and John to watch and pray, lest they enter into temptation but returned to find them sleeping.  The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak.  This wasn’t just for the apostles but He prayed for Himself also, and went again (verse 39) and again to pray.  To give up is so easy.  We forget how patient God is, that He doesn’t mind that we come again and again to Him. 

In 1 Samuel 23, the Philistines were fighting against Keilah and robbing the threshingfloors and David enquired of the Lord what he should do.  The Lord said, “Go and smite them and save Keilah.” David’s men were afraid and he was confused and wondered what he should do.  Circumstances confuse our convictions and make us feel hopeless, but David went and prayed again.  Verse 4, “David enquired of the Lord yet again.  And the Lord answered him and said, 'Arise, go down to Keilah; for I will deliver the Philistines into thine hand.'”  God gave him a more sure answer.  “Go and I will deliver.”  God wasn’t angry that he inquired again. God doesn’t mind if we come again and again.

In Judges 6, Israel feared other gods.  They were oppressed and greatly impoverished because of the Midianites.  The Lord appeared to Gideon and said, “The Lord is with thee.  Go in thy might and save Israel.”  But Gideon, that mighty man of valor needed more assurance before the battle and he prayed and the Lord assured him, “Surely I will be with thee.”  Gideon needed to know again if God would be with him.  He said, “Shew me a sign that Thou talkest with me."  The angel showed him it was God speaking.  Then he wanted another sign and so he asked again.  God didn’t mind that.  God said, "If you’re not sure, just go down and I’ll give you another sign."  There are things in this world that we fear.  God doesn’t mind if we ask again and again, and He will remind us again and again.  God is longsuffering to His children.  He is like a father with little children.

The children of Israel forgot His power in three days after the Red Sea experience, so they needed help again.  We forget so quickly and need to be reminded again and again.  We can’t give up hope; we must beg again and again.  Tell me again, show me again, help me again.  

There were two deaths in Oklahoma this week.  One was a woman who once had a meeting in her home and she quit praying.  She was hit by a drunk driver on Wednesday.  It’s sad, because hope is gone.  If we’re not sure, just go again, just pray again, beg again, ask again.  God is patient with us.