Tell it to Jesus!

7 May 2017 AM – Mark 1:29-34 – Mr17 – Scott Childs

Purpose: The purpose of this sermon is to urge people to tell their burdens to Jesus in faith.

Introduction: Read Mark 1:29-34. The words of the hymn “Tell it to Jesus” (Great Hymns 347) fit well with our scripture this morning. (Read it)

Transition: In today’s scripture, I find several principles about prayer that can be a help each of us when we pray.

The first principle about prayer is that …

1.        We must tell Jesus about EVERY burden

Once the Synagogue service had ended, Peter and Andrew took Jesus and their friends James and John to their home. The Bible says they went “forthwith” which means immediately after the service. Peter and Andrew lived there in Capernaum.

a.         They told Jesus of Peter’s sick mother-in-law
1)         We do not know how sick this woman was, but we know that she had a bad enough fever that she was in bed. (Note: Peter was a follower of Jesus but his family still got sick. Being a follower of Jesus does not mean that we will not have sickness or burdens.)
2)         They told Jesus about this sick woman.
3)         The devil wants us to think that we should not bother God with our little burdens. That is not true. God cares about our burdens, sicknesses, worries, difficulties, pains, trials, hardships whether large or small.
a)         (Psalms 55:22) “Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.”
b)         (1 Peter 5:7) “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”
c)         (Philippians 4:6-7) “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
4)         People in the Bible prayed for all sorts of needs.
a)         Hannah who prayed for a son (1Sa 2:1-10)
b)         David prayed for forgiveness (Psa 51:1-3)
c)         Solomon prayed for wisdom (1 Kings 3:6-9)
d)         Elijah prayed for drought and rain (Jas 5:17-18)
e)         Hezekiah prayed for longer life (2 Kings 20:3)
f)          Gideon prayed for proof of God’s call (Judg 6:36)
g)         Paul prayed for healing (2Co 12:8)
5)         What did James the half-brother of Jesus say was one reason that God does not answer prayer for us? (James 4:2) “Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.”
b.         That day at Peter’s house, their prayer was simple
1)         They did not make a long fancy prayer. They simply told Jesus that Peter’s mother-in-law was sick.
2)         God knows all about your need before you even ask, but He wants to you ask. (Matthew 6:8) “Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.”
3)         Prayer is simply talking to God. Though we cannot see Him, He is always present. He knows what is best for us so He does not always give us exactly what we desire, but He often tells us to ask (Mt 7:7; 18:19; 21:22; Lu 11:9; Jn 14:13-14; 16:23-24, 26)
O  Principle #1, we must tell Jesus EVERY burden.

The second principle about prayer is that …

2.        We must tell Jesus our burdens RIGHT AWAY.

Whether Peter knew before he left home that morning that his mother-in-law was sick or not, we do not know, but note what they did as soon as they entered the house that afternoon.

a.         They told Jesus right away
1)         They did not wait. The word “anon” in verse 30 is often translated immediately.
2)         As soon as they got to Peter’s house they told Jesus about the sick woman. They did not first give her medicine. They did not first take her to the doctor. The first thing they did was to tell it to Jesus.
3)         Is fellowship with God so natural to you that prayer is the very first thing that comes to your mind when faced with a burden?
b.         The Lord does not want prayer to be our last resort
1)         The Psalmist prayed right away. (Psalms 118:5) “I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, and set me in a large place.”
2)         Jesus told his disciples to pray to prevent temptation. (Matthew 26:41) “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
3)         In prison, in the midst of their trial, before they even tried to sleep, Paul and Silas prayed. (Acts 16:25) “And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.”
4)         If we lack wisdom, James 1:5 tells us what we are to do right away. “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”
5)         If we are not careful we will exhaust every possible human solution to our problem before we think to pray.
6)         We may start to fret and worry instead of pray.
7)         We may begin to say “What if this” or “What if that” when we ought to be on our knees praying.
O  Principle #2, we must tell Jesus our burdens RIGHT AWAY.

The third principle about prayer is that …

3.        We must tell Jesus in FAITH

a.         People of Capernaum believed Jesus could help them.
1)         They took their sick loved ones to Jesus that very evening. They did not wait until morning.
2)         Earlier at the Synagogue, they saw Jesus cast demons out of the possessed man. They were fearfully amazed at his authority over the demonic world.
3)         They now believed that Jesus could cure others in their town. Motivated by faith, they brought their sick and demon possessed to Jesus that evening.
b.         Faith is acting upon trusted information.
1)         When you pray in faith, you are saying “I believe God cares about my need, He is able to meet this need, and I trust Him to answer in the best way for me.” God does not always give us what we want, but He gives what is best. We should pray, “Thy will be done.”
2)         The book of James reminds us that when we pray, we must ask in faith. (James 1:6-7) “But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.”
3)         That evening at Capernaum we find three kinds of faith:
a)         Experienced faith: The man healed of demon possession had faith because he knew what Jesus had done for him.
b)         Observation faith: Many people who observed Jesus healing in the synagogue had faith to bring loved ones to Jesus for healing.
c)         Second-hand faith: Others who were told by friends what Jesus had done, in faith brought their sick to Jesus for healing.
4)         You can have these are three kinds of faith. You can have experienced faith when God answers prayer for you. You can have observation faith when you see God answer prayer for your friends. You can have second-hand faith when others (including the Bible) tell you what Jesus has done. Obviously experienced faith is the strongest kind.
5)         When we have met God’s requirements for proper prayer, the result that follows is God’s answer.
6)         If God does not seem to answer prayer for you, you need to do a study on qualifications and hindrances to prayer. If you need help come and talk to me about it.
Conclusion: Have you been telling your burdens to Jesus? Have you been telling Jesus EVERY burden? Have you been telling Jesus your burdens RIGHT AWAY? Have you been telling Jesus your burdens IN FAITH?

Song: Teach Me to Pray – 346