Prayer of Thanks

Welcome to this presentation from the Downey Seventh Day Adventist Church. We are located in the greater Los Angeles area at 9820 Lakewood Boulevard in Downey, California. We would love to have your worship with us any Saturday you are in our area Hi, friends and family. Welcome to Downey church. And I’m Pastor Chris, if this is your first time joining us want to say welcome. Let us know in the comment section or the live chat, who you are and where you are watching from I want to know, the reach of this ministry. So there’s a couple of quick things I want to make sure that you’re aware of; small groups. Right now we’re in the middle of our small group series, we’re working through prayer. And today we’re going to be focusing on Thanksgiving Last week, we’ve talked about adoration and confession. And we still actually have an additional three more topics that we’re going to be working through, not only in our sermon, but as well through our small groups. So we have meetings on Tuesday night, we do have two options on Wednesday, there is a Thursday option, but that’s for our youth and young adults. And then Friday afternoon, Friday evening. And last but certainly not least, is Sabbath afternoon So Email us at And as well, we can email you a PDF of our lessons guidebook. The other thing we also want to make sure that you’re aware of is that November 7, from three to five, we are having a church drive, food drive. And so you know whether you have some spare cans or you want to go to the store, and you want to fill up a cart, bring it! You just need to leave them in your bags or the boxes And we will literally come and pull it out of your trunk or your backseat. Just our within our local community, there is a ministry that’s literally serving hundreds of people. And so we want to be a part of that And to try to help you know, in our community to make sure families and individuals who you know, they need help. And as well, we want to make sure as many families can have a Thanksgiving meal, and not even maybe not even just Thanksgiving just to have a meal period. So make sure you’re aware of that marked down Nov 7, 3 to 5pm. So the other thing I just want to mention as well, thank you for our many volunteers, and especially for our small group leaders right now who are taking their time, extra time, especially to be able to prepare, and as well to lead these groups to make this ministry happen. Thank you so much. I’m grateful and honored that I get to work with so many awesome people. And as well, I’m inspired, and I as well. I’m even able to learn, perhaps maybe learn how to teach differently or to see a different perspective. So let’s continue in faith. And and as well, let’s continue to learn together and enjoy this time And as well for those who maybe are not leaving a small group, but you’re doing something for the work, whether it’s at the church or even just in your own home or your local community Thank you. And as well, I know, there’s so many things that God is doing. Alone this month, we’ve got two baptisms already that have taken place. And we have a family who are officially Joining us this month, and you’ll see them in a little bit, you’ll get to meet them, at least via video. So I’m super stoked about that. And God is doing wonderful things in spite of COVID in spite of many challenges that we are face, God’s work is still going. And as well The last thing if you need prayer, whether you want to let us know about a praise report that God is working in your life or you are requesting prayer for a need, whether it’s public or confidential. We have a prayer team standing by ready to pray for you. So let us know you can email us at or let one of our leaders know and as well they can pass it on to us And actually, this is really where I want to close. I was just want to read this Give thanks to the Lord for He is good. His love endures forever May you bask in God’s love and grace. And as well may you be thankful and have a great Sabbath day. Take care. Have a good one Father God, you were our Redeemer, our healer, our counselor, our coming King. You were the Alpha and the Omega at the beginning and the end. Lord, we thank you so much for loving us and we’ve just asked that you were drawn near to us Father, we pray that we could feel your presence in a mighty mighty way,

Lord, we lift up all of our friends and family to you, Lord that needs encouragement, that need jobs that need financial help, Lord, we just pray that they would reach to you and know that you were working on their behalf Father God. We pray that you would be with Pastor Chris and his wife, Lord, may You continue to guide and direct him. And we just thank you that we’re able to come together as a church family through the internet, Father God and just praise Your holy name and give you all the glory for everything that you do for a seen and unseen Father God. We lift up our president to you, Father, God. May you guide and direct him, may he hear your voice, Father God. And we ask that you would just reveal truth to each and every one of us Lord, we ask that you would be with the police and the firemen, Lord and the nurses and doctors and we just ask that you would be with our children also Lord, as the school year has started. And it may be a struggle for some Lord, as well as the parents Father, we just pray that they would just have a peace that surpasses all understanding, Father. Lord, we love you, and we praise you and we thank you for everything that you continually do for us And we pray all these things in Jesus name, amen Today we are here it’s a momentous occasion is October 17, and Heidi. You have chosen to dedicate your life to the Lord, you have been faithful And I’m so glad that you sought us out Lord works wonderful ways. And you’ve chosen to dedicate your life to follow Jesus for the rest of your life And even as well you mentioned Isaiah 41:10, to not be fearful to follow God, in all things. I would now like to baptize you in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit [splash, clapping] Awesome! Heidi, heaven is rejoicing and as well we welcome you into our church. We would like to pray for you now. Father in heaven today, Heidi has chosen to dedicate her life to you So Laura, we placed her into your hands. May you be with her, maybe your angels surround her and guide her every step of the day. And not only that, Lord, may she be a faithful witness, or through her enthusiasm, her smile and her energy Lord, may You use her gifts and talents as well for the work of the church and Lord, may she be a faithful member, and all things Lord as she continues to minister to her friends and our family. Lord be with her and especially as we as a church, Lord, may we embrace her Lord and mentor and guide and disciple her. Through you, Lord, thank you for the wonderful message that you’ve given to us, maybe be faithful and carrying that out in Jesus name, amen Well, good afternoon, friends, or good morning in this case, we want to say hello and as well today is a very special day in the life of Ryan and as well his father, Uriah. Uriah has been wanting to join this church for a long time and fortunately enough this last week, his transfer membership finally came through he comes from the they come from the Gardena Genesis church and now they are now a full official members of the Downey Florence church. So if you are give a give a little hand clap wherever you’re at And as well you’ve seen them before. And I know Ryan, he’s always loved children’s story and he’s going up there and he always loves to give a little two cents like everybody else And we’re just so thankful and joyful that they’ve chosen to make their home at the Downey Florence church. Today is also a very special day because Ryan is getting dedicated. And so I know it was Uriah his dream that they could come in together at the same time and be dedicated so today we’re going to dedicate him you know, when we look back in Scripture in the book of Luke, Jesus himself was brought by his parents to be dedicated the temple and it also shows in the gospels repeatedly Jesus love and care and affection for children. He always had a special emphasis for children And as well you know, I asked your dad what your full name was, and he said your your middle name was actually Caleb And Caleb has a very special name. You know, Caleb actually looked this up. Yeah. You’re you had extra. Caleb is meaning faithful, devotional, bold, and brave. And so that’s something that as you move forward in life, we’re gonna pray for that you live a life such as that And as well. We also want to pray for character wisdom, courage, strength and faithfulness. You know in the book of Deuteronomy as well,

there’s a sacred responsibility in raising your children in Jesus. It says, Here, O Israel, the Lord your God, the Lord is one Love the Lord your God with all of your heart with all of your soul with all of your string. these commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts and impress them on your children, talk about them when you sit at home and you walk along the road, when you lie down. And when you get up Uriah, it is well is your responsibility as a father to care for to love to educate, and mentor. And today you’re publicly declaring your desire to raise him up in the Lord. And you also recognize that Ryan is not just your own, but also the Lord’s So Uriah, do you commit to raising Daniel (*Ryan) on the fear of the Lord, to lead by example, to guide to love to nurture and to mentor your son? And if you do, please, please say I do. Alright. And Downey church in our digital friends as well. I want to encourage I want to exhort you as well to embrace this family, to help come to love and to mentor and as well to help disciple this family And so, let us pray. And we’re gonna pray as well. A prayer of dedication for you both coming into the church, Father in heaven, Lord, today is a wonderful, awesome day, Lord, today we placed into your hand, Ryan Lord. It is your Uriah firm belief and dream as well that he grew up in the church. Now, Lord, we commit him to you dedicate him to you, and you’re right as well, because he is joining our church, bringing him into the fold as a brother. So we pray for this family, Lord, may you be May your blessings and angels be upon them. watch over them. It may angels reside in their home, that others may be attracted and be brought into the church by their example, by their love their warmth and care. And as well Lord, may we as a church, be a source of family of love and compassion and to be their place, Lord, where they can come to and dedicate their lives Lord, sharing the ministry at Downey, church, for all the world, to see and to grow and learn. It’s our desire that we want to be a shining light for the community So be with them, their family, and as well Lord, as as Ryan continues to grow, Lord, we pray for wisdom, we pray for strength for courage, and as well that Lord, may He also have the characteristics of empathy, and love and as as he continues to raise Rand Lord, as well. Grant, Uriah wisdom, courage, understanding, empathy, and love as well. Thank you, Lord, for all that you’re doing. And that you will do in the future and how you have carried us in the past in Jesus name. Amen. Amen Well, we do have a little bit of we do have two certificates for you, um, that I leave them on the table, or no, they’re right here And so just today, it’s simply a dedication certificate that you were to have, and as well as certificate that you’ve also been voted into the church All right Thank you, everybody. Take care Good morning, just this morning, before we start the message, we have a little something special we want to do. As you probably know, October is Pastor Appreciation Month. And this for the past couple of years has driven me crazy, not because I don’t want to appreciate the pastor. I absolutely do. But we have always done that in December. And then, you know, it was tough to deal with October and December trying to figure out what we’re doing and what was right. What was it. So I have given up. We’re just gonna go with the flow and do it in October. Of course, this year brought some extra challenges to our plates because of COVID. And everything that’s going on, and pastor told me not to spend any money. So that kind of limited what we could do. So we have a little kudos board for you, Pastor to say thank you to you We appreciate what you’re doing I know how difficult it has been to try and lead through COVID. I know how difficult it has been to try and preach to an empty room. I know how difficult it’s been to try and make things happen when everybody’s so far apart and distanced and try and lead. And we appreciate all you’ve done for us. And we have a little of some thank you notes on this kudos board to send to you. It should be arriving in your email just about the time church is over today. So check your email. And thank you so much. This is from the whole church family. We appreciate

everything you do for us. Thank you, Pastor Good morning, everyone. Glad you could join us this morning. They were talking about a prayer of thanks. How do we give thanks? How do we be thankful? This is important part of the Christian life, and one that we overlook far too often, in my opinion. Or sometimes we just pay lip service to it. We say we’re going to be thankful or we give thanks on Thanksgiving, but it doesn’t really integrate well into our lives. And if you search the Bible, online and online version, you will find many, many, many hits for the word thanks for Thanksgiving or thankful. Depending on what version you search, you may find thousands it’s a premier topic in the Bible. But, you know, we see some of the people in the Bible giving prayers of thanks, right. David in the Psalms, he writes a lot of Psalms of thankfulness. The other psalmist write some great songs of thankfulness. Jesus gives thanks for the Happy Meal that he gets And he’s about to feed 5000 men and maybe as many women and children and have more leftover than he started with. Jeremiah and Isaiah, give thanks, Peter and Paul talk about thankfulness a lot in the New Testament. And, and there’s probably even places in the Bible where thanks is given, or, you know, people are thankful, but they don’t use that word. It’s hard to imagine that Daniel doesn’t give a prayer of thanks after being protected from the lion’s den or his friends, Rack, Shack and Benny, that they don’t give a prayer of thanks for being safe from the fiery furnace. These guys had such an tight relationship with God, it’s hard to imagine they wouldn’t have said thanks. Noah tumbles out of the ark after about a year of being in the ark, and builds an altar. By the way, that’s the first time we see an altar built in the Bible. Noah builds the first altar and worships God And we don’t know what he said and what was involved in that worship. But he had to say thank you, right, thanks for bringing us through that, that was a biggie. We appreciate it, God And so there’s just a lot of examples of thanks in the Bible But the one we’re going to look at today is special. I think, Pastor hinted about it on the first week, he talked about Hannah. And just a real quick refreshers, as you know, Hannah, the mother of Samuel, Hannah was married. To Elkanah and there was another wife, Peninnah , and Hannah lived at a time where it was considered a blessing to have lots of children. If you had lots of children, God had blessed you. And conversely, if you didn’t have children, you were cursed. Right? And Hannah didn’t have any children. And Peninnah had lots of children. And Elkanah tries to be a good husband. I mean, he really tries he tells HannahI love you more than 10 sons. He gives her extra stuff, he’s trying. But she just cannot be consoled. She doesn’t have children and Peninnah and makes her life miserable. The Bible says year after year, she tormented her. So this goes on for a long time. And Hannah is just having a rough time. And they would go up to the temple every year. Apparently they live some distance from the temple, and they go up to the temple to worship maybe it’s one of the celebration days or feast days, and she would pray year after year for a child. Now one year she’s in there praying and a little bit of history here. If you’ve ever watched observant Jews pray, like maybe at the Wailing Wall in Israel, they involve their whole body. It would have been common to stand and pray, and raise your hands and pray, and walk around and pray, and rock and pray, sway side to side and pray. They would involve their whole bodies. And so Hannah is praying and she’s desperate. She’s trying so hard. She’s praying

and praying and praying. And it would wouldn’t surprise me if she was rocking a lot or swaying a lot. The Bible says her lips were moving, but no words are coming out. And so the priest Eli sees her, he says, Man, you’re drunk woman. You shouldn’t be drunk here in the temple. And immediately she says, No, I am not drunk. I’m praying. And asking God for something. And the Bible doesn’t tell us that she tells him what she’s asking for. She just says she’s praying. And Eli says, Well, you know, may God answer your prayers and go on hold you’ve prayed enough. And so she does, and she gets pregnant Now, when she was there, praying, she made a vow to God, that she would give the child over to his work. And so once she has the child, it comes time to go to the temple, and she doesn’t go, she says, you know, not until the child is weaned And so she misses at least one year go into the temple, maybe more, it’s kind of hard to tell Children might have been weaned a little bit later, in that time frame. You know, they didn’t have Gerber baby food or whatever, that they could feed to the babies. And so maybe they went a little longer before they were weaned. We don’t know exactly. But she, she misses a year or two of going to the temple. And then she goes to the temple, and turns her son over to Eli, and his work and she goes to the temple to pray. And in First Samuel, chapter two, right there at the top, we have her prayer, and I want to read through it is 10 verses. I hope that that we’ll get something from this. There’s a little point I want to make here two times she uses the term horn, and she says, you know, the Lord, my horn is lifted high and one time, she’s not talking about her trombone, or her trumpet or her tuba or whatever There’s a little footnote there next to that my Bible and that means that when you look down at the bottom, it says that means strength. So she’s talking about her strength, I guess is saying they used to talk about their horn therefore what their strength. So let’s read her prayer real quick, and see what says “My heart rejoices in the LORD in the LORD my horn (or strength) is lifted high My mouth boasts over my enemies, for I delight in your deliverance 2 “There is no one holy like the LORD; there is no one besides you; there is no other Rock like our God 3 “Do not keep talking so proudly or let your mouth speak such arrogance, for the LORD is a God who knows, and by him deeds are weighed 4 “The bows of the warriors are broken, but those who stumbled are armed with strength, 5 Those who were full hire themselves out for food but those who were hungry are hungry no more She who was barren has borne seven children, but she who has had many sons pines away 6 “The LORD brings death and makes alive; he brings down to the grave and raises up 7 The LORD sends poverty and wealth; he humbles and he exalts 8 He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap; he seats them with princes and has them inherit a throne of honor “For the foundations of he earth are the LORD’s; on them he has set the world 9 He will guard the feet of his faithful servants, but the wicked will be silenced in the place of darkness “It is not by strength that one prevails; 10 those who oppose the LORD will be broken The Most High will thunder from heaven; the LORD will judge the ends of the earth He will give strength to his king and exalt the horn (or strength) Wow, what an amazing prayer What just, I mean, we could ngth) of his anointed.” spend weeks ago and through this because this is just a phenomenal prayer of thanks. I encourage you to read it a couple times. And I know we kind of blew through it there quick But go back and read that this week or this afternoon sometime It’s just amazing Today, we’re going to pull kind of three points out of it. And like I said, we could spend time and pull a whole bunch more. But the first one is that she gives thanks to God, the giver. Hannah

gives thanks to God, the giver And she gives thanks to God because He is the giver. He gives us all things. And all things come from him. And Hannah reminds us of that right? Now she’s presented her son to Eli And she gives thanks to the Lord. And she’s looking at the giver, not her son, or the gift that she has gotten. Do you see the difference there? That’s really important. She’s thankful to the giver. She’s not thankful for the gift. Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m sure she loves her son, and that she’s thankful for her son. But when it comes time to talk to God, the giver, she’s thankful to the giver, she gazes upon God and says, Wow. Right This is my strength is lifted high in the Lord. Let me put it this way. She doesn’t say, Oh, God, you answered my prayers Oh, God, I prayed so long. And I prayed so hard. And you finally answered my prayers. You may have met somebody that says things like that. And I’m not trying to call anybody hours or putting anybody down or anything. Because usually these people mean well, they say, you know, God answered my prayers And it wasn’t that great that he answered my prayers. I pray for so many years for my kids, or I pray for so many years from my spouse. I pray for so many years from my parents. My dad was not a Christian. I prayed for years and years and years. Eventually, on his deathbed, he gave his heart to Jesus. And God answered my prayer. And these people mean, well, let’s see. It kind of puts them at the middle. It was my prayer. And I prayed so hard. And God answered my prayer. And Hannah comes back and says, Oh, no, no. How could you be so gracious to me? Who am I, that you would do this for me? God, you are amazing That’s a whole different way of looking at it. Look at what she says, My heart rejoices in the Lord. In the Lord, my strength is lifted high, my mouth boast over my enemies. For I delight in your deliverance. There is no one holy like the Lord. There is no one besides you, there is no rock like our God. See, her eyes are on a God who gives abundantly and that should be the foundation of our thanks All of our blessings. Everything comes from God. We deserve not so great, right? We’re sinners We deserve punishment, and death. But God gives us grace And how amazing is that? We should be thankful for that and be giving him thanks for that So when we give thanks to God, the first thing to remember is to be thankful to the giver for his graciousness for how he has been thankful to us or how he’s been gracious to us The second thing we can learn from this is to give thanks to God for His faithfulness. Give thanks to God for His faithfulness. Once we focus on the Lord’s gracious hand, we see how much he has given us how much he has done for us. To simply put it God has always been faithful to us in His grace, and realizing this truth makes our appreciation deeper and richer Did you ever know somebody who may be generous sometimes, but not others. You know, you go to one restaurant, he leaves a generous tip but you go somewhere else and he doesn’t Or you know, he may be gracious to somebody at work, but not to somebody that he meets on the street or whatever. He’s all he’s all over the place. They would be inconsistent, and you never know what to expect. God is not like that. God is always gracious, He’s always consistent. He is always

faithful, he is the same. And Hannah recognizes this and talks about it in starting about verse four. And if you let me kind of loosely summarize what she’s saying, she’s she talks about, hey, listen, God’s gonna embarrass those who are arrogant and full of themselves, and they think they’re strong, and and he’s going to take care of them But those who, you know, are weak and need to help, God will be with them. Right? Did you catch all that? I mean, that’s what she’s talking about. If we started verse four, the bows of the Warriors are broken. But those who stumble are armed with strength, those who are full, have enough to eat their content with the things of the world, hire themselves out for food But those who are hungry, hungry for something besides what’s in this world, are hungry, no more She who is barren, has seven children. She was many sons pines away. I mean, this is just amazing what she’s talking about here. And her prayers is kind of gathering steam as she goes along. You know, it starts out with this thanks to God. And, and it becomes a very intellectual prayer, almost talking about how much God does and how he takes care of people And then she moves on to life and death, and heaven. And she explains it even further. And, you know, talks about God’s setting the Pillars of the Earth, and it’s just crazy everything that she talks about here. But the point I want you to grasp is that, thanks to our God cannot be occasional, it cannot be something that we do sometimes. It can’t just be something that we do when we’re happy. Or when something good happens to us. When we happen to remember Oh, I got to tell God, thank you for that. Our praise and our thanks should be continuous flowing, every day of things that we are thankful for, and of the giver who gives us those things, because God is faithful throughout our life. We can’t complain to God one minute, and then be giving him thanks the next, we need to be consistent in our thanks. Just like God’s faithfulness is consistent Last thing I want to talk about is, we got to give thanks to God for His promise to give thanks to God for His promise. Now, if we go back to to the words of Hannah, we hear her praying verses 9 and 10. She’s talking about, God will guard the feet of his faithful ones. And He will judge the ends of the earth, giving strength to his king, and exalt the horn or strength of his anointed. Now, if first time you read that you don’t think too much over when you read back and look at this This is truly an amazing ending to this prayer. Because this word she uses in Hebrew for anointed. That’s the Hebrew word for Messiah. And Hannah is talking about giving strength to his king. And exalting the strength of the Messiah. This is the first known instance in the whole Bible of somebody talking about the Messiah. And it’s Hannah, in her prayer Now, Hannah’s a nobody, right. I mean, I don’t mean to cut her down or anything, but Hannah’s a nobody. She was a woman at a time where women had very few rights. Fortunately, she seems to be in a good relationship with her husband. Someone that really loves her and takes care of her and helps her as best he can. But she’s not born into a family of prominence, or importance or wealth, or anything else. She is an average Joe, Just like all of us, if we looked around archers, we’re all

average Joes. Most of us, I would dare say all of us, are not famous. We’re not wealthy, you know, maybe by some people’s standards, but not by American standards, right? We don’t, we’re not millionaires and billionaires. We’re just average people trying to get by in our life, just exactly like Hannah, just trying to get by. But somehow, she understands that the Messiah is going to be coming. And that, you know, we should be honoring him. I don’t know where she gets this, other than God reveals it to her. It’s amazing, partially because Hannah is so grateful and understands who God is. But she testifies that all believers that give thanks to God, will be blessed by the Lord. And we’ll know his will. No matter whether we’re educated or not, no matter whether we went to seminary or not matter whether we got the highest IQ or not, we were head of our class or not. The Spirit will teach us the things about God, our Messiah, and knowing God’s will, will help us And I’m sure Hannah got a lot of grief for handing over her son at such a young age, maybe three, two, three, four or five, I don’t know. But he was a very young boy might have been tempted to say, you know, I need to raise my child to teaching the things before I you know, give him over a God’s work, He needs to go to school and graduate. You can have him when he’s 18. Right. But no, she keeps her promise. And hands him over. Now, you guys may remember that. Eli didn’t do such a hot job raising his two own sons and everybody knew that. And everybody might have made fun of her or looked at it like you’re crazy. Why are you giving your son to Eli to raise? Have you not seen Eli sons? I. And I wonder why Hannah For so many years got to wait to her answer, which seemed like a no to her probably. But maybe it was because God didn’t want little Samuel, growing up with Eli sons. Wait till they’re older Kind of out of the house, so to speak. Give Samuel a fresh start. I don’t know. I don’t know But we know that God does answer her prayer. In his time, when it was right. It seemed like it took too long for hot Hannah But I’m sure for God’s timing It was right. Right. We know that God is the giver. It gives us all the grace we need. We know he’s always been the same He’s been faithful in his grace towards us. And that we give thanks for that will enable us to understand who he is. Amazing story of thanks. comes from Hanna Thank you so much. Let’s pray Heavenly Father, thank you for all the things that you are doing for us in our lives. Lord, help us to be thankful the way Hannah was thankful. Help us to understand your will. And to get on the same page as you Lord Thank you for everything that you’re doing for us, Lord, help us to be so thankful help us to to be the kind of people that are just continually giving you thanks, Lord. Be with us this week. keep us safe, and bring us back again. In Jesus name. Amen Thank you. See you next week