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January 1, 2017

Sermon: The Year in Prayer

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Scripture Lesson

Jeremiah 42:1-6; Colossians 4:2-4

Jeremiah Advises Survivors Not to Migrate
Then all the commanders of the forces, and Johanan son of Kareah and Azariah son of Hoshaiah, and all the people from the least to the greatest, approached the prophet Jeremiah and said, ‘Be good enough to listen to our plea, and pray to the Lord your God for us—for all this remnant. For there are only a few of us left out of many, as your eyes can see. Let the Lord your God show us where we should go and what we should do.’ The prophet Jeremiah said to them, ‘Very well: I am going to pray to the Lord your God as you request, and whatever the Lord answers you I will tell you; I will keep nothing back from you.’ They in their turn said to Jeremiah, ‘May the Lord be a true and faithful witness against us if we do not act according to everything that the Lord your God sends us through you. Whether it is good or bad, we will obey the voice of the Lord our God to whom we are sending you, in order that it may go well with us when we obey the voice of the Lord our God.’

Further Instructions
Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with thanksgiving. At the same time pray for us as well that God will open to us a door for the word, that we may declare the mystery of Christ, for which I am in prison, so that I may reveal it clearly, as I should

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Sermon Outline

Rev. Jonathan Swanson
The Year in Prayer
Jeremiah 42:1-6; Colossians 4:2-4

I. Introduction—Peanuts
II. Happy New Year!
III. Jeremiah on prayer (Jer. 42:1-6)
     A. The scene
         1. Babylonian destruction
         2. The assassination of Gedaliah
     B. The “remnant” asks for prayer (42:2)
     C. In critical moments, pray
IV. Colossians on prayer (Col. 2:16-4:4)
     A. The controversy (2:16, 18)
     B. The author is in prison (4:3)
     C. The author urges prayer (4:2-3)
     D. In critical moments, pray
V. We are living in a critical time, so . . .
VI. Make a resolution
     A. To pray specifically for a situation all
     B. Be informed on the situation
     C. Be prepared
         1. To be changed
         2. To obey (Jer. 42:6; 43:4)
VII. Will it make a difference?


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