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July 29, 2018

Sermon: The Power of Prayer

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Scripture Lesson

Scriptures: Isaiah 38:1-8; James 5:13-14

Hezekiah’s Illness

In those days Hezekiah became sick and was at the point of death. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz came to him, and said to him, ‘Thus says the Lord: Set your house in order, for you shall die; you shall not recover.’ Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall, and prayed to the Lord: ‘Remember now, O Lord, I implore you, how I have walked before you in faithfulness with a whole heart, and have done what is good in your sight.’ And Hezekiah wept bitterly. Then the word of the Lord came to Isaiah: ‘Go and say to Hezekiah, Thus says the Lord, the God of your ancestor David: I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; I will add fifteen years to your life. I will deliver you and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria, and defend this city. ‘This is the sign to you from the Lord, that the Lord will do this thing that he has promised: See, I will make the shadow cast by the declining sun on the dial of Ahaz turn back ten steps.’ So the sun turned back on the dial the ten steps by which it had declined.

The Prayer of Faith

Are any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise. Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord.

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Sermon Outline

Rev. Jonathan Swanson
The Power of Prayer
Scriptures: Isaiah 38:1-8; James 5:13-14

I. Introduction: Reality Check
II. Isaiah’s Biography (740-701 BC)
III. King Hezekiah’s Illness (705-703 BC, Is. 38:1-8)
     A. Isaiah’s pronouncement (38:1)
     B. Hezekiah prays (38:2)
     C. God’s reversal (38:5)
     D. The safety of Jerusalem (38:6)
     E. The sign (38:8)
IV. How should we interpret this?
     A. Miracles can make us uncomfortable
         1. Did they really happen?
         2. Why don’t they happen to me?
     B. God is in control
     C. The purpose of
V. How should we pray? (James 5:13-14)
     A. All the time (5:13)
     B. Pray for the people we lead (5:14)
     C. Why use oil? (5:14)
     D. Pray together
         1. With others (5:13-14, all plural pronouns)
         2. With the sick (5:14)
VI. Conclusion: “Prayer Before a Meal,” Vincente Manansala,
     1960, Manila


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