Hezekiah Revival

Hezekiah Revival

Hezekiah revival

2 Chronicles 28:24-25

”Ahaz gathered together the furnishings from the temple of God and cut them in pieces. He shut the doors of the Lord’s temple and set up altars at every street corner in Jerusalem. 25 In every town in Judah he built high places to burn sacrifices to other gods and aroused the anger of the Lord, the God of his ancestors

What were the first things king Hezekiah did?

  • Repaired the temple doors
  • He had the Levites clean out the temple
  • He had the Levites consecrate priests and consecrate the temple
  • Celebrate Passover

2 Chronicles 30:10-11

”The couriers went from town to town in Ephraim and Manasseh, as far as Zebulun, but people scorned and ridiculed them. 11 Nevertheless, some from Asher, Manasseh and Zebulun humbled themselves and went to Jerusalem.”

 GOD CAN DO A GREAT MOVE AND I CAN MISS IT

2 Chronicles 30:18-21

”Although most of the many people who came from Ephraim, Manasseh, Issachar and Zebulun had not purified themselves, yet they ate the Passover, contrary to what was written. But Hezekiah prayed for them, saying, “May the Lord, who is good, pardon everyone 19 who sets their heart on seeking God—the Lord, the God of their ancestors—even if they are not clean according to the rules of the sanctuary.” 20 And the Lord heard Hezekiah and healed the people.”

So what do they do after they celebrate Passover?  Do it again for seven more days 🙂

2 Chronicles 30:22-23

“For the seven days they ate their assigned portion and offered fellowship offerings and praised the Lord, the God of their ancestors.

23 The whole assembly then agreed to celebrate the festival seven more days; so for another seven days they celebrated joyfully”

2 Chronicles 30:26 – 31:1

”There was great joy in Jerusalem, for since the days of Solomon son of David king of Israel there had been nothing like this in Jerusalem. 27 The priests and the Levites stood to bless the people, and God heard them, for their prayer reached heaven, his holy dwelling place.

When all this had ended, the Israelites who were there went out to the towns of Judah, smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles. They destroyed the high places and the altars throughout Judah and Benjamin and in Ephraim and Manasseh. After they had destroyed all of them, the Israelites returned to their own towns and to their own property.

The devil wants to put God’s people under siege

Here is the truth:

  • The devil cannot stop the church of God
  • Believers have a greater authority than his demonic forces
  • The devil knows that he is outnumbered and overpowered

Prayer drives the devil back

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Prayer & the Fig Tree

Prayer & the Fig TreePrayer and the Fig Tree

Prayer & the Fig Tree

Prayer works. Why?

  • God operates out of relationship
  • Prayer is us communicating with God
  • Our prayers move God, because he loves us

           

Matthew 28:18

             “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.”

As God’s children and ambassadors here on earth we are given authority

Mark 11:12-14

The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. 13 Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs. 14 Then he said to the tree, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard him say it.

Mark 11:20-21

In the morning, as they went along, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots. 21 Peter remembered and said to Jesus, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree you cursed has withered!”

Fig Tree was withered upJesus answered “Have Faith in God”

 

Philippians 2:6-8

Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!

           

Jesus was 100 percent human

  • He had to depend upon God
  • He prayed to God regularly

 

Mark 11:22-24

 “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. 23 “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. 24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

 

What things of nature did Jesus demonstrate an authority over?

  • Wind
  • Weather
  • Water (Walking on top)
  • Tree
  • Water into wine

           

Jesus says “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours”.

So why is it that our prayers aren’t answered?

1.Wrong motives 

James 4:3

“When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.”

Another reason our prayers aren’t answered?

2.Not According to God’s Will

1 John 5:14-15

“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.”

A final reason our prayers aren’t answered:

3.Too Little Faith

Mark 11:23

 “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them.”

James 1:6-8

“But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.”

Who in the Bible demonstrated weak faith?

  • Moses
  • Gideon
  • Twelve Disciples
  • Peter

Who did God say “no” to in the Bible?

  • Abraham (About Ishmael being the blessed line)
  • Moses (Go into the promised lands)
  • Job (Take this affliction from me)
  • Daniel (It took three weeks, kind of delayed)
  • Apostle Paul (Thorn in his flesh)

 

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God Hears When We Pray

When We Pray

Corporate Prayer

Corporate Prayer – When We Pray

Last Week We Defined Prayer as:  Communicating with God

& Three aspects of prayer we discussed:

  • Our prayers move God to do things
  • We are changed and influenced by God
  • We are using our heavenly authority

 

Question: WHY WOULD GOD WAIT UNTIL WE PRAY & ASK HIM TO DO SOMETHING…  EVEN WHEN HE PLANNED ON DOING THAT THING IN THE FIRST PLACE?

Thousands Praying

 ”Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.”                         Acts 6:3-4

The primary task of Jesus’ disciples was to:

  • Pray
  • Teach the Word

Some examples of what happens when you pray from the Bible:

  • Split seas so people could walk through
  • Stopped rivers from flowing so people could get through
  • Made metal axe head float on water
  • Rocks gushed water when struck
  • Lions muzzled from their hunger
  • Poisonous snake bites not having effect
  • Sun stopping in its place for a additional day
  • Saved billions of souls
  • Destroyed armies of sin and pride

The tale of Cain’s family is work and production

The tale of Seth’s family is Calling out on the name of the Lord

Let’s look at some times of group prayers mentioned in the early church

  • Acts 1-2 120 people gathered together in the upper room
  • Acts 1:24 praying together for wisdom to find Judas’ replacement
  • Acts 4 – People prayed after threats from the Sanhedrin (The place was shaken)
  • Acts 6 – Prayed over the 7 men to take care of Greek widows
  • Acts 12 – Prayed when Peter was in prison (Miraculous escape)
  • Acts 13 – Church praying together when Paul and Barnabas were called to go on 1st missionary journey
  • Acts 16 – Paul and Silas praying in prison when earthquake came and freed them
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