How to pray for God's Supernatural Workings in Other's Lives


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Season 3 Episode 48 This podcast is a recording of a sermon I preached a week ago at Greenville Christian Fellowship. More recorded sermons are available at (search under the speaker's tab for Randy Cook). Multiple times in the gospels we find individuals bringing someone they love to the Lord Jesus Christ who has a desperate need (John 4 The Nobleman's son, Matthew 15 The Canaanite Woman's daughter, In Luke 5 four friends bring their paralyzed friend to Christ etc.). In Luke 7:1-10 we have A Centurion appeals to Jesus to heal his servant. In the Lord's interaction with the Centurion He declared these words: "When Jesus heard these things, he marveled at him, and turned him about, and said unto the people that followed him, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel" (Luke 7:9). Constantly we find in the Gospels people would marvel at the wonder of the miracles the Lord Jesus was working, but only two times in the gospels did Jesus marvel. One is recorded in Luke 7 (he marveled at great faith) and the other is recorded in Mark 6:6 in his hometown of Nazareth "And he marveled because of their unbelief..." As I prepared this sermon I approached it with the burden of how can we through prayer bring others to the Lord Jesus and see Him work supernaturally in their lives. As you listen to the four points please relate each point to the disposition and attitudes in prayer that enable us to have the faith to trust God for His working in other's lives.

The four points are:

# 1 His Love for His Servant and the Jewish People # 2 His Own Unworthiness (concerning himself) # 3 His Unwavering Faith # 4 His Understanding of Being "under authority"

Also there is a section in the sermon where I emphasize the necessity of not only praying for the temporal needs of others but also the spiritual needs. This point is taken from Matthew 8 (parallel passage about the Centurion's faith) Mat 8:10 When Jesus heard it, he marveled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. Mat 8:11 And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. Mat 8:12 But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Just as the Centurion's servant was grievously tormented with his physical illness temporally, those who do not know Christ as Lord and Savior face an eternal grievous torment described as "outer darkness" -- "where there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth"

Mat 8:6 And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.

May the Lord grant us spiritual understanding in praying for the unsaved as we consider the eternal ramifications. May God give parents understanding in praying for sons and daughters, May God grant all of us understanding in praying for neighbors, co-workers, friends, relatives, missionaries, the local church, etc.

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