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Hezekiah - King Who Prayed the Wrong Prayer (12 of 14)
Series: Kings on Parade
2 Chronicles 29-32, 2 Kings 18-20
Second Chronicles 29, beginning with verse 1, introduces us to this Old Testament Bible character, Hezekiah. He began to reign when he was five and twenty years old. He reigned 29 years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Abijah, the daughter of Zechariah.
God used King Hezekiah to lead one of the greatest revivals ever recorded for us in the Old Testament times. It was also a result of the preaching of Micah and Hosea and the great prophet Isaiah. But Hezekiah was the man God used to bring a great revival. The account of that revival is in chapter 29, but I want you to look over toward the end of that chapter, verse 36. That really gives us the conclusion of the matter and it says, ''And Hezekiah rejoiced, and all the people that God had prepared the people, for the thing was done suddenly.''
It's talking about the revival God sent. It says that the thing was done suddenly.
We need to understand what a revival is. There is a difference between a revival and evangelism. Evangelism is a work of God through the church, telling others about the Lord Jesus Christ, winning people to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Evangelism is a work of God THROUGH the church.
On the other hand, revival is a work of God IN the church. The word, revival, comes from the word, revive. It means to live again. Nothing can live again unless it has previously had life. So from time to time, in the live of God's people, there needs to be a time of revival.
Revival is a sovereign work of God in His people, whereby they are drawn back to Him, brought back into close fellowship with Him. They are brought to a time of new commitment and new devotion to Him. This is needed among God's people from time to time.
In our fellowship here, God does works of revival in various areas, from time to time. Because of the size of our church, we are one church ...
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