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Restoration of Prayer (5 of 6)
Series: Pathways to Revival
2 Chronicles 29:1-11
INTRO: King Hezekiah recognized early on that moving Judah into revival would require a return to prayer! It is nearly impossible for an individual or a church to experience real revival that does not restore its prayer life!
We talk about prayer, we teach on it, we have seminars about it ... but what we don't do is pray!
This is even evident in our country ... we send mixed messages about the importance of prayer, consider the following truth:
ILLUS: The U.S. Senate pays $116,000 and the U.S. House of Representatives pays $123,000 annually to their respective chaplains, whose chief official duty is to open legislative sessions with prayer. We think there are thousands of teachers, and students too, who would love to open class sessions with prayer without any pay for it at all. You figure it out. -- Pulpit Helps, March 1996, p. 22.
Like many of our churches and many of our own lives, we all think prayer is important, but we do not practice it!
We cannot just attach importance to prayer, we must also practice it!
PROP. SENT: The Bible teaches us that prayer is the very foundation of God's power in our lives or the church. His house will be called a house of PRAYER!
I. ENTERING HIS PRESENCE 2 Chron. 29:1-9
A. Priority! 2 Chron. 29:1-3
1. The very first move by Hezekiah as soon as his wicked father had died and they no longer served together in their co-regency was to put a priority on getting Judah back to God!
a. Note that it was "in the first month of the first year of his reign" that Hezekiah opened up the doors of God's temple again!
b. Hezekiah understood that revival couldn't happen without making the relationship to God a top priority!
c. Judah needed to come into God's presence again if they were to experience revival and God's restoration.
2. No doubt for some this seemed like a turn backwards, by now they were sop ...
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