Alex Enabnit – Programming Coordinator

Very soon we will be taking a break from The Story to go through another series, so this weekend we looked at the last chapter we’ll see in a while – Chapter 16, “The Beginning of the End.”

In his message, Jeremy talked about two bold prayers from a king named Hezekiah and what we can learn from them. In the first example, the Assyrian army of 185,000 soldiers were threatening to level Judah. Instead of being intimidated by the huge army, Hezekiah turned to prayer and miraculously, God wiped out the entire army. Now that was a huge prayer!

In the second example, Hezekiah became gravely ill. Isaiah the prophet was sent to Hezekiah to tell him that he was going to die. Immediately, Hezekiah prayed for healing, and because of his prayer, God added fifteen years to Hezekiah’s life.

Now this second example can create a theological issue for some people. If God knew that He was going to heal Hezekiah, then He was lying when He sent Isaiah to tell Hezekiah that he was going to die. The other option is that God actually changed His mind! This can be uncomfortable for some people, but if we think about it, what would be the point of prayer if we couldn’t expect a different outcome from it? Some Christians imply that prayer is important because it changes us, but the reality is, prayer can also change what God does.

Verses from the message:

1 Peter 5:8; Colossians 1:17; Isaiah 3:8-9; 2 Kings 18:5-6; 2 Chronicles 32:8a; 2 Kings 19:14-16; 2 Kings 20:1-3; Genesis 18:17; Exodus 33:17; 1 Samuel 3:19; 2 Samuel 12:16; Daniel 9:2-3; Matthew 26:39; 2 Corinthians 12:7b-8; Isaiah 7:14

Big idea: Allow pain and prophets to push you to prayer.

Set List
All Campuses (Besides Mesa)

Hark the Herald Angels Sing – Lincoln Brewster
O Come Let Us Adore Him – Central Music
He Has Come for Us (God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen) – Jason Ingram
O Come O Come Emanuel – Central Music

Mesa

Angels We Have Heard on High – Brady Toops
Joy to the World – Brady Toops
O Come Let Us Adore Him – Brady Toops
O Holy Night – Central Music

The Beginning of the End

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- I am the programming coordinator at Central Christian Church AZ. I also moderate the Central Teaching Blog. If you have any questions, feel free to ask!