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The Power Of Intercessory Prayer


Sermon shared by Gary Smith

February 2003
Summary: This sermon offers encouragement to all who are praying for the salvation or for the healing of a loved one.
Denomination: Church of God
Audience: Believer adults
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it was that afflicted
this noblemanís son, but we do know that it was something that
those around him considered to be life threatening.

(1) There must have been some characteristics of his sickness that
were present upon other sick people to whom they had
witnesses their deaths.

(2) For twice our text emphasizes the fact that the son was ďat the
point of deathĒ in verse 47

And ďdyingĒ in verse 49


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III. The Bystanders

[A] There were many people that day that witnessed the exchange
between Jesus and the anxious father.

(1) However their motivation for following Jesus was much different
than that of the desperate father.

(2) This father had come to Jesus believing that if he could get Jesus
To go back home with him, that Jesus COULD HEAL his son.

[B] This crowd was not following Jesus to hear what he had to say, or
Because they believed upon Him and his Messiah-ship.

(1) They just wanted to see Him do something big.

(2) They wanted a headline.

[C] As the father was pleading for help they perked their eyes and ears
To see how Jesus would respond.

(1) Reckon He will make the long 20 mile journey down the

(2) Do you think he can help this man and his son?

(3) Oh I want to see how this is going to turn out!

[D] Jesus rebuked them;

John 4:48 (KJV)
48 Then said Jesus unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe.

[E] The Noblemanís response;

John 4:49 (KJV)
49 The nobleman saith unto him, Sir, come down ere my child die.

(1) All the crowd was concerned about was seeing signs and
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(2) The royal official could care less about witnessing a miracle. It
was his desperate need, not curiosity, that drove him to Jesus.

(3) God can still distinguish the difference between the curios and
the needy today.

IV. The Noblemanís Household

[A] This was an important man and so his household would included
his wife, his children, other relatives as well as his servants.

(1) Even this manís servants shared his concern for his son.

(2) All of his household was about to be changed for ever by his
Visit to Cana.

V. Jesusí Response To This Manís Plea For Help

[A] This man came to Jesus with a dersire to lead Jesus to His house
but Jesus said;

John 4:50 (KJV)
50 ďÖ Go thy way; thy son liveth. And the man believed the word that Jesus had spoken unto him, and he went his way.Ē

[B] Thus we see the powerful impact of intercessory prayer.

(1) This manís son was so sick, he could not find help for himself.

(2) He may have been delirious, feverish or even comatose,

(3) The boy was helpless.

[C] His father had faith that carried him into the presence of Jesus.
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(1) Jesus had responded to the fatherís faith.

(2) This father would have never set out to find Jesus unless he had
So belief, some budding hope that Jesus could make a difference.

(3) Otherwise he would have stayed by his sonís side during his final

(4) His faith was further tested by Jesusí command;

Go thy way; thy
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