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Summary: in times like these we need to cont in prayer at all times

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“Pray On My Child”

Background Scriptures James 5; 13-18

Key Verse Acts 16; 16-34

Supporting Scriptures 1st Timothy 5; 5

Luke 18; 9-14

Luke 22; 41-44

Date January 28, 2009

Author Jonathan Morrison

“Pray On My Child”

Definitions

Pray- to speak to God, a deity, or a saint, e.g. in order to give thanks, express regret, or ask for help

Cease- to put an end or stop to something

Scriptures

Acts 16; 16-34

16Once when we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who had a spirit by which she predicted the future. She earned a great deal of money for her owners by fortune-telling.

17This girl followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, "These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved."

18She kept this up for many days. Finally Paul became so troubled that he turned around and said to the spirit, "In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!" At that moment the spirit left her.

19When the owners of the slave girl realized that their hope of making money was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to face the authorities.

20They brought them before the magistrates and said, "These men are Jews, and are throwing our city into an uproar

21by advocating customs unlawful for us Romans to accept or practice."

22The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten.

23After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully.

24Upon receiving such orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks.

25About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.

26Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everybody's chains came loose.

27The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped.

28But Paul shouted, "Don't harm yourself! We are all here!"

29The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas.

30He then brought them out and asked, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?"

31They replied, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household."

32Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house.

33At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his family were baptized.

34The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God—he and his whole family.

James 5; 13-18

13Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise.

14Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord.

15And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven.

16Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.

17Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years.

18Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.

1st Timothy 5; 5

5The widow who is really in need and left all alone puts her hope in God and continues night and day to pray and to ask God for help.

We find in the text Paul and Silas were traveling through

Macedonia and they were on there way to a place of prayer. As

they traveled they were met by a slave girl who was demon

possessed to tell fortunes. The story tells us that this girl followed

them for a few days shouting out “these men are servants of the

Most High God who are telling the way to be saved. Yes she was

demon possessed and yes she was speaking the truth but you can

not under any circumstances mix good with evil. Anyway Paul

was at the point that he was fed up with her that he cast out the

demon from her. Knowing that this demon was a money maker

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