The .mp3 audio file for Pastor Jerry McNamara’s June 7 message, “Healing For A Child (Miracle #2)” is now available.
This sermon is part 4 of our summer teaching series “Life In His Name (Gospel Of John Teaching Series)” and was offered during our Sunday worship service at Fishers Of Men Lutheran, one of the growing churches of Sugar Land.
06/07/15 SUMMARY: Our study of John continues with a look at Jesus’ second miraculous sign. Like the official in this story from John 4, we, too, can come, seeking Jesus for our children and others who are sick; and go, taking Jesus at His word!
GOING DEEPER (More from “Healing For A Child-Miracle #2″ at Fishers)
Note: you might find a look at today’s live outline or the worship folder can be helpful to review the teaching points from “Healing For A Child-Miracle #2″ and to answer the following questions:
Read John 4:43-54. What’s a situation you can recall where you, like this official, felt desperate to get help for a child or other loved one? How did you find help? What help do you sense you received from God in that situation? When did you ask God for help–right away or after the situation go more desperate? Why do you think we often wait until a situation is desperate before we ask others (and God) for help? Look again at 4:48, and imagine yourself as this father. How would you have responded to Jesus’ first statement? Would you have gotten angry? Given up and gone home? Jerry taught that as long as the other person is still alive, there is still hope and time for desperate prayer. Do you agree? Read 2 Samuel 12:13-23. What parallel to the father in our Gospel story do you see? Can you foresee yourself praying like this–why or why not?
Read Psalm 143:1-12. When was the last time you cried out to God for mercy and help? Though David in verse 3 is describing another human as his enemy, can you imagine using this same phrasing to describe the enemy of cancer, depression, or addiction pursuing your loved one? Does it help you to see that even a “Bible hero” like David could grow discouraged and dismayed (see Psalm 143:4)? David thought of past blessings and rescues from God as a way of “holding on” in faith. What past help from God can you recall to encourage yourself to have faith and pray today–with boldness– for loved ones or yourself?
Jerry suggested we think of praying for others (intercessory prayer) as the journey love makes to Jesus. As you attempt to pray for others, we offer two Scriptures that can be models for you. Remember, there isn’t any “expertise” needed to be a prayer intercessor! Come to God with a name of someone your love and share their need in dependent (desperate) faith!
Two Models for praying for others
Read and pray through John 4:50
“Go,” Jesus replied, “your child will live.” Now say to Jesus in humble faith something like this:
“Jesus, You said to this parent ‘your child will live.’ I ask for your same mercy!
I ask You, Jesus to give US the same sign of Your goodness: Let my child/spouse/whomever live! ”
Read and Pray Through Psalm 143 (while this psalm is talking more of own’s own suffering, the pattern below easily helps us pray for others, too)
Honest cry for help (Psalm 143:1)
Explain circumstance (Psalm 143:2)
Share feelings, fears (Psalm 143:3)
Express faith [in GOD; what He’s done in the past] (Psalm 143:4-7)
State desired answer (Psalm 143:8-12)
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