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  • - A prayer isn't always followed with a quick answer.
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  • We have to learn not to give up in the waiting.
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  • How can we take a hold of God's promises
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  • and pray with authority?
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  • Join the conversation.
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  • Oh
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  • Oh
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  • Oh
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  • Oh
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  • Oh
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  • Oh, oh, oh
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  • - I'll share a little testimony.
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  • When I was a brand new spirit filled believer,
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  • I was apart of a little tiny,
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  • Word of Faith Church in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
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  • And, it was the first time that I'd ever heard that
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  • you could take authority, with your prayers.
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  • Up until then, my concept of prayer was asking,
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  • confessing your sins, much like you described the A.C.T.S.
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  • - Right. - And, that was it.
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  • I was never told that I had authority,
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  • except over the devil,
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  • and that is if he was tempting me personally,
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  • I could rebuke him or something.
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  • But, this church really, really believed in prayer.
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  • And, this was the first time that I saw women,
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  • gather together, cry out, intercede, pray in the spirit.
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  • And, I began to see answers to prayer,
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  • based on Mark 11:24, "What so ever things you desire,
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  • "when you pray, and believe, you receive them."
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  • So, I saw crazy things,
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  • I would pray for my dead battery,
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  • and my car would start.
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  • I would pray over broken appliances,
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  • 'cause I was broke and God would fix the appliance.
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  • - Wow. Prayed for healing
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  • for my baby, who had chronic ear infections,
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  • God healed my baby.
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  • So, I want some of you to please share,
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  • when you learned to take up authority in prayer,
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  • and what were some of your most dramatic answers
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  • to prayer in your experience?
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  • - I think my biggest taking authority,
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  • was when I was barren.
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  • And, it was a-- - Powerful.
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  • - Two and a half year journey
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  • of understanding that prayer is not sometimes
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  • a quick answer to any fix.
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  • - Right, right. - And prayer,
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  • sometimes is petition and prayer sometimes
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  • is being faithful in prayer.
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  • And prayer is sometimes actually finding out
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  • who my Father is in the midst of getting a miracle.
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  • So, for me praying and believing,
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  • that God would heal my body.
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  • I had a pituitary gland tumor in the base of my brain
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  • that actually told my body it was already pregnant,
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  • so you can't get pregnant, when you're pregnant.
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  • I mean, I had a prolactin hormone level in the high 200s,
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  • but for a year, I was not menstruating,
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  • that's how I discovered this.
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  • And, so I remembered they're like,
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  • "Mrs. Seely, it's probably going to be very difficult
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  • "for you to conceive."
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  • - Wow.
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  • - "And we're going to put you on this drug,
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  • "we'll see how it goes."
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  • Well, it messed my body.
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  • I went through the most traumatic experience.
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  • - Wow.
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  • - You know adult acne, and hormonal imbalance.
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  • - Oh, my goodness.
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  • - Wow.
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  • - Then I went down to like 90 pounds.
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  • It was a really hard time, but I remember having to
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  • pray and believe that God was the author of life.
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  • - Yes! Yes!
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  • - And I remember it wasn't about my body being fixed.
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  • It was about, I shifted my perception of God,
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  • when I learned who He was.
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  • And, so I prayed according to who He was,
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  • He's the author of life.
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  • - Right.
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  • - He commanded me to be fruitful and multiply,
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  • so I would pray and what I would do,
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  • is I would petition Him and say,
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  • I'm petitioning you Father.
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  • - According to your word. - Yeah.
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  • - That's right.
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  • - That prayer kept going and I prayed,
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  • I responded to every altar call,
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  • I prayed everyday at home,
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  • and I didn't see that miracle,
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  • for over two and a half years.
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  • - He answered my prayer,
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  • and what it did for me,
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  • was not so much,
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  • the result of being able to have a baby,
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  • wasn't actually the prize for me.
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  • What happened to me,
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  • during that two and a half years,
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  • of discovering a facet of who God was during the barrenness.
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  • You know there's a scripture in Isaiah that says
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  • Sing, O barren woman,
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  • shout for joy, you who have never bore a child.
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  • And, I've never really understood that verse
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  • until I was barren.
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  • And, I realized that I discovered that God is good,
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  • regardless of the outcome, even when I was barren.
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  • I wasn't happy once I conceived and got pregnant,
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  • I was full of joy and faith during the process.
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  • - And I think if I had got that prayer really quickly,
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  • I don't think I'd have the same tenacity and authority
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  • that I do now, even though I had to labor,
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  • for sometime two and a half years.
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  • - You better preach that.
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  • - I think authority comes in the waiting.
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  • - Yes!
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  • - I think, because otherwise you talk to us as treating
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  • God as a genie, you rub the belly the right way.
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  • - Yep.
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  • - You get out what you want or,
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  • I used to say, we think of Him as a Coke machine,
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  • - Yes!
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  • - If you put in the right change,
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  • I'll get out the Coke I want.
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  • - Yeah.
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  • And, it's like no, God is holy, and perfectly holy.
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  • And, He is completely.
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  • He is the authority.
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  • He is the King of all Kings.
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  • So, for us to treat Him like a vending machine,
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  • is foolishness.
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  • But, to say Lord you have given me these promises,
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  • I'm standing on these promises, and I trust you.
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  • - Yes. - Prayer really is trust.
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  • It's landing in Him and believing that He's for us.
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  • Again, it may not come out exactly the way we want,
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  • but its a better Coke.
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  • - Yes. - When I was seventeen,
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  • I prayed that God would allow me to be a mom.
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  • - Yeah.
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  • - And believed He had called me to adoption,
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  • and I was a much slower learner than you,
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  • I brought Missy home the year I turned 50.
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  • And so it was 33 years,
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  • - Wow, powerful.
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  • - But you know our friend Chris came,
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  • preaches a message, One of my favorite titles,
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  • When Your Miracle Needs a Miracle.
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  • - Wow.
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  • - One of the miracles I didn't pray for,
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  • that in His mercy He brought to pass,
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  • in the waiting, it was just,
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  • it was a hundred-fold.
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  • - Yeah. - What I was hoping for,
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  • but it didn't happen on my time frame.
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  • - Well that's the thing about not wasting the wait.
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  • - Right. - Don't waste the wait.
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  • Because you learn.
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  • - Sometimes the wait is the best part.
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  • - It is the best part!
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  • We're so busy wanting that answer,
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  • - Right, yeah.
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  • - And, then when we don't get it,
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  • - Yep.
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  • - The way we think, that it should be,
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  • or the way that we asked it should be,
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  • we become bitter. - That's right.
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  • - We get angry,
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  • and then that starts hindering our prayers.
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  • - It does hinder them. - Right?
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  • And, then we're not learning,
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  • what we're supposed to in the wait.
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  • Which can sometimes prolong that answer from coming,
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  • 'cause the Lord's like I need you to learn this first,
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  • and then I'll go ahead and give you the answer.
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  • - Delaying the inevitable, that's God's way of,
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  • framing some of the answers to our prayer request.
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  • It's like, you know
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  • the excitement of the hunt,
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  • of the knocking
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  • of the desire that it begins to
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  • stir inside of us, when we are told no.
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  • For some of us we'll go and sit back in our seats
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  • and we'll be like okay,
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  • but for some of us, that we are not content with a no,
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  • we'll be like the widow, that keeps knocking
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  • until the door opens, seeking justice
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  • and that's the kind of faith,
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  • that the Lord is really seeking after, in these days,
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  • especially in the 21st century.
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  • Looking for the heart that won't sit down.
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  • Looking for the heart that keeps pursuing.
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  • Looking for the heart when all hell breaks loose,
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  • that you keep pressing through.
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  • And, He's not teasing us,
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  • but He is providing an opportunity for us,
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  • to grow and to endure, and to keep reaching out.
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  • - I mean I found out I was unexpectedly pregnant,
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  • at the age of forty.
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  • If that wasn't hard enough.
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  • (laughs)
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  • I was diagnosed with three auto-immune diseases,
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  • and so, getting pregnant again was not something
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  • that was supposed to happen for my safety,
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  • and for the safety of the baby.
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  • Fast-forward to that last trimester,
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  • I ended up being diagnosed with a very rare condition,
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  • that was causing bone marrow edema, meaning swelling,
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  • in the bone marrow of my thigh bone.
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  • - Wow.
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  • - And it was causing these tiny little fractures
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  • in my hip joint.
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  • One study said it only happens
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  • in four of every one million pregnancies.
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  • Lucky me. - Oh, gosh.
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  • - And the best prognosis that was given to me,
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  • was that I will be able to walk with a limp,
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  • maybe six to nine months after,
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  • I have the baby.
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  • - Wow.
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  • - Best case scenario.
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  • But, there's no guarantee,
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  • what the outcomes gonna be.
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  • So that last trimester,
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  • I was in constant pain,
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  • cause you're pregnant you can't take anything.
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  • Constant pain, couldn't sleep,
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  • couldn't sit, couldn't take a shower,
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  • without sitting down, couldn't brush my teeth,
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  • I was on crutches or a wheelchair.
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  • I have two other children that we homeschool.
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  • I also couldn't work.
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  • - Wow.
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  • - I couldn't do worship,
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  • which is what I love doing,
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  • at church and serving at church,
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  • I was literally stripped of everything.
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  • - Yep.
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  • - And for the first time in my life,
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  • I understood when people said they were mad with God.
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  • And I remember in my pride,
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  • I would look at people like that, and be like,
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  • How could you ever be mad with God?
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  • He's never done anything.
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  • He sent His son to die for you,
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  • that should be good enough,
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  • but, here I was having this crisis of faith,
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  • and being angry with the Lord,
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  • because my answer didn't come.
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  • I have been praying for you to heal me.
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  • Why on earth would you not,
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  • I know you have before,
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  • you've healed me of allergies,
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  • I've seen you heal my children,
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  • of reflux, I've seen you heal them of nightmares,
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  • I've seen you do this.
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  • - I know you can do this again,
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  • Why aren't you?
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  • And that contending,
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  • and that place of waiting for that answer to come,
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  • can be an extremely frustrating place.
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  • - And I'm still waiting,
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  • on the completion, of that healing.
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  • He's done bits and pieces of it,
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  • here and there, but I haven't seen Him do,
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  • that instantaneous thing, that He did before,
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  • and it can be a place of a lot of frustration for me,
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  • but I always say I don't want to waste the wait.
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  • I don't want to waste the time,
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  • in this season between, asking Him to heal me,
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  • and then to see the completion of that healing.
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  • So, in the middle of that I want to be consistent
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  • and faithful, and still seeking Him, and trusting Him,
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  • knowing that He's good, no matter what.
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  • - And when people ask me that,
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  • I'm like Lord what do you do in that?
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  • I'm like you seek God like you've never done before.
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  • You don't want to, you don't want to,
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  • but you got to run to His presence.
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  • - Yes, that's right.
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  • - In His presence there's fullness of joy.
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  • In His presence there's peace.
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  • - Where else would you go?
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  • - There's nowhere else to go. - That's right, that's right.
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  • - So, when I can't pray,
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  • I'm like okay turn on the worship music,
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  • - Yes.
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  • - Something to get me into His presence.
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  • - Call our friends, help me get to His presence,
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  • carry me to His presence, help me get there somehow.
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  • But, in the midst of that waiting,
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  • for that answered prayer,
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  • we need to learn what we need to learn,
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  • and then continue to say,
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  • Yet, will I praise you.
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  • - Absolutely, Yet will I praise you.
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  • where she was one who sat at Jesus' feet,
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  • but then when her prayer didn't get answered,
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  • - That's right.
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  • - In her time frame, she was offended,
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  • - She was.
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  • - She stayed at the house.
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  • - And she stayed at the house.
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  • And then, Martha who was the doer, is now
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  • - Had more attitude.
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  • - Is with Jesus, but it was like God wanted
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  • to reveal something.
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  • - Right.
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  • - Sometimes, He want's to reveal something to us,
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  • but we've got to get our fence with God,
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  • out of the way, because He knows what He's doing.
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  • - Right.
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  • - And we've got to trust you God,
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  • you could've have turned up today,
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  • but you didn't.
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  • - Right.
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  • - There was a reason for the glory of God.
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  • - Yes.
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  • - You wanted to teach a lesson to everyone.
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  • - I'm here, and nothing is impossible for me.
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  • But, you wanting it on your time frame,
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  • and I think sometimes, our answered prayer,
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  • His delay is not denial,
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  • - That's right.
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  • - And the process, is the destination.
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  • - Yes.
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  • - We're always wanting the outcome, the destination,
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  • He says actually I'm so much more about the journey
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  • and the process of who you're becoming,
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  • than what you think you need, at the end of it.
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  • - You know it goes back to that,
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  • you know where Jesus says that,
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  • you can't come before me and ask anything
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  • with unforgiveness in your heart,
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  • and I'll go to Jesus in my religiosity thinking that
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  • I'm gonna have this right to pray for somebody else
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  • to straighten up, and it will usually be in that moment,
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  • that He will hold up the massive Ponderosa pine tree,
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  • that's in my own eyes, and again that's where I think
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  • we have to be so careful as finite beings,
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  • to come before God and tell Him what we want,
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  • I think the first thing we do,
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  • that's modeled in the Lord's prayer,
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  • is we come before God, and recognize,
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  • you're God and I'm not.
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  • So, even in my prayer,
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  • would you please keep my heart,
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  • or put my heart back into a good place,
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  • would you please help me, to come before you,
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  • in humility, and in delight that
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  • Oh my goodness a God like you loves a woman like me.
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  • - And, that's the true healing,
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  • - Yeah.
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  • - Because what we did before Him,
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  • He starts unearthing all the corpses.
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  • He starts unearthing the bitterness.
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  • - And the dry bones.
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  • - Unearthing all the crud.
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  • And, we're like, wait, why are we talking about this
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  • Jesus, He's like because I'm putting my finger on
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  • exactly what hurts in your life.
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  • - That's right.
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  • - You have just covered over,
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  • with your little Christian ease.
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  • - That's right.
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  • - You need to uproot that right there.
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  • And, it seems to you that I've changed the subject,
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  • that I'm talking about a whole 'nother thing,
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  • but I am dealing with root of the issues.
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  • - That's right.
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  • - And my prayer life, lately has just been (groans)
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  • (laughing)
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  • - Exactly!
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  • It's all you can get out.
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  • - Yeah.
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  • - It's just groaning, and pouring forth, and saying to God,
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  • okay fine, okay fine, what do you want me to do now?
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  • I've become like, What do you want me to do?
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  • What do you want me to do?
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  • Yes, Master, clink. (laughing)
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  • - Yeah. - And, in that journey,
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  • He has continuously spoken over me,
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  • and promised me, the fulfillment of what He said,
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  • the first time I asked Him,
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  • the first time I asked Him, He said,
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  • you will not die, but live.
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  • The latter will be greater.
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  • - That's right, that's right.
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  • - And every time I have a little pity pot,
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  • and I'm crying, the spirit of the Lord rises up inside me
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  • and starts laughing, and I'm like, Lord I know that
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  • you know the outcome and that you're laughing because
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  • you are already have this,
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  • but, I just need to cry right now. (laughs)
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  • - It's okay.
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  • - And, and it tickles me.
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  • It's just like your kid is on the ground,
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  • with their finger scratched.
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  • - Yeah.
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  • - And, it's the end of the world.
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  • - And, you're like, you're gonna be okay.
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  • (laughing)
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  • - That's just how the Lord responds.
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  • - The contending is where we learn to linger.
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  • - Absolutely.
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  • - And, I tend to be one of those kids,
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  • that jumps out of His lap too fast.
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  • - Me too.
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  • - To go and justify myself,
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  • or to go and do something, I'm a much better doer than
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  • I am a beer, and when I have to contend,
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  • I also realize that kindness in this is that
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  • I'm lingering in His presence.
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  • I'm actually being held.
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  • - I think every woman her deepest heart of prayers,
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  • her family and what God has done for me, and my spouse,
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  • is nothing less than a miracle,
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  • a complete transformative,
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  • almost a resurrection miracle,
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  • that He did for me and my husband,
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  • and to that end, I say don't give up,
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  • praying for people, because, we were 20 years into
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  • the marriage, when this, we call it D-day,
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  • happened in our family, and it changed us,
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  • it completely changed us, and God said to me,
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  • Rebecca, I've answered your prayer,
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  • (laughs)
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  • And I said, took you long enough.
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  • (laughs)
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  • But, my children have their father,
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  • and I have my husband,
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  • and I have a beautiful testimony,
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  • of God's ability to change something,
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  • that I just can not even describe to you,
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  • looked so impossible for me,
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  • and I give God the praise for it,
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  • and wanna encourage anybody
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  • that's standing in the gap for a spouse,
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  • a parent, a relative, a child, to not give up hope.
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  • - I think in my own life,
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  • I've seen the Lord answer several times throughout my
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  • journey, people being healed of cancer, diagnoses',
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  • heart attacks, you know I've prayed for my siblings,
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  • who are my half-siblings, I pray for their father,
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  • on the verge of the deathbed, not once but, twice,
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  • but three times, and you know, just the imploring
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  • prayer of like a Hezekiah, turning to the wall,
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  • and being like Lord, if there's righteousness on my
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  • account, if you have seen me, I have always obeyed you,
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  • you know just recalling those prayers,
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  • and beseeching for other people.
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  • Answered prayers like my grandpa Adams who was diagnosed
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  • with testicular cancer and the Lord healed him.
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  • My own, even my own husband in the middle of the church
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  • plant, the beginning stages, he had you know diverticulitis
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  • or something with his GI tract.
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  • - Wow.
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  • - And, it looked like on the x-ray that there was some kind
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  • of a rupture and then for them after I prayed for them to
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  • have them retake the x-ray, and there was nothing there.
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  • - Hallelujah. - There are miracles.
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  • - Thank you, Jesus.
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  • - If you believe that Jesus was raised from the dead,
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  • than I can believe for healing.
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  • - That's right.
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  • - Absolutely.
  • 00:18:12.030 --> 00:18:13.060
  • - Because that's how He answers,
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  • and if I can beseech, just like the woman, you know,
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  • just pressing through,
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  • it wasn't a romantic,
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  • Oh, I'm just going to prance through
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  • you know move my hair around.
  • 00:18:24.080 --> 00:18:26.070
  • - She was the bloody woman.
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  • She's the bloody woman, she's totally ostracized by culture.
  • 00:18:27.230 --> 00:18:30.080
  • - Stench, the smell, ostracized, unclean,
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  • and for her to go and touch the hem,
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  • - Yes.
  • 00:18:37.130 --> 00:18:38.110
  • - And, for Him to take notice,
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  • not even extending a hand to her.
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  • - That's right.
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  • - Even his own clothes were anointed,
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  • that she would reach out
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  • and it would heal her in a moment.
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  • That's the kind of beseeching that I think you know,
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  • what you were talking about,
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  • it's like the reaching for,
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  • Are you going to keep pressing through?
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  • Or are you going to give up.
  • 00:18:56.000 --> 00:18:57.040
  • - That's right.
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  • - Are we that kind of people in the 21st century,
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  • where we believe God,
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  • you know if He did it in the 1st century church.
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  • - Yes, right.
  • 00:19:04.100 --> 00:19:05.250
  • - Then He can do it for us, in the 21st century.
  • 00:19:05.250 --> 00:19:07.190
  • - But, then, there's also a fine line,
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  • between expectation, and entitlement.
  • 00:19:09.030 --> 00:19:11.110
  • - Yeah.
  • 00:19:11.110 --> 00:19:12.150
  • - We can become entitled, as believers.
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  • - That's right.
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  • - I will tell you, I've sat with God,
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  • with a 'tude, and I could hear Him saying,
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  • Rebecca, you're entitled.
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  • I said, Well how do you not be entitled,
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  • when you've been told, this is a promise,
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  • you promised, God.
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  • He said, Yes, but who's Lord?
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  • - That's right.
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  • - Who is Lord, in this situation?
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  • And part of Mary, Martha story was,
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  • tell them the man you love is sick,
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  • you know they were trying to manipulate Jesus
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  • and trying to guilt Him a little bit into coming,
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  • and He says, his sickness will not end in death,
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  • he kept doing, what he was doing, you know.
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  • So, there's a little catch 22 there, that fine line
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  • in your heart between expectation, which is faith,
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  • - Right.
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  • - And God you owe me.
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  • And when you've been serving God,
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  • or you feel like you've made a lot of sacrifices,
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  • - Right.
  • 00:20:00.010 --> 00:20:01.060
  • - You can start to feel like God owes you,
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  • - Right.
  • 00:20:02.120 --> 00:20:03.190
  • - And, that's where you got to step back,
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  • get your mind right, get your attitude right,
  • 00:20:05.210 --> 00:20:08.270
  • - And it all boils down to,
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  • Are you beseeching for the gift or for the giver?
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  • - Yeah.
  • 00:20:13.210 --> 00:20:15.050
  • - You're actually reaching for more relationship,
  • 00:20:15.050 --> 00:20:16.260
  • - Very good.
  • 00:20:16.260 --> 00:20:18.120
  • - Instead of the healing, is trusting that He's a healer,
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  • that's His character.
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  • - Right.
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  • - Might not be in my body,
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  • but He's going to heal me.
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  • I think we tend to trust Him for things,
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  • and we're more hesitant to bring Him our hearts.
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  • - Yeah.
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  • - Just go, I want you.
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  • - Yes.
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  • - Whatever you bring me.
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  • - Yes.
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  • - What I'm petitioning, I trust that you have
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  • even better than I know, I don't even have the words
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  • or the mind to ask for what you're gonna give me,
  • 00:20:42.060 --> 00:20:44.040
  • but I just want more of you.
  • 00:20:44.040 --> 00:20:45.110
  • - Yeah.
  • 00:20:45.110 --> 00:20:46.180
  • - I just want more time with you,
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  • I want to see your face more clearly,
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  • I want to be able to say, like David,
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  • I saw Him in a sanctuary.
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  • - Yes.
  • 00:20:53.230 --> 00:20:54.220
  • - I saw Him and He said to me,
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  • my prayer when my prayer life is anemic,
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  • my trust life is anemic.
  • 00:20:59.010 --> 00:21:00.290
  • - Yeah.
  • 00:21:00.290 --> 00:21:01.240
  • - Absolutely.
  • 00:21:01.240 --> 00:21:02.190
  • - I'm not trusting God,
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  • when I trust He's good and He's for me,
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  • and He's for our little family,
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  • and He loves His people.
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  • And He's slow to anger and rich in compassion.
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  • My prayer life grows.
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  • - And that, I think is hard to get to when,
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  • if you've hit a place, that you feel,
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  • He hasn't answered you.
  • 00:21:19.100 --> 00:21:21.040
  • - Yeah.
  • 00:21:21.040 --> 00:21:22.190
  • - And that's, where you like you say contending and seeking
  • 00:21:22.190 --> 00:21:24.260
  • and reaching, to really plug into
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  • what He's doing in your life at the time, and, and why?
  • 00:21:27.180 --> 00:21:32.180
  • And, understanding the deeper context of your relationship
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  • with God, beyond Him rescuing you,
  • 00:21:36.050 --> 00:21:39.040
  • - Yeah.
  • 00:21:39.040 --> 00:21:39.290
  • - Right.
  • 00:21:39.290 --> 00:21:41.060
  • - Or delivering you, which He does,
  • 00:21:41.060 --> 00:21:42.210
  • but at the same time, what is His greater purpose
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  • in your life.
  • 00:21:45.060 --> 00:21:46.010
  • - Right.
  • 00:21:46.010 --> 00:21:46.260
  • - You know.
  • 00:21:46.260 --> 00:21:47.250
  • - And, we can't despair because,
  • 00:21:47.250 --> 00:21:49.090
  • you know the most often asked question in the Psalms,
  • 00:21:49.090 --> 00:21:52.290
  • is, How long, Oh Lord?
  • 00:21:52.290 --> 00:21:54.240
  • - Yeah.
  • 00:21:54.240 --> 00:21:55.190
  • - Yes.
  • 00:21:55.190 --> 00:21:56.210
  • (laughing)
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  • - How much?
  • 00:21:57.260 --> 00:21:58.220
  • I can't hear you.
  • 00:21:58.220 --> 00:21:59.180
  • - Right.
  • 00:21:59.180 --> 00:22:00.180
  • - Yeah.
  • 00:22:00.180 --> 00:22:01.140
  • - So, I betcha a nickel,
  • 00:22:01.140 --> 00:22:02.210
  • there's some people listening to us today,
  • 00:22:02.210 --> 00:22:03.270
  • going, well y'all all got your prayers,
  • 00:22:03.270 --> 00:22:05.260
  • but I just am hearing nothing.
  • 00:22:05.260 --> 00:22:08.110
  • I want to go, that's a huge lie from the enemy.
  • 00:22:09.160 --> 00:22:11.140
  • We don't hear, because we don't always have ears to hear,
  • 00:22:11.140 --> 00:22:14.120
  • that doesn't mean God is ignoring you.
  • 00:22:14.120 --> 00:22:16.160
  • - That's right.
  • 00:22:16.160 --> 00:22:17.230
  • - Father, I pray right now, that every person,
  • 00:22:17.230 --> 00:22:21.150
  • watching this broadcast will step out in the name of Jesus,
  • 00:22:21.150 --> 00:22:25.120
  • to trust you for something, a small thing that will show
  • 00:22:25.120 --> 00:22:29.180
  • them that you are there, and answer there prayers.
  • 00:22:29.180 --> 00:22:32.070
  • God I'm asking you for baby steps of faith,
  • 00:22:32.070 --> 00:22:35.080
  • just like steps that I took as a young Christian,
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  • to trust you for a bill, to trust you for an open door in
  • 00:22:37.260 --> 00:22:41.120
  • the college, to trust you for a mate, to trust you for
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  • things that were important to me, how ever big or small.
  • 00:22:44.140 --> 00:22:48.180
  • I ask God, that you would give each person a special
  • 00:22:48.180 --> 00:22:52.020
  • gift, today, that they would decide, right now,
  • 00:22:52.020 --> 00:22:56.210
  • to take a step and trust you in something,
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  • that has not been on there agenda,
  • 00:22:59.190 --> 00:23:01.270
  • to give over to you, and that you would
  • 00:23:01.270 --> 00:23:04.130
  • manifest in their lives, in such a way, as to see them
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  • walking by faith, in even the minutest ways,
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  • that their strength, their faith would be strengthened,
  • 00:23:10.240 --> 00:23:14.100
  • that their strength would come through observing,
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  • an answer to prayer in their life, to kick-start them
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  • on a journey, to walking before you, with all their hearts.
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  • Alex, Sam writes,
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  • How do we pray for other people who are for prayer,
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  • but don't give a specific reason why they need it?
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  • - Well, I normally ask them right back,
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  • What would you like me to pray for?
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  • Because otherwise, what?
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  • We're just praying a blessing?
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  • - We're just praying for them?
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  • So, It's probably not the right answer,
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  • but I actually go back,
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  • 'cause people do ask me,
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  • as a Pastor of a church,
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  • they always come up to me at the end of church,
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  • and they're like, can you please pray for me?
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  • - Yeah.
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  • - And, I'm like well,
  • 00:24:10.290 --> 00:24:12.060
  • there's an array of things I can pray for.
  • 00:24:12.060 --> 00:24:12.270
  • - Exactly.
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  • - So, what would you like,
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  • what would you need prayer for?
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  • - Growing up, I was a part of a church group,
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  • youth group, you know where you have the prayer circle,
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  • everybody holds hands, and then someone inevitably,
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  • would be like, I have an unspoken need, always.
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  • And so, in those situations, it was always really hard,
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  • to kinda be like, well excuse me,
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  • what exactly is your unspoken need?
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  • 'Cause a lot of times, it was kinda private.
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  • So, I remember in those times I would just pray,
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  • a general prayer, like you said of blessing.
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  • But also, that since the Lord already knows,
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  • what their need is,
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  • then for God to just meet them,
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  • where their at.
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  • - Good.
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  • - And, it took a lot of courage for them to even
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  • raise their hand and say I have a need,
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  • took a lot of courage to even ask for the prayer,
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  • so I just pray that the Lord hears it
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  • and encourages them in it.
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