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October 30, 2019
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Robert Jeffress: Pathway to Victory

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  • [NARRATOR] FROM THE PULPIT
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  • OF THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF DALLAS, TEXAS
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  • THIS IS PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • HI, I'M ROBERT JEFFRESS AND WELCOME AGAIN
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  • TO PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • IT'S SAFE TO SAY THAT EVERY CHRISTIAN HAS EXPERIENCED
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  • THE DISAPPOINTMENT OF HAVING THEIR PRAYERS GO UNANSWERED.
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  • BUT SOME PEOPLE BECOME SO DISCOURAGED
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  • THAT THEY END UP GIVING UP ON PRAYER ALL TOGETHER.
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  • WELL, EVEN THOUGH GOD DOESN'T ALWAYS GRANT OUR REQUEST,
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  • HE DOES ALWAYS HEAR US.
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  • AND TODAY I WANNA SHOW YOU HOW TO PRAY FOR YOUR NEEDS,
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  • AND HOW TO RESPOND WHEN GOD SAYS NO.
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  • MY MESSAGE IS TITLED "EFFECTIVE PRAY-ERS"
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  • ON TODAY'S EDITION OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • MUSIC
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  • [NARRATOR] FOR JESUS, PRAYER WAS KEY
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  • TO HIS LIFE AND MINISTRY.
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  • SO, IF THE SON OF GOD BELIEVED PRAYER WAS IMPORTANT,
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  • HOW MUCH ESSENTIAL IS PRAYER FOR YOU AND ME?
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  • IN HER BRAND NEW BOOK "PRAY BIG THINGS"
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  • JULIA JEFFRESS SADLER CHALLENGES YOU TO PRAY BIG THINGS
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  • AND EXPERIENCE GOD'S EVEN BIGGER ANSWERS.
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  • ARE YOU READY TO SEE GOD MOVE IN YOUR LIFE
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  • LIKE NEVER BEFORE?
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  • REQUEST THE BOOK "PRAY BIG THINGS"
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  • WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT TO SUPPORT THE MINISTRY
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  • OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • MUSIC
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  • BEN PATTERSON SAYS ONE OF THE GREATEST EVIDENCES
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  • THAT WE HUMAN BEINGS ACT CONTRARY TO OUR SELF INTEREST.
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  • IS THE FACT THAT WE SPEND SO LITTLE TIME
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  • TALKING TO THE PERSON WHO MADE US
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  • AND LOVES US THE MOST.
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  • PRAYER IS A MISSING INGREDIENT
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  • IN MANY OF OUR LIVES.
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  • AND IT'S THAT LACK OF PRAYER THAT ROBS US
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  • NOT ONLY OF INTIMACY WITH GOD, A LACK OF PRAYER ROBS US
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  • OF EXPERIENCING GOD'S POWER IN OUR LIFE.
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  • GOD'S POWER, HIS HOLY SPIRIT'S POWER
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  • IS POURED INTO OUR LIFE
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  • THROUGH FOUR MAJOR CONDUITS, FOUR CHANNELS.
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  • THE FIRST CHANNEL IS THE WORD OF GOD.
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  • WE'VE TALKED ABOUT HOW GOD'S SPIRIT
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  • USES HIS WORD TO POUR HIS PRESENCE INTO OUR LIVES,
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  • BUT THE SECOND CHANNEL THROUGH WHICH THE HOLY SPIRIT'S
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  • POWER IS GENERATED INTO OUR LIFE,
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  • IS CONVERSATION WITH GOD THROUGH PRAYER.
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  • AND LAST WEEK WE BEGAN LOOKING
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  • AT THE WHOLE SUBJECT OF PRAYER, AND HOW IT UNLEASHES
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  • GOD'S SPIRITS POWER INTO OUR LIFE.
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  • REMEMBER WE SAID PRAYER IS ALWAYS DIFFICULT.
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  • DON'T EVER THINK YOU'RE GONNA ARRIVE IN YOUR PRAYER LIFE,
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  • TALKING TO AN INVISIBLE BEING
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  • IS ALWAYS GONNA BE A STRUGGLE IN YOUR LIFE.
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  • YET, EVEN PRAYING CONSISTENTLY IS DIFFICULT,
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  • PRAYING EFFECTIVELY IS ACTUALLY QUITE SIMPLE.
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  • WE'VE OVER COMPLICATED PRAYER,
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  • WE'VE MADE IT SOMETHING MUCH MORE DIFFICULT
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  • THAN GOD EVER INTENDED IT TO BE.
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  • AND WE SAID LAST TIME, THE FACT IS,
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  • WE WILL NEVER PRAY CONSISTENTLY UNTIL WE SETTLE
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  • FOUR QUESTIONS IN OUR OWN MIND AND HEARTS.
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  • LAST TIME WE BEGAN BY LOOKING AT THE QUESTION,
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  • WHY SHOULD WE EVEN PRAY IF GOD'S GONNA DO
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  • WHAT HE'S GOING TO DO ANYWAY?
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  • THAT'S A PRETTY FAIR QUESTION.
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  • IF GOD IS SOVEREIGN, HE HAS A SOVEREIGN PLAN,
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  • WHY SHOULD I BOTHER TO PRAY?
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  • WELL, JEREMIAH 29:11 DOES SAY THAT GOD HAS A PLAN
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  • FOR YOUR LIFE, AND IT'S A GOOD PLAN.
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  • GOD SAYS, I KNOW THE PLANS I HAVE FOR YOU.
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  • A PLAN FOR YOUR WELFARE, NOT FOR YOUR CALAMITY.
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  • A PLAN TO GIVE YOU YOUR FUTURE AND A HOPE.
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  • YES, GOD HAS A GREAT PLAN FOR YOU, BUT PRAYER IS THE CONDUIT
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  • THE CHANNEL THROUGH WHICH THAT WONDERFUL PLAN
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  • IS POURED INTO YOUR LIFE.
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  • GOD HAS ORDAINED THE END, BUT HE'S ALSO ORDAINED THE MEANS
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  • TO ACHIEVE THAT END, AND IT IS THROUGH PRAYER.
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  • THEN SECONDLY, WE LOOKED AT THE QUESTION,
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  • WHAT KIND OF THINGS SHOULD I PRAY ABOUT?
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  • IS IT OKAY TO PRAY ABOUT ANYTHING,
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  • OR DO I NEED TO BE RESERVED IN THE THINGS
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  • THAT I TALK TO GOD ABOUT?
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  • AND THE ANSWER TO THAT QUESTION, TURN TO MATHEW CHAPTER SIX.
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  • MATHEW CHAPTER SIX AS YOU KNOW IS WHAT MANY TIMES
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  • WE CALL THE LORD'S PRAYER, BUT THIS PRAYER
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  • WAS NOT GIVEN AS A MANTRA TO BE REPEATED,
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  • BUT AS A MODEL TO BE FOLLOWED.
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  • NOWHERE IS THIS PRAYER EVER REPEATED ANY PLACE ELSE,
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  • THE EARLY CHURCH NEVER REPEATED IT.
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  • BECAUSE YOU DON'T REPEAT A MODEL, OKAY?
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  • IT IS AN OUTLINE, AND IT'S NOT AN OUTLINE
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  • OF EVERYTHING YOU SHOULD PRAY FOR, BUT IT GIVES US
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  • SOME IDEAS OF AT LEAST FIVE THINGS
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  • THAT SHOULD BE COMPONENTS OF OUR PRAYER.
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  • FIRST OF ALL JESUS TAUGHT US, WHEN WE PRAY
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  • WE OUGHT TO BEGIN BY PRAISING GOD'S NAME.
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  • THE PRAISE OF GOD'S NAME.
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  • OUR FATHER WHO IS IN HEAVEN, HOLY IS YOUR NAME.
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  • GOD THANK YOUR FOR BEING HOLY, DIFFERENT, SEPARATE,
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  • A CUT ABOVE THOSE OF US HERE ON EARTH.
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  • AND THEN SECONDLY WE PRAY A PRAYER,
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  • A PRIORITY OF GOD'S PURPOSE,
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  • ONE OF THE GREATEST STRUGGLES WE HAVE WHEN WE KNEEL DOWN
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  • BEFORE GOD IS, GOD DO I WANT MY WILL DONE,
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  • OR DO I WANT YOUR WILL TO BE DONE?
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  • AND JESUS SAID, "ALWAYS PUT GOD'S WILL FIRST."
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  • YOUR KINGDOM COME, YOUR WILL BE DONE ON EARTH, IN MY LIFE
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  • AS IT'S BEEN DONE IN HEAVEN.
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  • NOW, LETS LOOK THIRDLY AT A THIRD COMPONENT OF OUR PRAYERS.
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  • JESUS SAID WE OUGHT TO PRAY FOR THE PROVISION FOR OUR NEEDS.
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  • YES, WE WANNA REMEMBER TO PRAISE GOD FOR WHO HE IS,
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  • WE WANNA REMEMBER TO MAKE GOD'S WILL A PRIORITY,
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  • BUT YOU KNOW WHAT, IT'S ALSO OKAY TO PRAY FOR THINGS
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  • THAT WE NEED AND WANT.
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  • AND AT THE TOP OF THE LIST OUGHT TO BE
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  • THE VERY PRACTICAL NEEDS WE HAVE.
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  • HE SAYS IN VERSE 11, WE CAN PRAY,
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  • "GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD."
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  • NOW, WHEN JESUS TALKS ABOUT PRAYING FOR OUR DAILY BREAD
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  • HE DOESN'T HAVE IN MIND HERE A LOAF OF MRS BAIRDS, OKAY?
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  • WHAT HE'S TALKING ABOUT HERE, IS BREAD IS A REFERENCE
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  • TO ALL YOUR PHYSICAL NEEDS.
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  • IT'S FOOD, IT'S WATER, IT'S CLOTHING, IT'S SHELTER,
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  • ALL OF THESE THINGS ARE RELATED TO OUR PHYSICAL NEEDS.
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  • AND SOMEBODY HAS POINTED OUT, JESUS DID NOT TEACH US
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  • TO PRAY, LORD GIVE US OUR DAILY STEAK AND LOBSTER, OKAY?
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  • GOD NEVER PROMISED TO MEET YOUR GREEDS, BUT HE DID PROMISE
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  • TO SATISFY YOUR NEEDS.
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  • PAUL SAID MY GOD SHALL SUPPLY ALL OF YOUR WHAT?
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  • ALL OF YOUR NEEDS, NOT ALL OF YOUR GREEDS,
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  • ACCORDING TO HIS RICHES IN CHRIST JESUS.
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  • AND THEN FOURTH, HE SAID WE OUGHT TO PRAY FOR A PARDON
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  • FOR OUR SINS.
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  • HE SAYS IN VERSE 12, "AND FOR US OUR DEBTS",
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  • THAT'S A REFERENCE TO SINS,
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  • "AS WE HAVE FORGIVEN OUR DEBTORS."
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  • YOU MIGHT WONDER, WAIT A MINUTE,
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  • IF I AM A CHRISTIAN ALREADY, WHY SHOULD I ASK GOD
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  • TO FORGIVE ME OF MY SINS?
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  • HASN'T HE ALREADY DONE THAT?
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  • WELL, YES HE HAS.
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  • THE BIBLE SAYS WHEN YOU TRUST IN CHRIST AS YOUR SAVIOR,
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  • YOU RECEIVE GOD'S JUDICIAL FORGIVENESS.
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  • THAT IS THE MOMENT YOU TRUST IN CHRIST
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  • IN THAT GREAT COURT ROOM IN HEAVEN, GOD SLAMS DOWN
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  • THE GAVEL AND SAYS NOT GUILTY, NOT GUILTY.
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  • YOUR SINS ARE FORGIVEN, FORGOTTEN FOREVER BY GOD.
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  • AND IT'S NOT JUST ALL OF YOUR SINS
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  • UP TO THE MOMENT YOU TRUST IN CHRIST, ALL OF YOUR SINS
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  • PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE ARE FORGIVEN.
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  • REMEMBER WHEN CHRIST DIED FOR YOUR SINS,
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  • ALL OF YOUR SINS WERE STILL FUTURE, WEREN'T THEY?
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  • GOD HAS FORGIVEN YOU OF ALL OF YOUR SINS,
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  • YOU ARE JUDICIALLY FORGIVEN.
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  • BUT EVEN THOUGH WE HAVE GOD'S JUDICIAL FORGIVENESS,
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  • WE STILL NEED HIS PARENTAL FORGIVENESS
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  • ON A DAY-TO-DAY BASIS.
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  • THOSE OF YOUR WHO ARE PARENTS UNDERSTAND
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  • WHAT PARENTAL FORGIVENESS IS.
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  • HAVE YOU EVER HAD A CHILD WHO DISOBEYED YOU,
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  • OR DISRESPECTED YOU IN SOME WAY, OR JUST WAS DISINTERESTED
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  • IN A RELATIONSHIP WITH YOU?
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  • YOU DON'T KICK THEM OUT OF YOUR FAMILY
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  • FOR THOSE KIND OF SINS, BUT THERE IS A BARRIER
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  • THAT OCCURS IN YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH CHILD.
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  • A BARRIER THAT CAN ONLY BE REMOVED WHEN THEY RECOGNIZE
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  • THEIR DISOBEDIENCE AND TURN AWAY FROM IT.
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  • AND SO IT IS IN OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.
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  • THE FACT IS, WE SIN DAILY AND THAT'S WHY WE NEED TO RESTORE
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  • THAT PARENTAL RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.
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  • THE BIBLE SAYS WE NEED TO PRAY FOR GOD FORGIVENESS.
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  • 1 JOHN 1:9 SAYS, "IF WE WILL CONFESS OUR SINS,
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  • "HE IS FAITHFUL AND JUST TO FORGIVE US OUR SINS
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  • "AND TO CLEANSE US FROM ALL UNRIGHTEOUSNESS."
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  • DID YOU KNOW 1 JOHN WAS NOT WRITTEN TO NON-CHRISTIANS,
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  • IT WAS WRITTEN TO CHRISTIANS.
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  • THAT'S JOHN'S WORD TO CHRISTIANS.
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  • CHRISTIANS IF YOU WILL CONFESS YOUR SINS,
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  • GOD WILL FORGIVE YOU.
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  • NOW HERE ME ON THIS, THAT WORD CONFESS
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  • MEANS TO ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR SIN, BUT IT DOES NOT REFER
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  • TO A COOL EMOTIONALLY DETACHED ACKNOWLEDGEMENT.
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  • INHERENT AND TRUE CONFESSION IS A SORROW,
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  • A BROKENNESS FOR YOUR SIN.
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  • PSALM 51:17 SAID, "THE SACRIFICES TO GOD
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  • ARE A BROKEN SPIRIT."
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  • A BROKEN AND A CONTRITE HEART, THE LORD WILL NOT DESPISE.
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  • THE BIBLE SAYS THAT ONLY WHEN WE ARE BROKEN OF OUR SIN
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  • IS THAT TRUE CONFESSION. AND WITH THAT BROKENNESS
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  • ALSO COMES A WILLINGNESS TO TURN AWAY FROM THAT SIN.
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  • WE SHOULDN'T EXPECT GOD TO TAKE ANY CONFESSION
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  • OF SIN SERIOUSLY, THAT DOES NOT INCLUDE
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  • A HEART-FELT DECISION TO TURN AWAY FROM THAT SIN.
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  • TRUE CONFESSION MEANS SORRY ENOUGH TO STOP DOING IT.
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  • AND THAT'S WHAT JESUS SAID IS NECESSARY IN OUR PRAYER.
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  • WE PRAY, "FORGIVE US LORD OF OUR SIN
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  • AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO HAVE SINNED AGAINST US."
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  • AND NOTICE THAT INSEPARABLE LINK
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  • BETWEEN OUR RECEIVING GOD'S FORGIVENESS,
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  • AND OUR WILLINGNESS TO FORGIVE OTHER PEOPLE.
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  • JESUS SAID, "BEFORE YOU CAN RECEIVE GOD'S FORGIVENESS,
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  • YOU HAVE TO BE WILLING TO FORGIVE
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  • THOSE WHO'VE SINNED AGAINST YOU."
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  • AFTER ALL, ISN'T THAT THE PRAYER?
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  • LORD FORGIVE US OF OUR SINS JUST AS WE HAVE FORGIVEN
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  • THOSE WHO HAVE SINNED AGAINST US.
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  • MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT.
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  • THE BIBLE IS VERY CLEAR,
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  • IF YOU WILL NOT FORGIVE OTHER PEOPLE,
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  • GOD WILL NOT FORGIVE YOU.
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  • JESUS SAID IT VERY CLEARLY IN MATHEW 6:14-15,
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  • "FOR IF YOUR FORGIVE OTHERS FOR THEIR TRANSGRESSIONS,
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  • "YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER WILL ALSO FORGIVE YOU.
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  • "BUT IF YOU DO NOT FORGIVE OTHERS, THEN YOUR FATHER
  • 00:11:00.150 --> 00:11:03.290
  • "WILL NOT FORGIVE YOUR TRANSGRESSIONS."
  • 00:11:04.000 --> 00:11:09.060
  • I KNOW A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO TAKE THE BIBLE LITERALLY,
  • 00:11:09.070 --> 00:11:10.280
  • THE ONLY PROBLEM IS, THEY DON'T TAKE IT SERIOUSLY.
  • 00:11:10.290 --> 00:11:14.030
  • AND SO THEY TRY TO EXPLAIN A WAY THIS FIRST.
  • 00:11:14.040 --> 00:11:15.270
  • SO WHAT JESUS REALLY DIDN'T MEAN
  • 00:11:15.280 --> 00:11:17.150
  • WHAT HE SAID ABOUT, YOU HAVE TO FORGIVE OTHER PEOPLE
  • 00:11:17.160 --> 00:11:19.270
  • BEFORE GOD WILL FORGIVE YOU.
  • 00:11:19.280 --> 00:11:22.040
  • OH NO, THEN HOW DO YOU INTERPRET THIS VERSE?
  • 00:11:22.050 --> 00:11:24.180
  • SEEMS PRETTY CLEAR TO ME, ISN'T IT?
  • 00:11:24.190 --> 00:11:27.030
  • IF YOU WILL NOT FORGIVE OTHERS, GOD WILL NOT FORGIVE YOU.
  • 00:11:27.040 --> 00:11:32.280
  • AND THEN HE SAID, FINALLY WE OUGHT TO PRAY
  • 00:11:32.290 --> 00:11:34.250
  • FOR A PROTECTION FROM EVIL. HE SAYS IN VERSE 13,
  • 00:11:34.260 --> 00:11:38.110
  • "AND DO NOT LEAD US INTO TEMPTATION,
  • 00:11:38.120 --> 00:11:41.200
  • "BUT DELIVER US FROM EVIL."
  • 00:11:41.210 --> 00:11:44.000
  • NOW THIS IS IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND.
  • 00:11:44.010 --> 00:11:45.200
  • THIS WORD TRANSLATED TEMPTATION AS A MORALLY NEUTRAL WORD.
  • 00:11:45.210 --> 00:11:51.250
  • IT SIMPLY MEANS A DIFFICULT SITUATION.
  • 00:11:51.260 --> 00:11:54.130
  • IT'S NEITHER GOOD NOR BAD. IT'S JUST A DIFFICULT SITUATION.
  • 00:11:54.140 --> 00:11:58.200
  • HE SAID WE SHOULD PRAY,
  • 00:11:58.210 --> 00:12:00.050
  • LORD, KEEP US OUT OF DIFFICULT SITUATIONS, WHY?
  • 00:12:00.060 --> 00:12:03.160
  • BECAUSE DIFFICULT SITUATIONS ARE TESTS,
  • 00:12:03.170 --> 00:12:07.080
  • TESTS THAT WE CAN EITHER PASS,
  • 00:12:07.090 --> 00:12:09.200
  • OR TESTS THAT WE MIGHT FAIL AS WELL.
  • 00:12:09.210 --> 00:12:13.070
  • NOW, SOMETIMES THIS WORD DIFFICULT SITUATION,
  • 00:12:13.080 --> 00:12:16.140
  • SOMETIMES IT IS TRANSLATED TEMPTATION.
  • 00:12:16.150 --> 00:12:19.190
  • NOW, TEMPTATION IS ALWAYS BAD.
  • 00:12:19.200 --> 00:12:21.220
  • SATAN TEMPTS US IN ORDER TO DESTROY OUR FAITH,
  • 00:12:21.230 --> 00:12:26.220
  • BUT GOD TESTS US TO STRENGTHEN OUR FAITH.
  • 00:12:26.230 --> 00:12:30.250
  • NOW, WHAT CONFUSES SOME PEOPLE WHO READ THE ENGLISH BIBLE IS
  • 00:12:30.260 --> 00:12:34.010
  • THE SAME GREEK WORD IS USED TO DESCRIBE
  • 00:12:34.020 --> 00:12:38.090
  • BOTH A TEMPTATION AND A TRIAL.
  • 00:12:38.100 --> 00:12:42.130
  • TEMPTATIONS COME FROM SATAN, TRIALS COME FROM GOD.
  • 00:12:42.140 --> 00:12:46.090
  • TEMPTATION HAS AN EVIL DESIRE BEHIND IT
  • 00:12:46.100 --> 00:12:48.270
  • TO DESTROY OUR FAITH, A TEST HAS A GOOD END RESULT IN MIND,
  • 00:12:48.280 --> 00:12:52.290
  • AND THAT IS TO STRENGTHEN OUR FAITH.
  • 00:12:53.000 --> 00:12:54.240
  • REMEMBER, IN JAMES CHAPTER 1,
  • 00:12:54.250 --> 00:12:56.070
  • JAMES SAYS, "COUNT IT ALL JOY, MY BRETHREN,
  • 00:12:56.080 --> 00:12:58.200
  • "WHEN YOU ENCOUNTER VARIOUS TRIALS."
  • 00:12:58.210 --> 00:13:00.290
  • BE HAPPY OF YOUR TRIALS,
  • 00:13:01.000 --> 00:13:02.140
  • BECAUSE THE TESTING OF YOUR FAITH PRODUCES ENDURANCE."
  • 00:13:02.150 --> 00:13:05.250
  • BUT THEN LATER ON HE SAYS IN JAMES 1,
  • 00:13:05.260 --> 00:13:08.060
  • "LET NOBODY SAY WHEN HE IS TEMPTED, I'M BEING TEMPTED
  • 00:13:08.070 --> 00:13:11.050
  • "BY GOD FOR GOD CAN TEMPT NO ONE WITH EVIL."
  • 00:13:11.060 --> 00:13:13.290
  • NOW, THAT WORD TRIAL AND TEMPTATION
  • 00:13:14.000 --> 00:13:16.190
  • ARE BOTH THE SAME GREEK WORD.
  • 00:13:16.200 --> 00:13:19.180
  • YOU SEE, DIFFICULT SITUATION IN YOUR LIFE
  • 00:13:19.190 --> 00:13:24.050
  • CAN BE BOTH A TRIAL, AND IT CAN BE A TEMPTATION
  • 00:13:24.060 --> 00:13:28.160
  • AT THE SAME TIME.
  • 00:13:28.170 --> 00:13:30.170
  • GOD CAN USE A DIFFICULT SITUATION IN YOUR LIFE
  • 00:13:30.180 --> 00:13:34.150
  • TO STRENGTHEN YOUR FAITH, AND SATAN AT THE VERY SAME TIME
  • 00:13:34.160 --> 00:13:38.210
  • CAN HOPE THAT DIFFICULT SITUATION WILL DESTROY YOUR
  • 00:13:38.220 --> 00:13:41.180
  • FAITH. IF YOU ALLOW THE LOSS OF A JOB TO CAUSE YOU TO
  • 00:13:41.190 --> 00:13:45.190
  • QUESTION GOD, TO TURN AWAY FROM GOD, THAT'S SATAN
  • 00:13:45.200 --> 00:13:49.000
  • USING THAT DIFFICULT SITUATION TO DRIVE YOU AWAY FROM GOD.
  • 00:13:49.010 --> 00:13:53.090
  • THAT'S A TEMPTATION.
  • 00:13:53.100 --> 00:13:55.030
  • BUT AT THE SAME TIME, GOD IS USING THAT LOSS OF A JOB,
  • 00:13:55.040 --> 00:13:58.260
  • HE CAN USE IT TO TRY YOUR FAITH,
  • 00:13:58.270 --> 00:14:02.080
  • TO STRENGTHEN YOUR FAITH, TO DRAW YOU CLOSER TO YOURSELF.
  • 00:14:02.090 --> 00:14:06.020
  • YOU SEE, WHETHER A DIFFICULTY IN LIFE IS A TEMPTATION
  • 00:14:06.030 --> 00:14:10.180
  • OR A TRIAL DEPENDS ON YOUR RESPONSE TO IT.
  • 00:14:10.190 --> 00:14:15.000
  • IF YOU ALLOW IT TO DRIVE YOU AWAY FROM GOD, THEN SATAN WINS.
  • 00:14:15.010 --> 00:14:21.120
  • IF YOU ALLOW IT TO DRAW GOD, YOURSELF CLOSER TO GOD,
  • 00:14:21.130 --> 00:14:23.290
  • THEN GOD WINS. SO, WHAT IS HE SAYING, WHEN HE SAYS
  • 00:14:24.000 --> 00:14:28.090
  • DO NOT LEAD US INTO DIFFICULT SITUATIONS?
  • 00:14:28.100 --> 00:14:32.150
  • HE'S TELLING US TO PRAY WHAT EVERY SCHOOL STUDENT PRAYS.
  • 00:14:32.160 --> 00:14:35.130
  • LORD, PLEASE KEEP US FROM TESTS. KEEP TESTS FAR AWAY FROM US,
  • 00:14:35.140 --> 00:14:41.180
  • WHY? BECAUSE TESTS CAN EITHER BE FAILED, OR THEY CAN BE PASSED.
  • 00:14:41.190 --> 00:14:46.130
  • SO WE'RE SAYING IT'S OKAY TO SAY,
  • 00:14:46.140 --> 00:14:47.230
  • GOD, PLEASE KEEP ME OUT OF DIFFICULT SITUATIONS.
  • 00:14:47.240 --> 00:14:50.160
  • BUT THEN WE GO ON TO SAY,
  • 00:14:50.170 --> 00:14:52.000
  • BUT IF YOU CHOOSE TO ALLOW A DIFFICULT SITUATION
  • 00:14:52.010 --> 00:14:54.140
  • COME INTO MY LIFE, DELIVER ME FROM SIN,
  • 00:14:54.150 --> 00:14:57.250
  • DELIVER ME FROM EVIL,
  • 00:14:57.260 --> 00:14:59.090
  • KEEP ME FROM ALLOWING THIS DIFFICULT SITUATION
  • 00:14:59.100 --> 00:15:01.210
  • TO DRIVE ME AWAY FROM YOU.
  • 00:15:01.220 --> 00:15:04.240
  • WHAT SORT OF THINGS SHOULD WE PRAY ABOUT?
  • 00:15:04.250 --> 00:15:06.290
  • HE SAID WE SHOULD PRAY ABOUT ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING
  • 00:15:07.000 --> 00:15:09.240
  • THAT WE'RE CONCERNED ABOUT.
  • 00:15:09.250 --> 00:15:11.060
  • AND THAT LEADS TO A THIRD QUESTION.
  • 00:15:11.070 --> 00:15:14.010
  • WHY DOESN'T GOD ALWAYS ANSWER MY PRAYERS?
  • 00:15:14.020 --> 00:15:17.090
  • HOW MANY OF YOU THIS MORNING HAVE EVER ASKED GOD
  • 00:15:17.100 --> 00:15:20.080
  • TO DO SOMETHING THAT HE DIDN'T DO?
  • 00:15:20.090 --> 00:15:22.080
  • WOULD YOU RAISE YOUR HAND, THAT'S ALL OF US, ISN'T IT?
  • 00:15:22.090 --> 00:15:27.030
  • I MEAN, WE ALL WRESTLE WITH THIS PROBLEM
  • 00:15:27.040 --> 00:15:29.140
  • OF UNANSWERED PRAYER.
  • 00:15:29.150 --> 00:15:32.100
  • WHY IS IT THAT GOD SOMETIMES SAYS NO TO OUR REQUEST?
  • 00:15:32.110 --> 00:15:38.140
  • WELL, THE BIBLE GIVES THREE ANSWERS,
  • 00:15:38.150 --> 00:15:39.220
  • THREE POSSIBLE ANSWERS FOR UNANSWERED PRAYER.
  • 00:15:39.230 --> 00:15:43.010
  • ONE REASON IS WRONG ACTIONS.
  • 00:15:43.020 --> 00:15:45.090
  • THAT IS DISOBEDIENCE, SIN IN OUR LIFE.
  • 00:15:45.100 --> 00:15:48.190
  • IN ISAIAH 59:2,
  • 00:15:48.200 --> 00:15:50.070
  • GOD SAID TO THE ISRAELITES, "BUT YOUR INIQUITIES, YOUR SIN
  • 00:15:50.080 --> 00:15:54.030
  • "HAVE MADE A SEPARATION BETWEEN YOU AND YOUR GOD,
  • 00:15:54.040 --> 00:15:57.290
  • "AND YOUR SINS HAVE HIDDEN HIS FACE FROM YOU
  • 00:15:58.000 --> 00:16:01.130
  • "SO THAT GOD DOES NOT HEAR."
  • 00:16:01.140 --> 00:16:05.050
  • NOW, REMEMBER WHEN GOD WROTE THESE WORDS,
  • 00:16:05.060 --> 00:16:07.080
  • HE WAS SPEAKING NOT FOR THE HEATHEN,
  • 00:16:07.090 --> 00:16:09.080
  • HE WAS SPEAKING TO HIS OWN PEOPLE,
  • 00:16:09.090 --> 00:16:11.120
  • THOSE WHO HAD ALREADY RECEIVED HIS JUDICIAL FORGIVENESS.
  • 00:16:11.130 --> 00:16:15.150
  • BUT HE SAID, "ISRAELITES BECAUSE OF YOUR CONTINUING DISOBEDIENCE,
  • 00:16:15.160 --> 00:16:19.120
  • GOD HAS NOT HEARD YOUR PRAYER."
  • 00:16:19.130 --> 00:16:23.170
  • 1 PETER IS VERY CLEAR, GOD TURNS HIS EAR AWAY
  • 00:16:23.180 --> 00:16:26.160
  • FROM THE WICKED, FROM THE UNRIGHTEOUS.
  • 00:16:26.170 --> 00:16:29.120
  • GOD WILL NOT HEAR OR ANSWER THE PRAYER
  • 00:16:29.130 --> 00:16:32.120
  • OF THOSE WHO ARE LIVING IN SIN.
  • 00:16:32.130 --> 00:16:35.140
  • AND MANY TIMES IT IS A CHRISTIAN'S DISOBEDIENCE
  • 00:16:35.150 --> 00:16:37.280
  • THAT KEEPS GOD FROM ANSWERING HIS OR HER PRAYERS.
  • 00:16:37.290 --> 00:16:42.010
  • THE LATE NORMAN VINCENT PEALE
  • 00:16:42.020 --> 00:16:43.150
  • USED TO TELL THE STORY ABOUT THE TIME
  • 00:16:43.160 --> 00:16:45.010
  • THAT HE WAS A LITTLE BOY, AND DECIDED TO EXPERIMENT
  • 00:16:45.020 --> 00:16:47.110
  • WITH A CIGAR SMOKING.
  • 00:16:47.120 --> 00:16:49.060
  • SO HE TOOK A CIGAR, WENT BEHIND THE HOUSE,
  • 00:16:49.070 --> 00:16:52.110
  • AND WAS PUFFING AWAY.
  • 00:16:52.120 --> 00:16:53.180
  • WHEN HE LOOKED UP INTO HIS HEART,
  • 00:16:53.190 --> 00:16:54.280
  • HE SAW HIS FATHER APPROACHING HIM.
  • 00:16:54.290 --> 00:16:57.150
  • SO HE TOOK THAT CIGARETTE, QUICKLY PUT IT BEHIND HIS BACK
  • 00:16:57.160 --> 00:17:00.200
  • AND WHEN HIS FATHER GOT UP NEXT TO HIM,
  • 00:17:00.210 --> 00:17:02.260
  • AND NORMAN THOUGHT HE WOULD TRY TO DISTRACT HIS FATHER,
  • 00:17:02.270 --> 00:17:05.290
  • AND HE POINTED WITH THE OTHER HAND TO A BILLBOARD
  • 00:17:06.000 --> 00:17:08.180
  • CLOSE BY THAT WAS ADVERTISING A CIRCUS
  • 00:17:08.190 --> 00:17:10.230
  • THAT WAS COMING TO TOWN, AND HE SAID,
  • 00:17:10.240 --> 00:17:12.040
  • "HEY DAD, LOOK AT THAT BILLBOARD.
  • 00:17:12.050 --> 00:17:14.090
  • DO YOU THINK WE CAN GO TO THE CIRCUS NEXT SATURDAY?"
  • 00:17:14.100 --> 00:17:18.080
  • FATHER LOOKED DOWN AND SAID,
  • 00:17:18.090 --> 00:17:20.030
  • "NORMAN, I LEARNED A LONG TIME AGO
  • 00:17:20.040 --> 00:17:22.100
  • NOT TO PETITION YOUR FATHER
  • 00:17:22.110 --> 00:17:24.140
  • WHILE YOU'RE HOLDING SMOLDERING DISOBEDIENCE IN YOUR HAND."
  • 00:17:24.150 --> 00:17:30.230
  • IT'S A PRETTY GOOD PRINCIPLE IN LIFE, ISN'T IT?
  • 00:17:30.240 --> 00:17:33.140
  • DON'T BE ASKING YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER FOR SOMETHING
  • 00:17:33.150 --> 00:17:35.260
  • WHILE AT THE SAME TIME DISOBEYING HIM.
  • 00:17:35.270 --> 00:17:39.180
  • THE BIBLE SAYS WRONG ACTIONS CAN BE ONE REASON
  • 00:17:39.190 --> 00:17:42.060
  • FOR UNANSWERED PRAYER.
  • 00:17:42.070 --> 00:17:43.220
  • HE GIVES A SECOND REASON, AND THAT IS WRONG MOTIVES.
  • 00:17:43.230 --> 00:17:46.260
  • TURN OVER TO JAMES CHAPTER FOUR FOR A MOMENT,
  • 00:17:46.270 --> 00:17:49.280
  • JAMES CHAPTER 4.
  • 00:17:49.290 --> 00:17:51.130
  • JAMES, THE HALF BROTHER OF JESUS HAD HIS OWN TAKE
  • 00:17:51.140 --> 00:17:54.140
  • ON A UNANSWERED PRAYER.
  • 00:17:54.150 --> 00:17:56.050
  • LOOK AT WHAT HE SAYS IN JAMES 4:2,
  • 00:17:56.060 --> 00:17:57.260
  • HE SAYS, "YOU DO NOT HAVE BECAUSE YOU DO NOT ASK."
  • 00:17:57.270 --> 00:18:04.040
  • JAMES HAD ONE REASON YOU DON'T HAVE ANSWERS TO PRAYERS.
  • 00:18:04.050 --> 00:18:06.230
  • SAYS, YOU DON'T ASK TO BEGIN WITH.
  • 00:18:06.240 --> 00:18:09.090
  • LISTEN TO THIS, SOMETIMES GOD GIVES US THINGS
  • 00:18:09.100 --> 00:18:12.190
  • WHEN WE DON'T EVEN THINK TO ASK FOR THEM.
  • 00:18:12.200 --> 00:18:15.220
  • PAUL WROTE IN EPHESIANS 4,
  • 00:18:15.230 --> 00:18:17.050
  • "GOD IS ABLE TO DO EXCEEDINGLY, ABUNDANTLY,
  • 00:18:17.060 --> 00:18:19.210
  • "BEYOND ALL THAT WE ASK OR THINK."
  • 00:18:19.220 --> 00:18:22.070
  • AREN'T YOU GLAD THAT SOMETIMES GOD THINKS TO GIVE YOU THINGS
  • 00:18:22.080 --> 00:18:24.260
  • YOU NEVER THINK TO ASK FOR?
  • 00:18:24.270 --> 00:18:27.020
  • HE DOES THAT SOMETIMES, BUT USUALLY THE PRINCIPLE IS THIS
  • 00:18:27.030 --> 00:18:30.190
  • AND THAT IS, ASKING IS A PREREQUISITE FOR RECEIVING.
  • 00:18:30.200 --> 00:18:35.140
  • ASKING IS A PREREQUISITE FOR RECEIVING.
  • 00:18:35.150 --> 00:18:38.060
  • FEW YEARS AGO I WAS IN A SMALL PASTORS MEETING,
  • 00:18:38.070 --> 00:18:41.130
  • AND THE LATE DR. ADRIAN ROGERS WAS WITH US.
  • 00:18:41.140 --> 00:18:44.170
  • AND ADRIAN TOLD US THE MOST INTERESTING STORY.
  • 00:18:44.180 --> 00:18:46.200
  • HE SAID WHEN HE WAS IN BIBLE COLLEGE IN FLORIDA,
  • 00:18:46.210 --> 00:18:49.000
  • HE WENT TO PREACH AT THIS CHURCH ONE WEEKEND,
  • 00:18:49.010 --> 00:18:52.060
  • AND THE CHURCH COULDN'T AFFORD TO PAY HIM ANYTHING.
  • 00:18:52.070 --> 00:18:54.290
  • SO, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE DEACONS GAVE HIM
  • 00:18:55.000 --> 00:18:56.240
  • THESE TWO BIG BURLAP BAGS FILLED WITH ORANGES.
  • 00:18:56.250 --> 00:19:00.110
  • NOW, ADRIAN SAID HE DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO DO
  • 00:19:00.120 --> 00:19:02.190
  • WITH ALL THOSE ORANGES, SO HE PUT THEM
  • 00:19:02.200 --> 00:19:04.150
  • IN THE BACK OF HIS CAR, DROVE HOME,
  • 00:19:04.160 --> 00:19:06.020
  • AND HE LAGGED THEM UP THE STAIRS TO HIS TWO STORY,
  • 00:19:06.030 --> 00:19:09.060
  • A SECOND STORY APARTMENT, AND HE PUT THEM
  • 00:19:09.070 --> 00:19:11.220
  • IN THE CLOSET THERE AND REALLY FORGOT ABOUT THEM
  • 00:19:11.230 --> 00:19:13.260
  • FOR SEVERAL DAYS.
  • 00:19:13.270 --> 00:19:15.050
  • HE SAID, ONE DAY HE WAS SITTING THERE STUDYING,
  • 00:19:15.060 --> 00:19:17.120
  • AND HE LOOKED OUT THE WINDOW, AND HE SAW THIS NEIGHBOR BOY
  • 00:19:17.130 --> 00:19:20.220
  • CLIMBING THE FENCE, AND WHEN HE GOT TO THE TOP OF THE FENCE,
  • 00:19:20.230 --> 00:19:23.290
  • THIS LITTLE BOY REACHED OVER
  • 00:19:24.000 --> 00:19:25.110
  • TO THE ORANGE TREE IN ADRIAN'S BACKYARD
  • 00:19:25.120 --> 00:19:27.250
  • AND PICKED ONE OF THOSE ORANGES, LOOKED AROUND TO MAKE SURE
  • 00:19:27.260 --> 00:19:31.220
  • NOBODY WAS WATCHING, HE TOOK THAT ORANGE,
  • 00:19:31.230 --> 00:19:33.200
  • HE PUT IT IN THE POCKET OF HIS OVERALLS AND SCAMPERED AWAY.
  • 00:19:33.210 --> 00:19:37.220
  • ADRIAN SAID, HE'D BEGAN TO LAUGH TO HIMSELF
  • 00:19:37.230 --> 00:19:40.090
  • PICTURING THIS LITTLE BOY GETTING HOME,
  • 00:19:40.100 --> 00:19:42.220
  • TAKING OUT THIS ORANGE AND BITING INTO IT.
  • 00:19:42.230 --> 00:19:45.280
  • BECAUSE WHAT THIS BOY DIDN'T KNOW, WAS THAT ORANGE
  • 00:19:45.290 --> 00:19:48.130
  • WAS A SOUR ORANGE.
  • 00:19:48.140 --> 00:19:50.210
  • A SOUR ORANGE JUST LOOKS LIKE A REAL ORANGE
  • 00:19:50.220 --> 00:19:54.060
  • UNTIL YOU BITE INTO IT AND THEN YOU KNOW THE DIFFERENCE.
  • 00:19:54.070 --> 00:19:57.200
  • ADRIAN SAID, "IF THAT LITTLE BOY INSTEAD OF STEALING
  • 00:19:57.210 --> 00:20:00.230
  • THAT ORANGE, IF HE HAD SIMPLY WALKED UP
  • 00:20:00.240 --> 00:20:03.110
  • THE FLIGHT OF STAIRS, KNOCKED ON MY APARTMENT DOOR,
  • 00:20:03.120 --> 00:20:06.020
  • AND SAID MR. CAN I HAVE ONE OF THOSE ORANGES
  • 00:20:06.030 --> 00:20:08.140
  • FROM YOUR ORANGE TREE?"
  • 00:20:08.150 --> 00:20:10.200
  • I WOULD HAVE SAID, "YOU DON'T WANT ONE OF THOSE ORANGES,
  • 00:20:10.210 --> 00:20:13.080
  • BUT SON COME IN HERE."
  • 00:20:13.090 --> 00:20:15.010
  • AND I WOULD HAVE OPENED UP MY CLOSET, AND I WOULD SHOW HIM
  • 00:20:15.020 --> 00:20:18.030
  • THOSE TWO BURLAP BAGS FILLED WITH ORANGES.
  • 00:20:18.040 --> 00:20:20.160
  • I WOULD SAY, "I'VE GOT MORE ORANGES
  • 00:20:20.170 --> 00:20:22.200
  • THAN I KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH, HELP YOURSELF."
  • 00:20:22.210 --> 00:20:25.280
  • HE SAID THAT LITTLE BOY HAD NOT BECAUSE HE ASKED NOT.
  • 00:20:25.290 --> 00:20:30.150
  • THEN ADRIAN MADE THIS POINT.
  • 00:20:30.160 --> 00:20:32.000
  • HE SAID, "THE DEVIL CANNOT KEEP GOD FROM ANSWERING,
  • 00:20:32.010 --> 00:20:35.130
  • BUT HE CAN KEEP US FROM ASKING."
  • 00:20:35.140 --> 00:20:40.100
  • I THINK IF THERE ARE ANY REGRETS IN HEAVEN,
  • 00:20:40.110 --> 00:20:42.170
  • ONE OF THE GREATEST REGRETS IS WHEN WE SEE
  • 00:20:42.180 --> 00:20:45.240
  • ALL OF THE BLESSINGS THAT COULD HAVE BEEN OURS
  • 00:20:45.250 --> 00:20:49.010
  • IF WE HAD SIMPLY HAD THE FAITH TO ASK GOD.
  • 00:20:49.020 --> 00:20:53.010
  • REMEMBER, YOU HAVE NOT, JAMES SAYS,
  • 00:20:53.020 --> 00:20:55.150
  • BECAUSE YOU ASK NOT.
  • 00:20:55.160 --> 00:20:57.180
  • NOW, WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ASK GOD FOR SOMETHING
  • 00:20:57.190 --> 00:20:59.150
  • WITH WRONG MOTIVES?
  • 00:20:59.160 --> 00:21:00.240
  • PASTOR YOU JUST TOLD US THAT WE OUGHT TO PRAY
  • 00:21:00.250 --> 00:21:02.180
  • FOR WHAT OUR NEEDS ARE, WE OUGHT TO PRAY
  • 00:21:02.190 --> 00:21:04.180
  • WHAT'S IN OUR HEARTS.
  • 00:21:04.190 --> 00:21:05.250
  • NOW, WHAT SHOULD BE IN OUR HEARTS?
  • 00:21:05.260 --> 00:21:07.050
  • IS IT A SELFISH PRAYER TO PRAY FOR A JOB?
  • 00:21:07.060 --> 00:21:09.250
  • IS IT SELFISH TO PRAY FOR GOD TO MEET A FINANCIAL NEED?
  • 00:21:09.260 --> 00:21:13.040
  • IS IT SELFISH TO PRAY FOR GOD TO HEAL A BROKEN RELATIONSHIP?
  • 00:21:13.050 --> 00:21:17.040
  • WHAT DOES HE MEAN TO PRAY WITH WRONG MOTIVES?
  • 00:21:17.050 --> 00:21:20.170
  • LET'S GET SOMETHING STRAIGHT HERE
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  • ALL OF US HAD MIXED MOTIVES WHEN WE COME TO GOD.
  • 00:21:22.240 --> 00:21:26.020
  • I LIKE WHAT RICHARD FOSTER SAYS.
  • 00:21:26.030 --> 00:21:27.190
  • HE SAID, "WE ALL APPROACH GOD WITH THIS TANGLED MESS
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  • OF MOTIVES THAT ONLY GOD CAN SORT OUT."
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  • BUT HE IS BIG ENOUGH TO DO SO. INSTEAD OF WAITING UNTIL
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  • EVERYTHING IS PERFECT IN OUR LIFE,
  • 00:21:38.110 --> 00:21:40.090
  • WE SHOULD REMEMBER THIS WHEN WE COME TO GOD.
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  • WE'RE SAVED BY GRACE, WE LIVE BY GRACE,
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  • AND WE PRAY BY GRACE.
  • 00:21:46.240 --> 00:21:49.290
  • I THINK WHEN HE SAYS, BE SURE THAT YOUR MOTIVES ARE RIGHT
  • 00:21:50.000 --> 00:21:53.050
  • WHEN YOU PRAY, HE'S TALKING ABOUT THE GENERAL DIRECTION
  • 00:21:53.060 --> 00:21:56.240
  • OF YOUR LIFE. HE'S SAYING BEFORE YOU COME TO GOD,
  • 00:21:56.250 --> 00:22:00.220
  • ASK YOURSELF THIS QUESTION, IS MY LIFE SELF-CENTERED,
  • 00:22:00.230 --> 00:22:05.010
  • OR IS IT GOD-CENTERED?
  • 00:22:05.020 --> 00:22:06.290
  • IS MY LIFE ABOUT BUILDING MY KINGDOM,
  • 00:22:07.000 --> 00:22:09.070
  • OR IS IT ABOUT BUILDING GOD'S KINGDOM?
  • 00:22:09.080 --> 00:22:12.170
  • WHEN HE'S TALKING ABOUT PRAYING WITH WRONG MOTIVES,
  • 00:22:12.180 --> 00:22:14.180
  • HE'S TALKING ABOUT NOT A SINGLE REQUEST.
  • 00:22:14.190 --> 00:22:17.180
  • HE'S TALKING ABOUT THE GENERAL DIRECTION OF YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:22:17.190 --> 00:22:20.120
  • A LIFE THAT IS SELF FOCUSED, RATHER THAN GOD FOCUSED.
  • 00:22:20.130 --> 00:22:26.060
  • WHY DOES GOD NOT ANSWER ALL OF OUR PRAYERS?
  • 00:22:26.070 --> 00:22:28.240
  • IT CAN BE WRONG ACTIONS, IT CAN BE WRONG MOTIVES,
  • 00:22:28.250 --> 00:22:32.180
  • OR THIRD, THE BIBLE SAYS IT CAN BE BECAUSE OF WRONG REQUEST.
  • 00:22:32.190 --> 00:22:37.030
  • TURN OVER TO 1 JOHN 5:14-15.
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  • I THINK ALL OF US WOULD SAY THAT FAITH
  • 00:22:41.170 --> 00:22:43.050
  • IS AN ESSENTIAL QUALITY IN PRAYER.
  • 00:22:43.060 --> 00:22:46.090
  • JAMES TALKS ABOUT THE PRAYER OF FAITH.
  • 00:22:46.100 --> 00:22:49.170
  • WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO PRAY WITH GENUINE FAITH?
  • 00:22:49.180 --> 00:22:54.170
  • MUSIC
  • 00:22:54.180 --> 00:22:59.200
  • JAMES SAYS YOU HAVE NOT BECAUSE YOU ASK NOT.
  • 00:22:59.210 --> 00:23:03.250
  • AND NEXT TIME ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY,
  • 00:23:03.260 --> 00:23:05.230
  • WILL CONTINUE TO LOOK AT THESE THREE REASONS
  • 00:23:05.240 --> 00:23:08.230
  • WHY OUR PRAYER SOMETIMES GO UNANSWERED.
  • 00:23:08.240 --> 00:23:12.190
  • SO, STAY RIGHT HERE, I'LL BE BACK
  • 00:23:12.200 --> 00:23:14.130
  • WITH MORE IN JUST A MOMENT.
  • 00:23:14.140 --> 00:23:18.080
  • IN ONE YEAR, YOU WENT THROUGH THREE MISCARRIAGES?
  • 00:23:18.090 --> 00:23:21.200
  • THE THIRD MISCARRIAGE WAS DEVASTATING.
  • 00:23:21.210 --> 00:23:24.060
  • WE WERE SUFFERING LOSSES.
  • 00:23:24.070 --> 00:23:25.230
  • AND YOU KEPT PRAYING?
  • 00:23:25.240 --> 00:23:27.200
  • WE PRAYED A LITTLE DIFFERENTLY,
  • 00:23:27.210 --> 00:23:28.200
  • PROBABLY THAN WE EVER HAD BEFORE.
  • 00:23:28.210 --> 00:23:30.160
  • WE'RE NOT GONNA BE EMBARRASSED
  • 00:23:30.170 --> 00:23:31.200
  • TO ASK YOU FOR EXACTLY WHAT WE WANT.
  • 00:23:31.210 --> 00:23:33.060
  • WE WANT MULTIPLES, WE WANT THREE BIOLOGICAL CHILDREN,
  • 00:23:33.070 --> 00:23:35.080
  • AND WE WANT YOU TO DO MORE THAN ANYTHING WE CAN IMAGINE.
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  • [NARRATOR] IN HER NEW BOOK,
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  • JULIA SHARES THE STORY OF GOD'S LIFE CHANGING ANSWERS
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  • TO BOLD PRAYERS.
  • 00:23:42.130 --> 00:23:44.240
  • MY DAUGHTER, JULIA JEFFRESS SADLER
  • 00:23:44.250 --> 00:23:47.090
  • HAS NEVER BEEN SHY ABOUT PRAYING WITH BOLDNESS,
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  • AND I'M EXCITED TO SHARE HER WONDERFUL NEW BOOK
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  • WITH YOU TODAY, "PRAY BIG THINGS".
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  • IF YOU'RE WONDERING WHY GOD ISN'T ANSWERING YOUR PRAYERS
  • 00:23:56.260 --> 00:23:59.080
  • OR YOUR DREAMS SEEM IMPOSSIBLE, I WANNA SHOW YOU
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  • THE SURPRISING LIFE GOD HAS FOR YOU
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  • WHEN YOU'RE BOLD ENOUGH TO ASK HIM.
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  • [NARRATOR] "PRAY BIG THINGS" IS YOURS
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  • HOW GOD ANSWERS YOUR PRAYERS.
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  • AND WHEN YOUR GIFT IS $75 OR MORE, YOU'LL ALSO RECEIVE
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  • TO MAKE PRAYER A PRIORITY IN HIS LIFE,
  • 00:24:33.020 --> 00:24:37.060
  • HOW MUCH MORE ESSENTIAL
  • 00:24:37.070 --> 00:24:38.250
  • IS PRAYER FOR PEOPLE LIKE YOU AND ME?
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  • [NARRATOR] THANK YOU FOR YOUR FINANCIAL SUPPORT
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  • GOD INVITES US TO PRAY ABOUT ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING
  • 00:25:19.160 --> 00:25:23.150
  • WE'RE CONCERNED ABOUT.
  • 00:25:23.160 --> 00:25:25.050
  • YET, MOST CHRISTIANS WOULD PROBABLY ADMIT
  • 00:25:25.060 --> 00:25:27.050
  • THAT THEIR PRAYER LIFE ISN'T QUITE WHERE THEY WANT IT TO BE.
  • 00:25:27.060 --> 00:25:31.150
  • WELL, EVERY NEW HABIT REQUIRES INTENTIONAL EFFORT.
  • 00:25:31.160 --> 00:25:36.020
  • AND I HOPE THIS SERIES ON PRAYER IS HELPING TO REINVIGORATE
  • 00:25:36.030 --> 00:25:39.030
  • YOUR PRAYER LIFE.
  • 00:25:39.040 --> 00:25:42.050
  • TODAY, I SAID THAT THERE WERE THREE POSSIBLE REASONS
  • 00:25:42.060 --> 00:25:45.070
  • FOR UNANSWERED PRAYER.
  • 00:25:45.080 --> 00:25:47.060
  • AND WE'LL FINISH WORKING OUR WAY
  • 00:25:47.070 --> 00:25:48.240
  • THROUGH THAT LIST NEXT TIME.
  • 00:25:48.250 --> 00:25:51.150
  • AND THEN, I'M GOING TO CONCLUDE MY MESSAGE
  • 00:25:51.160 --> 00:25:53.290
  • BY SHARING WITH YOU THREE SIMPLE WAYS
  • 00:25:54.000 --> 00:25:56.270
  • TO MAKE PRAYER A REGULAR PART OF YOUR LIFE.
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  • STAY TUNED FOR A PREVIEW OF WHAT'S COMING UP NEXT
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  • ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:26:02.280 --> 00:26:06.170
  • [NARRATOR] TODAY, WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT
  • 00:26:06.180 --> 00:26:08.110
  • TO SUPPORT THE MINISTRY OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY,
  • 00:26:08.120 --> 00:26:10.280
  • WE'LL SAY THANKS BY SENDING YOU A COPY
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  • OF "PRAY BIG THINGS" BY JULIAN JEFFRESS SADLER,
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  • ALONG WITH THE PATHWAY TO VICTORY PRAYER JOURNAL.
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  • PLUS, YOU'RE INVITED TO REQUEST THREE COMPLIMENTARY ISSUES
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  • OF PATHWAY MAGAZINE, SIMPLY FOR CONTACTING US
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  • AT PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • AND WHEN YOUR GIFT IS $75 OR MORE,
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  • WE'LL ALSO SEND SEND YOU THE COMPLETE
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  • THESE RESOURCES WILL BE AVAILABLE.
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  • SO, BE SURE TO CALL, WRITE, OR GO ONLINE AND GIVE TODAY.
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  • NOW, COMING UP NEXT TIME ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:26:42.000 --> 00:26:44.280
  • GOD'S WILL IS A HEDGE OF PROTECTION
  • 00:26:44.290 --> 00:26:47.080
  • THAT IS BUILT AROUND YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:26:47.090 --> 00:26:49.060
  • AND THAT HEDGE OF PROTECTION,
  • 00:26:49.070 --> 00:26:51.150
  • GOD'S WILL EXIST AROUND YOUR LIFE NOT TO KEEP GOOD THINGS
  • 00:26:51.160 --> 00:26:56.120
  • OUT OF YOUR LIFE, BUT TO KEEP EVIL THINGS
  • 00:26:56.130 --> 00:26:59.010
  • FROM ENTERING INTO YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:26:59.020 --> 00:27:02.170
  • NOW, I LOOK BACK IN MY PRAYER JOURNAL, AT SOME OF THE THINGS
  • 00:27:02.180 --> 00:27:06.040
  • THAT I'VE ASKED GOD PERSISTENTLY TO DO FOR ME,
  • 00:27:06.050 --> 00:27:09.260
  • AND I SHUTTER AT SOME OF THOSE PRAYER REQUESTS.
  • 00:27:09.270 --> 00:27:12.260
  • I'M SO GRATEFUL THAT GOD SAID NO TO THOSE REQUESTS.
  • 00:27:12.270 --> 00:27:18.110
  • [NARRATOR] SET YOUR DVR AND JOIN US NEXT TIME
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  • FOR PART TWO OF THE MESSAGE
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  • "EFFECTIVE PRAY-ERS" HERE ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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