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October 22, 2019
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Robert Jeffress: Pathway to Victory

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  • FROM THE PULPIT OF THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
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  • OF DALLAS TEXAS, THIS IS PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • HI I'M ROBERT JEFFRESS,
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  • AND WELCOME TO AGAIN TO PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • WHEN YOU BOW YOUR HEAD TO PRAY,
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  • ARE YOU CONFIDENT THAT GOD EVEN HEARS YOU?
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  • OR DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOUR WORDS ARE
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  • FALLING ON DEAF EARS?
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  • WELL, I CAN ASSURE YOU THAT
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  • GOD IS LISTENING.
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  • AND TODAY, WE'LL TURN TO THE MOST FAMILIAR
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  • PRAYER IN ALL OF SCRIPTURE,
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  • AND DRAW SOME PRACTICAL APPLICATION
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  • FOR YOUR PRAYER LIFE,
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  • THAT YOU'VE LIKELY NEVER CONSIDERED UNTIL NOW.
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  • MY MESSAGE IS TITLED; PRAYER 101.
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  • ON TODAY'S EDITION OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • MUSIC
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  • FOR JESUS, PRAYER WAS KEY TO HIS LIFE
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  • AND MINISTRY. SO IF THE SON OF GOD BELIEVED
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  • PRAYER WAS IMPORTANT, HOW MUCH MORE ESSENTIAL
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  • IS PRAYER FOR YOU AND ME?
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  • IN HER BRAND NEW BOOK, PRAY BIG THINGS,
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  • JULIA JEFFRES 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,
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  • SO SUPPORT THE MINISTRY OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • MUSIC
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  • IN HIS BOOK, OVERCOMING OVERLOAD,
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  • STEVE FARRAR SAYS HE WISHES HE HAD A NICKEL,
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  • FR EVERY TIME ONE OF HIS CHILDREN ASK HIM FOR SOMETHING,
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  • AND HE SAID, "NOT NOW" OR, "MAYBE WHEN YOU'RE OLDER"
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  • OR "OR I DON'T THIN THIS WOULD BE GOOD FOR YOU."
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  • BUT THE FACT THE HE OCCASIONALLY EVEN OFTEN
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  • SAID NO TO HIS CHILDREN'S REQUESTS,
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  • DIDN'T KEEP THEM FROM CONTINUING TO ASK HIM.
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  • THEY BELIEVED THAT THEIR FATHER LOVED THEM
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  • AND WAS CAPABLE OF PROVIDING FOR THEM,
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  • WHICH IS WHY THEY KEPT ON ASKING.
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  • JESUS TEACHES US A SIMILAR TRUTH IN THE
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  • PASSAGE WE'RE GOING TO LOOK AT TODAY.
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  • EVEN THOUGH WE HAVE A HEAVENLY FATHER WHO
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  • OFTEN SAYS NO TO OUR REQUEST,
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  • WE SHOULD CONTINUE TO BOLDLY, SHAMELESSLY
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  • ASK HIM FOR WHAT IS IN OUR HEARTS.
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  • IF YOU HAVE YOUR BIBLES TODAY
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  • I WANT YOU TO TURN TO LUKE CHAPTER 11.
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  • LUKE CHAPTER 11
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  • TODAY WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A REFRESHER COURSE,
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  • IN THE BASICS OF PRAYER.
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  • I'M CALLING IT "PRAYER 101."
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  • AND IN THE PASSAGE TODAY WE'RE GOING TO DISCOVER
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  • FOUR INVALUABLE LESSONS ABOUT PRAYER
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  • THAT JESUS TAUGHT HIS DISCIPLES,
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  • BY BOTH HIS WORD, AND HIS EXAMPLE.
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  • THE MOST BASIC LESSON ANY OF US CAN UNDERSTAND
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  • ABOUT PRAYER; FIRST OF ALL, IS THAT PRAYER IS ESSENTIAL
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  • TO OUR SPIRITUAL LIFE. AND NOTICE IN VERSE ONE,
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  • THIS STORY, THIS INCIDENT IN THE LIFE JESUS
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  • BEGINS WITH THE DISCIPLES MAKING A REQUEST OF THE LORD.
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  • "AND IT CAME ABOUT THAT WHILE JESUS WAS PRAYING
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  • IN A CERTAIN PLACE, AFTER HE HAD FINISHED,
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  • ONE OF HIS DISCIPLES SAID TO HIM,
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  • LORD, TEACH US TO PRAY JUST AS JOHN
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  • ALSO TAUGHT HIS DISCIPLES."
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  • I'VE SAID THIS BEFORE, THE DISCIPLES WEREN'T
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  • NECESSARILY THE BRIGHTEST BULBS IN THE SOCKET.
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  • BUT EVEN THEY AFTER A PERIOD OF TIME
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  • SAW THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN JESUS' MIRACULOUS
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  • SUPERNATURAL LIFE, AND HIS COMMITMENT TO PRAYING.
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  • THEY SAW THE CONNECTION, IT WAS PRAYER
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  • THAT GAVE JESUS THAT SENSE OF PEACE,
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  • NO MATTER WHAT WAS GOING ON AROUND HIM.
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  • IT WAS THROUGH PRAYER THAT HE WAS
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  • ABLE TO TAP INTO GOD'S SUPERNATURAL POWER,
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  • TO LOVE THOSE WHO WERE PERSECUTING HIM.
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  • IT WAS THROUGH PRAYER THAT HE GAINED THE POWER
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  • TO SPEAK WITH AUTHORITY TO THOSE AROUND HIM,
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  • THEY SAID, "WE WANT SOME OF THAT."
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  • "WE WANT TO KNOW HOW TO PRAY, LORD TEACH US TO PRAY."
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  • AND HE TAUGHT THEM THIS THROUGH HIS EXAMPLE.
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  • BY THE WAY PARENTS DO YOU REALIZE
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  • THAT THE GREATEST LESSON THAT YOU COULD IMPART
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  • TO YOUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN
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  • IS HOW ESSENTIAL PRAYER IS.
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  • AND THE WAY YOU TEACH THEM THAT AGAIN
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  • IS NOT THROUGH YOUR WORDS,
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  • IT'S THROUGH YOUR EXAMPLE.
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  • AS YOUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN WATCH YOU;
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  • IS PRAYER MORE THEN JUST A LITTLE RITUAL YOU GO
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  • THROUGH BEFORE THE MEAL?
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  • IS IT FOUNDATIONAL IN YOUR LIFE?
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  • THAT'S THE MOST BASIC LESSON WE CAN LEARN THAT,
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  • PRAYER IS ESSENTIAL TO OUR SPIRITUAL LIFE.
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  • THE SECOND LESSON: WE SHOULD PRAY,
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  • AS CHRIST INSTRUCTED US TO PRAY.
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  • WE SHOULD PRAY AS CHRIST INSTRUCTED US,
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  • LOOK AT VERSES TWO FOR FOUR.
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  • NOW REMEMBER THE QUESTION WAS,
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  • LORD, TEACH US TO PRAY?
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  • "ANS SO HE SAID TO THEM, WHEN YOU PRAY SAY,
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  • FATHER, HALLOWED'" THAT'S A WORD THAT MEANS
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  • HOLY, SEPARATE, DIFFERENT, "IS YOUR NAME.
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  • YOUR KINGDOM COME, GIVE US EACH DAY OUR DAILY BREAD,
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  • AND FORGIVE US OUR SINS, FOR WE OURSELVES
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  • ALSO FORGIVE EVERYONE WHO IS INDEBTED TO US.
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  • AND LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION."
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  • NOW THIS IS A SHORTENED VERSION.
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  • THIS IS LUKE'S VERSION OF WHAT WE CALL,
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  • THE LORD'S PRAYER, A LONGER VERSION IS IN
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  • MATTHEW CHAPTER SIX.
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  • PERHAPS, JESUS PRAYED THIS SEVERAL TIMES,
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  • I THINK HE DID.
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  • OR PERHAPS IT IS LUKE'S PARAPHRASE,
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  • BUT THESE ARE VERY FAMILIAR WORDS TO US.
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  • AND I WANT YOU TO NOTICE THREE FACETS OF OUR
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  • PRAYER, THAT ARE BASED ON THIS MODEL.
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  • FIRST OF ALL: PRAYER IS BASED
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  • ON OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.
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  • WHEN JESUS PRAYED HE SAID, NOW THIS IS
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  • THE WAY YOU'RE TO PRAY.
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  • HE SAID WHEN YOU PRAY, PRAY OUR FATHER.
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  • PRAYER IS BASED ON THE UNIQUE INTIMATE
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  • RELATIONSHIP WE HAVE, WITH OUR HEAVENLY FATHER.
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  • ISN'T THAT WHAT PAUL SAID IN GALATIANS FOUR
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  • VERSE SIX, "AND BECAUSE YOU ARE SONS,
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  • GOD HAS SENT FORTH THE SPIRIT OF HIS SON
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  • IN OUR HEARTS, CRYING, ABBA! FATHER!"
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  • THAT WORD ABBA IS MORE THAN A SINGING GROUP,
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  • IT'S ARAMAIC, IT MEANS LITERALLY,
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  • "DADDY, PAPPA." THAT'S HOW WE CAN COME
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  • INTO GOD'S PRESENCE.
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  • HE IS OUR DADDY, HE IS OUR PAPPA.
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  • BECAUSE OF OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM.
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  • AS WE'LL SEE IN A MOMENT,
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  • THAT'S WHY WE BOLDLY, CONFIDENTLY COME BEFORE HIM.
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  • SECONDLY, JESUS SAID, "PRAYER IS CONDITIONED
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  • BY THE WILL OF GOD."
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  • "THY KINGDOM COME"
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  • MATTHEW ADDS, "THY WILL BE DONE,
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  • ON EARTH AS IT IS DONE IN HEAVEN."
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  • WE PRAY THAT SO OFTEN WE DON'T EVEN KNOW
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  • WHAT WE'RE PRAYING FOR SOMETIMES.
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  • WHAT ARE WE PRAYING FOR WHEN WE ASK GOD'S
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  • KINGDOM TO COME?
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  • A KING'S KINGDOM, REPRESENTS THAT
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  • GEOGRAPHICAL AREA, WHERE THE KING'S WILL IS
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  • BEING DONE, WHERE HIS AUTHORITY IS RECOGNIZED.
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  • THAT'S A KING'S KINGDOM.
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  • THE SPHERE OVER WHICH HE HAS AUTHORITY.
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  • RIGHT NOW GOD'S WILL, IS BEING DONE PERFECTLY
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  • IN HEAVEN, THE ANGELS OBEY GOD PERFECTLY.
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  • RIGHT NOW GOD'S WILL IS NOT BEING DONE ON EARTH,
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  • BUT IT WILL BE ONE DAY,
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  • WHEN THE KING RETURNS.
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  • AND WE ARE TO PRAY,
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  • "GOD JUST AS YOUR WILL IS BEING DONE IN HEAVEN,
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  • MAY IT BE DONE ON EARTH,
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  • AND MAY IT BE DONE, IN MY LIFE AS WELL."
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  • THE HARDEST PART OF PRAYING,
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  • IS SURRENDERING OUR WILL TO GOD'S WILL.
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  • EVERYTHING ELSE IS A PIECE OF CAKE WHEN IT
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  • COMES TO PRAYING.
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  • BUT THE HARD WORK OF PRAYER, IS SAYING,
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  • "GOD THIS IS WHAT I WANT, BUT I SURRENDER,
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  • I CAPITULATE TO WHATEVER, YOU WANT."
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  • FIRST JOHN FIVE FOURTEEN SAYS,
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  • "AND THIS IS THE CONFIDENCE WHICH WE HAVE BEFORE HIM,
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  • THAT IF WE ASK ANYTHING ACCORDING TO HIS WILL,
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  • HE HEARS US."
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  • HEAR ME TODAY, THERE'S NO BLANKET PROMISE IN THE BIBLE
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  • THAT SAYS, "GOD WILL ANSWER EVERY REQUEST WE HAVE,"
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  • IT'S THOSE REQUESTS THAT ARE KEEPING IN HIS WILL.
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  • AND WHEN WE SURRENDER OURSELVES TO THE WILL OF GOD
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  • WE ARE SAYING, "GOD THIS IS HONESTLY WHAT I WANT,
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  • BUT I TRUST YOU TO DO WHAT IS BEST."
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  • JAMES:5 TALKS ABOUT THE PRAYER,
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  • THAT IS OFFERED IN FAITH.
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  • WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO HAVE A PRAYER OFFERED IN FAITH?
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  • IT MEANS, SURRENDERING TO THE WILL OF GOD.
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  • HERE'S A DEFINITION OF PRAYING WITH FAITH:
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  • "PRAYING WITH FAITH MEANS BOLDLY ASKING GOD
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  • FOR WHAT IS IN OUR HEARTS,
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  • AND QUIETLY SURRENDERING TO WHAT HE WANTS."
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  • LET ME SAY IT AGAIN,
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  • "FAITHFULNESS IN PRAYING MEANS BOLDLY ASKING
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  • GOD FOR WHAT WE WANT,
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  • AND QUIETLY SURRENDERING TO WHAT GOD WANTS."
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  • A THIRD LESSON JESUS TEACHES US,
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  • OR PARDON ME A THIRD PORTION OF OUR PRAYER,
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  • AN IMPORTANT INGREDIENT OF PRAYER IS THIS:
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  • "PRAYER INCLUDES OUR REQUEST TO GOD."
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  • A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK IT'S SELFISH TO ASK GOD
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  • FOR ANY NEED THAT YOU HAVE;
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  • YOU SHOULD JUST PRAY FOR GOD'S GLORY,
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  • OR GOD'S WILL,
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  • BUT NEVER BOTHER GOD WITH YOUR NEEDS.
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  • "NO." JESUS SAID WE OUGHT TO PRAY,
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  • FOR THOSE THINGS THAT WE NEED.
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  • HE TAUGHT US TO DO THIS.
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  • HE SAID THE ARE A LOT OF THINGS WE NEED,
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  • PRAY FOR FORGIVENESS, "FORGIVE US OF OUR DEBTS."
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  • PRAY FOR THE ABILITY TO FORGIVE OTHER PEOPLE,
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  • THAT'S A NEED WE HAVE.
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  • PRAY THAT GOD WON'T LEAD US INTO DIFFICULT
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  • CIRCUMSTANCES IN WHICH OUR FAITH MIGHT FALTER,
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  • "LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION."
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  • BUT AT THE TOP OF THE LIST HE SAYS,
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  • PRAY FOR YOUR DAILY BREAD.
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  • "GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD."
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  • WE NEED TO PRAY FOR THOSE MATERIAL NEEDS,
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  • THERE'S NOTHING WRONG IN DOING THAT.
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  • PERHAPS YOU THINK, "WELL THAT'S REAL QUANT,
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  • BUT I DON'T HAVE TO PRAY FOR SOMETHING TO EAT,
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  • I MEAN, I EARN A GOOD LIVING,
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  • I'VE GOT MONEY IN THE BANK, I DON'T NEED TO
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  • DEPEND UPON GOD FOR MY DAILY SUSTENANCE."
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  • YOU KNOW THE BIBLE SAYS, OUR ABILITY TO EVEN
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  • MAKE MONEY TO PROVIDE FOR OUR NEEDS
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  • ULTIMATELY COMES FROM GOD.
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  • DEUTERONOMY 8:18, GOD SAID,
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  • "BUT YOU SHALL REMEMBER THE LORD YOUR GOD,
  • 00:10:42.190 --> 00:10:45.040
  • FOR IT IS HE, WHO IS GIVING YOU THE POWER
  • 00:10:45.050 --> 00:10:49.100
  • TO MAKE WEALTH."
  • 00:10:49.110 --> 00:10:52.020
  • WE OUGHT TO PRAY AS THE LORD INSTRUCTED US
  • 00:10:52.030 --> 00:10:55.100
  • TO PRAY. AND THAT LEADS TO OUR THIRD LESSON.
  • 00:10:55.110 --> 00:10:59.040
  • THE FACT IS EVEN THOUGH PRAYING IN FAITH MEANS
  • 00:10:59.050 --> 00:11:02.000
  • BOLDLY ASKING, FOR WHAT WE WANT,
  • 00:11:02.010 --> 00:11:04.030
  • AND QUIETLY SURRENDERING TO WHAT GOD WANTS,
  • 00:11:04.040 --> 00:11:06.200
  • THIS PASSAGE IS NOT SO MUCH ABOUT QUIETLY SURRENDERING,
  • 00:11:06.210 --> 00:11:10.280
  • IT'S ABOUT BOLDLY ASKING.
  • 00:11:10.290 --> 00:11:14.100
  • AND THIS IS AN ASPECT OF PRAYER THAT IS OFTEN MISSED
  • 00:11:14.110 --> 00:11:17.250
  • IN MOST SERMONS AND MOST TEACHING.
  • 00:11:17.260 --> 00:11:20.140
  • WE OUGHT TO BOLDLY, SHAMELESSLY, APPROACH GOD,
  • 00:11:20.150 --> 00:11:25.140
  • WITH WHAT WE WANT. AND TO ILLUSTRATE THAT TRUTH,
  • 00:11:26.070 --> 00:11:29.060
  • THAT GOD REWARDS BOLDNESS IN PRAYING,
  • 00:11:29.070 --> 00:11:32.120
  • GOD REWARDS BOLDNESS IN PRAYING,
  • 00:11:32.130 --> 00:11:34.090
  • JESUS USES THIS EXAMPLE, HE SAYS,
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  • "AND JESUS SAID TO THEM, SUPPOSE ONE OF YOU
  • 00:11:37.170 --> 00:11:40.290
  • SHALL HAVE A FRIEND, AND SHALL GO TO HIM AT MIDNIGHT,
  • 00:11:41.000 --> 00:11:43.190
  • AND SAY TO HIM, FRIEND LEND ME THREE LOAVES,
  • 00:11:43.200 --> 00:11:47.250
  • FOR A FRIEND OF MINE HAS COME TO ME FROM A JOURNEY,
  • 00:11:47.260 --> 00:11:50.290
  • AND I HAVE NOTHING TO SET BEFORE HIM.
  • 00:11:51.000 --> 00:11:54.010
  • AND FROM INSIDE HE SHALL ANSWER AND SAY,
  • 00:11:54.020 --> 00:11:56.210
  • DO NOT BOTHER ME, THE DOOR IS ALREADY BEEN SHUT,
  • 00:11:56.220 --> 00:11:59.110
  • AND MY CHILDREN AND I ARE IN BED;
  • 00:11:59.120 --> 00:12:01.200
  • I CANNOT GET UP AND GIVE YOU ANYTHING.
  • 00:12:01.210 --> 00:12:04.160
  • I TELL YOU JESUS SAID, EVEN THOUGH HE WILL NOT GET UP
  • 00:12:04.170 --> 00:12:07.230
  • AND GIVE HIM ANYTHING BECAUSE HE IS HIS FRIEND,
  • 00:12:07.240 --> 00:12:10.130
  • YET BECAUSE OF HIS PERSISTENCE." THE GREEK WORD "ANADAYAN."
  • 00:12:10.140 --> 00:12:16.190
  • BECAUSE OF HIS SHAMELESSNESS,
  • 00:12:16.200 --> 00:12:20.060
  • "HE WILL GET UP AND GIVE HIM AS MUCH AS HE NEEDS."
  • 00:12:20.070 --> 00:12:24.070
  • WE CAN'T REALLY APPRECIATE THIS EXAMPLE
  • 00:12:25.100 --> 00:12:27.200
  • UNTIL WE APPRECIATE THE MIDDLE EASTERN CULTURE
  • 00:12:27.210 --> 00:12:30.240
  • IN WHICH IT'S WRITTEN.
  • 00:12:30.250 --> 00:12:32.260
  • IN YOUR ENGLISH BIBLES, TRANSLATIONS VERSE 5
  • 00:12:32.270 --> 00:12:36.210
  • SAYS, SUPPOSE, YOU HAVE A NEIGHBOR,
  • 00:12:36.220 --> 00:12:40.060
  • AND YOU GO TO HIM ASKING FOR FOOD, AND SO FORTH.
  • 00:12:40.070 --> 00:12:43.160
  • THAT'S NOT HOW IT READS IN THE GREEK TEXT;
  • 00:12:43.170 --> 00:12:46.110
  • IN THE GREEK LANGUAGE, IT'S ACTUALLY A QUESTION,
  • 00:12:46.120 --> 00:12:49.120
  • AN INTERROGATIVE, THAT ANTICIPATES A NEGATIVE RESPONSE.
  • 00:12:49.130 --> 00:12:54.130
  • HERE'S WHAT JESUS IS SAYING LITERALLY IN HIS EXAMPLE,
  • 00:12:55.280 --> 00:12:59.200
  • "CAN YOU IMAGINE GOING TO YOUR NEIGHBOR
  • 00:12:59.210 --> 00:13:03.130
  • IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT,
  • 00:13:03.140 --> 00:13:05.000
  • ASKING FOR FOOD AND BEING TURNED AWAY?
  • 00:13:05.010 --> 00:13:07.150
  • CAN YOU, COULD YOU IMAGINE SUCH A THING?"
  • 00:13:07.160 --> 00:13:11.030
  • WELL TRUTHFULLY TODAY IN OUR CULTURE
  • 00:13:11.040 --> 00:13:12.200
  • WE COULD IMAGINE SUCH A THING.
  • 00:13:12.210 --> 00:13:15.010
  • I MEAN I CAN IMAGINE HEARING A KNOCK AT MY DOOR,
  • 00:13:15.020 --> 00:13:17.280
  • IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT,
  • 00:13:17.290 --> 00:13:19.250
  • AND SOME STRANGER THAT I DON'T KNOW,
  • 00:13:19.260 --> 00:13:21.280
  • YEAH, THEY SAY THEY'RE A NEIGHBOR,
  • 00:13:21.290 --> 00:13:23.130
  • I DON'T KNOW MY NEIGHBORS, I DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU,
  • 00:13:23.140 --> 00:13:25.040
  • MAYBE YOU KNOW YOURS.
  • 00:13:25.050 --> 00:13:26.180
  • I DON'T KNOW WHETHER THEY'RE MY NEIGHBOR OR NOT.
  • 00:13:26.190 --> 00:13:28.270
  • I WOULDN'T DARE OPEN MY DOOR AT MIDNIGHT FOR ANYBODY.
  • 00:13:28.280 --> 00:13:33.010
  • BUT THAT'S OUR CULTURE.
  • 00:13:33.020 --> 00:13:34.180
  • OUR HOME IS A FORTRESS, IT'S OUR PLACE OF SECURITY.
  • 00:13:34.190 --> 00:13:38.230
  • BUT IN THE MIDDLE EASTERN CULTURE,
  • 00:13:38.240 --> 00:13:40.270
  • ONE OF THE GREATEST VIRTUES OF ALL WAS HOSPITALITY.
  • 00:13:40.280 --> 00:13:44.230
  • AND IF SOMEBODY CAME TO VISIT YOUR NEIGHBOR,
  • 00:13:44.240 --> 00:13:47.140
  • A VISITOR, HE WASN'T JUST A GUEST OF YOUR NEIGHBOR,
  • 00:13:47.150 --> 00:13:50.070
  • HE WAS CONSIDERED TO BE A GUEST OF THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY.
  • 00:13:50.080 --> 00:13:54.010
  • AND IT WAS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO SHOW THAT GUEST
  • 00:13:54.020 --> 00:13:56.290
  • HOSPITALITY AS WELL.
  • 00:13:57.000 --> 00:13:59.070
  • AND SO THAT'S WHY JESUS SAID,
  • 00:13:59.080 --> 00:14:01.260
  • "CAN YOU IMAGINE GOING TO YOUR NEIGHBOR ASKING
  • 00:14:01.270 --> 00:14:04.220
  • FOR FOOD FOR A GUEST OF YOURS,
  • 00:14:04.230 --> 00:14:06.100
  • AND BEING TURNED DOWN?" IT IS UNTHINKABLE!
  • 00:14:06.110 --> 00:14:09.250
  • BUT THIS MAN, IN JESUS' STORY,
  • 00:14:11.040 --> 00:14:12.240
  • DID THE UNTHINKABLE.
  • 00:14:12.250 --> 00:14:14.230
  • HE TURNED DOWN THE REQUEST INITIALLY,
  • 00:14:14.240 --> 00:14:17.070
  • AND SO THE NEIGHBOR KEPT ON KNOCKING,
  • 00:14:17.080 --> 00:14:20.210
  • KEPT ON KNOCKING, UNTIL HE WORE HIS NEIGHBOR DOWN,
  • 00:14:20.220 --> 00:14:25.010
  • AND GOT WHAT HE NEEDED.
  • 00:14:25.020 --> 00:14:26.230
  • NOW WHAT'S THE APPLICATION OF THIS EXAMPLE?
  • 00:14:28.020 --> 00:14:30.250
  • REMEMBER, THE STORY IS TOLD TO ILLUSTRATE
  • 00:14:30.260 --> 00:14:34.150
  • HOW WE SHOULD PRAY.
  • 00:14:34.160 --> 00:14:36.040
  • AND SO IN VERSE NINE JESUS GIVE THIS APPLICATION
  • 00:14:36.050 --> 00:14:39.030
  • ABOUT PRAYER. "AND I SAY TO YOU, ASK,
  • 00:14:39.040 --> 00:14:43.210
  • AND IT SHALL BE GIVEN TO YOU; SEEK,
  • 00:14:43.220 --> 00:14:46.100
  • AND YOU SHALL FIND; KNOCK,
  • 00:14:46.110 --> 00:14:48.100
  • AND IT SHALL BE OPENED TO YOU."
  • 00:14:48.110 --> 00:14:50.130
  • AGAIN IN GREEK, THIS IS A CONTINUOUS ACTION.
  • 00:14:50.140 --> 00:14:55.000
  • LITERALLY I SAY TO YOU, "KEEP ON ASKING,
  • 00:14:55.010 --> 00:14:59.190
  • AND IT SHALL BE GIVEN TO YOU.
  • 00:14:59.200 --> 00:15:01.180
  • KEEP ON SEEKING, AND YOU SHALL FIND,
  • 00:15:01.190 --> 00:15:05.100
  • KEEP ON KNOCKING, AND IT SHALL BE OPENED TO YOU."
  • 00:15:05.110 --> 00:15:10.110
  • VERSE 10, "FOR EVERYONE WHO ASKS RECEIVES,
  • 00:15:11.140 --> 00:15:14.260
  • AND HE WHO KEEPS ON SEEKING SHALL FIND,
  • 00:15:14.270 --> 00:15:17.190
  • AND TO HIM WHO KEEPS ON KNOCKING,
  • 00:15:17.200 --> 00:15:20.020
  • IT SHALL BE OPENED."
  • 00:15:20.030 --> 00:15:22.150
  • THIS IS A STORY JESUS TOLD TO ILLUSTRATE THE
  • 00:15:23.210 --> 00:15:26.130
  • IMPORTANCE OF PERSISTENCE.
  • 00:15:26.140 --> 00:15:30.220
  • PERSISTENCE IN GETTING WHAT IS IN OUR HEART.
  • 00:15:30.230 --> 00:15:34.280
  • YOU KNOW MOST PEOPLE THINK THAT OPPORTUNITIES
  • 00:15:34.290 --> 00:15:37.140
  • ARE DOORS THAT JUST MAGICALLY OPEN BEFORE US.
  • 00:15:37.150 --> 00:15:42.040
  • I DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU, BUT MOST OF THE OPPORTUNITIES
  • 00:15:42.050 --> 00:15:45.160
  • THAT HAVE COME IN MY LIFE,
  • 00:15:45.170 --> 00:15:47.210
  • I HAD TO PRY THAT DOOR OPEN WITH A CROWBAR.
  • 00:15:47.220 --> 00:15:51.080
  • IT DIDN'T COME AUTOMATICALLY,
  • 00:15:52.130 --> 00:15:54.270
  • IT REQUIRED A LOT OF EFFORT AND PERSISTENCE.
  • 00:15:54.280 --> 00:15:58.250
  • NOW I KNOW SOME PEOPLE GOT A SHOCK TO HEAR
  • 00:15:58.260 --> 00:16:00.270
  • THAT, "OH WELL PASTOR, IF IT'S GOD'S WILL,
  • 00:16:00.280 --> 00:16:03.240
  • IT OUGHT TO JUST HAPPEN EASILY, EFFORTLESSLY.
  • 00:16:03.250 --> 00:16:07.130
  • IF YOU HAVE TO PUT ANY EFFORT TO IT,
  • 00:16:07.140 --> 00:16:09.040
  • IT MUST NOT BE PART OF GOD'S PLAN."
  • 00:16:09.050 --> 00:16:11.050
  • NO! THROUGHOUT THE BIBLE GOD TALKS ABOUT
  • 00:16:11.060 --> 00:16:14.200
  • THE IMPORTANCE OF PERSISTENCE. OF KEEP ON KEEPING ON.
  • 00:16:14.210 --> 00:16:19.120
  • YEAH, EVENTUALLY IT'S GOD WHO PROVIDES THE CROWBAR,
  • 00:16:19.130 --> 00:16:23.000
  • IT'S GOD WHO GIVE US THE ENERGY TO KEEP ON GOING,
  • 00:16:23.010 --> 00:16:25.280
  • BUT GOD WANTS US TO BE PERSISTENT,
  • 00:16:25.290 --> 00:16:28.180
  • IN EVERY AREA OF OUR LIFE, INCLUDING OUR PRAYER LIFE,
  • 00:16:28.190 --> 00:16:33.150
  • AND THAT'S WHAT HE'S TEACHING. IF YOU ASK GOD FOR SOMETHING,
  • 00:16:33.160 --> 00:16:37.160
  • AND THERE'S NO REPLY,
  • 00:16:37.170 --> 00:16:38.290
  • YOU DON'T WALK AWAY, "GEE, SHUCKS, I GUESS THAT
  • 00:16:39.000 --> 00:16:41.080
  • WASN'T GOD'S WILL." NO! YOU KEEP ON ASKING,
  • 00:16:41.090 --> 00:16:45.280
  • YOU KEEP ON SEEKING, YOU KEEP ON KNOCKING.
  • 00:16:45.290 --> 00:16:49.290
  • THAT IS THE POINT, OF THIS PARABLE.
  • 00:16:50.000 --> 00:16:52.160
  • NOW, DON'T MISINTERPRET WHAT JESUS IS SAYING.
  • 00:16:52.170 --> 00:16:57.170
  • JESUS IS NOT SAYING PRAYER IS A MATTER OF
  • 00:16:58.220 --> 00:17:00.150
  • WEARING DOWN A RELUCTANT GOD TO GIVE YOU SOMETHING
  • 00:17:00.160 --> 00:17:03.070
  • HE REALLY DOESN'T WANT TO GIVE YOU; THAT WOULD BE
  • 00:17:03.080 --> 00:17:06.090
  • A MISINTERPRETATION OF THE PARABLE.
  • 00:17:06.100 --> 00:17:08.080
  • IN OTHER WORDS, JESUS SAYING, "IF A NEIGHBOR
  • 00:17:08.090 --> 00:17:11.090
  • WHO REALLY DOESN'T CARE MUCH ABOUT YOU
  • 00:17:11.100 --> 00:17:13.140
  • OR ANYBODY ELSE, CAN BE WORN DOWN BY YOUR PERSISTENCE
  • 00:17:13.150 --> 00:17:17.220
  • TO GIVE YOU SOMETHING YOU NEED, HOW MUCH MORE,
  • 00:17:17.230 --> 00:17:22.190
  • WILL YOUR LOVING HEAVENLY FATHER
  • 00:17:22.200 --> 00:17:24.290
  • WHO CARES ABOUT YOU, REWARD YOUR PERSISTENCE
  • 00:17:25.000 --> 00:17:28.270
  • IN ASKING HIM? AND THE LEADS TO A FOURTH TRUTH OR LESSON
  • 00:17:28.280 --> 00:17:32.250
  • ABOUT PRAYER. AND THAT IS, GOD'S REPUTATION AND GOD'S LOVE
  • 00:17:32.260 --> 00:17:39.150
  • ARE HIS MOTIVATION FOR ANSWERING OUR PRAYERS.
  • 00:17:39.160 --> 00:17:43.290
  • THE REASON WE CAN BOLDLY, LITERALLY SHAMELESSLY,
  • 00:17:44.000 --> 00:17:48.240
  • COME BEFORE GOD WITH WHAT IS IN OUR HEARTS,
  • 00:17:48.250 --> 00:17:51.240
  • IS BECAUSE OF GOD'S REPUTATION, AND GOD'S LOVE FOR US.
  • 00:17:51.250 --> 00:17:56.070
  • AND ONE OF GOD'S GREATEST MOTIVATIONS IN CARING
  • 00:17:56.080 --> 00:17:58.290
  • FOR YOU IS, HIS REPUTATION IS ON THE LINE.
  • 00:17:59.000 --> 00:18:02.220
  • YOU REMEMBER THE OLD TESTAMENT, THE MOST HOLY NAME
  • 00:18:02.230 --> 00:18:04.250
  • FOR GOD WAS THE NAME YAHWEH.
  • 00:18:04.260 --> 00:18:07.040
  • THE ISRAELITES WOULDN'T EVEN PRONOUNCE THAT NAME.
  • 00:18:08.170 --> 00:18:11.150
  • YAHWEH NOT ONLY DESCRIBED WHO GOD WAS,
  • 00:18:11.160 --> 00:18:13.240
  • I AM THAT I AM,
  • 00:18:13.250 --> 00:18:15.060
  • BUT IT WAS ALSO THE COVENANT NAME FOR THE SPECIAL
  • 00:18:15.070 --> 00:18:17.120
  • RELATIONSHIP, GOD HAD WITH THE NATION OF ISRAEL.
  • 00:18:17.130 --> 00:18:20.100
  • THE NATION OF ISRAEL WAS GOD'S OBJECT LESSON
  • 00:18:20.110 --> 00:18:23.170
  • TO THE ENTIRE WORLD, OF HIS POWER AND HIS LOVE.
  • 00:18:23.180 --> 00:18:28.030
  • AND THAT'S WHY GOD CARED FOR THE NATION OF ISRAEL.
  • 00:18:28.040 --> 00:18:30.250
  • IF GOD LET HIS PEOPLE DOWN, THAN IT WOULD SAY
  • 00:18:30.260 --> 00:18:33.200
  • TO THE WHOLE WORLD, GOD CAN NOT BE TRUSTED TO
  • 00:18:33.210 --> 00:18:36.060
  • KEEP HIS PROMISES. AND IT WAS ON THE BASIS OF GOD'S REPUTATION
  • 00:18:36.070 --> 00:18:40.030
  • THAT WE FIND SOME OF THE GREATEST PRAYERS
  • 00:18:40.040 --> 00:18:41.200
  • IN THE OLD TESTAMENT.
  • 00:18:41.210 --> 00:18:42.260
  • REMEMBER IN EXODUS 32, GOD GOT TICKED OFF
  • 00:18:42.270 --> 00:18:45.260
  • WITH THE ISRAELITES BECAUSE OF THEIR DISOBEDIENCE;
  • 00:18:45.270 --> 00:18:48.010
  • HE SAID, "I'M GONNA WIPE YOU ALL OFF THE FACE
  • 00:18:48.020 --> 00:18:49.270
  • OF THE EARTH," AND IN EXODUS 32 MOSES
  • 00:18:49.280 --> 00:18:52.030
  • CAME TO GOD AND SAID, "GOD, YOU CAN'T DO THAT.
  • 00:18:52.040 --> 00:18:54.280
  • YOU HAVE MADE AN UNCONDITIONAL PROMISE WITH
  • 00:18:54.290 --> 00:18:56.260
  • THIS NATION, AND IF YOU OBLITERATE YOUR OWN
  • 00:18:56.270 --> 00:18:59.040
  • PEOPLE, YOUR NAME WILL BE MUD AMONG THE HEATHEN."
  • 00:18:59.050 --> 00:19:03.110
  • AND SO GOD RELENTED OF HIS DECISION.
  • 00:19:03.120 --> 00:19:06.090
  • LATER ON IN EZEKIEL 36 WHEN THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL
  • 00:19:06.100 --> 00:19:08.260
  • WERE IN CAPTIVITY IN BABYLON, EZEKIEL SAID,
  • 00:19:08.270 --> 00:19:13.010
  • "I WILL BRING YOU BACK, I WILL FORGIVE YOUR SINS,
  • 00:19:13.020 --> 00:19:16.110
  • GOD SAYS. I WILL RESTORE YOU TO THE LAND,
  • 00:19:16.120 --> 00:19:18.260
  • FOR MY NAME'S SAKE."
  • 00:19:18.270 --> 00:19:22.290
  • ONE REASON WE CAN BOLDLY, SHAMELESSLY,
  • 00:19:23.000 --> 00:19:26.280
  • PLEAD FOR GOD'S PROVISION IN OUR LIFE IS,
  • 00:19:26.290 --> 00:19:29.270
  • HIS REPUTATION IS AT STAKE.
  • 00:19:29.280 --> 00:19:32.090
  • IF GOD DOESN'T WATCH OVER US, IF HE DOESN'T
  • 00:19:32.100 --> 00:19:34.220
  • PROVIDE FOR OUR NEEDS,
  • 00:19:34.230 --> 00:19:36.170
  • IF HE DOESN'T FORGIVE
  • 00:19:36.180 --> 00:19:37.290
  • OUR SINS, IF HE DOESN'T REDEEM OUR BODIES
  • 00:19:38.000 --> 00:19:40.050
  • WHEN WE DIE, THEN HIS NAME, HIS REPUTATION
  • 00:19:40.060 --> 00:19:43.100
  • SUFFERS IN THE UNIVERSE.
  • 00:19:43.110 --> 00:19:45.170
  • GOD'S REPUTATION IS ONE REASON, WE COME TO HIM
  • 00:19:46.220 --> 00:19:49.190
  • BOLDLY AND SHAMELESSLY.
  • 00:19:49.200 --> 00:19:51.020
  • BUT THERE'S AN EVEN MORE POWERFUL FACTOR AT WORK,
  • 00:19:51.030 --> 00:19:54.120
  • AND THAT IS, HIS LOVE FOR US. IT'S NATURAL FOR ANY PARENT,
  • 00:19:54.130 --> 00:19:59.270
  • CHRISTIAN OR NON-CHRISTIAN, TO WANNA GIVE GOOD THINGS
  • 00:19:59.280 --> 00:20:03.110
  • TO HIS CHILDREN. IT IS NATURAL FOR A PARENT
  • 00:20:03.120 --> 00:20:07.000
  • TO GIVE OUR CHILDREN WHAT THEY NEED, WHAT THEY WANT. AND
  • 00:20:07.010 --> 00:20:12.040
  • OCCASIONALLY SOME THINGS THEY COULDN'T EVEN THINK TO ASK FOR.
  • 00:20:12.050 --> 00:20:15.120
  • THAT'S JUST PART OF BEING A PARENT.
  • 00:20:15.130 --> 00:20:18.070
  • THAT DOESN'T MEAN WE CAN GIVE OUR CHILDREN
  • 00:20:18.080 --> 00:20:20.260
  • EVERYTHING THEY ASK FOR,
  • 00:20:20.270 --> 00:20:22.260
  • AND UNLESS IT'S SOMETHING THAT'S GOING TO HURT THEM,
  • 00:20:22.270 --> 00:20:25.180
  • OR SOMETHING THAT IS NOT GOING TO BE BEST FOR THEM,
  • 00:20:25.190 --> 00:20:28.190
  • OR SOMETHING THEY'RE NOT READY TO HANDLE,
  • 00:20:28.200 --> 00:20:30.130
  • YOU ARE GOING TO MOVE HEAVEN AND EARTH
  • 00:20:30.140 --> 00:20:33.010
  • TO GIVE THEM, WHAT IS IN THEIR HEART.
  • 00:20:33.020 --> 00:20:36.190
  • AND THAT'S WHAT GOD DOES FOR US;
  • 00:20:36.200 --> 00:20:39.280
  • WHEN WE REPEATEDLY, PERSISTENTLY ASK HIM FOR
  • 00:20:39.290 --> 00:20:43.200
  • SOMETHING. IT IS A WAY OF SAYING TO GOD,
  • 00:20:43.210 --> 00:20:45.260
  • "GOD, THIS ISN'T SOME SUPERFICIAL REQUEST,
  • 00:20:45.270 --> 00:20:48.220
  • THIS IS SOMETHING THAT IS REALLY IMPORTANT TO ME."
  • 00:20:48.230 --> 00:20:52.090
  • THAT DOESN'T MEAN GOD ANSWERS EVERY PRAYER,
  • 00:20:52.100 --> 00:20:54.100
  • IT DOESN'T MEAN HE'S GONNA ANSWER OUR PRAYER TO,
  • 00:20:54.110 --> 00:20:56.240
  • YOU KNOW, WIN THE LOTTERY, SO WE CAN PAY OFF
  • 00:20:56.250 --> 00:20:58.190
  • THE VISA BILL, OR TAKE A TRIP.
  • 00:20:58.200 --> 00:21:00.250
  • DOESN'T MEAN HE'S GONNA ALLOW US TO DRIVE
  • 00:21:00.260 --> 00:21:02.150
  • A MERCEDES, BUT WHAT IT DOES MEAN IS,
  • 00:21:02.160 --> 00:21:05.180
  • GOD IS GOING TO GIVE US, THAT WHICH WE NEED,
  • 00:21:05.190 --> 00:21:09.160
  • THAT WHICH IS GOOD.
  • 00:21:09.170 --> 00:21:12.090
  • THIS IS A PRAYER, THIS IS A PARABLE
  • 00:21:12.100 --> 00:21:14.240
  • ABOUT BEING BOLD, BEING SHAMELESS,
  • 00:21:14.250 --> 00:21:17.290
  • IN TALKING TO OUR HEAVENLY FATHER.
  • 00:21:18.000 --> 00:21:20.010
  • "CAN YOU IMAGINE," JESUS SAID,
  • 00:21:21.110 --> 00:21:25.170
  • "GOING TO A NEIGHBOR IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT
  • 00:21:25.180 --> 00:21:27.140
  • AND ASKING FOR FOOD AND BEING TURNED AWAY,
  • 00:21:27.150 --> 00:21:30.120
  • IT'S UNIMAGINABLE. CAN YOU IMAGINE A CHILD
  • 00:21:30.130 --> 00:21:34.080
  • ASKING HIS PARENT FOR A FISH AND BEING GIVEN A SNAKE?
  • 00:21:34.090 --> 00:21:38.290
  • THAT'S INCOMPREHENSIBLE."
  • 00:21:39.000 --> 00:21:42.060
  • CAN YOU IMAGINE A CHRISTIAN, GOING TO HIS HEAVENLY FATHER
  • 00:21:42.070 --> 00:21:46.140
  • AND ASKING FOR THE HOLY SPIRIT'S POWER TO OVERCOME TEMPTATION; OR
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  • HIS GRACE TO GO THROUGH A DIFFICULT TRIAL;
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  • OR THE ABILITY TO LOVE HIS FAMILY MEMBERS AS HE SHOULD.
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  • CAN YOU IMAGINE ASKING YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER
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  • FOR THOSE THINGS, AND BEING TURNED AWAY? IT'S UNTHINKABLE.
  • 00:22:03.230 --> 00:22:11.260
  • AND THAT IS WHY, WE SHOULD BOLDLY, SHAMELESSLY,
  • 00:22:11.270 --> 00:22:17.130
  • ASK GOD, FOR WHAT IS IN OUR HEARTS.
  • 00:22:17.140 --> 00:22:20.150
  • MUSIC
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  • THERE'S NO REASON TO BECOME TIMID
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  • WHEN YOU APPROACH GOD WITH YOUR REQUESTS.
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  • MY HOPE IS THAT TODAY'S MESSAGE LIBERATES
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  • YOUR PRAYER LIFE, AND TAKES YOU TO NEW PLACES
  • 00:22:34.060 --> 00:22:37.020
  • IN YOUR BOLD COMMUNICATION, WITH JESUS CHRIST.
  • 00:22:37.030 --> 00:22:41.060
  • WELL, SEVERAL YEARS AGO, PATHWAY TO VICTORY
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  • DECIDED TO DEVELOP SOMETHING FOR OUR LISTENING
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  • AUDIENCE, THAT WILL PROVIDE SPIRITUAL GUIDANCE
  • 00:22:46.030 --> 00:22:49.170
  • AND ENCOURAGEMENT. AFTER LOTS OF CREATIVE BRAINSTORMING,
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  • WE LAUNCHED PATHWAY MAGAZINE.
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  • AND I'M PLEASED TO REPORT THAT IT'S BEEN A
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  • HUGE SUCCESS. READERS LOVE THE DEVOTIONAL
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  • MATERIAL, THE INTERVIEWS, ARTICLES,
  • 00:23:01.240 --> 00:23:04.180
  • AND BEHIND THE SCENES INFORMATION,
  • 00:23:04.190 --> 00:23:06.240
  • ABOUT PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:23:06.250 --> 00:23:08.260
  • AND THREE COMPLEMENTARY ISSUES OF PATHWAY MAGAZINE
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  • ARE MY GIFT TO YOU.
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  • SIMPY FOR GOING TO PTV.ORG
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  • OR CALLING THE NUMBER YOU SEE ON THE SCREEN.
  • 00:23:17.040 --> 00:23:19.230
  • NOW, STAY RIGHT THERE I'LL BE BACK WITH MORE,
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  • IN JUST A MOMENT.
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  • IN ONE YEAR, YOU WENT THROUGH THREE MISCARRIAGES.
  • 00:23:25.070 --> 00:23:28.200
  • THE THIRD MISCARRIAGE WAS DEVASTATING.
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  • WE WERE SUFFERING LOSSES.
  • 00:23:31.100 --> 00:23:32.170
  • AND YOU KEPT PRAYING.
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  • WE PRAYED A LITTLE DIFFERENTLY, PROBABLY THAN
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  • WE EVER HAD BEFORE. WE'RE NOT GONNA BE EMBARRASSED
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  • TO ASK YOU FOR EXACTLY WHAT WE WANT;
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  • WE WANT MULTIPLES, WE WANT THREE BIOLOGICAL CHILDREN,
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  • AND WE WANT YOU TO DO MORE THAN
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  • ANYTHING WE CAN IMAGINE.
  • 00:23:43.150 --> 00:23:45.220
  • IN HER NEW BOOK, JULIA SHARES THE STORY OF
  • 00:23:45.230 --> 00:23:48.050
  • GOD'S LIFE CHANGING ANSWERS TO BOLD PRAYERS.
  • 00:23:48.060 --> 00:23:51.230
  • MY DAUGHTER, JULIA JEFFRESS SADLER,
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  • HAS NEVER BEEN SHY, ABOUT PRAYING WITH BOLDNESS,
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  • AND I'M EXCITED TO SHARE HER WONDERFUL NEW
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  • BOOK WITH YOU TODAY, "PRAY BIG THINGS."
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  • IF YOU'RE WONDERING WHY GOD ISN'T ANSWERING
  • 00:24:03.260 --> 00:24:05.280
  • YOUR PRAYERS, OR YOUR DREAMS SEEM IMPOSSIBLE,
  • 00:24:05.290 --> 00:24:08.260
  • I WANNA SHOW YOU THE SURPRISING LIFE
  • 00:24:08.270 --> 00:24:10.270
  • GOD HAS FOR YOU, WHEN YOU'RE BOLD ENOUGH TO ASK HIM.
  • 00:24:10.280 --> 00:24:14.040
  • "PRAY BIG THINGS" IS YOURS WHEN YOU GIVE
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  • A GENEROUS GIFT TO SUPPORT THE MINISTRY OF
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  • PATHWAY TO VICTORY. WE'LL ALSO SEND YOU THE
  • 00:24:18.170 --> 00:24:21.070
  • PATHWAY TO VICTORY PRAYER JOURNAL,
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  • TO HELP YOU DOCUMENT HOW GOD ANSWERS YOUR PRAYERS.
  • 00:24:23.100 --> 00:24:26.210
  • AND WHEN YOUR GIFT IS $75 OR MORE,
  • 00:24:26.220 --> 00:24:29.200
  • YOU'LL ALSO RECEIVE DOCTOR JEFFRESS' TEACHING SERIES,
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  • PRAYERS THAT REALLY WORK ON CD AND DVD.
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  • IF JESUS CHRIST FELT IT APSOLUTELY NECESSARY
  • 00:24:36.020 --> 00:24:40.130
  • TO MAKE PRAYER A PRIORITY IN HIS LIFE,
  • 00:24:40.140 --> 00:24:43.020
  • HOW MUCH MORE ESSENTIAL,
  • 00:24:44.060 --> 00:24:46.070
  • IS PRAYER FOR PEOPLE LIKE YOU AND ME.
  • 00:24:46.080 --> 00:24:48.050
  • THANK YOU FOR YOUR FINANCIAL SUPPORT.
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  • AS TOGETHER WE PIERCE THE DARKNESS,
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  • WITH THE LIGHT OF GOD'S WORD.
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  • EXPERIENCE ALASKA'S TOWERING MOUNTAINS,
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  • AND MIGHTY GLACIERS, WITH DR ROBBERT JEFRESS,
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  • ON THE PATHWAY TO VICTORY ALASKA CRUISE.
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  • AND KETCHIKAN, THEN ENJOY ONBOARD ENTERTAINMENT
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  • WITH WORSHIP LEADER, MICHEAL O'BRIEN,
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  • AND COMEDIAN, DENIS SWANBERG.
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  • TO BOOK YOUR RESERVATION FOR THE PATHWAY TO VICTORY
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  • ALASKA CRUISE, VISIT PTV.ORG.
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  • MUSIC
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  • PRAYING IN FAITH MEANS BOLDLY ASKING FOR
  • 00:25:26.060 --> 00:25:29.000
  • WHAT WE WANT, AND QUIETLY SURRENDERING TO WHAT
  • 00:25:29.010 --> 00:25:32.280
  • GOD WANTS. BUT EVEN WHEN GOD SAYS NO TO OUR REQUEST,
  • 00:25:32.290 --> 00:25:37.100
  • WE OUGHT TO BOLDLY AND SHAMELESSLY,
  • 00:25:37.110 --> 00:25:39.210
  • APPROACH HIM AGAIN.
  • 00:25:39.220 --> 00:25:41.200
  • WELL, SOMEBODY HAS SAID THAT
  • 00:25:41.210 --> 00:25:43.060
  • PERSISTENCE, IS THE WILLINGNESS TO MOVE FORWARD
  • 00:25:43.070 --> 00:25:46.130
  • IN YOUR GOALS, IN SPITE OF UNRELENTING HARD WORK,
  • 00:25:46.140 --> 00:25:50.030
  • UNANTICIPATED OBSTACLES, AND UNEXPECTED SET BACKS.
  • 00:25:50.040 --> 00:25:54.190
  • AND NEXT TIME, WE'RE GOING TO DISCOVER WHY PERSISTENCE,
  • 00:25:54.200 --> 00:25:58.220
  • IS THE KEY TO SUCCESS IN EVERY AREA OF LIFE,
  • 00:25:58.230 --> 00:26:02.190
  • INCLUDING OUR PRAYER LIFE.
  • 00:26:02.200 --> 00:26:05.000
  • STAY TUNED FOR A PREVIEW,
  • 00:26:05.010 --> 00:26:06.230
  • OF WHAT'S COMING UP NEXT, ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:26:06.240 --> 00:26:09.280
  • TODAY WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT TO
  • 00:26:11.160 --> 00:26:13.120
  • SUPPORT THE MINISTRY OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY,
  • 00:26:13.130 --> 00:26:15.260
  • WE'LL SAY THANKS BY SENDING YOU A COPY OF
  • 00:26:15.270 --> 00:26:18.090
  • PRAY BIG THINGS BY JULIE JEFRESS SADLER,
  • 00:26:18.100 --> 00:26:21.100
  • ALONG WITH THE PATHWAY TO VICTORY PRAYER JOURNAL,
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  • PLUS, YOU'RE INVITED TO REQUEST
  • 00:26:23.250 --> 00:26:25.160
  • THREE COMPLIMENTARY ISSUES OF PATHWAY MAGAZINE,
  • 00:26:25.170 --> 00:26:28.100
  • SIMPLY FOR CONTACTING US AT PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:26:28.110 --> 00:26:31.010
  • AND WHEN YOUR GIFT IS $75 OR MORE,
  • 00:26:31.020 --> 00:26:33.290
  • WE'LL ALSO SEND YOU THE COMPLETE,
  • 00:26:34.000 --> 00:26:35.190
  • PRAYERS THAT REALLY WORK TEACHING SERIES
  • 00:26:35.200 --> 00:26:37.270
  • ON CD AND DVD.
  • 00:26:37.280 --> 00:26:40.020
  • THESE PROGRAMS ARE MADE POSSIBLE
  • 00:26:40.030 --> 00:26:41.220
  • BECAUSE OF YOUR GENEROUS SUPPORT.
  • 00:26:41.230 --> 00:26:43.170
  • SO THANKS FOR CALLING, WRITING, OR GOING ONLINE,
  • 00:26:43.180 --> 00:26:45.280
  • TO GIVE TODAY.
  • 00:26:45.290 --> 00:26:47.120
  • NOW, COMING UP NEXT TIME, ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:26:47.130 --> 00:26:50.050
  • SOME OF YOU ARE THINKING, "WHY ISN'T GOD
  • 00:26:50.060 --> 00:26:52.070
  • ANSWERING MY PRAYER?"
  • 00:26:52.080 --> 00:26:54.130
  • WHAT YOU AND I CAN'T SEE IS BEHIND THE SCENES,
  • 00:26:54.140 --> 00:26:57.110
  • GOD IS WORKING IN CIRCUMSTANCES WE'RE UNAWARE OF,
  • 00:26:57.120 --> 00:27:01.190
  • HE'S WORKING IN THE LIVES OF PEOPLE
  • 00:27:01.200 --> 00:27:03.170
  • YOU AND I MAY NOT EVEN KNOW,
  • 00:27:03.180 --> 00:27:05.290
  • TO BRING ABOUT HIS PERFECT FOR US.
  • 00:27:06.000 --> 00:27:09.000
  • AND AT JUS THE RIGHT TIME, GOD IS GONNA ANSWER
  • 00:27:09.010 --> 00:27:12.150
  • YOUR REQUEST POWERFULLY, AND DECISIVELY.
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  • SET YOUR DVR AND JOIN US NEXT TIME FOR THE MESSAGE,
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  • PERSISTENT PRAYING, HERE ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • MUSIC
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