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October 22, 2020
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In this message; Dr. Jeremiah shares the importance of investing in eternity.

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  • David Jeremiah: Today isabout the rest of your life.
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  • It's about tomorrowand the day after that.
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  • The future God has plannedfor you shouldn't be
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  • a haphazard approach to life.
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  • You might feel stuck,but you don't have to be.
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  • Perhaps you're discouraged.
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  • It's time to deal with that.
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  • And if you feel uncertain,you can find clarity.
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  • You may not know what's next,but God does.
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  • He's there waiting for youin your tomorrow,
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  • so step into it and discoverGod's presence and purpose
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  • in your life.
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  • Starting today, starting now,it's time to move forward.
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  • male announcer: It's timewe rise above our circumstances,
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  • conquer our fears,face the future with faith,
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  • prevail over the past, aspireto accomplish greater things,
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  • reclaim our birthright,proclaim his power,
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  • and claim God's promises.
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  • God has more for us.
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  • It's not time to stop.
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  • It's time to move forward.
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  • Today on "Turning Point,"Dr. Jeremiah helps you identify
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  • God-inspired impressionsabout your future.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: There are so manythings that are unprecedented.
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  • Sometimes we don't even knowhow to pray.
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  • We don't even knowwhat to ask God for.
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  • But you can be sure of this:if you pray and you're sincere
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  • in your heart andyou're walking with God,
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  • he hears your prayerand he will answer it.
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  • announcer: That's coming upon today's special
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  • "Forward" editionof "Turning Point."
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  • announcer: In just a momentDr. Jeremiah will guide you
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  • into an active prayer life whereyou'll discover that prayer is
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  • the divine energy that bringsthe power of God
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  • into the plans he gives us.
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  • Find this and nine other waysyou can know God's purpose,
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  • feel God's power, and accomplishGod's plan for your life
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  • in Dr. Jeremiah's new book,"Forward:
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  • Discovering God's Presenceand Purpose in Your Tomorrow."
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  • You'll learn the biblicalstrategy about how to claim
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  • the future God has prepareduniquely for you,
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  • no matter your ageor your circumstance.
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  • including his new book,his entire teaching series
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  • on CD or DVD,with a correlating study guide,
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  • God has more for you.
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  • announcer: Thank youfor watching "Forward"
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  • here on "Turning Point."
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  • In appreciationof your viewership,
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  • Contact Turning Point today.
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  • And now, here is Dr. Jeremiahwith his message,
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  • "Pray: Consult Your Creator."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: In 1909 youngLeonora Wood volunteered to go
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  • to the Appalachian Mountainsto teach
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  • in a one-room mission school.
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  • There, in the impoverished townof Del Rio, Tennessee,
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  • she became somethingof a living legend,
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  • thanks to her commitmentto prayer.
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  • Leonora knew how to turn dreamsinto prayer,
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  • and prayer into dreams.
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  • Raymond Thomas was a foster teenwho often stopped at
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  • Leonora's cabin in his knee-highclodhoppers and talked
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  • with her as she saton the front porch,
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  • shelling peas or darning socks.
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  • Raymond's seemingly impossibledream was to go to college.
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  • "But how could I manage it?"
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  • he said, "I haven't gotany money.
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  • I don't have any prospects.
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  • I've not saved anything."
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  • "Raymond," Leonora replied,"whatever you need,
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  • God has the supply readyfor you.
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  • The money will be there forany dream that's right for you,
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  • every dream for whichyou're willing to work."
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  • Raymond asked Leonora to offera dreaming prayer for him
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  • and her prayer went like this:
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  • "Father, you've given Raymonda fine mind.
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  • We believe that you wantRaymond's potential to be used
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  • to help you lift and lightensome portion of your world.
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  • Since all the wealthof the world is yours,
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  • please help Raymond findeverything he needs
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  • for an education."
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  • Raymond Thomas did make itthrough college in four years,
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  • working 12 jobs to supporthimself and graduating
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  • with a bachelor of sciencedegree cum laude.
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  • He also servedin World War II and later
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  • settled in Vienna wherehe earned a PhD in physics.
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  • He went on to visit60 countries,
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  • master multiple languages,and network with some
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  • of the most important peoplein Europe through his job
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  • with the USAtomic Energy Program.
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  • Looking back on his life,Raymond said,
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  • "The fact that I could dreamof going to college
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  • and achieve itproved something to me.
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  • Very simply, any right dream canbe realized and prayer helps you
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  • know if it's right and gives youthe power to stay with it."
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  • In other words,listen carefully:
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  • the way forward isto pray forward.
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  • I think that's what Nehemiahwould say too.
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  • He was one of the mosteffective leaders in the Bible,
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  • and his story unfoldsin the Old Testament book
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  • that bears his name.
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  • Executives and entrepreneursstudy his book endlessly
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  • because of the leadershiplessons that are found in it.
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  • Nehemiah was a Jewish official,serving the Persian king
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  • in the city of Sousa,a thousand miles from Jerusalem.
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  • The Babylonians had destroyedIsrael and Jerusalem in 586 B.C.
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  • and several thousand Hebrewsettlers had gone back
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  • to rebuild the templeand reestablish
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  • a Jewish presence there.
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  • This was a deep burdenfor Nehemiah.
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  • He knew God's plan of redemptiondepended on the continuity
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  • of his people in their land.
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  • He understood that it wasa matter of heartfelt prayer
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  • to make this happen.
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  • One day, Nehemiah's brotherand a few other men arrived
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  • from Jerusalemwith this grim message:
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  • "The survivors who are left fromthe captivity in the province
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  • are there in great distressand reproach.
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  • The wall of Jerusalem is alsobroken down,
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  • and its gates are burnedwith fire."
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  • This news hit Nehemiahlike a blast.
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  • Slumping into his chair,he started sobbing,
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  • but out of his deep tearscame earnest prayers
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  • and out of his prayers camea fervent dream.
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  • With God's help, Nehemiahwould return to Jerusalem
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  • and rebuild the wallsof the ancient city of his God.
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  • It seemed an impossible featbecause Nehemiah was
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  • the king's cupbearerand a trusted advisor.
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  • The likelihood ofKing Artaxerxes releasing him,
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  • let alone financing the trip,seemed very far-fetched.
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  • But God, he'd already plantedthe dream in Nehemiah's heart
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  • just as he is planting freshdreams in your heart today.
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  • So you have to prepareyour heart for God's plan.
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  • God's desires flourishin prepared hearts,
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  • just like seedsin a fertile ground.
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  • In the last message, I urged youto imagine your future.
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  • If you're saying, "Yeah, I wannado that," but you're not certain
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  • what your dream is or whatthe next step forward is,
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  • then prayer iswhere you should start.
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  • Nehemiah saw a needthat burdened his heart
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  • and he started to pray about it.
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  • I've studied the bookof Nehemiah many times
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  • and there are two verses thattell us something about dreams,
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  • not the kind you have at nightbut the kind
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  • that guide you forward.
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  • Notice these two tellingphrases: Nehemiah claimed
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  • that "God put it in my heart torebuild the walls of Jerusalem."
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  • Later, he said: "My God put itin my heart to organize
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  • the people."
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  • Nehemiah didn't come up withhis dream for Jerusalem's wall
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  • by himself.
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  • His heart was receptive tothe impressions God sent him.
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  • Let me tell youwhat I've learned.
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  • A prayerful heart isfertile ground for divine ideas.
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  • How can you be sure the dreamin your heart is God's will
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  • and not yours?
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  • Well, you must humblyand specifically ask God
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  • to place his ideas for your lifeinto your heart and mind.
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  • "Show me your way, O Lord;teach me your paths."
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  • So when you prepare your heartfor God's plan,
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  • you're getting ready to receivewhat he wants you to do.
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  • You do that through prayer.
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  • You pray and you ask the Lordto help you be sensitive
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  • to what he's telling you to do.
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  • And then you prayabout the plans
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  • that he gives you day and night.
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  • No matter the houror circumstances, pray.
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  • As God begins to give youimpressions and thoughts
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  • about your future,continue to pray.
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  • Commit them to him in seriousongoing prayer.
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  • And as soon as Nehemiah sensedthe need for rebuilding
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  • the walls of Jerusalem, listen,he sat down and he wept
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  • and he mourned for many daysand he was fasting and praying
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  • before the God of heaven.
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  • As his thoughts clarifiedand he better understood
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  • what needed to happen,he wrote out an earnest prayer.
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  • It's preserved for us inthe book that bears his name.
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  • Here it is: "I pray,Lord God of heaven,
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  • O great and awesome God,you who keep your covenant and
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  • mercy with those who love youand observe your commandments,
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  • please let your ear be attentiveand your eyes open,
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  • that you may hear the prayerof your servant which I pray
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  • before you now, day and night."
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  • Nehemiah went on to confess hissins and those of his people.
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  • He reminded Godof the biblical promises
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  • involving the children of Israeland he ended by saying,
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  • "O Lord, I pray, let your earbe attentive to the prayer
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  • of your servant,and to the prayer
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  • of your servants who desireto fear your name;
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  • and let your servantprosper this day, I pray,
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  • and grant him mercyin the sight of this man."
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  • Who was this man?
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  • Oh, it was King Artaxerxes, themost powerful man on the earth.
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  • And even though Nehemiahwas his cupbearer,
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  • he couldn't approach the kingwithout risking his life.
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  • Only God could arrangethe right moment,
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  • so Nehemiah prayed.
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  • Prayer is the divine energythat brings the power of God
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  • into the plans thathe's given you.
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  • I don't know any short cutfor this.
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  • God guides his childrenas they learn the joy
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  • of praying to him night and day.
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  • So prepare your heart for God'splan and pray about your plans
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  • day and night and then learnto practice spontaneous prayer.
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  • It's wonderful to havea leisurely hour on the patio
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  • for Bible study and prayeror to engage in a special
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  • extended time in prayerwith friends at church,
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  • asking God for his favors.
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  • But sometimes, you haveto pray instantly.
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  • Sometimes, you haveto pray urgently,
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  • on the spur of the moment,and it's good to know
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  • that the Lord hearsthose prayers as well.
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  • I urge you to learnto pray quickly, silently,
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  • and instantly.
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  • No one in the Bible masteredthat skill better than Nehemiah.
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  • His book is pepperedwith short little prayers
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  • that were injectedinto his narrative.
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  • He knew how to prayspontaneously.
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  • For example, one day the kingwanted a glass of wine
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  • so Nehemiah prepared itand here is Nehemiah 2:1-2:
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  • "I took the wine andI gave it to the king.
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  • Now I had never been sad inthe presence of the king before,
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  • and so the king said to me,'Why is your face sad,
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  • since you are not sick?
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  • This is nothingbut sorrow of heart.'"
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  • Now, a littleinterpretation here.
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  • Nehemiah knew these words couldhave reflected genuine concern
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  • or they could have beenhis death sentence.
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  • Believe it or not, in that dayit was a capital offense
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  • to be sad in the presenceof the king.
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  • So watch carefullywhat Nehemiah did.
  • 00:12:39.875 --> 00:12:42.244
  • He senses the urgencyof the moment,
  • 00:12:42.278 --> 00:12:44.313
  • verses 2 through 5: "So I becamedreadfully afraid,
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  • and I said to the king,"good move,
  • 00:12:48.083 --> 00:12:50.986
  • "'May the king live forever!
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  • Why should my face not be sad,when the city,
  • 00:12:53.489 --> 00:12:56.091
  • the place of my fathers' tombs,lies waste,
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  • and its gates are burnedwith fire?'
  • 00:12:59.094 --> 00:13:00.663
  • And then the king said to me,'What do you request?'"
  • 00:13:00.696 --> 00:13:04.967
  • Now watch this. "So I prayedto the God of heaven.
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  • And I said to the king,'If it pleases the king,
  • 00:13:07.636 --> 00:13:10.773
  • and if your servant has foundfavor in your sight,
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  • I ask that you send me to Judah,to the city of my fathers,
  • 00:13:13.075 --> 00:13:16.579
  • that I may rebuild it.'"
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  • I'm sure you noticed,here's the phrase:
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  • "I prayed to the God of heaven,and I answered the king."
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  • In the twinkling of an eye,Nehemiah had his opportunity
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  • but he had to say exactlythe right thing in the right way
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  • to move the king to his cause.
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  • His life was on the line,not to mention the desires
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  • of his heart.
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  • It was critical for him to speakwisely and for the king
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  • to react positively so Nehemiahshot up an arrow to heaven.
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  • Maybe it was just,"Help, Lord, help."
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  • Most of us know that prayer.
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  • We've prayed it on occasion.
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  • The Lord answered and soonNehemiah was on his way
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  • to rebuild the wallsof Jerusalem.
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  • When you know how to earnestlypray day and night,
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  • then you will find outthere's great power
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  • in spontaneous prayer as well.
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  • One fateful day back in 2001,Lieutenant Colonel Dan Hooton
  • 00:14:07.029 --> 00:14:10.532
  • was working on the first floorin the C Ring of the Pentagon.
  • 00:14:10.566 --> 00:14:15.137
  • That's sort of in the middleof the building.
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  • He was preparingfor a 10 o'clock meeting
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  • when a co-worker cameinto his office with news
  • 00:14:19.975 --> 00:14:22.711
  • that the World Trade Centerwas on fire in New York.
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  • Hooton went to his boss's officewhere the television was on.
  • 00:14:26.382 --> 00:14:29.718
  • He watched events unfold,then had a feeling down deep
  • 00:14:29.752 --> 00:14:33.889
  • that he should get upand return to his own office.
  • 00:14:33.923 --> 00:14:37.526
  • Along the way, he stoppedto talk to someone
  • 00:14:37.559 --> 00:14:39.795
  • in a nearby cubicleand suddenly,
  • 00:14:39.828 --> 00:14:41.730
  • the whole roomburst into flames.
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  • And Hooton was thrown20 feet forward.
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  • His left leg was pinnedto the floor beneath rubble
  • 00:14:47.536 --> 00:14:49.838
  • and the walls were on fire.
  • 00:14:49.872 --> 00:14:52.074
  • He yelled for his co-workerbut heard no response.
  • 00:14:52.107 --> 00:14:55.611
  • He recalls, "At that moment,I said a short prayer,
  • 00:14:55.644 --> 00:15:00.482
  • asking God to show methe way out."
  • 00:15:00.516 --> 00:15:03.819
  • He pried his leg loose and sawsome light in the distance and,
  • 00:15:03.852 --> 00:15:07.957
  • crawling through an opening,he found he was trapped again
  • 00:15:07.990 --> 00:15:11.093
  • and the room was full of smokeand so were his lungs.
  • 00:15:11.126 --> 00:15:13.462
  • He said, "The room was likean oven and, at that moment,
  • 00:15:13.495 --> 00:15:16.598
  • I thought I was going to dieof smoke inhalation."
  • 00:15:16.632 --> 00:15:19.535
  • He climbed over more rubble,saw a hand reaching out to him,
  • 00:15:19.568 --> 00:15:23.005
  • and at once he wason the helicopter pad
  • 00:15:23.038 --> 00:15:25.341
  • outside the Pentagon.
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  • He began helping others,not realizing he was bleeding
  • 00:15:27.276 --> 00:15:29.745
  • from multiple shrapnel wounds.
  • 00:15:29.778 --> 00:15:31.780
  • When he shares his story now,he credits his survival to God
  • 00:15:31.814 --> 00:15:36.151
  • answering his simple words,"God, show me a way out."
  • 00:15:36.185 --> 00:15:41.123
  • Did you know that Godanswers prayers like that?
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  • When you're in the midstof following your dream
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  • and God has given you a plan andyou're on your way to the goal,
  • 00:15:45.961 --> 00:15:49.365
  • sometimes there are problems.
  • 00:15:49.398 --> 00:15:51.633
  • There's no such thing as lifewithout any challenges.
  • 00:15:51.667 --> 00:15:54.503
  • There's the old statementthat says:
  • 00:15:54.536 --> 00:15:56.338
  • "If there's no friction,there's no traction."
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  • Every major dreamI have ever had,
  • 00:15:59.475 --> 00:16:01.510
  • everything God hasever done in my life,
  • 00:16:01.543 --> 00:16:03.445
  • has been fraughtwith trouble and often,
  • 00:16:03.479 --> 00:16:06.515
  • in the midst of it,you have to pray,
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  • "Lord, help me.
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  • Help me to know what to do.
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  • I don't know what to dobut my eyes are on you."
  • 00:16:11.954 --> 00:16:15.724
  • So prepare your heartfor God's plan, through prayer.
  • 00:16:15.758 --> 00:16:19.094
  • Pray about your plansday and night,
  • 00:16:19.128 --> 00:16:21.430
  • practice spontaneous,momentary prayer,
  • 00:16:21.463 --> 00:16:24.166
  • and here's number four: preparefor God to do things his way.
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  • As God drops his seedsof aspiration into your mind
  • 00:16:30.139 --> 00:16:33.108
  • and you pray over them,whether in quiet,
  • 00:16:33.142 --> 00:16:35.811
  • extended prayer or quick,in-the-moment prayer,
  • 00:16:35.844 --> 00:16:40.215
  • you're gonna have to learnto trust him
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  • for his own brand of success.
  • 00:16:42.551 --> 00:16:45.287
  • You have to expect himto do things his way.
  • 00:16:45.320 --> 00:16:49.925
  • Proverbs 16:3 says: "Committo the Lord whatever you do,
  • 00:16:49.958 --> 00:16:54.663
  • and he will establishyour plans."
  • 00:16:54.696 --> 00:16:57.766
  • The word "commit"means to trust.
  • 00:16:57.800 --> 00:17:00.102
  • God can be trustedwith your dreams,
  • 00:17:00.135 --> 00:17:02.071
  • to divulge them, develop them,sometimes delay them,
  • 00:17:02.104 --> 00:17:05.107
  • and always drench themwith his blessings.
  • 00:17:05.140 --> 00:17:08.010
  • So you have to understand Godopens doors and he closes doors.
  • 00:17:08.043 --> 00:17:11.113
  • He arranges circumstancesand sometimes
  • 00:17:11.146 --> 00:17:13.282
  • he creates trajectoriesyou didn't even expect.
  • 00:17:13.315 --> 00:17:17.352
  • In Nehemiah's case,the king granted him letters
  • 00:17:17.386 --> 00:17:20.556
  • of safe conductthrough the empire,
  • 00:17:20.589 --> 00:17:22.458
  • along with provisionsfor the walls and the gates.
  • 00:17:22.491 --> 00:17:26.628
  • Nehemiah said, "And the kinggranted them to me according
  • 00:17:26.662 --> 00:17:29.598
  • to the good hand of my Godupon me."
  • 00:17:29.631 --> 00:17:32.501
  • And Artaxerxes sent a militaryconvoy to accompany Nehemiah
  • 00:17:32.534 --> 00:17:36.638
  • to Jerusalem because the Jewshad a lot of enemies in Judah.
  • 00:17:36.672 --> 00:17:41.343
  • When Nehemiah gotinto Jerusalem,
  • 00:17:41.376 --> 00:17:42.978
  • Nehemiah wanted to keephis dream a secret until
  • 00:17:43.011 --> 00:17:45.647
  • it was time to rally the Jews,so he saddled his horse
  • 00:17:45.681 --> 00:17:49.218
  • in the darkness and inspectedthe ruins of the city
  • 00:17:49.251 --> 00:17:53.088
  • by moonlight.
  • 00:17:53.122 --> 00:17:54.423
  • And the next day, he gatheredthe people and he said,
  • 00:17:54.456 --> 00:17:56.859
  • "'You see the distressthat we are in,
  • 00:17:56.892 --> 00:17:59.962
  • how Jerusalem lies waste andits gates are burned with fire?
  • 00:17:59.995 --> 00:18:04.233
  • Come, let us build the wallof Jerusalem that we may
  • 00:18:04.266 --> 00:18:07.569
  • no longer be a reproach,'and I told them
  • 00:18:07.603 --> 00:18:11.206
  • of the hand of my Godwhich had been good upon me."
  • 00:18:11.240 --> 00:18:15.010
  • Nehemiah declaredwith confidence:
  • 00:18:15.043 --> 00:18:16.979
  • "The God of heavenwill help us."
  • 00:18:17.012 --> 00:18:21.950
  • I believe with all of my heartthat the God of heaven
  • 00:18:21.984 --> 00:18:25.053
  • will grant successto his children
  • 00:18:25.087 --> 00:18:27.723
  • who seek for his willin their lives.
  • 00:18:27.756 --> 00:18:30.859
  • Remember,success doesn't mean health,
  • 00:18:30.893 --> 00:18:33.862
  • wealth, fame, or fortune.
  • 00:18:33.896 --> 00:18:35.697
  • When God uses the term"success," it means
  • 00:18:35.731 --> 00:18:38.233
  • the fulfillment of his planfor your life.
  • 00:18:38.267 --> 00:18:42.104
  • And you have to trust him,however that unfolds,
  • 00:18:42.137 --> 00:18:44.773
  • if you want to move forward.
  • 00:18:44.806 --> 00:18:46.608
  • So prepare your heartfor God's plan,
  • 00:18:46.642 --> 00:18:49.211
  • pray about your plansday and night,
  • 00:18:49.244 --> 00:18:51.680
  • practice spontaneous prayer,and prepare for God
  • 00:18:51.713 --> 00:18:55.517
  • to do things his way.
  • 00:18:55.551 --> 00:18:58.153
  • And then I want to add this:plead for overcoming strength
  • 00:18:58.187 --> 00:19:02.491
  • in overwhelming moments.
  • 00:19:02.524 --> 00:19:05.160
  • Have you had any overwhelmingmoments lately?
  • 00:19:05.194 --> 00:19:07.729
  • If you're praying your waythrough what God wants you
  • 00:19:07.763 --> 00:19:10.098
  • to do, that doesn't meanyou won't have any trouble,
  • 00:19:10.132 --> 00:19:13.135
  • that doesn't mean youwon't have any problems.
  • 00:19:13.168 --> 00:19:15.070
  • The devil will hurl his forcesagainst God's unfolding work
  • 00:19:15.103 --> 00:19:19.141
  • in your life, but let metell you something, friends.
  • 00:19:19.174 --> 00:19:22.778
  • Don't be bullied.Don't be intimidated.
  • 00:19:22.811 --> 00:19:25.414
  • Never let yourselfbe discouraged.
  • 00:19:25.447 --> 00:19:27.516
  • The devil will try to push youoff the road but the one
  • 00:19:27.549 --> 00:19:30.519
  • to whom you pray is the onebefore whom the devils tremble.
  • 00:19:30.552 --> 00:19:34.456
  • God will give youovercoming strength
  • 00:19:34.489 --> 00:19:38.060
  • for overwhelming moments.
  • 00:19:38.093 --> 00:19:41.430
  • That's what he didfor Nehemiah and, get this,
  • 00:19:41.463 --> 00:19:44.166
  • he and the residentsof Jerusalem finished the wall
  • 00:19:44.199 --> 00:19:47.336
  • in 52 days.
  • 00:19:47.369 --> 00:19:49.905
  • They rebuilt the wallsof Jerusalem in 52 days.
  • 00:19:49.938 --> 00:19:53.375
  • Only God could have done that.
  • 00:19:53.408 --> 00:19:55.811
  • Believe me, you can't go forwardin life without drenching
  • 00:19:55.844 --> 00:19:58.914
  • every step in prayer.
  • 00:19:58.947 --> 00:20:01.583
  • One of the greatest ships ofall time was the RMS Mauretania,
  • 00:20:01.617 --> 00:20:05.854
  • built in 1906.
  • 00:20:05.887 --> 00:20:07.756
  • It had a distinguished career,captured the world record
  • 00:20:07.789 --> 00:20:11.026
  • for crossing the Atlantic,served the British Navy
  • 00:20:11.059 --> 00:20:14.029
  • during World War I,and even today,
  • 00:20:14.062 --> 00:20:16.164
  • many of the furnishingsof the Mauretania are woven
  • 00:20:16.198 --> 00:20:19.601
  • into the interiors of someof the world's
  • 00:20:19.635 --> 00:20:21.870
  • most exclusive buildings.
  • 00:20:21.903 --> 00:20:24.306
  • Hidden away in historyis this interesting fact:
  • 00:20:24.339 --> 00:20:27.175
  • The Mauretania was builtby prayer.
  • 00:20:27.209 --> 00:20:30.345
  • The naval architect whoconstructed it would not put in
  • 00:20:30.379 --> 00:20:33.415
  • a single piece of that greatship without definitely
  • 00:20:33.448 --> 00:20:36.852
  • asking God to help him, and hewould not receive any part
  • 00:20:36.885 --> 00:20:40.322
  • of the machinery withouthaving the consciousness
  • 00:20:40.355 --> 00:20:42.924
  • that it had to be receivedfrom divine acceptance.
  • 00:20:42.958 --> 00:20:46.528
  • Thus the greatest shipin the world has been built
  • 00:20:46.561 --> 00:20:49.064
  • by making prayer a workingprinciple of life.
  • 00:20:49.097 --> 00:20:53.068
  • So let me ask you to do that.
  • 00:20:53.101 --> 00:20:55.137
  • Ask God for overcoming strengthin overwhelming moments.
  • 00:20:55.170 --> 00:20:58.240
  • Go forward in his power.
  • 00:20:58.273 --> 00:21:00.442
  • Remember, it's not your dreamGod wants, it's you.
  • 00:21:00.475 --> 00:21:04.246
  • Then could I just addthis final kind of postscript
  • 00:21:04.279 --> 00:21:07.449
  • to all of this?
  • 00:21:07.482 --> 00:21:09.618
  • Praise God for what he does.
  • 00:21:09.651 --> 00:21:12.587
  • You have one more opportunityto make prayer a part
  • 00:21:12.621 --> 00:21:15.324
  • of your future.
  • 00:21:15.357 --> 00:21:17.693
  • You have the privilegeof praising God
  • 00:21:17.726 --> 00:21:19.628
  • for his work in your life.
  • 00:21:19.661 --> 00:21:21.763
  • Nehemiah and the Jews inJerusalem finished the walls
  • 00:21:21.797 --> 00:21:25.000
  • so quickly they had timeon their hands so what's next?
  • 00:21:25.033 --> 00:21:29.471
  • Well, let's havea Bible conference.
  • 00:21:29.504 --> 00:21:31.673
  • With the securityof a walled city,
  • 00:21:31.707 --> 00:21:33.442
  • the Jewish settlers felt safegoing about their lives and,
  • 00:21:33.475 --> 00:21:36.378
  • furthermore, one section ofthe wall near the water gate
  • 00:21:36.411 --> 00:21:39.214
  • formed like a new public square.
  • 00:21:39.247 --> 00:21:42.317
  • So the word went out.
  • 00:21:42.351 --> 00:21:43.685
  • All the people are to cometo the water gate and Ezra
  • 00:21:43.719 --> 00:21:45.887
  • the priest stood on a platformbuilt for the occasion
  • 00:21:45.921 --> 00:21:48.423
  • and he praised the Godof heaven, and the crowd
  • 00:21:48.457 --> 00:21:50.826
  • lifted their hands upwardand shouted, "Amen, amen."
  • 00:21:50.859 --> 00:21:54.830
  • And when the wall was dedicated,great choirs marched
  • 00:21:54.863 --> 00:21:58.367
  • along the parapets leadingin worship and "on that day,
  • 00:21:58.400 --> 00:22:01.870
  • they offered great sacrifices,and rejoiced,
  • 00:22:01.903 --> 00:22:04.539
  • for God had made them rejoicewith great joy;
  • 00:22:04.573 --> 00:22:07.242
  • the women andthe children rejoiced,
  • 00:22:07.275 --> 00:22:09.411
  • so that the joy of Jerusalemwas heard afar off."
  • 00:22:09.444 --> 00:22:13.815
  • There's not anythingin the world like the joy
  • 00:22:13.849 --> 00:22:16.318
  • of watching God form andfulfill his plans for your life.
  • 00:22:16.351 --> 00:22:19.521
  • And it only happens as we steptoward our dreams
  • 00:22:19.554 --> 00:22:22.624
  • in his presence through prayer.
  • 00:22:22.657 --> 00:22:26.661
  • I began this messageby telling you about
  • 00:22:26.695 --> 00:22:28.830
  • the inimitable Leonora Wood.
  • 00:22:28.864 --> 00:22:31.466
  • Let me end with a special prayercomposed by her daughter,
  • 00:22:31.500 --> 00:22:34.770
  • Catherine Marshall.
  • 00:22:34.803 --> 00:22:36.671
  • This prayer was inspiredby her mother and was included
  • 00:22:36.705 --> 00:22:39.841
  • in Marshall's book,"Adventures in Prayer."
  • 00:22:39.875 --> 00:22:43.578
  • Both Catherine and Leonora arein heaven now,
  • 00:22:43.612 --> 00:22:46.882
  • but I'm sure they'll be thrilledif you make their prayer
  • 00:22:46.915 --> 00:22:50.051
  • your prayer.
  • 00:22:50.085 --> 00:22:52.020
  • Here it is: "Father, once,it seems so long ago now,
  • 00:22:52.053 --> 00:22:57.859
  • I had such big dreams, so muchanticipation of the future.
  • 00:22:57.893 --> 00:23:02.464
  • Now, no shimmering horizonbeckons me.
  • 00:23:02.497 --> 00:23:05.467
  • My days are lackluster.
  • 00:23:05.500 --> 00:23:07.702
  • Where is your planfor my life, Father?
  • 00:23:07.736 --> 00:23:11.072
  • You have told us thatwithout vision we perish,
  • 00:23:11.106 --> 00:23:13.642
  • so, Father in heaven, knowingthat I can ask in confidence,
  • 00:23:13.675 --> 00:23:16.678
  • what is your expressedwill to give me?
  • 00:23:16.711 --> 00:23:19.581
  • I ask you to deposit in my mindand heart the particular dream,
  • 00:23:19.614 --> 00:23:23.418
  • the special vision,you have for my life.
  • 00:23:23.452 --> 00:23:26.922
  • And along with the dream,will you give me whatever graces
  • 00:23:26.955 --> 00:23:29.658
  • and patience and staminait takes to see the dream
  • 00:23:29.691 --> 00:23:34.362
  • through to fruition?
  • 00:23:34.396 --> 00:23:36.198
  • I sense that this may involveadventures I have not
  • 00:23:36.231 --> 00:23:38.233
  • bargained for, but I wantto trust you, God.
  • 00:23:38.266 --> 00:23:41.670
  • I want to trust you enoughto follow,
  • 00:23:41.703 --> 00:23:43.972
  • even if you leadalong new paths.
  • 00:23:44.005 --> 00:23:46.508
  • So, Lord, if you have to breakdown any prisons of mine
  • 00:23:46.541 --> 00:23:49.311
  • before I can see the starsand catch the vision,
  • 00:23:49.344 --> 00:23:52.647
  • then, Lord, beginthe process now.
  • 00:23:52.681 --> 00:23:54.916
  • In joyous expectation, amen."
  • 00:23:54.950 --> 00:23:58.386
  • And I guess I would say to youas they would say to you,
  • 00:23:58.420 --> 00:24:02.724
  • "I dare you to pray that prayer.
  • 00:24:02.757 --> 00:24:04.826
  • I dare you to bring Godinto your life and make him
  • 00:24:04.860 --> 00:24:07.429
  • the focus of what you doand who you are.
  • 00:24:07.462 --> 00:24:09.965
  • He's your Creator andwhen he gives you a dream,
  • 00:24:09.998 --> 00:24:13.535
  • you have to consultwith your Creator
  • 00:24:13.568 --> 00:24:15.937
  • and he will lead youto the realization of everything
  • 00:24:15.971 --> 00:24:20.408
  • God puts in your heart to do,amen."
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  • female announcer: Dr. Jeremiahwill return in a moment
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  • with one more inspirational wordto close today's program
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  • right after this.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • male announcer: Thank youfor watching today.
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  • Did you know that this programis just one part of the ministry
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  • of Turning Point,which is committed
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  • to delivering the unchangingWord of God
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  • to an ever-changing world?
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  • This program is only possiblebecause of the generous
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  • and faithful supportof viewers like you.
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  • When you support the ministryof Turning Point,
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  • you partner with us to reachacross the world with the gospel
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  • and with the strong Bibleteaching of Dr. Jeremiah
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  • through television, radio,print, and digital ministry
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  • in several languages andto multiple generations.
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  • Please consider supportingthis program
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  • and the worldwide ministryof Turning Point.
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  • When you do, Dr. Jeremiahwill thank you
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  • by sending his new book,"Forward: Discovering
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  • God's Presence and Purposein Your Tomorrow."
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  • And if you give $75 or more,he will send you in appreciation
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  • his comprehensive "Forward" set.
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  • announcer: And now,with one last word
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  • for today's program,here is Dr. Jeremiah.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: If you're seriousabout moving forward,
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  • there is one crucial stepto complete first.
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  • It's step one of this process:knowing Christ
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  • as your personalLord and Savior.
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  • I hope you're walking stronglywith Christ because faith
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  • in Christ is the starting blockthat will keep
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  • propelling you forward.
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  • But perhaps youdon't know Christ.
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  • If that's the case, I would liketo introduce you to him today.
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  • Please allow me to send youtwo free resources.
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  • The first is a booklet called,"Your Greatest Turning Point,"
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  • and the second is our monthlydevotional magazine,
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  • "Turning Points."
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  • These resources are yours,completely free,
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  • when you contact"Turning Point" today.
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  • announcer: Also availablefrom Dr. Jeremiah,
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  • the Jeremiah Study Bible,the culmination of more than
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  • four decades of Dr. Jeremiah'sstudy and teaching,
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  • available in NKJV, NIV, and ESV.
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  • Plus, Dr. Jeremiah's"Airship Genesis"
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  • kid's study Bible forthe young ones in your life.
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  • Order a Bible for yourself oras a gift for someone you know.
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  • Contact Turning Point today.
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  • Next time on "Turning Point."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: WheneverI find myself straying,
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  • I feel these principlespulling me back into line.
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  • That's what a priority will do.
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  • When you choose something andmake it number one in your life,
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  • it will constantly be thereand when you walk away from it
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  • a little bit, it'll be likea magnet pulling you back.
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  • announcer: Thank youfor being with us today.
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  • Join us next time asDr. Jeremiah challenges you
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  • to diminish your distractionsand choose
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  • that which is most important,
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  • here on "Turning Point."
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