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Practice The Principles Of Powerful Praying

Watch Practice The Principles Of Powerful Praying
February 17, 2021
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Successful and significant people learn how to unleash the supernatural power of prayer in their lives. According to James 5:16-18; Elijah is Exhibit “A” of effective and powerful praying.

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  • ♪ MUSIC
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  • [ANNOUNCER] FROM THE PULPIT
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  • OF THE FIRST BAPTISTCHURCH OF DALLAS, TEXAS,
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  • THIS IS "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
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  • HI, I'M ROBERT JEFFRESS,
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  • AND WELCOME AGAIN TO"PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
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  • AS A CHURCHGOER, YOU'VELIKELY HEARD YOUR PASTOR
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  • GIVE PERSUASIVE ARGUMENTSABOUT THE POWER OF PRAYER,
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  • AND THERE'S PLENTY OF SCRIPTURETO AFFIRM THAT'S TRUE.
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  • BUT DO YOU HONESTLYFEEL LIKE YOUR PRAYERS
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  • MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE?
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  • OVER THE PAST FEW WEEKS,
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  • WE'VE BEEN LOOKING AT THEREMARKABLE STORY OF ELIJAH.
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  • HIS DRAMATIC AND EFFECTIVEPRAYER ON MOUNT CARMEL
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  • UNVEILS YET ANOTHER SECRET
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  • FOR ATTAINING ANEXTRAORDINARY LIFE.
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  • MY MESSAGE IS TITLED
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  • "PRACTICE THE PRINCIPLESOF POWERFUL PRAYING"
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  • ON TODAY'S EDITION OF"PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
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  • ♪ MUSIC
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  • [ANNOUNCER] LIFE IS RICH
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  • WHEN IT'S FILLED WITHPURPOSE AND MEANING.
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  • ALL OF US LONG FOR SUCCESS,SIGNIFICANCE, AND SATISFACTION,
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  • BUT THE REAL QUESTIONIS, HOW DO WE GET THERE?
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  • IN HIS BESTSELLING BOOK,"CHOOSING THE EXTRAORDINARY
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  • LIFE," DR. ROBERT JEFFRESSOUTLINES SEVEN BIBLICAL
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  • PRINCIPLES FOR TRANSFORMING ANORDINARY EXISTENCE
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  • INTO AN EXTRAORDINARY LIFE.
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  • NO MATTER WHAT YOURAGE OR STAGE OF LIFE,
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  • GOD CAN USE YOU TODO GREAT THINGS.
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  • REQUEST YOUR COPY OF "CHOOSINGTHE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE"
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  • WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUSGIFT TO "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
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  • ♪ MUSIC
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  • A LOCAL BAPTIST CHURCH WASADAMANTLY OPPOSED TO A BAR
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  • THAT WAS BEING CONSTRUCTEDIN THEIR LITTLE TOWN.
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  • NOT KNOWING WHAT ELSE TO DO,
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  • THEY DECIDED TO HAVE ANALL-NIGHT PRAYER MEETING
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  • TO PRAY AGAINST THE BAR,
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  • AND NOT LONG AFTER THEIRPRAYER MEETING BROKE UP,
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  • LIGHTNING STRUCK THE BARTHAT WAS UNDER CONSTRUCTION,
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  • AND ABSOLUTELYCONSUMED IT IN FIRE.
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  • THE BAR OWNER WAS FURIOUS,
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  • AND HE LAUNCHED A LAWSUITAGAINST THE CHURCH,
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  • CLAIMING THEY WERE RESPONSIBLE.
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  • THE CHURCH HIRED AN ATTORNEY,
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  • CLAIMING THEY HAD NORESPONSIBILITY WHATSOEVER
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  • FOR THE LOSS OF THE BAR.
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  • THE JUDGE PRESIDINGOVER THE CASE SAID,
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  • "I DON'T KNOW HOW THISIS GOING TO TURN OUT,
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  • BUT ONE THING IS CLEAR:
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  • THE BAR OWNER BELIEVESIN THE POWER OF PRAYER
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  • AND THE CHURCH DOES NOT."
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  • (CONGREGANTS LAUGHING)
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  • YOU KNOW, TOO MANY OFUS, LIKE THE PASTOR,
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  • HAVE A PHILOSOPHY, WHENALL ELSE FAILS, PRAY.
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  • BUT FOR THE PROPHET ELIJAH,
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  • PRAYER WAS NOT A LAST RESORT.
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  • IT WAS THE FIRST LINE OF ACTION
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  • AGAINST IMPOSSIBLE SITUATIONS,
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  • AND THAT'S WHY ELIJAH
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  • WAS SUCH ANEXTRAORDINARY PERSON.
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  • EVEN THOUGH HE WASAN ORDINARY MAN,
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  • GOD USED HIM IN ANEXTRAORDINARY WAY,
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  • AND THAT'S WHAT WE'REGOING TO TALK ABOUT
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  • TODAY AND NEXT TIME,
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  • ABOUT HOW ELIJAH IS A PERFECTDEMONSTRATION OF SOMEONE
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  • WHO UNLEASHED THE POWEROF PRAYER IN HIS LIFE.
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  • OUR STUDY OF ELIJAH HAS BROUGHTUS TO 1 KINGS 18.
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  • IF YOU HAVE YOURBIBLES, TURN THERE.
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  • WE'VE COME NOW TO THEMOST FAMILIAR EPISODE
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  • IN ELIJAH'S LIFE.
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  • WHEN PEOPLE THINK OF ELIJAH,THIS IS WHAT THEY THINK OF,
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  • THE FAMOUS CONTEST BETWEEN THEGODS ON TOP OF MOUNT CARMEL.
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  • THE REAL FOCUS OF THISSTORY IS ELIJAH'S PRAYER
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  • THAT BROUGHT DOWNTHE FIRE OF HEAVEN.
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  • YES, ELIJAH IS TO BECOMMENDED FOR HIS COURAGE
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  • IN CONFRONTING THESEPROPHETS OF BAAL AND ASHERAH.
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  • AFTER ALL, HE WAS OUTNUMBERED 850 TO ONE,
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  • BUT THE REASON WE'RETALKING ABOUT THIS STORY
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  • ALMOST 3.000 YEARSAFTER IT HAPPENED
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  • WAS NOT BECAUSE OFELIJAH'S COURAGE,
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  • BUT BECAUSE OF HIS FAITHIN THE POWER OF PRAYER.
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  • AND SO, TODAY AND NEXT TIME,
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  • AS WE TALK ABOUTPOWERFUL PRAYING,
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  • WE'RE GOING TO LOOK AT THEPRELUDE, THE PREREQUISITES,
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  • THE PRINCIPLES, AND THEPRACTICE OF POWERFUL PRAYING.
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  • HOW'S THAT FOR AN ALLITERATION?
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  • BUT HOPEFULLY IT'S SOMETHINGTHAT YOU'LL REMEMBER.
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  • LET'S FIRST OF ALL LOOK AT THEPRELUDE TO POWERFUL PRAYING.
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  • REMEMBER, THE FOLLOWERS, THEPROPHETS OF BAAL AND ASHERAH,
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  • ASHERAH WAS THE FEMALECOMPANION OF BAAL,
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  • THESE PROPHETS OFTHESE FALSE GODS
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  • WERE SINCERE IN THEIR BELIEFS.
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  • THEY WERE AS SINCEREIN THEIR BELIEFS
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  • AS ELIJAH WAS IN HISBELIEF IN THE TRUE GOD.
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  • THEY WERE SINCERE, BUTTHEY WERE SINCERELY WRONG.
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  • SINCERITY IS NOT THE KEYTO BEING RIGHT IN LIFE.
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  • YOU'VE GOT TO BE SURE YOURFAITH IS IN THE RIGHT OBJECT.
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  • THEY WERE SINCERELYWRONG IN THEIR BELIEF
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  • IN THE POWER OF BAAL,
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  • AND SO GOD WANTED TO CLEAR UPTHE MATTER ONCE AND FOR ALL,
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  • AND HE MOVED IN ELIJAH'SHEART TO PROPOSE THIS CONTEST
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  • ON THE TOP OF MOUNT CARMEL.
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  • UNDER GOD'S DIRECTION,
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  • ELIJAH TOLD TOLDAHAB AND JEZEBEL
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  • AND THE PROPHETSOF BAAL AND ASHERAH
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  • AND THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL
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  • TO ASSEMBLE ON MOUNT CARMEL,
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  • WHERE THEY WOULD HAVETHIS CONTEST BETWEENBAAL AND JEHOVAH.
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  • THE RULES OF THE CONTESTWERE VERY SIMPLE.
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  • ELIJAH STOOD ON ONE SIDE.
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  • THE 850 PROPHETS OF BAAL ANDASHERAH STOOD ON THE OTHER.
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  • EACH WOULD TAKE ANOX AND CUT IT UP
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  • AND PUT IT ON THEIRRESPECTIVE ALTARS
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  • WITHOUT LIGHTING THE FIRE.
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  • NOW, LOOK AT VERSE 24.
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  • ELIJAH SAID, "THEN YOU,"THAT IS, PROPHETS OF BAAL,
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  • "CALL ON THE NAME OF YOUR GOD,
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  • AND I WILL CALL ONTHE NAME OF THE LORD
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  • AND THE GOD WHO ANSWERSBY FIRE, HE IS GOD."
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  • AND ALL OF THE PEOPLEANSWERED AND SAID,
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  • "THAT'S A GOOD IDEA."
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  • VERSE 25. "SO ELIJAHSAID TO THE PROPHETS OF BAAL,
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  • "CHOOSE ONE OX FOR YOURSELVESAND PREPARE IT FIRST,
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  • FOR YOU ARE MANY,
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  • AND CALL ON THE NAME OF YOURGOD, BUT PUT NO FIRE UNDER IT."
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  • THEN THEY TOOK THE OXWHICH WAS GIVEN THEM,
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  • AND THEY PREPARED IT,
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  • AND THEY CALLED ON THE NAME OFBAAL FROM MORNING UNTIL NOON,
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  • THAT'S FROM NINEA.M. UNTIL NOON,
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  • "SAYING, "O BAAL, ANSWER US."
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  • BUT THERE WAS NO VOICE,AND NO ONE ANSWERED.
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  • AND THEY LEAPED ABOUT THEALTAR, WHICH THEY MADE."
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  • WHAT IS TRUE OF BAAL ISTRUE OF ALL FALSE GODS,
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  • WHETHER THOSE GODS ARENAMED MONEY, CAREER, SEX,
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  • WHATEVER THE FALSE GOD IS, THATGOD IS ABSOLUTELY POWERLESS
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  • TO HEAR OUR VOICE ANDTO ANSWER OUR PRAYERS.
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  • THE PSALMIST WROTE ABOUTTHE IMPOTENCE OF FALSE GODS
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  • IN PSALM 115, BEGINNINGWITH VERSE 4.
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  • "THEIR IDOLS ARE SILVER ANDGOLD, THE WORK OF MAN'S HANDS.
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  • THEY HAVE MOUTHS, BUTTHEY CANNOT SPEAK.
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  • THEY HAVE EYES, BUTTHEY CANNOT SEE.
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  • THEY HAVE EARS, BUTTHEY CANNOT HEAR.
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  • THEY HAVE NOSES, BUTTHEY CANNOT SMELL.
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  • THEY HAVE HANDS, BUTTHEY CANNOT FEEL.
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  • THEY HAVE FEET, BUTTHEY CANNOT WALK.
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  • THEY CANNOT MAKE A SOUNDWITH THEIR THROAT."
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  • YOU HAVE THESE FALSE PROPHETSBEGGING BAAL TO ANSWER THEM,
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  • BUT HE DOESN'T ANSWERFROM NINE UNTIL NOON.
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  • NOW, REMEMBER, NOON WAS WHENTHE SUN SHONE THE BRIGHTEST.
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  • CERTAINLY THIS COULDHAVE BEEN A TIME
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  • FOR AN INSTANTANEOUS FIRETO LAP UP THEIR SACRIFICE,
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  • BUT IT DIDN'T HAPPEN.
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  • LOOK AT VERSE 27.
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  • "AND IT CAME ABOUT AT NOONTHAT ELIJAH MOCKED THEM."
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  • ELIJAH DECIDED TO HAVE SOMEFUN WITH THESE FALSE PROPHETS.
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  • WELL, THAT MOCKING JUSTSENT THEM INTO A FRENZY.
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  • VERSE 28. THEY STARTEDYELLING LOUDER.
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  • THEY STARTED CUTTING THEMSELVES,
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  • ENGAGING IN SELF-MUTILATION,
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  • THINKING THAT BAAL WOULD BEIMPRESSED BY ALL OF THAT.
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  • LOOK AT VERSE 29.
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  • "AND IT CAME ABOUTWHEN MIDDAY WAS PASSED,
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  • THAT THEY RAVED UNTIL THE TIME
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  • OF THE OFFERING OFTHE EVENING SACRIFICE,
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  • BUT THERE WAS NO VOICE.
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  • NO ONE ANSWERED, ANDNO ONE PAID ATTENTION."
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  • AND NOW IT'S ELIJAH'STURN. VERSE 30.
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  • "THEN ELIJAH SAIDTO ALL THE PEOPLE,
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  • "COME NEAR TO ME."
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  • SO ALL THE PEOPLECAME NEAR TO HIM,
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  • AND HE REPAIRED THEALTAR OF THE LORD."
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  • LITERALLY, HE HEALEDTHE ALTAR OF THE LORD,
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  • WHICH HAD BEEN TORN DOWN.
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  • THEN VERSE 31."AND ELIJAH TOOK 12 STONES
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  • ACCORDING TO THE NUMBER OF THETRIBES OF THE SONS OF JACOB,
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  • TO WHOM THE WORD OFTHE LORD HAD COME,
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  • SAYING, "ISRAELSHALL BE YOUR NAME."
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  • AND SO WITH THOSE STONES,
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  • HE BUILT AN ALTAR INTHE NAME OF THE LORD,
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  • AND HE MADE A TRENCHAROUND THE ALTAR
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  • LARGE ENOUGH TO HOLDTWO MEASURES OF SEED."
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  • WE UNDERSTAND WHYHE BUILT THE ALTAR,
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  • TO PUT THE SACRIFICE ON IT.
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  • BUT WHY DID HE BUILD ATRENCH AROUND THAT ALTAR?
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  • ELIJAH ORDERED THESERVANTS TO GO DOWN
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  • TO THE NEARBY MEDITERRANEAN SEA
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  • AND BRING WATER UP AND THEDOUSE THAT OX IN WATER,
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  • AND THEN ELIJAH ORDEREDTHEM TO DO IT A SECOND TIME
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  • AND A THIRD TIME, UNTILTHERE WAS SO MUCH WATER
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  • THAT IT WASOVERFLOWING THE ALTAR
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  • AND FILLED UP THETRENCH AROUND THE ALTAR.
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  • WHAT ELIJAH WAS SAYING WAS,
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  • "I'M GOING TO MAKE THIS ASDIFFICULT AS POSSIBLE,
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  • SO THAT WHEN THIS FIRE COMES,
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  • THERE'LL BE NO DOUBTWHERE IT CAME FROM."
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  • AND THAT'S THE PRELUDETO POWERFUL PRAYING.
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  • THE PRELUDE TO POWERFUL PRAYING
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  • IS A DIFFICULT,IMPOSSIBLE SITUATION.
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  • AND THAT'S WHAT WE SEEBEING CREATED HERE,
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  • A DIFFICULT SITUATION.
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  • YOU KNOW, GOD DOES NOT DESPAIROVER DIFFICULT SITUATIONS.
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  • HE DELIGHTS IN THEM,
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  • BECAUSE DIFFICULT SITUATIONSARE AN OPPORTUNITY
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  • FOR GOD TO PROVIDE AND PROVEHIS SUPERNATURAL POWER.
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  • THE PRELUDE TO POWERFUL PRAYINGIS AN IMPOSSIBLE SITUATION.
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  • NOW, BEFORE WE SEE HOW GODANSWERED ELIJAH'S PRAYER
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  • IN A SPECTACULAR WAY,
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  • LET'S LOOK AT THE PREREQUISITESTO POWERFUL PRAYING.
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  • BEFORE WE CAN EXPECT GODTO ANSWER POWERFULLY,
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  • THERE ARE SOME CONDITIONSTO POWERFUL PRAYING.
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  • YOU KNOW, PAGANSTHINK A CERTAIN WAY,
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  • AND SO THEY PRAY A CERTAIN WAY.
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  • JESUS TALKED ABOUTTHAT IN MATTHEW 6 :7 -8,
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  • HE CONTRASTED THE WAYGENTILES OR PAGANS PRAYED,
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  • AND THE WAY WE SHOULD PRAY.
  • 00:11:08.124 --> 00:11:09.792
  • LOOK AT VERSES 7 AND 8.
  • 00:11:09.792 --> 00:11:11.060
  • "WHEN YOU ARE PRAYING,
  • 00:11:11.060 --> 00:11:12.528
  • DO NOT USE MEANINGLESSREPETITION AS THE GENTILES DO,
  • 00:11:12.528 --> 00:11:19.068
  • FOR THEY SUPPOSE THATTHEY WILL BE HEARD
  • 00:11:19.068 --> 00:11:21.871
  • FOR THEIR MANY WORDS.
  • 00:11:21.871 --> 00:11:24.607
  • THEREFORE, DO NOT BE LIKE THEM,
  • 00:11:24.607 --> 00:11:27.076
  • FOR YOUR FATHER KNOWS WHATYOU NEED BEFORE YOU ASK HIM."
  • 00:11:27.076 --> 00:11:34.049
  • I KNOW I SHOULDN'T BE LIKE THIS,
  • 00:11:34.049 --> 00:11:36.185
  • BUT SOMETIMES WHEN I'MIN A GROUP PRAYER MEETING
  • 00:11:36.185 --> 00:11:38.687
  • AND I HEAR SOMEBODY DRONINGON AND ON AND ON AND ON,
  • 00:11:38.687 --> 00:11:44.927
  • I SECRETLY WONDERIF GOD IS AS BORED
  • 00:11:44.927 --> 00:11:47.029
  • -AS I AM LISTENING TO THEM.-(CONGREGANTS LAUGHING)
  • 00:11:47.029 --> 00:11:49.632
  • I MEAN, SOMETIMES I PICTUREGOD SITTING UP IN HEAVEN,
  • 00:11:49.632 --> 00:11:51.734
  • LOOKING AT HIS WATCH, SAYING,
  • 00:11:51.734 --> 00:11:53.202
  • "HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO LISTENTO THIS AND BE POLITE?"
  • 00:11:53.202 --> 00:11:57.406
  • IF YOU THINK THAT'SSACRILEGIOUS,
  • 00:11:57.406 --> 00:11:58.908
  • LOOK AT WHAT JESUSIS SAYING HERE.
  • 00:11:58.908 --> 00:12:01.510
  • GOD IS NOT IMPRESSED BY THENUMBER OF WORDS WE OFFER.
  • 00:12:01.510 --> 00:12:07.817
  • HE'S NOT IMPRESSED BY THECHOICE OF WORDS WE OFFER.
  • 00:12:07.817 --> 00:12:11.620
  • SOME PEOPLE THINKEFFECTIVE PRAYING
  • 00:12:11.620 --> 00:12:13.522
  • IS JUST STRINGING TOGETHERA LIST OF THEOLOGICAL WORDS,
  • 00:12:13.522 --> 00:12:17.226
  • AND THAT SOMEHOW GOD ISIMPRESSED BY OUR VOCABULARY.
  • 00:12:17.226 --> 00:12:20.863
  • NO, THE KEY, JESUS SAID,TO POWERFUL PRAYING
  • 00:12:20.863 --> 00:12:24.266
  • IS NOT THE NUMBER OF WORDSOR THE CHOICE OF WORDS,
  • 00:12:24.266 --> 00:12:27.570
  • BUT THERE ARE THREE CONDITIONS
  • 00:12:27.570 --> 00:12:29.972
  • OR PREREQUISITES TOPOWERFUL PRAYING.
  • 00:12:29.972 --> 00:12:32.842
  • WHAT ARE THEY?
  • 00:12:32.842 --> 00:12:34.076
  • NUMBER ONE, A RIGHTRELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.
  • 00:12:34.076 --> 00:12:37.580
  • POWERFUL PRAYER BEGINS WITH ARIGHT RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.
  • 00:12:37.580 --> 00:12:41.917
  • IN JAMES 5:16, JAMES SAID,
  • 00:12:41.917 --> 00:12:43.986
  • "THE EFFECTIVE PRAYEROF A RIGHTEOUS MAN,"
  • 00:12:43.986 --> 00:12:47.957
  • A RIGHTEOUS PERSON,"CAN ACCOMPLISH MUCH."
  • 00:12:47.957 --> 00:12:51.627
  • HE COULD HAVE BEENREFERRING TO ABRAHAM,
  • 00:12:51.627 --> 00:12:53.829
  • WHO WAS A FRIEND OF GOD.
  • 00:12:53.829 --> 00:12:55.931
  • HE COULD HAVE BEENTALKING ABOUT DAVID,
  • 00:12:55.931 --> 00:12:58.167
  • A MAN AFTER GOD'S OWN HEART.
  • 00:12:58.167 --> 00:13:00.836
  • BUT HE WASN'T. HE WASTALKING ABOUT ELIJAH.
  • 00:13:00.836 --> 00:13:04.506
  • IF YOU READ JAMES 5, YOU'LLFIND IN THE NEXT VERSE,
  • 00:13:04.506 --> 00:13:07.443
  • HE USES ELIJAH AS THEEXAMPLE OF A RIGHTEOUS PERSON
  • 00:13:07.443 --> 00:13:11.847
  • WHOSE PRAYER ACCOMPLISHES MUCH.
  • 00:13:11.847 --> 00:13:15.818
  • SO WHAT DOES IT MEANTO BE RIGHTEOUS?
  • 00:13:15.818 --> 00:13:18.487
  • WELL, IT MEANS TO BE IN ARIGHT RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.
  • 00:13:18.487 --> 00:13:24.927
  • THAT'S WHAT RIGHTEOUS MEANS,A RIGHT RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.
  • 00:13:24.927 --> 00:13:27.396
  • NOW, THIS IS GOING TO MAKE THEBIBLE A LOT CLEARER TO YOU
  • 00:13:27.396 --> 00:13:30.165
  • IF YOU'LL REMEMBER THIS.
  • 00:13:30.165 --> 00:13:31.400
  • PEOPLE TRIP OVER THISWORD, RIGHTEOUSNESS.
  • 00:13:31.400 --> 00:13:34.203
  • THE BIBLE USES RIGHTEOUSNESSIN TWO DISTINCT WAYS.
  • 00:13:34.203 --> 00:13:40.609
  • SOMETIMES WHEN YOU READ THEWORD RIGHTEOUS OR RIGHTEOUSNESS,
  • 00:13:40.609 --> 00:13:43.212
  • IT'S TALKING ABOUT OURJUDICIAL RIGHTEOUSNESS.
  • 00:13:43.212 --> 00:13:47.683
  • BEFORE WE ARE SAVED, WEARE GUILTY BEFORE GOD,
  • 00:13:47.683 --> 00:13:51.587
  • DESERVING HELL,
  • 00:13:51.587 --> 00:13:53.088
  • BUT THE MOMENT WE TRUST IN JESUS
  • 00:13:53.088 --> 00:13:55.824
  • AND JESUS ALONEFOR OUR SALVATION,
  • 00:13:55.824 --> 00:13:58.260
  • IN THE GREATCOURTROOM OF HEAVEN,
  • 00:13:58.260 --> 00:13:59.962
  • GOD SWINGS THE GAVEL DOWNAND DECLARES US NOT GUILTY.
  • 00:13:59.962 --> 00:14:06.168
  • OUR JUDICIAL RIGHTEOUSNESSJUST DOESN'T GIVE US
  • 00:14:06.168 --> 00:14:07.636
  • A RIGHT STANDING BEFORE GOD,
  • 00:14:07.636 --> 00:14:09.305
  • IT GIVES US ARELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.
  • 00:14:09.305 --> 00:14:11.707
  • IN FACT, IN GALATIANS 4:6 AND7, PAUL EXPLAINS IT THIS WAY.
  • 00:14:11.707 --> 00:14:15.377
  • HE SAID, "BECAUSE YOU ARE SONS,
  • 00:14:15.377 --> 00:14:17.246
  • GOD HAS SENT FORTH THE SPIRITOF HIS SON INTO OUR HEARTS,
  • 00:14:17.246 --> 00:14:20.816
  • CRYING, "ABBA, FATHER!"
  • 00:14:20.816 --> 00:14:23.986
  • THEREFORE, YOU ARE NOLONGER A SLAVE, BUT A SON,
  • 00:14:23.986 --> 00:14:27.856
  • AND IF A SON, THENAN HEIR THROUGH GOD."
  • 00:14:27.856 --> 00:14:31.827
  • THAT GIVES US CONFIDENCEIN COMING TO GOD.
  • 00:14:31.827 --> 00:14:34.496
  • HE IS OUR DADDY, OUR PAPA.
  • 00:14:34.496 --> 00:14:36.999
  • IN FACT, WE ARE ON THE VERYSAME LEVEL WITH GOD, PAUL SAYS,
  • 00:14:36.999 --> 00:14:41.003
  • AS GOD'S OWN SON, THELORD JESUS CHRIST.
  • 00:14:41.003 --> 00:14:44.473
  • WHEN THE BIBLE SAYS ELIJAHWAS A RIGHTEOUS MAN,
  • 00:14:44.473 --> 00:14:48.544
  • IT FIRST OF ALL REFERRED TOHIS JUDICIAL RIGHTEOUSNESS.
  • 00:14:48.544 --> 00:14:51.714
  • HE WAS IN A RIGHTSTANDING WITH GOD
  • 00:14:51.714 --> 00:14:55.718
  • BECAUSE OF HIS FAITHIN GOD'S FORGIVENESS.
  • 00:14:55.718 --> 00:14:58.554
  • BUT THAT TERM RIGHTEOUSNESSHAS A SECOND USE IN THE BIBLE.
  • 00:14:58.554 --> 00:15:02.891
  • BEYOND JUDICIAL RIGHTEOUSNESS,
  • 00:15:02.891 --> 00:15:04.927
  • IT SOMETIMES REFERS TOETHICAL RIGHTEOUSNESS,
  • 00:15:04.927 --> 00:15:09.231
  • OR SOMETIMES I CALL ITPRACTICAL RIGHTEOUSNESS.
  • 00:15:09.231 --> 00:15:12.368
  • IT'S THE WAY WE ACTAFTER WE'RE SAVED.
  • 00:15:12.368 --> 00:15:15.738
  • JUDICIAL RIGHTEOUSNESS REFERS TO
  • 00:15:15.738 --> 00:15:17.973
  • OUR RIGHT STANDING BEFORE GOD.
  • 00:15:17.973 --> 00:15:21.744
  • ETHICAL RIGHTEOUSNESS REFERSTO OUR RIGHT ACTING BEFORE GOD,
  • 00:15:21.744 --> 00:15:28.417
  • AND THAT LEADS TO ASECOND PREREQUISITEFOR ANSWERED PRAYER,
  • 00:15:28.417 --> 00:15:31.587
  • OBEDIENCE TO GOD'S COMMANDS.
  • 00:15:31.587 --> 00:15:34.957
  • MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT.
  • 00:15:34.957 --> 00:15:37.526
  • GOD HEARS AND ANSWERS THEPRAYERS OF THOSE WHO OBEY HIM,
  • 00:15:37.526 --> 00:15:42.398
  • AND HE TURNS AWAYFROM THE PRAYERS OFTHOSE WHO DISOBEY HIM.
  • 00:15:42.398 --> 00:15:47.302
  • IN 1 PETER 3:11, REMEMBER, THEWORD OF GOD SAYS,
  • 00:15:47.302 --> 00:15:50.973
  • "TURN AWAY FROMEVIL AND DO GOOD."
  • 00:15:50.973 --> 00:15:54.910
  • VERSE 12 SAYS, "FORTHE EYES OF THE LORD
  • 00:15:54.910 --> 00:15:57.713
  • ARE UPON THE RIGHTEOUS
  • 00:15:57.713 --> 00:15:59.681
  • AND HIS EARS ATTENDTO THEIR PRAYER,
  • 00:15:59.681 --> 00:16:02.251
  • BUT THE FACE OF THE LORD ISAGAINST THOSE WHO DO EVIL."
  • 00:16:02.251 --> 00:16:08.724
  • DISOBEDIENCE TO GOD'SWILL AND POWERFUL PRAYING,
  • 00:16:08.724 --> 00:16:12.861
  • THEY DON'T MIX TOGETHER,
  • 00:16:12.861 --> 00:16:14.663
  • AND ONE REASON
  • 00:16:14.663 --> 00:16:16.165
  • PEOPLE DON'T EXPERIENCEOBEDIENCE TO THEIR PRAYERS
  • 00:16:16.165 --> 00:16:19.068
  • IS BECAUSE OF DISOBEDIENCEIN THEIR LIFE.
  • 00:16:19.068 --> 00:16:22.905
  • GOD HONORS THE PRAYEROF THE RIGHTEOUS.
  • 00:16:22.905 --> 00:16:25.741
  • PASTOR, ARE YOU SAYINGYOU HAVE TO BE PERFECT
  • 00:16:25.741 --> 00:16:28.143
  • IN ORDER FOR GOD TOANSWER YOUR PRAYER?
  • 00:16:28.143 --> 00:16:30.012
  • NO.
  • 00:16:30.012 --> 00:16:31.213
  • WHEN I TALK ABOUTETHICAL RIGHTEOUSNESS,
  • 00:16:31.213 --> 00:16:33.382
  • I'M NOT TALKINGABOUT PERFECTION.
  • 00:16:33.382 --> 00:16:35.451
  • THAT'S IMPOSSIBLE FOR ANY OF US,
  • 00:16:35.451 --> 00:16:37.886
  • BUT ETHICAL PRACTICALRIGHTEOUSNESSINVOLVES TWO THINGS.
  • 00:16:37.886 --> 00:16:41.390
  • WRITE THEM DOWN.
  • 00:16:41.390 --> 00:16:42.891
  • FIRST OF ALL, IT INVOLVES THEPRIMARY DESIRE OF OUR LIFE.
  • 00:16:42.891 --> 00:16:47.062
  • THE PRIMARY DESIRE OF OUR LIFE.
  • 00:16:47.062 --> 00:16:49.832
  • SOMEBODY WHO IS TRULYRIGHTEOUS HAS MADE PLEASING GOD
  • 00:16:49.832 --> 00:16:54.470
  • THE FOCUS OF HIS LIFE.
  • 00:16:54.470 --> 00:16:56.772
  • YOU KNOW, IN 2 CORINTHIANS5:9, PAUL SAYS,
  • 00:16:56.772 --> 00:16:59.108
  • "THEREFORE, WHETHERWE'RE AT HOME OR ABSENT,
  • 00:16:59.108 --> 00:17:02.778
  • OUR DESIRE, OUR AMBITIONIS TO BE PLEASING TO HIM."
  • 00:17:02.778 --> 00:17:09.118
  • SOMEBODY WHO IS RIGHTEOUS HASAS HIS PRIMARY DESIRE IN LIFE
  • 00:17:09.118 --> 00:17:13.355
  • THE DESIRE TO PLEASE GOD.
  • 00:17:13.355 --> 00:17:14.990
  • DOESN'T MEAN HEALWAYS PULLS IT OFF
  • 00:17:14.990 --> 00:17:17.493
  • BUT HE ALWAYS WANTSTO PULL IT OFF.
  • 00:17:17.493 --> 00:17:20.095
  • SECONDLY, PRACTICALRIGHTEOUSNESS REFERS TO
  • 00:17:20.095 --> 00:17:23.699
  • THE PRIMARY DIRECTIONOF OUR LIFE.
  • 00:17:23.699 --> 00:17:27.369
  • ARE WE MOVING TOWARDGOD OR AWAY FROM GOD?
  • 00:17:27.369 --> 00:17:31.940
  • YOU KNOW, I HEARD DAVIDJEREMIAH SAY RECENTLY,
  • 00:17:31.940 --> 00:17:34.343
  • "THE CHRISTIAN LIFE ISLIKE RIDING A BICYCLE.
  • 00:17:34.343 --> 00:17:38.213
  • YOU'RE EITHER MOVINGFORWARD OR YOU FALL OFF."
  • 00:17:38.213 --> 00:17:43.952
  • YOU DON'T STAND STILL.
  • 00:17:43.952 --> 00:17:46.355
  • YOU DON'T GO BACKWARDS.
  • 00:17:46.355 --> 00:17:48.290
  • YOU'RE MOVING FORWARDOR YOU FALL OFF.
  • 00:17:48.290 --> 00:17:50.425
  • THAT'S TRUE IN THECHRISTIAN LIFE.
  • 00:17:50.425 --> 00:17:53.028
  • HOW ABOUT YOU?
  • 00:17:53.028 --> 00:17:54.396
  • AS YOU LOOK AT THERIGHTEOUSNESS IN YOUR LIFE,
  • 00:17:54.396 --> 00:17:57.799
  • WHAT ABOUT THEDESIRE OF YOUR LIFE?
  • 00:17:57.799 --> 00:17:59.668
  • CAN YOU HONESTLY SAY THATTHE GREATEST DESIRE YOU HAVE
  • 00:17:59.668 --> 00:18:04.006
  • IS TO PLEASE GOD,
  • 00:18:04.006 --> 00:18:05.841
  • OR ARE YOU CHERISHING SOMESECRET SIN IN YOUR LIFE
  • 00:18:05.841 --> 00:18:09.478
  • THAT YOU THINK WILLMAKE YOU HAPPY?
  • 00:18:09.478 --> 00:18:12.848
  • WHAT ABOUT THEDIRECTION OF YOUR LIFE?
  • 00:18:12.848 --> 00:18:15.150
  • AS YOU LOOK OVER THIS PAST YEAR,
  • 00:18:15.150 --> 00:18:17.653
  • OR OVER THE PAST FIVE YEARS,
  • 00:18:17.653 --> 00:18:19.922
  • ARE YOU MOVING CLOSER TO GOD,
  • 00:18:19.922 --> 00:18:22.524
  • OR ARE YOU MOVINGFURTHER AWAY FROM GOD?
  • 00:18:22.524 --> 00:18:26.562
  • THOSE WHO EXPERIENCE POWERFULANSWERS TO THEIR PRAYERS
  • 00:18:26.562 --> 00:18:30.632
  • ARE THOSE WHO ARE IN ARIGHT RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD,
  • 00:18:30.632 --> 00:18:35.170
  • NOT JUST JUDICIALLY,THEY'RE SAVED,
  • 00:18:35.170 --> 00:18:37.539
  • BUT ALSO PRACTICALLY,THEY'RE OBEDIENT.
  • 00:18:37.539 --> 00:18:41.143
  • THERE'S A THIRD PREREQUISITEFOR POWERFUL PRAYING,
  • 00:18:41.143 --> 00:18:43.545
  • AND THAT IS ANUNSHAKEABLE FAITH.
  • 00:18:43.545 --> 00:18:46.915
  • AS YOU LOOK AT SCRIPTURE,THERE IS AN INSEPARABLE LINK
  • 00:18:46.915 --> 00:18:49.751
  • BETWEEN FAITH ANDANSWERED PRAYER.
  • 00:18:49.751 --> 00:18:53.055
  • JUST LOOK AT SOMEOF THESE VERSES
  • 00:18:53.055 --> 00:18:54.756
  • I'VE JOTTED DOWN FOR YOU.
  • 00:18:54.756 --> 00:18:55.891
  • MATTHEW 17:20, "IF YOU HAVEFAITH AS A MUSTARD SEED,
  • 00:18:55.891 --> 00:19:00.629
  • YOU WILL SAY TO THIS MOUNTAIN,
  • 00:19:00.629 --> 00:19:02.598
  • "MOVE FROM HERE TOTHERE," AND IT WILL MOVE,
  • 00:19:02.598 --> 00:19:05.334
  • AND NOTHING WILL BEIMPOSSIBLE TO YOU."
  • 00:19:05.334 --> 00:19:08.470
  • OR HEBREWS 11:6,
  • 00:19:08.470 --> 00:19:10.405
  • "WITHOUT FAITH, IT ISIMPOSSIBLE TO PLEASE GOD,
  • 00:19:10.405 --> 00:19:14.676
  • FOR HE WHO COMES TO GODMUST BELIEVE THAT HE IS,
  • 00:19:14.676 --> 00:19:17.379
  • AND THAT HE IS A REWARDEROF THOSE WHO SEEK HIM."
  • 00:19:17.379 --> 00:19:20.749
  • OR JAMES 1:5 AND 6.
  • 00:19:20.749 --> 00:19:22.618
  • "IF ANY OF YOU LACKSWISDOM, LET HIM ASK OF GOD,
  • 00:19:22.618 --> 00:19:26.021
  • WHO GIVES TO ALL GENEROUSLYAND WITHOUT REPROACH,
  • 00:19:26.021 --> 00:19:29.091
  • AND IT WILL BE GIVEN TO HIM,
  • 00:19:29.091 --> 00:19:30.993
  • BUT LET HIM OUT ASK INFAITH WITHOUT ANY DOUBTING."
  • 00:19:30.993 --> 00:19:36.732
  • OR JAMES 5:15, "THEPRAYER OFFERED IN FAITH
  • 00:19:36.732 --> 00:19:40.168
  • WILL RESTORE OR THEONE WHO IS SICK,
  • 00:19:40.168 --> 00:19:42.304
  • AND THE LORD WILL RAISE HIM UP,
  • 00:19:42.304 --> 00:19:44.072
  • AND IF HE HAS COMMITTED SINS,THEY WILL BE FORGIVEN HIM."
  • 00:19:44.072 --> 00:19:48.377
  • DO YOU SEE THATRELATIONSHIP THERE
  • 00:19:48.377 --> 00:19:49.845
  • BETWEEN FAITH ANDANSWERED PRAYER?
  • 00:19:49.845 --> 00:19:52.714
  • NOW, HERE'S THE QUESTION.
  • 00:19:52.714 --> 00:19:54.950
  • WHAT DOES IT MEANTO PRAY IN FAITH?
  • 00:19:54.950 --> 00:19:58.153
  • AND THIS IS WHERE SO MANYCHRISTIANS GET IT WRONG.
  • 00:19:58.153 --> 00:20:02.658
  • SO MANY CHRISTIANSTODAY EQUATE FAITH
  • 00:20:02.658 --> 00:20:06.094
  • WITH POSITIVE THINKING.
  • 00:20:06.094 --> 00:20:08.230
  • THEY THINK IF THEYCAN JUST BELIEVE
  • 00:20:08.230 --> 00:20:09.831
  • THAT SOMETHING IS GOING TOHAPPEN HARD ENOUGH,
  • 00:20:09.831 --> 00:20:12.134
  • THAT THEY BELIEVE IT HARDENOUGH AND LONG ENOUGH,
  • 00:20:12.134 --> 00:20:14.670
  • GOD WILL BE FORCED TOANSWER THEIR PRAYER.
  • 00:20:14.670 --> 00:20:20.008
  • THAT'S NOT FAITH,LADIES AND GENTLEMEN.
  • 00:20:20.008 --> 00:20:22.711
  • THAT'S PRESUMPTION.
  • 00:20:22.711 --> 00:20:25.113
  • THAT'S NOT WHAT FAITH IS.
  • 00:20:25.113 --> 00:20:26.315
  • YOU KNOW WHAT FAITHIS IN THE BIBLE?
  • 00:20:26.315 --> 00:20:28.116
  • FAITH IS BELIEVINGTHAT GOD WILL DO
  • 00:20:28.116 --> 00:20:30.385
  • WHAT HE HAS PROMISED TO DO,
  • 00:20:30.385 --> 00:20:33.655
  • AND ACTING ACCORDINGLY.
  • 00:20:33.655 --> 00:20:36.325
  • AND THAT'S WHY ELIJAH HADSUCH CONFIDENCE IN GOD.
  • 00:20:36.325 --> 00:20:39.561
  • GOD HAD ALREADY REVEALED TOHIM, AS WE'LL SEE NEXT TIME,
  • 00:20:39.561 --> 00:20:42.564
  • WHAT HE WAS TO DO ONTOP OF MOUNT CARMEL.
  • 00:20:42.564 --> 00:20:45.067
  • GOD HAD TOLD ELIJAHABOUT THIS CONTEST,
  • 00:20:45.067 --> 00:20:48.870
  • AND WHEN ELIJAH PRAYED,HE WAS PRAYING IN FAITH,
  • 00:20:48.870 --> 00:20:51.406
  • BELIEVING THAT GOD WOULDCONSUME THAT SACRIFICE,
  • 00:20:51.406 --> 00:20:54.509
  • JUST AND HE HAD PROMISED TO DO.
  • 00:20:54.509 --> 00:20:58.413
  • WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR YOUAND ME, TO PRAY IN FAITH?
  • 00:20:58.413 --> 00:21:00.615
  • NOW, LISTEN TO THIS.
  • 00:21:00.615 --> 00:21:03.552
  • WHEN WE PRAY FOR A CHILDOR A LOVED ONE TO BE HEALED
  • 00:21:03.552 --> 00:21:07.622
  • FROM A PHYSICAL DISEASE,
  • 00:21:07.622 --> 00:21:10.992
  • WHEN WE PRAY FOR APROMOTION AT WORK,
  • 00:21:10.992 --> 00:21:15.664
  • WHEN WE PRAY THAT ARELATIONSHIP IMPORTANT TO US
  • 00:21:15.664 --> 00:21:19.234
  • MIGHT BE HEALED,
  • 00:21:19.234 --> 00:21:21.136
  • WE MAY OR MAY NOT BE PRAYINGACCORDING TO GOD'S WILL.
  • 00:21:21.136 --> 00:21:24.639
  • WE JUST DON'T KNOW.
  • 00:21:24.639 --> 00:21:26.608
  • IN THOSE INSTANCES,GOD'S WILL IS BEST SEEN
  • 00:21:26.608 --> 00:21:28.844
  • IN THE REAR-VIEW MIRRORBY WHAT HAPPENED.
  • 00:21:28.844 --> 00:21:31.980
  • SO IN THOSE SITUATIONS
  • 00:21:31.980 --> 00:21:33.482
  • WHEN WE DON'T SPECIFICALLYKNOW WHAT GOD'S WILL IS,
  • 00:21:33.482 --> 00:21:36.485
  • IS FOR PHYSICAL HEALING,
  • 00:21:36.485 --> 00:21:38.153
  • FOR RESTORATION OF ARELATIONSHIP, FOR MATERIAL
  • 00:21:38.153 --> 00:21:41.256
  • BENEFIT, WHAT AREWE SUPPOSED TO DO?
  • 00:21:41.256 --> 00:21:42.791
  • YOU KNOW WHAT IT MEANS TO PRAYIN FAITH IN THOSE SITUATIONS?
  • 00:21:42.791 --> 00:21:45.026
  • IT MEANS TO BOLDLY ASK ANDQUIETLY TRUST IN GOD'S WILL.
  • 00:21:45.026 --> 00:21:51.633
  • TO PRAY WITH FAITH DOESN'TMEAN WE DON'T ASK GOD.
  • 00:21:51.633 --> 00:21:53.869
  • IT MEANS WE BOLDLY TELLGOD WHAT IS IN OUR HEART.
  • 00:21:53.869 --> 00:21:57.038
  • LORD, THIS IS WHAT WE WANT.
  • 00:21:57.038 --> 00:21:58.707
  • BUT THEN WE QUIETLY PRESSTHAT GOD WILL DO WHAT IS BEST.
  • 00:21:58.707 --> 00:22:03.044
  • NOT MY WILL, THATYOUR WILL BE DONE.
  • 00:22:03.044 --> 00:22:05.714
  • THAT'S WHAT YOU CALLPRAYING IN FAITH.
  • 00:22:05.714 --> 00:22:09.851
  • HOWEVER, WHEN WE PRAY THATGOD WOULD GIVE US POWER
  • 00:22:09.851 --> 00:22:16.024
  • IN SHARING THE GOSPELWITH AN UNBELIEVER,
  • 00:22:16.024 --> 00:22:18.593
  • WHEN WE PRAY THAT GODWOULD GIVE US VICTORY
  • 00:22:18.593 --> 00:22:21.363
  • OVER TEMPTATION ANDSIN IN OUR LIFE,
  • 00:22:21.363 --> 00:22:24.399
  • WHEN WE PRAY THAT GOD'S NAME
  • 00:22:24.399 --> 00:22:26.601
  • WOULD BE GLORIFIED IN OUR LIVES,
  • 00:22:26.601 --> 00:22:28.804
  • WE DON'T HAVE TO HAVE ANY DOUBT,
  • 00:22:28.804 --> 00:22:30.205
  • BECAUSE WE ARE PRAYINGACCORDING TO THE WILL OF GOD,
  • 00:22:30.205 --> 00:22:33.775
  • AND THAT GIVES USCONFIDENCE IN OUR PRAYER,
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  • THE SAME KIND OFCONFIDENCE AND POWER
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  • ELIJAH EXPERIENCEDON MOUNT CARMEL
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  • WHEN HE OFFEREDTHAT SIMPLE PRAYER
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  • THAT BROUGHT DOWNTHE FIRE FROM HEAVEN,
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  • WE'VE ONLY SCRATCHED THESURFACE ON THIS TOPIC,
  • 00:22:54.963 --> 00:22:57.766
  • SO LET ME URGE YOU TOJOIN US AGAIN NEXT TIME,
  • 00:22:57.766 --> 00:23:00.469
  • WHEN WE TAKE AN IN-DEPTH LOOK
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  • AT ELIJAH'S PRAYERON MOUNT CARMEL.
  • 00:23:02.103 --> 00:23:04.806
  • GOD'S RESPONSE WASDRAMATIC AND IMMEDIATE,
  • 00:23:04.806 --> 00:23:08.510
  • AND I BELIEVE GODINTENTIONALLY PROVIDED
  • 00:23:08.510 --> 00:23:10.812
  • THIS FASCINATINGSTORY IN THE BIBLE
  • 00:23:10.812 --> 00:23:13.081
  • TO TEACH US VALUABLE LESSONS
  • 00:23:13.081 --> 00:23:14.716
  • ABOUT PRACTICING THEPRINCIPLES OF POWERFUL PRAYING.
  • 00:23:14.716 --> 00:23:19.020
  • BEFORE WE WRAP UP TODAY, ITHOUGHT YOU'D BE ENCOURAGED
  • 00:23:19.020 --> 00:23:21.923
  • TO HEAR THIS COMMENT
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  • FROM ONE OF OUR GRATEFULTELEVISION VIEWERS IN FLORIDA,
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  • WHO SAID, "PASTOR, I WASMARRIED FOR OVER 54 YEARS,
  • 00:23:26.595 --> 00:23:30.899
  • AND MY HUSBANDRECENTLY PASSED AWAY.
  • 00:23:30.899 --> 00:23:33.568
  • IT WAS, AND STILL IS,VERY DIFFICULT FOR ME.
  • 00:23:33.568 --> 00:23:37.372
  • GOD HAS USED YOU TO HELP ME,
  • 00:23:37.372 --> 00:23:39.374
  • ESPECIALLY YOUR RECENTTEACHING ABOUT HEAVEN.
  • 00:23:39.374 --> 00:23:42.611
  • CLEARLY GOD YOU INTO MYPATH TO HELP BRING ME BACK
  • 00:23:42.611 --> 00:23:46.515
  • FROM THE LOSS OF MY HUSBAND."
  • 00:23:46.515 --> 00:23:49.084
  • ISN'T THAT A GREAT COMMENT?
  • 00:23:49.084 --> 00:23:50.852
  • AND WHEN YOU GIVE TO"PATHWAY TO VICTORY,"
  • 00:23:50.852 --> 00:23:53.321
  • YOUR INVESTMENT ISMAKING A DIFFERENCE
  • 00:23:53.321 --> 00:23:55.223
  • IN THE LIVES OF COUNTLESSPEOPLE LIKE THIS DEAR FRIEND.
  • 00:23:55.223 --> 00:23:59.127
  • NOW, STAY RIGHT THERE.
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  • I'LL BE BACK WITH MORE"PATHWAY TO VICTORY"
  • 00:24:00.295 --> 00:24:02.731
  • IN JUST A MOMENT.
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  • 00:24:03.932 --> 00:24:06.067
  • [ANNOUNCER] BASED ON THEINSPIRATIONAL LIFE OF ELIJAH,
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  • DR. JEFFRESS' BESTSELLING BOOK,
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  • "CHOOSING THEEXTRAORDINARY LIFE,"
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  • IDENTIFIES SEVENBIBLICAL SECRETS
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  • FOR SUCCESS AND SIGNIFICANCE.
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  • MOST OF US DON'T WAKEUP IN THE MORNING
  • 00:24:16.378 --> 00:24:18.313
  • FEELING LIKE SUPERHEROES,READY TO SLAY GIANTS
  • 00:24:18.313 --> 00:24:21.850
  • OR SOLVE THE WORLD'S PROBLEMS.
  • 00:24:21.850 --> 00:24:23.985
  • IN FACT, MOST PEOPLE ARE SIMPLYTRYING TO SURVIVE THE DAY.
  • 00:24:23.985 --> 00:24:27.856
  • BUT BENEATH THE SURFACE, WEALL LONG FOR A GENUINE SENSE
  • 00:24:27.856 --> 00:24:31.826
  • OF PURPOSE, POWER, AND PASSION.
  • 00:24:31.826 --> 00:24:34.629
  • WHEREVER GOD HASPLACED YOU, YOUR HOME,
  • 00:24:34.629 --> 00:24:38.133
  • YOUR WORKPLACE,
  • 00:24:38.133 --> 00:24:39.801
  • YOUR FAMILY,
  • 00:24:39.801 --> 00:24:41.436
  • GOD HAS PLACED YOUTHERE FOR A REASON.
  • 00:24:41.436 --> 00:24:43.805
  • YOUR SPECIFIC PURPOSE INLIFE CAN BE DESCRIBED AS
  • 00:24:43.805 --> 00:24:46.875
  • THE STORY GOD CREATED FORYOU TO TELL THE WORLD.
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  • [ANNOUNCER] REQUEST DR.JEFFRESS' BEST-SELLING BOOK,
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  • "CHOOSING THEEXTRAORDINARY LIFE,"
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  • WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUSGIFT TO "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
  • 00:24:54.983 --> 00:24:57.919
  • NO MATTER YOUR AGEOR SEASON OF LIFE,
  • 00:24:57.919 --> 00:25:00.522
  • GOD WANTS TO UNLEASHHIS POWER IN YOU,
  • 00:25:00.522 --> 00:25:03.525
  • TO FILL YOUR HEART WITH PASSIONAND YOUR LIFE WITH PURPOSE.
  • 00:25:03.525 --> 00:25:08.063
  • [ANNOUNCER] AND WHENYOUR GIFT IS $75 OR MORE,
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  • TEACHING SERIESON CD AND DVD.
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  • GOD HAS A GENERALPURPOSE FOR EVERYONE,
  • 00:25:18.440 --> 00:25:22.077
  • BUT HE HAS A SPECIFICPURPOSE FOR YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:25:22.077 --> 00:25:25.080
  • [ANNOUNCER] LET TODAY BE THE DAY
  • 00:25:25.080 --> 00:25:26.281
  • YOU CHOOSE THEEXTRAORDINARY LIFE
  • 00:25:26.281 --> 00:25:28.717
  • WHEN YOU REQUEST "CHOOSINGTHE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE"
  • 00:25:28.717 --> 00:25:31.753
  • FROM "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
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  • ♪ MUSIC
  • 00:25:34.255 --> 00:25:36.124
  • TODAY, WE'VE LOOKED AT THEPRELUDE AND THE PREREQUISITES
  • 00:25:36.124 --> 00:25:39.327
  • TO POWERFUL PRAYING.
  • 00:25:39.327 --> 00:25:41.196
  • TO REVIEW, IT'S A RIGHTRELATIONSHIP WITH GOD,
  • 00:25:41.196 --> 00:25:44.766
  • OBEDIENCE TO HIS COMMANDS,AND AN UNSHAKABLE FAITH.
  • 00:25:44.766 --> 00:25:48.870
  • PRAYER IS SUCH A FOUNDATIONALPART OF THE CHRISTIAN LIFE,
  • 00:25:48.870 --> 00:25:52.507
  • BUT MANY OF USWOULD READILY ADMIT
  • 00:25:52.507 --> 00:25:54.743
  • THAT OUR PRAYER LIFE IS LACKING.
  • 00:25:54.743 --> 00:25:57.178
  • AND NEXT TIME, I WANT TO SHAREWITH YOU THREE PRINCIPLES
  • 00:25:57.178 --> 00:26:00.248
  • AND FOUR PRACTICES THATYOU CAN USE RIGHT AWAY.
  • 00:26:00.248 --> 00:26:04.386
  • I'LL BE SHOWING YOU THE SECRET
  • 00:26:04.386 --> 00:26:06.087
  • TO PRACTICING POWERFUL PRAYING.
  • 00:26:06.087 --> 00:26:08.857
  • STAY TUNED FOR A PREVIEWOF WHAT'S COMING UP NEXT
  • 00:26:08.857 --> 00:26:11.426
  • ON "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
  • 00:26:11.426 --> 00:26:14.796
  • [ANNOUNCER] TODAY, WHENYOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT
  • 00:26:14.796 --> 00:26:16.998
  • TO SUPPORT THE MINISTRYOF "PATHWAY TO VICTORY,"
  • 00:26:16.998 --> 00:26:19.701
  • WE'LL SAY THANKS BYSENDING YOU A COPY
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  • OF DR. JEFFRESS'BESTSELLING BOOK,
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  • "CHOOSING THEEXTRAORDINARY LIFE,"
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  • PLUS "THE ELIJAH MAP"IS OUR GIFT TO YOU,
  • 00:26:26.174 --> 00:26:29.010
  • SIMPLY FOR CONTACTING USTODAY AT "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
  • 00:26:29.010 --> 00:26:32.313
  • AND WHEN YOUR GIFTIS $75 OR MORE,
  • 00:26:32.313 --> 00:26:35.283
  • WE'LL ALSO SEND YOU THE COMPLETE
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  • "CHOOSING THE EXTRAORDINARYLIFE" TEACHING SERIES
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  • ON CD AND DVD.
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  • THESE PROGRAMS ARE MADE POSSIBLE
  • 00:26:42.223 --> 00:26:43.992
  • BECAUSE OF YOURGENEROUS SUPPORT,
  • 00:26:43.992 --> 00:26:46.061
  • SO THANKS FOR CALLING, WRITING,
  • 00:26:46.061 --> 00:26:47.729
  • OR GOING ONLINE TO GIVE TODAY.
  • 00:26:47.729 --> 00:26:49.931
  • NOW, COMING UP NEXT TIMEON "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
  • 00:26:49.931 --> 00:26:53.802
  • WELL, IF GOD WOULDTELL ME WHAT TO DO,
  • 00:26:53.802 --> 00:26:56.004
  • GIVE ME ADVANCE WORD ABOUTWHAT HE'S GOING TO DO,
  • 00:26:56.004 --> 00:26:58.740
  • I CAN BE CONFIDENT INMY PRAYING AS WELL.
  • 00:26:58.740 --> 00:27:01.276
  • I'LL ADMIT THERE'S SOME THINGSI PRAYED FOR THAT, FRANKLY,
  • 00:27:01.276 --> 00:27:04.512
  • I DON'T KNOW WHETHERIT'S GOD'S WILL OR NOT.
  • 00:27:04.512 --> 00:27:06.881
  • IN THAT CASE, FAITH ANDPRAYING MEANS BOLDLY ASKING GOD
  • 00:27:06.881 --> 00:27:10.785
  • FOR WHAT'S IN OUR HEART,
  • 00:27:10.785 --> 00:27:12.654
  • BUT THEN TRUSTING THEMTO DO WHAT'S BEST.
  • 00:27:12.654 --> 00:27:16.191
  • [ANNOUNCER] SET YOUR DV-R
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  • AND JOIN US NEXT TIMEFOR THE MESSAGE,
  • 00:27:17.826 --> 00:27:19.761
  • PRACTICE POWERFUL PRAYING,"
  • 00:27:19.761 --> 00:27:23.565
  • HERE ON "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
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  • ♪ MUSIC
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