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February 18, 2021
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Last time we began looking at Elijah’s fifth secret for living a successful and significant life; unleashing the powerful prayer.

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  • ♪ MUSIC
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  • [NARRATOR] 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 TOPATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • LET ME BEGIN TODAYWITH A QUESTION.
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  • WHEN YOU'RE GOINGTHROUGH A DIFFICULT TIME
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  • IS PRAYER YOUR FIRSTLINE OF DEFENSE
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  • OR HAS PRAYER BECOMEYOUR LAST RESORT?
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  • I THINK A LOT OF US TEND TOTREAT PRAYER THE SECOND WAY.
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  • TURNING TO GOD WHEN ALLOF OUR OTHER OPTIONS
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  • HAVE BEEN EXHAUSTED.
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  • BUT TODAY I WANT TO SUGGEST
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  • THAT EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLERECOGNIZE THE POWER
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  • OF PRAYER AND USE IT RIGHT AWAY.
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  • MY MESSAGE IS TITLED"PRACTICING POWERFUL PRAYING
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  • ON TODAY'S EDITION OFPATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • ♪ MUSIC
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  • [NARRATOR] LIFE ISRICH WHEN IT'S FILLED
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  • WITH PURPOSE 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 JEFFRESSOUTLINED 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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  • LAST TIME WE BEGAN LOOKING
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  • AT ELIJAH'S FIFTH SECRET FORLIVING AN EXTRAORDINARY LIFE.
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  • AND THAT IS UNLEASHINGTHE POWER OF PRAYER.
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  • JAMES WROTE THE EFFECTIVE PRAYER
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  • OF A RIGHTEOUS PERSONACCOMPLISHES MUCH.
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  • AND ELIJAH IS CERTAINLY EXHIBIT,
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  • JAMES SAID OF THATKIND OF RIGHTEOUS MAN
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  • WHO PRAYED VERY,VERY EFFECTIVELY.
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  • AND LAST TIME WE BEGAN LOOKING
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  • AT ELIJAH SECRET TOUNLOCKING THE POWER
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  • OF PRAYER IN OUR LIFE AS WELL.
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  • AND WE FIND THOSE PRINCIPLESIN 1 KINGS 18.
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  • IF YOU WOULD TAKE YOUR BIBLESAND TURN THERE IS TODAY
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  • WE TALK ABOUT PRACTICINGPOWERFUL PRAYING.
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  • NOW LAST TIME, JUSTBY WAY OF REVIEW.
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  • REMEMBER WE STARTED BY LOOKING
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  • AT THE PRELUDE TOPOWERFUL PRAYING.
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  • YOU KNOW, THE FACT IS
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  • IF YOU WANT GOD TODO SOMETHING DRAMATIC
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  • YOU NEED TO ASK HIM TODO SOMETHING DRAMATIC.
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  • A POWERFUL PRAYING IS ALWAYSPRECEDED BY POWERFUL ASKING.
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  • AND THAT WAS TRUE INELIJAH'S CASE AS WELL.
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  • REMEMBER, HE HAD THIS CONTESTON THE TOP OF MOUNT CARMEL
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  • BETWEEN HIMSELF ANDTHE PROPHETS OF BAAL
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  • TO PROVE WHO WAS THE TRUE GOD.
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  • AND ELIJAH SAID, "NOWYOU PROPHETS OF BAAL.
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  • YOU TAKE AN OX, CUT IT UPAND PUT IT ON YOUR ALTAR.
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  • AND THEN I'LL TAKE AN OX, CUTIT UP AND PUT IT ON MY ALTAR.
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  • WE WILL EACH PRAY TOOUR RESPECTIVE GODS
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  • AND THE GOD WHO ANSWERS BYFIRE, HE IS THE TRUE GOD."
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  • 1 KINGS 18:24 SAID, "ANDTHE PEOPLE ANSWERED AND SAID
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  • THAT IS A GOOD IDEA."
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  • NOW THAT WAS ANIMPOSSIBLE SITUATION.
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  • HAVING A ANIMAL SACRIFICEAND ASKING THE FIRE
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  • OF GOD TO FIREFALL DOWN UPON IT.
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  • ELIJAH DECIDED TO STACKTHE DECK A LITTLE BIT
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  • AND TO MAKE IT EVEN HARDERFOR HIS GOD TO ANSWER.
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  • AND REMEMBER HE ORDERED HISSERVANTS TO DOUSE THAT SACRIFICE
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  • OF HIS NOT ONCETWICE, BUT THREE TIMES
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  • UNTIL THE WATER WAS OVERFLOWINGIN THE TRENCHES AROUND IT.
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  • SOME OF YOU RIGHT NOW AREFACING IMPOSSIBLE SITUATIONS
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  • IN YOUR LIFE.
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  • GOD DOESN'T DESPAIR INIMPOSSIBLE SITUATIONS.
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  • HE DELIGHTS IN THEM.
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  • BECAUSE YOU SEE IT'SIMPOSSIBLE SITUATIONS
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  • THAT ARE THE OPPORTUNITY FOR GOD
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  • TO PROVE HIS POWERTHROUGH YOUR LIFE.
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  • SO THE PRELUDE TOPOWERFUL PRAYING
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  • IS ALWAYS ANIMPOSSIBLE SITUATION.
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  • SECONDLY, WE LOOKEDAT THE PREREQUISITES
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  • FOR POWERFUL PRAYING.
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  • REMEMBER THE PROPHETS OF BAAL?
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  • THEY HAD THE FIRST OPPORTUNITY.
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  • THEY DANCED AROUND THE ALTAR,CRYING OUT CUTTING THEMSELVES
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  • FOR SIX HOURS.
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  • AND NOTHING HAPPENED BECAUSENOBODY WAS UPSTAIRS FOR THEM.
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  • THERE WAS NO BAAL.
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  • YOU KNOW, JESUS SAID INMATTHEW SIX, SEVEN, AND EIGHT,
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  • "WHEN YOU PRAY, DON'T BELIKE THE PAGANS WHO PRAY.
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  • THEY THINK THEY WILL BEHEARD FOR THEIR MANY WORDS."
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  • OUR GOD ISN'TIMPRESSED BY THE NUMBER
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  • OF WORDS WE OFFER ORTHE CHOICE OF OUR WORDS.
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  • BUT THERE ARE SOME PREREQUISITESTO OUR POWERFUL PRAYING.
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  • THERE ARE SOME CONDITIONSFOR ANSWERED PRAYER.
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  • WE LOOK AT THREE OF THEMLAST WEEK, FIRST OF ALL
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  • A RIGHT RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.
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  • YOU HAVE TO BE IN A RIGHTRELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.
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  • IF YOU'RE GOING TO EXPERIENCEANSWERS TO YOUR PRAYER.
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  • JAMES 5:17 SAYS THATELIJAH WAS A RIGHTEOUS MAN,
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  • THE PRAYERS OF ARIGHTEOUS PERSON.
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  • REMEMBER THAT WORD, RIGHTEOUS?
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  • FIRST OF ALL, TALKS ABOUTOUR RIGHT STANDING WITH GOD.
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  • ONLY IF YOU'RE IN A RIGHTRELATIONSHIP WITH GOD,
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  • WILL HE ANSWER YOUR PRAYERS.
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  • HOW DO WE GET AN A RIGHTRELATIONSHIP WITH GOD?
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  • IT'S BY RECEIVING GOD'SGRACE THROUGH JESUS CHRIST.
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  • WHEN WE RECEIVEGOD'S FORGIVENESS,
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  • WE ARE NO LONGER ENEMIESOF GOD OR STRANGERS TO GOD.
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  • WE BECOME CHILDREN OF GOD.
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  • AND THAT RIGHTRELATIONSHIP PUTS US
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  • IN A UNIQUE POSITION BEFORE GOD.
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  • SECONDLY, A PREREQUISITEFOR POWERFUL PRAYING
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  • IS OBEDIENCE AUDIENCETO GOD'S COMMANDS.
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  • YOU KNOW, RIGHTEOUSNESSNOT ONLY REFERS
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  • TO OUR RIGHT STANDING WITH GOD.
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  • IT REFERS TO OUR RIGHTACTING BEFORE GOD.
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  • JUST TO PUT IT BLUNTLY.
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  • GOD DOESN'T ANSWER THEPRAYERS OF SINNING PEOPLE,
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  • EVEN SINNING CHRISTIANS.
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  • FIRST, PETER 3: 11, 12SAYS, "FOR THE LORD ATTENDS
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  • HIS EAR ATTENDS TO THEPRAYER OF THE RIGHTEOUS
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  • BUT HE TURNS AWAY FROMTHE PRAYER OF THE WICKED."
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  • EVEN IF YOU'RE A CHRISTIAN
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  • BUT YOU ARE KNOWINGLYDISOBEYING GOD IN YOUR LIFE.
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  • YOU SHOULD NOT EXPECT GODTO ANSWER YOUR PRAYERS.
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  • RIGHTEOUSNESS ALSO REFERSTO OUR PRACTICE BEFORE GOD,
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  • OUR RIGHT ACTING BEFORE GOD.
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  • AND A THIRD PREREQUISITE TOPRAYER IS AN UNSHAKEABLE FAITH.
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  • THERE'S THATINSEPARABLE RELATIONSHIP
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  • IN THE BIBLE BETWEENFAITH AND ANSWERED PRAYER.
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  • NOW FAITH IS NOT A SYNONYM
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  • FOR POSITIVE THINKING IS NOTSAYING, OH, I THINK GOD WILL.
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  • I THINK GOD, WILL.
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  • NO, FAITH MEANS BELIEVING
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  • THAT GOD WILL DO WHATHE HAS PROMISED TO DO.
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  • AND THAT LEADS US TODAYTO TALK ABOUT THIRDLY
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  • THE PRINCIPLES OFPOWERFUL PRAYING.
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  • HERE YOU HEARD THE PROPHETS OFBAAL DANCING AROUND THE ALTAR
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  • FOR SIX HOURS, CRYING OUTBAAL DID NOTHING FOR THEM.
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  • CONTRAST, CONTRAST THEIR ANTICS
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  • TO THE WAY ELIJAHAPPROACHED HIS GOD.
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  • ELIJAH SIMPLY OFFEREDA 64 WORD PRAYER
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  • THAT RESULTED IN THE FIREOF GOD FALLING FROM HEAVEN.
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  • LOOK AT IT WITH ME IN1 KINGS 18:36, 37.
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  • "THEN IT CAME ABOUT ATTHE TIME OF THE OFFERING
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  • OF THE EVENING SACRIFICE THATELIJAH THE PROPHET CAME NEAR
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  • AND SAID, "OH LORD THEGOD OF ABRAHAM, ISAAC,
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  • AND ISRAEL, TODAYLET IT BE KNOWN
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  • THAT YOU ARE GOD IN ISRAELAND THAT I AM YOUR SERVANT.
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  • AND I HAVE DONE ALL THESETHINGS IN YOUR WORD.
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  • ANSWER ME, OH, LORD, ANSWER ME
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  • THAT THIS PEOPLE MAY KNOWTHAT YOU, OH LORD OUR GOD.
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  • AND THAT YOU HAVE TURNEDTHEIR HEARTS BACK AGAIN.""
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  • AND VERSE 38 SAYS, "AND THEFIRE OF GOD FELL FROM HEAVEN."
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  • WHY IS IT GOD ANSWEREDELIJAH'S PRAYER INSTANTLY
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  • AND DRAMATICALLY?
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  • I THINK ELIJAH SIMPLE 62WORD PRAYER REVEALS THREE
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  • PRINCIPLES FOR POWERFUL PRAYING.
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  • PRINCIPLES THAT ARE GUARANTEEDTO BRING DRAMATIC ANSWERS
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  • TO YOUR PRAYERS AS WELL.
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  • FIRST OF ALL, APPROACHGOD WITH CONFIDENCE.
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  • APPROACH GOD WITH CONFIDENCE.
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  • NOTICE IN VERSE 36 IT SAYS,"ELIJAH THE PROPHET CAME NEAR
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  • TO THE ALTAR."
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  • HE CAME NEAR TO THE ALTAR.
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  • SOMETIMES WHEN I'M
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  • WITH A FRIEND WHO SAYSSOMETHING THAT MAYBE BORDERS
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  • ON THE BLASPHEMOUS, I'LL SAY
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  • LET ME MOVE A FEW FEETAWAY FROM YOU BEFORE
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  • THE LIGHTNING ZAPS YOU.
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  • YOU KNOW ELIJAH KNEW THATTHE FIRE WAS ABOUT TO FALL,
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  • BUT INSTEAD OF MOVINGAWAY FROM THE ALTAR,
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  • HE GOT CLOSER TO IT.
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  • AND BY DOING SO, HE SAYING, GOD
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  • I KNOW YOU'RE A DEAD EYE SHOT
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  • BUT I BELIEVE YOUARE SO POWERFUL.
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  • YOU CAN CONSUME THIS SACRIFICEWITHOUT CONSUMING ME AS WELL.
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  • HE HAD CONFIDENCE IN GOD.
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  • GOD WANTS US TO HAVE CONFIDENCEWHEN WE COME BEFORE HIM.
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  • EPHESIANS 3:12,
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  • PAUL WAS TALKING TO THEEPHESIAN CHRISTIANS.
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  • AND HE SAID THATTHEY HAD BOLDNESS
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  • AND CONFIDENCEACCESS THROUGH FAITH.
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  • HEBREWS FOUR SAYS,"LET US COME BOLDLY
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  • TO THE THRONE OF GRACETHAT WE MIGHT RECEIVE GRACE
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  • AND FIND MERCY TO HELPIN OUR TIME OF NEED."
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  • GOD WANTS US TO COMEBEFORE HIM CONFIDENTLY.
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  • YOU KNOW, BECAUSE OFMY JAM PACKED SCHEDULE
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  • AND BECAUSE OF SECURITYREASONS, PEOPLE JUST CAN'T COME
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  • OFF THE STREET ANDCOME TO SEE ME.
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  • THAT JUST DOESN'T WORK OUT.
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  • IN FACT, NINE TIMES OUT OF 10
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  • IF IT'S SOMEBODY WHO'S NOTA MEMBER OF OUR CHURCH,
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  • WE JUST DON'T LETTHEM IN AT ALL.
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  • IN ORDER TO COME INTOMY OFFICE, YOU KNOW
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  • YOU HAVE TO BE SOMEBODY I KNOW,
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  • AND THERE HAS TO BE ANAPPOINTMENT AND THERE NEEDS
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  • TO BE AN AGENDA TO MAKESURE IT'S SOMETHING
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  • THAT I CAN HELP WITH.
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  • WE HAVE THESE CONDITIONS FORCOMING TO SEE THE PASTOR.
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  • BUT THERE ARE FOURPEOPLE ON THIS PLANET
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  • WHO NEVER NEED ANAPPOINTMENT TO SEE ME.
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  • MY WIFE, MY TWODAUGHTERS, MY SON-IN-LAW,
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  • THEY KNOW THEY CANCOME ANYTIME THEY WANT.
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  • THEY CAN POP OUT INWITHOUT AN APPOINTMENT.
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  • THEY WANT TO JUST SAYHELLO, THAT'S FINE WITH ME.
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  • YOU SAY, WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?
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  • WELL, THEY'RE PART OF MY FAMILY.
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  • THEY'RE PART OF MY FAMILY.
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  • I HAVE A SPECIALRELATIONSHIP WITH THEM.
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  • IT'S THE SAME WAYIN OUR RELATIONSHIP
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  • WITH OUR HEAVENLY FATHER.
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  • WE DON'T NEED ANYPRE-APPROVED AGENDA.
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  • WE DON'T NEED ANY APPOINTMENT.
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  • WE DON'T NEED TO HAVEANY PRESSING CONCERN.
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  • WE CAN COME BEFOREHANDANY TIME WE WANT
  • 00:10:45.491 --> 00:10:48.994
  • AND ASK HIM ANYTHING WE WANT.
  • 00:10:48.994 --> 00:10:51.964
  • THAT'S THE CONFIDENCETHAT GOD WANTS US
  • 00:10:51.964 --> 00:10:54.400
  • TO APPROACH HIM WITH.
  • 00:10:54.400 --> 00:10:56.302
  • APPROACH GOD WITH CONFIDENCE.
  • 00:10:56.302 --> 00:10:58.137
  • SECONDLY, PRAYACCORDING TO GOD'S WILL.
  • 00:10:58.137 --> 00:11:02.007
  • THAT'S A SECOND PRINCIPLE
  • 00:11:02.007 --> 00:11:03.809
  • OF POWERFUL PRAYING WHEN WEPRAY ACCORDING TO GOD'S WILL.
  • 00:11:03.809 --> 00:11:07.113
  • HAVE YOU EVER READ THE STORY
  • 00:11:07.113 --> 00:11:08.848
  • IN 1 KINGS 18?
  • 00:11:08.848 --> 00:11:10.282
  • AND JUST ASK YOURSELF
  • 00:11:10.282 --> 00:11:11.817
  • HOW IN THE WORLDDID ELIJAH COME UP
  • 00:11:11.817 --> 00:11:13.986
  • WITH THIS IDEA OF THISCONTEST ON MOUNT CARMEL,
  • 00:11:13.986 --> 00:11:16.956
  • THE SACRIFICESEACH CALLING ON GOD
  • 00:11:16.956 --> 00:11:18.991
  • ASKING THE GOD WHO ANSWERSBY FIRE TO BE THE REAL GUY?
  • 00:11:18.991 --> 00:11:22.328
  • HOW DID ELIJAH COMEUP WITH THAT IDEA?
  • 00:11:22.328 --> 00:11:24.163
  • WAS HE FEELING ESPECIALLYMACHO ONE DAY AND SAID, HEY
  • 00:11:24.163 --> 00:11:30.369
  • I THINK I'M GOING TOBATTLE 850 PROPHETS.
  • 00:11:30.369 --> 00:11:32.438
  • DID HE HAVE A DOUBLE SHOT OFESPRESSO IN HIS COFFEE LATTE
  • 00:11:32.438 --> 00:11:35.241
  • AND FELT ALL INVIGORATED ANDSAID, HEY THIS IS A GREAT IDEA.
  • 00:11:35.241 --> 00:11:38.644
  • WHERE DID HE COMEUP WITH THIS IDEA?
  • 00:11:38.644 --> 00:11:41.747
  • WELL, THE ANSWER IS VERY CLEAR.
  • 00:11:41.747 --> 00:11:43.315
  • IF YOU READ IT IN VERSE 36 ANDHIS PRAYER, HE SAID
  • 00:11:43.315 --> 00:11:46.352
  • "LET IT BE KNOWN THATYOU ARE GOD IN ISRAEL.
  • 00:11:46.352 --> 00:11:48.687
  • AND THAT I HAVE DONE ALLTHESE THINGS AT YOUR WORD."
  • 00:11:48.687 --> 00:11:55.861
  • GOD IS THE ONE WHOCOMMANDED ELIJAH TO DO THIS.
  • 00:11:55.861 --> 00:11:59.131
  • THE CONTEST WAS GOD'S IDEA.
  • 00:11:59.131 --> 00:12:01.700
  • AND ONE REASON ELIJAHWAS SO CONFIDENT
  • 00:12:01.700 --> 00:12:04.203
  • IN HIS PRAYER WAS HEWAS PRAYING ACCORDING
  • 00:12:04.203 --> 00:12:07.306
  • TO THE WILL OF GOD.
  • 00:12:07.306 --> 00:12:09.041
  • AND THAT GIVES US GREATCONFIDENCE IN OUR PRAYING.
  • 00:12:09.041 --> 00:12:11.811
  • WHEN WE KNOW WE ARE PRAYINGACCORDING TO GOD'S WILL.
  • 00:12:11.811 --> 00:12:15.915
  • NOW I KNOW WHAT YOU'REPROBABLY THINKING.
  • 00:12:15.915 --> 00:12:17.817
  • YOU'RE PROBABLY SAYING, WELL
  • 00:12:17.817 --> 00:12:19.552
  • IF GOD WOULD TELL ME WHAT TODO GET ME ADVANCE WORD ABOUT
  • 00:12:19.552 --> 00:12:22.922
  • WHAT HE'S GOING TO DO.
  • 00:12:22.922 --> 00:12:24.156
  • I CAN BE CONFIDENT INMY PRAYING AS WELL.
  • 00:12:24.156 --> 00:12:26.759
  • I'LL ADMIT THERE'S SOME THINGSI PRAY FOR THAT, FRANKLY
  • 00:12:26.759 --> 00:12:30.529
  • I DON'T KNOW WHETHERIT'S GOD'S WILL OR NOT.
  • 00:12:30.529 --> 00:12:32.832
  • THERE ARE THINGS I'MPRAYING FOR MY LIFE.
  • 00:12:32.832 --> 00:12:35.501
  • I'M PRAYING FOR MY FAMILY.
  • 00:12:35.501 --> 00:12:36.735
  • I'M PRAYING FOR OUR CHURCH.
  • 00:12:36.735 --> 00:12:38.204
  • THEY'RE THINGS I WANT TOSEE HAPPEN, BUT I'M NOT SURE
  • 00:12:38.204 --> 00:12:42.041
  • WHETHER GOD IS GOING TOANSWER THOSE PRAYERS OR NOT
  • 00:12:42.041 --> 00:12:44.276
  • BECAUSE I DON'T KNOW IFIT'S HIS WILL OR NOT.
  • 00:12:44.276 --> 00:12:46.779
  • IN THAT CASE, FAITH ANDPRAYING MEANS BOLDLY ASKING GOD
  • 00:12:46.779 --> 00:12:50.249
  • FOR WHAT'S IN OUR HEART,
  • 00:12:50.249 --> 00:12:52.918
  • BUT THEN TRUSTING HIMTO DO WHAT'S BEST.
  • 00:12:52.918 --> 00:12:56.822
  • BUT THERE ARE OTHER THINGSTHAT I KNOW WHEN I PRAY GOD
  • 00:12:56.822 --> 00:13:00.659
  • IS GOING TO ANSWERTHAT PRAYER BECAUSE
  • 00:13:00.659 --> 00:13:02.695
  • IT IS A PRAYER ACCORDINGTO THE WILL OF GOD.
  • 00:13:02.695 --> 00:13:06.498
  • FOR EXAMPLE, ONE THING IPRAY FOR MYSELF REGULARLY
  • 00:13:06.498 --> 00:13:09.768
  • IS FIRST THESSALONIANS 4:3.
  • 00:13:09.768 --> 00:13:12.738
  • IT'S SOMETHING WEOUGHT TO ALL PRAY
  • 00:13:12.738 --> 00:13:14.206
  • FOR OURSELVES, REGULARLY.
  • 00:13:14.206 --> 00:13:15.474
  • PAUL SAID, "FOR THISIS THE WILL OF GOD."
  • 00:13:15.474 --> 00:13:20.079
  • YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT GOD'SWILL IS FOR YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:13:20.079 --> 00:13:22.314
  • PAUL SAYS, HERE IT IS,"YOUR SANCTIFICATION.
  • 00:13:22.314 --> 00:13:25.951
  • THAT IS THAT YOU ABSTAINFROM SEXUAL IMMORALITY."
  • 00:13:25.951 --> 00:13:30.923
  • THAT'S SOMETHINGYOU CAN PRAY FOR.
  • 00:13:30.923 --> 00:13:32.558
  • AND KNOW, YOU'REPRAYING ACCORDING
  • 00:13:32.558 --> 00:13:35.427
  • TO THE WILL OF GOD THATYOU STAY MORALLY PURE.
  • 00:13:35.427 --> 00:13:37.496
  • I THINK OFTEN ABOUTWHAT IT WOULD DO
  • 00:13:37.496 --> 00:13:39.331
  • TO OUR CHURCH ANDTHE CAUSE OF CHRIST.
  • 00:13:39.331 --> 00:13:41.967
  • NOT TO MENTION MY OWN FAMILY,IF I FELL INTO IMMORALITY.
  • 00:13:41.967 --> 00:13:45.437
  • AND SO THAT'S WHYI PRAY EVERY DAY
  • 00:13:45.437 --> 00:13:47.273
  • THAT GOD WOULD KEEP ME PURE.
  • 00:13:47.273 --> 00:13:49.508
  • I KNOW I'M PRAYING ACCORDINGTO THE WILL OF GOD.
  • 00:13:49.508 --> 00:13:52.912
  • I REMEMBER SOME TIME AGO, IGOT UP ONE SUNDAY MORNING.
  • 00:13:52.912 --> 00:13:57.383
  • I WASN'T FEELING VERY CONFIDENTABOUT THE MESSAGE I WAS
  • 00:13:57.383 --> 00:14:00.719
  • TO COME HERE AND PREACH.
  • 00:14:00.719 --> 00:14:02.154
  • NOT BECAUSE I DIDN'TBELIEVE IN THE MESSAGE
  • 00:14:02.154 --> 00:14:03.956
  • BUT IT WAS A HOLIDAY WEEKEND.
  • 00:14:03.956 --> 00:14:06.025
  • I KNEW NOBODY WOULDPROBABLY BE THERE.
  • 00:14:06.025 --> 00:14:08.027
  • AND THE PEOPLE WHO WERETHERE WOULD BE DISTRACTED
  • 00:14:08.027 --> 00:14:10.763
  • BY THE FESTIVITIESOF THE HOLIDAY.
  • 00:14:10.763 --> 00:14:12.631
  • SO NOBODY WOULD COME FORWARDAT THE INVITATION TIME.
  • 00:14:12.631 --> 00:14:15.434
  • AND SO I JUST PRAYED.
  • 00:14:15.434 --> 00:14:17.303
  • I SAID, LORD, I AM PRAYINGTHAT YOUR WILL WOULD BE DONE.
  • 00:14:17.303 --> 00:14:20.806
  • ISAIAH 55:11 SAYS, "YOURWORD WILL NOT RETURN VOID.
  • 00:14:20.806 --> 00:14:25.177
  • IT WILL ACCOMPLISH THE PURPOSEFOR WHAT YOU'D SET FOR IT."
  • 00:14:25.177 --> 00:14:28.047
  • AND I'M PRAYING THAT YOUWOULD FULFILL THAT PROMISE.
  • 00:14:28.047 --> 00:14:31.216
  • AND WHEN I CAME IN THATSUNDAY MORNING, I WAS SHOCKED.
  • 00:14:31.216 --> 00:14:34.119
  • THE PLACE WAS FILLED.
  • 00:14:34.119 --> 00:14:35.654
  • WHEN THE INVITATION WAS GIVENDOZENS OF PEOPLE CAME FORWARD
  • 00:14:35.654 --> 00:14:38.624
  • THAT DAY BECAUSE I WAS PRAYINGACCORDING TO THE WILL OF GOD.
  • 00:14:38.624 --> 00:14:44.964
  • WE CAN KNOW THAT WEARE PRAYING WITH POWER.
  • 00:14:44.964 --> 00:14:48.434
  • WHEN WE PRAY, ACCORDINGTO THE WILL OF GOD.
  • 00:14:48.434 --> 00:14:51.503
  • NOW ME ON THIS, THEREIS NOTHING WRONG
  • 00:14:51.503 --> 00:14:53.339
  • AND EVERYTHING RIGHTWITH PRAYING FORWHAT IS IN OUR HEART,
  • 00:14:53.339 --> 00:15:01.046
  • WHAT IS IN OUR INTEREST,PRAYING FOR THE THINGS
  • 00:15:01.046 --> 00:15:03.449
  • THAT WE ARE INTERESTED IN.
  • 00:15:03.449 --> 00:15:05.417
  • WE OUGHT TO PRAYFOR THOSE THINGS.
  • 00:15:05.417 --> 00:15:07.653
  • BUT WHEN WE PRAY ABOUT THETHINGS, GOD IS INTERESTED IN
  • 00:15:07.653 --> 00:15:10.255
  • WE CAN KNOW HE'S GOING TOANSWER OUR PRAYER DRAMATICALLY.
  • 00:15:10.255 --> 00:15:16.729
  • A THIRD PRINCIPLE
  • 00:15:16.729 --> 00:15:19.631
  • FOR POWERFUL PRAYING ISFOCUS ON GLORIFYING GOD.
  • 00:15:19.631 --> 00:15:22.368
  • FOCUS ON GLORIFYING GOD.
  • 00:15:22.368 --> 00:15:25.437
  • REMEMBER ELIJAH HAD DEDICATEDHIS WHOLE LIFE TO PROVING
  • 00:15:25.437 --> 00:15:30.309
  • THAT JEHOVAH WAS THEONLY TRUE GOD IN ISRAEL.
  • 00:15:30.309 --> 00:15:32.711
  • IN FACT, REMEMBER WHATELIJAH'S NAME MEANT,
  • 00:15:32.711 --> 00:15:34.813
  • HIS VERY NAME MEANTJEHOVAH IS MY GOD.
  • 00:15:34.813 --> 00:15:40.686
  • SO IT SHOULD BE NO SURPRISE
  • 00:15:40.686 --> 00:15:41.854
  • THAT WHEN ELIJAH PRAYEDTHIS PRAYER TO GOD
  • 00:15:41.854 --> 00:15:44.723
  • AT THE CORE OF HIS PRAYERWAS A DESIRE TO GLORIFY GOD.
  • 00:15:44.723 --> 00:15:48.761
  • LOOK AGAIN AT VERSES 36AND 37 OF 1 KINGS 18.
  • 00:15:48.761 --> 00:15:52.297
  • "OH LORD, THE GOD OF ABRAHAM,ISAAC AND ISRAEL TODAY
  • 00:15:52.297 --> 00:15:56.268
  • LET IT BE KNOWNTHAT YOU ARE GOD.
  • 00:15:56.268 --> 00:15:59.271
  • ANSWER ME, OH LORD, ANSWER ME
  • 00:15:59.271 --> 00:16:01.306
  • THAT THIS PEOPLE MAY KNOWTHAT YOU, OH LORD ARE GOD."
  • 00:16:01.306 --> 00:16:07.780
  • THAT WAS HIS SINGULAR DESIREIN LIFE TO MAKE PEOPLE AWARE
  • 00:16:07.780 --> 00:16:11.417
  • THAT THERE WAS ONLY ONEGOD WORTHY OF OUR WORSHIP.
  • 00:16:11.417 --> 00:16:15.220
  • YOU KNOW, I REMEMBERAS A CHILD GROWING
  • 00:16:15.220 --> 00:16:17.990
  • UP IN OUR CHURCH OVERIN THE OLD SANCTUARY
  • 00:16:17.990 --> 00:16:20.559
  • I REMEMBER SITTING UP IN THEBALCONY ON SUNDAY NIGHTS.
  • 00:16:20.559 --> 00:16:23.028
  • AND I REMEMBER MY FAVORITEHYMN WAS HYMN NUMBER ONE
  • 00:16:23.028 --> 00:16:26.432
  • IN THE BAPTIST HYMNAL.
  • 00:16:26.432 --> 00:16:27.900
  • HOLY HOLY HOLY.
  • 00:16:27.900 --> 00:16:31.036
  • THE REASON THAT WAS MYFAVORITE HYMN BACK THEN
  • 00:16:31.036 --> 00:16:33.705
  • WAS IT WAS THE SHORTESTHYMN IN THE BAPTIST HYMNAL.
  • 00:16:33.705 --> 00:16:37.009
  • AND I KNEW WHENEVER THAT WASSCHEDULED FOR SUNDAY NIGHT
  • 00:16:37.009 --> 00:16:39.945
  • WE WERE SURE TO GET OUT OFCHURCH EARLY THAT NIGHT.
  • 00:16:39.945 --> 00:16:42.514
  • I HAVE A MORE WHOLLY REASONFOR LIKING THAT SONG TODAY.
  • 00:16:42.514 --> 00:16:47.286
  • THAT SONG IS THE VERYESSENCE OF WHO GOD IS.
  • 00:16:47.286 --> 00:16:53.659
  • IT'S BASED ON ISAIAH 6:3.
  • 00:16:53.659 --> 00:16:55.928
  • REMEMBER WHEN ISAIAHSAW THE VISIONS
  • 00:16:55.928 --> 00:16:57.763
  • OF THE ANGELS WHO WERECRYING OUT HOLY HOLY HOLY
  • 00:16:57.763 --> 00:17:01.433
  • IS THE LORD OF HOSTS.
  • 00:17:01.433 --> 00:17:02.968
  • THE WHOLE EARTH ISFULL OF HIS GLORY.
  • 00:17:02.968 --> 00:17:06.338
  • THAT WORD, HOLY COMES FROMTHE HEBREW WORD KADOSH
  • 00:17:06.338 --> 00:17:09.675
  • WHICH MEANS TO CUT TO SEPARATE.
  • 00:17:09.675 --> 00:17:12.778
  • WHEN WE SAY GOD IS HOLY.
  • 00:17:12.778 --> 00:17:15.380
  • WHAT WE'RE SAYING ISGOD IS A CUT ABOVE.
  • 00:17:15.380 --> 00:17:18.183
  • GOD IS SEPARATE FROM ANYTHINGOR ANYONE IN CREATION.
  • 00:17:18.183 --> 00:17:24.623
  • HE IS HOLY AND HE ALONEIS WORTHY OF OUR WORSHIP.
  • 00:17:24.623 --> 00:17:28.894
  • AND ELIJAH SAID, MY ONEAIM IN LIFE IS TO PROVE
  • 00:17:28.894 --> 00:17:31.396
  • THAT TO THE ENTIRE WORLD ANDGOD THAT'S WHY I'M ASKING YOU
  • 00:17:31.396 --> 00:17:34.933
  • TO LAP UP THE SACRIFICEAND FIRE SO THAT
  • 00:17:34.933 --> 00:17:38.203
  • THE WHOLE WORLD MAY KNOWYOU ARE THE ONE TRUE GOD.
  • 00:17:38.203 --> 00:17:41.573
  • THAT WAS THE FOCUSOF HIS PRAYER.
  • 00:17:41.573 --> 00:17:43.942
  • AND THAT'S WHY GODANSWERED THE PRAYER.
  • 00:17:43.942 --> 00:17:46.278
  • WHEN I WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL,SOMEBODY GAVE ME A COPY OF THE
  • 00:17:46.278 --> 00:17:49.414
  • OF GEORGE MUELLER,OF BRISTOL, ENGLAND.
  • 00:17:49.414 --> 00:17:52.818
  • THOSE OF YOU WHO KNOWABOUT GEORGE MUELLER KNOW
  • 00:17:52.818 --> 00:17:55.721
  • THAT IN THE 19THCENTURY, HE HAD A NUMBER
  • 00:17:55.721 --> 00:17:58.157
  • OF ORPHANAGES IN GREAT BRITAIN.
  • 00:17:58.157 --> 00:18:01.160
  • BUT WHAT GEORGEMUELLER IS MOST KNOWN
  • 00:18:01.160 --> 00:18:03.095
  • FOR IS THE PRAYER JOURNALHE KEPT IN WHICH HE RECORDED
  • 00:18:03.095 --> 00:18:06.298
  • OVER 50.000 ANSWERS TOPRAYERS IN HIS LIFE.
  • 00:18:06.298 --> 00:18:12.671
  • I MEAN, PRAYING WAS ASNORMAL FOR HIM AS BREATHING.
  • 00:18:12.671 --> 00:18:14.339
  • EVEN WHEN HE FACED AN IMPOSSIBLESITUATION, ONE MORNING
  • 00:18:14.339 --> 00:18:18.010
  • HE AWAKENED AND HEDISCOVERED THERE WAS NO MILK
  • 00:18:18.010 --> 00:18:21.847
  • FOR THE CHILDREN ATTHE ORPHANAGE, NOFOOD, NO MONEY TO BUY
  • 00:18:21.847 --> 00:18:27.586
  • WHAT THEY NEEDED.
  • 00:18:27.586 --> 00:18:28.387
  • AND SO WHAT DID HE DO?
  • 00:18:28.387 --> 00:18:29.821
  • HE JUST DROPPED TO HISKNEES AND HE BEGAN PRAYING.
  • 00:18:29.821 --> 00:18:31.557
  • HE SAID, "GOD,THIS IS YOUR NEED.
  • 00:18:31.557 --> 00:18:33.525
  • THIS IS YOUR WORK.
  • 00:18:33.525 --> 00:18:34.760
  • PLEASE PROVIDE FORTHESE CHILDREN."
  • 00:18:34.760 --> 00:18:37.429
  • AND MUELLER SAID, WHILE HEWAS ON HIS KNEES PRAYING.
  • 00:18:37.429 --> 00:18:39.965
  • (TABLE BANGING)
  • 00:18:39.965 --> 00:18:41.500
  • HE HEARD A KNOCK ATTHE ORPHANAGE DOOR.
  • 00:18:41.500 --> 00:18:43.535
  • HE GOT UP, OPENED IT.
  • 00:18:43.535 --> 00:18:45.037
  • A MAN WAS STANDING THEREAND HE SAID, MY MILK CART
  • 00:18:45.037 --> 00:18:47.940
  • I WAS DRIVING JUST BROKE DOWNIN FRONT OF YOUR ORPHANAGE.
  • 00:18:47.940 --> 00:18:51.843
  • AND I HAVE ALL OF THESECONTAINERS OF MILK.
  • 00:18:51.843 --> 00:18:54.947
  • AND THE MILK IS GOING TO SPOIL.
  • 00:18:54.947 --> 00:18:56.448
  • WOULD YOU, BY CHANCE HAVEANY USE FOR THIS MILK?
  • 00:18:56.448 --> 00:19:00.052
  • GOD PROVIDED IN A DRAMATIC WAY.
  • 00:19:00.052 --> 00:19:02.054
  • HE HAD 50.000 EXAMPLES LIKE THAT
  • 00:19:02.054 --> 00:19:04.690
  • IN HIS LIFE OF ANSWERED PRAYER.
  • 00:19:04.690 --> 00:19:07.693
  • WHY DID GOD ANSWER THEPRAYERS OF GEORGE MUELLER?
  • 00:19:07.693 --> 00:19:11.496
  • THE ANSWER IS FOUND
  • 00:19:11.496 --> 00:19:12.965
  • IN HIS BOOK WHEN HESAID, "THE PRIMARY OBJECT
  • 00:19:12.965 --> 00:19:17.269
  • OF MY LIFE AND WORK IS TOSHOW BEFORE THE WHOLE WORLD
  • 00:19:17.269 --> 00:19:22.207
  • THAT EVEN IN THESELAST EVIL DAYS,
  • 00:19:22.207 --> 00:19:24.776
  • THE LIVING GOD IS READY TOPROVE HIMSELF AS THE LIVING GOD
  • 00:19:24.776 --> 00:19:29.448
  • BY BEING EVER WILLING TO HELP
  • 00:19:29.448 --> 00:19:31.950
  • AND ANSWER THE PRAYERS OFTHOSE WHO TRUST IN HIM."
  • 00:19:31.950 --> 00:19:36.888
  • GEORGE MUELLER HAD AS HISLIFE FOCUS, THE GLORY OF GOD.
  • 00:19:36.888 --> 00:19:43.028
  • AND WHEN THAT IS YOUR LIFEFOCUS AND MY LIFE FOCUS
  • 00:19:43.028 --> 00:19:45.397
  • WE CAN KNOW GOD IS GOINGTO ANSWER OUR PRAYERS.
  • 00:19:45.397 --> 00:19:49.001
  • NOW WE'VE TALKED ABOUT THEPRELUDE, THE PREREQUISITE
  • 00:19:49.001 --> 00:19:52.037
  • THE PRINCIPLES FORPOWERFUL PRAYING.
  • 00:19:52.037 --> 00:19:54.006
  • LET'S LOOK FINALLY AT THEPRACTICE OF POWERFUL PRAYING.
  • 00:19:54.006 --> 00:19:58.443
  • GO BACK TO 1 KINGS 18.
  • 00:19:58.443 --> 00:20:01.313
  • DID YOU KNOW MOST PEOPLETHINK THAT THE CLIMAX
  • 00:20:01.313 --> 00:20:03.915
  • OF THE STORY IN 1 KINGS 18IS THE FIRE FALLING DOWN
  • 00:20:03.915 --> 00:20:07.686
  • FROM HEAVEN AND CONSUMINGTHE ANIMAL SACRIFICE?
  • 00:20:07.686 --> 00:20:11.290
  • I WANT TO CONFESS TO YOUUP UNTIL VERY RECENTLY
  • 00:20:11.290 --> 00:20:14.426
  • I THOUGHT THAT WAS THECLIMAX OF THE STORY AS WELL.
  • 00:20:14.426 --> 00:20:17.396
  • BUT AS I BEGIN PREPARINGTHIS SERIES OF MESSAGES
  • 00:20:17.396 --> 00:20:20.032
  • I DISCOVERED MAYBESOMETHING YOU ALREADY KNOW.
  • 00:20:20.032 --> 00:20:22.668
  • I DIDN'T KNOW.
  • 00:20:22.668 --> 00:20:24.069
  • THERE WAS NOT ONE PRAYERELIJAH OFFERED ON MOUNT CARMEL.
  • 00:20:24.069 --> 00:20:27.472
  • THERE WERE TWOPRAYERS HE OFFERED.
  • 00:20:27.472 --> 00:20:31.410
  • THE FIRST PRAYER WASTHE PRAYER FOR GOD
  • 00:20:31.410 --> 00:20:34.146
  • TO BRING FIRE DOWN ANDCONSUME THE SACRIFICE.
  • 00:20:34.146 --> 00:20:37.816
  • BUT REMEMBER THAT REALLY WASN'T
  • 00:20:37.816 --> 00:20:39.985
  • THE REASON HE HAD GONE TO AHAB.
  • 00:20:39.985 --> 00:20:42.087
  • REMEMBER IN FIRSTKINGS 18, AFTER THREE
  • 00:20:42.087 --> 00:20:45.757
  • AND A HALF YEARS OF DROUGHT ANDI ELIJAH AND BEING IN HIDING
  • 00:20:45.757 --> 00:20:49.661
  • GOD SAYS TO ELIJAH, "OKAY,IT'S TIME TO GO BACK
  • 00:20:49.661 --> 00:20:52.964
  • TO AHAB AND TELL AHABTHAT THE RAIN IS COMING.
  • 00:20:52.964 --> 00:20:57.569
  • IT IS GOING TO RAIN."
  • 00:20:57.569 --> 00:20:59.705
  • AND SO ELIJAH DID GO UPON TOP OF MOUNT CARMEL
  • 00:20:59.705 --> 00:21:02.708
  • HAD THIS CONTEST WITH THEPROPHETS OF BAAL, PROVING
  • 00:21:02.708 --> 00:21:04.976
  • THAT GOD IS THE ONLY GOD.
  • 00:21:04.976 --> 00:21:06.478
  • AND THAT BROUGHT DOWNTHE FIRE FROM HEAVEN.
  • 00:21:06.478 --> 00:21:09.114
  • BUT THE RAIN FROMHEAVEN HAD NOT YET COME
  • 00:21:09.114 --> 00:21:12.351
  • AND ELIJAH NEEDED TOPRAY FOR THAT AS WELL.
  • 00:21:12.351 --> 00:21:14.453
  • SO LOOK AT VERSE 42,OF 1 KINGS 18
  • 00:21:14.453 --> 00:21:17.622
  • ELIJAH WENT UP TO THE TOP OFCARMEL AND HE CROUCHED DOWN ON
  • 00:21:17.622 --> 00:21:22.594
  • THE EARTH AND HE PUT HISFACE BETWEEN HIS KNEES.
  • 00:21:22.594 --> 00:21:25.364
  • AND HE SAID TO HIS SERVANT
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  • GO UP NOW AND LOOKTOWARD THE SEA.
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  • SO HE WENT UP AND LOOKEDAND SAID, THERE'S NOTHING.
  • 00:21:28.300 --> 00:21:30.936
  • AND SO ELIJAH SAID GO BACK.
  • 00:21:30.936 --> 00:21:32.938
  • AND HE SAID IT SEVEN TIMES.
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  • SO IT CAME ABOUT IN A LITTLEWHILE THAT THE SKY GREW BLACK
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  • WITH CLOUDS AND WIND, ANDTHERE WAS A HEAVY SHOWER."
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  • ELIJAH'S FIRST PRAYER
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  • ON MOUNT CARMEL BROUGHTAN INSTANT DRAMATIC ANSWER
  • 00:21:45.984 --> 00:21:50.122
  • WITH THE FIRE FALLING DOWN.
  • 00:21:50.122 --> 00:21:51.857
  • BUT IT WAS ELIJAH SECOND PRAYER
  • 00:21:51.857 --> 00:21:54.359
  • THAT BROUGHT THERAIN FROM HEAVEN.
  • 00:21:54.359 --> 00:21:57.162
  • SO LET'S LOOK AT FOUR PRINCIPLESHERE FOR POWERFUL PRAYING
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  • THAT WE FIND INELIJAH'S SECOND PRAYER
  • 00:22:01.900 --> 00:22:05.237
  • THAT GOD'S PROMISED RAIN.
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  • FIRST OF ALL, PRAYPRIVATELY, PRAY PRIVATELY.
  • 00:22:07.973 --> 00:22:14.346
  • IF YOU WANT TO EXPERIENCEPOWERFUL ANSWERS TO YOUR PRAYER.
  • 00:22:14.346 --> 00:22:17.883
  • NOW THERE ARE TIMES
  • 00:22:17.883 --> 00:22:19.317
  • THAT WE CAN PRAY WITH OTHERPEOPLE, MAYBE OUR MATE
  • 00:22:19.317 --> 00:22:21.553
  • MAYBE OUR CHILDREN,MAYBE AT CHURCH.
  • 00:22:21.553 --> 00:22:24.389
  • BUT YOU KNOW I HAVEFOUND IN MY OWN LIFE
  • 00:22:24.389 --> 00:22:27.025
  • WHEN I'M PRAYING OUT LOUD,
  • 00:22:27.025 --> 00:22:28.827
  • WHETHER IT'S BEFORE A FEWDOZEN PEOPLE OR 10.000 PEOPLE,
  • 00:22:28.827 --> 00:22:35.200
  • I'M SO FOCUSED ON MY WORD CHOICEAND HOW IT'S COMING ACROSS
  • 00:22:35.200 --> 00:22:38.637
  • AND WHAT OTHER PEOPLE MAYBE THINKING THAT I FORGET
  • 00:22:38.637 --> 00:22:41.306
  • I'M NOT TALKING TO THEM,I'M TALKING TO HIM.
  • 00:22:41.306 --> 00:22:43.642
  • MATTHEW 6:6, "BUT YOU WHEN YOUPRAY, GO INTO YOUR INNER ROOM
  • 00:22:43.642 --> 00:22:50.115
  • AND WHEN YOU HAVE SHUT YOURDOOR, PRAY TO YOUR FATHER
  • 00:22:50.115 --> 00:22:52.717
  • WHO IS IN SECRET AND YOUR FATHER
  • 00:22:52.717 --> 00:22:54.586
  • WHO SEES IN SECRETWILL REPAY YOU."
  • 00:22:54.586 --> 00:23:03.595
  • MOST PEOPLE THINKTHAT THE CLIMAX
  • 00:23:03.595 --> 00:23:05.564
  • OF 1 KINGS 18 ISTHE FIRE FALLING
  • 00:23:05.564 --> 00:23:07.232
  • DOWN FROM HEAVEN. BUT THESTORY ISN'T OVER YET.
  • 00:23:07.232 --> 00:23:11.770
  • AND I HOPE YOU'LL JOINUS AGAIN NEXT TIME.
  • 00:23:11.770 --> 00:23:13.672
  • WHEN I SHOW YOUSEVERAL MORE PRINCIPLES
  • 00:23:13.672 --> 00:23:16.608
  • FOR PRAYING WITH POWER.
  • 00:23:16.608 --> 00:23:18.810
  • IN THE TIME REMAINING,I WANT TO AFFIRM
  • 00:23:18.810 --> 00:23:20.712
  • THAT YOUR GENEROUS GIVING ISWHAT ALLOWS ME TO ENCOURAGE
  • 00:23:20.712 --> 00:23:24.216
  • AND EQUIP VIEWERS LIKEYOU AND TO SPEAK BOLDLY
  • 00:23:24.216 --> 00:23:27.619
  • TO OUR TROUBLED COUNTRY WITHBIBLICAL TRUTH IN THE MIDST
  • 00:23:27.619 --> 00:23:31.323
  • OF TRULY CHALLENGING DAYS.
  • 00:23:31.323 --> 00:23:33.825
  • IN FACT, BY THE GRACE OF GODAND BECAUSE OF YOUR SUPPORT
  • 00:23:33.825 --> 00:23:36.661
  • WE ARE REACHING MORE PEOPLE
  • 00:23:36.661 --> 00:23:38.396
  • THAN EVER BEFORE ONTV, RADIO AND ONLINE.
  • 00:23:38.396 --> 00:23:42.300
  • PATHWAY TO VICTORY IS GROWING
  • 00:23:42.300 --> 00:23:44.035
  • AND GOD IS TRULYBLESSING OUR PARTNERSHIP.
  • 00:23:44.035 --> 00:23:47.072
  • SO THANK YOU FOR HELPINGME PROCLAIM THE GOSPEL
  • 00:23:47.072 --> 00:23:50.976
  • OF JESUS CHRIST ANDFOR STANDING WITH ME
  • 00:23:50.976 --> 00:23:53.778
  • TO CONTINUE THIS BOLD,BIBLICAL AND PRACTICAL MINISTRY
  • 00:23:53.778 --> 00:23:57.782
  • THAT TRANSFORMS LIVESAROUND THE WORLD.
  • 00:23:57.782 --> 00:24:01.219
  • NOW STAY RIGHTTHERE, I'LL BE BACK
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  • WITH MORE PATHWAY TOVICTORY IN JUST A MOMENT.
  • 00:24:02.721 --> 00:24:07.225
  • [NARRATOR] BASED ONTHE INSPIRATIONAL LIFE
  • 00:24:07.225 --> 00:24:09.194
  • OF ELIJAH, DR. JEFFERSON'SBEST-SELLING BOOK
  • 00:24:09.194 --> 00:24:11.963
  • CHOOSING THE EXTRAORDINARYLIFE, IDENTIFY SEVEN
  • 00:24:11.963 --> 00:24:15.200
  • BIBLICAL SECRETS FORSUCCESS AND SIGNIFICANCE.
  • 00:24:15.200 --> 00:24:17.669
  • MOST OF US DON'T WAKE UPIN THE MORNING, FEELING
  • 00:24:17.669 --> 00:24:20.472
  • LIKE SUPERHEROES,READY TO SLAY GIANTS
  • 00:24:20.472 --> 00:24:23.275
  • OR SOLVE THE WORLD'S PROBLEMS.
  • 00:24:23.275 --> 00:24:25.744
  • IN FACT, MOST PEOPLE ARE SIMPLYTRYING TO SURVIVE THE DAY.
  • 00:24:25.744 --> 00:24:28.547
  • BUT BENEATH THE SURFACE, WEALL LONG FOR A GENUINE SENSE
  • 00:24:28.547 --> 00:24:32.984
  • OF PURPOSE, POWER AND PASSION.
  • 00:24:32.984 --> 00:24:36.421
  • WHEREVER GOD HAS PLACED YOU,YOUR HOME, YOUR WORKPLACE,
  • 00:24:36.421 --> 00:24:42.827
  • YOUR FAMILY, GOD HAS PLACEDYOU THERE FOR A REASON.
  • 00:24:42.827 --> 00:24:45.597
  • YOUR SPECIFIC PURPOSEIN LIFE CAN BE DESCRIBED
  • 00:24:45.597 --> 00:24:48.400
  • AS THE STORY GOD CREATEDFOR YOU TO TELL THE WORLD.
  • 00:24:48.400 --> 00:24:52.671
  • REQUEST DR. JEFFERSONBEST-SELLING BOOK,
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  • "CHOOSING THEEXTRAORDINARY LIFE"
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  • WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT
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  • TO PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:24:58.209 --> 00:24:59.678
  • NO MATTER YOUR AGE ORSEASON OF LIFE GOD WANTS
  • 00:24:59.678 --> 00:25:02.347
  • TO UNLEASH HIS POWER INYOU TO FILL YOUR HEART
  • 00:25:02.347 --> 00:25:06.384
  • WITH PASSION AND YOURLIFE WITH PURPOSE.
  • 00:25:06.384 --> 00:25:09.888
  • [NARRATOR] AND WHENYOUR GIFT IS $75
  • 00:25:09.888 --> 00:25:11.723
  • OR MORE YOU'LL ALSO RECEIVETHE COMPLETE UNEDITED
  • 00:25:11.723 --> 00:25:15.260
  • "CHOOSING THE EXTRAORDINARYLIFE" TEACHING SERIES
  • 00:25:15.260 --> 00:25:18.196
  • ON CD AND DVD.
  • 00:25:18.196 --> 00:25:20.265
  • GOD HAS A GENERALPURPOSE FOR EVERYONE
  • 00:25:20.265 --> 00:25:23.501
  • BUT HE HAS A SPECIFICPURPOSE FOR YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:25:23.501 --> 00:25:26.871
  • LET TODAY BE THE DAY YOUCHOOSE THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE.
  • 00:25:26.871 --> 00:25:30.108
  • WHEN YOU REQUEST CHOOSINGTHE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE
  • 00:25:30.108 --> 00:25:33.144
  • FROM PATHWAY TO VICTORY
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  • ♪ MUSIC
  • 00:25:35.180 --> 00:25:36.848
  • GOD'S RESPONSE TOELIJAH'S PRAYER
  • 00:25:36.848 --> 00:25:38.783
  • WAS IMMEDIATE AND DRAMATIC.
  • 00:25:38.783 --> 00:25:41.252
  • ONE MOMENT ELIJAH'SPRAYER GOES UP
  • 00:25:41.252 --> 00:25:43.922
  • AND THE NEXT GOD'SFIRE COMES DOWN,
  • 00:25:43.922 --> 00:25:46.257
  • BUT THIS WASN'TA ONE-TIME FLUKE.
  • 00:25:46.257 --> 00:25:48.793
  • IN FACT, JUST A FEW VERSESLATER, WE SEE ELIJAH MAKE
  • 00:25:48.793 --> 00:25:52.764
  • A SECOND REQUEST,THIS TIME FOR RAIN.
  • 00:25:52.764 --> 00:25:55.634
  • AND GOD'S RESPONSEWAS JUST AS EFFECTIVE.
  • 00:25:55.634 --> 00:25:58.637
  • SO WHAT PRINCIPLES CAN WE DRAWFROM ELIJAH'S SECOND REQUEST?
  • 00:25:58.637 --> 00:26:03.308
  • THAT'S THE QUESTION WE'REGOING TO ANSWER NEXT TIME.
  • 00:26:03.308 --> 00:26:06.811
  • STAY TUNED FOR A PREVIEW
  • 00:26:06.811 --> 00:26:08.046
  • OF WHAT'S COMING UP NEXTON PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:26:08.046 --> 00:26:12.150
  • [NARRATOR] TODAY, WHEN YOUGIVE A GENEROUS GIFT TO SUPPORT
  • 00:26:12.150 --> 00:26:15.687
  • THE MINISTRY OF PATHWAY TOVICTORY, WE'LL SAY THANKS
  • 00:26:15.687 --> 00:26:17.922
  • BY SENDING YOU A COPY OF DR.JEFFERSON BESTSELLING BOOK,
  • 00:26:17.922 --> 00:26:21.259
  • "CHOOSING THEEXTRAORDINARY LIFE."
  • 00:26:21.259 --> 00:26:23.495
  • PLUS THE ELIJAH MAP IS OUR GIFT
  • 00:26:23.495 --> 00:26:25.764
  • TO YOU SIMPLY FOR CONTACTINGUS TODAY AT PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:26:25.764 --> 00:26:29.634
  • AND WHEN YOUR GIFTIS $75 OR MORE
  • 00:26:29.634 --> 00:26:32.137
  • WE'LL ALSO SEND YOU THE COMPLETE
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  • "CHOOSING THE EXTRAORDINARYLIFE" TEACHING SERIES
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  • ON CD AND DVD.
  • 00:26:37.108 --> 00:26:39.544
  • THESE PROGRAMS ARE MADE POSSIBLE
  • 00:26:39.544 --> 00:26:41.312
  • BECAUSE OF YOURGENEROUS SUPPORT.
  • 00:26:41.312 --> 00:26:43.381
  • SO THANKS FOR CALLING,WRITING OR GOING ONLINE
  • 00:26:43.381 --> 00:26:45.984
  • TO GIVE TODAY.
  • 00:26:45.984 --> 00:26:47.218
  • NOW, COMING UP NEXT TIMEON PATHWAY TO VICTORY
  • 00:26:47.218 --> 00:26:50.889
  • KEEP ON PRAYING.
  • 00:26:50.889 --> 00:26:52.590
  • JUST DON'T PRAY WHEN THEANSWER IS OBVIOUS AND EASY.
  • 00:26:52.590 --> 00:26:55.260
  • PRAY WHEN THE ANSWERSEEMS IMPOSSIBLE
  • 00:26:55.260 --> 00:26:58.830
  • AND KEEP ON PRAYING EVENAFTER GOD SAYS NO OR WAIT,
  • 00:26:58.830 --> 00:27:03.601
  • KEEP ON PRAYING UNTIL YOUGET A DEFINITIVE YES OR NO.
  • 00:27:03.601 --> 00:27:10.075
  • THOSE WHO PREVAIL IN PRAYERARE THOSE WHO ARE PERSISTENT
  • 00:27:10.075 --> 00:27:13.011
  • IN THEIR PRAYING,JUST LIKE ELIJAH WAS.
  • 00:27:13.011 --> 00:27:17.348
  • [NARRATOR] SET YOUR DVRAND JOIN US NEXT TIME
  • 00:27:17.348 --> 00:27:19.551
  • FOR PART TWO OF THE MESSAGEPRACTICING POWERFUL PRAYING
  • 00:27:19.551 --> 00:27:23.088
  • HERE ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:27:23.088 --> 00:27:25.023
  • ♪ MUSIC
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