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When You Pray

Watch When You Pray
January 17, 2021
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Ed Young creatively presents inspirational and biblical truth for every area of life.

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  • Pastor Ed Young: The churchshould be the most creative
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  • entity in the world.
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  • The church is where it happens,the church is where we find
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  • purpose and meaning and power.
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  • The church is the living,breathing body of Christ.
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  • Wisdom, though, is seeing lifethrough the perspective of God.
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  • You've never locked eyes withsomeone that Jesus did not
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  • die for.
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  • Pastor Ed Young: Thanks so muchfor watching Ed
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  • Young Television.
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  • You know the next 30 minutes Ibelieve can change the course of
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  • your life.
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  • So sit back and lean in, becauseI believe God is going to do
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  • some amazing things in your lifeand in mine.
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  • Pastor Ed Young: When our oldestdaughter, Lee Beth, was three
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  • years old, we were getting readyfor church, and she walked into
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  • our bedroom and asked us, Mommy,Daddy, I wanna get a brother or
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  • a sister.
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  • I want to have a bigger family.
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  • Well, obviously she'd beenwatching Sesame Street and they
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  • were talking about how great itis to have a family and brothers
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  • and sisters.
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  • So Lisa wisely said, Lee Beth,just pray about it.
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  • So we watched Lee Beth kindatoddle into her play room, pick
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  • up her Fisher Price phone, andshe said into the receiver, God,
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  • this is Lee Beth.
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  • I want a brother or sister.
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  • I'll see you in a little while.
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  • Bye!
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  • [laughter]
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  • I wish prayer was that easy, youknow?
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  • Hey God, I'm goin' to church,I'll see you in a little while.
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  • Just a direct line to God.
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  • Would that be crazy or what?
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  • Prayer.
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  • When I say the word prayer, whatdo you think about?
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  • Everyone prays.
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  • We do.
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  • Sometimes we pray a microwaveprayer, other times a 9-1-1
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  • prayer, sometimes a God bless meprayer, or God take care of me
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  • prayer, or God protect meprayer.
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  • People pray.
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  • We talk to God.
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  • I've been married for 37 years,I know that's a shocker because
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  • I'm barely over 40, I'm 41, andLisa and I, as you've heard me
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  • say, have written extensivelyabout marriage, we've lectured
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  • about marriage.
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  • Marriage is not always easy.
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  • Some guys are afraid to clap.
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  • [clapping]
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  • And some of the singles werelike, oh, it will be when I
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  • get married.
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  • [laughs]
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  • Marriage is not always easy.
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  • Marriage can be the greatestthing in the world.
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  • It should be, next to ourrelationship with Jesus, if
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  • we're willing to work at it.
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  • How do you work your marriage?
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  • Well, you can't just text oneanother.
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  • And all the young people arelike, you can't?
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  • No?
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  • You can't just build a greatmarriage Face Timing
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  • one another.
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  • No, no, no.
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  • You have to have those times ofconnectivity.
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  • You've gotta communicate.
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  • You've gotta have intimacy inmarriage for marriage to work.
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  • Likewise in the Christian life.
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  • I can't just casually orflippantly talk to God, I can't
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  • just lob one up to heaven nowand then, I can't just say, like
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  • a friend of mine told merecently, you know, I pray
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  • probably twice a year.
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  • You're not going to have arelationship, a connection with
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  • God like that.
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  • We're made in the image of God.
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  • In other words, we want torelate.
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  • We have a relationally, drivenGod.
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  • He wants to connect with you andme.
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  • He wants a relationship with youand me, so much that he sent
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  • Jesus, even though we didn'tdeserve it, to die on the cross
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  • for our sins and to rise again.
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  • God did that for thisrelationship.
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  • If you think about it, the Godof the universe wants you and
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  • me, our heavenly Father, to talkto him.
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  • I'm a father.
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  • How many fathers do we have inthe house?
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  • You're a father?
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  • All right.
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  • I remember when our kids wereyounger, as I alluded to earlier
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  • with Lee Beth, and you know wehave four kids and now a couple
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  • of grandkids, but I remember Ias a dad liking it when my kids
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  • would ask me for stuff, eventhough I would say no a lot of
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  • the times.
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  • [laughter]
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  • I knew what was best for them.
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  • I remember one time when ourtwins, the twin towers, were, I
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  • don't know, 12, 13, they werelike, yeah, please get us a cell
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  • phone, everybody has a cellphone.
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  • I mean, six-year-old kids havecell phones.
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  • Dad, please, please, please.
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  • I said, no, no, no.
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  • Dad, please, I know you'll doit, Mom says no but you will.
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  • You know?
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  • At early ages they learn, don'tthey, how to play one against
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  • the other.
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  • So Laurie and Landra are smart.
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  • They made a poster and presentedit to me in my office regarding
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  • why they needed a cellphone.
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  • Then they did a PowerPointpresentation.
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  • And on top of that, Laurie tapedpictures of various cell phones
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  • around the house.
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  • So I could not get away fromcell phone, cell phone, I wanna
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  • cell phone, cell phone, cellphone.
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  • I said no for a long time,because I had their best
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  • interests in mind.
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  • Then I said, wait.
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  • And finally, one day, that'sright, that glorious day I,
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  • said, you can have a cell phone.
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  • But I enjoyed them asking me.
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  • Our heavenly Father loves us toask him for things.
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  • I think sometimes we think, oh,I shouldn't ask God.
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  • Maybe you've heard a lecture onprayer and you've heard someone
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  • say, yes, talk to God about God,and adore him and glorify him.
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  • And we're to do that.
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  • However, God also loves it whenwe ask him for things.
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  • Many times he's gonna say, uhuh, nope.
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  • Sometimes he'll say, wait.
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  • Other times he'll say, yes.
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  • This series is called, "In theYear 2030."
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  • We're thinking about 3.650 days,right?
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  • That's a decade.
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  • Is my math correct?
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  • That's pretty good, for me.
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  • 3.650 days.
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  • So we can upgrade our decade bydoing three things.
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  • We've been in Matthew chapter 6,Jesus talked about these
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  • three things.
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  • He said, when, not if, when youfast.
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  • What does the fast mean?
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  • Followers fast because if youwanna follow fast you fast.
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  • Fasting means I'm gonna redirectthis appetite that I have with
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  • food toward the things of God.
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  • And as I fast I realize God isthe source of everything.
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  • And as I fast I say to myself,wow, God, it's about you.
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  • I mean, my life, my everything,is from you.
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  • And as I fast I realize, God,and in my prayers, it's not what
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  • I want, but it's what you wantfor my life.
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  • So what if, and I even made thisrecording I think on my social
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  • media feed today, here's what Isaid about prayer.
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  • What if prayer was not likesaying, oh, I want this?
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  • What if prayer is not about justthe ask?
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  • What if it's not?
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  • What if prayer is aboutalignment?
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  • Let me say that again.
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  • What if prayer's not just aboutasking, which I do a lot, and we
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  • all do, I'm not saying youshouldn't or I shouldn't.
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  • What if prayer, the real goal ofit, was about alignment?
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  • If we're saying, God, it's notwhat I want, this is tough for
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  • me, because I want what I want,right?
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  • It's not what I want, God, it'swhat you want.
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  • I want your wants to be mywants.
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  • That's why Jesus said, thinkabout it.
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  • This is spiritual symmetry.
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  • When you fast, when you pray,
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  • when you give, when I give.
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  • Well, giving is the same.
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  • When I give I'm saying, God,it's not mine, it's yours.
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  • God, I want this.
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  • But it's not about my blingdom,it's about your kingdom.
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  • As I give, as I release mystuff, and then I realize, no,
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  • it's not my stuff, it's God'sstuff, it's a reminder, once
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  • again, it's about God.
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  • When I give, it's about God.
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  • When I pray, it's about God.
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  • When I fast, it's about god.
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  • It's about God.
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  • It's about God.
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  • Win, win, win!
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  • You wanna win-win-win situation?
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  • You wanna upgrade your decade?
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  • Spiritual symmetry.
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  • Three simple yet profoundthings.
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  • What if LeBron James walked uphere?
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  • Park, what if he walked up here?
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  • That's my man, Park.
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  • Lift your hand, Park.
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  • Park's grown up here.
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  • What if LeBron James walked inright now, what if he was
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  • backstage and he goes, I wannateach you how to shoot a
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  • jump shot.
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  • Would you listen?
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  • I would too.
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  • What if Taylor Swift came offthe front row and goes, can I
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  • teach you guys a little bitabout singing?
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  • Songwriting?
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  • We would pay attention.
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  • Taylor Swift!
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  • What if Jeff Bezos or MarkZuckerberg talked about finances
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  • or being an entrepreneur.
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  • Would you listen?
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  • I sure would.
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  • What if Donald Trump talkedabout orange hair dye?
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  • Would you listen?
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  • [laughter]
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  • Yes!
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  • I don't know why I said that.
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  • Oh my.
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  • The guy's totally orange, Idon't know how he does it.
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  • Is that tanning cream orsomething?
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  • Anyway, that was really funny.
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  • Amen?
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  • [laughter]
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  • Well, Jesus tells us somethingabout prayer, and this is the
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  • only time where we're taught, Imean, from him, from anybody in
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  • Scripture, about prayer.
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  • So Jesus says, hey.
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  • I'll teach you how to pray.
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  • Why did he say that?
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  • Because the disciples go, Lord,teach us to pray.
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  • They didn't say, teach us toheal.
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  • Sorry, faith healers.
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  • They didn't say, Jesus, teach usto preach a sermon!
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  • No.
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  • The disciples said, teach us towhat?
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  • Pray.
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  • There was something about theway he prayed that was unique,
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  • that was different that rockedthem.
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  • If you have your Bibles turn toMatthew chapter 6, this is the
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  • greatest sermon ever preached.
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  • I was there a couple of weeksago with about 97
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  • fellowshippers, right there,right in the spot where Jesus
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  • preached this message.
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  • He used technology back them,because the acoustics are sick.
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  • You can talk like this.
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  • [speaks quietly]
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  • And you can hear like way, way,way far away.
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  • So thousands of people were inthis kind of amphitheatre-type
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  • setting, Jesus is sitting down.
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  • So often he sat down when hetalked.
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  • And the disciples, I've got myBible backwards, and the
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  • disciples just simply asked him,teach us to pray.
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  • So here's what he said.
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  • Matthew chapter 6, verses 5-6.
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  • And I'll give you the Wikipedia.
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  • He said, when you pray, don'tpray like the hypocrites.
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  • Don't [makes trumpet sound]
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  • read it.
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  • Toot your own horn, that's whathe said.
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  • Don't, Hey, I'm fasting!
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  • Oh, watch me, I'm giving!
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  • Would you name this after me,too?
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  • He said, just do it.
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  • Skip down to verse 6. But whenyou pray.
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  • He's talking about when.
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  • We should pray all the time,really.
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  • Short prayers, medium-sizeprayers, big prayers,
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  • public prayers.
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  • pray, pray, pray, pray, pray.
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  • How do you pray?
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  • You start praying.
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  • No really, Ed, I want somethingdeep.
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  • Well that's it, I'm talkin'about the Bible.
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  • How do you pray?
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  • You just start talking.
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  • You start talking to God.
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  • About what?
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  • Give you a great example.
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  • Moses.
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  • One time Moses had it.
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  • Hey moms, sometimes do you reachthe end of your fuse with
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  • your kid?
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  • You're like, I cannot handlethis, just, yeah, okay.
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  • That's what Moses was like.
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  • He's like, these kids arewearing me out!
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  • Lord, they're wearing me out!
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  • I can't stand it!
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  • And he throws a spiritual tempertantrum, this is Moses, to God
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  • in prayer.
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  • Pastor Ed Young: Elisha, somehowhe had male pattern baldness.
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  • Read about it.
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  • You think I'm kidding you.
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  • And these kids were making funof Elisha.
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  • ha ha ha, baldy, ha ha ha, cueball, ha ha ha, you look
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  • really weird.
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  • He got so angry he said, God,send some grizzly bears to chase
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  • these kids away and maul them!
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  • This is Elisha!
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  • David.
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  • King David, a man after God'sown heart.
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  • People were chasing him, tryingto kill him.
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  • In anger, again, he said to God,God, nuke them and their
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  • entire families!
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  • God can take your anger andmine.
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  • Lord, why does this person, whois not half as talented as me,
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  • have this opportunity and Idon't?
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  • That's prayer.
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  • Lord, I don't understand thissickness, this turmoil.
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  • We're going through hell righthere.
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  • And I know this family, two oftheir kids are dope addicts, and
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  • they're like, everything's fine,everything's dandy, everything's
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  • going great for them.
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  • What's the deal?
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  • This boss, this manager, the CEOin my life, what they're saying
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  • to me really hurts, they'respreading rumors about me.
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  • God can take our anger and ouremotion, and we should pour our
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  • hearts out to him.
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  • Moses also prayed some awesomeprayers, some prayers of
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  • humility to God.
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  • Moses did.
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  • After the Ten Commandments hewas fasting and he made some
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  • amazing decisions and prayedsome amazing prayers.
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  • Elisha one day walked up to awoman who was struggling with
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  • infertility, prophesied overher.
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  • David talked about forgivenesslater on.
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  • So we've gotta be real, andwe've got to just start praying.
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  • Jesus said, when you pray, talkto God.
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  • And he's gonna give us what isknown as The Lord's Prayer.
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  • How many people in here haveever heard of The Lord's Prayer?
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  • If you've heard of it?
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  • Okay.
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  • Okay.
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  • Yeah.
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  • Most of us have.
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  • A better name for it would beThe Disciple's Prayer.
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  • But I want you to notice beforeJesus rolls into this grid on
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  • how to pray, he kind of gives usan outline.
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  • We have to establish, when wepray, a place.
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  • Establish a place of prayer.
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  • Now we can pray anywhere,anytime.
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  • Jesus is at the right hand ofGod praying for us right now.
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  • Let's go ahead and clap there.
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  • [clapping]
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  • I don't even know how to prayall the time.
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  • You don't either.
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  • Jesus, our high priest, Hebrewssays, is praying for us
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  • right now.
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  • I would argue that Jesus ispraying for even those who
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  • aren't followers of Christ yetto bow the knee to him.
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  • And that gives me Godfidence.
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  • Because the second person of theTrinity is praying, right now,
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  • on our behalf, even when wedon't know how to articulate
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  • those words.
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  • Do you have a special placewhere you pray?
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  • You should.
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  • Establish that place, becauseJesus said, when you pray, verse
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  • 6, go into your room, into yourcloset, literally.
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  • I have a chair at my house, Iusually pray in that chair.
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  • Years ago I was at a coffee shopwith a friend of mine, it was
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  • pretty crowded and we weretalkin' about prayer, and I
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  • said, see that table rightthere?
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  • With that chair?
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  • He goes, yeah.
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  • I said, I wish I could buy that.
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  • He goes, man, that thing'sratty.
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  • I said, no, no, no, not to me, Isaid, for probably five years I
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  • would wake up almost every daywhen it was still dark outside,
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  • go to this coffee shop, journal,which I encourage you to do,
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  • your prayers, pray, and I can'ttell you, I told him, how many
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  • sermons I've written from thattable.
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  • I wish I could buy it.
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  • That place became holy ground.
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  • When Moses, talking about Mosesagain, had that interaction with
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  • God on the backside of thedesert, the Lord said, take off
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  • your shoes, this is holy ground.
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  • Have that place, have thatchair, have that sofa, maybe
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  • it's walking somewhere, or maybeit's, I don't know, have a place
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  • where you pray.
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  • Well, Ed, how long should Ipray?
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  • I really don't know, as long asit takes you to surrender to the
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  • will of God.
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  • Sometimes it can be fiveminutes, sometimes 30 minutes,
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  • there's no set time.
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  • You meet people, oh, I pray 45minutes a day.
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  • Doesn't mean you're a betterChristian than someone that
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  • prays 10 minutes a day.
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  • But I'm telling you something,you do that, you have a space
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  • and a place, a time you meetwith God.
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  • And think about this.
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  • Jesus is just sitting therewaiting for you, waiting for me
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  • to talk to him.
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  • Well, many prayers in the Bible,don't be worried
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  • or self-centered.
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  • You ever thought about that?
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  • I would say most prayers in theBible are self-centered.
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  • We're always gonna have mixedmotives when we come to God.
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  • I believe most of my motives areGod-driven.
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  • So don't worry, like, oh, I'vegot, I'm not gonna pray until I
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  • have completely pure-- It's notgonna happen, because we're not
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  • gonna be restored and righteousand pure until we get to the
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  • other side.
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  • Okay?
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  • So God can take that.
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  • Like the cell phone.
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  • You think my twins had puremotives, completely pure
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  • motives, when they did theposter and the PowerPoint, all
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  • of the pictures?
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  • Heck to the no.
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  • I can help all of us apply this.
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  • Establish a place for prayer.
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  • Understand and think about yourconversation with God.
  • 00:22:27.826 --> 00:22:33.632
  • Obviously, we should start whenwe have this time and place and
  • 00:22:33.665 --> 00:22:37.669
  • space with God.
  • 00:22:37.702 --> 00:22:39.504
  • Obviously, we should began theprayer with praise and adoration
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  • when we have that time.
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  • Then it can segue into requests.
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  • We ask God.
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  • But I want you to remember, themain thing about prayer
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  • is alignment.
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  • We're not always gonnaunderstand the answer.
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  • But prayer, watch this now, isthe opportunity for us to apply
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  • God's answer.
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  • Does that make sense to you?
  • 00:23:09.835 --> 00:23:12.037
  • I come to God, I say, God, notmy will, not my desire,
  • 00:23:12.070 --> 00:23:17.742
  • but yours.
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  • My motivation cannot be for theapplause of the crowd, my
  • 00:23:20.011 --> 00:23:25.851
  • motivation cannot be just toturn prayer into a spiritual
  • 00:23:25.884 --> 00:23:32.224
  • quid pro quo, or God is likeAmazon and he delivers
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  • everything I want to mydoorstep.
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  • No, no, no, no.
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  • It's about God.
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  • It's about syncing up with him.
  • 00:23:44.769 --> 00:23:46.938
  • So my motivation, my location,establish one.
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  • Today, if you don't have one,establish one.
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  • Then think about yourconversation.
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  • It can't be on the fly.
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  • You can't just, you know, okay,God, let's FaceTime a little bit
  • 00:24:02.988 --> 00:24:06.725
  • and that's it.
  • 00:24:06.758 --> 00:24:08.326
  • We've got to talk to him.
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  • Maybe you're praying for ahealing.
  • 00:24:11.696 --> 00:24:14.766
  • I've seen God supernaturallyheal people.
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  • I've also seen God say no tosituations like that.
  • 00:24:18.870 --> 00:24:24.543
  • But then again, what is healing?
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  • I mean, I've seen people pass.
  • 00:24:26.878 --> 00:24:28.713
  • I've seen people die.
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  • My own mother died.
  • 00:24:30.115 --> 00:24:31.416
  • What's healing?
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  • Here, or ultimate healing inheaven?
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  • That's a great question.
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  • And as I talked about last week,have you ever thought
  • 00:24:37.322 --> 00:24:40.125
  • about this?
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  • All the people that Jesus healedultimately died.
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  • See, we have a new perspective.
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  • We zoom in and we zoom out,we're like, whoa!
  • 00:24:49.834 --> 00:24:55.707
  • And that's what prayer does.
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  • Your motivation, God, I wantwhat you want.
  • 00:25:00.645 --> 00:25:03.782
  • Your location, I'm goin' toestablish a place.
  • 00:25:03.815 --> 00:25:07.919
  • Your conversation, begin to talkto God, journal your prayers.
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  • And I'm telling you something.
  • 00:25:14.726 --> 00:25:17.128
  • You'll have this intimaterelationship with the King of
  • 00:25:17.162 --> 00:25:22.100
  • Kings and the Lord of Lords.
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  • ♪ we'll pray rescuestories. ♪
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  • ♪ Jesus, come andwake our faith ♪
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  • ♪ and break throughevery doubt. ♪
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  • ♪ And we'll sing glory ♪
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  • ♪ as walls comecrashing down. ♪♪
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