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Let's Pray: Prayer 201

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July 7, 2019
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Allen Jackson Ministries

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Let's Pray: Prayer 201

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  • Allen Jackson: It's good to be with you again.
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  • We're beginning a new study today.
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  • The title is "Let's Pray," and I'm excited
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  • about the opportunity.
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  • We have worked through this in our congregation here
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  • in Tennessee,
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  • and it has opened the lives of thousands of people to
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  • the power of God, to the moving of God in their lives in some
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  • unique and some new ways, and I believe
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  • it has the same opportunity for you.
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  • It can change how we think of God and his involvement with us,
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  • and in the interaction in our daily lives.
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  • I think, to some degree, we all struggle
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  • with compartmentalizing our lives.
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  • We've got a church life and a work life and maybe a life with
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  • our friends, and to integrate those is really the power and
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  • the opportunity of being a Christ-follower.
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  • Prayer is not something that's distant from us or removed
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  • from us or too difficult for us, or it's not for someone
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  • who feels more holy than we do.
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  • Prayer is as close as your breath, and God is as interested
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  • and as real as the sky you see above you.
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  • So, together, we're gonna take a few weeks and unpack this notion
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  • to allow prayer to become an expression of the power of God
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  • on our behalf and through us.
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  • Enjoy the study.
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  • Allen: Well, in Isaiah 37, we get to listen in to a response
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  • that God has from the prophet to the king.
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  • "Isaiah, son of Amoz sent a message to Hezekiah."
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  • Hezekiah is the king of Israel.
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  • "This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: Because you
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  • have prayed to me concerning Sennacherib, the king of
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  • Assyria, this is the word the Lord has spoken against him:
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  • 'The Virgin Daughter Zion despises you and mocks you.
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  • The Daughter of Jerusalem tosses her head as you flee.'"
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  • Isaiah the prophet goes to the king, Hezekiah,
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  • with a message. Jerusalem has a problem.
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  • The rising empire of the day is Assyria, and they have conquered
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  • every nation that they have set their sights on,
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  • and now the Assyrian armies have encircled Jerusalem,
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  • and destruction seems imminent.
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  • Hezekiah has prayed, and Isaiah goes to see the king
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  • with this message.
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  • We just read it. Did you see it?
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  • He said, "Because you have prayed to me concerning
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  • the king of Assyria, I have spoken against him."
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  • The implication is very clear.
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  • "Hezekiah, if you hadn't prayed, I wouldn't have done anything,
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  • but because you prayed, in response to your prayer,
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  • I have made a pronouncement against the Assyrian king,
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  • and I will drive him from this land."
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  • It's a very simple idea.
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  • Prayer opens doorways of God's possibility in your life.
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  • When we refuse to prayer, when we fail to pray, when we ignore
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  • prayer, we remove God's possibilities from our lives.
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  • Prayer is more than a burdensome responsibility.
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  • It's more than the assignment given to professional,
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  • clerical religious people.
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  • Prayer is an invitation to every one of us to cooperate
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  • with the purposes of Almighty God.
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  • God responds to the prayers of his people.
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  • Look with me, one more passage.
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  • This time it's the New Testament, Luke chapter 11.
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  • Jesus is speaking.
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  • "I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you.
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  • Seek and you'll find.
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  • Knock and the door will be opened to you.
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  • For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds,
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  • and to him who knocks, the door will be opened."
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  • It's a very intriguing passage to me.
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  • We are given a set of permissions from Jesus.
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  • We are given permission to ask and to seek, to find, to knock.
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  • If there's a door closed, Jesus doesn't say,
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  • "Turn and go another direction."
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  • He says, "Begin to knock."
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  • It's an invitation to an assertive response to life,
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  • a God-informed response to life,
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  • a God-directed response to life.
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  • Prayer matters.
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  • Prayer is more than something to resort
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  • to when everything else fails.
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  • Prayer is not the territory of the weak or the incapable,
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  • or the unmotivated.
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  • Prayer is a powerful, powerful part of your journey
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  • as a Christ-follower.
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  • We can't afford to withdraw from the arena of prayer.
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  • Now, I wanna suggest to you a new response for this year,
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  • a way to interact with one another,
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  • to interact with people.
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  • It's a response to the challenges of life
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  • and the victories of life, and it's wrapped up
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  • in two very simple words: "Let's pray."
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  • You don't need a Greek word or a Hebrew word or an Aramaic word,
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  • or a word study.
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  • "Let's pray."
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  • And then they're simple.
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  • I mean, they're both one-syllable words.
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  • I think you can do this.
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  • This isn't Nebuchadnezzar or Sennacherib, all right?
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  • "Let's pray." Can you say it?
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  • That was very mediocre.
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  • I wonder if we could do it with the enthusiasm as if Angus
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  • gave you the invitation?
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  • Okay, on three, one, two, three. That'd be a bit better.
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  • That's not quite up to Zulu standards,
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  • but we're workin' on it.
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  • "Let's pray."
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  • I brought you a passage of Scripture.
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  • Look with me in Philippians chapter 4.
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  • Says, "Do not be anxious about anything."
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  • How wonderful would it be to live a week
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  • without being anxious about anything?
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  • Wooh.
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  • "Don't be anxious about anything, but in everything,
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  • by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving,
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  • present your requests to God.
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  • And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding,
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  • will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
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  • Look at the outcome.
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  • It says there's a peace that is beyond understanding that can
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  • guard our hearts, our emotions, and our minds, our thoughts.
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  • I'd like to live in that place.
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  • I would like to live in a place that, irrespective of what's
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  • happening in my life or in the broader world, I am at peace
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  • within and at peace with the world, and at peace with God.
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  • Wouldn't that be a good place?
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  • Anybody ever lose your peace?
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  • Get a little agitated, frustrated, anxious?
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  • You probably know somebody that does.
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  • Well, the pathway to that destination
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  • is very clearly identified for us in that verse.
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  • It says, "In everything--"
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  • what's excluded from "everything"?
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  • Nothing.
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  • "In everything, by prayer and petition, make your requests
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  • known to God."
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  • How do you get to that peaceful state of heart and mind by
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  • "in everything, prayer"?
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  • Let's pray. Let's pray.
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  • Now, here's the idea I give you, and I have an agenda.
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  • I have an objective over the course of this year.
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  • I want this idea of "Let's Pray" to become more widely addressed,
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  • more widely expressed than our "Jesus is Lord" magnets
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  • have ever considered be.
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  • And that's sayin' somethin' 'cause I see those rascals
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  • everywhere, and I know other people see 'em
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  • 'cause they call me to complain about how you're driving.
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  • What's up with that?
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  • Do they think we have driving school on Saturday afternoon?
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  • I'm grateful you've got one of the stickers.
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  • If I was the only one, I would know for certain
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  • it was me that--here's the idea with "Let's Pray."
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  • We interact with people all the time.
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  • Every day, every one of us interacts with dozens and dozens
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  • of people: little people, big people, old people,
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  • professional people, casual acquaintances, in the stores,
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  • with our friends, with our families.
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  • We do it in the social media. We post things.
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  • We text, we tweet, we put things--all kinds of ways we
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  • communicate, and there's a normal pattern of interaction
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  • that's a part of dealing with people--an
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  • exchange of information.
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  • And if you grew up in the South,
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  • there's a whole polite layer to that.
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  • "How are you?" We don't really care.
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  • We were just taught to say that as kids.
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  • That's the truth.
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  • "And how are you today?"
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  • And if you've got a three-minute answer,
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  • we're like, "Oh, could you hush?"
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  • But we have this interaction, right?
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  • All kinds.
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  • People tell ya, you know, "How're you doin' today?"
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  • "Argh*, it's not good.
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  • The kids were sick last night--what I cleaned up
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  • in the floor of my house."
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  • I did not sign up for this, right?
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  • "How're you doin'?"
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  • "I'm not doin' great today. My boss is in a bad mood."
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  • How are you doin'?"
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  • "I didn't sleep at all last night."
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  • All kinds of messages come to you, right?
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  • I mean, dozens and--I mean, talkin' to you friends,
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  • "How're you doin'?"
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  • "Oh, I'm bummed out. My team lost."
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  • "I'm excited my team won."
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  • "Now, what're you doin' for the Super Bowl?"
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  • I mean, you get all kinds of messages that come to you,
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  • and, now, we've got a pattern of responses.
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  • You probably got some phrases that you use.
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  • I mean, it's habit to you at this point.
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  • I'm asking you to retool the habit.
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  • This isn't gonna be easy. We'll have to revisit it.
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  • We'll have to practice. I'll need your help.
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  • You'll need my help. We'll have to walk this out.
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  • When you get that message, you've got a decision to make.
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  • Now, what are you gonna do? You're gonna commiserate?
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  • You're gonna carry the gossip one step further in the chain?
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  • You're gonna empathize?
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  • You're just gonna look at 'em with a dumb look?
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  • What're you gonna do? What're you gonna say?
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  • We've got habits.
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  • "Aw, that's too bad. I'm so sorry."
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  • Sometimes we try to top their testimony with a horror story
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  • from our own portfolio.
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  • "You think your husband's bad?
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  • Listen about the man I live with."
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  • "You know, you won't believe what happened at church."
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  • "Well, let me tell you about the church I go to.
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  • Darth Vader was in the lobby."
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  • Don't send me an e-mail.
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  • So you've already got--here's what I wanna suggest: The minute
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  • somebody gives you one of those places is a window
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  • into discomfort, angst, heartache, heartbreak,
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  • concern, worry, whatever it is.
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  • Our response is "Let's pray."
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  • "Let's pray." "Let's pray."
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  • But you can't stop there. There's a second step.
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  • As soon as you say, "Let's pray," what I'm suggesting you
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  • do, the second step in this, is you just drop your head.
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  • Don't say, "Let's pray," and wait for them to respond to you.
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  • "Well, now, Pastor, the way I believe--" no, "Let's pray,"
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  • and you drop your head, and "We're gon' pray."
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  • Now, I don't want you to swell up like a TV preacher,
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  • all right?
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  • I know some of them, okay?
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  • I'm not suggesting you say, "Let's pray,
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  • Almighty God--" okay?
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  • I'm not talkin' to you about that.
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  • And if you've got that tendency, you go outside with the rabbits
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  • and the squirrels and the birds, and you go for it,
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  • but don't subject us to that nonsense, all right?
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  • Don't talk to God in the voice you don't use
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  • when you talk to the rest of us.
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  • He'll be laughin' at you too.
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  • "Gabriel, get over here. Listen to this.
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  • That 21st-century Southern boy just said, 'Thou.'
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  • Look at that."
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  • When it's time to pray, "Let's pray," and you drop your--now,
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  • here's the third piece, and this is the money piece of this.
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  • You're gonna pray a one-sentence prayer.
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  • "How're ya doin'?"
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  • "I'm not doin' great. My kids were sick."
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  • "Father, help 'em, in Jesus's name, amen," and hush,
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  • and then you--oh, you look right back at them,
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  • and your next line is not spiritual.
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  • You're not gonna look at them with that long, sad,
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  • sober, "Bless you," all right?
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  • God, help 'em, in Jesus's name, amen.
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  • Allen: There is a "Let's pray" opportunity in almost
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  • every interaction you have through the day.
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  • This is not just something for the college kids
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  • or for the little kids.
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  • This works in a business meeting.
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  • If you've got a tough problem and you need wisdom
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  • and experience and some significant horsepower directed
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  • at the problem, it's most appropriate for you to say,
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  • "Hey, let's pray.
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  • God, help us, in Jesus's name, amen,"
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  • and then get back to work.
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  • If you've got a real challenge,
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  • this isn't about your profession.
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  • Don't tell me you're too professional to pray.
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  • Are you too professional to need God's help?
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  • We're not too sophisticated or too educated.
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  • There is a God, and prayer will make a difference.
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  • "Let's pray."
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  • Now, I wanna give you some tools to help you
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  • walk this forward a little bit.
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  • Let's take this Prayer 201 just a little bit further,
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  • and what I wanna suggest to you is that there
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  • is a workmanlike quality to prayer.
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  • It's a very important piece of this equation,
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  • the workmanlike quality to prayer.
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  • What I mean by that, when I think of "work,"
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  • I think of it in these terms.
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  • I think "work" means that you show up
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  • whether you feel like it or not.
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  • You know, it's not about the weather or the snow
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  • or the lack thereof.
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  • A workmanlike quality means you show up.
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  • You do the things that you know you can do,
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  • that you're assigned to do, that you're responsible.
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  • You gotta roll up your sleeves.
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  • You lean into what the assignment is even though you
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  • understand sometimes that the larger outcomes are beyond you
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  • but that, if you don't show up and do your part,
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  • you have torpedoed those larger outcomes.
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  • Well, there is a workmanlike quality to prayer.
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  • You have to show up, engage, participate, be willing to make
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  • it a consistent part of your life response,
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  • even though we understand the outcome is beyond us.
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  • See, when you see someone who, with some consistency,
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  • has outcomes to their prayers, what I want you to understand,
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  • it isn't that they have found the secret sauce.
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  • They don't know--they don't have some special dust in their
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  • pocket or a mystical verse of Scripture that they have found.
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  • When you see someone, when there are consistent outcomes to their
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  • prayers, you can know for certain that they have invested
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  • time and effort in knowing God and in praying.
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  • There is a workmanlike component to prayer.
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  • I remember Lance Lambert saying in this place that,
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  • "If someone has to tell you they're an intercessor,
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  • they're probably not."
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  • I'm not talkin' about bein' goofy.
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  • I'm not discussing weirdness.
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  • I'm suggesting that the cultivation of meaningful
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  • prayers in your life means you're willing to engage
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  • in a set of practices.
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  • Now, I wanna give you a couple ideas to help build that out,
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  • and the first is, when we pray, it's very important that you
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  • understand exactly whom you are addressing.
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  • It makes a difference.
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  • In Luke chapter 11, in verse 1, it says,
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  • "One day Jesus was praying in a certain place."
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  • May I suggest to you that, if Jesus took time
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  • and energy to pray, it might be a good idea for you and me.
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  • I'm just thinkin'.
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  • "One day Jesus was praying in a certain place,
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  • and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him,
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  • 'Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.'"
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  • It's worth noting these are the disciples
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  • that Jesus had personally recruited.
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  • I think we could argue that Jesus was an effective leader,
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  • that his discernment, that his training skills
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  • were above average.
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  • Now, he's recruited Peter, James, and John,
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  • and the rest of this crew.
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  • They've been with him a while now, and they've observed
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  • Jesus praying, and they say to him, "Lord, we don't know
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  • how to pray like you do.
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  • Teach us to pray."
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  • That's a very important observation to me
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  • because I feel that way a good bit of the time.
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  • Jesus didn't rebuke them. He didn't chastise them.
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  • He didn't do anything to diminish them.
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  • He began to help them.
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  • So when you say, "I don't feel adequate,"
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  • "I don't know how to pray like I would like to pray,"
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  • "There's a deficit in me," it's not a point of shame
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  • or embarrassment or humiliation.
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  • It's not a threat of being rejected by God.
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  • We're standing shoulder to shoulder with Peter,
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  • James, and John.
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  • "Lord, teach us to pray."
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  • Jesus began his instructions immediately.
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  • "He said to them, 'When you pray--'"
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  • he assumes we're gonna pray.
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  • "When you pray, say, 'Father, hallowed be your name,
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  • your kingdom come.'"
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  • Now, most of you know the balance of that prayer.
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  • It's the Lord's Prayer, the "Our Father," but Jesus said,
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  • "The beginning of a meaningful prayer journey is this:
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  • When you pray, say, 'Our Father.'"
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  • Our Father.
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  • Who was Jesus addressing?
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  • The Creator of the universe.
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  • The Creator of all things, the Most High God.
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  • But he said, "When you pray, pray this way: 'Our Father.'"
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  • He didn't say, "When you pray, you should start and say,
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  • 'Oh, Benevolent One, who watches over the universe,
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  • the Most Omnipotent Higher Power."
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  • No, he said, "When you pray, he's your Father in heaven."
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  • Now, I understand that some of us may have not had great
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  • fathers, and that can impact how you understand the role of
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  • father and how you see that, but don't let that part of your life
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  • experience diminish this invitation.
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  • I'm not wanting to set that aside casually.
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  • I can imagine the challenges it presents,
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  • but there's an invitation in this beyond that.
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  • Jesus said, when we pray, we can approach the Creator
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  • of all things as if he were our Father.
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  • Think of it in the reverse.
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  • He gave us permission to imagine ourselves part of the family.
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  • Now, that changes everything.
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  • You go home from church today, and you walk in the kitchen,
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  • and you see your kids eating your food.
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  • Might be a little annoying.
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  • They got ahead of the curve, but beyond that,
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  • it's probably somewhat under the realm of expectation.
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  • You go home today, and you find your house filled with 40 people
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  • you don't know, eating your food?
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  • You're gonna look for a weapon, a stick, and an officer,
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  • and the order may not be important.
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  • When Jesus said, "When you pray," you can approach the
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  • Creator of all things as if you're part of the family.
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  • The power in that is startling--the magnitude
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  • of that door of invitation.
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  • See, the disciples are not foreign to prayer.
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  • They pray in the synagogue. They pray at the temple.
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  • They pray on holidays.
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  • They're familiar with all sorts of expressions of prayer,
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  • but Jesus is repositioning their imagination.
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  • When you and I pray, we don't pray to some nameless,
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  • unknown god.
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  • We're praying to the God of our Bible, and his Son Jesus said we
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  • have permission to approach him as if we're part of the family.
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  • See, one of the great threats to our faith is if you will believe
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  • the deception that God has many names, and it doesn't matter how
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  • you approach him.
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  • That is in profound, direct deviation
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  • from what we're taught in this book.
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  • Now, there's another component as we pray
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  • to our Father in heaven.
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  • Look in John 16. Jesus is speaking again.
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  • He said, "Until now you've not asked for anything in my name."
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  • Why haven't they asked for anything in his name?
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  • Because he's been there.
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  • When Jesus is teaching to the multitude
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  • and he says to the disciples,
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  • "You feed these people," then they said,
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  • "Lord, that's too expensive, and, besides that,
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  • we don't have any food."
  • 00:22:26.140 --> 00:22:27.230
  • Then he said, "Well, go find out how much you have,"
  • 00:22:27.240 --> 00:22:30.030
  • and they bring him back, and they said, "We have a boy
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  • with a Happy Meal"--Living Bible.
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  • It says that Jesus took the food.
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  • He blessed it, and then he gave it to disciples
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  • and said, "Distribute it."
  • 00:22:41.160 --> 00:22:44.070
  • When their friend Lazarus died and they went to the cemetery,
  • 00:22:44.080 --> 00:22:47.250
  • they get to the cemetery, and Jesus said, "Open the tomb,"
  • 00:22:47.260 --> 00:22:50.150
  • and then he stopped, and he said,
  • 00:22:50.160 --> 00:22:52.120
  • "Father, I thank you that you always hear my prayers."
  • 00:22:52.130 --> 00:22:55.270
  • He didn't look at Peter and say,
  • 00:22:55.280 --> 00:22:57.070
  • "Hey, Pete, you got this one, go."
  • 00:22:57.080 --> 00:23:01.080
  • So up until this point, they've been watching Jesus's ministry,
  • 00:23:01.090 --> 00:23:05.220
  • but Jesus is about done.
  • 00:23:05.230 --> 00:23:07.020
  • His time on earth is coming to a conclusion,
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  • so he says to the disciples, "Until now you haven't asked
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  • for anything in my name.
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  • Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete."
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  • He has given us permission to pray in his name.
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  • It's not just a mindless recitation of a formula.
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  • When we approach our heavenly Father, we are approaching him
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  • in the authority of his sinless, obedient Son.
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  • I'm not sinless. I'm frustratingly inconsistent.
  • 00:23:39.050 --> 00:23:48.130
  • I struggle, but I'm not approaching Almighty God based
  • 00:23:48.140 --> 00:23:52.260
  • on my goodness or my integrity or my great wisdom,
  • 00:23:52.270 --> 00:23:57.190
  • or my great insight.
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  • "Father, I'm coming to you to invite you
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  • into the midst of this, and the authority
  • 00:24:02.130 --> 00:24:04.210
  • with which I'm making this petition is in Jesus's name.
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  • Help me."
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  • Together, we can make a difference.
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  • Allen: Now, if you will dare, God will move through your life.
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  • I wanna invite you to think about your world, the people you
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  • interact with at work and your casual interactions with your
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  • kids at the sports fields and all the places that life takes
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  • you, to be willing to listen to the people around you and to
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  • extend that simple little sentence of invitation,
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  • "Let's pray." Don't wait for their response.
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  • You just step into that opening when you hear the needs
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  • expressed in their lives.
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  • Simple prayer is "God, help my friend," "God, thank you that
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  • you deliver," "Thank you for your rest."
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  • One line and an "amen," and you're on
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  • with your conversation.
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  • God will move in your life.
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  • See, God doesn't listen to our prayers 'cause we're special.
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  • He doesn't listen because we're holy or we're unique.
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  • We come in Jesus's name.
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  • It's in the authority of Jesus's name.
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  • It's his power.
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  • It's his authority. It's his righteousness.
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  • It's not ours.
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  • So when you feel the least like praying, you're still qualified
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  • 'cause we're comin' in Jesus's name.
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  • I'm excited to hear the stories about what God does in you and
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  • through you.
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  • It's gonna be a remarkable year together.
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  • I wanna pray before we go.
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  • Father, I thank you that you've called us, not simply to receive
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  • from you but to be vessels on your behalf, that you've called
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  • us, you've planted us in many places.
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  • Use our voice, use our ears, use our words for your purposes to
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  • bring healing and hope to those around us.
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  • I thank you for it in Jesus's name, amen.
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  • God bless you.
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  • and being a part of this ministry.
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  • We'll see you again next time for another encounter with
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  • Pastor Allen Jackson.
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