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May 9, 2019
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  • - Are you training with the most powerful weapon
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  • in your spiritual arsenal?
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  • Today we're talking about the power of prayer.
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  • - I'm always blown away.
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  • People will ask, "Chris,
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  • what does your time with God look like?
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  • How do you pray?
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  • What's your intimacy with the Lord?
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  • How do you have a quiet time?"
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  • And I think I frustrate people a lot of times
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  • because I just don't answer straight out
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  • because I think we all like a formula.
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  • How are you gonna pray?
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  • What are your five points for prayer here?
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  • And it wouldn't be fair because my life is different
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  • to a lot of other people's lives,
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  • in that I travel and teach.
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  • It's what I do and so a mother with three kids,
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  • that's got 10 things going on and a full time job.
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  • I never wanted to, 'cause I used to listen to people
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  • and think, I couldn't do that.
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  • I can't get up and pray for three hours.
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  • I did when I was in Bible School 20 years ago.
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  • I actually literally did that.
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  • It was so much of what would happen.
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  • I was a kid, I was unmarried, and we would get up
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  • and we would have those kind of prayer meetings.
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  • But I remember I always used to feel like sort of less than.
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  • I think wherever there is a true connection with the Lord.
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  • It's like in the same way
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  • I don't disclose my intimate details in my relationship.
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  • I think there is a way that you could say,
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  • here are some keys of, perhaps,
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  • how you can build that intimacy 'cause prayer,
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  • I think we over-spiritualize it.
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  • I really do, and I think we frustrate a lot of people
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  • when in the same way that you talk, you have a conversation,
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  • you learn to discern the voice of the person
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  • that you're developing a relationship with.
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  • I think, I come from a very religious tradition
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  • in this is how you pray, and the box prayers
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  • and the Orthodox tradition and they can be okay
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  • if you really mean them and I'm not saying
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  • that a liturgical prayer is not great
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  • or a routine is not great but I'm loathe to go,
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  • "Here is the formula that works for me,"
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  • because that does alter.
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  • Different seasons, there are different ways that I do that.
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  • But my big thing for me personally
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  • is as long as you truly connect in a way that it is
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  • producing fruit and life in your relationship with God,
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  • that to me would be effective prayer.
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  • - Yeah, well The Bible says pray without ceasing.
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  • Now, does that mean we stand by our bed
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  • or kneel by our bed and pray for 24 hours,
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  • seven days a week?
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  • 'Cause that's how I would envisage prayer
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  • when I was a little girl because my parents would
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  • pray like that, kneel down and they would spend hours.
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  • My mom had a prayer closet, literally,
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  • for three, four hours a day and I thought that's what prayer
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  • looked like. - Right.
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  • - Then I read this Bible verse, pray without ceasing,
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  • and I'm like, "How do you?"
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  • - You're gonna stay in there all day?
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  • (laughter)
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  • - Oh no, I'm not a Christian!
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  • And then I learned being in dialogue with the Lord.
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  • - Yeah, that's it. - Literally.
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  • - All day everyday. - I love that.
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  • - In my car, putting my makeup on.
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  • - Yes, yeah.
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  • - Washing the dishes. Like every time I'm,
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  • Henry, it's actually a funny joke 'cause he tells everybody,
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  • he used to think when we were first married
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  • that I was talking to somebody and he would walk in
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  • and I was always talking with the Lord
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  • and I had to talk with him out loud.
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  • But he'd walk in and he thought,
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  • "Is she talking to herself?"
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  • I'd be like, "No, just talking to the Lord."
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  • So now it's just literally just normal in our life
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  • because I'm constantly in dialogue with God.
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  • - You know there is no way any of us should be comparing
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  • our prayer time or our intimate time with God
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  • with anybody else.
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  • We can learn from other people.
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  • We can be inspired by other people,
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  • but God has created us all unique.
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  • Each one of us has our own fingerprint.
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  • God did that on purpose because he wants a unique,
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  • intimate relationship with each and every one of us.
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  • With our distinct DNA, our distinct fingerprints,
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  • we're each distinctly and uniquely created in his image.
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  • So there is a way that only you can connect with God.
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  • - Your mother-in-law taught me.
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  • I used to feel so guilty that when I worshiped,
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  • that I thought I wasn't praying enough and when I read
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  • the Happy Intercessor. - The Happy Intercessor,
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  • changed my life.
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  • - It changed my life cause I went,
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  • "When I'm worshiping, I'm praying, oh yes!"
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  • So there's all different facets of prayer,
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  • - Beautiful.
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  • - It's relationship.
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  • - And it's fun.
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  • It's not this solemn, you know, depressing.
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  • It's fun, it's relationship.
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  • It's God is your friend.
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  • God says that he teaches us the secrets
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  • and he's sharing the secrets of his heart.
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  • And I think it's praying from that, in request,
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  • but also it's just talking to him, just communicating.
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  • And I just, I love that, that light aspect of it.
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  • It's not this like, you know.
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  • - I think in my family's tradition,
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  • it's very Assemblies Of God, you know?
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  • I said very Assembly Of God.
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  • (laughter)
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  • So what it looked like, it was Spanish assemblies.
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  • It was very serious, very solemn, very like this hum,
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  • but that's where I learned to pray.
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  • It's like hearing the, you know, the sounds of the hum
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  • of prayer, older saints and now I'm teaching my daughters
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  • what that sounds like even, you know,
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  • when they were young growing up,
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  • I, you know, put a little coloring page.
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  • They brought their toys, their Barbie dolls
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  • and we told them, "If you worship real good,
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  • you're gonna get ice cream afterwards."
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  • (laughter)
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  • - That's what Brian's family did too.
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  • (laughter)
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  • - We took that, I think, from you, yes!
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  • And so, you know, it's introducing the sound of prayer.
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  • - Beautiful.
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  • - So you know, so people are not surprised.
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  • Even it's not always serious.
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  • It's friendly and I love the fact that you brought up
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  • that we're his friends because you could either be
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  • a servant, very dutiful, very, you know, task oriented
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  • or be a friend, and a friend knows.
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  • He has inflections.
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  • He has a texture to his voice, a sound to him
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  • and the way he responds to each of his, you know,
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  • sons and daughters, and I think the way
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  • he always talked to me was reinforcing the idea that,
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  • "Aw, you're my daughter.
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  • I love spending time with you.
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  • I love it when you sit on my lap."
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  • - Yeah.
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  • - "I love it when I take this time
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  • and I tell you who I am,"
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  • and that is how I learned how to pray.
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  • - You know, especially for someone who is young,
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  • you won't understand it until you're old,
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  • the value of hearing other people pray.
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  • It kinda teaches you what to look for,
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  • what to sense for and for me growing up,
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  • it was my mom's pastor.
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  • And he would have this hum to his voice,
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  • the way he would pray.
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  • And to me, I would always, you know, kinda walk through
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  • as a little kid in the auditorium,
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  • or if you're in the context of,
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  • "It's a sanctuary, or an experience room,"
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  • he would kneel down by this little altar
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  • and he would just begin to pray
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  • and the sound of prayer was like groanings.
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  • It wasn't scary but the things that he would say,
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  • it would be like, "Hallelujah, thank you Jesus,"
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  • and there would be almost like this musicality
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  • to what he was saying, but it brought comfort.
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  • And so as I get older,
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  • and now I have our own church,
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  • 16 years leading the local church
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  • and my children are coming with me to prayer,
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  • when they were younger, I could hear the way they prayed.
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  • They almost sound like me and I have the same sound.
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  • And the way they prayed, they emulate some of the things
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  • that they've heard my husband and I pray.
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  • - What happens when people see a prayer because it's
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  • spending a lot of time with God?
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  • - I think it's not...
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  • thinking you have to say certain things
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  • or do certain things.
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  • And often, I think what stops people from praying
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  • more than anything is a feeling
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  • of unworthiness, shame, guilt.
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  • I never thought I was like, holy enough to talk to God.
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  • So, you know I came from a tradition
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  • that you went through the priest and so
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  • the fact that I would talk directly to God,
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  • and that's why you have to understand
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  • grace, love and forgiveness.
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  • The veil has been torn and we can enter boldly
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  • into the throne room of grace.
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  • It's so important to understand this
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  • because I think so often
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  • if we don't understand the grace of God,
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  • we won't go into the throne room
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  • and truly, truly petition the Father and love on the Father
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  • and I think we don't ask as much as we could
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  • or seek as much as we could or knock as much as we could
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  • and don't see as much blessing
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  • as God wants to actually pour out on us.
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  • - Right, yeah.
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  • - Moreso because I think we feel fundamentally unworthy
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  • to go into the throne room of grace
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  • and especially if you have a shame nature, a guilt nature.
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  • - Our prayer life is something
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  • that the enemy can just brow-beat us over.
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  • I think if you don't, you know,
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  • you're not doing it enough, you don't do it right,
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  • you're not doing it like the pastor said to do it
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  • when you enter into with thanks.
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  • I just think that the door is always opened for you to pray.
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  • No matter what time it is, no matter where you are.
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  • You know, I find myself, you know,
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  • getting in the shower or something like that.
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  • It's kinda like, finally, you know,
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  • but that voice just goes,
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  • "You can't talk to the Lord in the shower."
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  • It's like, you know what,
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  • that's the time I have right now that is just me and him
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  • and I'm gonna take advantage of this moment.
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  • You just have to do that sometimes.
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  • You know, you don't just wake up
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  • and always have that quiet time in the morning.
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  • Your babies can wake you up
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  • and your day is just gone by the time you know it.
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  • Don't ever feel guilty.
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  • Don't ever listen to the, "You haven't prayed enough,
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  • you're not doing it right," don't listen to that.
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  • Just do it.
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  • When you think about doing it, just do it.
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  • It can be little, little, little, little bits of prayer.
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  • Just a little, "Help me, Jesus."
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  • Mostly what you should be doing is, "Thank you Jesus."
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  • - And there is nothing more frustrating
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  • than to try to go into a time of prayer
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  • where really it's a one-way conversation.
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  • You know, I've done my duty and I've walked out.
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  • But when you start, and I've tried to, with my girls,
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  • I'm really, especially now while
  • 00:10:31.020 --> 00:10:32.120
  • I've still got the them under my roof,
  • 00:10:32.120 --> 00:10:34.100
  • trying to create and cultivate a sense of,
  • 00:10:34.100 --> 00:10:37.220
  • even asking the question,
  • 00:10:37.220 --> 00:10:38.280
  • "So what did God answer for you today?
  • 00:10:38.280 --> 00:10:40.080
  • What has God done for you today?"
  • 00:10:40.080 --> 00:10:41.290
  • To get them to sort of think, "Oh, you mean if I pray,
  • 00:10:43.110 --> 00:10:46.010
  • I should actually think there's going to be an answer."
  • 00:10:46.010 --> 00:10:48.220
  • - And to get a word, like in prayer just pushing our kids.
  • 00:10:50.060 --> 00:10:53.140
  • Like as a strong spiritual leaders, you know.
  • 00:10:53.140 --> 00:10:56.210
  • We can often coddle people
  • 00:10:56.210 --> 00:10:58.120
  • but pushing them to got to God and get their word
  • 00:10:58.120 --> 00:11:01.060
  • and for them to pray,
  • 00:11:01.060 --> 00:11:02.200
  • I think we can counsel people all day long
  • 00:11:02.200 --> 00:11:04.250
  • right out of pushing them to God, you know.
  • 00:11:04.250 --> 00:11:07.120
  • And we really want people to learn, especially children,
  • 00:11:07.120 --> 00:11:10.000
  • to go to God and to talk to him about these things.
  • 00:11:10.000 --> 00:11:12.250
  • I remember one of our kids was having a really hard time
  • 00:11:12.250 --> 00:11:15.210
  • with an issue and we were just getting nowhere.
  • 00:11:15.210 --> 00:11:19.090
  • - Yeah.
  • 00:11:19.090 --> 00:11:20.070
  • - We were getting no where
  • 00:11:20.070 --> 00:11:21.210
  • and I just laid in bed one night and I just said,
  • 00:11:21.210 --> 00:11:23.230
  • "Let's ask the Holy Spirit what he's saying."
  • 00:11:23.230 --> 00:11:26.290
  • And we just prayed and I said,
  • 00:11:26.290 --> 00:11:29.170
  • and she got a word that changed everything.
  • 00:11:29.170 --> 00:11:33.160
  • It changed everything.
  • 00:11:33.160 --> 00:11:35.150
  • And the Lord spoke to her and just teaching people,
  • 00:11:35.150 --> 00:11:38.260
  • especially our children, that they hear from God,
  • 00:11:38.260 --> 00:11:40.210
  • they have the same Holy Spirit that we have
  • 00:11:40.210 --> 00:11:43.050
  • and they can hear from him,
  • 00:11:43.050 --> 00:11:44.120
  • they can talk to him and he will answer them.
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  • Better Together, it's really a breath of fresh air
  • 00:11:46.210 --> 00:11:49.090
  • and it's effortless.
  • 00:11:49.090 --> 00:11:51.040
  • These women are incredible.
  • 00:11:51.040 --> 00:11:53.010
  • They are the real deal.
  • 00:11:53.010 --> 00:11:54.200
  • They're walking out their life in God
  • 00:11:54.200 --> 00:11:58.060
  • in all of their lives, not just preaching it from the stage.
  • 00:11:58.060 --> 00:12:01.060
  • I know them and they're trustworthy and they're noble
  • 00:12:01.060 --> 00:12:05.060
  • and I just have loved this day, these people,
  • 00:12:05.060 --> 00:12:09.110
  • and just the fact that I get to be here
  • 00:12:09.110 --> 00:12:12.020
  • is an absolute honor.
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  • - We want you to join the conversation.
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  • Follow us on social media and let's get better together.
  • 00:12:16.040 --> 00:12:20.010
  • - I think most of the time when it comes to prayer,
  • 00:12:23.160 --> 00:12:26.090
  • a lot has to do with performance anxiety.
  • 00:12:26.090 --> 00:12:28.290
  • - Yes, yeah.
  • 00:12:28.290 --> 00:12:30.140
  • - If I could put it that way, where you wouldn't have that
  • 00:12:30.140 --> 00:12:33.120
  • if you were ordering a cheeseburger at McDonald's, right?
  • 00:12:33.120 --> 00:12:35.170
  • (laughter)
  • 00:12:35.170 --> 00:12:36.120
  • - That's true.
  • 00:12:36.120 --> 00:12:37.260
  • - I love the way your ordered that cheeseburger
  • 00:12:37.260 --> 00:12:39.170
  • or I feel so bashful, I can't order that cheeseburger,
  • 00:12:39.170 --> 00:12:43.120
  • but I think people approach prayer in that way.
  • 00:12:43.120 --> 00:12:46.090
  • So we begin to model that for the next generation
  • 00:12:46.090 --> 00:12:49.290
  • and so instead of just, you know, just talking to the God,
  • 00:12:49.290 --> 00:12:53.220
  • just like the way we talk to our friends with, you know,
  • 00:12:53.220 --> 00:12:56.080
  • with our emotions, with our feelings,
  • 00:12:56.080 --> 00:12:58.070
  • like, even being a Spanish girl,
  • 00:12:58.070 --> 00:12:59.250
  • with our hands. - Being fun!
  • 00:12:59.250 --> 00:13:01.050
  • - Exactly.
  • 00:13:01.050 --> 00:13:02.060
  • (laughter) - I use my hands a lot.
  • 00:13:02.060 --> 00:13:03.230
  • But right now, like my daughters,
  • 00:13:03.230 --> 00:13:05.200
  • and maybe you could speak to this too, Alex,
  • 00:13:05.200 --> 00:13:08.040
  • my daughters, they have seen the modeling of prayer.
  • 00:13:08.040 --> 00:13:11.240
  • Never underestimate modeling or being an example.
  • 00:13:11.240 --> 00:13:15.080
  • Just modeling prayer.
  • 00:13:15.080 --> 00:13:16.140
  • What does that sound like?
  • 00:13:16.140 --> 00:13:17.200
  • What do you feel like God is saying?
  • 00:13:17.200 --> 00:13:19.250
  • Lead in with questions like, what do you sense?
  • 00:13:19.250 --> 00:13:22.070
  • What do you see?
  • 00:13:22.070 --> 00:13:23.040
  • How do you feel?
  • 00:13:23.040 --> 00:13:24.100
  • When you're in God's presence,
  • 00:13:24.100 --> 00:13:25.180
  • what is he speaking to you, into your spirit?
  • 00:13:25.180 --> 00:13:28.210
  • And I've seen so much what God has done through the girls,
  • 00:13:28.210 --> 00:13:32.270
  • you know, just talking about, you know, "God told me."
  • 00:13:32.270 --> 00:13:35.280
  • And when they begin to personalize their prayers
  • 00:13:35.280 --> 00:13:38.210
  • or responses in that way,
  • 00:13:38.210 --> 00:13:40.120
  • that's when you know you're on the right track.
  • 00:13:40.120 --> 00:13:42.070
  • - That's right and that's the same thing
  • 00:13:42.070 --> 00:13:44.010
  • that we've taught our kids, that prayer is our default.
  • 00:13:44.010 --> 00:13:46.140
  • - Yeah.
  • 00:13:46.140 --> 00:13:47.120
  • - You go to prayer first.
  • 00:13:47.120 --> 00:13:48.260
  • And I remember being challenged by them.
  • 00:13:48.260 --> 00:13:50.200
  • I remember one day having a headache
  • 00:13:50.200 --> 00:13:52.130
  • and my daughter was only probably six, seven,
  • 00:13:52.130 --> 00:13:55.000
  • and I said "Oh, I think I may need to go get a Tylenol".
  • 00:13:55.000 --> 00:13:58.070
  • Back in Australia, we call it Panadol.
  • 00:13:58.070 --> 00:14:00.140
  • "I'm gonna get a Panadol."
  • 00:14:00.140 --> 00:14:01.220
  • And then Holly goes, "Mom, let me pray."
  • 00:14:01.220 --> 00:14:04.200
  • (laughter)
  • 00:14:04.200 --> 00:14:05.210
  • - I love it!
  • 00:14:05.210 --> 00:14:06.160
  • - And she prayed.
  • 00:14:07.120 --> 00:14:09.220
  • Unbelievably, well not unbelievably,
  • 00:14:09.220 --> 00:14:12.000
  • she lays her hands and she says,
  • 00:14:12.000 --> 00:14:13.060
  • "In Jesus' name." - I love that.
  • 00:14:13.060 --> 00:14:14.150
  • - "Take that headache right now from mommy."
  • 00:14:14.150 --> 00:14:16.210
  • - I love that. - I'm not lying,
  • 00:14:16.210 --> 00:14:17.290
  • exaggerating, disappeared.
  • 00:14:17.290 --> 00:14:19.220
  • - Come on.
  • 00:14:19.220 --> 00:14:20.290
  • - And so for her, prayer is real.
  • 00:14:20.290 --> 00:14:22.220
  • My kids, ever since they were born,
  • 00:14:22.220 --> 00:14:25.170
  • we've prayed around them.
  • 00:14:25.170 --> 00:14:27.220
  • We've always taught them that our default is to pray.
  • 00:14:27.220 --> 00:14:32.210
  • If there is something going on
  • 00:14:33.170 --> 00:14:34.210
  • or if there is something troubling us
  • 00:14:34.210 --> 00:14:36.150
  • or if there is just something we need, we go to prayer.
  • 00:14:36.150 --> 00:14:40.060
  • And my kids are amazing.
  • 00:14:40.060 --> 00:14:42.030
  • Every time we do a prayer and fast for our church,
  • 00:14:42.030 --> 00:14:45.150
  • our children come on the journey with us
  • 00:14:45.150 --> 00:14:47.080
  • and they may fast candy, you know,
  • 00:14:47.080 --> 00:14:49.080
  • they're not fasting meals
  • 00:14:49.080 --> 00:14:50.140
  • 'cause they're still growing in their bodies,
  • 00:14:50.140 --> 00:14:51.240
  • but we get them to go on the journey with us
  • 00:14:51.240 --> 00:14:54.130
  • and it's been so beautiful because often I'll say,
  • 00:14:54.130 --> 00:14:57.230
  • "So what has God said to you?
  • 00:14:57.230 --> 00:14:59.100
  • Has he spoken to you?
  • 00:14:59.100 --> 00:15:00.120
  • What have you been asking for?
  • 00:15:00.120 --> 00:15:01.250
  • Why don't you write down what you're believing God for?"
  • 00:15:01.250 --> 00:15:05.010
  • So watching our kids see our answered prayers, watching God,
  • 00:15:05.010 --> 00:15:09.140
  • like every time my husband and I do something,
  • 00:15:09.140 --> 00:15:12.020
  • like big in a step of faith,
  • 00:15:12.020 --> 00:15:13.280
  • we take them on the journey with us.
  • 00:15:13.280 --> 00:15:15.110
  • And we pray every night before dinner, we pray.
  • 00:15:15.110 --> 00:15:18.160
  • Every night before we go to bed, we pray.
  • 00:15:18.160 --> 00:15:21.050
  • Every time they're not well, we pray.
  • 00:15:21.050 --> 00:15:23.240
  • Every time we're making a big decision for them, we pray.
  • 00:15:23.240 --> 00:15:26.240
  • Every time we go to school, before school, we pray.
  • 00:15:26.240 --> 00:15:30.070
  • So I think if you're not praying, they're not gonna pray
  • 00:15:30.070 --> 00:15:32.140
  • and you need to take them on the journey with you.
  • 00:15:32.140 --> 00:15:35.120
  • Prayer has an effect.
  • 00:15:35.120 --> 00:15:36.260
  • - Yes.
  • 00:15:36.260 --> 00:15:37.240
  • - And so now when they pray
  • 00:15:37.240 --> 00:15:39.010
  • they are praying for, like, cancer.
  • 00:15:39.010 --> 00:15:42.130
  • And all things. - That's so good.
  • 00:15:42.130 --> 00:15:44.170
  • - It's in the book, I can go to God with.
  • 00:15:44.170 --> 00:15:47.010
  • Anything I ask in his name, he'll answer me.
  • 00:15:47.010 --> 00:15:49.060
  • So there's that faith level, but they've watched it,
  • 00:15:49.060 --> 00:15:51.290
  • now they're doing it and so it is a beautiful thing.
  • 00:15:51.290 --> 00:15:55.120
  • - I love that.
  • 00:15:55.120 --> 00:15:56.100
  • I think, I'm laughing 'cause
  • 00:15:56.100 --> 00:15:58.050
  • we reap what we sow with our kids.
  • 00:15:58.050 --> 00:16:00.040
  • (laughter)
  • 00:16:00.040 --> 00:16:02.150
  • A couple of the first things I've ever taught my kids,
  • 00:16:02.150 --> 00:16:05.060
  • well the first phrase was, "Suck it up, sailor".
  • 00:16:05.060 --> 00:16:07.060
  • (laughter)
  • 00:16:07.060 --> 00:16:08.080
  • - Wow, very Christine.
  • 00:16:08.080 --> 00:16:10.180
  • (laughter)
  • 00:16:10.180 --> 00:16:12.260
  • - But I would say, you know very early on,
  • 00:16:19.050 --> 00:16:21.250
  • like before they could talk, walk, I would say,
  • 00:16:23.000 --> 00:16:25.240
  • "The children of Israel did not go into the promised land.
  • 00:16:25.240 --> 00:16:28.080
  • They didn't believe God.
  • 00:16:28.080 --> 00:16:30.180
  • They murmured, grumbled and complained
  • 00:16:30.180 --> 00:16:33.040
  • and they didn't trust God and pray to God.
  • 00:16:33.040 --> 00:16:35.210
  • They just murmured, grumbled and complained."
  • 00:16:35.210 --> 00:16:37.230
  • And I said, "So here our default
  • 00:16:37.230 --> 00:16:39.250
  • is not to murmur, grumble and complain about things,
  • 00:16:39.250 --> 00:16:42.070
  • we pray," and, okay, it was very good until, okay.
  • 00:16:42.070 --> 00:16:45.280
  • I will never forget, we were in D.C.,
  • 00:16:47.020 --> 00:16:49.150
  • Sophia was like maybe four, maybe.
  • 00:16:49.150 --> 00:16:53.030
  • - Out of the mouths of babes. - And we were in
  • 00:16:53.030 --> 00:16:54.100
  • our hotel room and something had happened
  • 00:16:54.100 --> 00:16:57.130
  • and a whole bunch of circumstances
  • 00:16:57.130 --> 00:16:59.210
  • that I should have prayed about,
  • 00:16:59.210 --> 00:17:01.210
  • but I started murmuring, grumbling and complaining about,
  • 00:17:01.210 --> 00:17:06.000
  • and out of the little bed, the little roller bed in there,
  • 00:17:06.000 --> 00:17:11.000
  • just, I hear out of the covers,
  • 00:17:11.260 --> 00:17:14.060
  • "Mommy, what happened to the children of Israel?"
  • 00:17:14.060 --> 00:17:17.270
  • (laughter)
  • 00:17:17.270 --> 00:17:19.070
  • I died.
  • 00:17:19.070 --> 00:17:20.020
  • (laughter)
  • 00:17:20.020 --> 00:17:21.130
  • - Prayer is really relationship and communion with God
  • 00:17:21.130 --> 00:17:25.110
  • as a friend.
  • 00:17:25.110 --> 00:17:26.230
  • I think God's ultimate goal for us
  • 00:17:26.230 --> 00:17:28.180
  • in our relationship with him is to be a friend
  • 00:17:28.180 --> 00:17:31.220
  • and how you are with a friend is just so different.
  • 00:17:31.220 --> 00:17:35.050
  • It's not, "Oh, please."
  • 00:17:35.050 --> 00:17:37.120
  • There's no begging involved, you know.
  • 00:17:37.120 --> 00:17:39.100
  • He already told us we have everything
  • 00:17:39.100 --> 00:17:41.220
  • and just to know who God is as your dad,
  • 00:17:41.220 --> 00:17:45.210
  • that he owns the cattle on a thousand hills,
  • 00:17:45.210 --> 00:17:47.220
  • like, he's got everything,
  • 00:17:47.220 --> 00:17:49.140
  • and you don't have to beg for anything,
  • 00:17:49.140 --> 00:17:51.170
  • but just knowing who God's nature is,
  • 00:17:51.170 --> 00:17:54.020
  • as a friend and as a father.
  • 00:17:54.020 --> 00:17:55.170
  • You can go to him and talk to him and pray
  • 00:17:55.170 --> 00:17:58.150
  • and it can be really fun, you know.
  • 00:17:58.150 --> 00:17:59.250
  • And you're looking in your normal life
  • 00:17:59.250 --> 00:18:01.210
  • as you're just going about, you know,
  • 00:18:01.210 --> 00:18:03.120
  • shopping at a store, whatever,
  • 00:18:03.120 --> 00:18:05.120
  • you're just always listening to hear God and so,
  • 00:18:05.120 --> 00:18:08.240
  • prayer and the prophetic, when you're really boil it down,
  • 00:18:08.240 --> 00:18:12.190
  • it's really just simply childlike
  • 00:18:12.190 --> 00:18:14.250
  • and it's hearing from God, talking to God,
  • 00:18:14.250 --> 00:18:17.250
  • and doing your best to carry out what he's saying to you.
  • 00:18:17.250 --> 00:18:20.180
  • - My favorite place to worship,
  • 00:18:20.180 --> 00:18:22.110
  • I know you're gonna laugh, is my kitchen
  • 00:18:22.110 --> 00:18:24.090
  • because I have more Holy Ghost moments in my kitchen.
  • 00:18:24.090 --> 00:18:28.160
  • That's where I write all my messages.
  • 00:18:28.160 --> 00:18:30.080
  • That's where I put on my little worship music
  • 00:18:30.080 --> 00:18:31.240
  • and I do my little holy dance, you know,
  • 00:18:31.240 --> 00:18:33.060
  • what David used to do.
  • 00:18:33.060 --> 00:18:34.200
  • He'd dance in his ephod and Michael looked out and she goes,
  • 00:18:34.200 --> 00:18:36.280
  • "Man, is that a dignified way for a king to be?"
  • 00:18:36.280 --> 00:18:39.220
  • And he says, "I will be more undignified than this."
  • 00:18:39.220 --> 00:18:43.130
  • That's how I feel.
  • 00:18:43.130 --> 00:18:44.280
  • My kitchen is where I can be really, really undignified
  • 00:18:44.280 --> 00:18:46.240
  • because nobody's watching.
  • 00:18:46.240 --> 00:18:48.060
  • There is no cameras.
  • 00:18:48.060 --> 00:18:49.070
  • It's just me and Jesus
  • 00:18:49.070 --> 00:18:51.050
  • and I call it my little Holy Ghost dance.
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  • - Our daughter, we were driving this one time,
  • 00:19:02.240 --> 00:19:04.280
  • and again my mother-in-law, the happy intercessor, you know,
  • 00:19:04.280 --> 00:19:07.200
  • she was in the car with us and my daughter was in the back,
  • 00:19:07.200 --> 00:19:10.090
  • she was maybe two, tiny and we're driving and
  • 00:19:10.090 --> 00:19:13.130
  • we pulled in to this shopping center and all of a sudden,
  • 00:19:13.130 --> 00:19:15.230
  • she just loses it in the back seat,
  • 00:19:15.230 --> 00:19:17.070
  • just hysterically crying and I'm, I go into mom mode,
  • 00:19:17.070 --> 00:19:19.270
  • "Are you tired, hungry?"
  • 00:19:19.270 --> 00:19:20.250
  • You know.
  • 00:19:20.250 --> 00:19:21.230
  • And my mom-in-love said, "Nope.
  • 00:19:21.230 --> 00:19:23.260
  • There's something else going on and she's feeling something.
  • 00:19:23.260 --> 00:19:26.000
  • She's interceding for something.
  • 00:19:26.000 --> 00:19:28.000
  • This is not something, you know, physically wrong with her."
  • 00:19:28.000 --> 00:19:31.160
  • And so she just looked back to her and she just said,
  • 00:19:31.160 --> 00:19:34.030
  • she said "Honey, where did you get your sad from?"
  • 00:19:34.030 --> 00:19:37.040
  • And she pointed across the parking lot to a homeless man
  • 00:19:37.040 --> 00:19:40.020
  • who was there, who we had driven by,
  • 00:19:40.020 --> 00:19:42.030
  • and she said "Okay, all right, you're feeling that
  • 00:19:42.030 --> 00:19:44.250
  • and we're gonna pray because God's showing you his heart,
  • 00:19:44.250 --> 00:19:47.080
  • you're feeling it."
  • 00:19:47.080 --> 00:19:48.220
  • And so she had her extend her little hand out the window
  • 00:19:48.220 --> 00:19:50.000
  • toward this man, led her in a prayer.
  • 00:19:50.000 --> 00:19:52.090
  • She said, "How do you feel now?"
  • 00:19:52.090 --> 00:19:53.080
  • She's two!
  • 00:19:53.080 --> 00:19:54.140
  • She said, "How do you feel now?"
  • 00:19:54.140 --> 00:19:55.230
  • She said (sobs) you know obviously still sad.
  • 00:19:55.230 --> 00:19:58.110
  • She said, "All right, now I want you
  • 00:19:58.110 --> 00:19:59.190
  • to take that sadness that you're feeling.
  • 00:19:59.190 --> 00:20:01.140
  • You've prayed, you did what you're supposed to do.
  • 00:20:01.140 --> 00:20:03.060
  • I want you to picture you're putting that sadness
  • 00:20:03.060 --> 00:20:05.210
  • in the hands of Jesus because it's not yours to carry.
  • 00:20:05.210 --> 00:20:08.110
  • You've prayed, you did and you let it go."
  • 00:20:08.110 --> 00:20:10.200
  • And she said, "How do you feel now?
  • 00:20:10.200 --> 00:20:12.180
  • Can you see it in Jesus' hands?"
  • 00:20:12.180 --> 00:20:14.020
  • She was like, "Uh huh."
  • 00:20:14.020 --> 00:20:15.060
  • She goes, "How do you feel now?"
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  • "Happy!"
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  • Totally a different child.
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  • Like it lifted off of her,
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  • and it's been very true to the nature of her gift
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  • as an intercessor to pray, to follow it,
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  • but my mom-in-love says it best.
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  • She said, "Depressed people are intercessors
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  • who don't know how to pray."
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  • - Wow!
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  • - Come on, yes.
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  • - Because you carry it and a lot of times
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  • we do what we're supposed to do, we pray,
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  • but we're not supposed to carry the weight of that.
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  • We're supposed to put it back into the hands of Jesus.
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  • It changed her life, my life,
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  • and I was like, taking some notes.
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  • - I want you to know right now that even if you think,
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  • "Man, how could God have me back after what I've done,
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  • where I've been, what's been,
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  • it's just been so long since I've talked to him."
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  • I want you to know that your heavenly father,
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  • he is waiting with his arms wide open to receive you.
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  • All you simply need to do is look in his direction.
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  • You don't even need to take the first step.
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  • You glance there and your heavenly father
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  • will run toward you.
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  • He loves you.
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  • He's got a plan and a purpose and a destiny for your life.
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  • Don't spend one more moment
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  • out of relationship with your heavenly father.
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  • You just look in his direction.
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  • You just simply say, "God, I just need you."
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  • And I'm telling you, the Lord is gonna step into that place
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  • in your life and into your heart and you're gonna sense
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  • his love and his grace and his mercy.
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  • There is nothing like the unconditional love
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  • of your heavenly father.
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  • Pour out your heart to him.
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  • You don't need to clean yourself up to come to God.
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  • Come as you are.
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  • Your father is the one that will cleanse you.
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  • Your father is the one that will heal you.
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  • Your father is the one that will lavish his love upon you.
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  • So don't run from him today, run to him.
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  • Jesus Christ can and will forgive all of your sin,
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  • give you a brand new start today and hope for the future.
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  • There is nothing that you've done that can separate you
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  • from the love of God that's in Christ Jesus.
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  • You just look up, take one step toward him.
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  • Say to him, "Jesus, I want you, I receive you today.
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  • Jesus, enter my heart.
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  • I want to know you as my Lord and savior.
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  • I want to know you, father, as my loving gracious father."
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  • And I'm telling you, one step toward him,
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  • he's running towards you.
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  • Let me pray for you.
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  • Father, I thank you for every person
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  • on the other side of the screen.
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  • I thank you that there is nothing that anyone has done
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  • that is too big to run away from your love
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  • and your grace and your mercy.
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  • Father, I thank you that forgiveness lies in you,
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  • grace lies in you, hope lies in you,
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  • healing lies in you, redemption lies in you.
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  • So I pray, Father, that anyone that feels separated
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  • from you today, that even right now,
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  • wherever they are in this moment,
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  • that they would sense your presence,
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  • they would sense the reality of your love,
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  • they would sense the reality of your grace.
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  • Father, let them sense the palpable presence of God.
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  • Let them know that you love them, that you've not left them,
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  • that you've not forsaken them, that they are your son,
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  • they are your daughter and that you have great plans
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  • and purpose and destiny for them.
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  • In Jesus' name, amen.
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  • - It's all about Jenn.
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  • Everything's about Jenn just 'cause she can see
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  • this is what happens when you're a worship leader.
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  • - Too much trouble over there, I'm not going there.
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  • Better together.
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  • on Better Together.
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  • - There is order in God
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  • and there is wild in God
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  • and I think that's so beautiful about the Holy Spirit.
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  • He is perfect order but he is perfect connection
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  • to his voice and free flow.
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