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October 9, 2016
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Connecting Prayers and God's Purpose

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  • - Tony Evans: 'Cause when you
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  • catch the wind,
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  • they become my burdens,
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  • no longer your burden.
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  • I'm going--
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  • I'm going to make you sail.
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  • I'm going to get you there.
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  • You can rest.
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  • So shorten the preparation time
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  • by making sure you're
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  • in his will,
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  • praying in his name.
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  • And he says,
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  • "And you have the confidence
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  • that he's going to give you
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  • - Tony: Did you know
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  • that the key to powerful prayer
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  • is when you can connect
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  • your prayers with his purposes?
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  • When those two connect,
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  • something has got to happen.
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  • But how does that happen,
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  • and what does it really mean?
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  • Well, this is Tony Evans
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  • with "The Urban Alternative,"
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  • and I'm so glad to be with you
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  • again, talking
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  • about this powerful, powerful,
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  • powerful subject of prayer,
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  • where we're drawing
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  • from heaven
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  • in order to change earth.
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  • Let's find out how you connect
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  • God's purposes
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  • with your prayers,
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  • and what that connection means.
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  • - Tony: Today, I want to talk
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  • to you about connecting prayer
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  • with God's purposes, maybe
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  • the most important connection
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  • of all.
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  • What is prayer?
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  • One might simply define it
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  • as relational communication
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  • with God.
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  • The word was used in olden days
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  • of a sheep dog sitting
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  • at its master's feet,
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  • waiting for instructions.
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  • Okay, I got that,
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  • relational communication
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  • with God.
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  • But come on, help me.
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  • Help me to understand
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  • this thing.
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  • Okay, let me put it another way.
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  • Prayer is
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  • the divinely ordained link
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  • between the invisible
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  • and visible world.
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  • It is
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  • the divinely authorized means
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  • by which the natural connects
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  • with the supernatural,
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  • and the supernatural connects
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  • with the natural.
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  • And it is God's only
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  • authorized means of contact.
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  • In order to understand this,
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  • you have to understand something
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  • that God did.
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  • God operated
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  • in the spiritual realm
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  • with angels, but then he created
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  • man, and put him
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  • in the physical realm,
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  • and then guess what God said?
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  • He said, "Let them rule.
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  • I want man to act
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  • in the physical realm
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  • on my behalf
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  • from the spiritual realm."
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  • And so, what I'm going to do is
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  • I'm going to develop
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  • a communication system
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  • by which they can link with me
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  • in order for them to do in time
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  • what I'm wanting to be done
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  • from eternity.
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  • Guess what else God said?
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  • God said, "There are many things
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  • I am not going to do until they
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  • make contact.
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  • Because I'm going to rule
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  • through them, let them rule
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  • on the planet."
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  • So prayer is not
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  • some sort of casual,
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  • mundane exercise that you
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  • throw in before you eat.
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  • It was meant to be
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  • this mechanism
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  • of bringing heavenly involvement
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  • into historical context.
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  • It's a passport
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  • to a foreign land
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  • in order to address, clarify,
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  • or even reverse activity
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  • in history
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  • because of the attention
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  • that prayer does
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  • in connecting you with eternity.
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  • When Christians pray right,
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  • God says in heaven, "Hold it,
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  • let's take a little look
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  • at this thing,"
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  • and on many occasions
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  • will reverse things because God
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  • is determined
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  • that his communication mechanism
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  • will be in prayer.
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  • Now, the problem.
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  • The problem that I'm hearing you
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  • say, although you're
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  • not yet verbally speaking, is,
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  • "But I pray and nothing happens.
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  • I pray over and over and over
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  • again.
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  • In fact, I don't pray much
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  • anymore because it's like I'm
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  • just saying words,
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  • and nothing is happening."
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  • Well, that's what we want
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  • to talk about today.
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  • We want to talk
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  • about how to make sure stuff
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  • starts happening.
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  • John says
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  • in 1 John, chapter 5, verse 13,
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  • "I have written these things
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  • to you who believe
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  • in the name of the Son of God,
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  • that you might know that you
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  • have eternal life."
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  • Is that what he says
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  • in verse 13?
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  • Okay, watch this now.
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  • He says, "I have written
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  • that you might believe
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  • in order that you might know."
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  • Did I get that right?
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  • "I have written so that you
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  • might believe,
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  • with the result that you know."
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  • You know what?
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  • You know you have eternal life.
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  • Who in here knows they're saved?
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  • All right, virtually every hand
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  • went up, I know I'm saved.
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  • Guess why you know you're saved?
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  • If you're saved and you know it,
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  • it's because you believed.
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  • You know you're saved
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  • because you believe.
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  • But what did you believe?
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  • What was written.
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  • You believed what was written,
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  • therefore you know you
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  • have eternal life.
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  • You say, "But I thought you
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  • were going to talk to me
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  • about prayer."
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  • You got to go to verse 14.
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  • He says, to those who know
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  • they're saved, these words
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  • in verse 14.
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  • He wants you, in your salvation,
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  • to make a connection.
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  • Now, we know
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  • it's going to be tough
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  • for some of you,
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  • but stick with me.
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  • He wants you to make
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  • the connection,
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  • "And this is the confidence
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  • we have before him,
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  • that if we ask anything
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  • according to his will,
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  • he hears us."
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  • And what is the result of that,
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  • verse 15?
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  • "And if we know that he hears us
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  • in whatever we ask, we know we
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  • have the request which we
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  • have asked of him."
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  • So guess what he's saying?
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  • Just like you know you're saved
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  • because you believe
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  • what was written,
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  • you ought to know
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  • you're going to get an answer
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  • because you believe
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  • based on what is written.
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  • Just like I'm confident
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  • I'm going to heaven,
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  • I can be confident this prayer
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  • is going to be answered, okay?
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  • Now, we're getting ready
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  • to go swimming, stick with me.
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  • You say,
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  • "I don't know how to swim."
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  • We're going to hold you up.
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  • Stick with me.
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  • Prayer is a way where God
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  • is giving you and I
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  • the privilege of participating
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  • in the divine realm
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  • by making human contact.
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  • Okay, then how do I get to know
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  • that my prayers
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  • are going to be answered?
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  • Same way you know you have
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  • eternal life.
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  • You believe in the name.
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  • There it is, you got to believe
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  • in the name.
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  • A lot of folk who use his name
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  • will never go to heaven.
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  • You got to believe in his name
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  • in order to go to heaven.
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  • That is, you must place trust
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  • in his name.
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  • I would like to suggest to you
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  • now that the reason
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  • why more of us
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  • are not experiencing
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  • answered prayer
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  • is because of the misuse
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  • of his name.
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  • All right, let's go
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  • a little deeper.
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  • The disciples asked Jesus
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  • one day a penetrating question.
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  • They said, "Teach us to pray."
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  • Now, that's
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  • a very interesting question.
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  • They never said,
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  • "Teach us to preach,"
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  • although they were
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  • with the greatest preacher
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  • that ever lived.
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  • "Teach us to teach,"
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  • although they were
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  • with the greatest teacher,
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  • Jesus, that ever lived.
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  • They said, "No, no, no, no, no,
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  • no, no, no, no, we want to know
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  • prayer."
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  • Why did they ask Jesus
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  • to teach them to pray?
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  • Because they saw Jesus
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  • was never turned down.
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  • Every single time he asked
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  • something from the Father,
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  • bingo, he's getting it.
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  • They said, "We want that."
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  • John 14, verse 13,
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  • notice what he says.
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  • "And whatever you ask
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  • in my name, that I will do,
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  • that the Father
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  • may be glorified in the Son.
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  • And if you ask anything
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  • in my name," what?
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  • "I will do it."
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  • Chapter 15, verse 16, he says,
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  • "You did not choose me, but I
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  • chose you and appointed you,
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  • that you should go and bear
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  • fruit, and that your fruit shall
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  • remain; that whatever you ask
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  • of the Father in my name,
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  • he will give it to you."
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  • Just so you don't miss
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  • the point, chapter 16, verse 23,
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  • he says, "And in that day,
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  • you will ask me no question.
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  • Truly, truly--you will me ask
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  • no question.
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  • Truly, truly I say to you,
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  • if you shall ask the Father,"
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  • for what?
  • 00:10:14.240 --> 00:10:16.090
  • "Anything, he will give it
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  • to you," how?
  • 00:10:17.260 --> 00:10:19.250
  • "In my name.
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  • Until now, you have asked
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  • for nothing in my name.
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  • Ask, and you will receive,
  • 00:10:23.290 --> 00:10:25.290
  • that your joy may be full."
  • 00:10:25.290 --> 00:10:27.290
  • He said you got to do it
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  • in my name.
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  • If you want to get a response
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  • from my daddy,
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  • you've got to do it in my name.
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  • I would like to suggest to you
  • 00:10:40.130 --> 00:10:41.220
  • that the reason why many of us
  • 00:10:41.220 --> 00:10:43.090
  • are not getting answers
  • 00:10:43.090 --> 00:10:44.100
  • to our prayers is that they're
  • 00:10:44.100 --> 00:10:45.160
  • unauthorized.
  • 00:10:45.160 --> 00:10:47.260
  • Even though we use Jesus' name,
  • 00:10:47.260 --> 00:10:50.110
  • it's just that he
  • 00:10:50.110 --> 00:10:51.090
  • ain't signed off on it.
  • 00:10:51.090 --> 00:10:53.180
  • To use Jesus' name means
  • 00:10:53.180 --> 00:10:55.250
  • that Jesus authorizes
  • 00:10:56.070 --> 00:10:59.070
  • the request.
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  • He authorizes by his authority,
  • 00:11:01.180 --> 00:11:04.180
  • based on who he is,
  • 00:11:04.180 --> 00:11:05.290
  • what you're asking for.
  • 00:11:05.290 --> 00:11:07.170
  • If he has not authorized it,
  • 00:11:07.170 --> 00:11:09.240
  • using his name becomes
  • 00:11:09.240 --> 00:11:12.020
  • meaningless.
  • 00:11:12.020 --> 00:11:14.250
  • To put it another way,
  • 00:11:14.250 --> 00:11:16.070
  • when you go before God,
  • 00:11:16.070 --> 00:11:18.120
  • you need to show ID.
  • 00:11:18.120 --> 00:11:20.170
  • The Father always authorizes
  • 00:11:20.210 --> 00:11:23.210
  • the Son, and the Son
  • 00:11:23.210 --> 00:11:26.010
  • always authorizes children
  • 00:11:26.040 --> 00:11:29.040
  • who are carrying his ID,
  • 00:11:29.140 --> 00:11:32.140
  • who has his name.
  • 00:11:32.260 --> 00:11:35.260
  • So it is asking
  • 00:11:35.260 --> 00:11:37.070
  • based on the authority
  • 00:11:37.120 --> 00:11:40.120
  • of Jesus Christ.
  • 00:11:41.050 --> 00:11:44.050
  • See, so knowing his name changes
  • 00:11:44.050 --> 00:11:46.250
  • the nature of a thing.
  • 00:11:47.200 --> 00:11:50.200
  • Let me put it another way.
  • 00:11:50.200 --> 00:11:52.200
  • Jesus' name, this is a key word,
  • 00:11:52.200 --> 00:11:55.180
  • gives you legal authority.
  • 00:11:56.130 --> 00:11:59.130
  • Many of us, when we pray, go
  • 00:11:59.130 --> 00:12:01.140
  • to God illegally, unauthorized.
  • 00:12:02.170 --> 00:12:05.170
  • But the name of Jesus,
  • 00:12:05.170 --> 00:12:07.060
  • that is based on his permission,
  • 00:12:07.060 --> 00:12:09.200
  • his authority, and his nature,
  • 00:12:09.200 --> 00:12:12.020
  • gives you legal right.
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  • You have a right now
  • 00:12:14.110 --> 00:12:16.060
  • to talk to God
  • 00:12:16.060 --> 00:12:17.070
  • about what you're talking
  • 00:12:17.070 --> 00:12:17.260
  • to God for because God
  • 00:12:17.260 --> 00:12:19.160
  • is going to answer that request.
  • 00:12:21.050 --> 00:12:24.050
  • Legal right.
  • 00:12:24.050 --> 00:12:26.170
  • Prayer is that point
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  • of connection.
  • 00:12:27.290 --> 00:12:30.080
  • Every believer in Jesus Christ
  • 00:12:30.080 --> 00:12:32.280
  • has stuff that works.
  • 00:12:32.280 --> 00:12:35.070
  • Prayer is your switch.
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  • It turns it on so that you
  • 00:12:37.160 --> 00:12:39.040
  • see it work.
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  • He says it's all tied
  • 00:12:40.180 --> 00:12:42.140
  • to the name.
  • 00:12:42.140 --> 00:12:45.080
  • Okay, then how do I get his name
  • 00:12:45.240 --> 00:12:48.240
  • to work?
  • 00:12:48.240 --> 00:12:49.290
  • He tells you
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  • in 1 John chapter 5, verse 14.
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  • "And this is the confidence we
  • 00:12:56.200 --> 00:12:58.040
  • have before him, that if we ask
  • 00:12:58.040 --> 00:13:00.180
  • anything," how many things?
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  • And I think anything means
  • 00:13:03.260 --> 00:13:05.240
  • anything.
  • 00:13:05.240 --> 00:13:07.100
  • There's no exceptions
  • 00:13:07.100 --> 00:13:08.070
  • to the word "anything."
  • 00:13:08.070 --> 00:13:09.210
  • "If we ask anything," here it
  • 00:13:09.210 --> 00:13:12.030
  • is, "according to his will."
  • 00:13:14.130 --> 00:13:17.130
  • Now you know what he means
  • 00:13:17.130 --> 00:13:18.180
  • by name.
  • 00:13:18.180 --> 00:13:19.290
  • What he means by believing
  • 00:13:19.290 --> 00:13:21.230
  • in his name when it comes
  • 00:13:21.230 --> 00:13:23.020
  • to prayer is making your request
  • 00:13:24.000 --> 00:13:27.000
  • in concert with his will.
  • 00:13:27.190 --> 00:13:30.190
  • Why are so many of our prayers
  • 00:13:30.190 --> 00:13:32.110
  • unanswered?
  • 00:13:32.110 --> 00:13:33.180
  • 'Cause what we're asking for
  • 00:13:33.180 --> 00:13:35.210
  • is not what he's asking for.
  • 00:13:35.210 --> 00:13:38.200
  • So he cannot give you
  • 00:13:38.200 --> 00:13:40.070
  • what's against his will.
  • 00:13:40.070 --> 00:13:43.010
  • So you know what we do?
  • 00:13:43.010 --> 00:13:44.000
  • We go get it ourselves, okay?
  • 00:13:44.270 --> 00:13:47.270
  • Big problem.
  • 00:13:47.270 --> 00:13:49.170
  • He says, "If you ask it
  • 00:13:49.170 --> 00:13:52.060
  • according to my will, you
  • 00:13:53.260 --> 00:13:56.260
  • will get anything you ask for."
  • 00:13:56.260 --> 00:13:59.220
  • Okay, so now,
  • 00:13:59.220 --> 00:14:02.070
  • where do I discover his will?
  • 00:14:02.070 --> 00:14:04.170
  • Now, that becomes a question.
  • 00:14:04.170 --> 00:14:05.180
  • Where do I find out
  • 00:14:05.180 --> 00:14:08.000
  • what his will is?
  • 00:14:08.000 --> 00:14:09.290
  • Let's go back to verse 13.
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  • "And it is written that anyone
  • 00:14:12.270 --> 00:14:15.270
  • who believes in the name
  • 00:14:15.270 --> 00:14:17.060
  • of the Son of God will know."
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  • You find his will in two places.
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  • First of all, it is written.
  • 00:14:26.100 --> 00:14:29.100
  • That's his revealed will,
  • 00:14:29.100 --> 00:14:31.100
  • and that's in the Bible.
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  • The Bible is
  • 00:14:33.250 --> 00:14:34.270
  • the revealed will of God.
  • 00:14:35.240 --> 00:14:38.240
  • There are some of us where he
  • 00:14:38.240 --> 00:14:40.220
  • has spoken in his revealed will
  • 00:14:40.220 --> 00:14:43.020
  • who haven't gotten it because
  • 00:14:43.020 --> 00:14:44.180
  • we've never asked for it.
  • 00:14:44.180 --> 00:14:46.230
  • Everything that God wants to do
  • 00:14:46.260 --> 00:14:49.260
  • to us, for us, and about us
  • 00:14:49.260 --> 00:14:52.100
  • is not written in the Bible.
  • 00:14:53.090 --> 00:14:56.090
  • In other words, the Bible
  • 00:14:56.090 --> 00:14:57.190
  • doesn't tell me to marry Joe
  • 00:14:57.190 --> 00:14:58.130
  • versus James.
  • 00:14:58.130 --> 00:14:59.250
  • You can't find that specificity
  • 00:14:59.250 --> 00:15:02.090
  • in the Bible.
  • 00:15:02.090 --> 00:15:04.010
  • That's not there.
  • 00:15:04.010 --> 00:15:06.020
  • But if I want to be
  • 00:15:06.020 --> 00:15:07.000
  • in the will of God,
  • 00:15:07.000 --> 00:15:07.290
  • I want to know what he wants,
  • 00:15:07.290 --> 00:15:09.080
  • so I need you to tell me--
  • 00:15:09.080 --> 00:15:11.180
  • I mean, I know what you
  • 00:15:11.180 --> 00:15:12.030
  • told me in your written Word.
  • 00:15:12.030 --> 00:15:13.060
  • You told me they got to be
  • 00:15:13.060 --> 00:15:14.020
  • a Christian.
  • 00:15:14.020 --> 00:15:14.200
  • You told me I got to take care
  • 00:15:14.200 --> 00:15:15.080
  • of my family.
  • 00:15:15.080 --> 00:15:15.270
  • You've given me
  • 00:15:15.270 --> 00:15:17.050
  • God's written Word, but I need
  • 00:15:17.050 --> 00:15:18.120
  • something that's more specific.
  • 00:15:19.050 --> 00:15:22.050
  • Well, watch this.
  • 00:15:22.050 --> 00:15:22.210
  • Now, remember when you
  • 00:15:22.210 --> 00:15:23.060
  • got saved?
  • 00:15:23.060 --> 00:15:23.220
  • You heard the Word of the Lord,
  • 00:15:23.220 --> 00:15:25.110
  • you heard somebody
  • 00:15:25.110 --> 00:15:26.000
  • explain to you what was written.
  • 00:15:26.000 --> 00:15:28.190
  • You believed it.
  • 00:15:28.190 --> 00:15:31.000
  • And when you believed it,
  • 00:15:31.000 --> 00:15:32.150
  • God took what was written,
  • 00:15:32.150 --> 00:15:35.000
  • and applied it to you.
  • 00:15:35.000 --> 00:15:37.110
  • Now, what was written about,
  • 00:15:37.110 --> 00:15:38.140
  • you know, whosoever believeth
  • 00:15:38.140 --> 00:15:39.160
  • on the Son of God hath
  • 00:15:39.160 --> 00:15:40.080
  • eternal life now became
  • 00:15:40.080 --> 00:15:41.220
  • your eternal life.
  • 00:15:41.220 --> 00:15:43.180
  • It left general and become
  • 00:15:43.180 --> 00:15:45.240
  • specific at the moment of faith.
  • 00:15:46.110 --> 00:15:49.110
  • Now, watch this now.
  • 00:15:49.180 --> 00:15:52.180
  • You became intimate
  • 00:15:52.180 --> 00:15:53.290
  • with the Savior
  • 00:15:53.290 --> 00:15:54.240
  • because you got saved,
  • 00:15:54.240 --> 00:15:55.210
  • you accepted Jesus Christ.
  • 00:15:55.240 --> 00:15:58.240
  • Once you are straight
  • 00:15:58.240 --> 00:15:59.230
  • with the written Word,
  • 00:15:59.260 --> 00:16:02.280
  • then what God does is apply
  • 00:16:04.090 --> 00:16:07.090
  • the written Word
  • 00:16:07.090 --> 00:16:10.010
  • to your personal situation.
  • 00:16:10.110 --> 00:16:13.110
  • He personalizes it.
  • 00:16:13.110 --> 00:16:15.110
  • That's the job
  • 00:16:15.110 --> 00:16:16.080
  • of the Holy Spirit,
  • 00:16:16.080 --> 00:16:17.030
  • by the way, folks.
  • 00:16:17.030 --> 00:16:18.180
  • The Holy Spirit, the Bible says,
  • 00:16:18.180 --> 00:16:19.280
  • has been shed abroad
  • 00:16:19.280 --> 00:16:20.270
  • in our hearts.
  • 00:16:20.270 --> 00:16:21.150
  • Why is he there?
  • 00:16:21.150 --> 00:16:22.290
  • To be a witness
  • 00:16:22.290 --> 00:16:24.200
  • to the written Word
  • 00:16:24.200 --> 00:16:27.080
  • in your daily life.
  • 00:16:27.080 --> 00:16:29.060
  • His job is to apply it
  • 00:16:29.060 --> 00:16:30.150
  • to your name,
  • 00:16:30.150 --> 00:16:32.110
  • which may be different
  • 00:16:32.110 --> 00:16:32.270
  • than how he applies it
  • 00:16:32.270 --> 00:16:33.250
  • to somebody else.
  • 00:16:33.250 --> 00:16:35.040
  • That's why the Holy Spirit is
  • 00:16:35.040 --> 00:16:36.090
  • such a powerful being
  • 00:16:36.090 --> 00:16:38.050
  • in your Christian life
  • 00:16:38.050 --> 00:16:39.070
  • because his job is
  • 00:16:39.070 --> 00:16:40.000
  • to, here it is,
  • 00:16:40.000 --> 00:16:42.010
  • highlight it for you.
  • 00:16:42.010 --> 00:16:44.180
  • You know a highlighter, where,
  • 00:16:44.180 --> 00:16:46.110
  • you know, you go over something,
  • 00:16:46.110 --> 00:16:47.030
  • and now it jumps out at you.
  • 00:16:47.030 --> 00:16:49.140
  • His job is to apply the Word
  • 00:16:49.140 --> 00:16:52.030
  • in your daily situations.
  • 00:16:53.070 --> 00:16:56.070
  • How does he do it?
  • 00:16:56.070 --> 00:16:57.120
  • He does it by your relationship.
  • 00:16:57.150 --> 00:17:00.170
  • Jesus has just healed a man
  • 00:17:00.170 --> 00:17:02.270
  • at the pool of Bethesda.
  • 00:17:02.280 --> 00:17:05.280
  • All these sick people out there,
  • 00:17:05.280 --> 00:17:08.070
  • and Jesus comes along
  • 00:17:08.070 --> 00:17:10.170
  • and he sees this man.
  • 00:17:10.170 --> 00:17:11.250
  • He comes over to this guy,
  • 00:17:11.250 --> 00:17:12.230
  • he says,
  • 00:17:12.230 --> 00:17:13.240
  • "Do you want to be made well?"
  • 00:17:13.240 --> 00:17:15.280
  • Guy says, "Well, yeah."
  • 00:17:15.280 --> 00:17:17.130
  • Jesus says, "Well,
  • 00:17:17.130 --> 00:17:18.140
  • take up your bed and walk."
  • 00:17:18.140 --> 00:17:20.210
  • Guy takes up his bed
  • 00:17:20.210 --> 00:17:21.250
  • and starts walking.
  • 00:17:21.250 --> 00:17:23.060
  • And this man has been sick
  • 00:17:23.060 --> 00:17:24.020
  • for 30 years.
  • 00:17:24.020 --> 00:17:26.230
  • And all of a sudden,
  • 00:17:26.230 --> 00:17:27.150
  • Jesus passes by and says,
  • 00:17:27.150 --> 00:17:28.170
  • "You want to be made well?
  • 00:17:28.170 --> 00:17:30.290
  • Come on, get up."
  • 00:17:32.250 --> 00:17:35.250
  • The people who saw him do this
  • 00:17:35.250 --> 00:17:37.000
  • said, "Whoa, whoa, whoa,
  • 00:17:37.000 --> 00:17:38.080
  • whoa, whoa.
  • 00:17:38.080 --> 00:17:40.000
  • What are you doing?
  • 00:17:40.000 --> 00:17:40.150
  • You can't do that."
  • 00:17:40.150 --> 00:17:42.250
  • Jesus responds to them, and look
  • 00:17:42.250 --> 00:17:44.180
  • what he says in verse 19.
  • 00:17:44.180 --> 00:17:46.170
  • "Jesus therefore answered
  • 00:17:46.170 --> 00:17:48.180
  • and said to them,
  • 00:17:48.180 --> 00:17:50.000
  • 'Truly, truly I say to you,
  • 00:17:50.000 --> 00:17:52.260
  • the Son of Man can do
  • 00:17:52.260 --> 00:17:54.210
  • nothing of himself unless it
  • 00:17:54.210 --> 00:17:57.160
  • is something he sees
  • 00:17:57.160 --> 00:17:59.050
  • the Father doing.
  • 00:17:59.050 --> 00:18:00.220
  • For whatever the Father does,
  • 00:18:00.220 --> 00:18:02.230
  • these things the Son also does
  • 00:18:02.230 --> 00:18:05.050
  • in like manner.
  • 00:18:05.050 --> 00:18:06.160
  • For the Father loves the Son,
  • 00:18:06.160 --> 00:18:09.050
  • and shows him
  • 00:18:09.050 --> 00:18:10.190
  • all that he himself is doing.
  • 00:18:10.190 --> 00:18:13.060
  • And greater works
  • 00:18:13.060 --> 00:18:14.100
  • than these will he show him,
  • 00:18:14.100 --> 00:18:16.290
  • that you may marvel.'"
  • 00:18:16.290 --> 00:18:19.130
  • Now, I don't know if you
  • 00:18:19.130 --> 00:18:20.100
  • just caught that.
  • 00:18:20.100 --> 00:18:22.160
  • Jesus is saying,
  • 00:18:22.160 --> 00:18:23.140
  • "You know why I healed him?
  • 00:18:23.140 --> 00:18:25.220
  • Because I saw the Father
  • 00:18:25.220 --> 00:18:26.160
  • healing him.
  • 00:18:26.160 --> 00:18:28.170
  • When I saw--I got up
  • 00:18:28.170 --> 00:18:30.140
  • this morning, and I
  • 00:18:30.140 --> 00:18:31.100
  • was spending time with God.
  • 00:18:31.100 --> 00:18:32.290
  • And while I was spending time
  • 00:18:32.290 --> 00:18:34.040
  • with God, I saw
  • 00:18:34.040 --> 00:18:35.000
  • what God was doing in history.
  • 00:18:35.000 --> 00:18:37.200
  • And when I saw what God
  • 00:18:37.200 --> 00:18:38.270
  • was doing, he was healing a man
  • 00:18:38.270 --> 00:18:40.060
  • at the pool of Bethesda.
  • 00:18:40.060 --> 00:18:42.170
  • So now that I see that that's
  • 00:18:42.170 --> 00:18:44.040
  • what the Father is doing,
  • 00:18:44.040 --> 00:18:45.170
  • I'm going over here
  • 00:18:45.170 --> 00:18:46.220
  • to the pool of Bethesda,
  • 00:18:46.220 --> 00:18:48.140
  • and we're going to heal
  • 00:18:48.140 --> 00:18:49.110
  • this guy.
  • 00:18:49.110 --> 00:18:49.290
  • In other words,
  • 00:18:49.290 --> 00:18:50.160
  • I'm going to manifest in history
  • 00:18:50.160 --> 00:18:52.210
  • what I saw my daddy doing
  • 00:18:52.210 --> 00:18:55.140
  • in eternity."
  • 00:18:55.140 --> 00:18:56.270
  • That now tells you
  • 00:18:56.270 --> 00:18:58.030
  • what prayer is supposed to be.
  • 00:18:58.030 --> 00:19:00.120
  • Prayer is not supposed to be
  • 00:19:00.120 --> 00:19:01.200
  • sitting down, saying,
  • 00:19:01.200 --> 00:19:02.120
  • "Okay, bless my mother,
  • 00:19:02.120 --> 00:19:03.050
  • bless my father, bless my kids.
  • 00:19:03.050 --> 00:19:04.200
  • You know, bless my job today.
  • 00:19:04.200 --> 00:19:06.200
  • Give me a raise.
  • 00:19:06.200 --> 00:19:07.190
  • Make sure my car
  • 00:19:07.190 --> 00:19:08.110
  • doesn't break down.
  • 00:19:08.110 --> 00:19:09.070
  • I want to thank you for food
  • 00:19:09.070 --> 00:19:09.240
  • on my table and a roof
  • 00:19:09.240 --> 00:19:10.160
  • over my head."
  • 00:19:10.160 --> 00:19:11.110
  • Yeah, that's nice, but you
  • 00:19:11.110 --> 00:19:13.020
  • can do that in 3 minutes,
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  • all right?
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  • That wasn't
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  • what Jesus was doing.
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  • He says, "I position myself
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  • in the presence of God until God
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  • showed me what he was doing."
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  • What that meant was,
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  • "I wouldn't waste my time
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  • with all these other people
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  • 'cause God wasn't doing anything
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  • with them.
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  • He was doing something
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  • with this man at the pool
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  • for 30 something years sick.
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  • So, when I saw what he
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  • was doing, I went over
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  • and I participated in that."
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  • Let me tell you what Jesus did.
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  • He would spend an hour with God
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  • so that he'd only have to spend
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  • 1 minute with people.
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  • He'd walk over to people, say,
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  • "Yeah, that's the one.
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  • Yeah, this is the one.
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  • Rise, take up your bed,
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  • and walk."
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  • He would spend an hour with God
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  • so he only had to spend
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  • a few minutes with people.
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  • We spend a minute with God,
  • 00:19:59.210 --> 00:20:01.220
  • so we got to spend years
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  • with people.
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  • We never find out what he
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  • is doing so that we can stop
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  • trial and error.
  • 00:20:09.030 --> 00:20:10.060
  • Some of us ought to be tired
  • 00:20:10.060 --> 00:20:10.280
  • of trial and error.
  • 00:20:10.280 --> 00:20:12.080
  • How do you know when a thought
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  • you're thinking is
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  • God's thought, and you
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  • not just making up thoughts?
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  • Simple.
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  • When God is talking to you,
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  • you know that you know.
  • 00:20:21.220 --> 00:20:23.190
  • See, some things you know,
  • 00:20:23.190 --> 00:20:24.280
  • other things you know
  • 00:20:24.280 --> 00:20:25.220
  • that you know.
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  • If I ask you about one and two,
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  • one and one equals two,
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  • you won't say you know that.
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  • You would say you know that you
  • 00:20:30.230 --> 00:20:31.220
  • know that.
  • 00:20:31.220 --> 00:20:32.210
  • In other words,
  • 00:20:32.210 --> 00:20:33.060
  • there is not a question mark.
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  • That's why he can say in 1 John,
  • 00:20:34.250 --> 00:20:36.020
  • "And we have this confidence."
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  • You are so confident that you
  • 00:20:38.020 --> 00:20:39.090
  • know that you know because
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  • that thing was situated
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  • in the deepest part
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  • of your being,
  • 00:20:43.040 --> 00:20:43.280
  • creating a thought.
  • 00:20:43.280 --> 00:20:44.240
  • What's a thought?
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  • An unspoken word.
  • 00:20:45.130 --> 00:20:46.070
  • What's a word?
  • 00:20:46.070 --> 00:20:47.030
  • A spoken thought.
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  • So when God gives you
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  • an unspoken word, which is
  • 00:20:49.020 --> 00:20:51.010
  • a thought coming
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  • from the deepest part of you,
  • 00:20:52.180 --> 00:20:55.180
  • you just heard God talk to you
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  • by name.
  • 00:20:58.020 --> 00:20:59.220
  • Because he creates confidence,
  • 00:20:59.220 --> 00:21:01.250
  • 1 John says, inside of you
  • 00:21:01.250 --> 00:21:04.110
  • that you have now heard
  • 00:21:04.110 --> 00:21:05.260
  • from heaven.
  • 00:21:05.260 --> 00:21:06.220
  • And now, you can pray about it
  • 00:21:06.220 --> 00:21:08.130
  • because you've already seen it.
  • 00:21:08.130 --> 00:21:10.290
  • But if you're not intimate
  • 00:21:10.290 --> 00:21:12.040
  • with him, then you won't hear
  • 00:21:12.090 --> 00:21:15.090
  • what he has to say
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  • because he'll be talking
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  • like this, and you won't know
  • 00:21:19.040 --> 00:21:19.290
  • what in the world
  • 00:21:19.290 --> 00:21:20.190
  • he's talking about
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  • because you're so far away
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  • from what he is saying.
  • 00:21:22.130 --> 00:21:24.030
  • Now, you could hardly hear me
  • 00:21:24.030 --> 00:21:26.160
  • 'cause you're too far away
  • 00:21:26.160 --> 00:21:28.100
  • from me.
  • 00:21:28.100 --> 00:21:30.050
  • See, the reason why many of us
  • 00:21:30.050 --> 00:21:32.060
  • read the Bible, but don't hear
  • 00:21:32.060 --> 00:21:33.170
  • his voice, is we read it
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  • long distance.
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  • We'll come to church, and we'll
  • 00:21:36.250 --> 00:21:37.240
  • bring the revealed Word,
  • 00:21:37.240 --> 00:21:39.090
  • but then we'll stay distant
  • 00:21:39.090 --> 00:21:40.130
  • from here and never hear
  • 00:21:40.130 --> 00:21:42.030
  • the whisper.
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  • How do you know
  • 00:21:43.240 --> 00:21:44.110
  • when the Holy Spirit
  • 00:21:44.110 --> 00:21:45.020
  • is highlighting something,
  • 00:21:45.020 --> 00:21:46.020
  • verifying it?
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  • Two ways, two predominant ways.
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  • One is he will give you
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  • a Scripture to confirm it.
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  • He will give you a rhema word.
  • 00:21:55.080 --> 00:21:58.080
  • The Bible is the logos, it's
  • 00:21:58.080 --> 00:21:59.160
  • the total written Word of God.
  • 00:21:59.160 --> 00:22:01.140
  • Then there's the rhema word.
  • 00:22:01.140 --> 00:22:02.160
  • The rhema word is
  • 00:22:02.160 --> 00:22:03.080
  • that spoken word,
  • 00:22:03.080 --> 00:22:04.100
  • that word that's applied
  • 00:22:04.100 --> 00:22:05.120
  • to your situation.
  • 00:22:05.120 --> 00:22:06.280
  • That's when the Holy Spirit
  • 00:22:06.280 --> 00:22:07.240
  • highlights a text.
  • 00:22:07.240 --> 00:22:10.030
  • God will use his written Word
  • 00:22:10.030 --> 00:22:12.150
  • as a rhema to confirm
  • 00:22:12.150 --> 00:22:14.150
  • his written Word as a logos
  • 00:22:14.150 --> 00:22:16.230
  • if you're close enough
  • 00:22:16.230 --> 00:22:17.190
  • to hear it.
  • 00:22:17.190 --> 00:22:18.200
  • If you're far away, you'll read
  • 00:22:18.200 --> 00:22:20.150
  • the revealed Word as the logos,
  • 00:22:20.150 --> 00:22:23.030
  • and never be hit
  • 00:22:23.030 --> 00:22:23.230
  • with a rhema word
  • 00:22:23.230 --> 00:22:24.270
  • for your application.
  • 00:22:24.270 --> 00:22:26.170
  • It's distance that turns
  • 00:22:26.170 --> 00:22:28.010
  • the logos into the rhema.
  • 00:22:28.010 --> 00:22:30.070
  • And then, ultimately,
  • 00:22:30.070 --> 00:22:30.290
  • he confirmed it
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  • through circumstances
  • 00:22:31.210 --> 00:22:33.160
  • by making the provision.
  • 00:22:33.160 --> 00:22:36.090
  • What I'm trying to say to you
  • 00:22:36.090 --> 00:22:37.210
  • today is that your while life
  • 00:22:37.210 --> 00:22:40.170
  • can be totally transformed
  • 00:22:40.170 --> 00:22:42.200
  • by prayer if it's in his name,
  • 00:22:42.200 --> 00:22:45.200
  • which means it's
  • 00:22:45.200 --> 00:22:46.070
  • according to his will,
  • 00:22:46.070 --> 00:22:48.110
  • based on his Word,
  • 00:22:48.110 --> 00:22:50.040
  • applied by his Spirit
  • 00:22:50.040 --> 00:22:52.000
  • to your situation.
  • 00:22:52.000 --> 00:22:54.000
  • And you can have this confidence
  • 00:22:54.290 --> 00:22:57.290
  • that whatever you ask
  • 00:22:57.290 --> 00:23:00.270
  • in his name, he will--
  • 00:23:00.270 --> 00:23:02.280
  • do you understand what
  • 00:23:02.280 --> 00:23:03.250
  • I'm trying to tell you here?
  • 00:23:03.250 --> 00:23:05.020
  • You make this connection,
  • 00:23:05.020 --> 00:23:07.260
  • and nothing is the same
  • 00:23:07.260 --> 00:23:08.190
  • in your life.
  • 00:23:08.190 --> 00:23:10.080
  • Now, we got to answer
  • 00:23:10.080 --> 00:23:10.250
  • one other question now.
  • 00:23:10.250 --> 00:23:12.020
  • We got a--we got a zinger.
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  • You can mess up the timing.
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  • Israel's trip should have taken
  • 00:23:18.170 --> 00:23:20.230
  • a few days.
  • 00:23:20.230 --> 00:23:21.220
  • It wound up taking 40 years
  • 00:23:21.220 --> 00:23:24.030
  • 'cause they messed up
  • 00:23:24.030 --> 00:23:25.030
  • the timing.
  • 00:23:25.030 --> 00:23:25.270
  • They wouldn't let God prepare
  • 00:23:25.270 --> 00:23:27.150
  • them for the answer that God
  • 00:23:27.210 --> 00:23:30.210
  • promised he would give them.
  • 00:23:30.210 --> 00:23:32.210
  • So the question is, do we want
  • 00:23:32.210 --> 00:23:33.280
  • to spin our wheels, or do we
  • 00:23:33.280 --> 00:23:35.040
  • want to make a connection?
  • 00:23:35.040 --> 00:23:38.030
  • The connection of prayer
  • 00:23:38.030 --> 00:23:39.060
  • with God's purposes.
  • 00:23:39.060 --> 00:23:41.140
  • Eagles, eagles are known
  • 00:23:42.030 --> 00:23:45.030
  • for soaring, right?
  • 00:23:45.250 --> 00:23:48.250
  • You know,
  • 00:23:48.250 --> 00:23:49.200
  • have you ever watched an eagle
  • 00:23:49.200 --> 00:23:52.060
  • with them long wing spans?
  • 00:23:52.060 --> 00:23:53.210
  • That bird will do this twice...
  • 00:23:54.120 --> 00:23:57.120
  • just two times and go...
  • 00:24:00.110 --> 00:24:03.110
  • Homeboy be gliding...
  • 00:24:05.110 --> 00:24:08.110
  • Then after a while, it'll do
  • 00:24:08.110 --> 00:24:09.040
  • a...you look up and you say,
  • 00:24:12.130 --> 00:24:15.130
  • "Watch that eagle soar."
  • 00:24:16.060 --> 00:24:19.060
  • You know why?
  • 00:24:19.060 --> 00:24:20.070
  • 'Cause that eagle
  • 00:24:20.070 --> 00:24:20.240
  • is depending on wind gust
  • 00:24:20.240 --> 00:24:22.290
  • and updraft.
  • 00:24:22.290 --> 00:24:24.270
  • See, when it does that,
  • 00:24:24.270 --> 00:24:26.140
  • and catches the wind,
  • 00:24:26.140 --> 00:24:27.180
  • and creates the updraft,
  • 00:24:27.180 --> 00:24:30.180
  • that creates the support
  • 00:24:31.010 --> 00:24:34.010
  • for the glide.
  • 00:24:34.010 --> 00:24:34.190
  • He just catches it
  • 00:24:34.190 --> 00:24:35.220
  • and keeps going.
  • 00:24:35.220 --> 00:24:37.150
  • It can go for hours and hours,
  • 00:24:38.080 --> 00:24:41.080
  • just doing this
  • 00:24:41.080 --> 00:24:41.240
  • every now and again...
  • 00:24:45.070 --> 00:24:48.070
  • You will never see an eagle
  • 00:24:48.070 --> 00:24:50.000
  • do this...
  • 00:24:56.170 --> 00:24:59.170
  • You'll never see an eagle
  • 00:24:59.170 --> 00:25:00.130
  • do that, never.
  • 00:25:04.090 --> 00:25:07.090
  • You never see eagles burnt out.
  • 00:25:12.120 --> 00:25:15.120
  • They don't do that.
  • 00:25:15.170 --> 00:25:18.170
  • If they tried to do it, it'd
  • 00:25:18.170 --> 00:25:19.290
  • kill them because those wings
  • 00:25:20.240 --> 00:25:23.240
  • are so heavy that when they
  • 00:25:23.240 --> 00:25:25.040
  • ran out of steam,
  • 00:25:25.040 --> 00:25:26.040
  • they'd crash land and die.
  • 00:25:26.120 --> 00:25:29.120
  • No, eagles catch the draft.
  • 00:25:36.040 --> 00:25:39.040
  • Oh, it's getting a little still
  • 00:25:39.040 --> 00:25:40.100
  • out here.
  • 00:25:43.280 --> 00:25:46.280
  • Somebody here tonight is tired
  • 00:25:46.280 --> 00:25:47.280
  • of doing this,
  • 00:25:47.280 --> 00:25:48.240
  • "I'm trying to make it.
  • 00:25:48.240 --> 00:25:49.280
  • I'm trying to make it.
  • 00:25:49.280 --> 00:25:50.250
  • I'm doing the best I can.
  • 00:25:50.250 --> 00:25:52.040
  • I can't take it anymore.
  • 00:25:52.040 --> 00:25:53.140
  • I'm trying, I'm trying.
  • 00:25:53.140 --> 00:25:55.010
  • It's not working,
  • 00:25:55.010 --> 00:25:56.010
  • it's not working."
  • 00:25:56.010 --> 00:25:57.140
  • Holy Ghost is saying,
  • 00:25:57.140 --> 00:25:58.120
  • "Catch the wind.
  • 00:26:09.290 --> 00:26:12.080
  • Link into my will, and you
  • 00:26:12.080 --> 00:26:13.190
  • don't have to do all that."
  • 00:26:13.190 --> 00:26:16.060
  • He says--guess what he says?
  • 00:26:16.060 --> 00:26:18.030
  • He says, "My commandments
  • 00:26:18.030 --> 00:26:19.100
  • are not burdensome.
  • 00:26:19.100 --> 00:26:21.170
  • So if they're a burden to you,
  • 00:26:21.170 --> 00:26:22.180
  • you ain't doing
  • 00:26:22.180 --> 00:26:23.070
  • this thing right.
  • 00:26:23.120 --> 00:26:26.120
  • My commandments, why?
  • 00:26:26.120 --> 00:26:27.260
  • 'Cause when you catch the wind,
  • 00:26:27.260 --> 00:26:29.070
  • they become my burden,
  • 00:26:29.070 --> 00:26:31.130
  • no longer your burden.
  • 00:26:31.130 --> 00:26:33.080
  • I'm going--
  • 00:26:33.080 --> 00:26:33.230
  • I'm going to make you sail.
  • 00:26:33.230 --> 00:26:34.270
  • I'm going to get you there.
  • 00:26:34.270 --> 00:26:36.150
  • You can rest."
  • 00:26:36.150 --> 00:26:39.000
  • So shorten the preparation time
  • 00:26:39.000 --> 00:26:40.290
  • by making sure you're
  • 00:26:40.290 --> 00:26:41.180
  • in his will,
  • 00:26:41.180 --> 00:26:42.190
  • praying in his name.
  • 00:26:42.190 --> 00:26:44.040
  • And he says,
  • 00:26:44.040 --> 00:26:44.230
  • "And you have the confidence
  • 00:26:44.290 --> 00:26:47.290
  • that he's going to give you
  • 00:26:47.290 --> 00:26:49.120
  • - Tony: Again, we hope you
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  • were challenged
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  • by today's message on prayer.
  • 00:26:52.250 --> 00:26:54.050
  • And it's all about prayer
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  • right now.
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  • We want you to know
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  • the power of prayer,
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  • the issue of authority.
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  • Because prayer was given
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  • as a mechanism to grab
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  • the authority in heaven,
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  • and implement it in history.
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  • And often,
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  • the authority of prayer
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  • is not talked about enough.
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  • and to change earth.
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