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January 7, 2020
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A Lifestyle of Prayer | Better Together

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  • - We don't have to schedule prayers,
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  • or feel pressured to perform for our Father.
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  • How can we live a lifestyle of prayer?
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  • Let's talk about it.
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  • (light upbeat music)
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  • - I can recall beginning my journey with the Lord at 23,
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  • being in that theater.
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  • I can still remember the smell,
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  • the thick drapes, the steps leading up to the platform.
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  • I remember the seat that I would sit in,
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  • and during their prayer time,
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  • I would sit in the corner and have my journal,
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  • like what I normally have,
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  • I would have something to jot my thoughts down,
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  • because I was a very shy woman, very shy girl,
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  • a recovering wallflower so to speak.
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  • And as I would sit there, I would hear the pastor preach,
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  • and pray, and encourage the people,
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  • yet someone like me, in my personality,
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  • it's very challenging
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  • to say what I needed to say from my heart, without crying
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  • and tearing up like I'm doing right now, you know?
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  • So typical, come on Diana, get together, okay.
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  • So I started off with journaling,
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  • I would write my thoughts down
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  • as the worship band would play,
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  • but then it would translate into either in my singlehood,
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  • I had a wonderful spiritual model that I lived with,
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  • her name was Ceily Mae Oldem, and she taught me how to pray.
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  • I would watch her--
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  • - Ceily Mae sounds like a prayer.
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  • Like you'd have to be a prayerer to have Ceily Mae.
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  • - And so, I would watch her demonstrate prophetic prayers,
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  • to militant prayers,
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  • to the sense of a gentleness in her prayers,
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  • weeping prayers.
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  • She would have her chair,
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  • she would move around in our house,
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  • and I can hear her, her presence would fill the room,
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  • if I could put it that way.
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  • And so, when I got married, that all changed,
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  • having life, husband, now children,
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  • now time was being taken out,
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  • I don't have the luxury of now like a lot of time
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  • to just focus on prayer.
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  • So that has changed throughout my life
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  • and now I realize that the rhythms of prayer,
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  • or a prayer life, are throughout my day,
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  • not just a specific place, specific time,
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  • a specific location, or even a room, it's wherever.
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  • Wherever I go, God is on the go with me.
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  • - That's right, that's right.
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  • - I think most of the time
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  • there was this challenge inside of me
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  • where I thought prayer was performanced based.
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  • Like you would never go to McDonalds
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  • and order a cheeseburger
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  • and be hesitant to order a cheeseburger, right?
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  • Well, I think we translate that with the Lord as well,
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  • we go to him, but we're so hesitant to ask or make requests,
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  • so there's this performance anxiety whenever we talk to him,
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  • whenever we're asked to pray for other people,
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  • if we're to hold hands and even address needs,
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  • there's a challenge.
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  • I think there's this feeling of pressure
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  • and I just learned along the way
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  • that it takes discipline to just step out
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  • and say what's from your heart,
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  • what God would like for you to say,
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  • what God would like for you to pray for.
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  • That was my life of prayer.
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  • - I also think that hesitancy in our prayer is
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  • our myopic theology.
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  • If you don't believe God is good,
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  • that whatever he has for us,
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  • even if we can't see around the corner,
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  • is for his glory and our good,
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  • then you're afraid you can get it wrong,
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  • but when you're, I've always been kind of a messy kid,
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  • and when you know that God loves hugging messy kids you go,
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  • "Well, he's gonna,
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  • "first of all the holy spirit is interceding,
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  • "not just on my behalf, but in the will of the Father."
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  • So even if I don't pray right,
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  • the holy spirit is gonna interpret that
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  • in a way that God hears it on my behalf.
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  • I think what you're saying now is so key
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  • because I think, especially with women,
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  • we don't pray with authority,
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  • or we don't pray trusting that he hears us
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  • because we have a myopic view of God.
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  • - And it becomes either religious,
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  • so we come from a religious background, very systemic,
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  • or it becomes--
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  • - If he doesn't answer our request,
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  • he's mad at us, or he's kinda asleep at the wheel,
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  • or so busy with whatever's going on
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  • with whatever Twitter war is happening that day,
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  • (Diana laughs)
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  • that he doesn't care.
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  • And it's like,
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  • "No, just because God is silent in that season
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  • "doesn't mean he doesn't care,
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  • "he is working things on our behalf",
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  • but I think that prayer, you know, Kierkegaard says it,
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  • "It doesn't change God, it changes us."
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  • - [Group] That's right.
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  • - We need Jesus, the presence of God in our lives,
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  • in order for us to accomplish
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  • everything that we can do for him.
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  • And so, what are my dreams?
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  • I have no dreams, he is my dream,
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  • and he's the one that's writing down his life,
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  • his desire, his love for me.
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  • So he has the freedom to rewrite everything.
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  • And so, that's what being changed
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  • in his presence looks like,
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  • that's what being changed when you are in prayer with him,
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  • it's not so much that,
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  • "Lord, just take my Santa list and make it all come true."
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  • It's like, "Lord, you have the ability and the freedom
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  • "to rewrite anything in my life, the pages of my life."
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  • And so, it begins to change you,
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  • it begins to change your requests,
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  • you find contentment in seasons where it's very hard,
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  • you find challenges a little more delightful,
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  • because you know what it will produce in you.
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  • That's what being changed in his presence,
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  • especially through prayer, what happens inside of you,
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  • you leave changed.
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  • - I want to tap into the element of your theology
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  • changing your worldview from your upbringing
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  • and all those things,
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  • because if you came from chauvinism,
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  • or a paternalistic culture, or an abusive culture,
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  • where you were taught about God,
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  • and certainly that he loves you,
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  • but there was still an element of performance or condition
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  • that you do approach him that way,
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  • and in your flesh--
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  • - Like he's a uni-brow librarian.
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  • (women laugh)
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  • - You know the Bible says, come boldly,
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  • but your own psyche is reacting
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  • to whatever you were taught prior to your Christianity,
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  • there's a default you'll go back to.
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  • Our viewpoint of God or our picture of God,
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  • it's shaped by so many things.
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  • It's shaped by our family experience,
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  • it's shaped by our culture.
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  • Unfortunately the devil is in the mix,
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  • the devil is in the planet, always perverting,
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  • and twisting, and lying to us about who God is
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  • because that's what he's done from the beginning,
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  • beginning with our forefathers, I believe.
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  • And so, his intent, the enemy's intent,
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  • is to make sure we don't trust God,
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  • that we don't believe in his goodness,
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  • and God's greatest desire,
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  • his greatest need, his greatest joy, is to be trusted,
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  • because that's the one thing the enemy took from him
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  • when he turned humanity against him.
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  • That's why I love praying in the spirit,
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  • because when I feel like I'm about to get mealy-mouth
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  • or low faith in my mouth, then I just say,
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  • "Father, I just (hums)", I go, (mumbles),
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  • and I say, "Pray for me what you want for me,
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  • "'cause I know that'll take me into your will."
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  • And then, as I pray in the spirit,
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  • then the English begins to come out
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  • in agreement with his word, not mealy-mouthed Rebecca.
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  • (women laugh)
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  • - And that's the whole concept
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  • of praying without ceasing right there.
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  • I think sometimes we take it so literal,
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  • but I love what you said about praying in the spirit,
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  • that to me is the quintessential definition
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  • of praying without ceasing, you know?
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  • And I love what Smith Wigglesworth says, he says,
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  • "I don't often spend half an hour in prayer at one time,
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  • "but I never go more than half an hour without praying."
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  • - I think that, my husband always,
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  • when we were first married he would always be like,
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  • "Why is Alex talking to herself?"
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  • And he would walk in while I was--
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  • - [Diana] I love it.
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  • - And I was like,
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  • "I'm always in conversation with the Lord."
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  • So now, he knows, it's not like he's going crazy.
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  • I am praying all the time,
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  • and I think it's just that posture,
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  • it's the leaning in, always being aware.
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  • I think sometimes we're asking for more of God
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  • when he's saying, "I gave you every part of me,
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  • "why are you asking for more?"
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  • "I gave you everything."
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  • The way we can be more aware of God's presence
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  • is making time to listen.
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  • I think sometimes we can go into church,
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  • worship can be going on,
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  • and you can be completely distracted.
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  • So you can be there in body, but you're completely away,
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  • distracted in your mind and your spirit,
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  • and I think we need to learn
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  • that God is always speaking, he's always moving,
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  • and he's always calling us into relationship.
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  • So I think we have to learn to stop, pause, and focus.
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  • And so many times I have gone,
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  • "I want more of God, I want more of God".
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  • And God said to me, "Alex, I've given you every bit of me".
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  • "In fact, I've given you the spirit without limit,
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  • "there's no measure to how much I've given you."
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  • "So it's not that you need more of me,
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  • "it actually means you just need to stop for a minute,
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  • "lean in, move your affection towards me,
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  • "and take a minute to pause and listen."
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  • It's constantly being in communication with him
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  • and knowing that he's there to listen, to speak.
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  • We do have an assignment as woman of God
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  • to pray on others behalf.
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  • - Yes we do, yes we do.
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  • - And it's the posture of our heart, like you were saying,
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  • that's that heart transformation, right?
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  • And one thing I try to do now
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  • is I pray as the last thing I do before I go to sleep.
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  • - Yes.
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  • - And it's the first thing I do
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  • before I open my eyes in the morning,
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  • "Good morning holy spirit".
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  • - I always think the trajectory is inward
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  • because he's transforming, it's upward,
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  • we immediately go to gratitude.
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  • Kind of every prayer in the saltire,
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  • there's some element of gratitude,
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  • even if they don't get what they want.
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  • - Always.
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  • - It's you are good, you are kind, you sustain me,
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  • and so, that's kind of the upward,
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  • and then it does go outward.
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  • We're praying for other people,
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  • we're praying for the world to change.
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  • I told Alex, I read about radical cultural changing prayers
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  • and thought of Alex,
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  • because we do take authority,
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  • but again there's, the prayers go from pleating prayers,
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  • there were times the Psalmist were mealy-mouth,
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  • and they were whiny,
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  • and I'm so grateful God allows that
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  • to be recorded in God's word
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  • because they didn't pray perfectly,
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  • they prayed with hesitation, they lisp before the Lord,
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  • and he still inclined his ear.
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  • - You know, if I didn't have
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  • a constant conversation with the Lord throughout my day,
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  • I honestly don't know if I would make it.
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  • The amount of times that I literally talk to him,
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  • just randomly, whether it's in my thoughts,
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  • or whether it's out loud, or whether it's journaling,
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  • or whether it's praying for someone else,
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  • whatever it is, I cannot emphasize
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  • the importance that prayer plays in my life.
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  • And I just want to encourage
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  • anyone who's listening that feels like,
  • 00:12:18.150 --> 00:12:20.210
  • "Man, why is this prayer thing such a big deal?"
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  • Because it is,
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  • and it doesn't have to be this huge production,
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  • it's literally just in your moments,
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  • while you're driving, while you're sitting at the stoplight,
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  • while you're doing the dishes,
  • 00:12:33.240 --> 00:12:35.140
  • while you're changing the 20th diaper,
  • 00:12:35.140 --> 00:12:38.140
  • while you're in the shower,
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  • maybe you're going to the bathroom
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  • and those tiny little fingers of your kids
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  • are just under the door
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  • and you're like, "I can't get a moment's peace".
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  • Wherever you find yourself, talk to the Lord.
  • 00:12:46.180 --> 00:12:50.050
  • That constant, consistent awareness of his presence
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  • will change your life.
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  • - One of my favorite parables on prayer,
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  • and everybody thinks it's The Lord's Prayer in Luke 11,
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  • and that is a critical part of Luke 11,
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  • but it's the parable where Jesus basically explains prayer,
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  • and remember he talks about the dad,
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  • and he's inside with his children in bed,
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  • and the neighbor comes to the door,
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  • and that's where we get asked, who can knock?
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  • Which is amazing, amazing application,
  • 00:13:28.280 --> 00:13:31.150
  • but if you look at the parabolic symmetry,
  • 00:13:31.150 --> 00:13:33.240
  • we're represented by the kids in the bed,
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  • back then, Jewish culture, you have the family bed,
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  • so they're in bed with their daddy,
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  • they don't have to bang on the door.
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  • That person represents an unbeliever, they are right there,
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  • so all they have to do is say,
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  • "Can I have a glass of water?"
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  • In a hotel room recently,
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  • Missy, in the middle of the night went,
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  • "Mama, can I have a fruit roll-up?"
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  • Because she knew she had fruit roll-ups
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  • left in her backpack,
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  • she couldn't sleep in the hotel.
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  • - She's my kinda kid.
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  • - Yes, yes.
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  • - So pathologically biased with my daughter,
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  • that I got up at midnight,
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  • went and dug through her backpack
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  • and got her a fruit roll-up.
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  • She didn't have to go bang on the hotel door,
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  • she's right next to me
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  • and I love that Jesus says, "Here's how you pray,
  • 00:14:17.250 --> 00:14:21.090
  • "now let me tell you a story about your proximity
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  • "with the God who loves you
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  • "more than you can possibly ask or imagine."
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  • You go, why do we hesitate to pray
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  • since he's already leaning, he already knows what we need,
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  • we confess it to acknowledge,
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  • I can't do this myself, I am completely dependent on you,
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  • thank you for giving me breath this morning.
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  • But I'm like, man, when people go,
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  • "But, I don't want to pray wrong",
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  • I'm like, "Oh my goodness,
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  • "you're gonna get your whole life wrong
  • 00:14:45.080 --> 00:14:46.150
  • "if you don't lean in and just lisp before him
  • 00:14:46.150 --> 00:14:49.190
  • "and know that he cleans it up on the way."
  • 00:14:49.190 --> 00:14:50.270
  • - It's like what Rebecca was saying,
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  • it's our view of God that perfects our prayers to God.
  • 00:14:52.220 --> 00:14:56.100
  • So if you view him as a taskmaster,
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  • ready to boof you on the head
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  • because you've done out of line,
  • 00:15:00.200 --> 00:15:02.090
  • you're not gonna approach him with boldness,
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  • you're gonna approach him with fear.
  • 00:15:03.290 --> 00:15:05.090
  • I'm do so much inner-healing with people,
  • 00:15:05.090 --> 00:15:07.080
  • and the way they view God is disheartening,
  • 00:15:07.080 --> 00:15:10.240
  • because of their abusive father or their very absent father.
  • 00:15:10.240 --> 00:15:14.260
  • - [Lisa] Or even somebody in ministry--
  • 00:15:14.260 --> 00:15:16.180
  • - Yes, a leader.
  • 00:15:16.180 --> 00:15:18.040
  • - In the ministry setting, so they, it's almost like
  • 00:15:18.040 --> 00:15:21.130
  • you've had your hand smacked by a ruler one too many times
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  • and it's like, "No", and it's like,
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  • "Oh, that's not the character of our creator, redeemer."
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  • Always afraid that, because people have left me
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  • and I'd experienced some abuse,
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  • that somehow, someway, I could do something.
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  • And I would see God walk away from me.
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  • And so, I was just way too self-reliant.
  • 00:15:41.220 --> 00:15:44.180
  • And so, in his mercy, he made me weak,
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  • and in that season I could not get out of bed
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  • without speaking the name of Jesus.
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  • I really couldn't function without going first to the Lord.
  • 00:15:53.210 --> 00:15:58.080
  • I mean, the moment I woke up it was just, "Lord help me,
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  • "Lord give me the capacity to make it through this day."
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  • Those days were just, you know,
  • 00:16:05.220 --> 00:16:08.060
  • they were just 18 hours of prayer.
  • 00:16:08.060 --> 00:16:10.120
  • I mean, it was just this continual conversation with God,
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  • not so much begging,
  • 00:16:14.010 --> 00:16:15.240
  • but I think being so aware of my own incapacity
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  • to carry my life.
  • 00:16:19.160 --> 00:16:21.000
  • I couldn't carry the weight of my life
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  • without being in constant communion with God.
  • 00:16:22.130 --> 00:16:25.250
  • - I go back and listen to old tapes,
  • 00:16:26.290 --> 00:16:30.160
  • and old preaching of people I grew up under,
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  • and listen to them now,
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  • and even their ministry has evolved
  • 00:16:35.100 --> 00:16:38.140
  • and changed to much more grace.
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  • So when I first began to realize
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  • that maybe I learned some things incorrectly,
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  • or maybe I, God says,
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  • "Yes, but, everybody's progressing Rebecca."
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  • When you're 25 and called to preach,
  • 00:16:53.150 --> 00:16:55.260
  • you're rough and tumble, you know what I'm saying?
  • 00:16:55.260 --> 00:16:58.130
  • (women laugh)
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  • So even if you were misinformed,
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  • or God-forbid, maybe abused
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  • by a controlling ministry or something,
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  • they know not what they do.
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  • They did it thinking they were right.
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  • And so, then you release that
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  • and then you allow God to show you the way he really is.
  • 00:17:15.160 --> 00:17:20.130
  • And then you're like, "Wow".
  • 00:17:20.130 --> 00:17:22.040
  • But even with that immature viewpoint,
  • 00:17:22.040 --> 00:17:25.050
  • God still blessed you, he still moved--
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  • - No good thing will he withhold.
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  • (women agree)
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  • I love that he's so patient, that he's slow to anger,
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  • 'cause I would have bopped me over the head.
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  • (women laugh)
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  • Goodness gracious.
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  • And the fact that, I just, I love
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  • that perfection is not a prerequisite to prayer.
  • 00:17:42.180 --> 00:17:46.200
  • - And I think for many of us it's, a lifestyle of prayer,
  • 00:17:46.200 --> 00:17:49.140
  • it's so important that everyone has a beginning,
  • 00:17:49.140 --> 00:17:51.220
  • all of us in this room had a beginning,
  • 00:17:51.220 --> 00:17:54.270
  • and we can grow in our language, in how we converse,
  • 00:17:54.270 --> 00:17:59.120
  • because that's what, in relationship,
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  • that's what you learned.
  • 00:18:01.060 --> 00:18:02.220
  • If conversation and communication
  • 00:18:02.220 --> 00:18:05.090
  • is so important for a marriage,
  • 00:18:05.090 --> 00:18:08.190
  • and between children, and between friendships,
  • 00:18:08.190 --> 00:18:11.160
  • how much more is it important
  • 00:18:11.160 --> 00:18:13.190
  • in your relationship with the Lord?
  • 00:18:13.190 --> 00:18:15.090
  • That's what he loves, that's what he craves,
  • 00:18:15.090 --> 00:18:17.220
  • that's his love language.
  • 00:18:17.220 --> 00:18:19.040
  • And at the same time,
  • 00:18:19.040 --> 00:18:20.220
  • as you are growing in your faith in Christ,
  • 00:18:20.220 --> 00:18:23.230
  • it's important to read your word.
  • 00:18:23.230 --> 00:18:25.170
  • - Absolutely.
  • 00:18:25.170 --> 00:18:27.070
  • - I remember having my beginnings of prayer, journaling,
  • 00:18:27.070 --> 00:18:29.200
  • but once I started reading through,
  • 00:18:29.200 --> 00:18:31.270
  • say for instance, stories of Hannah, Daniel,
  • 00:18:31.270 --> 00:18:34.220
  • Esther, when she was interceding,
  • 00:18:34.220 --> 00:18:37.210
  • that's a type of prayer.
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  • Through the Psalms you could see David,
  • 00:18:38.280 --> 00:18:41.030
  • and some of the musicians,
  • 00:18:41.030 --> 00:18:43.110
  • and lyricists that wrote these poetic Psalms,
  • 00:18:43.110 --> 00:18:47.070
  • but you saw the expressions of how they viewed God.
  • 00:18:47.070 --> 00:18:50.220
  • So you learn through their point of view
  • 00:18:50.220 --> 00:18:53.250
  • on how they used language, how they described God,
  • 00:18:53.250 --> 00:18:57.150
  • how they even engaged in conversation,
  • 00:18:57.150 --> 00:19:01.060
  • or when they got mad at people
  • 00:19:01.060 --> 00:19:02.220
  • and they said, "Please chop their heads off", you know?
  • 00:19:02.220 --> 00:19:05.010
  • Their anger, their frustration, but at the same time,
  • 00:19:05.010 --> 00:19:08.070
  • they would always couple thanksgiving
  • 00:19:08.070 --> 00:19:10.120
  • and also their requests.
  • 00:19:10.120 --> 00:19:12.290
  • So coupling that.
  • 00:19:12.290 --> 00:19:13.240
  • - And lament.
  • 00:19:13.240 --> 00:19:14.190
  • - Yes, right.
  • 00:19:14.190 --> 00:19:16.070
  • - Eugene Peterson, who translated The Message version
  • 00:19:16.070 --> 00:19:19.170
  • paraphrase of scripture, has an amazing book called,
  • 00:19:19.170 --> 00:19:22.230
  • "Praying", using the Psalms as a guide to prayer.
  • 00:19:22.230 --> 00:19:26.070
  • And so, not just for people
  • 00:19:26.070 --> 00:19:27.260
  • who are just learning how to pray
  • 00:19:27.260 --> 00:19:29.020
  • and having their beginning point,
  • 00:19:29.020 --> 00:19:30.220
  • I went back to that a few months ago and went,
  • 00:19:30.220 --> 00:19:33.150
  • "Oh, I have not prayed through the Psalms in awhile".
  • 00:19:33.150 --> 00:19:36.220
  • So I do think using scripture as a template
  • 00:19:36.220 --> 00:19:40.100
  • for not just how to pray
  • 00:19:40.100 --> 00:19:41.250
  • but how to inject life if your prayer life feels dull.
  • 00:19:41.250 --> 00:19:45.100
  • There's the most amazing prayers
  • 00:19:45.100 --> 00:19:47.150
  • in redemptive narrative then ever.
  • 00:19:47.150 --> 00:19:50.020
  • - Totally, well it's using the word of God as an authority.
  • 00:19:50.020 --> 00:19:53.090
  • And I think sometimes our words, they're great,
  • 00:19:53.090 --> 00:19:57.080
  • but when you pray scripture,
  • 00:19:57.080 --> 00:19:58.220
  • I remember someone teaching me this and I said,
  • 00:19:58.220 --> 00:20:01.140
  • "When you understand your authority
  • 00:20:01.140 --> 00:20:03.130
  • "as a daughter of the king,
  • 00:20:03.130 --> 00:20:04.270
  • "you come before God with the authority of scripture,
  • 00:20:06.100 --> 00:20:09.100
  • "with the holy spirit backing that,
  • 00:20:09.100 --> 00:20:11.020
  • "you are able to shift atmospheres
  • 00:20:11.020 --> 00:20:13.270
  • "that are fourth dimensional."
  • 00:20:13.270 --> 00:20:15.190
  • We treat everything very naturally,
  • 00:20:15.190 --> 00:20:17.190
  • but there's a supernatural realm
  • 00:20:17.190 --> 00:20:19.020
  • that you're not fighting flesh and blood,
  • 00:20:19.020 --> 00:20:21.040
  • like the Bible says,
  • 00:20:21.040 --> 00:20:22.090
  • but we're actually fighting, and targeting,
  • 00:20:22.090 --> 00:20:23.270
  • principalities and powers when we are getting into warfare,
  • 00:20:23.270 --> 00:20:27.260
  • that's the prayer warfare.
  • 00:20:27.260 --> 00:20:29.070
  • When you're going, "Oh, I'm targeting this
  • 00:20:29.070 --> 00:20:31.130
  • "and I know my authority,
  • 00:20:31.130 --> 00:20:32.240
  • "'cause all authority has been given to me."
  • 00:20:32.240 --> 00:20:34.250
  • So guess what?
  • 00:20:34.250 --> 00:20:36.040
  • I'm praying according to what the scripture says,
  • 00:20:36.040 --> 00:20:38.050
  • and it shifts things and changes things.
  • 00:20:38.050 --> 00:20:40.140
  • - And I love reading Luke, because I feel like that gives,
  • 00:20:40.140 --> 00:20:43.080
  • and you're a theology person, correct me on this,
  • 00:20:43.080 --> 00:20:46.090
  • 'cause I may be saying something wrong,
  • 00:20:46.090 --> 00:20:48.170
  • but for me, the regular person, I love reading Luke,
  • 00:20:48.170 --> 00:20:51.230
  • because to me, it depicts a beautiful example
  • 00:20:51.230 --> 00:20:54.110
  • of when Jesus prayed.
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  • I feel like he kinda tells us
  • 00:20:55.180 --> 00:20:57.280
  • a little bit more than the other gospels
  • 00:20:57.280 --> 00:21:00.060
  • about how Jesus prayed, and what he prayed for,
  • 00:21:00.060 --> 00:21:02.260
  • and different things like that.
  • 00:21:02.260 --> 00:21:04.030
  • And you all know I'm a logical person,
  • 00:21:04.030 --> 00:21:06.130
  • I need my steps, right?
  • 00:21:06.130 --> 00:21:08.050
  • And so, a couple of years ago
  • 00:21:08.050 --> 00:21:10.100
  • when I was trying to figure out,
  • 00:21:10.100 --> 00:21:11.180
  • what does a lifestyle of prayer really look like?
  • 00:21:11.180 --> 00:21:13.160
  • What does that look like for me?
  • 00:21:13.160 --> 00:21:15.220
  • How can I kind of formulate this
  • 00:21:15.220 --> 00:21:17.170
  • into some steps that can help me?
  • 00:21:17.170 --> 00:21:19.200
  • And you mentioned this, thanksgiving,
  • 00:21:19.200 --> 00:21:21.170
  • requests, repentance,
  • 00:21:22.140 --> 00:21:25.110
  • a lot of times that's what my prayers consist of,
  • 00:21:25.110 --> 00:21:27.260
  • guidance from the holy spirit, you touched on that earlier,
  • 00:21:27.260 --> 00:21:30.160
  • "I need clarity on a decision Father",
  • 00:21:30.160 --> 00:21:33.090
  • and most of all, I think my most favorite prayer,
  • 00:21:33.090 --> 00:21:37.080
  • other than waring, is exultation.
  • 00:21:37.080 --> 00:21:39.220
  • Honoring him, magnifying him, glorifying him,
  • 00:21:40.260 --> 00:21:44.040
  • telling him how good he is,
  • 00:21:44.040 --> 00:21:45.120
  • not just for what he's done, but for who he is.
  • 00:21:45.120 --> 00:21:47.270
  • - [Alex] And you know what, you just did,
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  • you just did The Lord's Prayer.
  • 00:21:49.160 --> 00:21:50.220
  • (women agree)
  • 00:21:50.220 --> 00:21:51.170
  • (women agree)
  • 00:21:51.170 --> 00:21:51.260
  • - For easily the first,
  • 00:21:52.040 --> 00:21:53.260
  • probably five years of my Christian experience,
  • 00:21:53.260 --> 00:21:57.070
  • and after having the experience
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  • of the baptism of the holy spirit, I would do the one hour.
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  • I would get up in the morning and pray The Lord's Prayer
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  • as a template for my prayer life.
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  • Beginning with worship
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  • and moving through the process of honoring God,
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  • requesting our needs, praying for protection,
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  • forgiving my enemies,
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  • and all the things that were included in The Lord's Prayer.
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  • And it became a grounding place for me
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  • and a launching pad to then move into intercession,
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  • praying in the spirit, interceding for other people.
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  • Prayers of binding and loosing, prayers of deliverance,
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  • and God taught me a lot as a really young Christian
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  • about the power and the effect of prayer.
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  • - And that's why he taught them how to pray,
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  • it's like, "I need you to look to me first,
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  • "because when you look to me,
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  • "you're putting me in the rightful place,
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  • "so now you're not looking at your problem or the issues,
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  • "you're looking at me."
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  • You're saying, "Our Father, hallowed be thy name",
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  • that's the glory,
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  • and then it's, "your kingdom down,
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  • "you're will be done on earth as it is in heaven."
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  • Then it's asking,
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  • and then there's actually repentance in there too.
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  • - [Lisa] There's always repentance.
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  • - I think we always have to repent.
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  • - Always.
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  • - With looking,
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  • that we've got the specks out of our own eye,
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  • so that we're clean before the Lord so he hears us.
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  • - How many times have y'all gone before the Lord
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  • because you want to pray
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  • for somebody who's stepped on your bruise,
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  • and in the process of praying they'll change,
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  • you're like, "Oh, I'm sorry".
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  • In his kindness he's like,
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  • "Actually, a little something, something in you."
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  • And so--
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  • - [Diana] Go handle this.
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  • - Prayer is to me like, it is like spiritual chiropractor,
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  • it aligns us.
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  • (women agree)
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  • - So let me pray with you so you can not only have a hunger,
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  • but then God will do a work in you as you pray
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  • and begin to pursue prayer for your own development.
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  • Lord Jesus, I just thank you so much
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  • for the person who's watching right now.
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  • Some of them are feeling challenged,
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  • some of them don't even have a prayer life.
  • 00:23:58.260 --> 00:24:01.130
  • Most churches, prayer has become extinct,
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  • it has become almost like a closet
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  • where you could stow away things,
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  • but Lord, I pray
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  • that you will remove the stuff, and the junk,
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  • out of that closet and begin to revisit the place of prayer.
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  • Not only in the local church, not only in the leader's life,
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  • but for those who are claiming that they love you.
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  • And so, Lord, I'm praying
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  • for the man and the woman
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  • that's wanting to dive into prayer.
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  • Lord that you would open the desire
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  • and begin to feed it, and begin to give them a strategy,
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  • pick a time and a place,
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  • and make it so tangible
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  • that they have the presence of God with them.
  • 00:24:36.160 --> 00:24:40.030
  • - [Laurie] You can call the number on your screen right now
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  • to talk to a prayer partner.
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  • We're here for you 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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  • We love you, but most importantly, Jesus loves you.
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  • - We have a question from Zoya,
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  • now Zoya wrote in and she said,
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  • "Besides turning off phones and TV,
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  • "how do you avoid getting easily distracted while praying?"
  • 00:24:58.280 --> 00:25:02.140
  • - Something that I feel helps me
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  • is to set aside, first of all, your time,
  • 00:25:04.160 --> 00:25:07.250
  • also something that I've learned to do,
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  • as crazy as this may seem,
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  • is I write down the stuff that comes to me
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  • while I'm distracted.
  • 00:25:13.280 --> 00:25:15.090
  • So if I'm praying
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  • and then I start to remember things I gotta do,
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  • I write them down.
  • 00:25:18.230 --> 00:25:20.160
  • - So I find the most happy place in the house,
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  • which is my kitchen area, I get full light.
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  • Then I can sit there, I put on my music,
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  • which helps me to focus on prayer,
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  • but at the same time I'm writing down
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  • the things that I want to pray about.
  • 00:25:35.030 --> 00:25:38.030
  • - [Laurie] You can stream
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  • "Better Together" episodes on the go.
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  • Download the TBN app
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  • to watch all of our latest conversations.
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  • Next time on "Better Together".
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  • - I think an area of prayer
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  • that the Lord has really grown me in recently,
  • 00:25:51.160 --> 00:25:54.250
  • is praying for others.
  • 00:25:54.250 --> 00:25:57.000
  • - [Laurie] Watch "Better Together" weekdays
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  • and Tuesday nights, only on TBN.
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