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Watch Prayer 101 | Better Together
January 6, 2020
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  • - It doesn't matter if we stand or kneel.
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  • Prayer is a direct line of communication to heaven.
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  • Join our conversation about spending time with God
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  • just as we are.
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  • (female vocalizing)
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  • - I did a little study and I thought it was so interesting
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  • the Latin linguistic cousin
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  • of the word prayer is precarious.
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  • And, I thought you know, apart from prayer
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  • we are in a precarious place
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  • because it's that constant being grounded
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  • in communication with God that makes us,
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  • Henry Nouwen says that prayer is just simply
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  • acknowledging I'm human and you're God.
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  • It really is our core.
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  • One of my earliest...
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  • I grew up in church, so since I've been in utero,
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  • I've been around prayer, learning how to pray,
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  • going to youth groups on prayer,
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  • but the single, probably most significant prayer memory
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  • for me happened when I was 14 or 15 years old.
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  • I got up early, I don't know why,
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  • I'm not an early riser,
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  • but I got up earlier than normal for school
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  • and I heard something coming,
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  • I grew up in Florida, we had a Florida room.
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  • This is back in the day when you only had one TV
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  • in one room in your house, praise Jesus.
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  • But, I heard noise comin' from the Florida room
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  • and I thought somebody had left the television on
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  • the night before and so I walked around the corner
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  • in the Florida room and there's my mom,
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  • about five o'clock in the morning on her knees,
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  • and I heard her say my name, out loud, in prayer.
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  • And I remember, I didn't even interrupt my mom.
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  • I was so just overwhelmed with,
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  • I don't know if it was humility, joy, compa...
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  • all of the above, just undone that she would be on her knees
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  • bringing my name before the Father
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  • and that so resonated with me and years later
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  • I was doin' a study of Hebrews where it says
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  • Jesus intercedes on our behalf
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  • and essentially every room we walk in,
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  • there would be our Savior on his knees
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  • speaking our name before God the Father.
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  • So, to me prayer is something, it's so necessary.
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  • - Absolutely - But, it's also so humbling
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  • to know that Jesus prays and he prays
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  • with our name on his lips.
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  • So, it's a grounding thing.
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  • I feel like it's what grounds me
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  • but it's also what keeps me lookin' up
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  • and goin' thank you, thank you, thank you.
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  • What are some of y'alls earliest memories of prayer?
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  • - Well, for me, I grew up in a culture of prayer.
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  • So, as an Indian immigrant - You heard your parents
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  • praying all the time? - I did, every morning
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  • they would get up super early, five, six in the morning
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  • and they would get together on their knees
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  • right there on the couch in the living room and pray.
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  • Every night, we were asked to their bedroom at 9 p.m.
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  • and we would all kneel down together and we'd pray.
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  • My dad would have each of us pray
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  • and go around in a circle.
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  • No matter what we were doing, where we were at,
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  • we'd be home at 9 p.m. to pray.
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  • Goll, we used to have to pray before we opened
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  • like anything we got,
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  • so if we got a toy for our birthday or for Christmas
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  • or whatever, my parents would be like,
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  • "No, no, no, no, can't open it until you pray over it,
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  • thanking God that he gave this to you and to bless it
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  • and to bless the person that gave it to us."
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  • So, I grew up in this constant awareness
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  • that God was always there,
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  • that everything is by Him and for Him.
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  • And so, from that it really helped me form
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  • this prayer life.
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  • To me, prayer has always been a part of my life.
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  • But, I'm so grateful for that foundation
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  • that was built in me and my father always prayed
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  • and he still does, the most eloquent of prayers.
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  • I mean, it just calls heaven down.
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  • The one thing I've learned through the years,
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  • is I don't have to have that eloquence in my prayer.
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  • - Right, you don't have to thee and thou.
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  • - No, I don't have to have this perfectly crafted oration
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  • to come into His presence,
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  • that I can just come with whatever it is that I have.
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  • And, I love what Jesus says too,
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  • right before the Lord's Prayer,
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  • the verse right before it, He said,
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  • don't come like the pagans do with their babblings
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  • thinking that the Lord is gonna hear them more,
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  • because your Father already knows what you need.
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  • - He inclines his ear to hear us.
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  • - I love that you can come as you are.
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  • - Yeah, what about y'all?
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  • Did y'all grow up in and around prayer?
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  • - I actually did not.
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  • My father was a PK, but kind of a rebellious PK.
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  • So, my parents, though they grew up in church,
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  • Methodist and Baptist, were kinda hippies
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  • and kinda counterculture.
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  • So, though we went to church,
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  • we were like Easter/Christmas Christians.
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  • - I call 'em Chreasters.
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  • (laughs)
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  • Yeah, so we did the now I lay me down to sleep on my knees
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  • and grace at dinner and that was it.
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  • But, I still somehow, from that very simple prayer
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  • had this kind of inkling of faith in God as a child
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  • and felt like I could talk to Him.
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  • My father passed away when I was six
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  • and I remember from that time conversing with God,
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  • you know, like is my dad there?
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  • Can I talk to him?
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  • And, I didn't become born again til I was 17
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  • and began to learn the word of God,
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  • but that very basic, almost nominal kind of prayer,
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  • did open a door for me to find God later in my life.
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  • - But, I think it's critical for us to make the point
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  • that there is no one template for prayer.
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  • Because, even if you look at scripture,
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  • you've got Jesus with a prayer
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  • for relinquishment in the garden, not my will but thine.
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  • You've got the psalter, the all 150 Psalms,
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  • you've got that C.S. Lewis calls it An Anatomy of the Soul.
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  • You've got weeping and dancing.
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  • You've got authority prayers
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  • and I think sometimes we presume,
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  • especially if somebody's listenin' and thinkin'
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  • well goodness, I don't really have this church thing down
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  • or, I'm new to the ways of Christianity
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  • and they think I can't pray
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  • because I don't have the perfect prayer.
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  • It's like no, no, there's a continuum
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  • just like conversation, there's a continuum of prayer.
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  • - When I think of prayer and communication,
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  • communication is huge especially in relationships.
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  • And so, if we really think about communicating,
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  • how would it feel to have our children come through the door
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  • and just ignore us?
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  • Or just not say any praise, any love,
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  • or showing any affection with our words
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  • whenever our children come through the door and see us,
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  • I think that's how the Lord feels,
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  • whenever we're not confident in prayer,
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  • if I could put it that way.
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  • So, I think it's a real thing,
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  • but at the same time there shouldn't be pressure
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  • and I hope you don't feel pressured
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  • to do something that you feel like
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  • oh, that well I don't wanna do it.
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  • Well, it's a requirement but also a part of relationship.
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  • Well, my parents, they brought us up
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  • in a Spanish Assemblies of God,
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  • so I have very systemic cultural upbringing
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  • of what that looks like,
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  • but I came to faith at 23.
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  • So, it's the blending of like Assemblies of God
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  • and knowledge of God the Father,
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  • but then coming into a cultural different context
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  • an African American church base,
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  • gospel music and all of that.
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  • So, the sounds of prayer that I heard
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  • from Pastor Frank Rivera, he's now in heaven,
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  • but I used to walk in listening to him,
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  • the groanings of prayers, the hum of prayer,
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  • where in an African American context
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  • it would be a more demonstrative, a loud,
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  • almost like there's this intensity in the room,
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  • a desperation.
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  • So, you have Hannah like prayers like in the Old Testament,
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  • - That's right - but you also have Daniel
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  • - Where the priest thought she was drunk, yeah.
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  • - Or, like Daniel, like throw open the windows
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  • and let's go to town.
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  • - And then you've got prayers of silence.
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  • We forget the contemplative prayers
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  • and the grieving and the groaning
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  • and that part of prayer is actually listening,
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  • to be quiet and we hear God's voice.
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  • What was your culture, Alex, growing up?
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  • - My mom got radically saved in the '70's
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  • and I was born in 1973, early '70's,
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  • and I was born in 1973 so by the time I was at that age
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  • of understanding and being the same,
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  • my mom was an intercessor.
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  • So, the same thing, up every morning
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  • and in her prayer closet and I would just sit
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  • and be so taken with the sound.
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  • And, I couldn't ever understand
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  • how do you pray for that long?
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  • As a little kid, I was like, do I have to pray that long?
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  • And so, I used to think I have to pray long prayers
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  • until I received Jesus at the age of 11
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  • and realized that there was an awakening that took place
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  • when I got saved and so there was this desire
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  • to get to know Jesus.
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  • And so, my prayers were very infant-like
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  • but I think so pure and so full of faith
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  • that I was in conversation with Jesus
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  • and then I learned and developed that prayer life.
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  • I was so scared to pray out loud in public
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  • but realized at home I was free to pray, you know,
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  • in my bedroom and I realized worship was actually prayer
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  • and intercession and that my prayers of worship
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  • were like so I grew up hearing my mother pray often,
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  • in the spirit, just interceding for family members,
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  • would go through every name,
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  • contending for what was happening in the world even,
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  • praying for the salvation of those that were lost.
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  • And so, yeah, we were around prayer
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  • and we would go to prayer meetings every Friday night.
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  • In fact, we would have, my mom was very hospitable,
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  • so she would have people over for dinner
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  • 'cause she's this chef crazy person,
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  • but at the end of those nights,
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  • there would be three couples with them,
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  • it would end in a fierce prayer meeting.
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  • - That's awesome. - People praying
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  • and interceding on their knees and I loved it.
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  • My dad would kneel before his bed before the night and pray.
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  • So, yeah, prayer was very important,
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  • but it wasn't religious,
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  • it was definitely real and affective and powerful.
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  • Prayer's important because He actually said,
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  • ask, ask me.
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  • God is omniscient. He's all knowing.
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  • But again, he wants relationship with us.
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  • The ultimate goal is not just Him being this big God
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  • in the heavens that directs us like puppets.
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  • He wants us engaged in relationship
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  • and so He says you have not because you ask not.
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  • He says ask me that which is a desire
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  • and I'll give it to you.
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  • Believe with faith and you look throughout scripture
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  • and you're looking at humanity engaging with the Father
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  • even though He's all knowing, he knows everything,
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  • but even Jesus, when he asked the blind man
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  • what is it that you want?
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  • Now, he could very well see that the man was blind,
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  • but sometimes God wants us to engage with Him and ask.
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  • - I think one of the common denominators
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  • among all five of us is that realization
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  • that prayer is not transactional.
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  • That it is not a transactional, it's a relational,
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  • and it may be demonstrative, it may be quiet,
  • 00:11:39.280 --> 00:11:42.070
  • it may be celebratory,
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  • it may be where we're begging God for something,
  • 00:11:43.220 --> 00:11:46.290
  • but our prayer life is as wide
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  • as our relationship with God is deep.
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  • - Connect with us on social media.
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  • - You can like, comment and share your favorite moments
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  • from today.
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  • - We can't wait to see you there.
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  • - What is the posture that you find yourself
  • 00:12:03.150 --> 00:12:06.090
  • most often in in prayer and do you find yourself
  • 00:12:06.090 --> 00:12:08.290
  • adopting different postures for kind of different
  • 00:12:08.290 --> 00:12:11.250
  • what you're asking God for or how you're worshiping God?
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  • You know, sometimes it's just adoration.
  • 00:12:13.260 --> 00:12:16.210
  • There's nothing we're asking Him.
  • 00:12:16.210 --> 00:12:19.120
  • - I think my prayer life has evolved, you know,
  • 00:12:21.020 --> 00:12:24.040
  • I received the Lord at 23,
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  • that was the great exchange for me,
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  • and so I will never forget learning how to pray
  • 00:12:28.190 --> 00:12:31.040
  • and I would sit in this theater like church plant of a room
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  • that was in this theater where they used to do Vaudeville
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  • and all of that on the west coast.
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  • And, I would sit in the sanctuary,
  • 00:12:40.180 --> 00:12:42.180
  • what they would call the sanctuary,
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  • like down on the bottom floor
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  • all carpet was torn and it was like
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  • attached with a big piece of duct tape
  • 00:12:48.090 --> 00:12:50.100
  • - Duct tape, I love those churches.
  • 00:12:50.100 --> 00:12:51.200
  • - (laughs) and I'm sitting in the corner
  • 00:12:51.200 --> 00:12:53.280
  • and my beginnings of learning how to pray was journaling.
  • 00:12:53.280 --> 00:12:57.210
  • I would sit there, journal, as the worship was playing.
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  • And then, as I started having children, my own family,
  • 00:13:00.240 --> 00:13:03.190
  • getting married, it changed into more like
  • 00:13:03.190 --> 00:13:07.080
  • okay, it's not extensive times
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  • but now it's getting a little bit longer,
  • 00:13:09.270 --> 00:13:12.010
  • now it's not, okay 10-20 minutes, now it's 30 minutes,
  • 00:13:12.010 --> 00:13:15.060
  • just having time to myself, reading the scriptures,
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  • putting music on, that has helped my prayer life.
  • 00:13:18.160 --> 00:13:21.200
  • And so, now my daughters are older,
  • 00:13:21.200 --> 00:13:24.160
  • they're adopting some of my habits
  • 00:13:24.160 --> 00:13:26.270
  • when it comes to a family culture of prayer.
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  • They put the worship music on
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  • and they'll tell their twin or their sister,
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  • "Hey, this is my prayer time.
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  • "This is my quiet time with Jesus."
  • 00:13:36.000 --> 00:13:37.150
  • Okay, so they would leave the room
  • 00:13:37.150 --> 00:13:39.150
  • and now they have their own time of prayer.
  • 00:13:39.150 --> 00:13:41.090
  • So, prayer looks different, it evolves.
  • 00:13:41.090 --> 00:13:44.010
  • - And, I think that's the key
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  • because, like you even said, I learned to pray.
  • 00:13:45.180 --> 00:13:49.010
  • - Kids learn a lot by watching adults behave
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  • and move in a room.
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  • I think for many of the kids, or even my own children,
  • 00:14:00.020 --> 00:14:03.270
  • they have watched me, seen me, heard me,
  • 00:14:03.270 --> 00:14:08.000
  • caught me in moments where I'm in deep prayer
  • 00:14:08.000 --> 00:14:11.240
  • and so I've seen my mother,
  • 00:14:11.240 --> 00:14:14.120
  • who was an immigrant from Nicaragua, you know,
  • 00:14:14.120 --> 00:14:17.150
  • coming into the country and then, all of a sudden,
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  • build a life from the ground up and making a home
  • 00:14:20.110 --> 00:14:23.250
  • for all of us kids, marrying into a blended family,
  • 00:14:23.250 --> 00:14:28.230
  • a teenager raising teenagers.
  • 00:14:28.230 --> 00:14:31.060
  • I often reflect back as we were talking about prayer
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  • seeing my mother wash dishes
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  • and she's just being contemplative and all of a sudden,
  • 00:14:37.230 --> 00:14:40.110
  • she's just weeping as she's doing dishes.
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  • And, I know now that it was her way
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  • of having alone time,
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  • doing something that's occupying the hands,
  • 00:14:50.020 --> 00:14:52.230
  • you're in a zone and all of a sudden
  • 00:14:52.230 --> 00:14:54.220
  • your mind goes to a place
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  • where you're either reflecting or thinking on something.
  • 00:14:56.170 --> 00:14:59.250
  • And so, for children, I think it's a way of watching
  • 00:14:59.250 --> 00:15:04.250
  • and modeling and absorbing emotions, absorbing body language
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  • to even the intent of the heart,
  • 00:15:10.270 --> 00:15:15.100
  • you see and catch a lot through the modeling of prayer.
  • 00:15:15.100 --> 00:15:18.280
  • - When I brought Missy home from Haiti
  • 00:15:20.010 --> 00:15:21.250
  • through the miracle of adoption,
  • 00:15:21.250 --> 00:15:23.000
  • Missy didn't know any English.
  • 00:15:23.000 --> 00:15:24.260
  • She actually called me Pablo the first while
  • 00:15:24.260 --> 00:15:27.140
  • (laughs) - I love it.
  • 00:15:27.140 --> 00:15:29.060
  • - 'Cause somebody had told her her new mama blanc,
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  • white mama, was like a missionary,
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  • that I traveled around and talked about Jesus
  • 00:15:33.270 --> 00:15:35.180
  • so she got me confused
  • 00:15:35.180 --> 00:15:37.040
  • with the Sunday school class on Paul, Pablo.
  • 00:15:37.040 --> 00:15:40.140
  • She thought I just know Paul's in Glory
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  • goin' really Jesus, really?
  • 00:15:42.020 --> 00:15:43.180
  • (laughs)
  • 00:15:43.180 --> 00:15:45.240
  • But, she didn't know any English
  • 00:15:45.240 --> 00:15:47.080
  • and so she learned English but within a couple of months
  • 00:15:47.080 --> 00:15:52.020
  • she got different phrases.
  • 00:15:52.280 --> 00:15:54.130
  • So, when people say, "Oh, I haven't learned to pray yet,"
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  • I'm like, you can talk.
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  • Prayer is conversing with God.
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  • He deigns to listen to us
  • 00:16:00.070 --> 00:16:02.050
  • and invites us into a conversation.
  • 00:16:02.050 --> 00:16:04.280
  • You know, from the very beginning,
  • 00:16:04.280 --> 00:16:06.190
  • when I brought Missy home from Haiti,
  • 00:16:06.190 --> 00:16:08.060
  • I've talked to her about how accessible God is,
  • 00:16:08.060 --> 00:16:12.060
  • how she can tell God everything.
  • 00:16:12.060 --> 00:16:15.080
  • And, that became a little more tangible to her
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  • when we begin to have the discussion
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  • of why she doesn't have a daddy with skin on,
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  • that she doesn't have a human daddy, she has Father God.
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  • And so, I've done my best as a mama
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  • to kinda shepherd her toward her perfect parent
  • 00:16:27.270 --> 00:16:31.260
  • and that is God, her Father.
  • 00:16:31.260 --> 00:16:33.080
  • And so, I'll tell her even,
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  • "Honey, sometimes when you get bugged with me,
  • 00:16:34.150 --> 00:16:36.250
  • when I'm impatient or I'm not the mom
  • 00:16:36.250 --> 00:16:39.110
  • God has called me to be,
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  • you run to your dad because your dad is a perfect parent.
  • 00:16:40.260 --> 00:16:44.020
  • And so, she's, my kid prays all the time.
  • 00:16:45.080 --> 00:16:49.230
  • - As a new mom, for me, I don't always have that time
  • 00:16:49.230 --> 00:16:53.130
  • to just sit down.
  • 00:16:53.130 --> 00:16:54.290
  • I try to make that time, but I'm sleep deprived (laughs).
  • 00:16:54.290 --> 00:16:57.090
  • - Different seasons.
  • 00:16:58.260 --> 00:17:00.050
  • - Different seasons, and for right now I pace,
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  • I walk 'cause it helps me with distraction, yeah.
  • 00:17:03.240 --> 00:17:06.250
  • 'Cause if I sit still, if I get on the ground,
  • 00:17:06.250 --> 00:17:09.070
  • I will fall asleep (laughs)
  • 00:17:09.070 --> 00:17:10.250
  • or I'm thinking of all the things I need to do
  • 00:17:10.250 --> 00:17:13.000
  • on my to do list.
  • 00:17:13.000 --> 00:17:14.070
  • So, for me in this season, it's pacing.
  • 00:17:14.070 --> 00:17:16.050
  • For me, in this season, it's when I'm doing the dishes,
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  • when I'm changing the diaper.
  • 00:17:18.160 --> 00:17:19.210
  • - As you go.
  • 00:17:19.210 --> 00:17:20.250
  • - Right, so the posture looks different.
  • 00:17:20.250 --> 00:17:22.070
  • - But, it just, it's the leaning in,
  • 00:17:24.090 --> 00:17:25.210
  • I think that's the key word.
  • 00:17:25.210 --> 00:17:27.110
  • I think it's that turning towards.
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  • I think he just wants our affection at any given time.
  • 00:17:30.150 --> 00:17:33.150
  • And, I think prayer is sometimes, like you said,
  • 00:17:33.150 --> 00:17:35.290
  • the awe and wonder of just sitting in that place.
  • 00:17:35.290 --> 00:17:39.030
  • Sometimes I just lie down on the floor
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  • and I'm just meditating on his goodness.
  • 00:17:41.130 --> 00:17:44.110
  • Then, there's a task at hand where I'm going after something
  • 00:17:44.110 --> 00:17:47.180
  • and I'm contending for something so I'm in militant mode
  • 00:17:47.180 --> 00:17:50.220
  • and I'm pacing, yeah, I'm marching.
  • 00:17:50.220 --> 00:17:52.270
  • Then, I'm contemplative where I'm reading the word
  • 00:17:52.270 --> 00:17:55.120
  • and I'm meditating on that word and it's still prayer,
  • 00:17:55.120 --> 00:17:57.260
  • or then I'm just, I pray in tongues, I pray in the spirit,
  • 00:17:57.260 --> 00:18:01.290
  • so I allow my spirit to just...
  • 00:18:01.290 --> 00:18:04.040
  • when I'm driving, when I'm walking,
  • 00:18:04.040 --> 00:18:06.180
  • when I don't know what to pray,
  • 00:18:06.180 --> 00:18:08.010
  • I'm interceding in that spirit area.
  • 00:18:08.010 --> 00:18:10.090
  • So, I think you're right, I think our posture...
  • 00:18:10.090 --> 00:18:12.020
  • There doesn't need to be a posture that's right or wrong.
  • 00:18:12.020 --> 00:18:15.090
  • - It's all different postures.
  • 00:18:15.090 --> 00:18:17.090
  • - A book that had a big influence on me
  • 00:18:17.090 --> 00:18:19.160
  • was Brother Lawrence. - I love Brother Lawrence.
  • 00:18:19.160 --> 00:18:21.160
  • - Practice the Presence.
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  • In college, I was part of Campus Crusade
  • 00:18:23.030 --> 00:18:25.280
  • and I read Brother Lawrence.
  • 00:18:25.280 --> 00:18:27.230
  • That, for me, has been the way that I've prayed ever since.
  • 00:18:27.230 --> 00:18:31.130
  • I've prayed when I'm in class, I pray when I get up,
  • 00:18:31.130 --> 00:18:35.090
  • I pray while I'm holdin' the babies, and as you go.
  • 00:18:35.090 --> 00:18:39.120
  • And, that has really sustained me.
  • 00:18:39.120 --> 00:18:42.020
  • The way that my prayer life has evolved
  • 00:18:43.050 --> 00:18:45.160
  • is that I do more listening than talking.
  • 00:18:45.160 --> 00:18:48.240
  • I definitely find that the deeper the connection
  • 00:18:48.240 --> 00:18:53.200
  • I feel to God in my daily walk with Him
  • 00:18:53.200 --> 00:18:58.150
  • that I don't need to say as much.
  • 00:18:58.150 --> 00:19:00.180
  • It's as if when I'm sitting there,
  • 00:19:01.230 --> 00:19:03.280
  • we almost have this thought to thought connection
  • 00:19:03.280 --> 00:19:07.230
  • that's like lightening fast.
  • 00:19:07.230 --> 00:19:09.070
  • It's like internet speed and before I'm about to
  • 00:19:09.070 --> 00:19:12.240
  • even open my mouth to say what I'm thinking,
  • 00:19:12.240 --> 00:19:16.110
  • He's answering me what I was going to say to Him.
  • 00:19:16.110 --> 00:19:19.240
  • I also find that I seek Him more
  • 00:19:20.260 --> 00:19:24.010
  • for just the daily direction of my life
  • 00:19:24.010 --> 00:19:27.210
  • and as much as I do pray about things that concern me
  • 00:19:29.080 --> 00:19:31.290
  • and intercede for people that I care about
  • 00:19:31.290 --> 00:19:34.120
  • and situations that I care about,
  • 00:19:34.120 --> 00:19:36.260
  • I still tend to seek Him about what He would have me do.
  • 00:19:36.260 --> 00:19:41.110
  • - This is one of my favorite books.
  • 00:19:42.240 --> 00:19:44.260
  • I have two books on prayer besides the oldie goldies,
  • 00:19:44.260 --> 00:19:47.110
  • which I love Brother Lawrence.
  • 00:19:47.110 --> 00:19:48.160
  • There's so many great books on prayer,
  • 00:19:48.160 --> 00:19:50.070
  • and TBN is not sponsoring this by the way,
  • 00:19:50.070 --> 00:19:52.030
  • this just comes from my library,
  • 00:19:52.030 --> 00:19:53.180
  • but Philip Yancey, "Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference?"
  • 00:19:53.180 --> 00:19:56.120
  • And, "Prayer: Finding the Heart's True Home,"
  • 00:19:56.120 --> 00:19:57.270
  • from Richard Foster.
  • 00:19:57.270 --> 00:19:59.110
  • This one has been a prayer bible of sorts for me.
  • 00:19:59.110 --> 00:20:02.130
  • But, in Dr. Yancey's book on prayer,
  • 00:20:02.130 --> 00:20:05.180
  • he quotes a woman, Nancy Mayers, who says this
  • 00:20:05.180 --> 00:20:08.000
  • and this just slayed me,
  • 00:20:08.000 --> 00:20:09.240
  • "who one believes God to be is most accurately revealed
  • 00:20:09.240 --> 00:20:13.280
  • "not in any credo, but in the way one speaks to God
  • 00:20:13.280 --> 00:20:18.130
  • "when no one else is listening."
  • 00:20:18.130 --> 00:20:20.260
  • and, I thought that's prayer.
  • 00:20:20.260 --> 00:20:22.250
  • How much do you trust to speak to Him
  • 00:20:22.250 --> 00:20:26.090
  • when no one sees, no one's applauding,
  • 00:20:26.090 --> 00:20:28.030
  • it's not on InstaStories, it's how close you feel to Him.
  • 00:20:28.030 --> 00:20:33.020
  • - And, it does seem that, just like we said,
  • 00:20:33.020 --> 00:20:36.240
  • there are different seasons in your walk with God.
  • 00:20:36.240 --> 00:20:39.140
  • You are a daughter,
  • 00:20:39.140 --> 00:20:40.200
  • but you're also a servant of the Kingdom.
  • 00:20:40.200 --> 00:20:42.280
  • So there are times you're working for God
  • 00:20:42.280 --> 00:20:45.080
  • and He's using your life and that's a different type
  • 00:20:45.080 --> 00:20:48.040
  • of ministry of the Holy Spirit where he's anointing you
  • 00:20:48.040 --> 00:20:51.160
  • to go speak to someone or do something
  • 00:20:51.160 --> 00:20:54.000
  • and then there's just daddy/daughter,
  • 00:20:54.000 --> 00:20:55.180
  • there's just the cuddles and love and, you know,
  • 00:20:55.180 --> 00:20:59.220
  • sometimes we wanna stay there, like,
  • 00:20:59.220 --> 00:21:01.220
  • I just want Jesus to hug me.
  • 00:21:01.220 --> 00:21:03.050
  • He says, "Go say you're sorry to your husband."
  • 00:21:03.050 --> 00:21:06.020
  • (laughs)
  • 00:21:06.020 --> 00:21:07.000
  • - And then, He's being Lord.
  • 00:21:07.000 --> 00:21:07.280
  • - And, I'm like (crying) okay.
  • 00:21:07.280 --> 00:21:09.120
  • And, I love being God's daughter,
  • 00:21:11.020 --> 00:21:12.220
  • but I also work for God.
  • 00:21:12.220 --> 00:21:14.170
  • I also work in the Kingdom. I represent Him.
  • 00:21:14.170 --> 00:21:17.150
  • And so, there's different anointings.
  • 00:21:17.150 --> 00:21:19.230
  • You know, there's different shades
  • 00:21:19.230 --> 00:21:22.100
  • where the spirit of the Lord is dealing with you
  • 00:21:22.100 --> 00:21:24.170
  • with a certain hat on and responding to that, you know,
  • 00:21:24.170 --> 00:21:28.060
  • is a growth thing as well.
  • 00:21:28.060 --> 00:21:30.080
  • - Yeah, I love that the word for Holy Spirit in the Greek
  • 00:21:30.080 --> 00:21:33.250
  • in Pneuma, it's breath.
  • 00:21:33.250 --> 00:21:36.040
  • And so, I've been praying over the last 10 years
  • 00:21:36.040 --> 00:21:39.040
  • that God would teach me what it is
  • 00:21:39.040 --> 00:21:40.280
  • that praying would be breathing for me,
  • 00:21:40.280 --> 00:21:42.290
  • but that it's the spirit so that it's...
  • 00:21:44.040 --> 00:21:46.090
  • Because I was a, I'd pray in my prayer closet
  • 00:21:46.090 --> 00:21:50.010
  • from, you know, 5:30 to 6:30 every morning
  • 00:21:50.010 --> 00:21:52.010
  • and that's how I was taught
  • 00:21:52.010 --> 00:21:53.100
  • and I did acts, adoration, confession,
  • 00:21:53.100 --> 00:21:55.090
  • thanks giving, supplication.
  • 00:21:55.090 --> 00:21:56.250
  • And, it's like, you know, that's great,
  • 00:21:56.250 --> 00:21:59.200
  • but if I did that with Missy,
  • 00:21:59.200 --> 00:22:01.240
  • if I was like, "Okay, Missy today, this time together,"
  • 00:22:01.240 --> 00:22:05.030
  • she'd be like, "Mama, but I need you at 1:30,"
  • 00:22:05.030 --> 00:22:07.270
  • like what are we gonna do for dinner?
  • 00:22:07.270 --> 00:22:09.140
  • It is a continual interaction with my child.
  • 00:22:09.140 --> 00:22:11.230
  • How much more with my creator/redeemer?
  • 00:22:11.230 --> 00:22:14.200
  • So, I wanna learn, continually learn the process
  • 00:22:14.200 --> 00:22:18.010
  • of praying without ceasing that praying to me
  • 00:22:18.010 --> 00:22:21.100
  • to be in communion and conversation with God
  • 00:22:21.100 --> 00:22:24.040
  • is as natural as breathing.
  • 00:22:24.040 --> 00:22:26.120
  • - If you're going through a season
  • 00:22:26.120 --> 00:22:27.240
  • where you wanna understand a little bit more
  • 00:22:27.240 --> 00:22:29.080
  • about prayer and you're wondering
  • 00:22:29.080 --> 00:22:30.180
  • how on earth do I grow in my prayer life,
  • 00:22:30.180 --> 00:22:34.030
  • I hope that the conversation we just had has helped you,
  • 00:22:34.030 --> 00:22:36.140
  • but I would also love to pray over you
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  • so that God gives you the strength and the ability
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  • to do it as well, let's pray.
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  • Father, I thank you so much for the amazing conversation
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  • we just had about prayer and what it is, how we do it,
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  • and why we do it.
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  • And Father, I know that you've convicted many of us
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  • watching today that we do need
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  • to up our prayer life a little bit,
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  • we do need to have communication with you a little bit more.
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  • And so, Father, I just pray that you'll drop
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  • into the hearts and minds of those that are watching
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  • that are seeking more of a prayer life, ideas,
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  • and what to do and how to do it.
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  • And, Father, the boldness and the strength
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  • to be able to even come to you in prayer,
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  • not to worry so much about the frufru-ness
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  • and the beauty of it and the eloquence of it
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  • and the perfect wording of it all,
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  • but just to come to you with their rawness,
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  • just like they are, knowing that you are a loving Father.
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  • You're not gonna be like, psshhhh, get away from me,
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  • your prayer isn't good enough,
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  • but that you're a loving Father.
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  • And so, Lord, I just pray for anybody watching
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  • that they come to you just as they are to your presence
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  • because you love us.
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  • Thank you, Father. Amen.
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  • - For those of you who feel intimidated by prayer
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  • just know it's as simple as having a conversation with God.
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  • I know sometimes it can feel a little odd
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  • that you're speaking out loud to nothing.
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  • If you're in your own room or you're in the car driving
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  • and you feel like I'm speaking to nothing,
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  • but we just have to take it by faith
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  • that God is really near and close
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  • and He hears our prayers.
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  • And, He just says, "Come, commune with me."
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  • He's calling us and inviting us
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  • into a relationship with him.
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  • - My advice for people who are intimidated
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  • or a little gun shy about prayer
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  • is to do like the first step.
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  • I think being in an environment
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  • where they hear the sound of prayer,
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  • where they see prayer modeled,
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  • I think you could grasp a lot
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  • the spirit and the heart of prayer
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  • by watching people in an atmosphere.
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  • So, I remember going to New York
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  • and going to a church called Brooklyn Tabernacle
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  • where Pastor Jim Cymbala used to host like
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  • Wednesday night prayer services.
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  • And, for me, in my context and my journey
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  • as a believer in Jesus,
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  • I would watch people from all over the world
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  • come together and you would hear the rumblings
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  • of prayer, you hear the passion,
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  • you see the intensity, you see the devotion,
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  • even the way they interacted with each other.
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  • and we can grow in our language, in how we converse,
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