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  • - We are called to pray for one another,
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  • including our enemies.
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  • Today we're talking about the power behind the words
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  • "I'll pray for you."
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  • (upbeat joyful singing)
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  • - I think an area of prayer
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  • that the Lord has really grown me in recently
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  • is praying for others.
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  • - Mhmm
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  • - Because that was something
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  • I struggled with a lot.
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  • I love what 1 Thessalonians 5:11 says,
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  • "Encourage one another, build each other up,"
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  • and then in James 5:16, it encourages us to
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  • confess our sins to one another, and pray for one another.
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  • - Yeah.
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  • - And I remember it was probably about a decade ago,
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  • that I really grasped that, and we were--
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  • girls night, you know, a bunch of moms;
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  • it was about ten of us, and we were out to dinner,
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  • and we were all catching up, it had been a couple years,
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  • you know, since we'd seen each other;
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  • and one of the girls shared
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  • that they were having trouble conceiving,
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  • (vocalizes sympathetically)
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  • and conceiving again.
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  • They already had had a daughter.
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  • I remember, you know, those of us
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  • that were on that end of the table were like,
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  • "Oh yeah, we'll pray,"
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  • 'cause that's what you do, right?
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  • "We'll pray for you."
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  • (vocalizes agreement)
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  • And my heart started beating fast,
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  • you know how the Holy Spirit starts
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  • stirring your heart; you're like--
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  • (breath whooshes) - [All] Yeah
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  • - No, I'm not that bold.
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  • I can't pray, that kind of a prayer.
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  • - Yeah
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  • - So we get up to leave, and we're walking out
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  • and the Holy Spirit is not letting me go.
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  • So now we're outside in the middle
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  • of this little town square that
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  • we have in our neighborhood, in front of all these people,
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  • and I asked her, "Is it okay if we pray for you now?"
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  • Tears streaming down her face, and she's like,
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  • "Yes, I would love that."
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  • So there we are, on the sidewalk,
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  • tons of people around us-- - Come through, yes Lord.
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  • - --all of us just lay our hands on her.
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  • I go for the belly, and we pray.
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  • We speak life; we speak healing; in Jesus' name.
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  • What's interesting is
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  • I accidentally said, "Babies," when I prayed.
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  • Within that next year, she had twins.
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  • - Yes! - Beautiful!
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  • - When she was doing the timeline, and all of that,
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  • She was like, "I'm pretty sure
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  • that we conceived like literally the next night.
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  • (laughs)
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  • Y'all, I have prayed for that
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  • several times, and it's happened.
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  • - [All] (vocalizes agreement)
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  • But I've prayed for that, and it hasn't happened.
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  • - Right...right.
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  • - And that's where I think we can get caught up;
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  • is we think more about the outcome
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  • of what it means to pray for somebody--
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  • "What if it doesn't happen?" "What if I offend them?"
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  • "I'm not that strong; I'm not that bold."
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  • "What if the prayer doesn't get answered?"
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  • - Right.
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  • - And instead of not worrying about the outcome,
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  • we need to start thinking more
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  • about being obedient to those nudges of the Holy Spirit.
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  • - [All] (vocalizes agreement)
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  • - I remember a time praying,
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  • because the responsibility of praying for souls,
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  • like, for people to get saved;
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  • and feeling that same thing of,
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  • "Am I supposed to be the closer?"
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  • like I pray for that person, witness to that person
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  • and "I have to see them saved."
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  • I remember there was one person
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  • that I had been believing for, for years.
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  • In fact, I am still praying for them today.
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  • It's been a thirty year prayer.
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  • - Wow.
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  • - That person has not submitted themselves to the Lord.
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  • I remember someone giving an acronym,
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  • saying, like, PUSH; and that's
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  • basically what the acronym is:
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  • Push Until Something Happens.
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  • Pray Until Something Happens.
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  • Don't give up; because I've been praying
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  • for a loved one to find Jesus,
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  • and to respond to Jesus, and make the Lord and Savior
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  • but their still resistant to Jesus being
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  • Savior of their lives, and there was a season
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  • where I wanted to give up, 'cause I was like,
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  • "My prayers aren't working." "It's been like 30 years, and
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  • I'm still praying for this person."
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  • I remember God really challenging me, saying
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  • "Hey, I don't change free will.
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  • That's on them; they get to choose
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  • whether they want me or not;
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  • but don't give up the prayers,
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  • because your prayers enable Me
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  • to keep knocking on the door of their heart,
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  • and pursuing them, and giving them
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  • opportunity to surrender their lives to Jesus."
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  • When I got that revelation about that,
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  • I went, "well, there's no limit."
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  • Don't give up; there may be some of you
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  • right now that are so discouraged,
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  • that you've been praying, and petitioning
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  • and laboring, and you're not seeing an answer.
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  • You know, I don't actually know
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  • what's going on in the life of that person, in their heart.
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  • Only God knows that, so our prayers,
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  • and our responsibility to pray
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  • should be to never give up until something happens.
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  • - There is a mystery, and I think we have to own that.
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  • There's a mystery, as to how God moves
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  • when He moves, why He moves...
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  • - Yeah!
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  • - As Isaiah said, "His ways are above ours
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  • as the heavens are above the earth."
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  • - You don't know other people's hearts, either.
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  • - You don't know the outcome;
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  • you don't know--because sometimes,
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  • God doesn't heal; sometimes God
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  • doesn't bring about fertility; sometimes--
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  • and yet, again, it goes back to our view of God.
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  • Do we believe he's always good?
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  • - Right.
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  • - Well, if you believe he's always good,
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  • then you ask for that, believing
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  • if He doesn't do what I'm praying
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  • I'm bound by time and space.
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  • - Yeah. - [All] (vocalizes agreement)
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  • - I don't see the Sovereignty of God--
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  • - Right
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  • - --but if He does not bring about
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  • what I'm praying--I'm praying with all the faith I have
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  • for what I can see in the natural,
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  • but I'm believing that if He doesn't do this,
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  • it will be even better and somehow,
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  • I don't understand it, my brain isn't big enough
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  • our faith moves God's heart.
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  • - Somehow. - Yes.
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  • - When the friends carried their buddy to the roof
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  • and lowered him to Jesus, he said,
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  • "It's because of your faith, that I'm healing him."
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  • So, I don't for a moment--I recognize
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  • I'm dust, and He's God. - Right.
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  • - So I do not think I in any way
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  • can tie God's hands behind his back, or force Him to move.
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  • - Yes.
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  • - But I know He says, "Pray and believe,"
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  • and I'm like, "Yes, Sir."
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  • - And also, like you said about free will;
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  • I would argue there's free will in healing.
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  • There's free will in other aspects of answered prayer.
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  • So anytime you're praying for another person,
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  • you have faith, but you can't know
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  • whether they're in perfect agreement with God.
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  • There's too much about
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  • someone else's life that you don't know.
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  • I believe it's our joy and our privilege
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  • to pray for others.
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  • We have been granted an authority
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  • and access to God, that gives us
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  • the right, and the power, and the name
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  • to interject God into the live of people
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  • who may, or may not, be open to Him.
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  • And through our prayers, we give God permission
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  • to pursue, and to go after, these people.
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  • Sometimes your prayers are for other believers,
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  • but because you don't know all the time
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  • what's going on in their heart,
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  • there's a way to pray--I love to pray in the spirit,
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  • when I pray for other people--so that
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  • you can pray the perfect Will of God, for that person;
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  • because your words are important; without knowing everything
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  • - We also pray, usually, for things that are benevolent,
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  • and if you study scripture, Job was in God's will
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  • when he was in pain. - [All] (vocalizing agreement)
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  • - And we don't see that pain is--
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  • very rarely in the economy of God
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  • is pain punitive; it's a promotion.
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  • It's God saying, "I'm taking you to a new place,
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  • but when I'm pruning you, you're not going to understand
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  • this is for you to bear greater fruit."
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  • But again it comes back to do we believe he's good? Yes.
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  • - That's right.
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  • - He's always good, even when life is hard
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  • And so, someone may be in sin,
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  • and we don't know why that prayer wasn't answered.
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  • Somebody may be in God's will,
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  • and it still looks like your prayer isn't being answered.
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  • - Right, right.
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  • - And then, you know, Job recognized,
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  • "Oh, now my eyes have seen you. My ears heard you,"--
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  • - [All] (vocalizes agreement)
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  • - --before he got the double blessing.
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  • - That's right.
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  • - He didn't have his wealth restored.
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  • He didn't have his health restored;
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  • didn't have his marriage, or his kids;
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  • but he was like, "Oh, NOW I see."
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  • The answer to our prayer is really
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  • the presence of God. - [All] (vocalizes agreement)
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  • - It's not getting what we want, it's the presence of God.
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  • - That's exactly--I love that--
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  • God, I want You, more than-- - That's right
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  • - --the thing. If you get to that revelation,
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  • "God, You're good regardless of the outcome,"
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  • that is the Holy Grail. - [All] (vocalizes agreement)
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  • - We sometimes treat God like a genie.
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  • (laughs loudly)
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  • - We do. - That's right.
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  • - Right? - That's right, we do.
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  • - You know, that--pot; and I'm asking, and you didn't;
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  • and people will leave their faith--
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  • - That's right. - Right.
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  • - --because I didn't answer that prayer.
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  • It's like--but what about, if Him saying "No,"
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  • to that prayer, was actually for your benefit.
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  • - Was the answer; absolutely. - Right.
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  • - You've got to trust God. - I mean, I can "Amen," that
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  • with some guys I dated. (all laughing)
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  • - (laughing) Yes. - So funny.
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  • - And then, if only I'd lose 15 pounds,
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  • before Friday night, and he would fall in love with me,
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  • and then I see 10 years later; - Yep.
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  • - Oh my goodness, God actually protected me--
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  • - Yes. - Yes.
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  • - Yes. - Yes.
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  • from what I thought I wanted-- - Yes.
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  • - --because he loves me more than I love myself.
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  • - Yes. - Right.
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  • - I'm at the age and stage of life,
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  • where I can look back and see
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  • so many of the mistakes I made,
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  • as a Christ follower, and I think
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  • one of the biggest mistakes
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  • I've made in my whole life, is
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  • pretending like I had it all together.
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  • And trying to look spiritual more
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  • than I actually loved God and loved other people.
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  • If I love God, and I'm walking in the love God,
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  • then that's going to be reflected
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  • in the way I love the world around me.
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  • That's what I'm called to do.
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  • And so, I've quit letting my own reputation
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  • get in the way of me loving other people well.
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  • So, whether I do it stumbling; whether I do it scared,
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  • I'm real quick to reach out to other people now.
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  • I don't say, "I'm praying for you on Tuesdays at 9:00 AM."
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  • I'm like, well, I may have them in my prayer book,
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  • but if I see them in Target I'm going to pray for them then.
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  • And so, I told somebody the other day
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  • I'm at the stage of life where
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  • it's hard for me to hold my stomach in,
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  • and I thought, you know what, that's
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  • actually a really great place
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  • to be emotionally and spiritually,
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  • because I don't try to pretend,
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  • with the Lord, or with other people, and so it's messy.
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  • Interceding for other people is messy.
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  • You don't always get it right.
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  • Sometimes your use the wrong word.
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  • Sometimes what your pray for them,
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  • is not God's best for them.
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  • But we pray, because He's told us to pray for each other.
  • 00:10:37.010 --> 00:10:40.150
  • - One of the things that we're talking about,
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  • praying for others, is praying for your enemies.
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  • - Yes. - Yeah.
  • 00:10:44.110 --> 00:10:45.060
  • - Yes. - Yeah.
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  • - I have a testimony about praying for an enemy.
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  • - Bring it.
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  • - My husband and I were living in an apartment
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  • when we first moved to Hollywood,
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  • and we had the landlady from hell.
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  • (chuckles)
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  • This woman used to come into our home
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  • without permission. - Wow.
  • 00:10:56.290 --> 00:10:58.130
  • - She actually was stealing things from our home.
  • 00:10:58.130 --> 00:11:00.230
  • - Oh my goodness. - Oh.
  • 00:11:00.230 --> 00:11:02.000
  • - We would get in fights about things
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  • because he couldn't find it-- - Yeah.
  • 00:11:03.050 --> 00:11:04.120
  • - --and I couldn't find it, and so
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  • we busted her one Sunday; coming home
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  • early from church; coming out of our home.
  • 00:11:07.100 --> 00:11:09.000
  • - Wow. (gasps)
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  • - My husband went over-- - I'm sure.
  • 00:11:10.020 --> 00:11:11.160
  • - --to her house and said, "I'm letting you know
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  • that I don't want you in my home again.
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  • I'm changing the locks," blah, blah, blah.
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  • She spit on my husband, she charged
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  • at him with a barbecue fork, which was our barbecue fork,
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  • by the way. - Oh my goodness!
  • 00:11:24.290 --> 00:11:26.050
  • - He was like, "My fork!" - Yes!
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  • - Right? - Wow.
  • 00:11:27.210 --> 00:11:29.050
  • - She called the police and claimed he threatened her life.
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  • - Wow. - Police came to our home,
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  • and you know, my husband be a big black man,
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  • he says, "You gonna take me to jail, take her too,"
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  • and he showed them his shirt, he said, "She spit on me.
  • 00:11:38.000 --> 00:11:40.020
  • She assaulted me. - Right.
  • 00:11:40.020 --> 00:11:41.200
  • - So, in this whole drama, she tries to evict us;
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  • I am nine-months pregnant, with baby number three.
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  • - Wow. - Wow.
  • 00:11:46.230 --> 00:11:48.020
  • - God said, "Start praying for her."
  • 00:11:48.020 --> 00:11:49.000
  • - Right. - That's good.
  • 00:11:49.000 --> 00:11:50.090
  • - I was like, (mumbles)-- (laughing)
  • 00:11:50.090 --> 00:11:52.230
  • - - bless her with a brick, Jesus.
  • 00:11:52.230 --> 00:11:54.140
  • - Yes! - Exactly!
  • 00:11:54.140 --> 00:11:55.290
  • (laughing uproariously) - "Bless her with a brick,"
  • 00:11:55.290 --> 00:11:57.140
  • - But I started by faith, to call her name and pray for her,
  • 00:11:57.140 --> 00:12:00.220
  • - So good. - She had two adult sons.
  • 00:12:00.220 --> 00:12:02.060
  • - She ran a daycare in her home; she cared for children.
  • 00:12:02.060 --> 00:12:05.180
  • - Wow. - But she was like
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  • the terror in the neighborhood.
  • 00:12:06.160 --> 00:12:07.190
  • - Right. - She would harass
  • 00:12:07.190 --> 00:12:08.200
  • the other neighbors. - Wow.
  • 00:12:08.200 --> 00:12:09.280
  • - You know, and we-- - Such a good thing.
  • 00:12:09.280 --> 00:12:10.260
  • - --began to pray; I asked God
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  • to forgive her, to save her soul.
  • 00:12:13.030 --> 00:12:15.050
  • - Yep. - You know--
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  • - To bless her. - To bless her.
  • 00:12:16.130 --> 00:12:18.160
  • Well, long story short, God turned
  • 00:12:18.160 --> 00:12:20.090
  • that whole situation around. - Yep.
  • 00:12:20.090 --> 00:12:22.040
  • - Yes He will. - He blessed my husband
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  • with his first acting opportunity,
  • 00:12:24.120 --> 00:12:26.140
  • blessed us with a new home,-- - Wow.
  • 00:12:26.140 --> 00:12:28.060
  • - --right across the street from the lady,
  • 00:12:28.060 --> 00:12:30.090
  • (laughs)
  • 00:12:30.090 --> 00:12:31.150
  • where she had to watch us prosper, right?
  • 00:12:31.150 --> 00:12:33.190
  • Eventually, word got back to us that she was ill.
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  • We saw her one day, coming over to the property,
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  • with a turban on her head; all her hair was gone.
  • 00:12:41.000 --> 00:12:44.050
  • She was about 30 pounds - 40 pounds thinner.
  • 00:12:44.050 --> 00:12:46.250
  • - Yeah. - And I prayed for her.
  • 00:12:46.250 --> 00:12:48.120
  • I said, "God, I ask You to heal this woman,
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  • I ask You to save her soul."
  • 00:12:50.260 --> 00:12:52.160
  • And do you know, I remember the day
  • 00:12:52.160 --> 00:12:54.060
  • that I saw her across the street,
  • 00:12:54.060 --> 00:12:56.150
  • she turned, and looked at our home
  • 00:12:56.150 --> 00:12:59.040
  • and she like dropped her head.
  • 00:12:59.040 --> 00:13:01.170
  • She had this look on her face, like
  • 00:13:01.170 --> 00:13:03.090
  • "Maybe I should have been nicer to these people."
  • 00:13:04.220 --> 00:13:07.100
  • - To pray and to forgive
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  • and to bless our enemies is a real thing.
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  • I had the opportunity to release my abuser,
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  • face-to-face, I told him that I forgave him.
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  • Even though he didn't think so kindly of that interaction,
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  • I released him from paying back
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  • what I felt he owed, if I could put it that way.
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  • And, if God released him, and I can release him too.
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  • For some of you, that ruffles your feathers,
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  • because maybe you're asking for a payback.
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  • Maybe you're cursing their name,
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  • every opportunity you have; maybe you're fresh
  • 00:13:47.050 --> 00:13:50.150
  • in the beginning of a breakup, or a harm,
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  • or an offense, and I'm here to tell you that,
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  • in the process of being someone
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  • who calls themselves a believer
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  • it's not only a duty, it's a privilege
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  • to release others from the other side
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  • of being harmed and wronged; holding them accountable,
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  • when the Lord is the one who will bring
  • 00:14:14.060 --> 00:14:16.240
  • that part of the situation and will resolve it.
  • 00:14:16.240 --> 00:14:20.150
  • - But I say all this to say that,
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  • had my husband retaliated-- - Right.
  • 00:14:23.020 --> 00:14:25.180
  • - --he would have been under the jail,
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  • and we've to cross that bridge
  • 00:14:27.170 --> 00:14:29.070
  • many more times in Hollywood; we filed a lawsuit
  • 00:14:29.070 --> 00:14:32.060
  • against my husband's agency for sexual harassment.
  • 00:14:32.060 --> 00:14:34.230
  • - Wow. - And my husband, had he
  • 00:14:34.230 --> 00:14:37.100
  • physically retaliated against this gentleman
  • 00:14:37.100 --> 00:14:40.060
  • who assaulted him, he would have been the one to go to jail.
  • 00:14:40.060 --> 00:14:43.140
  • - Yeah. - Even though
  • 00:14:43.140 --> 00:14:44.140
  • it was in self defense. - Yeah.
  • 00:14:44.140 --> 00:14:45.210
  • - And that practice of praying for your enemy,
  • 00:14:45.210 --> 00:14:48.020
  • forgiving your enemy-- - Yes.
  • 00:14:48.020 --> 00:14:49.280
  • - --blessing your enemy - Blessing them.
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  • - Blessing. - Not with hot coals.
  • 00:14:52.190 --> 00:14:54.020
  • - Even though there was a lawsuit,
  • 00:14:54.020 --> 00:14:56.160
  • there was no vengeance-- - Yeah.
  • 00:14:56.160 --> 00:14:58.280
  • - --there was no bitterness, there was no hatred,
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  • and even publicly we have said
  • 00:15:01.180 --> 00:15:03.270
  • that we are praying for this man.
  • 00:15:03.270 --> 00:15:05.170
  • - And, and it gives God a chance
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  • to show His glory and His light,
  • 00:15:08.250 --> 00:15:11.060
  • in a situation, that most people
  • 00:15:11.060 --> 00:15:13.260
  • would have just taken the fleshly route--
  • 00:15:13.260 --> 00:15:16.050
  • - Yeah. - Yeah.
  • 00:15:16.050 --> 00:15:17.120
  • - --to, you know, take vengeance of themselves.
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  • - We can't wait, for you to join the conversation.
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  • - But I think too, in our social media age
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  • we have more opportunity, than ever before
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  • to pray for one another. - Yeah.
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  • - It's true. - How many times
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  • do we see people hurting-- - Yeah.
  • 00:15:43.050 --> 00:15:45.000
  • - --and they put it out there on social media.
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  • - Yeah. - Yes.
  • 00:15:47.120 --> 00:15:48.100
  • - And you see all these people,
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  • "We're gonna be praying; yeah, I'll pray."
  • 00:15:49.270 --> 00:15:51.100
  • - Right. - But how many times
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  • do we actually-- - Stop and pray.
  • 00:15:52.190 --> 00:15:53.260
  • - --pray. - Yeah.
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  • - And I think sometimes we miss that opportunity
  • 00:15:55.040 --> 00:15:57.220
  • of going, "You know what, I am going to stand
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  • in agreement with you. - Yes.
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  • - Right. - Right.
  • 00:16:01.030 --> 00:16:02.070
  • - I'm gonna stand in the gap-- - Yep.
  • 00:16:02.070 --> 00:16:03.140
  • - --and I'm gonna be the one that
  • 00:16:03.140 --> 00:16:04.230
  • says, "I'm here for you." - Yes.
  • 00:16:04.230 --> 00:16:05.280
  • - Right. - Do it in the morning.
  • 00:16:05.280 --> 00:16:07.040
  • - And that togetherness-- - Yes.
  • 00:16:07.040 --> 00:16:08.080
  • - Yep. - The whole, Better Together--
  • 00:16:08.080 --> 00:16:09.100
  • - Yes. - Yep.
  • 00:16:09.100 --> 00:16:10.170
  • - --concept of, "I'm here for you,
  • 00:16:10.170 --> 00:16:11.290
  • I have your back-- - Yes
  • 00:16:11.290 --> 00:16:12.240
  • - Yeah. - Yes.
  • 00:16:12.240 --> 00:16:14.000
  • - --when you can't war, I will war with you
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  • - Yes. - That's right.
  • 00:16:16.030 --> 00:16:17.090
  • - Yes, very good. - I will war for you.
  • 00:16:17.090 --> 00:16:18.290
  • - That's right. - Right.
  • 00:16:18.290 --> 00:16:20.140
  • - When you cannot stand, I will lift your hands up.
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  • - Yes. - Yes.
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  • - When you cannot talk, or walk
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  • or eat, or whatever, I will come bring you food.
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  • - Yes. - Right.
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  • - I will stand in the gap for you.
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  • - Yes. - Yeah.
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  • - And I think that's-- - I love that.
  • 00:16:31.210 --> 00:16:32.260
  • - --the whole component of that--
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  • - Yes. - Yep.
  • 00:16:34.120 --> 00:16:35.110
  • - --praying for others-- - Yes.
  • 00:16:35.110 --> 00:16:36.200
  • - --is doing it right then. - Right then.
  • 00:16:36.200 --> 00:16:37.140
  • - Doing it right then.
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  • - Prayer is definitely one of our
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  • greatest weapons against the enemy.
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  • And I think sometimes we don't
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  • use it enough, because we do think
  • 00:16:46.020 --> 00:16:48.080
  • it needs to be this set part time;
  • 00:16:48.080 --> 00:16:50.060
  • it needs to be this, big huge monologue,
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  • and we need to just have this one hour
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  • in prayer, contending on our knees.
  • 00:16:55.110 --> 00:16:58.060
  • That's just not the case
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  • Just simply saying the name of Jesus
  • 00:16:59.280 --> 00:17:02.060
  • is a prayer; simply asking for his help
  • 00:17:02.060 --> 00:17:06.020
  • is a prayer; simply being like,
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  • "Lord, give me strength to not kill
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  • my children today," is a prayer.
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  • A lot that I've been praying for is,
  • 00:17:12.090 --> 00:17:13.200
  • "Lord, bridle my tongue," that's a prayer.
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  • So I think that, yes, it's one of
  • 00:17:16.270 --> 00:17:18.090
  • the most underutilized weapons
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  • that we have in our arsenal, against the enemy.
  • 00:17:20.210 --> 00:17:23.210
  • And I want to encourage you,
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  • wherever you're at, whatever you're doing,
  • 00:17:25.150 --> 00:17:28.040
  • make it a point, to just be in contact with the Lord.
  • 00:17:28.040 --> 00:17:32.160
  • - Sometimes people carry for you
  • 00:17:32.160 --> 00:17:34.060
  • what you're too weak to carry yourself, that season.
  • 00:17:34.060 --> 00:17:36.090
  • - Yeah. - Yes.
  • 00:17:36.090 --> 00:17:37.120
  • - Yeah. - Nice.
  • 00:17:37.120 --> 00:17:38.090
  • - I believe. - Yes.
  • 00:17:38.090 --> 00:17:39.140
  • - I'm glad you brought up social media
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  • because I have a love-hate relationship with it.
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  • (laughs) - Me too.
  • 00:17:41.270 --> 00:17:42.270
  • - I know. - Me too.
  • 00:17:42.270 --> 00:17:43.250
  • - It can be such a distraction--
  • 00:17:43.250 --> 00:17:44.250
  • - Yeah. - Right.
  • 00:17:44.250 --> 00:17:46.020
  • - --it can bleed so much passion--
  • 00:17:46.020 --> 00:17:47.020
  • - Right, in comparison. - Yeah.
  • 00:17:47.020 --> 00:17:48.100
  • - --I get so tired of people going--
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  • like, I don't want to say I'm
  • 00:17:49.080 --> 00:17:50.160
  • anti-any particular watch, but it's all
  • 00:17:50.160 --> 00:17:52.160
  • I can do, people are like, "Uh-huh, uh-huh,"
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  • "Uh-huh, uh-huh," I'm like,
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  • "Excuse me, Excuse me, I'm right here."
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  • So we have a no phones, no watches
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  • rule in our home-- - Good.
  • 00:18:01.090 --> 00:18:02.140
  • - --at a lot of times, because it only
  • 00:18:02.140 --> 00:18:04.260
  • took one time for Missy to say,
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  • "Mama, would you put down your phone
  • 00:18:06.210 --> 00:18:08.100
  • and listen to me,"-- - That's it.
  • 00:18:08.100 --> 00:18:09.240
  • - --that I just felt like I was pierced through.
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  • But one of the things that I've started doing
  • 00:18:11.270 --> 00:18:13.200
  • to not totally throw out social media--
  • 00:18:13.200 --> 00:18:15.080
  • - Right. - --because I believe--
  • 00:18:15.080 --> 00:18:17.110
  • - There's good.
  • 00:18:17.110 --> 00:18:18.090
  • - --Missy's HIV is undetectable
  • 00:18:18.090 --> 00:18:19.150
  • because people pray for us. - Yeah.
  • 00:18:19.150 --> 00:18:20.150
  • - I really believe that. - Yeah.
  • 00:18:20.150 --> 00:18:21.210
  • - Yeah. - I believe it's the prayer
  • 00:18:21.210 --> 00:18:22.270
  • of the saints that have kept my daughter
  • 00:18:22.270 --> 00:18:24.170
  • healthy and whole-- - Amen.
  • 00:18:24.170 --> 00:18:25.250
  • - --when doctors said she wouldn't make it.
  • 00:18:25.250 --> 00:18:27.150
  • - Yeah. - But, now
  • 00:18:27.150 --> 00:18:29.060
  • my nephew was sitting on the plane
  • 00:18:29.060 --> 00:18:30.160
  • next to me yesterday, and I was scrolling,
  • 00:18:30.160 --> 00:18:33.100
  • and he goes, "Aunt Lisa, there's no way
  • 00:18:33.100 --> 00:18:35.070
  • you're reading those things on Instagram,"
  • 00:18:35.070 --> 00:18:36.260
  • and I said, "I'm not reading, I'm praying for my friends."
  • 00:18:36.260 --> 00:18:39.200
  • - Yeah. - Yup.
  • 00:18:39.200 --> 00:18:40.250
  • - And just as their names came up,
  • 00:18:40.250 --> 00:18:41.230
  • I didn't even read their posts--
  • 00:18:41.230 --> 00:18:42.260
  • - Yes. - Yeah.
  • 00:18:42.260 --> 00:18:44.110
  • - It was just, Alex--it's just, I go through it--
  • 00:18:44.110 --> 00:18:45.020
  • - Yeah. - Yes.
  • 00:18:45.020 --> 00:18:46.050
  • - --I was just praying, on the plane--
  • 00:18:46.050 --> 00:18:47.170
  • - Agreed.
  • 00:18:47.170 --> 00:18:48.240
  • - --so I think, for us to use practical tools--
  • 00:18:48.240 --> 00:18:50.270
  • - Yep, - Absolutely.
  • 00:18:50.270 --> 00:18:52.020
  • - --like, if I can't sleep-- - Yes.
  • 00:18:52.020 --> 00:18:53.150
  • - --I pick up my phone-- - In the middle of the night.
  • 00:18:53.150 --> 00:18:55.030
  • - --and I go through my contacts list--
  • 00:18:55.030 --> 00:18:57.120
  • - Yep. - And sometimes--
  • 00:18:57.120 --> 00:18:58.170
  • I'm sorry if you have a last name
  • 00:18:58.170 --> 00:19:00.230
  • that's toward the latter part of the alphabet--
  • 00:19:00.230 --> 00:19:02.130
  • (laughs loudly)
  • 00:19:02.130 --> 00:19:03.210
  • I usually fall asleep around M-N-O-P, but--
  • 00:19:03.210 --> 00:19:05.140
  • - Thanks a lot Lisa. (laughs)
  • 00:19:05.140 --> 00:19:07.050
  • - --I will go through, and just as they,
  • 00:19:07.050 --> 00:19:09.240
  • as people come through-- - Beautiful.
  • 00:19:09.240 --> 00:19:10.220
  • - --as a contact, I'll pray.
  • 00:19:10.220 --> 00:19:12.090
  • So I think there's things that are tools.
  • 00:19:12.090 --> 00:19:15.110
  • - Yes. - Yes.
  • 00:19:15.110 --> 00:19:16.180
  • - The enemy can use them to distract us--
  • 00:19:16.180 --> 00:19:18.040
  • - Absolutely. - --or to unite us.
  • 00:19:18.040 --> 00:19:19.140
  • - Yes. - Right.
  • 00:19:19.140 --> 00:19:20.260
  • - I think that's a practical way, of just going,
  • 00:19:20.260 --> 00:19:22.170
  • "I'm gonna pray in this moment, for these people by name."
  • 00:19:22.170 --> 00:19:26.080
  • - Yeah. - Yes.
  • 00:19:26.080 --> 00:19:27.230
  • - And even just, like, when people pop into your head,
  • 00:19:27.230 --> 00:19:28.270
  • - Right. - Mhmm.
  • 00:19:28.270 --> 00:19:29.290
  • - How many times-- - Yup.
  • 00:19:29.290 --> 00:19:31.040
  • - --especially as women, 'cause our brains
  • 00:19:31.040 --> 00:19:32.160
  • are always going, that somebody pops into our head--
  • 00:19:32.160 --> 00:19:34.270
  • - Yep. - Right.
  • 00:19:34.270 --> 00:19:35.280
  • - Yes. - --out of the blue.
  • 00:19:35.280 --> 00:19:37.030
  • And it takes a second, to say a prayer.
  • 00:19:37.030 --> 00:19:38.170
  • - Yep. - Yes.
  • 00:19:38.170 --> 00:19:39.250
  • - And, if the Holy Spirit leads you--
  • 00:19:39.250 --> 00:19:40.220
  • - Right. - -- it takes
  • 00:19:40.220 --> 00:19:41.290
  • a second to shoot a text. - Right.
  • 00:19:41.290 --> 00:19:43.000
  • - Yes. - To shoot an email.
  • 00:19:43.000 --> 00:19:44.070
  • - That's right. - And that, to me
  • 00:19:44.070 --> 00:19:45.210
  • is the beauty of intercession, praying for other people.
  • 00:19:45.210 --> 00:19:47.160
  • - Right. Right. - That's right.
  • 00:19:47.160 --> 00:19:48.290
  • - Is to say, "Okay, Holy Spirit, that's you. I got it."
  • 00:19:48.290 --> 00:19:51.080
  • - Right. - And I'm gonna pray.
  • 00:19:51.080 --> 00:19:52.070
  • - This is a living text. - Yes.
  • 00:19:52.070 --> 00:19:54.000
  • - Yeah. - Yes.
  • 00:19:54.000 --> 00:19:55.050
  • - High five, Lisa. - It's not a rule book,
  • 00:19:55.050 --> 00:19:56.110
  • it's not a collection of morality tales,
  • 00:19:56.110 --> 00:19:57.240
  • as I'm reading through these stories,
  • 00:19:57.240 --> 00:19:59.200
  • God always brings somebody to mind.
  • 00:19:59.200 --> 00:20:02.090
  • - Yes. - As I'm reading the story,
  • 00:20:02.090 --> 00:20:03.280
  • I'll be like, "Oh, Alex." - Yeah.
  • 00:20:03.280 --> 00:20:05.050
  • - "Let me pray Alex and this promise,"
  • 00:20:05.050 --> 00:20:07.180
  • because, this is redemptive narrative.
  • 00:20:07.180 --> 00:20:10.120
  • - Yes. - We're walking through
  • 00:20:10.120 --> 00:20:11.290
  • as God's children, redemptive narrative,
  • 00:20:11.290 --> 00:20:14.020
  • so to me, we see people in these stories.
  • 00:20:14.020 --> 00:20:16.230
  • - Right. - And this becomes
  • 00:20:16.230 --> 00:20:18.170
  • an active two-edged sword. - Right.
  • 00:20:18.170 --> 00:20:20.220
  • - When somebody asks me to pray for them
  • 00:20:20.220 --> 00:20:24.130
  • or the words, "I'm praying for you,"
  • 00:20:24.130 --> 00:20:27.110
  • I hope that you are praying for people,
  • 00:20:27.110 --> 00:20:30.210
  • Because there have been times in my past
  • 00:20:30.210 --> 00:20:33.070
  • that I've gone, "Oh, yeah, I'm gonna pray for you,"
  • 00:20:33.070 --> 00:20:35.160
  • and I never do, and I think we
  • 00:20:35.160 --> 00:20:37.090
  • need to really hold that sacred.
  • 00:20:37.090 --> 00:20:40.260
  • Because, sometimes some people are dependent
  • 00:20:40.260 --> 00:20:43.110
  • on the prayers of the saints, and
  • 00:20:43.110 --> 00:20:45.130
  • there's such power in agreement.
  • 00:20:45.130 --> 00:20:48.010
  • Where, there have been some days
  • 00:20:48.010 --> 00:20:49.100
  • where I've been so weary and so low,
  • 00:20:49.100 --> 00:20:51.050
  • that I've needed the prayers of the saints.
  • 00:20:51.050 --> 00:20:53.240
  • And so, for me, I love to put a text feed
  • 00:20:53.240 --> 00:20:56.250
  • out to my close friends, and say,
  • 00:20:56.250 --> 00:20:58.140
  • "Hey guys, would you pray for me."
  • 00:20:58.140 --> 00:21:00.160
  • And when I see that text feed coming back,
  • 00:21:00.160 --> 00:21:02.290
  • "Praying now," "Absolutely,"
  • 00:21:02.290 --> 00:21:04.250
  • "Praying for you, in Jesus' name,"
  • 00:21:04.250 --> 00:21:06.140
  • I'm holding on to that, that I've got a band of sisterhood
  • 00:21:06.140 --> 00:21:10.090
  • that are praying for me. And I know
  • 00:21:10.090 --> 00:21:12.110
  • that I'm not doing it by myself.
  • 00:21:12.110 --> 00:21:14.000
  • You know what I love though?
  • 00:21:15.000 --> 00:21:16.220
  • That you have, personally, and this is what you've done.
  • 00:21:16.220 --> 00:21:19.180
  • You've prayed for me. - Yeah.
  • 00:21:19.180 --> 00:21:21.160
  • - And in times where I have needed somebody hold me--
  • 00:21:21.160 --> 00:21:25.110
  • and I will never forget the days where
  • 00:21:25.110 --> 00:21:26.280
  • she's picked up the phone and gone,
  • 00:21:26.280 --> 00:21:28.080
  • "I've been praying for you," and I'm like
  • 00:21:28.080 --> 00:21:29.240
  • "Oh my gosh. Thank you."
  • 00:21:29.240 --> 00:21:31.050
  • - Yes. - Yeah.
  • 00:21:31.050 --> 00:21:32.130
  • - Bursting into tears, like in Publix, cause
  • 00:21:32.130 --> 00:21:35.020
  • right then and there, I am weary,
  • 00:21:35.020 --> 00:21:37.090
  • I am worn out-- - Yes.
  • 00:21:37.090 --> 00:21:38.270
  • - --because of a situation, but I've had a friend--
  • 00:21:38.270 --> 00:21:41.140
  • - Yeah. - --who by the Holy Spirit
  • 00:21:41.140 --> 00:21:43.050
  • dropped me into her heart-- - Yeah.
  • 00:21:43.050 --> 00:21:44.230
  • - Yes. - --and she began to pray.
  • 00:21:44.230 --> 00:21:46.010
  • And then she comes out with a word,
  • 00:21:46.010 --> 00:21:47.160
  • that just, it brings life. - Yeah.
  • 00:21:47.160 --> 00:21:49.080
  • - Yes. - And I'm like,
  • 00:21:49.080 --> 00:21:50.280
  • "That's what it's about." - Yes.
  • 00:21:50.280 --> 00:21:52.240
  • - Yeah. - Yes.
  • 00:21:52.240 --> 00:21:53.230
  • - And imagine if we didn't
  • 00:21:53.230 --> 00:21:55.010
  • have that for one another. - Right.
  • 00:21:55.010 --> 00:21:55.230
  • - Yes. - Right.
  • 00:21:55.230 --> 00:21:56.220
  • - So we do have responsibility.
  • 00:21:56.220 --> 00:21:57.140
  • - Right. - Yes.
  • 00:21:57.140 --> 00:21:58.190
  • - I thank God for the times when
  • 00:21:58.190 --> 00:22:00.060
  • I moved to America and I didn't know a single soul--
  • 00:22:00.060 --> 00:22:01.100
  • - Yes. - --but someone in Australia,
  • 00:22:01.100 --> 00:22:02.220
  • on a different time zone-- - Yes.
  • 00:22:02.220 --> 00:22:04.070
  • - --would say, "Alex, I got woken up to pray for you."
  • 00:22:04.070 --> 00:22:06.210
  • - Right. - Right.
  • 00:22:06.210 --> 00:22:07.280
  • - "Don't give up." Begin to intercede.
  • 00:22:07.280 --> 00:22:09.080
  • - Yes. - So then it inspired me.
  • 00:22:09.080 --> 00:22:11.210
  • Well if she's praying for me over there--
  • 00:22:11.210 --> 00:22:13.140
  • - Right. - Yes.
  • 00:22:13.140 --> 00:22:14.220
  • - --I'm going to be praying for her now.
  • 00:22:14.220 --> 00:22:15.190
  • - Right. - Yes.
  • 00:22:15.190 --> 00:22:16.170
  • - And now she, funnily enough,
  • 00:22:16.170 --> 00:22:18.000
  • is going through a trying time, so guess what;
  • 00:22:18.000 --> 00:22:19.110
  • I'm interceding for her. - Absolutely.
  • 00:22:19.110 --> 00:22:20.270
  • - Yes. - Right.
  • 00:22:20.270 --> 00:22:22.030
  • - And it's that sewing and reaping.
  • 00:22:22.030 --> 00:22:23.020
  • - Absolutely. - Yes.
  • 00:22:23.020 --> 00:22:24.170
  • - But I think in Ephesians, if I could give reference,
  • 00:22:24.170 --> 00:22:26.110
  • and kind of circle back to what you said,
  • 00:22:26.110 --> 00:22:28.100
  • Ephesians 6:18 says, "Make persistent prayers
  • 00:22:28.100 --> 00:22:32.000
  • for all believers." - Yes.
  • 00:22:32.000 --> 00:22:33.090
  • - Right, right, right. - All believers.
  • 00:22:33.090 --> 00:22:34.100
  • - So there is an acknowledgement,
  • 00:22:34.100 --> 00:22:37.020
  • but also direction for all of us--
  • 00:22:37.020 --> 00:22:39.080
  • - Yes - to constantly pray
  • 00:22:39.080 --> 00:22:41.040
  • for people that are attached to us.
  • 00:22:41.040 --> 00:22:42.210
  • - Yes. - Yep.
  • 00:22:42.210 --> 00:22:43.190
  • - Even those that minister on--
  • 00:22:43.190 --> 00:22:44.290
  • - Yeah - --like, that is what we do.
  • 00:22:44.290 --> 00:22:47.110
  • - Yes. - Right.
  • 00:22:47.110 --> 00:22:48.270
  • - Or even being a friend to several people in our network,
  • 00:22:48.270 --> 00:22:51.010
  • or relationships. - Yes.
  • 00:22:51.010 --> 00:22:52.080
  • - It's our duty, it's our mandate, as
  • 00:22:52.080 --> 00:22:55.020
  • someone in the kingdom of God,
  • 00:22:55.020 --> 00:22:57.070
  • to make persistent prayers for people
  • 00:22:57.070 --> 00:23:00.050
  • who are struggling through - Yeah.
  • 00:23:00.050 --> 00:23:01.280
  • - Who are walking through, you know,
  • 00:23:01.280 --> 00:23:03.090
  • maybe a fine line of faith.
  • 00:23:03.090 --> 00:23:05.070
  • Maybe they have a diagnosis. - Yeah.
  • 00:23:05.070 --> 00:23:07.250
  • - You never know, but your prayer can literally
  • 00:23:07.250 --> 00:23:10.030
  • tip the bowl in heaven-- - Yes.
  • 00:23:10.030 --> 00:23:11.180
  • - --for an answer to come their way.
  • 00:23:11.180 --> 00:23:13.240
  • If it worked for Daniel, in the lion's den,
  • 00:23:13.240 --> 00:23:16.180
  • to shut the mouths of lions; to open the doors
  • 00:23:16.180 --> 00:23:19.220
  • and the windows, where he makes intercession
  • 00:23:19.220 --> 00:23:22.000
  • in the middle of a government edict,
  • 00:23:22.000 --> 00:23:24.060
  • to the point where, you know,
  • 00:23:24.060 --> 00:23:25.200
  • there was this, you know, cosmic, you know, war
  • 00:23:25.200 --> 00:23:29.000
  • in the heavenlies, for the angel to come,
  • 00:23:29.000 --> 00:23:31.230
  • and, you know, do something on his behalf,
  • 00:23:31.230 --> 00:23:34.160
  • how much more, for us that believe,
  • 00:23:34.160 --> 00:23:37.120
  • you know, in the New Testament Church.
  • 00:23:37.120 --> 00:23:39.090
  • - Yes. - How much more.
  • 00:23:39.090 --> 00:23:40.190
  • - To know the word of God, and also
  • 00:23:40.190 --> 00:23:42.240
  • to activate what God has given us
  • 00:23:42.240 --> 00:23:45.090
  • as tools, everyday tools-- - Exactly.
  • 00:23:45.090 --> 00:23:47.110
  • - --that we never activate. - Right.
  • 00:23:47.110 --> 00:23:49.060
  • - Yes. - So it's important that
  • 00:23:49.060 --> 00:23:50.170
  • we activate those vessels. - Yes.
  • 00:23:50.170 --> 00:23:52.110
  • - Why do we not believe, because
  • 00:23:52.110 --> 00:23:53.230
  • that story where Peter is in jail
  • 00:23:53.230 --> 00:23:55.290
  • and their prayer meeting's going on.
  • 00:23:55.290 --> 00:23:57.110
  • - Yes, I love that. - Peter's knocking on the door
  • 00:23:57.110 --> 00:23:59.100
  • - Yes. - That's right.
  • 00:23:59.100 --> 00:24:00.160
  • - I reckon their thinking, "Surely not."
  • 00:24:00.160 --> 00:24:02.140
  • I mean, that was an impossible situation,
  • 00:24:02.140 --> 00:24:05.090
  • to have his chains go, for the doors to fling open
  • 00:24:05.090 --> 00:24:08.210
  • - Yes! - He walks out of prison,
  • 00:24:08.210 --> 00:24:10.130
  • and he's going, "Guys, guys your prayers have been answered"
  • 00:24:10.130 --> 00:24:13.050
  • and their like, "What?" Do we really believe?
  • 00:24:13.050 --> 00:24:16.260
  • - So if you're in a place, where
  • 00:24:16.260 --> 00:24:18.260
  • you are a little nervous, or a little hesitant
  • 00:24:18.260 --> 00:24:22.210
  • about praying for other people,
  • 00:24:22.210 --> 00:24:26.000
  • I want to say a little prayer right now
  • 00:24:26.000 --> 00:24:28.020
  • to give you boldness and clarity and understanding
  • 00:24:28.020 --> 00:24:32.000
  • on how to do it and when to do it, just to encourage you
  • 00:24:32.000 --> 00:24:36.040
  • to go ahead and pray for others. Let's pray.
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  • Father God, I thank You so, so much
  • 00:24:41.050 --> 00:24:43.160
  • for your beautiful gift of prayer.
  • 00:24:43.160 --> 00:24:46.090
  • I thank You that we use it in so many different ways,
  • 00:24:46.090 --> 00:24:48.270
  • as communication to You, and I thank You
  • 00:24:48.270 --> 00:24:51.110
  • that one of the most beautiful ways
  • 00:24:51.110 --> 00:24:52.240
  • that we can use it, is to pray for each other.
  • 00:24:52.240 --> 00:24:55.170
  • God I pray right now for anyone that's watching.
  • 00:24:55.170 --> 00:24:58.090
  • Lord, if they're hesitant to pray for someone,
  • 00:24:58.090 --> 00:25:00.220
  • Father, I pray that You will give them
  • 00:25:00.220 --> 00:25:02.050
  • supernatural boldness in Jesus' name.
  • 00:25:02.050 --> 00:25:05.210
  • That You will give them strength.
  • 00:25:05.210 --> 00:25:07.100
  • That You'll help them not to worry
  • 00:25:07.100 --> 00:25:08.170
  • about the outcome of that prayer,
  • 00:25:08.170 --> 00:25:10.080
  • or whether it's going to be answered or not,
  • 00:25:10.080 --> 00:25:12.070
  • but that they'll just be obedient
  • 00:25:12.070 --> 00:25:14.000
  • to even You just asking them to do it.
  • 00:25:14.000 --> 00:25:16.160
  • Father, I pray that You'll give them
  • 00:25:16.160 --> 00:25:17.240
  • the words to say, the timing to say it.
  • 00:25:17.240 --> 00:25:20.060
  • I pray that the person that they're praying for
  • 00:25:20.060 --> 00:25:22.020
  • will receive the love and the care that's behind it.
  • 00:25:22.020 --> 00:25:26.000
  • We thank You for an amazing breakthrough,
  • 00:25:26.000 --> 00:25:27.250
  • and we thank You for all the things
  • 00:25:27.250 --> 00:25:30.040
  • that You're going to do in and through this situation.
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