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November 13, 2019
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Robert Jeffress: Pathway to Victory

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  • [PRESENTER] FROM THE PULPIT
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  • OF THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF DALLAS, TEXAS,
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  • THIS IS PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • HI, I'M ROBERT JEFFRESS,
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  • AND WELCOME AGAIN TO PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • AS A CHURCHGOER, YOU'VE LIKELY HEARD YOUR PASTOR
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  • GIVE PERSUASIVE ARGUMENTS ABOUT THE POWER OF PRAYER.
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  • AND THERE'S PLENTY OF SCRIPTURE TO AFFIRM THAT THAT'S TRUE.
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  • BUT DO YOU HONESTLY FEEL LIKE
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  • YOUR PRAYERS MAKE ANY REAL DIFFERENCE?
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  • OVER THE PAST FEW WEEKS, WE'VE BEEN UNCOVERING SEVEN SECRETS
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  • FROM THE STORY OF ELIJAH'S LIFE.
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  • AND TODAY, WE'LL DISCOVER SECRET NUMBER FIVE
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  • FOR AN EXTRAORDINARY LIFE.
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  • AND IT'S BASED ON ELIJAH'S DRAMATIC
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  • AND EFFECTIVE PRAYERS ON MOUNT CARMEL.
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  • MY MESSAGE IS TITLED,
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  • "PRACTICE THE PRINCIPLES OF POWERFUL PRAYING"
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  • ON TODAY'S EDITION OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • MUSIC
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  • [PRESENTER] MANY OF US ARE FAMILIAR WITH THE NAME ELIJAH.
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  • BUT FEW OF US KNOW THE BOLD STANCE HE TOOK FOR GOD,
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  • NOR THE DETAILS OF HIS EXTRAORDINARY LIFE.
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  • NOW YOU CAN TRACE ELIJAH'S FOOTSTEPS WITH THE ELIJAH MAP,
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  • A CHRONOLOGICAL OVERVIEW OF THE KEY EVENTS IN ELIJAH'S LIFE.
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  • THIS COMPLIMENTARY RESOURCE WILL HELP YOU BETTER UNDERSTAND
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  • HOW GOD USES ORDINARY PEOPLE JUST LIKE YOU AND ME
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  • IN AN EXTRAORDINARY WAY.
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  • THE ELIJAH MAP IS OUR GIFT TO YOU
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  • SIMPLY FOR CONTACTING US TODAY ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • MUSIC
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  • A LOCAL BAPTIST CHURCH WAS ADAMANTLY OPPOSED
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  • TO A BAR THAT WAS BEING CONSTRUCTED IN THEIR
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  • LITTLE TOWN. NOT KNOWING WHAT ELSE TO DO,
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  • THEY DECIDED TO HAVE AN ALL-NIGHT PRAYER MEETING
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  • TO PRAY AGAINST THE BAR.
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  • AND NOT LONG AFTER THEIR PRAYER MEETING BROKE UP,
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  • LIGHTNING STRUCK THE BAR THAT WAS UNDER CONSTRUCTION
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  • AND ABSOLUTELY CONSUMED IT IN FIRE.
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  • THE BAR OWNER WAS FURIOUS
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  • AND HE LAUNCHED A LAWSUIT AGAINST THE CHURCH,
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  • CLAIMING THEY WERE RESPONSIBLE.
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  • (AUDIENCE LAUGHING)
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  • THE CHURCH HIRED AN ATTORNEY,
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  • CLAIMING THEY HAD NO RESPONSIBILITY WHATSOEVER
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  • FOR THE LOSS OF THE BAR.
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  • THE JUDGE PRESIDING OVER THE CASE SAID,
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  • "I DON'T KNOW HOW THIS IS GOING TO TURN OUT,
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  • "BUT ONE THING IS CLEAR,
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  • "THE BAR OWNER BELIEVES IN THE POWER OF PRAYER,
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  • "AND THE CHURCH DOES NOT."
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  • (AUDIENCE LAUGHING)
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  • YOU KNOW, TOO MANY OF US, LIKE THE PASTOR,
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  • HAVE A PHILOSOPHY,
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  • WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS, PRAY.
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  • BUT FOR THE PROPHET ELIJAH,
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  • PRAYER WAS NOT A LAST RESORT.
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  • IT WAS THE FIRST LINE OF ACTION
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  • AGAINST IMPOSSIBLE SITUATIONS.
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  • AND THAT'S WHY ELIJAH WAS SUCH AN EXTRAORDINARY PERSON.
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  • EVEN THOUGH HE WAS AN ORDINARY MAN,
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  • GOD USED HIM IN AN EXTRAORDINARY WAY.
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  • AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT,
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  • TODAY AND NEXT TIME,
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  • ABOUT HOW ELIJAH IS A PERFECT DEMONSTRATION
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  • OF SOMEONE WHO UNLEASHED THE POWER OF PRAYER IN HIS LIFE.
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  • OUR STUDY OF ELIJAH HAS BROUGHT US
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  • TO 1 KINGS 18.
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  • IF YOU HAVE YOUR BIBLES, TURN THERE.
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  • WE'VE COME NOW TO THE MOST
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  • FAMILIAR EPISODE IN ELIJAH'S LIFE.
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  • WHEN PEOPLE THINK OF ELIJAH, THIS IS WHAT THEY THINK OF;
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  • THE FAMOUS CONTEST BETWEEN THE GODS ON TOP OF MOUNT CARMEL.
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  • THE REAL FOCUS OF THIS STORY
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  • IS ELIJAH'S PRAYER THAT BROUGHT DOWN THE FIRE OF HEAVEN.
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  • YES, ELIJAH IS TO BE COMMENDED FOR HIS COURAGE
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  • IN CONFRONTING THESE PROPHETS OF BAAL AND ASHERAH.
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  • AFTER ALL, HE WAS OUTNUMBERED 850 TO ONE.
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  • BUT THE REASON WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THIS STORY
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  • ALMOST 3.000 YEARS AFTER IT HAPPENED,
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  • WAS NOT BECAUSE OF ELIJAH'S COURAGE
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  • BUT BECAUSE OF HIS FAITH IN THE POWER OF PRAYER.
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  • AND SO TODAY AND NEXT TIME,
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  • AS WE TALK ABOUT POWERFUL PRAYING,
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  • WE'RE GOING TO LOOK AT THE PRELUDE, THE PREREQUISITES,
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  • THE PRINCIPLES AND THE PRACTICE OF POWERFUL PRAYING.
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  • HOW'S THAT FOR AN ALLITERATION?
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  • BUT HOPEFULLY IT'S SOMETHING THAT YOU'LL REMEMBER.
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  • LET'S FIRST OF ALL LOOK AT THE PRELUDE TO POWERFUL PRAYING.
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  • AND REMEMBER, THE FOLLOWERS,
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  • THE PROPHETS OF BAAL AND ASHERAH,
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  • ASHERAH WAS THE FEMALE COMPANION OF BAAL,
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  • THESE PROPHETS OF THESE FALSE GODS
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  • WERE SINCERE IN THEIR BELIEFS.
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  • THEY WERE AS SINCERE IN THEIR BELIEFS
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  • AS ELIJAH WAS IN HIS BELIEF IN THE TRUE GOD.
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  • THEY WERE SINCERE BUT THEY WERE SINCERELY WRONG.
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  • SINCERITY IS NOT THE KEY TO BEING RIGHT IN LIFE.
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  • YOU'VE GOTTA BE SURE YOUR FAITH IS IN THE RIGHT OBJECT.
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  • THEY WERE SINCERELY WRONG IN THEIR BELIEF
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  • IN THE POWER OF BAAL.
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  • AND SO GOD WANTED TO CLEAR UP THIS MATTER ONCE AND FOR ALL
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  • AND HE MOVED IN ELIJAH'S HEART TO PROPOSE THIS CONTEST
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  • ON THE TOP OF MOUNT CARMEL.
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  • UNDER GOD'S DIRECTION, ELIJAH TOLD AHAB AND JEZEBEL
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  • AND THE PROPHETS OF BAAL AND ASHERAH
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  • AND THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL TO ASSEMBLE ON MOUNT CARMEL WHERE
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  • THEY WOULD HAVE THIS CONTEST BETWEEN BAAL AND JEHOVAH.
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  • THE RULES OF THE CONTEST WERE VERY SIMPLE.
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  • ELIJAH STOOD ON ONE SIDE,
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  • THE 850 PROPHETS OF BAAL AND ASHERAH STOOD ON THE OTHER.
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  • EACH WOULD TAKE AN OX AND CUT IT UP
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  • AND PUT IT ON THEIR RESPECT ALTARS
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  • WITHOUT LIGHTING THE FIRE.
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  • NOW LOOK AT VERSE 24.
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  • ELIJAH SAID "THEN YOU", THAT IS, PROPHETS OF BAAL,
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  • "CALL ON THE NAME OF YOUR GOD,
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  • "AND I WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD,
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  • "AND THE GOD WHO ANSWERS BY FIRE, HE IS GOD.
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  • "AND ALL OF THE PEOPLE ANSWERED AND SAID,
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  • "'THAT'S A GOOD IDEA.'"
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  • VERSE 25, "SO ELIJAH SAID TO THE PROPHETS OF BAAL,
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  • "'CHOOSE ONE OX FOR YOURSELVES AND PREPARE IT FIRST
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  • "'FOR YOU ARE MANY, AND CALL ON THE NAME OF YOUR GOD,
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  • "'BUT PUT NO FIRE UNDER IT.'
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  • "THEN THEY TOOK THE OX WHICH WAS GIVEN THEM
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  • "AND THEY PREPARED IT, AND THEY CALLED ON THE NAME OF BAAL
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  • "FROM MORNING UNTIL NOON."
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  • THAT'S FROM 9:00 A.M. UNTIL NOON, SAYING,
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  • "'O BAAL, ANSWER US.'
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  • "BUT THERE WAS NO VOICE AND NO ONE ANSWERED.
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  • "AND THEY LEAPED ABOUT THE ALTAR WHICH THEY MADE."
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  • WHAT IS TRUE OF BAAL IS TRUE OF ALL FALSE GODS.
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  • WHETHER THOSE GODS ARE NAMED MONEY, CAREER, SEX.
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  • WHATEVER THE FALSE GOD IS, THAT GOD IS ABSOLUTELY POWERLESS
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  • TO HEAR OUR VOICE AND TO ANSWER OUR PRAYERS.
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  • THE PSALMIST WROTE ABOUT THE IMPOTENCE OF FALSE GODS,
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  • AND PSALM 115, BEGINNING WITH VERSE FOUR,
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  • "THEIR IDOLS ARE SILVER AND GOLD,
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  • "THE WORK OF MAN'S HANDS.
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  • "THEY HAVE MOUTHS, BUT THEY CANNOT SPEAK;
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  • "THEY HAVE EYES, BUT THEY CANNOT SEE;
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  • "THEY HAVE EARS, BUT THEY CANNOT HEAR;
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  • "THEY HAVE NOSES, BUT THEY CANNOT SMELL;
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  • "THEY HAVE HANDS, BUT THEY CANNOT FEEL;
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  • "THEY HAVE FEET, BUT THEY CANNOT WALK;
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  • "THEY CANNOT MAKE A SOUND WITH THEIR THROAT."
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  • YOU HAVE THESE FALSE PROPHETS BEGGING BAAL TO ANSWER THEM.
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  • BUT HE DOESN'T ANSWER FROM 9:00 UNTIL NOON.
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  • NOW REMEMBER, NOON WAS WHEN THE SUN SHONE THE BRIGHTEST.
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  • CERTAINLY, THIS COULD HAVE BEEN A TIME
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  • FOR AN INSTANTANEOUS FIRE, TO LAP UP THEIR SACRIFICE.
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  • BUT IT DIDN'T HAPPEN.
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  • LOOK AT VERSE 27, "AND IT CAME ABOUT AT NOON,
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  • "THAT ELIJAH MOCKED THEM."
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  • WELL THAT MOCKING JUST SENT THEM INTO A FRENZY.
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  • VERSE 28, THEY STARTED YELLING LOUDER,
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  • THEY STARTED CUTTING THEMSELVES,
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  • ENGAGING IN SELF-MUTILATION,
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  • THINKING THAT BAAL WOULD BE IMPRESSED BY ALL OF THAT.
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  • LOOK AT VERSE 29, "AND IT CAME ABOUT WHEN MIDDAY WAS PAST,
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  • "THAT THEY RAVED UNTIL THE TIME OF THE OFFERING
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  • "OF THE EVENING SACRIFICE;
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  • "BUT THERE WAS NO VOICE, NO ONE ANSWERED,
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  • "AND NO ONE PAID ATTENTION."
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  • AND NOW IT'S ELIJAH'S TURN, VERSE 30.
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  • "THEN ELIJAH SAID TO ALL THE PEOPLE,
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  • "'COME NEAR TO ME.'
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  • "SO ALL THE PEOPLE CAME NEAR TO HIM.
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  • "AND HE REPAIRED THE ALTAR OF THE LORD."
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  • LITERALLY, HE HEALED "THE ALTAR OF THE LORD
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  • "WHICH HAD BEEN TORN DOWN."
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  • THEN VERSE 31, "AND ELIJAH TOOK 12 STONES
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  • "ACCORDING TO THE NUMBER OF THE TRIBES OF THE SONS OF JACOB,
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  • "TO WHOM THE WORD OF THE LORD HAD COME, SAYING,
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  • "'ISRAEL SHALL BE YOUR NAME.'
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  • AND "SO WITH THOSE STONES
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  • "HE BUILT AN ALTAR IN THE NAME OF THE LORD,
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  • "AND HE MADE A TRENCH AROUND THE ALTAR,
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  • "LARGE ENOUGH TO HOLD TWO MEASURES OF SEED."
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  • WE UNDERSTAND WHY HE BUILT THE ALTAR,
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  • TO PUT THE SACRIFICE ON IT.
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  • BUT WHY DID HE BUILD A TRENCH AROUND THAT ALTAR?
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  • ELIJAH ORDERED THE SERVANTS TO GO DOWN
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  • TO THE NEARBY MEDITERRANEAN SEA AND BRING WATER UP
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  • AND TO DOUSE THAT OX IN WATER.
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  • AND THEN ELIJAH ORDERED THEM TO DO IT A SECOND TIME,
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  • AND A THIRD TIME, UNTIL THERE WAS SO MUCH WATER
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  • THAT IT WAS OVERFLOWING THE ALTAR
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  • AND FILLED UP THE TRENCH AROUND THE ALTAR.
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  • WHAT ELIJAH WAS SAYING WAS,
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  • "I'M GONNA MAKE THIS AS DIFFICULT AS POSSIBLE
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  • "SO THAT WHEN THIS FIRE COMES,
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  • "THERE BE NO DOUBT WHERE IT CAME FROM."
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  • AND THAT'S THE PRELUDE TO POWERFUL PRAYING.
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  • THE PRELUDE TO POWERFUL PRAYING
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  • IS A DIFFICULT, IMPOSSIBLE SITUATION.
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  • THAT'S WHAT WE SEE BEING CREATED HERE.
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  • A DIFFICULT SITUATION.
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  • YOU KNOW, GOD DOES NOT DESPAIR OVER DIFFICULT SITUATIONS.
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  • HE DELIGHTS IN THEM.
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  • BECAUSE DIFFICULT SITUATIONS ARE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR GOD
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  • TO PROVIDE AND PROVE HIS SUPERNATURAL POWER.
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  • THE PRELUDE TO POWERFUL PRAYING IS AN IMPOSSIBLE SITUATION.
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  • NOW BEFORE WE SEE HOW GOD ANSWERED
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  • ELIJAH'S PRAYER IN A SPECTACULAR WAY,
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  • LET'S LOOK AT THE PREREQUISITES TO POWERFUL PRAYING.
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  • BEFORE WE CAN EXPECT GOD TO ANSWER POWERFULLY,
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  • THERE ARE SOME CONDITIONS TO POWERFUL PRAYING.
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  • YOU KNOW, PAGANS THINK A CERTAIN WAY
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  • AND SO THEY PRAY A CERTAIN WAY.
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  • JESUS TALKED ABOUT THAT.
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  • IN MATTHEW CHAPTER SIX, VERSES SEVEN AND EIGHT,
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  • HE CONTRASTED THE WAY GENTILES OR PAGANS PRAY,
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  • AND THE WAY WE SHOULD PRAY.
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  • LOOK AT VERSES SEVEN AND EIGHT,
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  • "WHEN YOU ARE PRAYING,
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  • "DO NOT USE MEANINGLESS REPETITION AS THE GENTILES DO,
  • 00:11:13.180 --> 00:11:20.030
  • "FOR THEY SUPPOSE THAT THEY WILL BE HEARD
  • 00:11:20.040 --> 00:11:22.260
  • "FOR THEIR MANY WORDS.
  • 00:11:22.270 --> 00:11:25.190
  • "THEREFORE DO NOT BE LIKE THEM
  • 00:11:25.200 --> 00:11:28.030
  • "FOR YOUR FATHER KNOWS WHAT YOU NEED
  • 00:11:28.040 --> 00:11:30.290
  • "BEFORE YOU ASK HIM."
  • 00:11:31.000 --> 00:11:33.200
  • GOD IS NOT IMPRESSED BY THE NUMBER OF WORDS WE OFFER.
  • 00:11:33.210 --> 00:11:39.250
  • HE'S NOT IMPRESSED BY THE CHOICE OF WORDS.
  • 00:11:39.260 --> 00:11:43.170
  • NO, THE KEY JESUS SAID TO POWERFUL PRAYING
  • 00:11:43.180 --> 00:11:46.280
  • IS NOT THE NUMBER OF WORDS BUT THE CHOICE OF WORDS.
  • 00:11:46.290 --> 00:11:50.080
  • BUT THERE ARE THREE CONDITIONS OR PREREQUISITES
  • 00:11:50.090 --> 00:11:53.290
  • TO POWERFUL PRAYING. WHAT ARE THEY?
  • 00:11:54.000 --> 00:11:56.220
  • NUMBER ONE, A RIGHT RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.
  • 00:11:56.230 --> 00:12:00.100
  • POWERFUL PRAYING BEGINS WITH A RIGHT RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.
  • 00:12:00.110 --> 00:12:04.200
  • IN JAMES 5:16, JAMES SAID
  • 00:12:04.210 --> 00:12:06.220
  • "THE EFFECTIVE PRAYER OF A RIGHTEOUS MAN",
  • 00:12:06.230 --> 00:12:10.200
  • A RIGHTEOUS PERSON, "CAN ACCOMPLISH MUCH".
  • 00:12:10.210 --> 00:12:14.130
  • HE COULD HAVE BEEN REFERRING TO ABRAHAM
  • 00:12:14.140 --> 00:12:16.160
  • WHO WAS A FRIEND OF GOD.
  • 00:12:16.170 --> 00:12:18.190
  • HE COULD HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT DAVID,
  • 00:12:18.200 --> 00:12:20.260
  • A MAN AFTER GOD'S OWN HEART.
  • 00:12:20.270 --> 00:12:23.170
  • BUT HE WASN'T.
  • 00:12:23.180 --> 00:12:24.170
  • HE WAS TALKING ABOUT ELIJAH.
  • 00:12:24.180 --> 00:12:27.120
  • IF YOU READ JAMES FIVE, YOU'LL FIND IN THE NEXT VERSE,
  • 00:12:27.130 --> 00:12:30.050
  • HE USES ELIJAH AS THE EXAMPLE OF A RIGHTEOUS PERSON
  • 00:12:30.060 --> 00:12:35.180
  • WHOSE PRAYER ACCOMPLISHES MUCH.
  • 00:12:35.190 --> 00:12:38.150
  • SO WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE RIGHTEOUS?
  • 00:12:38.160 --> 00:12:41.060
  • WELL IT MEANS TO BE IN A RIGHT RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.
  • 00:12:41.070 --> 00:12:47.020
  • THAT'S WHAT RIGHTEOUS MEANS.
  • 00:12:47.030 --> 00:12:48.000
  • A RIGHT RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.
  • 00:12:48.010 --> 00:12:50.020
  • NOW THIS IS GONNA MAKE THE BIBLE A LOT CLEARER TO YOU
  • 00:12:50.030 --> 00:12:52.260
  • IF YOU'LL REMEMBER THIS.
  • 00:12:52.270 --> 00:12:54.030
  • PEOPLE TRIP OVER THIS WORD, RIGHTEOUSNESS.
  • 00:12:54.040 --> 00:12:56.270
  • THE BIBLE USES RIGHTEOUSNESS IN TWO DISTINCT WAYS.
  • 00:12:56.280 --> 00:13:03.110
  • SOMETIMES WHEN YOU READ THE WORD RIGHTEOUS OR RIGHTEOUSNESS,
  • 00:13:03.120 --> 00:13:05.280
  • IT'S TALKING ABOUT OUR JUDICIAL RIGHTEOUSNESS.
  • 00:13:05.290 --> 00:13:10.130
  • BEFORE WE ARE SAVED,
  • 00:13:10.140 --> 00:13:12.080
  • WE ARE GUILTY BEFORE GOD, DESERVING HELL.
  • 00:13:12.090 --> 00:13:15.240
  • BUT THE MOMENT WE TRUSTED JESUS AND JESUS ALONE,
  • 00:13:15.250 --> 00:13:19.180
  • FOR OUR SALVATION IN THE GREAT COURTROOM OF HEAVEN,
  • 00:13:19.190 --> 00:13:22.200
  • GOD SWINGS THE GAVEL DOWN AND DECLARES US NOT GUILTY.
  • 00:13:22.210 --> 00:13:28.160
  • OUR JUDICIAL RIGHTEOUSNESS
  • 00:13:28.170 --> 00:13:30.000
  • JUST DOESN'T GIVE US A RIGHT STANDING BEFORE GOD.
  • 00:13:30.010 --> 00:13:32.010
  • IT GIVES US A RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.
  • 00:13:32.020 --> 00:13:34.130
  • IN FACT IN GALATIANS 4:6-7,
  • 00:13:34.140 --> 00:13:36.230
  • PAUL EXPLAINS IT THIS WAY, HE SAID,
  • 00:13:36.240 --> 00:13:38.160
  • "BECAUSE YOU ARE SONS, GOD HAS SENT FORTH
  • 00:13:38.170 --> 00:13:40.270
  • "THE SPIRIT OF HIS SON INTO OUR HEARTS,
  • 00:13:40.280 --> 00:13:43.130
  • "CRYING, 'ABBA, FATHER!'
  • 00:13:43.140 --> 00:13:46.180
  • "THEREFORE YOU ARE NO LONGER A SLAVE, BUT A SON;
  • 00:13:46.190 --> 00:13:50.140
  • "AND IF A SON, THEN AN HEIR THROUGH GOD."
  • 00:13:50.150 --> 00:13:54.150
  • THAT GIVES US CONFIDENCE IN COMING TO GOD.
  • 00:13:54.160 --> 00:13:57.060
  • HE IS OUR DADDY, OUR PAPA.
  • 00:13:57.070 --> 00:13:59.200
  • IN FACT, WE ARE ON THE VERY SAME LEVEL WITH GOD,
  • 00:13:59.210 --> 00:14:02.240
  • PAUL SAYS, "AS GOD'S OWN SON, THE LORD JESUS CHRIST."
  • 00:14:02.250 --> 00:14:07.070
  • WHEN THE BIBLE SAYS, "ELIJAH WAS A RIGHTEOUS MAN,"
  • 00:14:07.080 --> 00:14:11.080
  • IT FIRST OF ALL REFERRED TO HIS JUDICIAL RIGHTEOUSNESS.
  • 00:14:11.090 --> 00:14:14.150
  • HE WAS IN A RIGHT STANDING WITH GOD
  • 00:14:14.160 --> 00:14:18.140
  • BECAUSE OF HIS FAITH IN GOD'S FORGIVENESS.
  • 00:14:18.150 --> 00:14:21.080
  • BUT THAT TERM RIGHTEOUSNESS HAS A SECOND USE IN THE BIBLE.
  • 00:14:21.090 --> 00:14:25.190
  • BEYOND JUDICIAL RIGHTEOUSNESS,
  • 00:14:25.200 --> 00:14:27.240
  • IT SOMETIMES REFERS TO ETHICAL RIGHTEOUSNESS,
  • 00:14:27.250 --> 00:14:31.280
  • OR SOMETIMES I CALL IT PRACTICAL RIGHTEOUSNESS.
  • 00:14:31.290 --> 00:14:35.030
  • IT'S THE WAY WE ACT AFTER WE'RE SAVED.
  • 00:14:35.040 --> 00:14:38.140
  • JUDICIAL RIGHTEOUSNESS REFERS TO
  • 00:14:38.150 --> 00:14:40.210
  • OUR RIGHT STANDING BEFORE GOD.
  • 00:14:40.220 --> 00:14:44.140
  • ETHICAL RIGHTEOUSNESS REFERS TO OUR RIGHT ACTING BEFORE GOD.
  • 00:14:44.150 --> 00:14:51.040
  • AND THAT LEADS TO A SECOND PREREQUISITE
  • 00:14:51.050 --> 00:14:53.250
  • FOR ANSWERED PRAYER. OBEDIENCE TO GOD'S COMMANDS.
  • 00:14:53.260 --> 00:14:57.200
  • MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT.
  • 00:14:57.210 --> 00:15:00.090
  • GOD HEARS AND ANSWERS THE PRAYERS OF THOSE WHO OBEY HIM.
  • 00:15:00.100 --> 00:15:05.050
  • AND HE TURNS AWAY FROM THE PRAYERS OF
  • 00:15:05.060 --> 00:15:08.180
  • THOSE WHO DISOBEY HIM. IN 1 PETER 3:11,
  • 00:15:08.190 --> 00:15:13.000
  • REMEMBER THE WORD OF GOD SAYS,
  • 00:15:13.010 --> 00:15:14.190
  • "TURN AWAY FROM EVIL AND DO GOOD."
  • 00:15:14.200 --> 00:15:17.200
  • VERSE 12 SAYS, "FOR THE EYES OF THE LORD
  • 00:15:17.210 --> 00:15:20.110
  • "ARE UPON THE RIGHTEOUS,
  • 00:15:20.120 --> 00:15:22.100
  • "AND HIS EARS ATTEND TO THEIR PRAYER,
  • 00:15:22.110 --> 00:15:24.270
  • "BUT THE FACE OF THE LORD IS AGAINST THOSE WHO DO EVIL."
  • 00:15:24.280 --> 00:15:31.130
  • DISOBEDIENCE TO GOD'S WILL AND POWERFUL PRAYING,
  • 00:15:31.140 --> 00:15:35.100
  • THEY DON'T MIX TOGETHER.
  • 00:15:35.110 --> 00:15:37.120
  • AND ONE REASON PEOPLE DON'T EXPERIENCE
  • 00:15:37.130 --> 00:15:40.160
  • OBEDIENCE TO THEIR PRAYERS
  • 00:15:40.170 --> 00:15:41.260
  • IS BECAUSE OF DISOBEDIENCE IN THEIR LIFE.
  • 00:15:41.270 --> 00:15:45.190
  • GOD HONORS THE PRAYER OF THE RIGHTEOUS.
  • 00:15:45.200 --> 00:15:49.030
  • PASTOR, ARE YOU SAYING YOU HAVE TO BE PERFECT
  • 00:15:49.040 --> 00:15:50.260
  • IN ORDER FOR GOD TO ANSWER YOUR PRAYER, NO.
  • 00:15:50.270 --> 00:15:54.150
  • WHEN I TALK ABOUT ETHICAL RIGHTEOUSNESS,
  • 00:15:54.160 --> 00:15:57.000
  • I'M NOT TALKING ABOUT PERFECTION.
  • 00:15:57.010 --> 00:15:59.030
  • THAT'S IMPOSSIBLE FOR ANY OF US.
  • 00:15:59.040 --> 00:16:01.180
  • BUT ETHICAL PRACTICAL RIGHTEOUSNESS
  • 00:16:01.190 --> 00:16:03.220
  • INVOLVES TWO THINGS, WRITE THEM DOWN.
  • 00:16:03.230 --> 00:16:05.220
  • FIRST OF ALL, IT INVOLVES THE PRIMARY DESIRE OF OUR LIFE.
  • 00:16:05.230 --> 00:16:10.130
  • THE PRIMARY DESIRE OF OUR LIFE.
  • 00:16:10.140 --> 00:16:13.160
  • SOMEBODY WHO IS TRULY RIGHTEOUS
  • 00:16:13.170 --> 00:16:15.120
  • HAS MADE PLEASING GOD THE FOCUS OF HIS LIFE.
  • 00:16:15.130 --> 00:16:20.030
  • YOU KNOW IN 2 CORINTHIANS 5:9,
  • 00:16:20.040 --> 00:16:22.210
  • PAUL SAYS, "THEREFORE WHETHER WE'RE AT HOME OR ABSENT,
  • 00:16:22.220 --> 00:16:26.110
  • "OUR DESIRE, OUR AMBITION, IS TO BE PLEASING TO HIM."
  • 00:16:26.120 --> 00:16:32.210
  • SOMEBODY WHO IS RIGHTEOUS HAS AS HIS PRIMARY DESIRE IN LIFE
  • 00:16:32.220 --> 00:16:37.000
  • THE DESIRE TO PLEASE GOD.
  • 00:16:37.010 --> 00:16:38.200
  • DOESN'T MEAN HE ALWAYS PULLS IT OFF.
  • 00:16:38.210 --> 00:16:41.040
  • BUT HE ALWAYS WANTS TO PULL IT OFF.
  • 00:16:41.050 --> 00:16:43.230
  • SECONDLY, PRACTICAL RIGHTEOUSNESS
  • 00:16:43.240 --> 00:16:46.240
  • REFERS TO THE PRIMARY DIRECTION OF OUR LIFE.
  • 00:16:46.250 --> 00:16:51.000
  • ARE WE MOVING TOWARD GOD OR AWAY FROM GOD?
  • 00:16:51.010 --> 00:16:55.180
  • YOU KNOW I HEARD DAVID JEREMIAH SAY RECENTLY
  • 00:16:55.190 --> 00:16:58.020
  • THE CHRISTIAN LIFE IS LIKE RIDING A BICYCLE.
  • 00:16:58.030 --> 00:17:01.280
  • YOU'RE EITHER MOVING FORWARD OR YOU FALL OFF.
  • 00:17:01.290 --> 00:17:07.090
  • YOU DON'T STANDSTILL.
  • 00:17:07.100 --> 00:17:10.020
  • YOU DON'T GO BACKWARDS.
  • 00:17:10.030 --> 00:17:11.290
  • YOU'RE MOVING FORWARD OR YOU FALL OFF.
  • 00:17:12.000 --> 00:17:14.040
  • THAT'S TRUE IN THE CHRISTIAN LIFE.
  • 00:17:14.050 --> 00:17:16.220
  • HOW ABOUT YOU?
  • 00:17:16.230 --> 00:17:18.030
  • AS YOU LOOK AT THE RIGHTEOUSNESS IN YOUR LIFE?
  • 00:17:18.040 --> 00:17:21.140
  • WHAT ABOUT THE DESIRE OF YOUR LIFE?
  • 00:17:21.150 --> 00:17:23.110
  • CAN YOU HONESTLY SAY THAT
  • 00:17:23.120 --> 00:17:25.170
  • THE GREATEST DESIRE YOU HAVE IS TO PLEASE GOD?
  • 00:17:25.180 --> 00:17:29.190
  • OR ARE YOU CHERISHING SOME SECRET SIN IN YOUR LIFE
  • 00:17:29.200 --> 00:17:33.050
  • THAT YOU THINK WILL MAKE YOU HAPPY?
  • 00:17:33.060 --> 00:17:36.160
  • WHAT ABOUT THE DIRECTION OF YOUR LIFE?
  • 00:17:36.170 --> 00:17:38.240
  • AS YOU LOOK OVER THIS PAST YEAR,
  • 00:17:38.250 --> 00:17:41.090
  • OR OVER THE PAST FIVE YEARS,
  • 00:17:41.100 --> 00:17:43.170
  • ARE YOU MOVING CLOSER TO GOD
  • 00:17:43.180 --> 00:17:46.050
  • OR ARE YOU MOVING FURTHER AWAY FROM GOD?
  • 00:17:46.060 --> 00:17:50.070
  • THOSE WHO EXPERIENCE POWERFUL ANSWERS TO THEIR PRAYERS
  • 00:17:50.080 --> 00:17:54.090
  • ARE THOSE WHO ARE IN A RIGHT RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.
  • 00:17:54.100 --> 00:17:58.250
  • NOT JUST JUDICIALLY, THEY'RE SAVED,
  • 00:17:58.260 --> 00:18:01.070
  • BUT ALSO, PRACTICALLY, THEY'RE OBEDIENT.
  • 00:18:01.080 --> 00:18:04.260
  • THERE'S A THIRD PREREQUISITE FOR POWERFUL PRAYING
  • 00:18:04.270 --> 00:18:07.140
  • AND THAT IS AN UNSHAKEABLE FAITH.
  • 00:18:07.150 --> 00:18:10.190
  • AS YOU LOOK AT SCRIPTURE, THERE IS AN INSEPARABLE LINK
  • 00:18:10.200 --> 00:18:13.140
  • BETWEEN FAITH AND ANSWERED PRAYER.
  • 00:18:13.150 --> 00:18:17.040
  • JUST LOOK AT SOME OF THESE VERSES
  • 00:18:17.050 --> 00:18:18.180
  • I'VE JOTTED DOWN FOR YOU, MATTHEW 17:20,
  • 00:18:18.190 --> 00:18:21.150
  • "IF YOU HAVE FAITH AS A MUSTARD SEED,
  • 00:18:21.160 --> 00:18:24.070
  • "YOU WILL SAY TO THIS MOUNTAIN,
  • 00:18:24.080 --> 00:18:26.210
  • "'MOVE FROM HERE TO THERE,' AND IT WILL MOVE;
  • 00:18:26.220 --> 00:18:29.020
  • "AND NOTHING WILL BE IMPOSSIBLE TO YOU."
  • 00:18:29.030 --> 00:18:32.080
  • OR HEBREWS 11:6, "WITHOUT FAITH,
  • 00:18:32.090 --> 00:18:36.080
  • "IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO PLEASE GOD.
  • 00:18:36.090 --> 00:18:38.100
  • "FOR HE WHO COMES TO GOD MUST BELIEVE THAT HE IS,
  • 00:18:38.110 --> 00:18:41.050
  • "AND THAT HE IS A REWARDER OF THOSE WHO SEEK HIM."
  • 00:18:41.060 --> 00:18:44.170
  • OR JAMES 1:5-6,
  • 00:18:44.180 --> 00:18:46.120
  • "IF ANY OF YOU LACKS WISDOM, LET HIM ASK OF GOD,
  • 00:18:46.130 --> 00:18:49.220
  • "WHO GIVES TO ALL GENEROUSLY AND WITHOUT REPROACH,
  • 00:18:49.230 --> 00:18:52.240
  • "AND IT WILL BE GIVEN TO HIM.
  • 00:18:52.250 --> 00:18:54.210
  • "BUT LET HIM ASK IN FAITH WITHOUT ANY DOUBTING."
  • 00:18:54.220 --> 00:18:59.250
  • OR JAMES 5:15, "THE PRAYER OFFERED IN FAITH
  • 00:18:59.260 --> 00:19:03.290
  • "WILL RESTORE THE ONE WHO IS SICK,
  • 00:19:04.000 --> 00:19:06.040
  • "AND THE LORD WILL RAISE HIM UP,
  • 00:19:06.050 --> 00:19:07.270
  • "AND IF HE HAS COMMITTED SINS,
  • 00:19:07.280 --> 00:19:09.100
  • "THEY WILL BE FORGIVEN HIM."
  • 00:19:09.110 --> 00:19:12.110
  • YOU SEE THAT RELATIONSHIP THERE
  • 00:19:12.120 --> 00:19:13.220
  • BETWEEN FAITH AND ANSWERED PRAYER?
  • 00:19:13.230 --> 00:19:16.180
  • NOW HERE'S THE QUESTION,
  • 00:19:16.190 --> 00:19:18.240
  • WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO PRAY IN FAITH?
  • 00:19:18.250 --> 00:19:22.010
  • AND THIS IS WHERE SO MANY CHRISTIANS GET IT WRONG.
  • 00:19:22.020 --> 00:19:26.160
  • SO MANY CHRISTIANS TODAY
  • 00:19:26.170 --> 00:19:28.040
  • EQUATE FAITH WITH POSITIVE THINKING.
  • 00:19:28.050 --> 00:19:31.270
  • THEY THINK IF THEY CAN JUST BELIEVE
  • 00:19:31.280 --> 00:19:33.160
  • THAT SOMETHING IS GONNA HAPPEN, HARD ENOUGH,
  • 00:19:33.170 --> 00:19:35.250
  • IF THEY BELIEVE IT HARD ENOUGH AND LONG ENOUGH,
  • 00:19:35.260 --> 00:19:38.110
  • GOD WILL BE FORCED TO ANSWER THEIR PRAYER.
  • 00:19:38.120 --> 00:19:43.220
  • THAT'S NOT FAITH, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN.
  • 00:19:43.230 --> 00:19:46.110
  • THAT'S PRESUMPTION.
  • 00:19:46.120 --> 00:19:48.270
  • THAT'S NOT WHAT FAITH IS.
  • 00:19:48.280 --> 00:19:50.030
  • YOU KNOW WHAT FAITH IS IN THE BIBLE?
  • 00:19:50.040 --> 00:19:51.240
  • FAITH IS BELIEVING THAT GOD WILL DO
  • 00:19:51.250 --> 00:19:54.020
  • WHAT HE HAS PROMISED TO DO,
  • 00:19:54.030 --> 00:19:57.090
  • AND ACTING ACCORDINGLY.
  • 00:19:57.100 --> 00:20:00.010
  • THAT'S WHY ELIJAH HAD SUCH CONFIDENCE IN GOD.
  • 00:20:00.020 --> 00:20:03.060
  • GOD HAD ALREADY REVEALED TO HIM,
  • 00:20:03.070 --> 00:20:04.190
  • AS WE'LL SEE NEXT TIME,
  • 00:20:04.200 --> 00:20:06.060
  • WHAT HE WAS TO DO ON TOP OF MOUNT CARMEL.
  • 00:20:06.070 --> 00:20:08.200
  • GOD HAD TOLD ELIJAH ABOUT THIS CONTEST.
  • 00:20:08.210 --> 00:20:12.160
  • AND WHEN ELIJAH PRAYED, HE WAS PRAYING IN FAITH,
  • 00:20:12.170 --> 00:20:15.020
  • BELIEVING THAT GOD WOULD CONSUME THAT SACRIFICE,
  • 00:20:15.030 --> 00:20:18.050
  • JUST AS HE HAD PROMISED TO DO.
  • 00:20:18.060 --> 00:20:22.010
  • WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR YOU AND ME TO PRAY IN FAITH?
  • 00:20:22.020 --> 00:20:24.170
  • LISTEN TO THIS.
  • 00:20:24.180 --> 00:20:27.010
  • WHEN WE PRAY FOR A CHILD OR A LOVED ONE
  • 00:20:27.020 --> 00:20:30.170
  • TO BE HEALED FROM A PHYSICAL DISEASE,
  • 00:20:30.180 --> 00:20:34.190
  • WHEN WE PRAY FOR A PROMOTION AT WORK,
  • 00:20:34.200 --> 00:20:39.000
  • WHEN WE PRAY THAT A RELATIONSHIP
  • 00:20:39.010 --> 00:20:42.030
  • IMPORTANT TO US MIGHT BE HEALED,
  • 00:20:42.040 --> 00:20:44.230
  • WE MAY OR MAY NOT BE PRAYING ACCORDING TO GOD'S WILL.
  • 00:20:44.240 --> 00:20:48.070
  • WE JUST DON'T KNOW.
  • 00:20:48.080 --> 00:20:50.060
  • IN THOSE INSTANCES, GOD'S WILL IS BEST SEEN
  • 00:20:50.070 --> 00:20:52.140
  • IN THE REAR VIEW MIRROR BY WHAT HAPPENED.
  • 00:20:52.150 --> 00:20:56.050
  • SO IN THOSE SITUATIONS WHEN WE DON'T SPECIFICALLY KNOW
  • 00:20:56.060 --> 00:20:58.210
  • WHAT GOD'S WILL IS,
  • 00:20:58.220 --> 00:21:00.130
  • FOR PHYSICAL HEALING,
  • 00:21:00.140 --> 00:21:01.210
  • FOR RESTORATION OF A RELATIONSHIP,
  • 00:21:01.220 --> 00:21:03.150
  • FOR MATERIAL BENEFIT,
  • 00:21:03.160 --> 00:21:04.270
  • WHAT ARE WE SUPPOSED TO DO?
  • 00:21:04.280 --> 00:21:06.120
  • YOU KNOW WHAT IT MEANS TO PRAY IN FAITH IN THOSE SITUATIONS?
  • 00:21:06.130 --> 00:21:08.190
  • IT MEANS TO BOLDLY ASK AND QUIETLY TRUST IN GOD'S WILL.
  • 00:21:08.200 --> 00:21:15.070
  • TO PRAY WITH FAITH DOESN'T MEAN WE DON'T ASK GOD,
  • 00:21:15.080 --> 00:21:17.160
  • IT MEANS WE BOLDLY TELL GOD WHAT IS IN OUR HEART.
  • 00:21:17.170 --> 00:21:20.180
  • LORD THIS IS WHAT WE WANT.
  • 00:21:20.190 --> 00:21:22.110
  • BUT THEN WE QUIETLY TRUST THAT GOD WILL DO WHAT IS BEST.
  • 00:21:22.120 --> 00:21:26.200
  • NOT MY WILL, BUT YOUR WILL BE DONE.
  • 00:21:26.210 --> 00:21:29.150
  • THAT'S WHAT YOU CALL PRAYING IN FAITH.
  • 00:21:29.160 --> 00:21:33.150
  • HOWEVER, WHEN WE PRAY THAT GOD WOULD GIVE US POWER
  • 00:21:33.160 --> 00:21:39.200
  • IN SHARING THE GOSPEL WITH AN UNBELIEVER,
  • 00:21:39.210 --> 00:21:42.070
  • WHEN WE PRAY THAT GOD WOULD GIVE US
  • 00:21:42.080 --> 00:21:44.110
  • VICTORY OVER TEMPTATION AND SIN IN OUR LIFE,
  • 00:21:44.120 --> 00:21:48.000
  • WHEN WE PRAY THAT GOD'S NAME
  • 00:21:48.010 --> 00:21:50.070
  • WOULD BE GLORIFIED IN OUR LIVES,
  • 00:21:50.080 --> 00:21:52.130
  • WE DON'T HAVE TO HAVE ANY DOUBT
  • 00:21:52.140 --> 00:21:53.260
  • BECAUSE WE ARE PRAYING ACCORDING TO THE WILL OF GOD.
  • 00:21:53.270 --> 00:21:57.110
  • AND THAT GIVES US CONFIDENCE IN OUR PRAYER.
  • 00:21:57.120 --> 00:22:01.000
  • THE SAME KIND OF CONFIDENCE IN POWER
  • 00:22:01.010 --> 00:22:04.160
  • ELIJAH EXPERIENCED ON MOUNT CARMEL,
  • 00:22:04.170 --> 00:22:07.130
  • WHEN HE OFFERED THAT SIMPLE PRAYER
  • 00:22:07.140 --> 00:22:10.200
  • THAT BROUGHT DOWN THE FIRE FROM HEAVEN.
  • 00:22:10.210 --> 00:22:14.070
  • A PRAYER THAT WE'RE GONNA LOOK AT IN DETAIL NEXT TIME.
  • 00:22:14.080 --> 00:22:17.180
  • MUSIC
  • 00:22:17.190 --> 00:22:22.290
  • WE'VE ONLY SCRATCHED THE SURFACE ON THIS TOPIC,
  • 00:22:23.000 --> 00:22:26.130
  • SO LET ME URGE YOU TO JOIN US AGAIN NEXT TIME,
  • 00:22:26.140 --> 00:22:29.090
  • WHEN WE TAKE AN IN-DEPTH LOOK AT ELIJAH'S PRAYER
  • 00:22:29.100 --> 00:22:32.100
  • ON MOUNT CARMEL.
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  • GOD'S RESPONSE WAS DRAMATIC AND IMMEDIATE.
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  • AND I BELIEVE THAT GOD INTENTIONALLY PROVIDED
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  • THIS FASCINATING STORY IN THE BIBLE
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  • TO TEACH US VALUABLE LESSONS
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  • ABOUT PRACTICING THE PRINCIPLES OF POWERFUL PRAYING.
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  • NOW BEFORE WE WRAP UP,
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  • I THOUGHT YOU'D BE ENCOURAGED TO HEAR THIS COMMENT
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  • FROM ONE OF OUR GRATEFUL TELEVISION VIEWERS IN FLORIDA
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  • WHO WROTE,
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  • YOUR INVESTMENT IS MAKING A DIFFERENCE
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  • DR JEFFRESS' BEST SELLING BOOK,
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  • "CHOOSING THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE",
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  • IDENTIFIES SEVEN BIBLICAL SECRETS
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  • FOR SUCCESS AND SIGNIFICANCE.
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  • GOD IS IN THE BUSINESS OF USING ORDINARY PEOPLE,
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  • JUST LIKE YOU AND I, TO DO HIS EXTRAORDINARY WORK.
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  • IN MY BOOK, "CHOOSING THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE",
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  • I REVEAL SEVEN SECRETS THAT RESULT IN A LIFE
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  • MARKED BY SIGNIFICANCE, SATISFACTION AND SUCCESS.
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  • WHEREVER GOD HAS PLACED YOU,
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  • YOUR HOME,
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  • YOUR WORKPLACE,
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  • YOUR FAMILY,
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  • GOD HAS PLACED YOU THERE FOR A REASON.
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  • YOUR SPECIFIC PURPOSE IN LIFE CAN BE DESCRIBED
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  • AS THE STORY GOD CREATED FOR YOU TO TELL THE WORLD.
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  • [PRESENTER] REQUEST DR JEFFRESS' BEST SELLING BOOK,
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  • "CHOOSING THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE",
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  • GOD HAS A GENERAL PURPOSE FOR EVERYONE,
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  • BUT HE HAS A SPECIFIC PURPOSE FOR YOUR LIFE.
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  • [PRESENTER] LET TODAY BE THE DAY
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  • YOU CHOOSE THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE
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  • WHEN YOU REQUEST, "CHOOSING THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE"
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  • FROM PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • MUSIC
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  • TODAY, WE LOOKED AT THE PRELUDE AND THE PREREQUISITES
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  • FOR POWERFUL PRAYING.
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  • TO REVIEW, IT'S A RIGHT RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD,
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  • OBEDIENCE TO HIS COMMANDS,
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  • AND AN UNSHAKEABLE FAITH IN HIS POWER.
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  • AND NEXT TIME, I WANNA SHOW YOU THREE PRINCIPLES
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  • AND FOUR PRACTICES THAT YOU CAN USE
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  • IN YOUR PRAYER LIFE RIGHT AWAY.
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  • PRAYER IS SUCH A FOUNDATIONAL PART OF A CHRISTIAN LIFE,
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  • BUT MANY OF US WOULD READILY ADMIT
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  • THAT OUR PRAYER LIFE IS LACKING.
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  • SO I HOPE YOU'LL JOIN US AGAIN NEXT TIME
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  • WHEN WE LEARN THE SECRET TO PRACTICING POWERFUL PRAYING.
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  • STAY WITH US FOR A PREVIEW
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  • OF WHAT'S UP NEXT ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • "CHOOSING THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE"
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  • PLUS THE ELIJAH MAP, IS OUR GIFT TO YOU,
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  • NOW, COMING UP NEXT TIME ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • "WELL IF GOD WOULD TELL ME WHAT TO DO,
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  • "GIVE ME ADVANCE WORD ABOUT WHAT HE'S GOING TO DO,
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  • "I CAN BE CONFIDENT IN MY PRAYING AS WELL."
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  • I'LL ADMIT THERE ARE SOME THINGS I PRAY FOR
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  • THAT, FRANKLY, I DON'T KNOW WHETHER IT'S GOD'S WILL OR NOT.
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  • IN THAT CASE, FAITH IN PRAYING MEANS
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  • BOLDLY ASKING GOD FOR WHAT'S IN OUR HEART,
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  • BUT THEN TRUSTING HIM TO DO WHAT'S BEST.
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