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November 14, 2019
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Robert Jeffress: Pathway to Victory

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  • [ANNOUNCER] FROM THE PULPIT OF THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
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  • OF DALLAS TEXAS, THIS IS PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • HI, I'M ROBERT JEFFRESS AND WELCOME AGAIN
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  • TO PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • LET ME BEGIN TODAY WITH A QUESTION.
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  • WHEN YOU'RE GOING THROUGH A TROUBLING ISSUE,
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  • IS PRAYER YOUR FIRST LINE DEFENSE?
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  • OR HAS PRAYER BECOME A LAST RESORT?
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  • I THINK A LOT OF US TEND TO TREAT PRAYER IN THE SECOND WAY,
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  • TURNING TO GOD WHEN ALL OF OUR OTHER OPTIONS
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  • HAVE BEEN EXHAUSTED.
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  • BUT TODAY I WANT TO SUGGEST THAT EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE
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  • RECOGNIZE THE POWER OF PRAYER, AND THEY USE IT.
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  • MY MESSAGE IS TITLED PRACTICING POWERFUL PRAYING
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  • ON TODAY'S EDITION OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • MUSIC
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  • [ANNOUNCER] 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
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  • BETTER UNDERSTAND HOW GOD USES ORDINARY PEOPLE
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  • JUST LIKE YOU AND ME, 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 AT PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • MUSIC
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  • LAST TIME WE BEGAN LOOKING AT ELIJAH'S FIFTH SECRET
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  • FOR LIVING AN EXTRAORDINARY LIFE,
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  • AND THAT IS UNLEASHING THE POWER OF PRAYER.
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  • JAMES WROTE, THE EFFECTIVE PRAYER
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  • OF A RIGHTEOUS PERSON ACCOMPLISHES MUCH.
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  • AND ELIJAH IS CERTAINLY EXHIBIT A, JAMES SAID,
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  • OF THAT KIND OF RIGHTEOUS MAN WHO PRAYED
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  • VERY, VERY EFFECTIVELY.
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  • AND LAST TIME WE BEGAN LOOKING AT ELIJAH'S SECRET
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  • TO UNLOCKING THE POWER OF PRAYER IN OUR LIFE AS WELL.
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  • AND WE FIND THOSE PRINCIPLES IN 1 KINGS, CHAPTER 18.
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  • IF YOU WOULD, TAKE YOUR BIBLE'S AND TURN THERE,
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  • AS TODAY WE TALK ABOUT PRACTICING POWERFUL PRAYING.
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  • NOW LAST TIME, JUST BY WAY OF REVIEW,
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  • REMEMBER WE STARTED BY LOOKING AT THE PRELUDE
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  • TO POWERFUL PRAYING.
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  • YOU KNOW THE FACT IS, IF YOU WANT GOD
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  • TO DO SOMETHING DRAMATIC, YOU NEED TO ASK HIM
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  • TO DO SOMETHING DRAMATIC.
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  • SOME OF YOU RIGHT NOW ARE FACING
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  • IMPOSSIBLE SITUATIONS IN YOUR LIFE.
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  • GOD DOESN'T DESPAIR IN IMPOSSIBLE SITUATIONS,
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  • HE DELIGHTS IN THEM.
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  • BECAUSE YOU SEE, IT'S IMPOSSIBLE SITUATIONS
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  • THAT ARE THE OPPORTUNITY FOR GOD
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  • TO PROVE HIS POWER THROUGH YOUR LIFE.
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  • SO, THE PRELUDE TO POWERFUL PRAYING
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  • IS ALWAYS AN IMPOSSIBLE SITUATION. SECONDLY WE LOOK AT
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  • THE PRE-REQUISITES FOR POWERFUL PRAYING.
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  • THERE ARE SOME CONDITIONS FOR ANSWERED PRAYER,
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  • WE LOOKED AT THREE OF THEM LAST WEEK.
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  • FIRST OF ALL, A RIGHT RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.
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  • ONLY IF YOU'RE IN A RIGHT RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD
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  • WILL HE ANSWER YOUR PRAYERS.
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  • SECONDLY, A PREREQUISITE FOR POWERFUL PRAYING
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  • IS OBEDIENCE TO GOD'S COMMANDS.
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  • YOU KNOW, RIGHTEOUSNESS NOT ONLY REFERS
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  • TO OUR RIGHT STANDING WITH GOD,
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  • IT REFERS TO OUR RIGHT ACTING BEFORE GOD.
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  • AND THE THIRD PREREQUISITE TO POWERFUL PRAYER
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  • IS AN UNSHAKABLE FAITH.
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  • THERE'S THAT INSEPARABLE RELATIONSHIP IN THE BIBLE
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  • BETWEEN FAITH AND ANSWERED PRAYER.
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  • NOW FAITH IS NOT A SYNONYM FOR POSITIVE THINKING.
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  • IT'S NOT SAYING, OH I THINK GOD WILL, I THINK GOD WILL.
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  • NO, FAITH MEANS BELIEVING THAT GOD WILL DO
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  • WHAT HE HAS PROMISED TO DO.
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  • AND THAT LEADS US TODAY TO TALK ABOUT, THIRDLY,
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  • THE PRINCIPLES OF POWERFUL PRAYING.
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  • HERE YOU HAVE THE PROPHETS OF BAAL
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  • DANCING AROUND THE ALTER FOR SIX HOURS, CRYING OUT.
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  • BAAL DID NOTHING FOR THEM.
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  • CONTRAST THEIR ANTICS TO THE WAY ELIJAH APPROACHED HIS GOD.
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  • ELIJAH SIMPLY OFFERED A 64 WORD PRAYER
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  • THAT RESULTED IN THE FIRE OF GOD FALLING FROM HEAVEN.
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  • LOOK AT IT WITH ME, IN 1 KINGS 18, VERSES 36 AND 37.
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  • THEN IT CAME ABOUT AT THE TIME OF THE OFFERING
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  • OF THE EVENING SACRIFICE, THAT ELIJAH THE PROPHET CAME NEAR
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  • AND SAID, OH LORD, THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, ISAAC, AND ISRAEL.
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  • TODAY LET IT BE KNOWN THAT YOU ARE GOD IN ISRAEL,
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  • AND THAT I AM YOUR SERVANT AND I HAVE DONE
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  • ALL THESE THINGS AT YOUR WORD.
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  • ANSWER ME, OH LORD.
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  • ANSWER ME THAT THIS PEOPLE MAY KNOW THAT YOU, OH LORD,
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  • ARE GOD, AND THAT YOU HAVE TURNED THEIR HEART BACK AGAIN.
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  • AND VERSE 38 SAYS, AND THE FIRE OF GOD FELL FROM HEAVEN.
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  • WHY IS IT GOD ANSWERED ELIJAH'S PRAYER
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  • INSTANTLY AND DRAMATICALLY?
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  • I THINK ELIJAH'S SIMPLE 62 WORD PRAYER REVEALS
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  • THREE PRINCIPLES FOR POWERFUL PRAYING.
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  • PRINCIPLES THAT ARE GUARANTEED
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  • TO BRING DRAMATIC ANSWERS TO YOUR PRAYERS AS WELL.
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  • FIRST OF ALL, APPROACH GOD WITH CONFIDENCE.
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  • APPROACH GOD WITH CONFIDENCE.
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  • NOTICE IN VERSE 36 IT SAYS, ELIJAH THE PROPHET
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  • CAME NEAR TO THE ALTER.
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  • HE CAME NEAR TO THE ALTER.
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  • SOMETIMES WHEN I'M WITH A FRIEND WHO SAYS SOMETHING THAT,
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  • MAYBE BORDERS ON THE BLASPHEMOUS,
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  • I'LL SAY, LET ME MOVE A FEW FEET AWAY FROM YOU
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  • BEFORE THE LIGHTNING ZAPS YOU.
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  • (CONGREGATION LAUGHS)
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  • YOU KNOW ELIJAH KNEW THAT THE FIRE WAS ABOUT TO FALL,
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  • BUT INSTEAD OF MOVING AWAY FROM THE ALTER,
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  • HE GOT CLOSER TO IT.
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  • AND BY DOING SO HE WAS SAYING, GOD I KNOW
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  • YOU'RE A DEAD EYE SHOT, BUT I BELIEVE YOU ARE SO POWERFUL
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  • YOU CAN CAN CONSUME THIS SACRIFICE
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  • WITHOUT CONSUMING ME AS WELL.
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  • HE HAD CONFIDENCE IN GOD.
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  • GOD WANTS US TO HAVE CONFIDENCE WHEN WE COME BEFORE HIM.
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  • WE DON'T NEED ANY PRE-APPROVED AGENDA,
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  • WE DON'T NEED ANY APPOINTMENT,
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  • WE DON'T NEED TO HAVE ANY PRESSING CONCERN,
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  • WE CAN COME BEFORE HIM ANY TIME WE WANT
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  • AND ASK HIM ANYTHING WE WANT.
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  • THAT'S THE CONFIDENCE THAT GOD WANTS US
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  • TO APPROACH HIM WITH, APPROACH GOD WITH CONFIDENCE.
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  • SECONDLY, PRAY ACCORDING TO GOD'S WILL.
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  • THAT'S THE SECOND PRINCIPLE OF POWERFUL PRAYING,
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  • WHEN WE PRAY ACCORDING TO GOD'S WILL.
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  • HAVE YOU EVER READ THE STORY IN 1 KINGS 18
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  • AND JUST ASKED YOURSELF, HOW IN THE WORLD DID ELIJAH
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  • COME UP WITH THIS IDEA OF THIS CONTEST ON MOUNT CARMEL?
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  • THE SACRIFICES, EACH CALLING ON GOD,
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  • ASKING THE GOD WHO ANSWERS BY FIRE TO BE THE REAL GOD,
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  • HOW DID ELIJAH COME UP WITH THAT?
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  • WELL THE ANSWERS VERY CLEAR IF YOU READ IT IN VERSE 36.
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  • IN HIS PRAYER HE SAID, LET IT BE KNOWN THAT YOU ARE GOD
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  • IN ISRAEL, AND I HAVE DONE ALL THESE THINGS AT YOUR WORD.
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  • GOD IS THE ONE WHO COMMANDED ELIJAH TO DO THIS.
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  • THE CONTEST WAS GOD'S IDEA.
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  • AND ONE REASON THAT ELIJAH WAS SO CONFIDENT IN HIS PRAYER
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  • WAS, HE WAS PRAYING ACCORDING TO THE WILL OF GOD.
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  • AND THAT GIVES US GREAT CONFIDENCE IN OUR PRAYING
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  • WHEN WE KNOW WE ARE PRAYING ACCORDING TO GOD'S WILL.
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  • NOW I KNOW WHAT YOU'RE PROBABLY THINKING.
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  • WELL IF GOD WOULD TELL ME WHAT TO DO,
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  • GIVE ME ADVANCED 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'RE SOME THINGS I PRAY FOR THAT,
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  • FRANKLY I DON'T KNOW WHETHER IT'S GOD'S WILL OR NOT.
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  • THERE ARE THINGS I'M PRAYING, FOR MY LIFE.
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  • I'M PRAYING FOR MY FAMILY, I'M PRAYING FOR OUR CHURCH.
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  • THERE'RE THINGS I WANT TO SEE HAPPEN,
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  • BUT I'M NOT SURE WHETHER GOD IS GONNA ANSWER
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  • THOSE PRAYERS OR NOT BECAUSE I DON'T KNOW
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  • IF IT'S HIS WILL OR NOT.
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  • IN THAT CASE FAITH AND 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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  • BUT THERE'RE OTHER THINGS THAT I KNOW WHEN I PRAY
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  • GOD IS GOING TO ANSWER THAT PRAYER,
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  • BECAUSE IT IS A PRAYER ACCORDING TO THE WILL OF GOD.
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  • FOR EXAMPLE, ONE THING I PRAY FOR MYSELF REGULARLY
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  • IS 1 THESSALONIANS 4:3.
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  • IT'S SOMETHING WE OUGHT TO ALL PRAY FOR OURSELVES REGULARLY.
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  • PAUL SAID, FOR THIS IS THE WILL OF GOD.
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  • YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT GOD'S WILL IS,
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  • FOR YOUR LIFE, PAUL SAYS?
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  • HERE IT IS, YOUR SANCTIFICATION.
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  • THAT IS THAT YOU ABSTAIN FROM SEXUAL IMMORALITY.
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  • THAT'S SOMETHING THAT YOU CAN PRAY FOR
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  • AND KNOW YOU'RE PRAYING ACCORDING TO THE WILL OF GOD,
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  • THAT YOU STAY MORALLY PURE.
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  • WE CAN KNOW THAT WE ARE PRAYING WITH POWER
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  • WHEN WE PRAY ACCORDING TO THE WILL OF GOD.
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  • NOW HEAR ME ON THIS.
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  • THERE IS NOTHING WRONG, AND EVERYTHING RIGHT
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  • WITH PRAYING FOR WHAT IS IN OUR HEART,
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  • WHAT IS IN OUR INTEREST, PRAYING FOR THE THINGS
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  • THAT WE ARE INTERESTED IN.
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  • WE OUGHT TO PRAY FOR THOSE THINGS.
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  • BUT WHEN WE PRAY ABOUT THE THINGS GOD IS INTERESTED IN,
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  • WE CAN KNOW HE'S GOING TO ANSWER OUR PRAYER DRAMATICALLY.
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  • A THIRD PRINCIPLE FOR POWERFUL PRAYING IS,
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  • FOCUS ON GLORIFYING GOD.
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  • FOCUS ON GLORIFYING GOD.
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  • REMEMBER ELIJAH HAD DEDICATED HIS WHOLE LIFE
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  • TO PROVING THAT JEHOVAH WAS THE ONLY TRUE GOD IN ISRAEL.
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  • IN FACT, REMEMBER WHAT ELIJAH'S NAME MEANT?
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  • HIS VERY NAME MEANT JEHOVAH IS MY GOD.
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  • SO IT SHOULD BE NO SURPRISE THAT WHEN ELIJAH PRAYED
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  • THIS PRAYER TO GOD, AT THE CORE OF HIS PRAYER
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  • WAS THE DESIRE TO GLORIFY GOD.
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  • LOOK AGAIN AT VERSES 36 AND 37 OF 1 KINGS 18.
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  • OH LORD, THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, ISAAC, AND ISRAEL,
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  • TODAY LET IT BE KNOWN THAT YOU ARE GOD.
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  • ANSWER ME OH LORD, ANSWER ME THAT THIS PEOPLE MAY KNOW
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  • THAT YOU, OH LORD, ARE GOD.
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  • THAT WAS HIS SINGULAR DESIRE IN LIFE,
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  • TO MAKE PEOPLE AWARE THAT THERE WAS ONLY ONE GOD
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  • WORTHY OF OUR WORSHIP.
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  • WHEN WE SAY GOD IS HOLY, WHAT WE'RE SAYING IS,
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  • GOD IS A CUT ABOVE.
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  • GOD IS SEPARATE FROM ANYTHING OR ANYONE IN CREATION.
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  • HE IS HOLY, AND HE ALONE IS WORTHY OF OUR WORSHIP.
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  • AND ELIJAH SAID, MY ONE AIM IN LIFE
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  • IS TO PROVE THAT TO THE ENTIRE WORLD,
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  • AND GOD THAT'S WHY I'M ASKING YOU
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  • TO LAP UP THIS SACRIFICE IN FIRE,
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  • SO THAT THE WHOLE WORLD MAY KNOW YOU ARE THE ONE TRUE GOD.
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  • THAT WAS THE FOCUS OF HIS PRAYER.
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  • AND THAT'S WHY GOD ANSWERED THE PRAYER.
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  • NOW WE'VE TALKED ABOUT THE PRELUDE,
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  • THE PREREQUISITE, THE PRINCIPLES FOR POWERFUL PRAYING.
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  • LET'S LOOK FINALLY AT THE PRACTICE OF POWERFUL PRAYING.
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  • GO BACK TO 1 KINGS, CHAPTER 18.
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  • DID YOU KNOW MOST PEOPLE THINK
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  • THAT THE CLIMAX OF THE STORY IN 1 KINGS 18
  • 00:11:21.120 --> 00:11:23.120
  • IS THE FIRE FALLING DOWN FROM HEAVEN
  • 00:11:23.130 --> 00:11:26.010
  • AND CONSUMING THE ANIMAL SACRIFICE.
  • 00:11:26.020 --> 00:11:28.290
  • I WANT TO CONFESS TO YOU, UP UNTIL VERY RECENTLY
  • 00:11:29.000 --> 00:11:31.260
  • I THOUGHT THAT WAS THE CLIMAX OF THE STORY AS WELL.
  • 00:11:31.270 --> 00:11:34.260
  • BUT AS I BEGAN PREPARING THIS SERIES OF MESSAGES,
  • 00:11:34.270 --> 00:11:37.260
  • I DISCOVERED, MAYBE SOMETHING YOU ALREADY KNOW,
  • 00:11:37.270 --> 00:11:40.050
  • I DIDN'T KNOW.
  • 00:11:40.060 --> 00:11:41.170
  • THERE WAS NOT ONE PRAYER ELIJAH OFFERED ON MOUNT CARMEL,
  • 00:11:41.180 --> 00:11:44.280
  • THERE WERE TWO PRAYERS HE OFFERED.
  • 00:11:44.290 --> 00:11:48.260
  • THE FIRST PRAYER WAS THE PRAYER FOR GOD
  • 00:11:48.270 --> 00:11:51.180
  • TO BRING FIRE DOWN AND CONSUME THE SACRIFICE.
  • 00:11:51.190 --> 00:11:55.070
  • BUT REMEMBER THAT REALLY WASN'T THE REASON
  • 00:11:55.080 --> 00:11:57.260
  • HE HAD GONE TO AHAB.
  • 00:11:57.270 --> 00:11:59.150
  • REMEMBER IN 1 KINGS 18, AFTER 3 1/2 YEARS OF DROUGHT,
  • 00:11:59.160 --> 00:12:04.130
  • AND ELIJAH BEING IN HIDING, GOD SAYS TO ELIJAH,
  • 00:12:04.140 --> 00:12:08.290
  • OKAY, IT'S TIME TO GO BACK TO AHAB
  • 00:12:09.000 --> 00:12:11.040
  • AND TELL AHAB THAT THE RAIN IS COMING,
  • 00:12:11.050 --> 00:12:15.010
  • IT IS GOING TO RAIN.
  • 00:12:15.020 --> 00:12:17.040
  • AND SO ELIJAH DID GO UP ON TOP OF MOUNT CARMEL,
  • 00:12:17.050 --> 00:12:20.070
  • HAD THIS CONTEST WITH THE PROPHETS OF BAAL,
  • 00:12:20.080 --> 00:12:22.070
  • PROVING THAT GOD IS THE ONLY GOD,
  • 00:12:22.080 --> 00:12:24.070
  • AND THAT BROUGHT DOWN THE FIRE FROM HEAVEN,
  • 00:12:24.080 --> 00:12:26.200
  • BUT THE RAIN FROM HEAVEN HAD NOT YET COME.
  • 00:12:26.210 --> 00:12:29.260
  • AND ELIJAH NEEDED TO PRAY FOR THAT AS WELL.
  • 00:12:29.270 --> 00:12:31.260
  • SO LOOK AT VERSE 42 OF 1 KINGS 18.
  • 00:12:31.270 --> 00:12:35.020
  • ELIJAH WENT UP TO THE TOP OF CARMEL
  • 00:12:35.030 --> 00:12:38.010
  • AND HE CROUCHED DOWN ON THE EARTH,
  • 00:12:38.020 --> 00:12:39.150
  • AND HE PUT HIS FACE BETWEEN HIS KNEES.
  • 00:12:39.160 --> 00:12:41.110
  • AND HE SAID TO HIS SERVANT, GO UP NOW
  • 00:12:41.120 --> 00:12:43.250
  • AND LOOK TOWARD THE SEA.
  • 00:12:43.260 --> 00:12:45.210
  • SO HE WENT UP AND LOOKED AND SAID, THERE'S NOTHING.
  • 00:12:45.220 --> 00:12:48.160
  • AND SO ELIJAH SAID, GO BACK, AND HE SAID IT SEVEN TIMES.
  • 00:12:48.170 --> 00:12:53.000
  • SO IT CAME ABOUT IN A LITTLE WHILE
  • 00:12:53.010 --> 00:12:54.230
  • THAT THE SKY GREW BLACK WITH CLOUDS AND WIND,
  • 00:12:54.240 --> 00:12:57.210
  • AND THERE WAS A HEAVY SHOWER.
  • 00:12:57.220 --> 00:13:01.230
  • ELIJAH'S FIRST PRAYER ON MOUNT CARMEL
  • 00:13:01.240 --> 00:13:04.090
  • BROUGHT AN INSTANT, DRAMATIC ANSWER
  • 00:13:04.100 --> 00:13:07.160
  • WITH THE FIRE FALLING DOWN.
  • 00:13:07.170 --> 00:13:09.230
  • BUT IT WAS ELIJAH'S SECOND PRAYER
  • 00:13:09.240 --> 00:13:12.080
  • THAT BROUGHT THE RAIN FROM HEAVEN.
  • 00:13:12.090 --> 00:13:15.190
  • SO LET'S LOOK AT FOUR PRINCIPLES HERE, FOR POWERFUL PRAYING,
  • 00:13:15.200 --> 00:13:19.120
  • THAT WE FIND IN ELIJAH'S SECOND PRAYER
  • 00:13:19.130 --> 00:13:22.260
  • THAT BROUGHT GOD'S PROMISED RAIN.
  • 00:13:22.270 --> 00:13:25.230
  • FIRST OF ALL, PRAY PRIVATELY.
  • 00:13:25.240 --> 00:13:29.170
  • PRAY PRIVATELY.
  • 00:13:29.180 --> 00:13:31.170
  • IF YOU WANT TO EXPERIENCE POWERFUL ANSWERS TO YOUR PRAYER.
  • 00:13:31.180 --> 00:13:35.070
  • NOW THERE ARE TIMES THAT WE CAN PRAY WITH OTHER PEOPLE.
  • 00:13:35.080 --> 00:13:38.120
  • MAYBE OUR MATE, MAYBE OUR CHILDREN, MAYBE AT CHURCH.
  • 00:13:38.130 --> 00:13:42.250
  • BUT YOU KNOW, I HAVE FOUND IN MY OWN LIFE,
  • 00:13:42.260 --> 00:13:44.270
  • WHEN I AM PRAYING OUT LOUD, WHETHER IT'S BEFORE
  • 00:13:44.280 --> 00:13:48.230
  • A FEW DOZEN PEOPLE, OR 10.000 PEOPLE,
  • 00:13:48.240 --> 00:13:52.100
  • I'M SO FOCUSED ON MY WORD CHOICE,
  • 00:13:52.110 --> 00:13:54.250
  • AND HOW IT'S COMING ACROSS, AND WHAT OTHER PEOPLE
  • 00:13:54.260 --> 00:13:57.040
  • MAY BE THINKING THAT I FORGET I'M NOT TALKING TO THEM,
  • 00:13:57.050 --> 00:14:00.110
  • I'M TALKING TO HIM.
  • 00:14:00.120 --> 00:14:02.020
  • AND THAT'S WHY JESUS ADVISED WHEN YOU PRAY, PRAY IN PRIVATE.
  • 00:14:02.030 --> 00:14:06.170
  • IN FACT, REMEMBER IN MARK 135 WE FIND
  • 00:14:06.180 --> 00:14:09.150
  • JESUS' HABIT OF PRAYER, AFTER THE BIGGEST AND BUSIEST
  • 00:14:09.160 --> 00:14:13.140
  • DAY OF HIS MINISTRY, THE NEXT DAY MARK 135 SAYS,
  • 00:14:13.150 --> 00:14:17.200
  • IT WAS IN THE EARLY MORNING, WHILE IT WAS STILL DARK
  • 00:14:17.210 --> 00:14:23.250
  • THAT JESUS AROSE AND WENT OUT AND DEPARTED
  • 00:14:23.260 --> 00:14:26.100
  • TO A LONELY PLACE, AND HE WAS PRAYING THERE.
  • 00:14:26.110 --> 00:14:31.020
  • YOU KNOW, IF ANYBODY HAD AN EXCUSE TO SLEEP IN
  • 00:14:31.030 --> 00:14:33.110
  • THAT NEXT DAY IT WOULD HAVE BEEN JESUS.
  • 00:14:33.120 --> 00:14:35.060
  • BUT TO JESUS PRAYER WASN'T A NICETY, IT WAS A NECESSITY.
  • 00:14:35.070 --> 00:14:41.200
  • HE HAD TO STAY IN CONTACT WITH HIS HEAVENLY FATHER.
  • 00:14:41.210 --> 00:14:43.080
  • AND IF PRAYER WAS THAT IMPORTANT TO JESUS,
  • 00:14:43.090 --> 00:14:45.270
  • THE PERFECT SON OF GOD, HOW MUCH MORE IMPORTANT IS IT FOR US
  • 00:14:45.280 --> 00:14:50.090
  • IF WE'RE GOING TO EXPERIENCE GOD'S POWER IN OUR LIFE.
  • 00:14:50.100 --> 00:14:54.010
  • WELL YOU NOTICE SOMETHING ABOUT JESUS,
  • 00:14:54.020 --> 00:14:55.190
  • FIRST OF ALL HE HAD A SCHEDULED TIME THAT HE PRAYED.
  • 00:14:55.200 --> 00:14:59.210
  • FOR HIM IT WAS IN THE EARLY MORNING WHILE IT WAS STILL DARK.
  • 00:14:59.220 --> 00:15:04.090
  • NOW, IT DOESN'T MATTER WHEN YOUR TIME TO PRAY IS,
  • 00:15:04.100 --> 00:15:07.170
  • THERE'S NOTHING ESPECIALLY HOLY ABOUT MORNING VERSES NIGHT.
  • 00:15:07.180 --> 00:15:11.250
  • THE IMPORTANT THING IS JESUS HAD A SCHEDULED TIME
  • 00:15:11.260 --> 00:15:14.280
  • THAT HE MET WITH GOD REGULARLY.
  • 00:15:14.290 --> 00:15:17.280
  • IF IT'S MORNING FOR YOU, IF IT'S BEFORE LUNCH
  • 00:15:17.290 --> 00:15:20.230
  • OR AFTER LUNCH, IF IT'S BEFORE YOU GO TO BED,
  • 00:15:20.240 --> 00:15:23.010
  • THAT'S NOT IMPORTANT.
  • 00:15:23.020 --> 00:15:24.090
  • IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE HAVE A SCHEDULED TIME
  • 00:15:24.100 --> 00:15:26.110
  • TO MEET WITH GOD.
  • 00:15:26.120 --> 00:15:27.240
  • THAT DOESN'T MEAN WE DON'T TALK TO GOD THROUGHOUT THE DAY.
  • 00:15:27.250 --> 00:15:30.170
  • WE OUGHT TO KEEP THE CONVERSATION GOING THROUGHOUT
  • 00:15:30.180 --> 00:15:33.040
  • THE DAY. BUT THERE OUGHT TO BE A TIME THAT WE MEET WITH HIM
  • 00:15:33.050 --> 00:15:35.290
  • PRIVATELY. AND THEN NOTICE JESUS HAD A PLACE AS WELL.
  • 00:15:36.000 --> 00:15:39.250
  • HE WENT OUT TO A LONELY PLACE.
  • 00:15:39.260 --> 00:15:41.090
  • I DON'T THINK THIS IS THE FIRST TIME HE EVER WENT THERE.
  • 00:15:41.100 --> 00:15:43.210
  • I THINK IT WAS A FAVORITE SPOT HE HAD WHERE HE MET WITH GOD.
  • 00:15:43.220 --> 00:15:48.010
  • EVERY ONE OF US NEEDS A PERIOD OF TIME,
  • 00:15:48.020 --> 00:15:51.170
  • AND A PLACE TO MEET WITH GOD.
  • 00:15:51.180 --> 00:15:54.110
  • YOU KNOW SOMEBODY HAS SAID THAT OUR PRAYER LIFE
  • 00:15:54.120 --> 00:15:56.120
  • OUGHT TO BE LIKE AN ICE BERG.
  • 00:15:56.130 --> 00:15:59.160
  • DID YOU KNOW ONLY ONE NINTH OF AN ICE BERG
  • 00:15:59.170 --> 00:16:02.180
  • IS ABOVE THE WATER, VISIBLE TO PEOPLE.
  • 00:16:02.190 --> 00:16:05.010
  • THE OTHER EIGHT NINTHS ARE BELOW THE SURFACE
  • 00:16:05.020 --> 00:16:07.160
  • OF THE WATER THAT NOBODY SEES.
  • 00:16:07.170 --> 00:16:10.220
  • IT'S THE SAME WAY WITH OUR PRAYER LIFE.
  • 00:16:10.230 --> 00:16:12.110
  • OUR PUBLIC PRAYERS OUGHT TO BE JUST A SMALL PORTION
  • 00:16:12.120 --> 00:16:15.080
  • OF THE TIME THAT WE SPEND TO GOD
  • 00:16:15.090 --> 00:16:17.260
  • IF WE WANT TO EXPERIENCE AN EXTRAORDINARY LIFE.
  • 00:16:17.270 --> 00:16:21.230
  • SECONDLY WHEN WE PRAY, PRAY HONESTLY. PRAY HONESTLY.
  • 00:16:21.240 --> 00:16:26.010
  • LOOK AT VERSE 42 OF 1 KINGS 18.
  • 00:16:26.020 --> 00:16:28.100
  • BUT ELIJAH WENT TO THE TOP OF CARMEL
  • 00:16:28.110 --> 00:16:31.070
  • AND HE CROUCHED DOWN OF THE EARTH
  • 00:16:31.080 --> 00:16:33.120
  • AND HE PUT HIS FACE BETWEEN HIS KNEES.
  • 00:16:33.130 --> 00:16:36.280
  • THAT VERB CROUCHED IS THE IDEA
  • 00:16:36.290 --> 00:16:38.260
  • OF SOMEBODY STRETCHING HIMSELF OUT ON THE EARTH.
  • 00:16:38.270 --> 00:16:42.130
  • IT'S THE SAME VERB USED IN 2 KINGS 4:34
  • 00:16:42.140 --> 00:16:45.280
  • ABOUT ELIJAH STRETCHING OUT HIMSELF OVER THE BOY
  • 00:16:45.290 --> 00:16:48.270
  • WHO WAS DEAD, IN ORDER TO RAISE HIM FROM THE DEAD.
  • 00:16:48.280 --> 00:16:52.270
  • WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?
  • 00:16:52.280 --> 00:16:54.170
  • BECAUSE THIS PRAYER THAT ELIJAH PRAYED
  • 00:16:54.180 --> 00:16:56.210
  • WAS NOT ONE OF THESE LITTLE NICE FOLDED HANDS,
  • 00:16:56.220 --> 00:16:59.190
  • NOW I LAY YOU DOWN TO SLEEP PRAYERS.
  • 00:16:59.200 --> 00:17:02.240
  • THIS WAS A CRYING OUT TO GOD.
  • 00:17:02.250 --> 00:17:05.110
  • HE THROUGH HIMSELF ON THE GROUND, SPREAD OUT,
  • 00:17:05.120 --> 00:17:07.140
  • LORD ANSWER ME, ANSWER ME, SEND THE RAIN.
  • 00:17:07.150 --> 00:17:13.100
  • IT WAS A HEARTFELT PRAYER.
  • 00:17:13.110 --> 00:17:15.140
  • YOU KNOW I THINK TOO OFTEN WE CENSOR OUR PRAYERS.
  • 00:17:15.150 --> 00:17:21.270
  • WE DON'T ASK GOD FOR WHAT IS REALLY IN OUR HEART,
  • 00:17:21.280 --> 00:17:23.180
  • BECAUSE FRANKLY WE DON'T WANT TO EMBARRASS GOD,
  • 00:17:23.190 --> 00:17:27.090
  • TO ASK HIM TO DO SOMETHING WE DON'T THINK HE CAN PULL OFF.
  • 00:17:27.100 --> 00:17:30.140
  • OR WE DON'T WANT TO DISAPPOINT OURSELVES
  • 00:17:30.150 --> 00:17:32.240
  • BY HAVING UNANSWERED PRAYER IN OUR LIFE.
  • 00:17:32.250 --> 00:17:35.070
  • SO WE PRAY FOR SAFE THINGS.
  • 00:17:35.080 --> 00:17:37.230
  • LORD BLESS THE MISSIONARIES, THAT'S ALWAYS A SAFE PRAYER.
  • 00:17:37.240 --> 00:17:41.200
  • LORD TAKE CARE OF THE MISSIONARIES.
  • 00:17:41.210 --> 00:17:43.230
  • OR LORD BLESS THE STARVING CHILDREN IN CHINA,
  • 00:17:43.240 --> 00:17:46.050
  • THAT'S ANOTHER SAFE PRAYER.
  • 00:17:46.060 --> 00:17:48.230
  • YOU KNOW, PRAYER IS NOT PRAYING WHAT WE THINK
  • 00:17:48.240 --> 00:17:51.010
  • SHOULD BE IN OUR HEART.
  • 00:17:51.020 --> 00:17:53.050
  • REAL HONEST PRAYER IS PRAYING FOR WHAT
  • 00:17:53.060 --> 00:17:55.050
  • IS ACTUALLY IN OUR HEART.
  • 00:17:55.060 --> 00:17:58.160
  • AND THAT'S WHAT ELIJAH DID, HE PRAYED BOLDLY
  • 00:17:58.170 --> 00:18:01.140
  • FOR THE RAIN TO COME.
  • 00:18:01.150 --> 00:18:02.270
  • AND THAT LEADS TO A THIRD PRINCIPLE FOR POWERFUL PRAYING,
  • 00:18:02.280 --> 00:18:06.040
  • AND THAT IS PRAY SPECIFICALLY.
  • 00:18:06.050 --> 00:18:09.060
  • PRAY SPECIFICALLY.
  • 00:18:09.070 --> 00:18:11.080
  • YOU KNOW, JAMES SAYS, THE EFFECTIVE PRAYER
  • 00:18:11.090 --> 00:18:14.190
  • OF A RIGHTEOUS MAN ACCOMPLISHES MUCH.
  • 00:18:14.200 --> 00:18:17.090
  • HE WAS TALKING ABOUT ELIJAH.
  • 00:18:17.100 --> 00:18:18.240
  • AND NOTICE WHAT HE SAYS IN VERSES 17 AND 18,
  • 00:18:18.250 --> 00:18:21.240
  • ELIJAH WAS A MAN WITH A NATURE LIKE OURS,
  • 00:18:21.250 --> 00:18:25.010
  • AND HE PRAYED EARNESTLY THAT IT MIGHT NOT RAIN,
  • 00:18:25.020 --> 00:18:28.060
  • AND IT DIDN'T RAIN ON THE EARTH FOR THREE AND A HALF YEARS.
  • 00:18:28.070 --> 00:18:30.190
  • AND THEN HE PRAYED AGAIN, AND THE SKY POURED RAIN,
  • 00:18:30.200 --> 00:18:33.280
  • AND THE EARTH PRODUCED IT'S FRUIT.
  • 00:18:33.290 --> 00:18:37.190
  • ONE THING TO NOTICE ABOUT ELIJAH WHEN HE PRAYED,
  • 00:18:37.200 --> 00:18:40.090
  • HE PRAYED WITH LASER-LIKE SPECIFICITY.
  • 00:18:40.100 --> 00:18:44.260
  • YOU KNOW I HAVE A SNEAKING SUSPICION THE REASON THAT,
  • 00:18:44.270 --> 00:18:47.200
  • AGAIN, WE DON'T PRAY WITH SPECIFICITY
  • 00:18:47.210 --> 00:18:49.280
  • IS WE DON'T WANT TO EMBARRASS GOD,
  • 00:18:49.290 --> 00:18:52.070
  • AND WE DON'T WANT TO DISAPPOINT OURSELVES.
  • 00:18:52.080 --> 00:18:54.000
  • BUT GOD DELIGHTS IN ANSWERING SPECIFIC REQUESTS.
  • 00:18:54.010 --> 00:18:57.190
  • JAMES 4:2 SAYS, YOU HAVE NOT BECAUSE YOU ASK NOT.
  • 00:18:57.200 --> 00:19:02.120
  • NOW FINALLY, AND THIS IS SO IMPORTANT, PRAY PERSISTENTLY.
  • 00:19:02.130 --> 00:19:07.070
  • PRAY PERSISTENTLY.
  • 00:19:07.080 --> 00:19:09.080
  • SOMETIMES GOD ANSWERS OUR REQUESTS IMMEDIATELY,
  • 00:19:09.090 --> 00:19:12.190
  • LIKE HE DID FOR THE PRAYER FOR THE FIRE
  • 00:19:12.200 --> 00:19:14.280
  • TO FALL DOWN FROM HEAVEN.
  • 00:19:14.290 --> 00:19:16.120
  • ELIJAH PRAYED IT, GOD ANSWERED IT JUST LIKE THAT.
  • 00:19:16.130 --> 00:19:19.200
  • BUT SOMETIMES GOD DOESN'T ANSWER IMMEDIATELY,
  • 00:19:19.210 --> 00:19:22.040
  • HAVE YOU DISCOVERED THAT.
  • 00:19:22.050 --> 00:19:24.040
  • THAT DOESN'T MEAN WE SHOULD STOP PRAYING,
  • 00:19:24.050 --> 00:19:26.250
  • IT CERTAINLY DIDN'T FOR ELIJAH.
  • 00:19:26.260 --> 00:19:28.030
  • LOOK AGAIN AT VERSE 42 OF 1 KINGS 18.
  • 00:19:28.040 --> 00:19:30.210
  • AHAB WENT UP TO EAT AND DRINK, BUT ELIJAH WENT UP
  • 00:19:30.220 --> 00:19:33.230
  • ON TOP OF MOUNT CARMEL.
  • 00:19:33.240 --> 00:19:35.100
  • VERSE 43, AND HE SAID TO HIS SERVANT,
  • 00:19:35.110 --> 00:19:37.280
  • AFTER HE'D PRAYED FOR RAIN HE SAID,
  • 00:19:37.290 --> 00:19:39.110
  • GO UP NOW AND LOOK TOWARD THE SEA.
  • 00:19:39.120 --> 00:19:42.000
  • SO HE WENT UP AND LOOKED, AND HE SAID THERE IS NOTHING.
  • 00:19:42.010 --> 00:19:45.160
  • AND HE SAID, GO BACK.
  • 00:19:45.170 --> 00:19:47.180
  • HE SAID IT SEVEN TIMES, GO BACK, GO BACK, GO BACK,
  • 00:19:47.190 --> 00:19:51.150
  • BECAUSE THERE WAS NO SIGN OF ANY RAIN COMING.
  • 00:19:51.160 --> 00:19:54.140
  • VERSE 44, AND IT CAME ABOUT AT THE SEVENTH TIME,
  • 00:19:54.150 --> 00:19:58.260
  • THAT THE SERVANT SAID BEHOLD A CLOUD
  • 00:19:58.270 --> 00:20:01.110
  • AS SMALL AS A MAN'S HAND IS COMING UP FROM THE SEA.
  • 00:20:01.120 --> 00:20:06.220
  • NOW JUST THINK, WHAT WOULD'VE HAPPENED,
  • 00:20:06.230 --> 00:20:09.170
  • OR WHAT WOULDN'T HAVE HAPPENED IF ELIJAH HAD STOPPED PRAYING
  • 00:20:09.180 --> 00:20:16.000
  • AFTER THE FIRST TIME THE SERVANT CAME BACK AND SAID,
  • 00:20:16.010 --> 00:20:17.230
  • NO RAIN IN THE FORECAST TODAY?
  • 00:20:17.240 --> 00:20:20.290
  • WHAT WOULD HAVE HAPPENED IF ELIJAH HAD STOPPED
  • 00:20:21.000 --> 00:20:22.250
  • AFTER THE SIXTH TIME THE SERVANT SAID, NO RAIN TODAY?
  • 00:20:22.260 --> 00:20:26.190
  • HE WOULD HAVE MISSED OUT ON GOD'S
  • 00:20:26.200 --> 00:20:29.000
  • DRAMATIC ANSWER TO HIS PRAYER.
  • 00:20:29.010 --> 00:20:31.200
  • YOU REMEMBER LUKE 18:1?
  • 00:20:31.210 --> 00:20:34.140
  • LUKE SAID JESUS TOLD HIM A PARABLE TO SHOW
  • 00:20:34.150 --> 00:20:38.080
  • HOW THEY SHOULD PRAY AT ALL TIMES, AND NOT BE DISCOURAGED.
  • 00:20:38.090 --> 00:20:44.210
  • AND JESUS TOLD THAT PARABLE ABOUT THE PERSISTENT WIDOW
  • 00:20:44.220 --> 00:20:47.020
  • WHO KEPT ASKING THE UNRIGHTEOUS JUDGE
  • 00:20:47.030 --> 00:20:49.090
  • TO INTERVENE ON HER BEHALF.
  • 00:20:49.100 --> 00:20:53.150
  • THE POINT OF THE PARABLE WAS, KEEP ON PRAYING.
  • 00:20:53.160 --> 00:20:56.170
  • JUST DON'T PRAY WHEN THE ANSWER IS OBVIOUS AND EASY,
  • 00:20:56.180 --> 00:20:59.050
  • PRAY WHEN THE ANSWER SEEMS IMPOSSIBLE.
  • 00:20:59.060 --> 00:21:03.120
  • AND KEEP ON PRAYING, EVEN AFTER GOD SAYS NO OR WAIT,
  • 00:21:03.130 --> 00:21:07.210
  • KEEP ON PRAYING UNTIL YOU GET A DEFINITIVE YES OR NO.
  • 00:21:07.220 --> 00:21:13.260
  • THOSE WHO PREVAIL IN PRAYER ARE THOSE
  • 00:21:13.270 --> 00:21:15.220
  • WHO ARE PERSISTENT IN THEIR PRAYING, JUST LIKE ELIJAH WAS.
  • 00:21:15.230 --> 00:21:22.130
  • YOU KNOW, WHENEVER WE FACE AN IMPOSSIBLE SITUATION
  • 00:21:22.140 --> 00:21:26.050
  • IN OUR LIVES, THERE ARE MANY THINGS WE CAN DO.
  • 00:21:26.060 --> 00:21:30.220
  • BUT THOSE WHO HAVE LEARNED HOW TO LIVE AN EXTRAORDINARY LIFE
  • 00:21:30.230 --> 00:21:34.150
  • UNDERSTAND THE WISDOM OF AJ GORDON WHO SAID,
  • 00:21:34.160 --> 00:21:38.120
  • YOU CAN DO MORE THAN PRAY, AFTER YOU HAVE PRAYED.
  • 00:21:38.130 --> 00:21:44.140
  • BUT YOU CAN NEVER DO MORE THAN PRAY UNTIL YOU HAVE PRAYED.
  • 00:21:44.150 --> 00:21:50.020
  • THAT'S THE SECRET TO AN EXTRAORDINARY LIFE.
  • 00:21:50.030 --> 00:21:55.230
  • MUSIC
  • 00:21:55.240 --> 00:22:00.190
  • PRAY WHEN IT'S EASY, PRAY WHEN IT'S HARD.
  • 00:22:00.200 --> 00:22:04.110
  • PRAY WHEN YOU'RE CONFUSED, PRAY WHEN YOU'RE CLEAR.
  • 00:22:04.120 --> 00:22:08.110
  • NO MATTER WHAT, KEEP KNOCKING AT GOD'S DOOR
  • 00:22:08.120 --> 00:22:11.210
  • AND PRAY, PRAY, PRAY.
  • 00:22:11.220 --> 00:22:16.240
  • AS WE CONCLUDE ANOTHER HALF HOUR TOGETHER IN GOD'S WORD,
  • 00:22:16.250 --> 00:22:19.270
  • LET ME SAY THANK YOU TO THOSE OF YOU WHO SUPPORT
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  • AND PRAY FOR PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • NOT LONG AGO I HEARD FROM CRYSTAL WHO LIVES IN VIRGINIA.
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  • HE WROTE, PASTOR JEFFRESS, FOR ALL OF MY LIFE
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  • I RELIED ON MY GODLY GRANDFATHER TO FEED ME SPIRITUALLY.
  • 00:22:32.250 --> 00:22:37.120
  • WHEN MY GRANDFATHER DIED IT LEFT ME FEELING ADRIFT,
  • 00:22:37.130 --> 00:22:41.010
  • AS THOUGH GOD HAD SUDDENLY STOPPED LISTENING TO ME.
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  • THROUGH PATHWAY TO VICTORY I'M BECOMING GROUNDED
  • 00:22:44.130 --> 00:22:47.140
  • IN MY DIRECT RELATIONSHIP WITH THE LORD,
  • 00:22:47.150 --> 00:22:50.050
  • AND THE READING OF THE BIBLE FOR MYSELF.
  • 00:22:50.060 --> 00:22:53.150
  • THANK YOU FOR HELPING ME FIND A WAY TO RECONNECT WITH GOD.
  • 00:22:53.160 --> 00:22:59.180
  • WELL THANK YOU CRYSTAL FOR WRITING.
  • 00:22:59.190 --> 00:23:01.170
  • YOUR STORY IS AN ENCOURAGEMENT TO ME, BUT TO ALL OF US,
  • 00:23:01.180 --> 00:23:05.080
  • ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO ARE INVESTING
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  • IN THE MINISTRY OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:23:07.180 --> 00:23:10.280
  • IT IS SO GOOD TO KNOW THAT YOUR GIFTS
  • 00:23:10.290 --> 00:23:13.170
  • ARE TRULY MAKING AN ETERNAL DIFFERENCE.
  • 00:23:13.180 --> 00:23:17.110
  • NOW STAY RIGHT THERE, I'LL BE BACK
  • 00:23:17.120 --> 00:23:19.160
  • WITH MORE IN JUST A MOMENT.
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  • [ANNOUNCER] BASED ON THE INSPIRATIONAL LIFE OF ELIJAH,
  • 00:23:22.290 --> 00:23:25.230
  • DR. JEFFRESS' BEST SELLING BOOK,
  • 00:23:25.240 --> 00:23:27.160
  • CHOOSING THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE IDENTIFIES SEVEN
  • 00:23:27.170 --> 00:23:30.210
  • BIBLICAL SECRETS FOR SUCCESS AND SIGNIFICANCE.
  • 00:23:30.220 --> 00:23:33.160
  • [DR. JEFFRESS] GOD IS IN THE BUSINESS
  • 00:23:33.170 --> 00:23:34.220
  • OF USING ORDINARY PEOPLE JUST LIKE YOU AND I
  • 00:23:34.230 --> 00:23:38.040
  • TO DO HIS EXTRAORDINARY WORK.
  • 00:23:38.050 --> 00:23:40.190
  • IN MY BOOK, CHOOSING THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE,
  • 00:23:40.200 --> 00:23:43.250
  • I REVEAL SEVEN SECRETS THAT RESULT IN A LIFE
  • 00:23:43.260 --> 00:23:47.150
  • MARKED BY SIGNIFICANCE, SATISFACTION, AND SUCCESS.
  • 00:23:47.160 --> 00:23:51.250
  • WHEREVER GOD HAS PLACED YOU, YOUR HOME, YOUR WORKPLACE,
  • 00:23:51.260 --> 00:23:58.070
  • YOUR FAMILY, GOD HAS PLACED YOU THERE FOR A REASON.
  • 00:23:58.080 --> 00:24:01.010
  • YOUR SPECIFIC PURPOSE IN LIFE CAN BE DESCRIBED
  • 00:24:01.020 --> 00:24:03.260
  • AS THE STORY GOD CREATED FOR YOU TO TELL THE WORLD.
  • 00:24:03.270 --> 00:24:08.040
  • [ANNOUNCER] REQUEST DR. JEFFRESS' BEST SELLING BOOK,
  • 00:24:08.050 --> 00:24:10.160
  • CHOOSING THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE,
  • 00:24:10.170 --> 00:24:12.070
  • WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT TO PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:24:12.080 --> 00:24:15.080
  • THEN, SHARE A COPY WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY.
  • 00:24:15.090 --> 00:24:18.080
  • AND WHEN YOUR GIFT IS $75 OR MORE,
  • 00:24:18.090 --> 00:24:21.070
  • YOU'LL ALSO RECEIVE THE COMPLETE,
  • 00:24:21.080 --> 00:24:23.230
  • UNEDITED CHOOSING THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE
  • 00:24:23.240 --> 00:24:25.140
  • TEACHING SERIES ON CD AND DVD.
  • 00:24:25.150 --> 00:24:28.180
  • [DR. JEFFRESS] GOD HAD A GENERAL PURPOSE FOR EVERYONE,
  • 00:24:28.190 --> 00:24:32.030
  • BUT HE HAS A SPECIFIC PURPOSE FOR YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:24:32.040 --> 00:24:35.110
  • [ANNOUNCER] LET TODAY BE THE DAY YOU CHOOSE
  • 00:24:35.120 --> 00:24:37.120
  • THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE WHEN YOU REQUEST
  • 00:24:37.130 --> 00:24:40.040
  • CHOOSING THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE FROM PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:24:40.050 --> 00:24:45.270
  • MUSIC
  • 00:24:45.280 --> 00:24:47.010
  • CAN YOU IMAGINE HAVING THE SAME LEVEL OF CONFIDENCE
  • 00:24:47.020 --> 00:24:50.210
  • IN YOUR PRAYERS AS ELIJAH DID IN HIS?
  • 00:24:50.220 --> 00:24:54.130
  • NOW, I'M NOT GOING TO SAY THAT YOU'LL BE ABLE
  • 00:24:54.140 --> 00:24:56.190
  • TO CALL DOWN FIRE AND RAIN FROM HEAVEN JUST LIKE ELIJAH DID.
  • 00:24:56.200 --> 00:25:01.110
  • BUT I TRULY BELIEVE THAT IF YOU PUT
  • 00:25:01.120 --> 00:25:03.100
  • THESE PRINCIPLES IN ACTION YOU'LL BE ON YOUR WAY
  • 00:25:03.110 --> 00:25:06.270
  • TO CONNECTING WITH GOD IN PRAYER LIKE NEVER BEFORE.
  • 00:25:06.280 --> 00:25:11.170
  • WELL, ONLY TWO MORE SECRETS REMAIN IN THIS SERIES CALLED,
  • 00:25:11.180 --> 00:25:15.060
  • CHOOSING THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE.
  • 00:25:15.070 --> 00:25:17.190
  • AND NEXT TIME WE'LL MOVE ON TO SECRET NUMBER SIX,
  • 00:25:17.200 --> 00:25:21.010
  • LEARNING HOW TO HANDLE BAD DAYS.
  • 00:25:21.020 --> 00:25:24.120
  • THIS IS ACTUALLY ONE OF MY FAVORITE MESSAGES
  • 00:25:24.130 --> 00:25:26.230
  • IN THE ENTIRE SERIES BECAUSE IT'S SO PRACTICAL
  • 00:25:26.240 --> 00:25:30.050
  • AND SO UNIVERSAL IN IT'S APPLICATION.
  • 00:25:30.060 --> 00:25:33.070
  • I HOPE YOU'LL MAKE PLANS TO JOIN US AGAIN NEXT TIME.
  • 00:25:33.080 --> 00:25:36.170
  • NOW, HERE'S A PREVIEW OF WHAT'S COMING UP NEXT
  • 00:25:36.180 --> 00:25:39.070
  • ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:25:39.080 --> 00:25:42.230
  • [ANNOUNCER] TODAY WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT
  • 00:25:42.240 --> 00:25:44.200
  • TO SUPPORT THE MINISTRY OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY,
  • 00:25:44.210 --> 00:25:47.050
  • WE'LL SAY THANKS BY SENDING YOU A COPY OF DR JEFFRESS'
  • 00:25:47.060 --> 00:25:50.050
  • BEST SELLING BOOK, CHOOSING THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE.
  • 00:25:50.060 --> 00:25:53.090
  • PLUS THE ELIJAH MAP IS OUR GIFT TO YOU
  • 00:25:53.100 --> 00:25:55.290
  • SIMPLY FOR CONTACTING US TODAY AT PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:25:56.000 --> 00:25:59.110
  • AND WHEN YOUR GIFT IS $75 OR MORE,
  • 00:25:59.120 --> 00:26:02.140
  • WE'LL ALSO SEND YOU THE COMPLETE,
  • 00:26:02.150 --> 00:26:04.070
  • CHOOSING THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE TEACHING SERIES ON CD AND DVD.
  • 00:26:04.080 --> 00:26:09.060
  • THESE PROGRAMS ARE MADE POSSIBLE
  • 00:26:09.070 --> 00:26:10.260
  • BECAUSE OF YOUR GENEROUS SUPPORT.
  • 00:26:10.270 --> 00:26:12.230
  • SO THANKS FOR CALLING, WRITING,
  • 00:26:12.240 --> 00:26:15.090
  • OR GOING ONLINE TO GIVE TODAY.
  • 00:26:15.100 --> 00:26:16.160
  • NOW, COMING UP NEXT TIME ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:26:16.170 --> 00:26:20.030
  • IN THE BIBLE YOU SEE THE HEROES OF THE FAITH
  • 00:26:20.040 --> 00:26:23.000
  • PRESENTED AS THEY REALLY ARE, WARTS AND ALL.
  • 00:26:23.010 --> 00:26:27.010
  • AND THAT'S TRUE OF ELIJAH.
  • 00:26:27.020 --> 00:26:28.230
  • HE WAS A PERSON WITH THE SAME KIND OF NATURE AS WE HAVE,
  • 00:26:28.240 --> 00:26:32.180
  • AND SUBJECT TO THE SAME DISCOURAGEMENT AND DEPRESSION.
  • 00:26:32.190 --> 00:26:36.230
  • MY FOCUSING ON ELIJAH'S DEALING
  • 00:26:36.240 --> 00:26:39.000
  • WITH DISCOURAGEMENT AND DEPRESSION,
  • 00:26:39.010 --> 00:26:41.090
  • AND WE'RE GONNA LEARN SOME IMPORTANT LESSONS
  • 00:26:41.100 --> 00:26:44.080
  • ABOUT HOW TO HANDLE BAD DAYS, BAD SEASONS OF LIFE.
  • 00:26:44.090 --> 00:26:48.270
  • [ANNOUNCER] SET YOUR DVR AND JOIN US NEXT TIME
  • 00:26:48.280 --> 00:26:51.000
  • FOR THE MESSAGE, SECRET NUMBER SIX.
  • 00:26:51.010 --> 00:26:53.100
  • LEARN HOW TO HANDLE BAD DAYS, HERE ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:26:53.110 --> 00:26:58.120
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  • AND MIGHTY GLACIERS, WITH DR ROBERT JEFFRESS
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  • ON THE PATHWAY TO VICTORY, ALASKA CRUISE.
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  • EXPLORE CHARMING ALASKAN PORTS, LIKE JUNEAU, AND KETCHIKAN.
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  • THEN ENJOY ONBOARD ENTERTAINMENT
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  • AND COMEDIAN DENNIS SWANBERG.
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