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September 27, 2019
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Robert Jeffress: Pathway to Victory

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Prayers That Really Work: God's Pattern For Prayer Part 2

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  • 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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  • WHENEVER WE FACE A CRISIS LIKE A SUDDEN ILLNESS
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  • IN THE FAMILY, OR AN UNEXPECTED LAYOFF AT WORK,
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  • WE QUICKLY FALL ON OUR KNEES IN PRAYER.
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  • BUT GOD DESIRES TO HEAR FROM US ON ALL OCCASIONS,
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  • NOT JUST WHEN WE NEED A FAVOR.
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  • YESTERDAY I GAVE AN OVERVIEW OF THE LORD'S PRAYER
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  • AND SHOWED HOW JESUS' EXAMPLE SERVES AS A MODEL
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  • FOR ALL OF OUR PETITIONS.
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  • AND TODAY WE'LL CONTINUE TO DISCOVER WHY OUR PRAYERS
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  • SHOULD ALWAYS BEGIN WITH PRAISE.
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  • MY MESSAGE IS TITLED "GOD'S PATTERN FOR PRAYER"
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  • ON TODAY'S EDITION OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • MUSIC
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  • FOR JESUS, PRAYER WAS KEY TO HIS LIFE AND MINISTRY.
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  • SO IF THE SON OF GOD BELIEVED PRAYER WAS IMPORTANT,
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  • HOW MUCH MORE ESSENTIAL IS PRAYER FOR YOU AND ME?
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  • IN HER BRAND NEW BOOK "PRAY BIG THINGS",
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  • JULIA JEFFRESS SADLER CHALLENGES YOU TO PRAY BIG THINGS
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  • AND EXPERIENCE GOD'S EVEN BIGGER ANSWERS.
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  • ARE YOU READY TO SEE GOD MOVE IN YOUR LIFE
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  • LIKE NEVER BEFORE?
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  • REQUEST THE BOOK "PRAY BIG THINGS"
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  • WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT TO SUPPORT THE MINISTRY
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  • OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • MUSIC
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  • GOD IS THE GOD OF ALL OF US.
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  • BUT ONLY THOSE WHO ARE RELATED TO HIM
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  • BY FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST HAD ACCESS,
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  • OR INVITED TO COME INTO HIS PRESENCE
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  • AND EXPERIENCE THAT INTIMACY THAT WOULD ALLOW US
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  • TO CALL HIM OUR DADDY, OUR PAPA WHO IS IN HEAVEN.
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  • I KNOW FOR SOME OF YOU MAYBE THAT JUST SEEMS
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  • ALMOST BORN ON SACRILEGIOUS TO THINK OF
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  • GOD AS YOUR DADDY OR PAPA.
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  • I WANT YOU TO NOTICE IN THIS SECOND PHRASE
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  • HOW JESUS BALANCES THAT TRUTH
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  • WHEN HE TALKS ABOUT OUR REVERENCE FOR GOD.
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  • HE SAYS, "OUR FATHER, WHO ART IN HEAVEN,
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  • "HALLOWED BE THY NAME."
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  • HOW MANY OF YOU HAVE EVER PRAYED THAT PRAYER BEFORE?
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  • YOU'VE ACTUALLY REPEATED THOSE WORDS
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  • "HALLOWED BE THY NAME".
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  • HOW MANY OF YOU WOULD FEEL COMFORTABLE STANDING UP
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  • AND GIVING A PRECISE DEFINITION OF WHAT THAT MEANS?
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  • ISN'T IT FUNNY, WE PRAY THAT PRAYER
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  • VERY FEW OF US UNDERSTAND WHAT THAT MEANS?
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  • HALLOWED BE THY NAME.
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  • NOW THERE ARE TWO PARTS OF THAT PHRASE.
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  • FIRST OF ALL, THY NAME.
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  • WHAT DO WE MEAN BY THY NAME?
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  • WE SING WHAT ABOUT THE NAME OF GOD,
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  • OR CONSTANTLY TALKING ABOUT THE NAME OF GOD,
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  • WHAT'S THE BIG DEAL ABOUT GOD'S NAME?
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  • LET ME SHOW YOU WHAT THE BIG DEAL IS.
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  • I'M GONNA GIVE YOU A NAME AND I WANT YOU TO TELL ME,
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  • THINK ABOUT WHAT COMES TO YOUR MIND.
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  • WHEN I SAY THE NAME ROBERT, WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT?
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  • SOME OF YOU LADIES THINK ABOUT ROBERT REDFORD,
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  • THE ACTOR, OKAY?
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  • (CONGREGATION LAUGHS)
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  • SOME OF YOU MORE LITERARY TYPES
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  • MIGHT THINK ABOUT ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON,
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  • THE GREAT STEVENS, THE GREAT WRITER.
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  • BUT IF I SAY THE NAME ROBERT JAMES JEFFRESS JR.,
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  • THERE'S A VERY DEFINITE IMAGE THAT COMES INTO YOUR MIND.
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  • YOU THINK ABOUT MY APPEARANCE, MY VOICE, MY MANNERISMS.
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  • YOU THINK ABOUT THE THINGS YOU LIKE ABOUT ME,
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  • THE THINGS YOU DON'T LIKE ABOUT ME.
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  • BUT YOU DEFINITELY HAVE A FEELING WHEN I SAY THAT NAME,
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  • BECAUSE THAT NAME SIMPLY REPRESENTS MY ENTIRE BEING.
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  • IN 1 SAMUEL 18:30, IT SAYS THAT THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL
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  • ESTEEMED, THEY REVERED THE NAME OF DAVID.
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  • WHAT DOES THAT MEAN THEY ESTEEMED,
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  • THEY REVERED THE NAME OF DAVID?
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  • DOES IT MEAN THEY LIKE THE NAME DAVID
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  • BETTER THAN JOHN OR WILBUR?
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  • NO, THAT'S NOT WHAT IT MEANS.
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  • THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT KING DAVID.
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  • THEY ESTEEMED, THEY REVERED KING DAVID.
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  • HIS NAME WAS JUST A PLACEHOLDER FOR WHO HE WAS.
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  • IT'S THE SAME WAY WITH GOD.
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  • IN PSALM 9:10, THE BIBLE SAYS,
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  • "THEY THAT KNOW THY NAME WILL PUT THEIR TRUST IN THEE."
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  • EVERYONE WHO KNOWS THE NAME OF GOD WILL TRUST HIM.
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  • BUT THAT'S NOT TRUE.
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  • THE FACT IS LOTS OF PEOPLE KNOW THE NAME OF GOD.
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  • THEY CAN SAY GOD, BUT DO THEY TRUST HIM?
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  • NO, THAT'S NOT WHAT THE VERSE IS SAYING.
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  • IT'S NOT SAYING EVERYBODY WHO CAN UTTER THE NAME GOD
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  • WILL AUTOMATICALLY TRUST IN HIM.
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  • IT'S THOSE WHO KNOW WHO GOD IS,
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  • HIS CHARACTER IS DESCRIBED BY HIS NAME,
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  • THOSE ARE THE PEOPLE WHO WOULD TRUST HIM.
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  • WHEN YOU UNDERSTAND THAT GOD IS JEHOVAH JIREH,
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  • THE ONE WHO PROVIDES, OR JEHOVAH RAPHA,
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  • THE GOD WHO HEALS, OR JEHOVAH SABOATH, THE LORD OF HOSTS;
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  • WHEN YOU UNDERSTAND THE NAMES OF GOD
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  • THAT DESCRIBE HIS CHARACTER,
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  • WHEN YOU REALLY UNDERSTAND WHO GOD IS,
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  • THEN YOU WILL TRUST HIM.
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  • SO WHEN THE BIBLE TALKS ABOUT HALLOWED BE THY NAME,
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  • IT LITERALLY MEANS HALLOWED BE YOU, O GOD.
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  • OF COURSE THAT LEADS TO THE SECOND PART OF THAT PHRASE
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  • "HALLOWED".
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  • WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?
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  • WHEN WE'RE TALKING ABOUT GOD'S NAME THAT IS HIS BEING;
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  • BEING HALLOWED, WHAT DO WE MEAN?
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  • IN THE CONTRARY TO HAVE CHILDREN PRAY,
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  • IT'S NOT HALLOWEEN BE THY NAME, OKAY?
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  • (CONGREGATION LAUGHS)
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  • IT'S HALLOWED BE THY NAME.
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  • NOW THAT WORD HALLOWED IS AN OLD ENGLISH WORD
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  • THAT COMES FROM THE GREEK WORD HAGIOS,
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  • AND THE WORD HAGIOS MEANS HOLY.
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  • WHEN WE SAY, "OUR FATHER, WHO IS IN HEAVEN,"
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  • WHAT WE'RE PRAYING IS, "HOLY IS YOUR NAME."
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  • THAT'S WHY WE ASKED THE CHOIR TO SING THAT THIS MORNING.
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  • HOLY IS HE, HOLY BE YOUR NAME.
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  • NOW WHAT DOES THE WORD HOLY MEAN?
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  • SOME PEOPLE SAY, "WELL, THAT MEANS TO BE FREE FROM SIN."
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  • THAT'S ONE ASPECT OF IT, BUT THAT'S NOT REALLY
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  • THE MEANING OF HOLY.
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  • THE WORD HOLY COMES FROM AN OLD TESTAMENT WORD
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  • THAT MEANS TO CUT OR TO SEPARATE.
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  • WHEN WE SAY GOD IS HOLY, WHAT WE'RE SAYING IS,
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  • "GOD IS SEPARATE, HE IS DIFFERENT, HE IS DISTINCT,
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  • "HE IS A CUT ABOVE ANYONE OR ANYTHING HERE ON EARTH."
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  • YOU SEE THIS IN EXODUS 28.
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  • REMEMBER, ONE OF THE COMMANDMENTS WAS,
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  • "REMEMBER THE SABBATH DAY AND KEEP IT," WHAT?
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  • HOLY. HOLY.
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  • DOES THAT MEAN KEEP IT FREE FROM SIN?
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  • NO, IT MEANS KEEP IT DIFFERENT, SEPARATE
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  • THAN EVERY OTHER DAY OF THE WEEK.
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  • IN 1 PETER 2:9, PETER SAYS
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  • THAT WE ARE TO BE A HOLY PEOPLE.
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  • IF YOU'RE A CHRISTIAN, THAT MEANS YOU'RE TO LIVE SEPARATELY,
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  • DIFFERENTLY THAN THE UNBELIEVERS AROUND YOU.
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  • AND IN THE SAME WAY, WHEN WE COME BEFORE GOD
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  • WE ARE TO REMEMBER THAT GOD IS HOLY, HE IS SEPARATE,
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  • HE IS DIFFERENT THAN WE ARE.
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  • HOLY BE YOUR NAME.
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  • THAT'S WHAT JESUS SAID WE OUGHT TO BEGIN OUR PRAYERS WITH.
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  • NOW THE TRUTH IS GOD IS HOLY REGARDLESS OF WHETHER
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  • YOU AND I RECOGNIZE IT OR NOT, ISN'T HE?
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  • THERE'S NOTHING WE CAN DO TO MAKE GOD ANY HOLIER THAN HE IS.
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  • SO WHY SHOULD WE PRAY "HOLY BE YOUR NAME"
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  • IF YOUR NAME IS ALREADY HOLY?
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  • WHY SHOULD WE PRAY "MAY YOU BE HOLY GOD"?
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  • WHAT HE'S TALKING ABOUT IS NOT MAKING GOD HOLY IN THE WORLD,
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  • MAKING GOD HOLY IN OUR OWN LIVES.
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  • THAT'S WHAT THIS PRAYER IS ABOUT.
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  • WHEN WE COME BEFORE GOD, YES, WE REMEMBER
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  • HE IS PAPA, HE'S OUR DADDY, BUT WE'RE TO ALSO REMEMBER
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  • HE IS HOLY, HE IS DIFFERENT THAN ANYONE
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  • OR ANYTHING ON EARTH.
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  • HE'S NOT OUR GOOD BUDDY, HE'S NOT THE MAN UPSTAIRS;
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  • HE IS THE SOVEREIGN CREATOR OF THE UNIVERSE.
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  • HE'S OUR CREATOR.
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  • HOW DO WE REMEMBER THAT? HOW DO WE
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  • MAKE GOD HOLY, DIFFERENT, SEPARATE IN OUR LIVES?
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  • NOTICE ON YOUR OUTLINE I SUGGEST THREE PRACTICAL WAYS
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  • THAT WE MAKE GOD HOLY.
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  • FIRST OF ALL, WE HALLOW GOD'S NAME.
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  • WE MAKE GOD'S NAME HOLY THROUGH WORSHIP OF HIS BEING.
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  • WE MAKE GOD HOLY, WE HALLOW HIS NAME
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  • THROUGH OUR WORSHIP OF HIS BEING.
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  • I NOTICED THIS MORNING AFTER THE CHOIR
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  • FINISHED THEIR ANTHEM YOU STARTED APPLAUDING,
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  • SOME OF YOU STOOD TO YOUR FEET.
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  • WHY DID YOU DO THAT?
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  • BECAUSE THERE IS SOMETHING INSIDE YOU THAT WAS STIRRED,
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  • SOMETHING INSIDE OF YOU WANTED TO PRAISE GOD FOR WHO HE WAS.
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  • A FEW WEEKS AGO, I FOUND AN OLD SERMON
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  • THAT DR. CRISTLE PREACHED HERE PROBABLY 40 YEARS AGO.
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  • AS I READ THE TRANSCRIPT OF THE SERMON,
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  • IT WAS VERY OBVIOUS WHAT WAS GOING ON.
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  • APPARENTLY, A GROUP HAD COME TO DR. CRISTLE AND SAID,
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  • "WE WANT YOU TO TELL YOUR CONGREGATION,
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  • "WE WANT YOU TO TELL OUR FELLOW CHURCH MEMBERS
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  • "TO QUIT APPLAUDING IN CHURCH.
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  • "THEY SHOULDN'T APPLAUD DURING A BAPTISM.
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  • "THEY SHOULDN'T APPLAUD AFTER A CHOIR NUMBER.
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  • "THEY NEED TO REMAIN WORSHIPFUL."
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  • I SMILED WHEN I READ THAT SERMON,
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  • BECAUSE THE SAME THING HAPPENED TO ME IN MY LAST CHURCH.
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  • I'VE BEEN THERE ABOUT SIX MONTHS.
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  • A GROUP CAME TO SEE ME ONE AFTERNOON AND SAID,
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  • "NOW, PASTOR, WE NEED YOU TO STOP ALL THE APPLAUSE
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  • "THAT'S GOING ON IN OUR CHURCH.
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  • "WE'VE TRIED TO GET THE LAST PASTOR TO DO IT.
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  • "HE WOULDN'T DO IT, BUT WE KNOW YOU'RE GONNA DO
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  • "WHAT WE ASKED YOU TO DO.
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  • (CONGREGATION LAUGHS)
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  • "SO WOULD YOU PLEASE HELP THE PEOPLE
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  • "REMAIN IN A SPIRIT OF WORSHIP."
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  • YOU KNOW WHAT WORSHIP MEANT TO THEM?
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  • IT MEANT BEING CATATONIC.
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  • (CONGREGATION LAUGHS)
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  • IT MEANT BEING DEAD.
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  • IF YOU'RE JUST ABSOLUTELY STILL AND EXPRESS NO EMOTION,
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  • THAT WAS WORSHIP.
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  • GOSH, WHAT A LIE.
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  • WORSHIP MEANS TO PRAISE GOD FOR WHO HE IS,
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  • TO APPLAUD, TO REVERE, TO HONOR, TO ESTEEM THE NAME OF GOD.
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  • (CONGREGATION APPLAUDS)
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  • AND, YOU KNOW,
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  • TO DR. CRISTLE'S CREDIT, HE SAID NO,
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  • AND HE EXPLAINED TO THE CONGREGATION IN THAT SERMON
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  • WHY HE WOULDN'T QUENCH THE HOLY SPIRIT IN A WORSHIP SERVICE.
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  • THERE'S SOMETHING INSIDE OF US THAT WANTS TO PRAISE GOD.
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  • AND ONE WAY WE MAKE HIS NAME HOLY
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  • IS THROUGH OUR WORSHIP OF HIS BEING,
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  • BY PRAISING HIM, BY EXPRESSING OUR APPRECIATION
  • 00:10:00.050 --> 00:10:03.000
  • WHEN WE BEGIN TO PRAY FOR WHO GOD IS.
  • 00:10:03.010 --> 00:10:05.120
  • A GREAT ILLUSTRATION THAT IS FOUND IN PSALM 86.
  • 00:10:05.130 --> 00:10:08.240
  • DAVID WROTE THIS PSALM WHEN HE WAS GOING THROUGH
  • 00:10:08.250 --> 00:10:12.140
  • A LOT OF PROBLEMS.
  • 00:10:12.150 --> 00:10:13.240
  • I MEAN HE WAS HAVING PROBLEMS AT HOME,
  • 00:10:13.250 --> 00:10:15.130
  • HE REALLY HAD PROBLEMS AT HOME.
  • 00:10:15.140 --> 00:10:17.150
  • BUT NOT ONLY THAT, HE HAD PROBLEMS AT WORK,
  • 00:10:17.160 --> 00:10:19.160
  • THE KINGSHIP WASN'T GOING THAT WELL,
  • 00:10:19.170 --> 00:10:21.190
  • AND HE WAS WAY DOWN WITH ALL OF THESE PROBLEMS.
  • 00:10:21.200 --> 00:10:24.200
  • BUT WHEN HE CAME INTO THE PRESENCE OF GOD,
  • 00:10:24.210 --> 00:10:26.180
  • INSTEAD OF COMING WITH A LAUNDRY LIST
  • 00:10:26.190 --> 00:10:28.120
  • OF THINGS HE WANTED GOD TO DO FOR HIM,
  • 00:10:28.130 --> 00:10:30.120
  • I WANT YOU TO NOTICE HOW DAVID PRAYED,
  • 00:10:30.130 --> 00:10:31.270
  • LOOK AT THIS, PSALM 86:8 TO 10.
  • 00:10:31.280 --> 00:10:34.090
  • "THERE IS NO ONE LIKE YOU AMONG THE GODS, O LORD,
  • 00:10:34.100 --> 00:10:38.100
  • "NOR ARE THERE ANY WORKS LIKE YOURS.
  • 00:10:38.110 --> 00:10:40.240
  • "ALL NATIONS WHOM YOU HAVE MADE
  • 00:10:40.250 --> 00:10:43.050
  • "SHALL COME AND WORSHIP BEFORE YOU, O LORD,
  • 00:10:43.060 --> 00:10:45.180
  • "AND THEY SHALL GLORIFY YOUR NAME.
  • 00:10:45.190 --> 00:10:47.210
  • "FOR YOU ARE GREAT AND YOU DO WONDROUS DEEDS;
  • 00:10:47.220 --> 00:10:51.070
  • "YOU ALONE ARE GOD."
  • 00:10:51.080 --> 00:10:54.130
  • YOU NOTICE HOW HE PRAYED; HE BEGAN BY SAYING,
  • 00:10:54.140 --> 00:10:56.260
  • "GOD, YOU'RE DIFFERENT THAN ALL THE OTHER GODS.
  • 00:10:56.270 --> 00:10:59.080
  • "YOU'RE HOLY, YOU'RE GREAT, AND YOU'RE MAJESTIC."
  • 00:10:59.090 --> 00:11:02.150
  • AND THEN NOTICE IN VERSE 17 HOW DAVID CLOSED THE PRAYER.
  • 00:11:02.160 --> 00:11:05.070
  • HE SAID, "SHOW ME A SIGN FOR GOOD,
  • 00:11:05.080 --> 00:11:07.120
  • "THAT THOSE WHO HATE ME MAY SEE IT AND BE ASHAMED,
  • 00:11:07.130 --> 00:11:10.110
  • "BECAUSE YOU, O LORD, HAVE HELPED ME AND COMFORTED ME."
  • 00:11:10.120 --> 00:11:16.090
  • DAVID BEGIN THE PRAYER WAY DOWN WITH ANXIETY AND WORRY;
  • 00:11:16.100 --> 00:11:19.240
  • HE FINISHED THE PRAYER COMFORTED AND AT PEACE.
  • 00:11:19.250 --> 00:11:23.090
  • WHAT CHANGED?
  • 00:11:23.100 --> 00:11:25.050
  • NONE OF HIS PROBLEMS HAD GONE AWAY,
  • 00:11:25.060 --> 00:11:26.220
  • IN THIS MOMENTS HE WAS ON HIS KNEES.
  • 00:11:26.230 --> 00:11:28.250
  • WHAT CHANGED WAS HIS PERSPECTIVE.
  • 00:11:28.260 --> 00:11:31.130
  • AS HE CONCENTRATED, AS HE BEGIN THINKING ABOUT WHO GOD WAS,
  • 00:11:31.140 --> 00:11:35.120
  • THE POWER, THE MAJESTY OF GOD, HIS PROBLEMS MELTED AWAY.
  • 00:11:35.130 --> 00:11:39.290
  • AND THE SAME WILL BE TRUE FOR YOU.
  • 00:11:40.000 --> 00:11:41.170
  • WHEN YOU PRAY DON'T RUSH INTO GOD'S PRESENCE
  • 00:11:41.180 --> 00:11:44.130
  • WITH ALL OF YOUR REQUEST, THERE'LL BE TIME FOR THAT;
  • 00:11:44.140 --> 00:11:47.040
  • BUT AT LEAST BEGIN BY REMEMBERING THE HOLINESS,
  • 00:11:47.050 --> 00:11:49.280
  • THE SEPARATENESS OF GOD.
  • 00:11:49.290 --> 00:11:52.120
  • WE HALLOW GOD'S NAME THROUGH THE WORSHIP OF HIS BEING.
  • 00:11:52.130 --> 00:11:54.270
  • SECONDLY, WE HALLOW GOD'S NAME
  • 00:11:54.280 --> 00:11:57.210
  • THROUGH OUR OBEDIENCE TO HIS WILL.
  • 00:11:57.220 --> 00:12:00.270
  • THROUGH OUR OBEDIENCE TO HIS WILL.
  • 00:12:00.280 --> 00:12:02.050
  • THAT'S HOW WE MAKE GOD HOLY IN OUR HEARTS,
  • 00:12:02.060 --> 00:12:05.020
  • BY OBEYING HIS WILL.
  • 00:12:05.030 --> 00:12:07.050
  • "IN 1 PETER 3:15, THE APOSTLE WRITES,
  • 00:12:07.060 --> 00:12:10.080
  • "BUT SANCTIFY CHRIST AS LORD IN YOUR HEARTS."
  • 00:12:10.090 --> 00:12:16.140
  • THAT WORD SANCTIFY IS THAT GREEK WORD
  • 00:12:16.150 --> 00:12:17.210
  • I JUST TOLD YOU ABOUT HAGIAS, TO BE HOLY.
  • 00:12:17.220 --> 00:12:21.020
  • IT SAYS, "MAKE JESUS HOLY AS LORD IN YOUR HEARTS."
  • 00:12:21.030 --> 00:12:27.150
  • NOW AGAIN YOU CAN'T MAKE JESUS ANY MORE HOLY THAN HE IS.
  • 00:12:27.160 --> 00:12:30.280
  • BUT NOTICE WHAT HE SAYS, "MAKE HIM LORD IN YOUR HEARTS."
  • 00:12:30.290 --> 00:12:35.130
  • THAT IS, "PUT GOD ON THE THRONE OF YOUR LIFE,
  • 00:12:35.140 --> 00:12:39.010
  • "JUST AS HE IS ON THE THRONE IN HEAVEN."
  • 00:12:39.020 --> 00:12:42.040
  • LET GOD HAVE THE FINAL SAY IN YOUR LIFE,
  • 00:12:42.050 --> 00:12:45.230
  • IN EVERYTHING ABOUT YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:12:45.240 --> 00:12:48.260
  • SOME OF YOU ARE OLD ENOUGH TO REMEMBER THIS.
  • 00:12:48.270 --> 00:12:50.130
  • REMEMBER THE OLD SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE,
  • 00:12:50.140 --> 00:12:52.080
  • THERE WAS A COMEDIAN ON THERE NAMED CHEVY CHASE.
  • 00:12:52.090 --> 00:12:55.090
  • REMEMBER CHEVY CHASE?
  • 00:12:55.100 --> 00:12:56.280
  • AND CHEVY CHASE WOULD DO THE WEEKEND UPDATE
  • 00:12:56.290 --> 00:12:59.160
  • AND HE WOULD BEGIN HIS WEEKEND UPDATE
  • 00:12:59.170 --> 00:13:01.220
  • EVERY TIME WITH THIS LINE, HE WOULD SAY,
  • 00:13:01.230 --> 00:13:03.150
  • "HI, I'M CHEVY CHASE, AND YOU'RE NOT."
  • 00:13:03.160 --> 00:13:07.080
  • -REMEMBER THAT? -(CONGREGATION LAUGHS)
  • 00:13:07.090 --> 00:13:08.150
  • "I'M CHEVY CHASE, AND YOU'RE NOT."
  • 00:13:08.160 --> 00:13:11.060
  • YOU KNOW WHAT JESUS IS SAYING
  • 00:13:11.070 --> 00:13:12.130
  • WHEN WE COME INTO THE PRESENCE OF GOD
  • 00:13:12.140 --> 00:13:13.280
  • WE OUGHT TO BEGIN BY SAYING, "GOD, YOU'RE GOD, I'M NOT.
  • 00:13:13.290 --> 00:13:17.260
  • "AND THEREFORE YOU HAVE A RIGHT
  • 00:13:17.270 --> 00:13:19.290
  • "TO MAKE EVERY DECISION IN MY LIFE."
  • 00:13:20.000 --> 00:13:23.020
  • THAT'S HOW WE HALLOW, MAKE HOLY THE NAME OF GOD,
  • 00:13:23.030 --> 00:13:25.240
  • BY OBEYING WHAT WE ALREADY KNOW TO BE TRUE.
  • 00:13:25.250 --> 00:13:28.210
  • SOMEBODY HAS SAID, "PRAYER IS EVER AND ALWAYS,
  • 00:13:28.220 --> 00:13:31.120
  • "FIRST AND FOREMOST A RECOGNITION OF
  • 00:13:31.130 --> 00:13:34.110
  • GOD'S MAJESTIC GLORY, "AND A SUBMISSION TO IT."
  • 00:13:34.120 --> 00:13:40.080
  • THIRD, WE HALLOW GOD'S NAME,
  • 00:13:40.090 --> 00:13:42.220
  • WE MAKE GOD'S NAME HOLY IN OUR LIFE
  • 00:13:42.230 --> 00:13:45.250
  • THROUGH OUR AWARENESS OF HIS PRESENCE.
  • 00:13:45.260 --> 00:13:49.040
  • THROUGH OUR AWARENESS OF HIS PRESENCE.
  • 00:13:49.050 --> 00:13:51.250
  • IN PSALM 16:8, DAVID SAID,
  • 00:13:51.260 --> 00:13:54.030
  • "I HAVE SET THE LORD ALWAYS BEFORE ME."
  • 00:13:54.040 --> 00:13:58.110
  • I HOPE YOU'LL MEMORIZE THAT VERSE, PSALM 16:8.
  • 00:13:58.120 --> 00:14:00.230
  • "I HAVE SET THE LORD ALWAYS BEFORE ME."
  • 00:14:00.240 --> 00:14:04.060
  • NOW WHAT WAS HE SAYING?
  • 00:14:04.070 --> 00:14:05.260
  • HOW CAN A FINITE BEING LIKE DAVID
  • 00:14:05.270 --> 00:14:08.030
  • TAKE HOLD OF AN INFINITE BEING LIKE GOD
  • 00:14:08.040 --> 00:14:10.110
  • AND SET GOD BEFORE HIM?
  • 00:14:10.120 --> 00:14:13.020
  • THAT SOUNDS KINDA CRAZY WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT IT.
  • 00:14:13.030 --> 00:14:15.290
  • NO, WHAT HE WAS SAYING IS, "NOT THAT HE MAKES GOD
  • 00:14:16.000 --> 00:14:19.210
  • "ANYMORE OMNIPRESENT THAN HE ALREADY IS,"
  • 00:14:19.220 --> 00:14:23.140
  • GOD WAS ALWAYS OMNIPRESENT, GOD WAS ALWAYS BEFORE DAVID.
  • 00:14:23.150 --> 00:14:27.160
  • WHAT DAVID IS SAYING, "IN MY MIND, IN MY THINKING,
  • 00:14:27.170 --> 00:14:31.060
  • "I HAVE SET THE LORD BEFORE ME."
  • 00:14:31.070 --> 00:14:33.180
  • THAT IS, "I HAVE TRAINED MYSELF TO ALWAYS BE AWARE
  • 00:14:33.190 --> 00:14:37.260
  • "OF HIS PRESENCE."
  • 00:14:37.270 --> 00:14:39.170
  • NOW THERE WERE TIMES IN DAVID'S LIFE
  • 00:14:39.180 --> 00:14:41.000
  • WHEN HE WAS AWARE OF GOD'S PRESENCE.
  • 00:14:41.010 --> 00:14:43.030
  • REMEMBER IN PSALM 1:39, DAVID SAID,
  • 00:14:43.040 --> 00:14:45.120
  • "WHERE CAN I GO FROM THY SPIRIT?
  • 00:14:45.130 --> 00:14:47.140
  • "OR WHERE CAN I FLEE FROM THY PRESENCE?
  • 00:14:47.150 --> 00:14:49.200
  • "IF I ASCEND TO HEAVEN, THOU ARE THERE;
  • 00:14:49.210 --> 00:14:52.100
  • "IF I MAKE MY BED IN SHEOL, THOU ART THERE."
  • 00:14:52.110 --> 00:14:56.190
  • DAVID SAID, "I DON'T CARE WHERE I GO.
  • 00:14:56.200 --> 00:14:58.050
  • "I CAN'T GET AWAY FROM YOU, GOD.
  • 00:14:58.060 --> 00:14:59.240
  • "IF I GO UP TO HEAVEN, YOU'RE THERE;
  • 00:14:59.250 --> 00:15:01.120
  • "IF I MAKE MY BED IN SHEOL, THAT IS THE GRAVE,
  • 00:15:01.130 --> 00:15:04.090
  • "YOU'RE THERE AS WELL."
  • 00:15:04.100 --> 00:15:06.000
  • AND YET THERE WERE TIMES WHEN DAVID
  • 00:15:07.100 --> 00:15:09.260
  • WASN'T AWARE OF GOD'S PRESENCE.
  • 00:15:09.270 --> 00:15:12.060
  • THAT'S THE ONLY WAY HE COULD'VE ENGAGED
  • 00:15:12.070 --> 00:15:13.200
  • IN THAT ACT OF ADULTERY.
  • 00:15:13.210 --> 00:15:15.060
  • IT'S THE ONLY WAY ANY OF YOU AND I CAN REBEL AGAINST GOD
  • 00:15:15.070 --> 00:15:18.110
  • WHEN WE FORGET THE PRESENCE OF GOD.
  • 00:15:18.120 --> 00:15:21.240
  • LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE SINGLE MOST REVOLUTIONARY THOUGHT
  • 00:15:21.250 --> 00:15:24.280
  • YOU CAN SATURATE YOUR MIND WITH IS THIS:
  • 00:15:24.290 --> 00:15:29.140
  • GOD IS ALWAYS WATCHING; GOD IS ALWAYS EVALUATING;
  • 00:15:29.150 --> 00:15:35.150
  • GOD IS ALWAYS JUDGING YOUR EVERY THOUGHT, YOUR EVERY ACTION.
  • 00:15:35.160 --> 00:15:42.010
  • THAT'S WHAT DAVID WAS SAYING IN PSALM 16:8,
  • 00:15:42.020 --> 00:15:44.090
  • "I HAVE ALWAYS SET THE LORD EVER BEFORE ME."
  • 00:15:44.100 --> 00:15:47.190
  • I'M CONSTANTLY REMINDING MYSELF THAT GOD IS WATCHING,
  • 00:15:47.200 --> 00:15:51.220
  • HE'S EVALUATING, HE'S JUDGING MY EVERY THOUGHT AND ACTION.
  • 00:15:51.230 --> 00:15:56.100
  • THAT'S HOW WE MAKE GOD'S NAME HOLY IN OUR LIFE,
  • 00:15:56.110 --> 00:15:59.160
  • THROUGH THE CONSTANT AWARENESS OF HIS PRESENCE.
  • 00:15:59.170 --> 00:16:02.160
  • NOW THAT'S EASIER SAID THAN DONE, ISN'T IT?
  • 00:16:02.170 --> 00:16:05.290
  • HOW CAN WE KEEP THE LORD BEFORE US IN A PRACTICAL WAY?
  • 00:16:06.000 --> 00:16:09.050
  • WELL, ONE REASON WE COME TOGETHER ON SUNDAYS
  • 00:16:09.060 --> 00:16:10.290
  • IS TO DO JUST THAT. WE NEED A WEEKLY
  • 00:16:11.000 --> 00:16:12.170
  • REMINDER THROUGH OUR PRAYER AND OUR PRAISE
  • 00:16:12.180 --> 00:16:15.150
  • AND THE PROCLAMATION OF GOD'S WORD,
  • 00:16:15.160 --> 00:16:17.240
  • IT IS A WAY TO REMIND US AS WE BEGIN OUR WEEK OF WHO GOD IS.
  • 00:16:17.250 --> 00:16:22.120
  • ONCE A WEEK ISN'T ENOUGH.
  • 00:16:22.130 --> 00:16:24.100
  • WE NEED DAILY REMINDERS THAT GOD IS ALWAYS PRESENT.
  • 00:16:24.110 --> 00:16:28.270
  • THAT'S WHY WE TALK ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF READING
  • 00:16:28.280 --> 00:16:31.120
  • GOD'S WORD DAILY, OF PRAYING DAILY.
  • 00:16:31.130 --> 00:16:34.210
  • I TELL YOU, EVEN IF YOU'RE IN ONE OF THOSE PASSAGES,
  • 00:16:34.220 --> 00:16:36.260
  • LIKE I WAS TALKING ABOUT A FEW WEEKS AGO IN 2 KINGS
  • 00:16:36.270 --> 00:16:39.110
  • THAT IS DRY AS DUST, AT LEAST IN YOUR OWN MIND AT THAT TIME,
  • 00:16:39.120 --> 00:16:42.240
  • AND ABSOLUTELY HAS NO APPLICATION TO YOUR LIFE;
  • 00:16:42.250 --> 00:16:45.070
  • THERE IS VALUE IN READING THE WORD OF GOD, IF NOTHING ELSE,
  • 00:16:45.080 --> 00:16:48.060
  • TO REMIND YOU THAT GOD IS EVER BEFORE YOU.
  • 00:16:48.070 --> 00:16:51.120
  • HE'S WATCHING YOU, HE IS REELING YOUR LIFE
  • 00:16:51.130 --> 00:16:54.000
  • JUST LIKE HE DID THE ISRAELITES.
  • 00:16:54.010 --> 00:16:56.290
  • WE DO IT THROUGH READING SCRIPTURE.
  • 00:16:57.000 --> 00:16:58.220
  • BUT IF YOU'RE LIKE ME, I NEED HOURLY,
  • 00:16:58.230 --> 00:17:01.060
  • I NEED MINUTE-BY-MINUTE REMINDERS
  • 00:17:01.070 --> 00:17:03.180
  • THAT THE LORD IS EVER BEFORE ME.
  • 00:17:03.190 --> 00:17:06.220
  • ONE WAY YOU MIGHT DO THAT IS BY PUTTING
  • 00:17:06.230 --> 00:17:08.130
  • SCRIPTURE VERSES AROUND YOUR HOUSE, FRAMING THEM,
  • 00:17:08.140 --> 00:17:11.010
  • TO HAVE THE WORD OF GOD ALL THROUGHOUT YOUR HOUSE.
  • 00:17:11.020 --> 00:17:13.270
  • IN YOUR OFFICE, MAYBE PUT SOME MEMENTOS
  • 00:17:13.280 --> 00:17:17.190
  • OF SPIRITUAL MILESTONES IN YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:17:17.200 --> 00:17:20.060
  • I HAVE A PICTURE TAKEN ON A TRIP TO PHILIPPI
  • 00:17:20.070 --> 00:17:24.250
  • THAT SITS IN MY OFFICE A FEW YEARS AGO.
  • 00:17:24.260 --> 00:17:27.200
  • IT'S WHERE I MADE A MOMENTOUS DECISION AT THAT POINT,
  • 00:17:27.210 --> 00:17:30.050
  • IT WAS A SPIRITUAL MILESTONE IN MY LIFE.
  • 00:17:30.060 --> 00:17:32.020
  • FOR SOME OF YOU, IT MIGHT BE A BAPTISMAL CERTIFICATE
  • 00:17:32.030 --> 00:17:34.110
  • OR SOMETHING ELSE.
  • 00:17:34.120 --> 00:17:35.090
  • JUST SOMETHING THAT REMINDS YOU
  • 00:17:35.100 --> 00:17:37.160
  • THAT YOUR LIFE IS MORE THAN WHAT YOU SEE.
  • 00:17:37.170 --> 00:17:40.040
  • THAT'S HOW WE KEEP THE LORD BEFORE US.
  • 00:17:40.050 --> 00:17:42.180
  • WE KEEP THE LORD BEFORE US BY THE MUSIC THAT WE LISTEN TO
  • 00:17:42.190 --> 00:17:45.250
  • THAT HAS A WAY OF EITHER FEEDING
  • 00:17:45.260 --> 00:17:47.240
  • OR DISCOURAGING OUR SPIRITUAL NATURE.
  • 00:17:47.250 --> 00:17:51.170
  • WE NEED TO SET THE LORD BEFORE US
  • 00:17:51.180 --> 00:17:54.170
  • BY WHAT WE WATCH AND WHAT WE LISTEN TO.
  • 00:17:54.180 --> 00:17:56.230
  • NOW I KNOW I'M GONNA STEP ON SOME TOES HERE.
  • 00:17:56.240 --> 00:17:59.090
  • (CONGREGATION LAUGHS)
  • 00:17:59.100 --> 00:18:01.010
  • BUT THERE'S SOME OF YOU WHO NEED TO CHANGE THE STATION
  • 00:18:01.020 --> 00:18:05.140
  • ON YOUR CAR RADIO.
  • 00:18:05.150 --> 00:18:08.060
  • YOU NEED TO QUIT LISTENING TO ALL THAT TALK RADIO, OKAY?
  • 00:18:08.070 --> 00:18:11.200
  • YOU NEED TO QUIT LISTENING TO THOSE PEOPLE
  • 00:18:11.210 --> 00:18:13.150
  • WHO KEEP TELLING YOU THAT AMERICA
  • 00:18:13.160 --> 00:18:15.000
  • IS GOING TO HELL IN A HAND BASKET.
  • 00:18:15.010 --> 00:18:16.270
  • THEY ARE FEEDING OFF OF YOUR FEARS.
  • 00:18:16.280 --> 00:18:19.250
  • THEY ARE MAKING MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF DOLLARS
  • 00:18:19.260 --> 00:18:22.150
  • BY PROCLAIMING A NEGATIVE MESSAGE
  • 00:18:22.160 --> 00:18:25.080
  • BY TELLING YOU THAT EVERYTHING IS JUST SO AWFUL RIGHT NOW.
  • 00:18:25.090 --> 00:18:29.100
  • AND SOME OF YOU LISTEN TO THAT AND YOU GET ALL WORKED UP
  • 00:18:29.110 --> 00:18:31.240
  • AND YOU GET YOUR EMAILS GOING BACK AND FORTH
  • 00:18:31.250 --> 00:18:33.180
  • AND YOU DUMP THEM ON ME SOMETIMES.
  • 00:18:33.190 --> 00:18:35.120
  • AND, "OH, PASTOR, ARE YOU AWARE OF WHAT'S GOING ON?
  • 00:18:35.130 --> 00:18:38.210
  • "OH, THE SKY IS FALLING!
  • 00:18:38.220 --> 00:18:40.060
  • "OH, WHAT WAS THAT?"
  • 00:18:40.070 --> 00:18:42.100
  • THAT IS BEING A TERRIBLE WITNESS FOR GOD TO BE THAT WAY.
  • 00:18:42.110 --> 00:18:46.070
  • WE DON'T NEED TO FEED OUR MIND ON FEAR.
  • 00:18:46.080 --> 00:18:49.140
  • WE NEED TO CHANGE OUR STATION AND LISTEN TO MESSAGES
  • 00:18:49.150 --> 00:18:52.130
  • FROM GOD'S WORD THAT REMINDS YOU
  • 00:18:52.140 --> 00:18:55.030
  • NO MATTER WHAT'S HAPPENING IN WASHINGTON D.C.,
  • 00:18:55.040 --> 00:18:57.100
  • GOD'S STILL ON HIS THRONE, OKAY?
  • 00:18:57.110 --> 00:18:59.130
  • HE'S STILL SOVEREIGN, HE STILL HAS A PLAN
  • 00:18:59.140 --> 00:19:02.200
  • THAT HE'S WORKING OUT.
  • 00:19:02.210 --> 00:19:05.030
  • WE MAKE GOD'S NAME HOLY BY CONSTANTLY
  • 00:19:05.040 --> 00:19:07.200
  • BEING AWARE OF HIS PRESENCE.
  • 00:19:07.210 --> 00:19:09.120
  • DAVID JEREMIAH TELLS A TRUE STORY ABOUT ONE MAN
  • 00:19:09.130 --> 00:19:12.080
  • WHO FOUND A UNIQUE WAY TO DO THAT.
  • 00:19:12.090 --> 00:19:14.280
  • BRENDAN MANNING WAS A CATHOLIC PRIEST
  • 00:19:14.290 --> 00:19:16.250
  • WHO ONE DAY RECEIVED A PHONE CALL ASKING
  • 00:19:16.260 --> 00:19:18.260
  • IF HE WOULD GO AND SEE A MAN WHO IS DYING IN THE HOSPITAL.
  • 00:19:18.270 --> 00:19:22.060
  • MANNING WENT.
  • 00:19:22.070 --> 00:19:23.140
  • AND AS HE WENT INTO THE HOSPITAL ROOM,
  • 00:19:23.150 --> 00:19:24.210
  • HE SAW THE MAN LYING IN BED DYING
  • 00:19:24.220 --> 00:19:28.190
  • AND NEXT TO THE HOSPITAL BED WAS AN EMPTY CHAIR.
  • 00:19:28.200 --> 00:19:32.290
  • THE MAN WHO WAS DYING SAID,
  • 00:19:33.000 --> 00:19:34.070
  • "FATHER, I REALIZE I'M ABOUT TO DIE.
  • 00:19:34.080 --> 00:19:35.140
  • "THAT DOESN'T BOTHER ME.
  • 00:19:35.150 --> 00:19:36.240
  • "I'M READY TO GO MEET JESUS.
  • 00:19:36.250 --> 00:19:39.100
  • "BUT I DO HAVE A QUESTION I WANNA ASK YOU.
  • 00:19:39.110 --> 00:19:41.090
  • "IT'S BEEN BOTHERING ME FOR YEARS."
  • 00:19:41.100 --> 00:19:43.050
  • FATHER MANNING SAID, "WELL, WHAT'S THE QUESTION?"
  • 00:19:43.060 --> 00:19:45.240
  • HE SAID, "YEARS AGO, I WAS HAVING DIFFICULTY
  • 00:19:45.250 --> 00:19:47.230
  • "IN MY PRAYER LIFE.
  • 00:19:47.240 --> 00:19:49.080
  • "I FEEL LIKE MY PRAYERS NEVER MADE IT ABOVE THE CEILINGS.
  • 00:19:49.090 --> 00:19:51.170
  • "AND A FRIEND SUGGESTED THAT IF WE'RE NOT PRAYED,
  • 00:19:51.180 --> 00:19:54.280
  • "I WOULD PULL UP AN EMPTY CHAIR NEXT TO ME
  • 00:19:54.290 --> 00:19:58.210
  • "AND IMAGINE THAT JESUS CHRIST WAS SITTING IN THAT CHAIR.
  • 00:19:58.220 --> 00:20:02.270
  • "IT WOULD GIVE NEW VITALITY TO MY PRAYER LIFE.
  • 00:20:02.280 --> 00:20:05.190
  • "AND SO YEARS AGO I STARTED DOING THAT,
  • 00:20:05.200 --> 00:20:07.170
  • "I STARTED PRAYING WITH AN EMPTY CHAIR NEXT TO ME.
  • 00:20:07.180 --> 00:20:10.140
  • "I IMAGINE THAT JESUS WAS THERE
  • 00:20:10.150 --> 00:20:12.050
  • "AND I FOUND MYSELF PRAYING SOMETIMES AN HOUR AT A TIME.
  • 00:20:12.060 --> 00:20:17.090
  • "FATHER MANNING, I WANNA KNOW NOW 'CAUSE I'M ABOUT TO DIE,
  • 00:20:17.100 --> 00:20:19.230
  • "WAS THAT ALL RIGHT TO DO?"
  • 00:20:19.240 --> 00:20:22.230
  • FATHER MANNING SAYS, "NOT ONLY IS IT ALL RIGHT,
  • 00:20:22.240 --> 00:20:25.050
  • "I THINK IT DELIGHTED THE HEART OF GOD
  • 00:20:25.060 --> 00:20:26.250
  • "FOR YOU TO REALIZE THAT PRAYER WAS AN INTIMATE CONVERSATION
  • 00:20:26.260 --> 00:20:31.000
  • "WITH YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER."
  • 00:20:31.010 --> 00:20:33.200
  • FATHER MANNING LEFT THE HOSPITAL ROOM.
  • 00:20:33.210 --> 00:20:35.030
  • A FEW DAYS LATER, HE RECEIVED A TELEPHONE CALL
  • 00:20:35.040 --> 00:20:37.060
  • FROM THE DAUGHTER OF THAT MAN.
  • 00:20:37.070 --> 00:20:39.210
  • SHE SAID, "FATHER MANNING, I WANTED TO THANK YOU
  • 00:20:39.220 --> 00:20:41.160
  • "FOR COMING TO SEE MY DAD.
  • 00:20:41.170 --> 00:20:43.000
  • "I WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW THAT HE WENT HOME
  • 00:20:43.010 --> 00:20:44.290
  • "TO BE WITH THE LORD THIS MORNING.
  • 00:20:45.000 --> 00:20:47.120
  • "BUT, FATHER MANNING, WHEN WE WENT INTO THE HOSPITAL ROOM
  • 00:20:47.130 --> 00:20:49.140
  • "WE SAW SOMETHING STRANGE.
  • 00:20:49.150 --> 00:20:51.270
  • "OUR DAD WAS IN A STRANGE POSITION.
  • 00:20:51.280 --> 00:20:53.240
  • "HIS HEAD WAS LEANING UP AGAINST AN EMPTY CHAIR."
  • 00:20:53.250 --> 00:21:00.060
  • THAT MAN HAD DISCOVERED WHAT PRAYER REALLY IS ALL ABOUT.
  • 00:21:00.070 --> 00:21:03.260
  • YES, WHEN WE PRAY WE'RE COMING INTO THE PRESENCE
  • 00:21:03.270 --> 00:21:06.150
  • OF A POWERFUL MONARCH, THE ONE WHOSE THRONE IS IN HEAVEN,
  • 00:21:06.160 --> 00:21:10.100
  • WHO'S FOOTSTOOL IS THE EARTH, YES.
  • 00:21:10.110 --> 00:21:13.230
  • BUT WHEN WE PRAY, WE'RE ALSO COMING INTO THE PRESENCE
  • 00:21:13.240 --> 00:21:18.000
  • OF THE LOVING HEAVENLY FATHER
  • 00:21:18.010 --> 00:21:20.250
  • WHO CARES ABOUT EVERY DETAIL OF OUR LIFE;
  • 00:21:20.260 --> 00:21:26.010
  • THE KIND OF FATHER WE MAY NOT HAVE EXPERIENCED,
  • 00:21:26.020 --> 00:21:28.250
  • BUT THE KIND OF FATHER EVERY ONE OF US HAS LONGED FOR.
  • 00:21:28.260 --> 00:21:33.270
  • TODAY, IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO JOIN GOD'S FAMILY,
  • 00:21:33.280 --> 00:21:36.110
  • IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO KNOW THAT GOD ONE DAY
  • 00:21:36.120 --> 00:21:38.220
  • WILL USHER YOU FROM THIS LIFE INTO THE NEXT ONE
  • 00:21:38.230 --> 00:21:41.060
  • TO BE WITH HIM FOREVER, I INVITE YOU RIGHT NOW
  • 00:21:41.070 --> 00:21:45.280
  • TO CONFESS YOUR SINS TO CHRIST
  • 00:21:45.290 --> 00:21:48.260
  • AND THEN TRUST IN JESUS, IN JESUS ALONE, TO BE YOUR SAVIOR.
  • 00:21:48.270 --> 00:21:53.040
  • CHRIST IS LORD OF THE UNIVERSE,
  • 00:21:53.050 --> 00:21:54.250
  • BUT MAYBE HE'S NOT LORD OF YOUR HEARTS RIGHT NOW,
  • 00:21:54.260 --> 00:21:57.010
  • MAYBE THERE IS SOMETHING YOU'VE BEEN HOLDING ON TO,
  • 00:21:57.020 --> 00:21:59.130
  • SOME AREA OF YOUR LIFE THAT IS KEEPING YOU
  • 00:21:59.140 --> 00:22:02.190
  • FROM EXPERIENCING THAT INTIMACY WITH GOD;
  • 00:22:02.200 --> 00:22:05.080
  • THAT YOU DON'T WANNA PRAY,
  • 00:22:05.090 --> 00:22:06.210
  • YOU DON'T WANNA COME IN GOD'S PRESENCE
  • 00:22:06.220 --> 00:22:08.100
  • BECAUSE YOU'RE FEARFUL OF WHAT HE'S GONNA ASK YOU TO DO,
  • 00:22:08.110 --> 00:22:10.150
  • WHAT'S HE'S GONNA ASK YOU TO GIVE UP
  • 00:22:10.160 --> 00:22:12.180
  • YOU'RE NOT EXPERIENCING THE BENEFITS
  • 00:22:12.190 --> 00:22:14.250
  • OF HAVING GOD AS YOUR FATHER.
  • 00:22:14.260 --> 00:22:18.010
  • BUT MAYBE TODAY YOU WOULD COME BY FAITH AND SAY,
  • 00:22:18.020 --> 00:22:19.190
  • "GOD, I'M GIVING YOU EVERY PART OF MY LIFE.
  • 00:22:19.200 --> 00:22:22.020
  • "I BELIEVE YOU LOVE ME, I BELIEVE YOUR PLAN FOR
  • 00:22:22.030 --> 00:22:24.110
  • ME IS BEST. "TODAY I'M SURRENDERING TO YOU."
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  • 00:22:33.080 --> 00:22:36.200
  • IT'S LIKE PULLING UP A CHAIR AND CHATTING
  • 00:22:36.210 --> 00:22:38.190
  • WITH A GOOD FRIEND.
  • 00:22:38.200 --> 00:22:40.120
  • WHEN WE CREATE THIS IMAGERY IN OUR MINDS,
  • 00:22:40.130 --> 00:22:43.050
  • IT'S SO MUCH EASIER TO OPEN OUR HEARTS
  • 00:22:43.060 --> 00:22:46.010
  • AND BEGIN TALKING TO GOD HONESTLY.
  • 00:22:46.020 --> 00:22:49.030
  • AND REMEMBER, HE LONGS TO HEAR FROM US.
  • 00:22:49.040 --> 00:22:54.020
  • WELL, JUST LIKE PRAYER, SPENDING TIME IN GOD'S WORD
  • 00:22:54.030 --> 00:22:57.000
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  • WE WERE SUFFERING LOSSES.
  • 00:23:41.050 --> 00:23:42.210
  • AND YOU KEPT PRAYING.
  • 00:23:42.220 --> 00:23:44.190
  • WE PRAYED A LITTLE DIFFERENTLY
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  • PROBABLY THAN WE EVER HAD BEFORE.
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  • OF GOD'S LIFE-CHANGING ANSWERS TO BOLD PRAYERS.
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  • MY DAUGHTER, JULIA JEFFRESS SADLER
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  • HAS NEVER BEEN SHY ABOUT PRAYING WITH BOLDNESS.
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  • 00:24:13.290 --> 00:24:16.180
  • OR YOUR DREAMS SEEM IMPOSSIBLE,
  • 00:24:16.190 --> 00:24:19.060
  • I WANNA SHOW YOU THE SURPRISING LIFE GOD HAS FOR YOU
  • 00:24:19.070 --> 00:24:22.060
  • WHEN YOU'RE BOLD ENOUGH TO ASK HIM.
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  • TO MAKE PRAYER PRIORITY IN HIS LIFE,
  • 00:24:50.160 --> 00:24:54.070
  • HOW MUCH MORE ESSENTIAL IS PRAYER
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  • AS TOGETHER, WE PIERCE THE DARKNESS
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  • WITH THE LIGHT OF GOD'S WORD.
  • 00:25:02.070 --> 00:25:06.170
  • OUR FATHER, WHO ART IN HEAVEN, HALLOWED BE THY NAME.
  • 00:25:06.180 --> 00:25:13.000
  • YOU'VE PROBABLY HEARD THAT PHRASE COUNTLESS TIMES,
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  • BUT IT TEACHES US VOLUMES ABOUT OUR RELATIONSHIP TO GOD
  • 00:25:15.060 --> 00:25:19.190
  • AND OUR REVERENCE FOR HIM.
  • 00:25:19.200 --> 00:25:22.040
  • AND BECAUSE OF WHAT JESUS DID FOR US ON THE CROSS,
  • 00:25:22.050 --> 00:25:25.160
  • WE HAVE THE ABILITY TO COME TO GOD THE FATHER
  • 00:25:25.170 --> 00:25:28.260
  • DIRECTLY THROUGH HIS SON.
  • 00:25:28.270 --> 00:25:31.210
  • WELL, WE'VE LEARNED THAT GOD'S PATTERN FOR PRAYER
  • 00:25:31.220 --> 00:25:34.020
  • STARTS WITH PRAISE.
  • 00:25:34.030 --> 00:25:36.070
  • BUT WHAT'S THE SECOND PART OF GOD'S PATTERN FOR PRAYER?
  • 00:25:36.080 --> 00:25:39.260
  • IT STARTS WITH GETTING OUR PRIORITIES STRAIGHT.
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  • WE OUGHT TO ASK HIM FOR WHAT'S IN OUR HEART.
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