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September 25, 2019
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Robert Jeffress: Pathway to Victory

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  • MUSIC
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  • [PRESENTER] FROM THE PULPIT
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  • OF THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF DALLAS, TEXAS,
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  • THIS IS PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • MUSIC
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  • HI, I'M ROBERT JEFFRESS,
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  • AND WELCOME AGAIN TO PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • AS GOD'S CHILDREN WE'VE BEEN GRANTED UNLIMITED ACCESS
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  • TO THE THRONE ROOM
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  • WITH THE ABILITY TO PLACE OUR REQUEST BEFORE GOD
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  • THROUGH PRAYER, AND YET MANY CHRISTIANS FAIL TO REALIZE
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  • THE POWER AND SIGNIFICANCE OF THIS IMMENSE PRIVILEGE.
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  • WELL, WHETHER YOU FEEL LIKE GOD LEAVES YOUR PRAYERS
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  • UNANSWERED OR MAYBE YOU'RE NOT EVEN SURE WHAT TO SAY
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  • IN THE FIRST PLACE, I WANT TO HELP YOU UNLOCK THE POWER
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  • OF PRAYERS IN YOUR LIFE.
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  • MY MESSAGE IS TITLED "PRAYERS THAT REALLY WORK"
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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
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  • IMPORTANT, HOW MUCH MORE ESSENTIAL IS
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  • 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
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  • PRAY BIG THINGS, AND EXPERIENCE GOD'S EVEN BIGGER ANSWERS.
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  • ARE YOU READY TO SEE GOD
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  • MOVE IN YOUR LIFE 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
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  • MINISTRY OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • MUSIC
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  • ONE OF THE GREATEST SCANDALS IN EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANITY
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  • TODAY IS THE FACT THAT CHURCHES THAT BELIEVE
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  • IN THE INSPIRATION OF SCRIPTURE THAT BELIEVE
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  • IN THE IMPORTANCE FROM READING THE BIBLE AND PRAYING,
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  • THOSE KIND OF CHURCHES ARE FILLED WITH CHRISTIANS
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  • WHO DON'T DO MUCH OF EITHER.
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  • LET'S LOOK AT OUR OWN CHURCH FOR A MOMENT.
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  • WE HAVE A HISTORY HERE, 140 YEARS OF WONDERFULLY STANDING
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  • ON OUR BELIEF IN THE INERRANCY, INSPIRATION,
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  • INFALLIBILITY OF THE BIBLE.
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  • WE SAY WE BELIEVE THAT.
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  • WE'RE WILLING TO FIGHT FOR THAT BELIEF,
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  • BUT HOW MUCH TIME DID YOU SPEND THIS PAST WEEK
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  • ACTUALLY READING THE INSPIRED, INERRANT, INFALLIBLE
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  • WORD OF GOD?
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  • OR TO THE SUBJECT MORE IN HAND THIS MORNING,
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  • THIS SUBJECT OF PRAYING.
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  • WE ALL SAY WE BELIEVE THAT PRAYER IS ABSOLUTELY VITAL
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  • TO MAINTAINING OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.
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  • WE BELIEVE THAT.
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  • AND YET I THINK MOST OF US TODAY WOULD BE EMBARRASSED
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  • TO ADMIT HOW LITTLE TIME WE'VE SPENT THIS PAST WEEK
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  • TALKING TO OUR HEAVENLY FATHER.
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  • WHY IS THAT?
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  • WHY IS IT WE SAY ONE THING THAT WE BELIEVE
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  • IN THE IMPORTANCE OF PRAYER
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  • BUT TRUTHFULLY WE PRAY SO LITTLE?
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  • PERHAPS MY FRIEND, MAX SANDERS, HAD IT RIGHT
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  • WHEN HE WROTE, "MOST OF US DON'T PRAY AS MUCH AS WE FEEL
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  • "WE SHOULD NOT BECAUSE WE WERE UNWILLING,
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  • "BUT BECAUSE WE'RE UNCERTAIN HOW TO PRAY,
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  • "AND DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY OUR PRAYERS AREN'T ANSWERED
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  • "MORE CONSISTENTLY."
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  • IT'S FRUSTRATING TO KEEP DOING SOMETHING
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  • THAT YOU'RE NOT SURE IS WORKING.
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  • HOW CAN YOU LEARN TO PRAY EFFECTIVELY?
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  • HOW CAN YOU USE PRAYER AS THE MEANS TO DEEPEN YOUR INTIMACY
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  • WITH YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER?
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  • HOW CAN YOU TAP INTO AN EXPERIENCE GOD'S
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  • SUPERNATURAL POWER IN YOUR LIFE?
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  • WE'RE GONNA ANSWER THOSE QUESTIONS IN A BRAND NEW SERIES
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  • WE'RE BEGINNING TODAY, "PRAYERS THAT REALLY WORK".
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  • AND THE BASIS FOR THIS SERIES IS PERHAPS
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  • THE MOST FAMOUS PRAYER IN HISTORY.
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  • IT'S A PRAYER FOUND IN MATTHEW CHAPTER SIX.
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  • IT'S THE PRAYER THAT WE COMMONLY CALL THE LORD'S PRAYER.
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  • SO IF YOU HAVE YOUR BIBLES THIS MORNING,
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  • I WANT YOU TO OPEN TO MATTHEW CHAPTER SIX.
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  • NOW THIS PRAYER IN MATTHEW SIX, IS A PART OF A SERMON
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  • JESUS PREACHED, THE MOST FAMOUS PRAYER IN HISTORY.
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  • WE CALL IT THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT.
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  • AND IN THIS SERMON JESUS IS BASICALLY ROCKING THE WORLD
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  • OF THE PHARISEES.
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  • HE'S TALKING ABOUT THE KINGDOM OF GOD,
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  • AND WHAT HE IS DOING IS HE'S SHOWING HOW THE TRUE COMING
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  • KINGDOM OF GOD IS ABSOLUTELY OPPOSITE
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  • WHAT THE PHARISEES THOUGHT IT WOULD BE.
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  • AND JESUS TURNS THE PHARISEES' EXPECTATIONS UPSIDE DOWN.
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  • HE TALKS ABOUT ALL KIND OF SUBJECTS,
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  • EVEN DEALING WITH WORSHIP.
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  • IN MATTHEW SIX, HE TALKS ABOUT THE SUBJECT OF GIVING,
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  • THE SUBJECT OF FASTING.
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  • AND FOR THE PHARISEES, GIVING AND FASTING WAS MORE FOR SHOW
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  • THAN IT WAS FOR SPIRITUALITY.
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  • BUT JESUS SPENT A BULK OF HIS TIME ADDRESSING THE SUBJECT
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  • OF PRAYER IN THIS CHAPTER.
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  • WHY IS IT?
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  • WHY DID JESUS SPEND MOST OF THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT
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  • TALKING ABOUT THE SUBJECT TO PRAYER?
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  • LISTEN TO THIS, FOR JESUS PRAYER WASN'T OPTIONAL,
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  • IT WAS ESSENTIAL TO HIS LIFE AND TO HIS MINISTRY.
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  • I WANT YOU TO THINK ABOUT THIS.
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  • JESUS CHRIST WAS EQUAL WITH GOD THE FATHER
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  • AND YET HE FELT IT NECESSARY TO PRAY.
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  • JESUS WAS CONCEIVED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT.
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  • HE WAS ABSOLUTELY SINLESS, AND YET HE PRAYED.
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  • JESUS PERFORMED A MIRACLE AFTER MIRACLE
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  • AND YET HE PRAYED.
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  • JESUS CHRIST WAS ABSOLUTELY DEVOTED TO MAKING PRAYER
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  • THE FOUNDATION OF HIS LIFE. IT'S BECAUSE HE KNEW
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  • PRAYER WAS ESSENTIAL. NOW LISTEN TO THIS, FOLKS.
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  • IF JESUS CHRIST, THE SON OF GOD,
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  • SINLESS, PERFECT, WORKER OF MIRACLES,
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  • IF JESUS CHRIST FELT IT ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY
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  • TO MAKE PRAYER A PRIORITY IN HIS LIFE,
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  • HOW MUCH MORE ESSENTIAL
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  • IS PRAYER FOR PEOPLE LIKE YOU AND ME?
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  • MOST OF US TREAT PRAYER LIKE AN OXYGEN MASK.
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  • MOST OF US GO THROUGH OUR HOURS, OUR DAYS,
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  • SOMETIMES WEEKS WITHOUT EVEN THINKING OR TALKING TO GOD.
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  • NEVERTHELESS, WE LIKE TO KNOW PRAYERS THERE
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  • AND IT'S AVAILABLE TO US JUST IN CASE WE GET IN TROUBLE,
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  • JUST IN CASE OUR BACKS RUB AGAINST THE WALL,
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  • THEN WE CAN YANK, PULL, AND PLACE THAT OXYGEN MASK
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  • ON OUR FACE AND BEGIN TALKING TO GOD.
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  • BUT LISTEN TO THIS.
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  • JESUS SAID PRAYER IS NOT SO MUCH LIKE AN OXYGEN MASK,
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  • IT'S LIKE OXYGEN ITSELF.
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  • IT'S WHAT KEEPS US ALIVE.
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  • AND SO WHAT HE DOES BEGINNING IN VERSE SIX OR VERSE FIVE,
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  • HE SHARES WITH US TWO THINGS,
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  • TWO ERRORS WE NEED TO GUARD AGAINST IN OUR PRAYING.
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  • HE SAYS, "FIRST OF ALL, GUARD AGAINST HYPOCRISY
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  • "WHEN YOU PRAY."
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  • LOOK AT VERSE FIVE.
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  • "WHEN YOU PRAY," AND ISN'T IT INTERESTING,
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  • HE DOESN'T SAY, "IF YOU PRAY".
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  • TO JESUS IT WAS BEYOND HIS IMAGINATION
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  • THAT CHRISTIANS WOULD DO ANYTHING BUT PRAY.
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  • HE SAYS, "WHEN YOU PRAY,
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  • "YOU ARE NOT TO BE LIKE THE HYPOCRITES."
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  • NOW UNDERLINE THAT WORD "HYPOCRITES".
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  • WHAT'S A HYPOCRITE?
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  • WHEN WE THINK OF A HYPOCRITE, WE THINK OF SOMEBODY
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  • WHO SAYS ONE THING AND DOES ANOTHER, DON'T WE?
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  • THAT'S OUR UNDERSTANDING OF A HYPOCRITE.
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  • BUT THAT'S NOT EXACTLY AN ACT OR A PICTURE.
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  • THE WORD IN GREEK HERE TRANSLATED HYPOCRITE
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  • REFERRED TO AN ACTOR ON A STAGE.
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  • IN GREEK DRAMA, THE HYPOCRITE WAS THE ONE WHO WORE A MASK
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  • AND PLAYED A PARTICULAR PART.
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  • AN ACTOR ON THE STAGE WAS PERFORMING ACTIONS.
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  • HE WAS SPEAKING WORDS THAT WERE NOT HIS OWN,
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  • HE WAS SIMPLY PLAYING A ROLE.
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  • HE WAS PLAYING SOMEONE ELSE IN HIS SPEECH AND ACTIONS.
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  • AND THAT'S WHAT A HYPOCRITE IS.
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  • A HYPOCRITE IS SOMEBODY WHO IS PLAYING A PART.
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  • HE'S PLAYING LIKE SOMEONE HE IS NOT.
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  • SO JESUS SAID, "WHEN YOU PRAY,
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  • "DON'T BE LIKE THE HYPOCRITES."
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  • DON'T JUST SIMPLY BE PLAYING A ROLE.
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  • OF COURSE HE HAD IN MIND HERE OF THE PHARISEES.
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  • HOW DID THEY PRAY?
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  • JESUS SAID IN VERSE FIVE,
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  • "FOR THEY LOVE TO STAND AND PRAY IN THE SYNAGOGUES
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  • "AND ON THE STREET CORNERS."
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  • THAT'S HOW PHARISEES PRAY.
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  • THEY STAND.
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  • THOUGH THERE'S NOTHING WRONG WITH STANDING.
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  • THROUGHOUT THE BIBLE, PEOPLE STOOD WHEN THEY PRAYED.
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  • SOMETIMES THEY KNELT WHEN THEY PRAYED LIKE WE DO HERE.
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  • SOMETIMES THEY WERE PROSTRATE ON THE GROUND
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  • WHEN THEY PRAYED.
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  • THERE'S NOTHING WRONG WITH STANDING PER SE.
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  • HE SAID THEY STAND IN THE SYNAGOGUES.
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  • AGAIN, NOTHING WRONG WITH PRAYING IN THE SYNAGOGUE.
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  • THE SYNAGOGUE WERE THE LOCAL PLACES OF WORSHIP
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  • WHEN PEOPLE COULDN'T TRAVEL TO THE TEMPLE.
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  • NOTHING WRONG WITH PRAYING IN THE SYNAGOGUE.
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  • SAID, "AND THEY PRAY ON THE STREET CORNERS."
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  • THAT WORD TRANSLATED STREET CORNERS REFERS TO
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  • NOT JUST SOME SIDE STREET BUT A WIDE BOULEVARD
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  • WHERE THERE WERE LOTS OF PEOPLE, A BUSY INTERSECTION.
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  • THE JEWS PRAYED AT NINE AND 12 AND THREE IN THE AFTERNOON.
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  • AND MANY TIMES THEY MIGHT FIND THEMSELF
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  • IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STREET AT NINE, 12, OR THREE.
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  • IF YOU FIND YOURSELF IN THE MIDDLE OF A BUSY STREET,
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  • YOU OUGHT TO PRAY; PRAY AS QUICKLY AS YOU CAN.
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  • "NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT," JESUS SAID.
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  • NOW WHAT WAS THE PROBLEM?
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  • IT WASN'T THEIR LOCATION IN PRAYING,
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  • IT WAS THEIR MOTIVATION IN PRAYING.
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  • WHY DID THEY DO THIS?
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  • LOOK, IN ORDER THAT THEY MIGHT BE SEEN BY MEN.
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  • TRULY, I SAY TO YOU, THEY HAVE THEIR REWARDS IN FULL.
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  • NOW JESUS SAID, "WHEN YOU PRAY," LOOK AT VERSE SIX,
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  • THIS IS HOW YOU'RE TO DO IT, "BUT WHEN YOU PRAY,
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  • "GO INTO YOUR INNER ROOM, CLOSE YOUR ROOM,
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  • "AND PRAY TO YOUR FATHER WHO IS IN SECRET,
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  • "AND YOUR FATHER WHO SEES WHAT IS DONE IN SECRET
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  • "WILL REWARD YOU."
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  • NOW SOME PEOPLE TAKE THESE WORDS LITERALLY
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  • AND THEY USE IT AS AN EXCUSE FOR NOT PRAYING IN PUBLIC.
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  • NOW THEY DON'T UNDERSTAND THAT WHEN JESUS SPOKE MANY TIMES
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  • HE USED HYPERBOLE, EXAGGERATION TO MAKE HIS POINT.
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  • HE WASN'T SAYING, "DON'T EVER PRAY IN PUBLIC."
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  • IN FACT, LOOK AT THE BIBLE, THERE ARE MANY TIMES
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  • THAT THE BIBLE COMMANDS AND COMMENDS PUBLIC PRAYING.
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  • SOLOMON PRAYED PUBLICLY WHEN HE DEDICATED THE TEMPLE.
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  • NOTHING WRONG AND EVERYTHING RIGHT WITH DOING THAT.
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  • JESUS PRAYED PUBLICLY BEFORE HE FED THE 5.000.
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  • IN ACTS 12, WE FIND THE EARLY CHURCH MEETING TOGETHER
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  • AND PRAYING PUBLICLY.
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  • IN 1 TIMOTHY 2, PAUL TALKS ABOUT HOW WE'RE TO PRAY PUBLICLY.
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  • THERE'S NOTHING WRONG WITH PRAYING PUBLICLY.
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  • WHAT JESUS IS CONCERNED WITH IS NOT OUR LOCATION,
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  • BUT OUR MOTIVATION IN PRAYING.
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  • NOW LET ME ADD THIS, WHEN WE DO PRAY IN PUBLIC,
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  • WE NEED TO BE VERY CAREFUL ABOUT OUR MOTIVE
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  • IN PRAYING PUBLICLY.
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  • IT'S VERY EASY TO START PRAYING
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  • FOR THE EARS OF OTHER PEOPLE WHO ARE LISTENING
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  • AND TRYING TO IMPRESS THEM WITH OUR SPIRITUALITY
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  • RATHER THAN PRAYING FOR GOD.
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  • D.L. MOODY SAID IT THIS WAY, HE SAID,
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  • "KEEP YOUR PUBLIC PRAYERS SHORT
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  • "AND YOUR PRIVATE PRAYERS LONG."
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  • YEAH, GUARD AGAINST HYPOCRISY.
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  • YOU'RE NOT PLAYING A PART TO SHOW
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  • HOW SPIRITUAL YOU ARE WHEN YOU PRAY.
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  • AND SECONDLY, NOTICE WHAT HE SAYS,
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  • "GUARD AGAINST RITUALISM."
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  • GUARD AGAINST RITUALISM.
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  • WILLIAM BARCLAY NOTES THAT THE JEWS HAD
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  • 18 DIFFERENT PRAYERS THAT THEY WOULD PRAY BY ROTE
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  • ACCORDING TO THE PARTICULAR SITUATION.
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  • I THINK THAT'S WHAT JESUS HAD IN MIND
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  • IN VERSES SEVEN AND EIGHT WHEN HE SAID,
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  • "WHEN YOU ARE PRAYING, DO NOT USE
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  • "MEANINGLESS REPETITION AS THE GENTILES DO,
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  • "FOR THEY SUPPOSE THAT THEY WILL BE HEARD
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  • "FOR THEIR MANY WORDS.
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  • "SO DO NOT BE LIKE THEM, FOR YOUR FATHER KNOWS WHAT YOU NEED
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  • "BEFORE YOU ASK HIM."
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  • THIS WORD TRANSLATED MEANINGLESS REPETITION LITERALLY
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  • IS THE WORD "BABBLE".
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  • HOW DID THE GENTILES PRAY?
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  • THEY BABBLE.
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  • THEY USE SPIRITUAL MUMBO JUMBO WHEN THEY PRAY.
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  • THEY THINK IF THEY CAN PRAY LONG ENOUGH AND LOUD ENOUGH,
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  • SOMEHOW THEY'RE GONNA MAKE GOD LISTEN
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  • AND ANSWER THEIR REQUEST.
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  • LOT OF PEOPLE TODAY PRAY THAT WAY.
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  • THE BUDDHIST, FOR EXAMPLE, SPIN WHEELS
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  • CONTAINING WRITTEN PRAYERS THINKING
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  • THAT'S HOW A PRAYER WILL BE ANSWERED.
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  • OTHER FAITHS LIGHTS CANDLES THINKING THAT
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  • LIGHTING THE CANDLES CAUSES YOUR PRAYERS TO ASCEND
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  • BEFORE THE FACE AND THE EARS OF GOD.
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  • OTHER PEOPLE, CHRISTIANS CHANT WORDS OVER AND OVER AGAIN,
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  • OR THEY PRAY AS LONG AS THEY CAN THINKING
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  • IF THEY JUST PRAY LONG ENOUGH, MAYBE GOD WILL ANSWER.
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  • JESUS SAID, "DON'T DO THAT."
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  • DON'T PRAY LIKE THE GENTILES PRAY,
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  • WITH MEANINGLESS REPETITION.
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  • NOW TODAY, AS WE COME TO A CONCLUSION,
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  • I WANTED TO GIVE YOU THREE BRIEF AND VERY SIMPLE
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  • APPLICATIONS FOR THIS MESSAGE, OKAY?
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  • WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT IT IN VERSES FIVE TO EIGHT
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  • HOW NOT TO PRAY, HOW TO GUARD AGAINST THE THINGS
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  • THAT WILL CORRUPT YOUR CONVERSATIONS WITH GOD.
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  • HOW DO YOU GUARD AGAINST HYPOCRISY?
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  • HOW DO YOU GUARD AGAINST RITUALISM IN YOUR PRAYER?
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  • THREE SUGGESTIONS.
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  • NUMBER ONE, BEGIN AND END EVERYDAY IN PRAYER.
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  • BEGIN AND END EVERYDAY IN PRAYER.
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  • NOW HEAR THIS, WE NEED MORE THAN JUST A FEW SHORT PRAYERS
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  • TO SUSTAIN OUR PRAYER LIFE AND KEEP OUR RELATIONSHIP
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  • WITH GOD INTIMATE.
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  • WE NEED REGULAR TIMES THAT WE SET ASIDE TO SPEND WITH GOD.
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  • BUT I ALSO KNOW THAT EVEN GOOD INTENTIONS
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  • SOMETIMES AREN'T FULFILLED.
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  • I MEAN WE MAY PLAN TO SPEND TIME WITH GOD,
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  • BUT AN EMERGENCY, AN INTERRUPTION MAY
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  • KEEP US FROM DOING SO, OR SO WE THINK.
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  • DON'T FALL INTO THE TRAP OF THINKING
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  • UNLESS YOU CAN DEVOTE AN HOUR OR TWO TO PRAYER,
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  • BUT THERE'S NO USE IN PRAYING.
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  • THAT'S A SUBTLE TRAP.
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  • MANY CHRISTIANS THEY READ STORIES ABOUT
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  • MARTIN LUTHER AND OTHERS WHO PRAYED
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  • THREE OR FOUR HOURS IN THE MORNING
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  • BEFORE THEY EVER WENT TO WORK,
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  • AND WE THINK, "GEE, I'M DOING GOOD TO FIND
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  • "FIVE OR 10 MINUTES TO PRAY.
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  • "AND IF I CAN'T PRAY LIKE THAT, WHY EVEN PRAY?"
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  • NOW EVEN IF YOU CAN'T DEVOTE
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  • LONG PORTIONS OF TIME IN A DAY TO PRAYER,
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  • YOU CAN AT LEAST BEGIN AND END EVERYDAY IN PRAYER.
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  • FOR EXAMPLE, IN THE MORNING, WHEN YOU AWAKEN,
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  • BEFORE YOUR FEET GET OUT OF BED AND TOUCH THE GROUND,
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  • SPEND A FEW MOMENTS TALKING TO GOD,
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  • ASKING GOD TO GUIDE YOU THROUGHOUT THE DAY,
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  • GIVE YOU WISDOM, USE WHATEVER ENCOUNTERS YOU HAVE
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  • IN THAT DAY FOR HIS GLORY, PRAY FOR YOUR FAMILY.
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  • YOU CAN DO THAT RIGHT BEFORE YOU EVER GET UP IN THE MORNING.
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  • AND THEN AT NIGHT, BEFORE YOU DRIFT OFF TO SLEEP,
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  • MAKE THE LAST THING YOU DO TO BE
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  • HAVING A CONVERSATION WITH GOD,
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  • REVIEWING THE GOOD THINGS THAT HAPPENED IN THE DAY,
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  • ASKING GOD TO PROTECT YOU AND YOUR FAMILY
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  • THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT.
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  • I THINK THIS IS WHAT C.S. LEWIS HAD IN MIND WHEN HE WROTE,
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  • "THE MOMENT YOU WAKE UP EACH MORNING,
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  • "ALL YOUR WISHES AND HOPES FOR THE DAY
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  • "RUSH AT YOU LIKE WILD ANIMALS.
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  • "AND THE FIRST JOB OF EACH MORNING CONSISTS
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  • "IN SHOVING THEM ALL BACK;
  • 00:14:59.130 --> 00:15:01.140
  • "IN LISTENING TO THAT OTHER VOICE,
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  • "TAKING THAT OTHER POINT OF VIEW,
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  • "LETTING THAT OTHER LARGER, STRONGER, QUIETER LIFE
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  • "COME FLOWING IN."
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  • PERHAPS THAT'S WHAT THE PSALMIST HAD IN MIND
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  • WHEN HE WROTE IN PSALM 5:3,
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  • "EVERY MORNING, I WILL TELL YOU WHAT I NEED,
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  • "AND I WAIT FOR YOUR ANSWER."
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  • SUGGESTION NUMBER TWO TO GUARD AGAINST RITUALISM
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  • AND HYPOCRISY, WRITE OUT OR VOCALIZE YOUR PRAYERS.
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  • VOCALIZE OR EVEN WRITE OUT YOUR PRAYERS.
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  • HAVE YOU EVER HAD THIS HAPPEN?
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  • I'VE HAD IT HAPPEN TO ME.
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  • I'LL BE PRAYING IN MY MIND TALKING TO GOD.
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  • AND AS I'M PRAYING, SUDDENLY I BEGAN THINKING ABOUT
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  • THE AGENDA FOR STAFF MEETING ON TUESDAY.
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  • I WANNA REMEMBER TO WRITE SOMETHING DOWN.
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  • OR I THINK ABOUT AN ARGUMENT I HAD WITH SOMEBODY
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  • THE HOUR BEFORE.
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  • OR I THINK ABOUT SOMETHING THAT I NEED TO BE DOING
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  • AND PRETTY SOON MY ATTENTION HAS BEEN DIVIDED.
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  • HOW DO YOU KEEP FROM DIVIDING YOUR ATTENTION
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  • AND REMAIN IN FOCUS?
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  • ONE WAY I FOUND IS TO ACTUALLY VOCALIZE YOUR PRAYERS.
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  • IF YOU'RE ALONE, DON'T JUST THINK THE PRAYER,
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  • ACTUALLY SPEAK IT OUT LOUD.
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  • IT'LL HAVE A WAY KEEPING YOU FOCUSED.
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  • EVEN BETTER, WRITE OUT YOUR PRAYERS.
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  • IF YOU KEEP A SPIRITUAL JOURNAL
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  • OR AT YOUR COMPUTER OR WHATEVER,
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  • WRITE OUT YOUR PRAYER TO GOD.
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  • SOMEBODY ASKED ME JUST THIS WEEK THAT SAID,
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  • "PASTOR, WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THOSE PEOPLE
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  • "WHO STAND UP WHEN THEY'RE PRAYING IN PUBLIC
  • 00:16:22.260 --> 00:16:25.170
  • "AND THEY PULL OUT A SHEET OF PAPER
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  • "AND THEY READ A PRAYER?"
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  • YOU KNOW, I'VE BEEN BROUGHT UP IN A TRADITION WHERE PEOPLE,
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  • THEY, "OH, IF YOU READ A PRAYER,
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  • "THAT MEANS YOU'RE NOT SINCERE,
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  • "THAT MEANS YOU'RE MECHANICAL, YOU'RE ARTIFICIAL."
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  • NOTHING CAN BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH.
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  • THE FACT IS WRITTEN PRAYERS MANY TIMES
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  • ARE MORE SINCERE, MORE HEARTFELT
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  • THAN PEOPLE WHO JUST GET UP AND TRYING TO WING IT
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  • IN THEIR PRAYERS AND FALL INTO THOSE SPIRITUAL BANALITIES
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  • I WAS TALKING ABOUT.
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  • I SAID A FEW WEEKS AGO, THINK ABOUT IT,
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  • "IF DAVID HAD NOT WRITTEN OUR HIS PRAYERS,
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  • "WE WOULDN'T HAVE THE PSALMS TODAY."
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  • MANY TIMES WRITING OUT YOUR PRAYER HELPS YOU TO FOCUS
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  • ON WHAT YOU REALLY WANNA SAY TO GOD AND TALK TO HIM ABOUT.
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  • JUST IMAGINE, YOU RECEIVED AN INVITATION
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  • TO GO INTO THE OVAL OFFICE AND SPEND 10 MINUTES
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  • WITH THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.
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  • 10 MINUTES WITH THE PRESIDENT.
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  • DO YOU THINK YOU MIGHT THINK THROUGH
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  • WHAT YOU'RE GONNA SAY TO HIM BEFORE YOU GOT IN THERE?
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  • YOU THINK SO?
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  • IF YOU HAD 10 MINUTES TO TALK TO HIM
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  • ABOUT ANY SUBJECT YOU WANNA TALK TO HIM ABOUT,
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  • MAKE ANY REQUEST YOU WANNA MAKE,
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  • DON'T YOU THINK YOU MIGHT JOT DOWN A FEW NOTES
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  • BEFORE YOU WENT IN THERE?
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  • THINK ABOUT THIS, WHEN WE PRAY,
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  • WE'RE GOING INTO THE THRONE ROOM OF HEAVEN ITSELF
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  • TO TALK TO THE KING OF KINGS AND THE LORD OF LORDS.
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  • OUT OF RESPECT TO HIM, DOESN'T IT MAKE SENSE
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  • WE WOULD THINK THROUGH WHAT WE WANNA SAY TO HIM
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  • BEFORE WE START TALKING?
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  • VOCALIZING, WRITING OUT YOUR PRAYERS
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  • KEEPS YOU FROM HYPOCRISY AND RITUALISM.
  • 00:17:52.210 --> 00:17:56.200
  • AND THEN NUMBER THREE, MAKE GOD THE FOCUS OF YOUR PRAYERS.
  • 00:17:56.210 --> 00:18:00.280
  • MAKE GOD THE FOCUS OF YOUR PRAYERS.
  • 00:18:00.290 --> 00:18:02.130
  • IN THIS BOOK "A TESTAMENT OF DEVOTION", THOMAS KELLY WRITES,
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  • "THERE IS A WAY OF ORDERING OUR MENTAL LIFE
  • 00:18:06.120 --> 00:18:08.180
  • "ON MORE THAN ONE LEVEL AT THE SAME TIME.
  • 00:18:08.190 --> 00:18:11.180
  • "ON ONE LEVEL WE CAN BE THINKING, DISCUSSING,
  • 00:18:11.190 --> 00:18:14.060
  • "SEEING, CALCULATING, MEETING THE DEMANDS OF LIFE.
  • 00:18:14.070 --> 00:18:17.190
  • "BUT DEEP WITHIN, BEHIND THE SCENES, AT A PROFOUNDER LEVEL,
  • 00:18:17.200 --> 00:18:23.230
  • "WE MAY ALSO BE IN PRAYER AND ADORATION,
  • 00:18:23.240 --> 00:18:25.240
  • "SONG AND WORSHIP, AND GENERAL RECEPTIVITY
  • 00:18:25.250 --> 00:18:30.000
  • "TO DIVINE BREATHINGS."
  • 00:18:30.010 --> 00:18:33.100
  • I THINK WHAT HE WAS TALKING ABOUT, THOMAS KELLY, WAS,
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  • WHAT PAUL WAS TALKING ABOUT WHEN HE SAID
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  • "PRAY WITHOUT CEASING".
  • 00:18:36.270 --> 00:18:39.240
  • WHEN PAUL SAID THAT, HE WASN'T TALKING ABOUT PRAYING
  • 00:18:39.250 --> 00:18:42.060
  • WITH YOUR EYES CLOSED, WALKING AROUND
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  • IN A CONSTANT CONVERSATION WITH GOD.
  • 00:18:43.280 --> 00:18:46.070
  • WHAT HE WAS SAYING WAS THERE IS A WAY TO PRAYING YOUR SPIRIT
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  • WHILE GOING THROUGH THE ACTIVITIES OF EVERY LIFE;
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  • TO LIVE LIFE ON TWO DIFFERENT LEVELS AT THE SAME TIME.
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  • YEARS AGO, THERE WAS A MAN NAMED FRANK LAUBACH.
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  • FRANK LAUBACH IS THE FATHER
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  • OF MODERN LITERACY PROGRAMS TODAY.
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  • THE LITERACY PROGRAMS WE USE TO TEACH PEOPLE
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  • TO READ AND WRITE WERE DEVELOPED, BY AND LARGE,
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  • BY THIS MAN NAMED FRANK LAUBACH.
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  • HE WAS ALSO A DEVOTED CHRISTIAN.
  • 00:19:11.220 --> 00:19:14.160
  • AND HE TOOK THOSE WORDS OF THOMAS KELLY
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  • ABOUT LIVING LIFE ON TWO LEVELS.
  • 00:19:16.120 --> 00:19:18.210
  • WHEN HE WAS 40 YEARS OF AGE, HE MADE THIS PLEDGE,
  • 00:19:18.220 --> 00:19:22.010
  • HE SAID, "FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE,
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  • "WHATEVER TIME I HAVE LEFT, I'M GONNA CHALLENGE MYSELF
  • 00:19:24.200 --> 00:19:28.080
  • "NEVER TO GO MORE THAN ONE OR TWO MINUTES
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  • "WITHOUT THINKING ABOUT GOD."
  • 00:19:30.260 --> 00:19:33.190
  • AND SO HE DEVELOPED SOME GAMES,
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  • HE CALLED IT THE GAMES OF MINUTES.
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  • HE WROTE A BOOK ABOUT IT, ABOUT HOW TO TRAIN YOURSELF
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  • TO GO NOT MORE THAN ONE OR TWO MINUTES
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  • WITHOUT THINKING ABOUT GOD AND TALKING TO GOD IN PRAYER.
  • 00:19:43.050 --> 00:19:46.240
  • HERE ARE SOME OF HIS SUGGESTIONS.
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  • NUMBER ONE, IN A SOCIAL SETTING,
  • 00:19:48.270 --> 00:19:51.000
  • WHISPER GOD OR JESUS QUIETLY
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  • AS YOU GLANCE AT EACH PERSON NEAR YOU.
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  • PRACTICE DOUBLE VISION AS JESUS DOES.
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  • SEE THE PERSON AS A HE IS, BUT ALSO SEE THE PERSON
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  • AS CHRIST WANTS HIM TO BE.
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  • SECOND, AT MEAL TIME, HAVE AN EXTRA CHAIR AT THE TABLE
  • 00:20:06.240 --> 00:20:09.240
  • TO REMIND YOU OF THE PRESENCE OF CHRIST.
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  • AS YOU SEE IT OR TOUCH IT, REMEMBER HIS WORDS,
  • 00:20:13.000 --> 00:20:16.260
  • "LO, I'M WITH YOU ALWAYS."
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  • NUMBER THREE, WHILE READING A BOOK OR MAGAZINE,
  • 00:20:21.090 --> 00:20:24.050
  • READ IT TO JESUS.
  • 00:20:24.060 --> 00:20:26.150
  • RON RIDER ASKED, "HAVE YOU EVER CLICKED ON AN EMAIL
  • 00:20:26.160 --> 00:20:29.000
  • "OR OPENED A LETTER AND READ IT WITH JESUS,
  • 00:20:29.010 --> 00:20:32.140
  • "REALIZING THAT HE SMILES WITH US AT THE FUN,
  • 00:20:32.150 --> 00:20:35.220
  • "REJOICES WITH US IN THE SUCCESSES,
  • 00:20:35.230 --> 00:20:38.230
  • "AND WEEPS WITH US IN THE TRAGEDIES?
  • 00:20:38.240 --> 00:20:41.090
  • "IF NOT, YOU'VE MISSED ONE OF LIFE'S SWEETEST EXPERIENCES."
  • 00:20:41.100 --> 00:20:46.270
  • NUMBER FOUR, WHEN PROBLEM SOLVING AT WORK,
  • 00:20:46.280 --> 00:20:49.260
  • INSTEAD OF TALKING TO YOURSELF ABOUT THE PROBLEM
  • 00:20:49.270 --> 00:20:52.070
  • DEVELOP A NEW HABIT OF TALKING TO JESUS ABOUT IT.
  • 00:20:52.080 --> 00:20:55.210
  • AFTER ALL, THIS IS WHAT PETER DID
  • 00:20:55.220 --> 00:20:57.080
  • WITH HIS PROBLEM OF SINKING.
  • 00:20:57.090 --> 00:21:00.060
  • AS LAUBACH SAYS, "MANY OF US WHO HAVE TRIED THIS
  • 00:21:00.070 --> 00:21:01.280
  • "HAD FOUND THAT WE THINK SO MUCH BETTER
  • 00:21:01.290 --> 00:21:04.240
  • "THAT WE NEVER WANNA TRY TO THINK WITHOUT HIM AGAIN."
  • 00:21:04.250 --> 00:21:09.110
  • AND FINALLY, KEEP A PICTURE OF CHRIST, OR A CROSS,
  • 00:21:09.120 --> 00:21:13.150
  • OR A WORD FROM SCRIPTURE SOME PLACE WHERE YOU WILL SEE IT
  • 00:21:13.160 --> 00:21:16.280
  • JUST AS YOU'RE GOING TO SLEEP.
  • 00:21:16.290 --> 00:21:19.120
  • ALLOW GOD TO HAVE A LAST WORD OF THE DAY.
  • 00:21:19.130 --> 00:21:22.160
  • AND THEN LET YOUR EYES AND MIND BEGIN THERE IN THE MORNING.
  • 00:21:22.170 --> 00:21:26.110
  • AS LAUBACH WRITES, "AS WE OPEN OUR EYES
  • 00:21:26.120 --> 00:21:28.250
  • "AND SEE A PICTURE OF CHRIST ON THE WALL,
  • 00:21:28.260 --> 00:21:31.150
  • "WE MAY ASK, 'NOW, MASTER, SHALL WE GET UP?'"
  • 00:21:31.160 --> 00:21:35.290
  • AND IF YOU'RE NOT A MORNING PERSON, YOU MAY NEED
  • 00:21:36.000 --> 00:21:37.230
  • A DEFINITE WORD FROM THE LORD ON THAT QUESTION.
  • 00:21:37.240 --> 00:21:40.110
  • (CONGREGATION LAUGHS)
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  • SOME OF US WHISPER TO HIM OUR EVERY THOUGHT
  • 00:21:41.240 --> 00:21:44.140
  • ABOUT WASHING AND DRESSING IN THE MORNING,
  • 00:21:44.150 --> 00:21:47.150
  • ABOUT CLEANING OUR SHOES AND CHOOSING OUR CLOTHES.
  • 00:21:47.160 --> 00:21:51.180
  • CHRIST IS INTERESTED IN EVERY TRIFLE,
  • 00:21:51.190 --> 00:21:54.270
  • BECAUSE HE LOVES US MORE INTIMATELY
  • 00:21:54.280 --> 00:21:57.210
  • THAN A MOTHER WHO LOVES HER CHILD.
  • 00:21:57.220 --> 00:22:01.130
  • THAT'S THE ESSENCE OF WHAT REAL PRAYER IS.
  • 00:22:01.140 --> 00:22:04.280
  • PRAYER IS NOT SOME THEOLOGICAL FORMULA
  • 00:22:04.290 --> 00:22:08.140
  • TO REACH A DISTANT DEITY WHO MAY OR MAY NOT BE THERE.
  • 00:22:08.150 --> 00:22:14.200
  • INSTEAD, PRAYER IS AN INTIMATE CONVERSATION,
  • 00:22:14.210 --> 00:22:18.240
  • COVERING EVERY DETAIL OF YOUR LIFE
  • 00:22:18.250 --> 00:22:21.200
  • WITH THE ONE WHO TRULY LOVES YOU THE VERY MOST.
  • 00:22:21.210 --> 00:22:25.250
  • JOHN BUNYAN SAID THIS, "PRAYER IS A SINCERE, SENSIBLE,
  • 00:22:25.260 --> 00:22:30.070
  • "AFFECTIONATE POURING OUT OF THE HEART OR SOUL TO GOD,
  • 00:22:30.080 --> 00:22:35.000
  • "THROUGH CHRIST JESUS."
  • 00:22:35.010 --> 00:22:37.280
  • NOW THAT'S THE KIND OF PRAYER THAT REALLY WORKS.
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  • NOTHING IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN MAXIMIZING
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  • YOUR DAILY APPOINTMENT WITH THE CREATOR OF THE UNIVERSE.
  • 00:22:49.270 --> 00:22:54.020
  • AND I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO TEACHING YOU
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  • PRACTICAL PRINCIPLES FROM THE BIBLE
  • 00:22:55.270 --> 00:22:58.080
  • TO ENHANCE YOUR CONVERSATIONS WITH THE LIVING GOD.
  • 00:22:58.090 --> 00:23:02.220
  • PLUS, TO HELP YOU EVEN FURTHER IN YOUR DAILY WALK WITH GOD,
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  • WE WERE SUFFERING LOSES.
  • 00:23:46.230 --> 00:23:48.070
  • AND YOU KEPT PRAYING.
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  • WE PRAYED A LITTLE DIFFERENTLY,
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  • PROBABLY, THAN WE EVER HAD BEFORE.
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  • LIFE-CHANGING ANSWERS TO BOLD PRAYERS.
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  • MY DAUGHTER, JULIA JEFFRESS SADLER,
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  • IF YOU'RE WONDERING WHY GOD ISN'T ANSWERING YOUR
  • 00:24:19.080 --> 00:24:21.200
  • PRAYERS, OR YOUR DREAMS SEEM IMPOSSIBLE,
  • 00:24:21.210 --> 00:24:24.080
  • I WANT TO SHOW YOU THE SURPRISING LIFE GOD HAS
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  • FOR YOU WHEN YOU'RE BOLD ENOUGH TO ASK HIM.
  • 00:24:27.040 --> 00:24:29.230
  • PRAY BIG THINGS IS YOURS WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUS
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  • GIFT TO SUPPORT THE MINISTRY OF
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  • GOD ANSWERS YOUR PRAYERS.
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  • TO MAKE PRAYER A PRIORITY IN HIS LIFE,
  • 00:24:56.000 --> 00:24:59.120
  • HOW MUCH MORE ESSENTIAL IS PRAYER FOR
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  • PEOPLE LIKE YOU AND ME?
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  • WITH THE LIGHT OF GOD'S WORD.
  • 00:25:07.200 --> 00:25:10.200
  • FOR JESUS PRAYER WASN'T OPTIONAL,
  • 00:25:11.260 --> 00:25:14.190
  • IT WAS ESSENTIAL TO HIS LIFE AND TO HIS MINISTRY.
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  • AND I HOPE THESE THREE PRACTICAL PRINCIPLES
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  • WILL HELP YOU PRAY MORE OFTEN AND MORE EFFECTIVELY.
  • 00:25:21.060 --> 00:25:25.200
  • WELL, EARLIER TODAY I SAID THAT JESUS NEVER INTENDED
  • 00:25:25.210 --> 00:25:28.290
  • FOR THE LORD'S PRAYER TO BE A MANTRA TO BE REPEATED,
  • 00:25:29.000 --> 00:25:32.130
  • RATHER IT'S A MODEL TO BE FOLLOWED.
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  • AND NEXT TIME, I WANNA SHARE WITH YOU AN OVERVIEW
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  • OF THE PATTERN FOR THE PRAYER THAT THE LORD'S PRAYER
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