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How does transparency and repentance prepare and position our hearts to receive a spiritual awakening? Let's talk about it! | TBN Prayer Line: 1-888-731-1000

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  • - Create in me, aclean heart, oh God.
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  • You know, crying out to God
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  • and turning away fromsin requires humility.
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  • Today we're talking about how to
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  • prepare our heartsto receive revival.
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  • Come on, join us.
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  • (upbeat music)
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  • - I hope that you'vebeen so inspired
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  • about listening to ourhearts for revival.
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  • It's somethingthat I believe God
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  • so wants to continuein our lives.
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  • And I was remembering atime about eight years ago
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  • where I found myselfin an isolation season
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  • just from moving countriesand being in this spot
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  • where I didn't knowanybody and I remember
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  • there was a season for a minute
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  • where I was kind ofconfused and disoriented
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  • and I was sitting in bedand I was eating Kitkats
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  • and I was scrolling(laughs) through Pinterest
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  • and I was reallyagitated at my situation.
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  • I was like "God, you broughtus to America for what?
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  • Here I am in mybed, eating Kitkats
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  • and scrollingthrough Pinterest."
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  • And I felt myself almost feeling
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  • this oppression coming on me.
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  • And I'm not a depressedperson, I don't get anxious
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  • and yet I wasfeeling this weight.
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  • And I remember my friend fromAustralia actually emailed me.
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  • And she said, "Alex, I justsense that you're under a weight
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  • that is taking you out andyou've got two choices.
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  • You've got a choiceto stay under it
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  • or you've got a choiceto pick yourself up
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  • and begin tointercede and pray."
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  • And it was like theHoly Spirit reminded me
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  • about a prophetic word thathad been given to me in 2010.
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  • And it was a prophet thathad come to our church
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  • and he pointed meout of the crowd
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  • and he said "There'sgonna be a season
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  • where you walk into a wilderness
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  • and you're gone therefor such a time as this.
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  • And there's a calcificationand a hardening of the city
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  • and people have gone therebefore and they have tried.
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  • And they've said it's too hard,
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  • but you understand yourauthority in prayer
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  • and you begin to petitionGod as a King petitions God
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  • and God hears the prayers.
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  • And it's the prayersthat brings the cracks
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  • into that calcification.
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  • And you're gonna seeeventually that crack come
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  • and then that calcificationis gonna turn into powder."
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  • And I took that wordand I felt like God said
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  • "Awaken intercession right now."
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  • It was July of 2012.
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  • And for four months theposture of my heart was
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  • I'm not in a job, I don'thave a local church,
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  • we were going to church'cause we never give up
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  • forsaking the gatheringof the believers,
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  • but we were not partof a local church,
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  • but my posture for thosefour months was intercession.
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  • And I truly attribute therevival that took place in our
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  • basement and thebirthing of our church
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  • that I'm thankfulthat Chris Caine
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  • who is sitting with ustoday confirmed that.
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  • But what washappening for months,
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  • my posture was intercession
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  • and I began to pray intothe fabric of our city.
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  • I began to pray into revivalbefore we ever did anything.
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  • And I know that when wegot to opening our home
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  • that there was anoverflow of revival.
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  • And do you knowwhat the result was?
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  • It was repentance,it was an awakening
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  • of coming back toJesus, it was a revival
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  • where we invited fivepeople into our basement,
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  • but within six monthswe had over 100 people
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  • because they'd heard of thethings that God was doing
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  • and you couldn't stop the fire.
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  • When I saw Chris a yearlater, she said to me,
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  • "What is happeningin your basement?"
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  • And I'm like "What do you mean?"
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  • And she goes, "People'slives are being changed
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  • from the inside out,revival is taking place
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  • and now a church is beingbirthed out of this."
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  • I truly believe thatthe posture that we need
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  • before a revival breaks outis prayer like never before.
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  • And if you think aboutall the great revivals,
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  • the Welsh revival,revivals of old,
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  • you would hear of a prayermeeting that went on
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  • day and night, year after year.
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  • And people in thehidden places would pray
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  • and then a revivalwould break out.
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  • And I truly believethat the posture
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  • we need to takeright now is to pray
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  • like we've never prayed before.
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  • What would you sayto that Stephanie?
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  • - I resonate with that so much
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  • because before I became a pastor
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  • there was a year of my lifethat the Lord stripped me
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  • of everything I knew, told meto walk away from everything.
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  • And it was such a confusingyear because I was like,
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  • "Okay God, what's thenext instruction?"
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  • And so the church thatI'm currently a pastor in,
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  • he said, "Just serve, Ijust want you to serve."
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  • So I served as anusher for one year.
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  • And in that year he said
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  • "Never miss a serviceand intercede."
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  • And so what was sointeresting, that was all,
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  • I mean my family couldnot understand, like
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  • "What are you talking about?
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  • You're throwing yourlife away." (laughs)
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  • And I said this is allthat God has told me to do.
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  • And so when I transitionedand started speaking
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  • the Word of God, and startedpreaching and ministering,
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  • the power of Godthat was revealed
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  • when many would say,"What is it about you?"
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  • I'd say "There's nothingunique or special about me.
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  • It's about the posturethat goes before me."
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  • That is the posture of prayer
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  • because the Lordbegan to teach me
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  • that the things that we desireto see of the Holy Spirit
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  • begins in that posture of prayer
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  • because that's the postureof alignment with God,
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  • that's the posture ofagreement with God,
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  • because God is alwayswilling to move on the earth,
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  • but there needs to be anagreement on the earth
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  • for that to now say, "Nowwe are in partnership
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  • and now let me moveon your behalf."
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  • You see it's so interestingbecause even Jesus,
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  • even before hecame on the earth,
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  • the Bible I believeit's in Luke 2,
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  • it tells us thestory of his birth.
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  • And randomly there is thisstory that's inserted in there
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  • and it's about aprophetess named Anna.
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  • And all we knowabout this prophetess
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  • is that for 84years of her life,
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  • that she was in thetemple night and day
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  • praying and fasting.
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  • And so I began towonder, could her prayers
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  • be traced all the way back
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  • to where Mary wouldneed to be born,
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  • when she would needto meet Joseph,
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  • the kind of manthat will cover her
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  • when she hears something like
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  • "You have become pregnantwith the Holy Spirit,"
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  • that her prayers went beforeeven the coming of the Messiah.
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  • How much more ofthe Holy Spirit,
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  • how much more ofwhen we're saying
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  • "Father we need yourSpirit in our lives,
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  • We need your powerin the nation."
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  • So prayer is definitelya posture of revival.
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  • I'm just thinking aboutwhat the late DL Moody said
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  • and he said that everygreat move of God
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  • can traced back toa kneeling figure.
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  • There is someone in thatposture of praying and fasting
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  • for the move of God for usto see that on the Earth.
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  • What do you thinkabout that, Lisa?
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  • - You know, I love thatyou brought up Anna.
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  • I always find it fascinatingthat she could recognize
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  • the Son of God whenhe was eight days old.
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  • I mean, when we pray,when we're praying women,
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  • we actually will seethings other people miss.
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  • We will recognize somethingin an infant stage.
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  • I still rememberAlex, you coming.
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  • I was in Nashvillespeaking and you came,
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  • I think I crossed paths with you
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  • at the very beginningof that and you told me,
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  • we drove through thecity and you said,
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  • "There's nothing,there's nothing,"
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  • but there was this void madein your heart where you said,
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  • "Okay, I'm going to not lookfor a church where I fit in,
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  • but I'm going to actuallylet this city break my heart
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  • and I'm going to cry outto God for something more."
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  • And I think that thiswhole idea of prayer,
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  • people don't understand theprivilege that prayer is.
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  • I think if we reallyunderstood what it was
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  • then we would beginto pray differently.
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  • When I was talking, okay, joking
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  • about the fat warriorsand stuff like that,
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  • but it talks about thewhole encounter of Deborah
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  • was that we saw what wasgoing on in the earth.
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  • We saw there was a war,
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  • we saw wheels fallingoff of chariots.
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  • But chapter five inthe book of Judges
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  • talks about what washappening in the heavenlies,
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  • that the stars in theheavens, in their courses
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  • were fighting on behalfof the Children of Israel.
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  • And so we have no capacityto actually really realize
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  • what happens when we pray,
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  • when we hit our kneesand when we say,
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  • "You know what? I'm notcoming as a beggar."
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  • And when God acts, youknow I don't like it
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  • when I get put intimeout, I don't like it.
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  • I don't like COVID, I don'tlike social distancing,
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  • but there is nothing more, Idon't even know how to say,
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  • more sacred than being invitedinto time alone with God.
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  • And we can be around peopleand we'll miss things
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  • that we can only see whenwe are alone with God.
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  • And God is inviting allof us to be alone with him
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  • and to actuallyrelease the words
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  • that he drops into our spirits
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  • so we can do the things thathe longs to do in this earth.
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  • He's partnering with usand he wants to show us
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  • the great and mightythings that we know not of,
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  • but we do need to ask.
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  • - I love that.
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  • I've been readingin Romans 12, Chris,
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  • where it talks about behavinglike you're Christian.
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  • And it says in verse 11, itsays "not lagging in diligence,
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  • fervent in spirit,serving the Lord."
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  • And the fervent inthe Greek is zeo,
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  • which means to boil with heat.
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  • So we have a mandatefrom the Lord
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  • to keep the firefor the Lord hot,
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  • no matter what thespiritual climate is.
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  • And that is stayingon your knees,
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  • that is in that humility,in that repentance,
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  • in getting the bitternessout of our own hearts.
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  • That's when we say "Createin me a clean heart, oh God."
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  • And it starts with all of that.
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  • And I love that Godcalls us to that life,
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  • to that life where "Iwant you to stay on fire.
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  • I want you to stay beforeme as a burning flame"
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  • so that the HolySpirit can just do
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  • what he wants unto all of us.
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  • We all cry out to be used of God
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  • and wouldn't God give us theopportunity to be used by him
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  • in such a time asthis right now?
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  • - Absolutely. And I don'tthink we have to wait.
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  • This is this moment.
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  • So I think sometimes we go,okay, let me give an example.
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  • When we first started inministry, so 30 years ago,
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  • I was in my early twentiesand we would turn up
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  • every morning, 6:00a.m. till 9:00 a.m.
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  • and I'm not exaggerating here
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  • when I say it wasfive mornings a week,
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  • 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. andwe'd start work at nine.
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  • And we would pray.
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  • And so you've got to think even,
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  • we were running thecommunity-based youth center
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  • in our youth ministry.
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  • Hillsong Church wasn'tlike wow, you know,
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  • as huge globally as it is now,
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  • we were in the back of awarehouse in Sydney, Australia.
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  • And there was a bunch ofus in the youth ministry
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  • that would turn up at six,
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  • and there was only like 100of us in the youth ministry
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  • in those days, this isover three decades ago.
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  • And we would turn up andthere was about 15 of us
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  • every morning, because wewere doing the community work
  • 00:12:32.498 --> 00:12:36.302
  • in the youth ministryand we would pray.
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  • We had no idea, listen, wehad no Bible college degrees,
  • 00:12:39.238 --> 00:12:42.274
  • We had no seminary degrees.
  • 00:12:42.274 --> 00:12:44.076
  • We were just fullof the Holy Ghost,
  • 00:12:44.076 --> 00:12:45.811
  • we got baptized inthe Holy Spirit,
  • 00:12:45.811 --> 00:12:47.646
  • got filled with the Spirit,spoke in other tongues.
  • 00:12:47.646 --> 00:12:49.882
  • And so we would spend in thatthree hours, I'm telling you,
  • 00:12:49.882 --> 00:12:52.151
  • we would spend at least an hour
  • 00:12:52.151 --> 00:12:54.019
  • probably just speakingin tongues in this room
  • 00:12:54.019 --> 00:12:57.323
  • and seeking God.
  • 00:12:57.323 --> 00:12:58.858
  • And we would then start toprophesy over each other.
  • 00:12:58.858 --> 00:13:01.193
  • And so I'm saying all this,some of you watching now go
  • 00:13:01.193 --> 00:13:04.797
  • "Why are you sayingall this Chris?"
  • 00:13:04.797 --> 00:13:06.065
  • 'Cause here we are,now you all know me
  • 00:13:06.065 --> 00:13:07.499
  • 30 years later leading A21Campaign, leading Propel Women,
  • 00:13:07.499 --> 00:13:12.404
  • having a program hereon TBN preaching.
  • 00:13:13.539 --> 00:13:15.608
  • Can I tell you? 31 yearsago in a youth center
  • 00:13:15.608 --> 00:13:20.479
  • in Sydney, Australia in a townthat you wouldn't even know,
  • 00:13:20.479 --> 00:13:24.884
  • in the back of nowhere withabout 15 other youth leaders,
  • 00:13:24.884 --> 00:13:29.889
  • we were prophesying then,
  • 00:13:30.756 --> 00:13:32.591
  • television, whowould have thought?
  • 00:13:32.591 --> 00:13:33.759
  • That would be a pipedream, here I am on TBN.
  • 00:13:33.759 --> 00:13:36.295
  • We were prophesying then, TV,
  • 00:13:36.295 --> 00:13:38.063
  • we were prophesying then,global evangelistic rallies,
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  • everything you see me doingnow, not the name, A21,
  • 00:13:41.233 --> 00:13:44.770
  • but a global justice organizer.
  • 00:13:44.770 --> 00:13:46.906
  • I could give you prophetic word,
  • 00:13:46.906 --> 00:13:48.040
  • I could show you written down,
  • 00:13:48.040 --> 00:13:49.775
  • cassette tapes from then,
  • 00:13:49.775 --> 00:13:51.343
  • "You will be repairerof the bridge,
  • 00:13:51.343 --> 00:13:52.711
  • you will go downto broken places.
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  • You will rescue the poor."
  • 00:13:54.213 --> 00:13:55.481
  • I didn't know it wouldbe human trafficking,
  • 00:13:55.481 --> 00:13:57.783
  • but that's what wasspoken over my life.
  • 00:13:57.783 --> 00:14:00.920
  • "That you will be awoman that God uses
  • 00:14:00.920 --> 00:14:03.589
  • in your generation to empowerwomen, to strengthen women."
  • 00:14:03.589 --> 00:14:06.625
  • So I can tell you directly,
  • 00:14:06.625 --> 00:14:08.527
  • prayer meetingsas a 22-year old,
  • 00:14:08.527 --> 00:14:11.163
  • 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.We never missed one.
  • 00:14:11.163 --> 00:14:15.434
  • We were more pumpedabout that than anything,
  • 00:14:15.434 --> 00:14:18.237
  • you didn't want to missthe prayer meeting.
  • 00:14:18.237 --> 00:14:19.838
  • Well, today I could tell youthere are people pastoring
  • 00:14:19.838 --> 00:14:23.142
  • Hillsong churchesaround the world
  • 00:14:23.142 --> 00:14:24.543
  • that were in that prayermeeting way back then. (laughs)
  • 00:14:24.543 --> 00:14:27.313
  • Worship leaders, songsyou're singing today
  • 00:14:27.313 --> 00:14:29.748
  • that were kids inthe youth group
  • 00:14:29.748 --> 00:14:31.817
  • way back then becauseof the prayer meetings.
  • 00:14:31.817 --> 00:14:35.554
  • And when COVID started,I said to my team,
  • 00:14:35.554 --> 00:14:38.457
  • so of course we've gotoffices in 20 cities,
  • 00:14:38.457 --> 00:14:41.193
  • 15 countries aroundthe world. I said,
  • 00:14:41.193 --> 00:14:42.962
  • "Here is the deal," Isaid, "I am so excited."
  • 00:14:42.962 --> 00:14:45.097
  • Of course not aboutCOVID or any of that,
  • 00:14:45.097 --> 00:14:46.932
  • but I'm so excitedabout the season
  • 00:14:46.932 --> 00:14:49.068
  • where we have to be still andwe all have to be in timeout
  • 00:14:49.068 --> 00:14:52.404
  • as Lisa said, wehave to be in timeout
  • 00:14:52.404 --> 00:14:54.873
  • because this is the deal.
  • 00:14:54.873 --> 00:14:56.375
  • I said, "You've been hearingmy miracle testimony stories,"
  • 00:14:56.375 --> 00:14:59.478
  • A21's nearly 15 years old.
  • 00:14:59.478 --> 00:15:00.980
  • I go "So for 15 yearsyou've heard how I've talked
  • 00:15:00.980 --> 00:15:03.515
  • to you about I was thisunsaved kid God radically saved
  • 00:15:03.515 --> 00:15:06.986
  • and off I went and gotfilled with the Spirit of God
  • 00:15:06.986 --> 00:15:10.389
  • and look where we arethree decades later."
  • 00:15:10.389 --> 00:15:12.291
  • I said, "I've got my storieswhere I've seen Red Seas part,
  • 00:15:12.291 --> 00:15:15.894
  • I've seen Jerichowalls come down,
  • 00:15:15.894 --> 00:15:17.696
  • I've seen mannain the wilderness,
  • 00:15:17.696 --> 00:15:19.698
  • I've seen the riverJordan push back,
  • 00:15:19.698 --> 00:15:21.633
  • I've seen the provision of God,
  • 00:15:21.633 --> 00:15:23.135
  • I've seen the faithfulnessof God." I said,
  • 00:15:23.135 --> 00:15:24.670
  • "You're standing inthat now, in A21,
  • 00:15:24.670 --> 00:15:27.072
  • in the work that we do," I said,
  • 00:15:27.072 --> 00:15:28.774
  • "but here is the problem."
  • 00:15:28.774 --> 00:15:30.009
  • In the book of Judgesthat Lisa's talked about
  • 00:15:30.009 --> 00:15:31.844
  • so much this week, that thefact is in the book of Judges
  • 00:15:31.844 --> 00:15:34.747
  • it says that when Joshuaand his generation died,
  • 00:15:34.747 --> 00:15:37.916
  • another generation arosethat did not know the Lord
  • 00:15:37.916 --> 00:15:40.652
  • nor the works that hehad done for Israel.
  • 00:15:40.652 --> 00:15:42.621
  • I said, "It's no point,"
  • 00:15:42.621 --> 00:15:44.156
  • and I have got hundredsof millennials thatwork on my team.
  • 00:15:44.156 --> 00:15:46.525
  • I said, "There's nopoint you just knowing
  • 00:15:46.525 --> 00:15:48.427
  • about my miraclestories, God's provision,
  • 00:15:48.427 --> 00:15:51.063
  • God's faithfulness. I needyou to have your own."
  • 00:15:51.063 --> 00:15:54.900
  • I said, "So this isthe deal in 2020,
  • 00:15:54.900 --> 00:15:57.436
  • it is going to be achallenging season,
  • 00:15:57.436 --> 00:15:58.837
  • just like everybodyelse. There is sickness,
  • 00:15:58.837 --> 00:16:00.739
  • there is disease, thereis loss, there is grief,
  • 00:16:00.739 --> 00:16:03.675
  • there is financial challenges,
  • 00:16:03.675 --> 00:16:05.644
  • there are economicchallenges," I said,
  • 00:16:05.644 --> 00:16:07.479
  • "so now I'm gonna believe God."
  • 00:16:07.479 --> 00:16:10.215
  • I said this on day one, I said,
  • 00:16:10.215 --> 00:16:11.617
  • "Nick and I, we're fine.
  • 00:16:11.617 --> 00:16:13.886
  • The same God that'sbeen there for us
  • 00:16:13.886 --> 00:16:16.121
  • last three decades,he's gonna be there.
  • 00:16:16.121 --> 00:16:18.557
  • But as for your office,your area of ministry,
  • 00:16:18.557 --> 00:16:21.360
  • your department, yoursituation, this is your time,
  • 00:16:21.360 --> 00:16:25.798
  • because now everythingyou've depended on,
  • 00:16:25.798 --> 00:16:27.332
  • and you haven't evenrealized how much
  • 00:16:27.332 --> 00:16:28.801
  • you've depended on it,instead of Jehovah Jireh,
  • 00:16:28.801 --> 00:16:31.737
  • sometimes you can think JehovahNick and Chris, (laughs)
  • 00:16:31.737 --> 00:16:34.440
  • you have to geton your own knees,
  • 00:16:34.440 --> 00:16:37.743
  • you have to geton your own face.
  • 00:16:37.743 --> 00:16:40.479
  • That's how I started.No one gave me anything.
  • 00:16:40.479 --> 00:16:42.848
  • I didn't start in ministrywith a job, a position,
  • 00:16:42.848 --> 00:16:45.717
  • a title or money, I didn'tsend a form to anybody."
  • 00:16:45.717 --> 00:16:50.722
  • I mean, it was a miracle thatI met you and Matt, Laurie.
  • 00:16:52.157 --> 00:16:53.525
  • It's a miracle that I met Lisa.
  • 00:16:53.525 --> 00:16:56.328
  • I never sent a bio to anyone.
  • 00:16:56.328 --> 00:16:58.097
  • I never sent a contractto anyone, I never.
  • 00:16:58.097 --> 00:17:00.332
  • God, I got on myknees and prayed.
  • 00:17:00.332 --> 00:17:04.703
  • And that's whenpeople say to me,
  • 00:17:04.703 --> 00:17:05.938
  • "How did you get where you are?"
  • 00:17:05.938 --> 00:17:07.639
  • It's called prayer,seeking the face of God.
  • 00:17:07.639 --> 00:17:10.843
  • And so for those of us thathave come through the ranks
  • 00:17:10.843 --> 00:17:14.179
  • that way, where this is nota career, but a calling,
  • 00:17:14.179 --> 00:17:16.849
  • none of this throughus because it's like,
  • 00:17:16.849 --> 00:17:18.817
  • oh well, same Godthat was with me then
  • 00:17:18.817 --> 00:17:20.819
  • is the same Godthat's with me now,
  • 00:17:20.819 --> 00:17:22.721
  • is the same God that'sgonna take me there.
  • 00:17:22.721 --> 00:17:24.223
  • What this has done for all ofthe young people on my team,
  • 00:17:24.223 --> 00:17:27.926
  • I've going, "Oh, you're gonnahave to get on your face."
  • 00:17:27.926 --> 00:17:30.496
  • And we've made them everyweekend staff meeting,
  • 00:17:30.496 --> 00:17:32.164
  • bring your memorial stones.
  • 00:17:32.164 --> 00:17:33.632
  • I want you to remember, whathas God done for you this week?
  • 00:17:33.632 --> 00:17:36.068
  • Where has God provided for you?
  • 00:17:36.068 --> 00:17:37.769
  • Where has God comethrough for you?
  • 00:17:37.769 --> 00:17:40.038
  • And so that's why with that,
  • 00:17:40.038 --> 00:17:42.374
  • there is a hungerthat I think our life,
  • 00:17:42.374 --> 00:17:45.844
  • our ministry is going to explode
  • 00:17:45.844 --> 00:17:48.680
  • and see the Spirit ofGod do more than ever
  • 00:17:48.680 --> 00:17:51.550
  • because now my own team, myown children in my own world,
  • 00:17:51.550 --> 00:17:56.555
  • they're not now havinga second-hand faith,
  • 00:17:57.723 --> 00:17:59.391
  • they're not hearingsecond-hand stories
  • 00:17:59.391 --> 00:18:01.360
  • of the miracles of Chrisand Nick and what happened
  • 00:18:01.360 --> 00:18:04.596
  • because I don't want,I will have failed.
  • 00:18:04.596 --> 00:18:06.965
  • And all of us would have failed.
  • 00:18:06.965 --> 00:18:08.433
  • Here we are on"Better Together,"
  • 00:18:08.433 --> 00:18:10.102
  • all of us will have failedif another generation
  • 00:18:10.102 --> 00:18:12.738
  • rises after us thatdoes not know the Lord
  • 00:18:12.738 --> 00:18:14.973
  • or the things thathe's done for Israel,
  • 00:18:14.973 --> 00:18:16.808
  • or for us, for the world.
  • 00:18:16.808 --> 00:18:18.610
  • So I think this season we're in,
  • 00:18:18.610 --> 00:18:21.446
  • it's not about one day whenGod's going to have revival,
  • 00:18:21.446 --> 00:18:24.082
  • right here in the midst ofit is when I want them to see
  • 00:18:24.082 --> 00:18:27.753
  • the reviving power of God.
  • 00:18:27.753 --> 00:18:30.322
  • So Alex, I think it's,a generation's at stake.
  • 00:18:30.322 --> 00:18:33.692
  • - Absolutely, andprayer is the catalyst.
  • 00:18:33.692 --> 00:18:37.129
  • I don't think we can ever escapefrom prayer, I don't think.
  • 00:18:37.129 --> 00:18:40.766
  • And you know whatgrieves my heart?
  • 00:18:40.766 --> 00:18:43.068
  • Is that I've been placeswhere people don't pray.
  • 00:18:43.068 --> 00:18:48.073
  • They program,
  • 00:18:48.674 --> 00:18:50.108
  • they plan,
  • 00:18:50.108 --> 00:18:52.377
  • they strategize.
  • 00:18:52.377 --> 00:18:56.114
  • But if Jesus Christ, whowas the Word made flesh,
  • 00:18:56.114 --> 00:19:00.452
  • needed to pray and he prayedevery moment of every day,
  • 00:19:00.452 --> 00:19:05.457
  • because what is prayer?
  • 00:19:06.225 --> 00:19:08.293
  • You are tethering your heartto the Father and he says,
  • 00:19:08.293 --> 00:19:11.496
  • "I'm only gonna do whatmy Father asks me to do,
  • 00:19:11.496 --> 00:19:15.033
  • I'm only gonna say whatmy Father asks me to say.
  • 00:19:15.033 --> 00:19:17.769
  • I'm only gonna do what theSpirit is leading me to do."
  • 00:19:17.769 --> 00:19:22.007
  • And we can have maximum impact
  • 00:19:22.007 --> 00:19:25.177
  • with less effortif we pray more.
  • 00:19:25.177 --> 00:19:29.715
  • And I think the enemyloves to distract.
  • 00:19:29.715 --> 00:19:32.417
  • I cannot tell you howmany people I'm talking to
  • 00:19:32.417 --> 00:19:35.254
  • that are more driven toread conspiracy theories
  • 00:19:35.254 --> 00:19:39.324
  • right now than pray.
  • 00:19:39.324 --> 00:19:42.027
  • Because I said tosome of the people,
  • 00:19:42.027 --> 00:19:44.363
  • "What does it matterif you discovered
  • 00:19:44.363 --> 00:19:47.099
  • the greatest conspiracy theory?
  • 00:19:47.099 --> 00:19:48.967
  • What are you gonna do about it?
  • 00:19:48.967 --> 00:19:50.502
  • Do you have power to change it?
  • 00:19:50.502 --> 00:19:52.304
  • But why don't youget on your knees?
  • 00:19:53.505 --> 00:19:55.607
  • And let's not fightflesh and blood,
  • 00:19:55.607 --> 00:19:58.210
  • but let's take downprincipalities andpowers in prayer
  • 00:19:58.210 --> 00:20:03.081
  • so that we know where totarget and where to go."
  • 00:20:03.081 --> 00:20:06.351
  • I was listening to aman of God recently,
  • 00:20:06.351 --> 00:20:08.320
  • who said, they were talkingabout the whole COVID season
  • 00:20:08.320 --> 00:20:11.657
  • and they said, "What's onething that you've really
  • 00:20:11.657 --> 00:20:14.493
  • been disappointed with?"
  • 00:20:14.493 --> 00:20:16.628
  • And he said somethingso profound.
  • 00:20:16.628 --> 00:20:18.697
  • And he said, "I'm disappointedthat there hasn't been
  • 00:20:18.697 --> 00:20:22.200
  • a Joseph who foresawwhat was gonna happen
  • 00:20:22.200 --> 00:20:26.338
  • because they wereprophetic in nature,
  • 00:20:26.338 --> 00:20:28.674
  • to prepare thechurch, to be the ones
  • 00:20:28.674 --> 00:20:31.310
  • who had the answerslike Joseph did."
  • 00:20:31.310 --> 00:20:33.745
  • And that really grippedmy heart personally.
  • 00:20:33.745 --> 00:20:36.515
  • I took thatpersonally. And I said,
  • 00:20:36.515 --> 00:20:38.317
  • "Father, that onlycomes with prayer.
  • 00:20:38.317 --> 00:20:41.453
  • because if I'm inprayer to foresee
  • 00:20:41.453 --> 00:20:44.589
  • what you are doing on the earth,
  • 00:20:44.589 --> 00:20:46.825
  • then I can lead a people tobe so prepared for this season
  • 00:20:46.825 --> 00:20:51.797
  • that we would beat the forefront
  • 00:20:52.731 --> 00:20:54.633
  • rather than the government,rather than the leadership,
  • 00:20:54.633 --> 00:20:57.469
  • but the Church risesup and sees a revival
  • 00:20:57.469 --> 00:21:00.605
  • because we've beenprophetic in nature."
  • 00:21:00.605 --> 00:21:02.341
  • And I truly believethat comes from prayer,
  • 00:21:02.341 --> 00:21:05.143
  • that comes from knowingthe heart of God,
  • 00:21:05.143 --> 00:21:08.080
  • that comes from, likeChris said, honestly?
  • 00:21:08.080 --> 00:21:10.949
  • We've got a generation whowants to do all the stuff
  • 00:21:12.417 --> 00:21:15.287
  • without the hidden seasonof prayer and supplication.
  • 00:21:15.287 --> 00:21:19.891
  • I'm telling you, youdon't get anywhere until,
  • 00:21:19.891 --> 00:21:22.494
  • even Jesus had a hiddenseason for 30 years.
  • 00:21:22.494 --> 00:21:25.997
  • We have to have thattime where we put in
  • 00:21:25.997 --> 00:21:28.834
  • and what we sow we will reap.
  • 00:21:28.834 --> 00:21:31.670
  • But if there's nothing to sow
  • 00:21:31.670 --> 00:21:33.071
  • there's nothing to harvest from
  • 00:21:33.071 --> 00:21:34.773
  • and it's got to be prayer.
  • 00:21:34.773 --> 00:21:36.675
  • It can't be great ideas
  • 00:21:36.675 --> 00:21:38.377
  • because the worldhas got great ideas.
  • 00:21:38.377 --> 00:21:40.846
  • It's got to be supernatural.
  • 00:21:40.846 --> 00:21:43.115
  • And what we're seeing todayis the effect of men and women
  • 00:21:43.115 --> 00:21:47.018
  • who have gonebefore us and pray.
  • 00:21:47.018 --> 00:21:48.653
  • And so I pray that wewould not see prayer
  • 00:21:48.653 --> 00:21:52.791
  • as a labor or as a chore.
  • 00:21:52.791 --> 00:21:55.761
  • But imagine if we saw prayeras having a conversation
  • 00:21:55.761 --> 00:22:00.298
  • with the mostpowerful man on earth
  • 00:22:00.298 --> 00:22:02.734
  • that had the abilityto change a situation
  • 00:22:02.734 --> 00:22:05.837
  • and you had access to him,
  • 00:22:05.837 --> 00:22:08.140
  • you could bring anything to him
  • 00:22:08.140 --> 00:22:10.242
  • and you knew it would be done,
  • 00:22:10.242 --> 00:22:12.010
  • you would pray very differently.
  • 00:22:12.010 --> 00:22:13.845
  • If you knew you werepraying to our Father
  • 00:22:13.845 --> 00:22:16.081
  • who has allauthority, all power,
  • 00:22:16.081 --> 00:22:19.451
  • but we pray thinkingis he going to do it?
  • 00:22:20.619 --> 00:22:23.588
  • No, he will do it.
  • 00:22:23.588 --> 00:22:25.390
  • It may not be on our timeline,but he's gonna do it.
  • 00:22:25.390 --> 00:22:28.193
  • And so I pray thatthe Church rises up.
  • 00:22:28.193 --> 00:22:32.397
  • We have to stand in the gap
  • 00:22:32.397 --> 00:22:34.299
  • for a generation thatdoesn't know him.
  • 00:22:34.299 --> 00:22:36.401
  • And the way to seerevival just spread
  • 00:22:36.401 --> 00:22:39.304
  • where it becomes effortless.
  • 00:22:39.304 --> 00:22:41.940
  • You know, sometimes I'll lookat Chris' life and I'm like,
  • 00:22:41.940 --> 00:22:44.476
  • oh my gosh, but you know what?
  • 00:22:44.476 --> 00:22:46.211
  • There's a grace becauseof what she's doing,
  • 00:22:46.211 --> 00:22:49.147
  • because of what she's sown.
  • 00:22:49.147 --> 00:22:50.649
  • I look at Lisa's life the same,
  • 00:22:50.649 --> 00:22:52.818
  • there's a grace because ofthe prayer and supplication
  • 00:22:52.818 --> 00:22:56.121
  • that has gone before her.
  • 00:22:56.121 --> 00:22:57.355
  • So I pray that thisinspires you, Church,
  • 00:22:57.355 --> 00:23:00.559
  • to pray like you'venever prayed before.
  • 00:23:00.559 --> 00:23:02.994
  • - Just as you were speaking,
  • 00:23:02.994 --> 00:23:04.463
  • just thinking about the sonsof Issachar in the Bible
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  • and they said thatthey knew what to do,
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  • like they understoodthe seasons, theyunderstood the times,
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  • they understood whatIsrael ought to do.
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  • And this is just the powerof that posture of prayer
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  • before the Lord, because weare sensitive to his voice,
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  • We are sensitive to who he is.
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  • And there might be manywho are just even like,
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  • "Where do I start?"
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  • And I encourage you to reallytake time in the Word of God,
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  • to understand thepromises of God,
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  • to understand whatyou have in God.
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  • Because even the Lord says,
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  • "Ask of me the nationsand I will give it to you
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  • as an inheritance."
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  • It's not just the Lord saying,
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  • "Hey, I'm gonna gatherall the countries
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  • and give you the papers for it."
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  • But that he will beginto show you things
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  • concerning the nations,that you would understand
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  • the power of theprophetic in you.
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  • That you would understandthat as you begin to prophesy
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  • over countries that youhave never stepped foot in,
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  • that God needed you to bethe one that would speak
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  • and things will start moving.
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  • But we have to start fromthe posture of faith.
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  • We have to believe thatGod, because I am yours,
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  • my words are powerful.
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  • Who I am under the authorityof Jesus Christ is powerful.
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  • That is the person theenemy is threatened by.
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  • So when you come inthat posture of prayer,
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  • you want to know thatyou are a threat,
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  • not you are gonna be threatened
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  • by the circumstances around you.
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  • And so let's prayfrom that place.
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  • Heavenly Father, I thankyou for this moment.
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  • And I thank you oh God, thatyou would remind your children,
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  • who they are in you, that youwould remind your children,
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  • oh God, of the authoritythat they have in you.
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  • Lord that as theybegin to speak,
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  • that it is their wordsthat will be connected
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  • to principalities andpowers being brought down.
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  • And so Lord God, we thankyou for this moment.
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  • We thank you that even right now
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  • there are people watching this
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  • and they're in theposture of worship saying,
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  • "Lord revive my prayer life."
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  • But the key isjust that one step
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  • to enter your prayer closet.
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  • And as you do so you would know
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  • that the Lord wouldbe your strength.
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  • And so Lord have yourway in their lives,
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  • in their homes rightnow in Jesus name. Amen.
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  • - Thank you, Jesus. Amen.
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  • Just that one little stepinto your prayer closet.
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  • I love it, I love it.
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  • You know, our "BetterTogether" community
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  • is always here for you.
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  • You can connect withus on social media
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  • and let us know howwe can pray for you.
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  • Thanks for joining us today.
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  • Experiencingrevival is much more
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  • than a singleencounter with God.
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  • Tomorrow we'll be talkingabout how to recognize
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  • true revival and the waythe Holy Spirit works
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  • in and through us.
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  • We will all seeyou then, bye bye.
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