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Overcoming Everything With Prayer

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August 28, 2020
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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: Are youfeeling powerless,
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  • powerless to controlyour destiny?
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  • The fate of our nation,your career,
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  • financial security,and even your daily life?
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  • We are in a spiritual battlefor our hearts and minds,
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  • sometimes with littlestrength to be victorious.
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  • What if I told you there is onewho can empower you to prevail
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  • over the emotional, physical,and spiritual chaos in your
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  • life, one who can give youthe power to be more than
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  • a conqueror, more thana winner, more than a victor,
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  • but an overcomer?
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  • As an overcomer, you are nolonger defined by your trials
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  • but by your victories.
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  • As an overcomer, you put onGod-given armor that both
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  • protects you from the enemyand empowers you to conquer
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  • your greatest obstacles.
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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: We're calledto be overcomers, men and women.
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  • We're called to walk in victory,and strength, and peace,
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  • and love.
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  • Sometimes I hear people say whenI ask them how they're doing,
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  • "I'm doing okay downunder the circumstances."
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  • But we don't belong underthe circumstances,
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  • we belong abovethe circumstances.
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  • We're not undercomers,we're overcomers, amen?
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Live a lifeof unstoppable strength,
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  • unmovable faith,and unbelievable power.
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  • straightforward spiritual truthswill awaken the power of God
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  • in you so you can conquerlife's everyday challenges
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  • and become an overcomer.
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  • And now, here is Dr. Jeremiahwith his message,
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  • "Overcoming EverythingWith Prayer."
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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: I hearda story once about a mother who
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  • got a call from school sayingthat her young daughter was ill.
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  • She hurried to pick up her childand then she called the doctor,
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  • but the doctor's schedule wasalready overbooked that day.
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  • He could see the child thefollowing morning and in the
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  • meantime he recommended anover-the-counter medicine
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  • to ease her symptoms.
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  • So, the mother tuckedher little girl in bed and
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  • drove to the pharmacy,bought the medicine,
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  • hurried back tothe car only to realize,
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  • she had left her keysin the ignition
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  • and locked herself out.
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  • When she called her to daughterto explain why it was gonna take
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  • more time to get home,the little girl told her
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  • to find a coat hanger.
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  • "Mommy," she said,"I've seen it on TV.
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  • You stick this coat hangerdown inside the window,
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  • you hook it on the handleand the doors open."
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  • Well, the mother didn't know herlittle girl was so street-smart
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  • but she went back into the storeand she got a wire hanger, and
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  • she made an attempt to openthe door and she didn't do it.
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  • She couldn't figure it out.
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  • Finally, she was just frustratedand she just lifted her racing
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  • heart to the heavenly Fatherand she said, "Lord God,
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  • I don't know what to do.
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  • My keys are locked in this car.
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  • My little girl's at home sick.
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  • I'm here with thisstupid coat hanger.
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  • Please sendsomebody to help me."
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  • She finished her prayer and thiscar pulled up at the curb and
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  • the passenger got out, andthe man had a rough look.
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  • I mean, he didn't look likesomebody God would send,
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  • but he was there.
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  • He hadn't shaved for daysand it occurred to her
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  • that he might be homeless,but here's God's answer.
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  • So, she said, "Sir,can you help me?"
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  • "What's the problem?"He said.
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  • "Well, I've locked my keys inthis car and I've got this
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  • coat hanger, but I don'tknow what to do with it."
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  • He said, "Lady, let mehave your coat hanger."
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  • After bending the hangerand inserting it down inside
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  • the window glass, heopened the car door.
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  • Pretty scary thingthat people can do that.
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  • The mother was so overwhelmedthat she threw her arms around
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  • this scruffy old guy and gavehim a hug and she said to him,
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  • "You're such a good man.
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  • You're such a good man."
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  • He said, "Lady, I'm no good man.
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  • I just got out ofprison this morning."
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  • As he walked away the motherlifted her hands up to heaven
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  • and said, "Thank you, Lord,you sent me a professional."
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  • You know, sometimes Godanswers prayer--sometimes
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  • God answers prayerin unexpected ways, doesn't he?
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  • In fact, overcomers in ourwarfare against Satan always
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  • deal with the issue of prayer.
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  • The passage we've exploredthroughout this book,
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  • Paul tells us to put onthe armor of the Lord and then
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  • at the end he says, "Takethe sword of the Spirit,"
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  • which isthe Word of God.
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  • We learned those arethe sayings of the Lord.
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  • And then he says, "Pray alwayswith all prayer and supplication
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  • in the Spirit being watchful tothis and with all perseverance
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  • and supplicationfor all the saints."
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  • Now, that's a mouthful,but prayer is our line of
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  • communication, our secretlifeline that connects us
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  • to our leader.
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  • It gives us his strengthand direction every day.
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  • We don't get that without prayerand this is Paul devoted this
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  • little place at the end of thiscritical passage to discuss
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  • the importance of prayer.
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  • Paul slowed down, gave usa robust doctrine of prayer
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  • in 24 words, 24 words inthat verse and we have the most
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  • the most important passagein prayer in all the Bible.
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  • Let's begin by lookingat the persistence
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  • of the overcomers prayer.
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  • Notice what itsays, "praying always."
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  • Now, what does that mean?
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  • I mean, the Bible says,"Man ought always to pray
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  • and not lose heart."
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  • Do we walk around like zombiesoblivious to our surroundings,
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  • mumbling mantras underour breath praying always?
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  • No, it means we'realways in contact with God.
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  • It means like soldiers on thebattlefield connected to their
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  • commando with the radio,we're in touch with God.
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  • This is how we maintain ourconnection and learn to live
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  • in fellowship with him.
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  • If we live this way, we won'thave to begin each prayer
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  • like this, "O God, we comeinto your presence."
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  • No, if you're in his presence,
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  • you can't comeinto his presence.
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  • "Lord, we comeinto your presence."
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  • If we live withan attitude of prayer,
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  • we're always in his presence.
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  • A vivid example of prayingalways is in the character
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  • of Tevye, the struggling Jewishmilkman in the classic stage
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  • play and film,"Fiddler On The Roof."
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  • As he works and interactswith his family and neighbors,
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  • he carries on a runningconversation with God.
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  • He's chatting withhim like a friend.
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  • He talks aboutwhatever comes into his head.
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  • His daughter's getting married,his lame horse, his poverty,
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  • his dreams.
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  • He pauses to carry on businessand take care of needs,
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  • but the momentthose things are done,
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  • he's back talking to God again.
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  • It's as if his life is hisprayer and the everyday things
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  • he must do are justislands in the stream that flows
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  • continually fromhis heart to God.
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  • Praying always meansalways be in touch with God.
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  • You know, sometimes you don'thave time to get ready to pray.
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  • If you see a car coming at youthrough the intersection
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  • you say, "God help."
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  • Well, you better be in goodfellowship with God when that
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  • happens 'cause you don't havetime to confess your sin and
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  • get things right whenthe car's coming at you, right?
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  • So, always being infellowship with God.
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  • But it also means topray persistently.
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  • God wants to teach usthe persistence of prayer.
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  • God doesn't work onour time schedule.
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  • Did you know that for God,everything is in the eternal
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  • present so God isn't waiting.
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  • It's all in the present.
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  • And at the right time,in the right place,
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  • for the right reason,God will answer.
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  • One of my professorsin seminary was a man
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  • by the name of Howard Hendrix.
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  • He was an incredible man knownby all of the Dallas Seminary
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  • graduates as one of thegreat teachers of all time.
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  • My wife actuallywas his secretary
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  • while we were in seminary.
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  • One day Dr. Hendrix cameinto our class and he said,
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  • "You know, my father'snot a Christian."
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  • And he said, "I have prayedfor him every single day
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  • for 40 years."
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  • And I was in class when he camein and told me that his father
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  • was very, very ill, probablygonna die soon, but that
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  • he accepted Jesus Christas his personal Savior.
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  • Forty years heprayed for his dad.
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  • It's always too soonto quit, you guys.
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  • Don't quit just becauseit looks discouraging.
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  • "Oh, he won'teven listen the us.
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  • He doesn't wantanything to do with us."
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  • Just keep praying.
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  • Keep knocking on the door.Keep seeking.
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  • Keep asking andGod, God is there.
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  • God loves it when his childrencome knocking on his door
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  • persistently.
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  • Then notice the possibilityof the Overcomer's Prayer.
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  • Here's what it says,"Praying always,"
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  • and then this little phrase,"with all prayer."
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  • It's a little tiny word,
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  • but the termhas an expansive meaning.
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  • It means everything that canplace in the basket, no limits,
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  • no exclusions, the entire gamut,the whole enchilada,
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  • everything with prayer.
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  • With all prayer, all prayer,supplication, thanksgiving,
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  • you got it.
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  • Number three, the petitionof the Overcomer's Prayer.
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  • Praying always with allprayer and supplication.
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  • Now, supplication means to ask,that's basically what the word
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  • means, ask.
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  • God tells us that he has wiredthis universe to work by prayer
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  • and prayer works when we ask.
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  • I have to tell you oftentimesas I stand at the front of our
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  • church on occasion and peoplecome to talk to me they'll say,
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  • "Pastor Jeremiah, Idon't know what to do.
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  • Can you tell me?"
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  • And then they'llunfold their story.
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  • And then I'll say to them,"Have you asked God about this?"
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  • And they look at me likeI've just asked them a question
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  • nobody should ever ask.
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  • "And no, pastor, that'swhy we're asking you."
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  • I said, "Well, why would you askme when you haven't asked God?
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  • I mean, God's atthe top of the list.
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  • I'm pray down here somewhere.
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  • Ask God, you can go rightto the head of the class.
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  • Ask God."
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  • And, you know, it's a simplething but it's so interesting
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  • to me how many Christians thereare who struggle with issues in
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  • their life and it never dawns onthem that they should ask God.
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  • The New Testament encouragesus to offer these prayers.
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  • When Jesus taught his disciplesthe model prayer to pray,
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  • he filled it with requests,not only for ideals like
  • 00:12:34.804 --> 00:12:38.340
  • the advancement of God'skingdom, but for our daily bread
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  • and our personal needs likefood, and forgiveness,
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  • and deliverance from evil.
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  • The Bible says, "When youpray, pray for those things."
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  • In the Sermon on the Mount,Jesus invites us to pray prayers
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  • without holding back and hepromises those prayers
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  • will be heard and answered.
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  • James, who is the Lord'sbrother, tells us, "Our failure
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  • to place our need before Godexplains why we do not have
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  • peace in our lives.
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  • You have notbecause you do not ask."
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  • I remember preaching onMatthew 7 where it says,
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  • "Ask and it shallbe given to you."
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  • Seemed like it was sortof simple, the word "ask."
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  • I thought it must be someEnglish translation of a Greek
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  • word that was much morecomplicated than that so
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  • I looked up that word inall of the dictionaries.
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  • I looked it up in all of thetranslation helps that I had,
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  • and you know what I foundout the word "ask" means?
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  • It means ask,that's what it means.
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  • It's a simple little word.
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  • It's a simple little word thatmeans if you need something,
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  • ask for it.
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  • You know what?
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  • Our kids don't havea problem with that.
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  • Our grandkids don'thave a problem with that.
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  • I heard a story about a littleboy who went to bed one night
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  • and his father was home takingcare of the kids, and his father
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  • wasn't used to the bedtimeroutine that most moms are
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  • pretty familiar with sohis father was downstairs.
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  • He thought the children werein bed and he could enjoy
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  • his television program.
  • 00:14:08.564 --> 00:14:09.899
  • Pretty soon he heard his littleboy at the top of the stairs
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  • saying, "Daddy, Ineed a glass of water."
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  • So, he goes up there and hegets them a glass of water.
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  • Few minutes later, guess what.
  • 00:14:18.908 --> 00:14:20.309
  • "Daddy, I gotta goto the bathroom."
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  • So, he goes up.
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  • And this goes ontwo or three times.
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  • "Daddy, I need aglass of water."
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  • Finally, the father had had it.
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  • He said, "Young man, youget yourself back in bed.
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  • Don't you let mehear your voice again.
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  • The next time I hear you voice,I'm gonna come up there
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  • and give you a lickin'.
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  • I'm gonna come up andgive you a spanking."
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  • It was real quiet thenhe heard his little boy say,
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  • "Daddy, when you come upto give me a spanking,
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  • could you bring mea glass of water?"
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  • I mean, you know, that'sthe way it is, isn't it?
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  • That's the way we are.
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  • Our kids can teach us a lotabout being persistent, amen?
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  • Amen.
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  • And you know what?
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  • They're not embarrassed.
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  • They don't haveany embarrassment.
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  • God wants us to be to himas our father as our children
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  • as our children are to usas their father.
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  • Ask for what you need.
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  • So, the petition ofthe Overcomer's Prayer.
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  • Then let's noticethe power of it,
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  • the power of the Overcomer'sPrayer is in the next phrase.
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  • "Praying always with all prayerand supplication in the Spirit."
  • 00:15:26.875 --> 00:15:32.748
  • What power drives our prayer?
  • 00:15:32.781 --> 00:15:34.616
  • It is the power of the HolySpirit who lives within us.
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  • The Holy Spiritwrote the Word of God.
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  • And it's the same Holy Spiritwho lives in your heart and
  • 00:15:41.056 --> 00:15:43.759
  • lives in my heart and becausehe's the one with the Father,
  • 00:15:43.792 --> 00:15:46.829
  • because of this, he knowsyour intent when you pray.
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  • He takes your fumbling prayersand reshapes them to reveal
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  • the deepest needs that areunderneath the surface
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  • of your words andpresents them perfectly
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  • to the Father in heaven.
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  • Isn't that incredible?
  • 00:16:00.309 --> 00:16:02.478
  • The Bible says in Romans 8,"The Spirit helps us
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  • in our weaknesses.
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  • For we do not know what weshould pray for as we ought,
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  • but the Spirit Himselfmakes intercession for us
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  • with groanings whichcannot be uttered.
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  • Now He who searchesthe hearts knows what the mind
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  • of the Spirit is, becauseHe makes intercession
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  • for the saints accordingto the will of God."
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  • When you pray,the Holy Spirit is involved.
  • 00:16:24.967 --> 00:16:29.505
  • And here's the beauty of prayer,who is prayer addressed to?
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  • To the Father.
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  • Who prays the prayer?
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  • You do.Who's in your heart?
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  • The Holy Spirit.Where does the prayer go next?
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  • It goes to the Son of God who isat the right hand of the Father
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  • making intercessionfor the believer.
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  • Did you notice thatthe Holy Trinity is involved
  • 00:16:46.889 --> 00:16:49.591
  • every time you pray?
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  • The Holy Spirit in you,Jesus Christ interceding,
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  • and the Father onthe throne, hallelujah.
  • 00:16:53.862 --> 00:16:56.365
  • Well, let's talk aboutthe precision of
  • 00:17:01.837 --> 00:17:04.106
  • the Overcomer's Prayer.
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  • Here's the next phrase.
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  • I'm just teaching thisverse one phrase at a time.
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  • "Praying always with all prayerand supplication in the Spirit,
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  • being watchful to this end."
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  • What does it meanto be watchful?
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  • Well, maybe itmeans to be awake.
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  • Did you ever fall asleepwhen you were praying?
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  • Come on now.
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  • It's all right to be honest.
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  • I'm not telling anybody.
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  • Paul transitions from thedescribing the Christian's armor
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  • to the subject of prayer.
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  • Notice how he retainsthis military imagery.
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  • He does this becausewe face a real enemy.
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  • To be up and awake meansthe battle is engaged.
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  • To be watchful meanswe got our eyes open.
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  • Overcomers will understand thatthe enemy wants to attack you
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  • with distractions, and doubts,and temptations,
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  • so that you don't pray.
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  • So, guard your prayer time.
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  • Keep your prayersconstantly flowing.
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  • Prioritize prayer asyou plan your schedule.
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  • Encourage everything that feedsand fosters your prayer life
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  • and focus your prayersas you can.
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  • Get a plan for your prayer.
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  • Don't be willy-nilly at praying.
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  • Don't just pray whenever youfeel like it 'cause I promise
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  • you, you won't feel likeit as much as you should.
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  • And then prayer doesn't getdone and when prayer doesn't get
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  • done, a lot of other things getdone that shouldn't get done.
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  • But if you don't knowexactly what to pray for,
  • 00:18:29.925 --> 00:18:32.327
  • don't avoid prayeror hesitate to pray.
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  • Trust that the intention ofyour prayer will be heard
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  • and understood.
  • 00:18:38.133 --> 00:18:40.002
  • Here's what Colossians 4:2 says,"Continue earnestly in prayer
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  • being vigilant in itwith thanksgiving."
  • 00:18:45.674 --> 00:18:49.611
  • And then notice number six,the perseverance
  • 00:18:49.645 --> 00:18:54.049
  • of the Overcomer's Prayer.
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  • "Praying always with all prayerand supplication in the Spirit,
  • 00:18:56.318 --> 00:18:59.087
  • being watchful to this end."
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  • Then is says, "Withall perseverance."
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  • To pray effectively is topersevere no matter how sorry
  • 00:19:03.091 --> 00:19:07.596
  • or earthbound your prayers mayfeel, no matter how focused,
  • 00:19:07.629 --> 00:19:11.166
  • or failing, or frantic youfeel, the more you pray
  • 00:19:11.200 --> 00:19:14.203
  • in all circumstances, the moreyou align your will with God's
  • 00:19:14.236 --> 00:19:17.706
  • which will mean morevisible answers.
  • 00:19:17.739 --> 00:19:20.075
  • And here's whatI've done some days.
  • 00:19:20.108 --> 00:19:22.077
  • I have it my journal.
  • 00:19:22.110 --> 00:19:23.579
  • "Dear Lord, I don't know whereyou are and I don't feel like
  • 00:19:23.612 --> 00:19:27.983
  • praying today,but I know I am called to pray
  • 00:19:28.016 --> 00:19:32.287
  • so I'm gonna praythe best I can.
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  • I'm gonna do what you've told meto do and I'm gonna trust that
  • 00:19:34.590 --> 00:19:37.993
  • somewhere out there,you're there and maybe
  • 00:19:38.026 --> 00:19:41.096
  • I'll figure this out later."
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  • Be as honest with the Lordas you can when you pray.
  • 00:19:43.031 --> 00:19:44.866
  • You know how I learned that?
  • 00:19:44.900 --> 00:19:46.268
  • Have you ever read the Psalmsand seen how David prayed?
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  • I mean, he prayed honestly.
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  • He prayed, "Lord,how long are you gonna wait
  • 00:19:53.909 --> 00:19:56.445
  • before you answer me?"
  • 00:19:56.478 --> 00:19:59.114
  • Someone once told methe Psalms all began with a sigh
  • 00:19:59.147 --> 00:20:02.417
  • and they end with a song.
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  • Isn't that true?
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  • You start out with Davidand he's in the dumps
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  • and you wonder, where is inthe world did this come from?
  • 00:20:07.789 --> 00:20:10.192
  • But he tells Godwhat's in his heart.
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  • He prays honestly,he tells God he's struggling
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  • with his prayers, and thensomehow through it all,
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  • God breaks through.
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  • We can't just stop prayingwhen it doesn't feel right
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  • to pray anymore.
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  • I tell myself this a lotof times, "Jeremiah,
  • 00:20:25.574 --> 00:20:28.210
  • you gotta soldier through, man.
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  • You gotta keep going.
  • 00:20:30.345 --> 00:20:31.647
  • You gotta pray even when youdon't feel like praying 'cause
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  • if you don't pray when you don'tfeel like praying, there'll be
  • 00:20:34.116 --> 00:20:36.451
  • a lot of times when you shouldpray that you don't pray."
  • 00:20:36.485 --> 00:20:39.988
  • And that's what I'm saying.
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  • Be persevering in your prayer.
  • 00:20:41.423 --> 00:20:44.393
  • And then the purposeof the Overcomer's Prayer.
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Here's what it says next,"Praying always with all prayer
  • 00:20:51.466 --> 00:20:55.837
  • and supplication in the Spirit,being watchful to this end
  • 00:20:55.871 --> 00:21:00.108
  • with all perseveranceand supplication
  • 00:21:00.142 --> 00:21:03.178
  • for all the saints."
  • 00:21:03.211 --> 00:21:04.579
  • Pray for all the saints.
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  • When we pray for eachother, everybody in the body
  • 00:21:06.848 --> 00:21:09.518
  • of Christ is prayingfor everybody else
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  • in the body of Christ.
  • 00:21:11.453 --> 00:21:13.188
  • And although I may be prayingfor you instead of for myself,
  • 00:21:13.221 --> 00:21:16.124
  • I don't need to worry about myneeds being met 'cause
  • 00:21:16.158 --> 00:21:18.327
  • while I'm praying for you,you're praying for me.
  • 00:21:18.360 --> 00:21:21.263
  • This is calledreciprocal prayer.
  • 00:21:21.296 --> 00:21:23.432
  • And Paul said, "Prayingalways for all the saints."
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  • If we all did that, we'd neverhave to pray much for ourselves
  • 00:21:26.768 --> 00:21:29.971
  • 'cause we'd know everybodyelse is praying for us and we're
  • 00:21:30.005 --> 00:21:31.840
  • praying for them.
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  • How many of you know life getsso much better when you get your
  • 00:21:33.275 --> 00:21:35.544
  • eyes off of you andget your eyes on God?
  • 00:21:35.577 --> 00:21:38.513
  • Somebody once told me that thebest definition of humility is
  • 00:21:38.547 --> 00:21:41.183
  • this, humility is not thinkingless of yourself, it's just
  • 00:21:41.216 --> 00:21:44.519
  • thinking of yourself less, youknow, and sometimes we need do
  • 00:21:44.553 --> 00:21:48.190
  • that, to pray inhumility before God.
  • 00:21:48.223 --> 00:21:51.893
  • Well, let's look at the practiceof the Overcomer's Prayer.
  • 00:21:51.927 --> 00:21:54.963
  • Are you prepared topray effectively?
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  • Do you feel confident in yourability to pray as you should?
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  • If not, don't give up.
  • 00:22:01.169 --> 00:22:03.004
  • Prayer issomething you can learn.
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  • You can learn to pray.
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  • I learned to pray.
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  • Just get alonein a room and pray.
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  • Sometimes it's bestto pray out loud.
  • 00:22:11.947 --> 00:22:14.216
  • You won't fall asleep as easywhen you pray out loud.
  • 00:22:14.249 --> 00:22:18.286
  • So, pray the best you can.
  • 00:22:18.320 --> 00:22:20.122
  • You say, "Well, I'mpretty awkward at praying."
  • 00:22:20.155 --> 00:22:22.224
  • I remember one of the greatthings, when people get in
  • 00:22:22.257 --> 00:22:24.860
  • a small group, usually somewherealong the way, people pray
  • 00:22:24.893 --> 00:22:28.063
  • and sometimes they have a timeat the end of the small group
  • 00:22:28.096 --> 00:22:30.899
  • where they havea little prayer time.
  • 00:22:30.932 --> 00:22:32.801
  • And I've met so many guys,especially who'll go to small
  • 00:22:32.834 --> 00:22:35.704
  • group with their wife and theynever prayed out loud
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  • in their lives.
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  • And the thought ofit terrifies them.
  • 00:22:38.673 --> 00:22:41.109
  • The thought that somebody'sgonna put them under pressure in
  • 00:22:41.143 --> 00:22:43.612
  • a small group or you go aroundin a circle and it comes your
  • 00:22:43.645 --> 00:22:48.583
  • time and you don't know ifyou're gonna live through it.
  • 00:22:48.617 --> 00:22:52.320
  • And we try to say, "Well, ifyou don't feel like you want to
  • 00:22:52.354 --> 00:22:54.656
  • pray, just tap your neighborand they'll pass you by."
  • 00:22:54.689 --> 00:22:58.326
  • But then I have to tell youon more than one occasion
  • 00:22:58.360 --> 00:23:02.431
  • I've had guys tell me, comeand tell me like they just--
  • 00:23:02.464 --> 00:23:05.300
  • like they just wonthe Olympics or something.
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  • "Dr. Jeremiah, I wasat small group last week
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  • and I prayed out loudfor the first time.
  • 00:23:10.539 --> 00:23:12.574
  • I gotta tell you,it was unbelievable.
  • 00:23:12.607 --> 00:23:16.111
  • It was unbelievable."
  • 00:23:16.144 --> 00:23:17.946
  • How do you pray?You just pray.
  • 00:23:17.979 --> 00:23:19.781
  • Pray the best you can.
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  • "Lord, it's me."
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  • I've heard all kinds of prayers.
  • 00:23:23.718 --> 00:23:25.020
  • "Lord, it's me andhere I am again."
  • 00:23:25.053 --> 00:23:28.457
  • And I love those prayersbecause they're so honest
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  • and they're so real.
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  • They haven't learnedChristian-ese yet so they pray,
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  • they pray in normal termslike I think God
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  • would rather have us pray.
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  • You get what I'm saying?
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  • So, here's Paul'sinstruction to us.
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  • At the end of the armorof the believer,
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  • after he's told us we're totake the sword of the Spirit,
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  • which is the Word of God, andwield it against the enemy,
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  • it's almost like hetakes a step back.
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  • And he says, "Oh, by the way,praying always with all
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  • prayer and supplication."
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  • This is how to prepare yourselffor communication with
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  • your commander as you engagein life's daily battles.
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  • You're gonna go into the wartomorrow when you get back home.
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  • You're gonna face the challengesof the secular group out there
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  • that hates God, hates Jesus,and probably doesn't think
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  • too highly of you.
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  • But before you go out into thatworld, go down into your prayer
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  • closet, make sure you're incontact with Almighty God,
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  • and then you don't goout there yourself.
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  • You don't go by yourself,you go with him.
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • male announcer: Dr. Jeremiahwill return with one more
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  • inspirational Word to closetoday's "Overcomer" program
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  • announcer: And now with one lastWord for today's program,
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  • here is Dr. Jeremiah.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: God createdyou to be an overcomer.
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  • He has given you supernaturaltools to use here on earth
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  • Being an overcomer means puttingon the whole armor of God
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  • provided to us byfaith in Jesus Christ.
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  • announcer: Next timeon "Turning Point."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Nothingis impossible with him.
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  • If he can overcome the grave, hecan overcome whatever we face,
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  • whatever we deal with,whatever comes across our path.
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • announcer: Join Dr. Jeremiahnext time for his message,
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  • "Overcoming Death With Life,"here on "Turning Point."
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