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September 27, 2020
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  • David Jeremiah: Today isabout the rest of your life.
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  • It's about tomorrowand the day after that.
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  • The future God has plannedfor you shouldn't be
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  • a haphazard approach to life.
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  • You might feel stuck,but you don't have to be.
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  • Perhaps you're discouraged.
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  • It's time to deal with that.
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  • And if you feel uncertain,you can find clarity.
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  • You may not know what's next,but God does.
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  • He's there waiting for youin your tomorrow,
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  • so step into it and discoverGod's presence and purpose
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  • in your life.
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  • Starting today, starting now,it's time to move forward.
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  • male announcer: It's timewe rise above our circumstances,
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  • conquer our fears,face the future with faith,
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  • prevail over the past, aspireto accomplish greater things,
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  • reclaim our birthright,proclaim his power,
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  • and claim God's promises.
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  • God has more for us.
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  • It's not time to stop.
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  • It's time to move forward.
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  • Today on "Turning Point,"Dr. Jeremiah helps you identify
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  • God-inspired impressionsabout your future.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: There are so manythings that are unprecedented.
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  • Sometimes we don't even knowhow to pray.
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  • We don't even knowwhat to ask God for.
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  • But you can be sure of this:if you pray and you're sincere
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  • in your heart andyou're walking with God,
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  • he hears your prayerand he will answer it.
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  • announcer: That's coming upon today's special
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  • "Forward" editionof "Turning Point."
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  • announcer: In just a momentDr. Jeremiah will guide you
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  • into an active prayer life whereyou'll discover that prayer is
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  • the divine energy that bringsthe power of God
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  • into the plans he gives us.
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  • Find this and nine other waysyou can know God's purpose,
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  • feel God's power, and accomplishGod's plan for your life
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  • in Dr. Jeremiah's new book,"Forward:
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  • the future God has prepareduniquely for you,
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  • no matter your ageor your circumstance.
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  • here on "Turning Point."
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  • And now, here is Dr. Jeremiahwith his message,
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  • "Pray: Consult Your Creator."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: In 1909 youngLeonora Wood volunteered to go
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  • to the Appalachian Mountainsto teach
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  • in a one-room mission school.
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  • There, in the impoverished townof Del Rio, Tennessee,
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  • she became somethingof a living legend,
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  • thanks to her commitmentto prayer.
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  • Leonora knew how to turn dreamsinto prayer,
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  • and prayer into dreams.
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  • Raymond Thomas was a foster teenwho often stopped at
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  • Leonora's cabin in his knee-highclodhoppers and talked
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  • with her as she saton the front porch,
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  • shelling peas or darning socks.
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  • Raymond's seemingly impossibledream was to go to college.
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  • "But how could I manage it?"
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  • he said, "I haven't gotany money.
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  • I don't have any prospects.
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  • I've not saved anything."
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  • "Raymond," Leonora replied,"whatever you need,
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  • God has the supply readyfor you.
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  • The money will be there forany dream that's right for you,
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  • every dream for whichyou're willing to work."
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  • Raymond asked Leonora to offera dreaming prayer for him
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  • and her prayer went like this:
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  • "Father, you've given Raymonda fine mind.
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  • We believe that you wantRaymond's potential to be used
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  • to help you lift and lightensome portion of your world.
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  • Since all the wealthof the world is yours,
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  • please help Raymond findeverything he needs
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  • for an education."
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  • Raymond Thomas did make itthrough college in four years,
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  • working 12 jobs to supporthimself and graduating
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  • with a bachelor of sciencedegree cum laude.
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  • He also servedin World War II and later
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  • settled in Vienna wherehe earned a PhD in physics.
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  • He went on to visit60 countries,
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  • master multiple languages,and network with some
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  • of the most important peoplein Europe through his job
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  • with the USAtomic Energy Program.
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  • Looking back on his life,Raymond said,
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  • "The fact that I could dreamof going to college
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  • and achieve itproved something to me.
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  • Very simply, any right dream canbe realized and prayer helps you
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  • know if it's right and gives youthe power to stay with it."
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  • In other words,listen carefully:
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  • the way forward isto pray forward.
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  • I think that's what Nehemiahwould say too.
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  • He was one of the mosteffective leaders in the Bible,
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  • and his story unfoldsin the Old Testament book
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  • that bears his name.
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  • Executives and entrepreneursstudy his book endlessly
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  • because of the leadershiplessons that are found in it.
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  • Nehemiah was a Jewish official,serving the Persian king
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  • in the city of Sousa,a thousand miles from Jerusalem.
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  • The Babylonians had destroyedIsrael and Jerusalem in 586 B.C.
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  • and several thousand Hebrewsettlers had gone back
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  • to rebuild the templeand reestablish
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  • a Jewish presence there.
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  • This was a deep burdenfor Nehemiah.
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  • He knew God's plan of redemptiondepended on the continuity
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  • of his people in their land.
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  • He understood that it wasa matter of heartfelt prayer
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  • to make this happen.
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  • One day, Nehemiah's brotherand a few other men arrived
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  • from Jerusalemwith this grim message:
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  • "The survivors who are left fromthe captivity in the province
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  • are there in great distressand reproach.
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  • The wall of Jerusalem is alsobroken down,
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  • and its gates are burnedwith fire."
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  • This news hit Nehemiahlike a blast.
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  • Slumping into his chair,he started sobbing,
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  • but out of his deep tearscame earnest prayers
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  • and out of his prayers camea fervent dream.
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  • With God's help, Nehemiahwould return to Jerusalem
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  • and rebuild the wallsof the ancient city of his God.
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  • It seemed an impossible featbecause Nehemiah was
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  • the king's cupbearerand a trusted advisor.
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  • The likelihood ofKing Artaxerxes releasing him,
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  • let alone financing the trip,seemed very far-fetched.
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  • But God, he'd already plantedthe dream in Nehemiah's heart
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  • just as he is planting freshdreams in your heart today.
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  • So you have to prepareyour heart for God's plan.
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  • God's desires flourishin prepared hearts,
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  • just like seedsin a fertile ground.
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  • In the last message, I urged youto imagine your future.
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  • If you're saying, "Yeah, I wannado that," but you're not certain
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  • what your dream is or whatthe next step forward is,
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  • then prayer iswhere you should start.
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  • Nehemiah saw a needthat burdened his heart
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  • and he started to pray about it.
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  • I've studied the bookof Nehemiah many times
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  • and there are two verses thattell us something about dreams,
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  • not the kind you have at nightbut the kind
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  • that guide you forward.
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  • Notice these two tellingphrases: Nehemiah claimed
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  • that "God put it in my heart torebuild the walls of Jerusalem."
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  • Later, he said: "My God put itin my heart to organize
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  • the people."
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  • Nehemiah didn't come up withhis dream for Jerusalem's wall
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  • by himself.
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  • His heart was receptive tothe impressions God sent him.
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  • Let me tell youwhat I've learned.
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  • A prayerful heart isfertile ground for divine ideas.
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  • How can you be sure the dreamin your heart is God's will
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  • and not yours?
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  • Well, you must humblyand specifically ask God
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  • to place his ideas for your lifeinto your heart and mind.
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  • "Show me your way, O Lord;teach me your paths."
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  • Fred Lunsford was oneof the soldiers who stormed
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  • the beaches of Normandyon D-Day in 1944.
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  • After the war he becamea pastor in the mountains
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  • of North Carolina.
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  • There he devoted 70 yearsto preaching the gospel.
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  • Two years agowhen Lunsford was 93,
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  • he became very sick and hethought he was gonna die.
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  • He told the Lord he wantedto go to heaven and God said,
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  • "Not yet."
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  • Sitting in the prayer gardenbehind his house,
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  • Lunsford asked the Lord,"Why are you leaving me here?"
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  • And the Lord seemed to answerby saying that he had
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  • some unfinished businessfor Lunsford to do:
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  • to pray for a spiritualawakening in this country.
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  • So from that moment forward,Lunsford has been earnestly
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  • praying for an awakeningin America and around
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  • the world and he's recruitedothers to do the same.
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  • Recently, Fox News carrieda story about him,
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  • reporting that somehow,don't ask me how,
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  • Lunsford has well overa quarter million people praying
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  • with him every day fora great outpouring of revival.
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  • "This is truly a revivalof prayer," he said,
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  • "and from this day forwardGod's going to do wonders.
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  • What it is, I don't knowbut I wanna be a part of it."
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  • So when you prepare your heartfor God's plan,
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  • you're getting ready to receivewhat he wants you to do.
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  • You do that through prayer.
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  • You pray and you ask the Lordto help you be sensitive
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  • to what he's telling you to do.
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  • And then you prayabout the plans
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  • that he gives you day and night.
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  • No matter the houror circumstances, pray.
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  • As God begins to give youimpressions and thoughts
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  • about your future,continue to pray.
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  • Commit them to him in seriousongoing prayer.
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  • And as soon as Nehemiah sensedthe need for rebuilding
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  • the walls of Jerusalem, listen,he sat down and he wept
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  • and he mourned for many daysand he was fasting and praying
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  • before the God of heaven.
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  • As his thoughts clarifiedand he better understood
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  • what needed to happen,he wrote out an earnest prayer.
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  • It's preserved for us inthe book that bears his name.
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  • Here it is: "I pray,Lord God of heaven,
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  • O great and awesome God,you who keep your covenant and
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  • mercy with those who love youand observe your commandments,
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  • please let your ear be attentiveand your eyes open,
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  • that you may hear the prayerof your servant which I pray
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  • before you now, day and night."
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  • Nehemiah went on to confess hissins and those of his people.
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  • He reminded Godof the biblical promises
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  • involving the children of Israeland he ended by saying,
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  • "O Lord, I pray, let your earbe attentive to the prayer
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  • of your servant,and to the prayer
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  • of your servants who desireto fear your name;
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  • and let your servantprosper this day, I pray,
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  • and grant him mercyin the sight of this man."
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  • Who was this man?
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  • Oh, it was King Artaxerxes, themost powerful man on the earth.
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  • And even though Nehemiahwas his cupbearer,
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  • he couldn't approach the kingwithout risking his life.
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  • Only God could arrangethe right moment,
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  • so Nehemiah prayed.
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  • E.M. Bounds wasa 19th century pastor
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  • who wrote a powerful bookon the subject of prayer.
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  • I've read many of his books.
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  • Every page is kind of convictingso I can only read them
  • 00:12:31.901 --> 00:12:34.603
  • in small doses, but E.M. Boundscalled prayer,
  • 00:12:34.637 --> 00:12:38.607
  • "spiritual energy."
  • 00:12:38.641 --> 00:12:40.810
  • Here's what he wrote.
  • 00:12:40.843 --> 00:12:42.144
  • He said, "What great thingsare accomplished
  • 00:12:42.178 --> 00:12:45.581
  • by this divinely appointedmeans of grace?
  • 00:12:45.614 --> 00:12:48.851
  • It brings things to pass whichwould never otherwise occur."
  • 00:12:48.884 --> 00:12:52.421
  • Bounds said that "the storyof prayer is the story
  • 00:12:52.454 --> 00:12:55.224
  • of great achievements.
  • 00:12:55.257 --> 00:12:57.059
  • Prayer is a wonderful power,placed by Almighty God
  • 00:12:57.092 --> 00:13:00.462
  • in the hands of his peoplewhich may be used to accomplish
  • 00:13:00.496 --> 00:13:03.599
  • great purposes andachieve unusual results."
  • 00:13:03.632 --> 00:13:08.971
  • The Bible says it this way:
  • 00:13:09.004 --> 00:13:10.940
  • "The earnest prayerof a righteous person
  • 00:13:10.973 --> 00:13:13.509
  • has great power and produceswonderful results."
  • 00:13:13.542 --> 00:13:19.415
  • Prayer is the divine energythat brings the power of God
  • 00:13:19.448 --> 00:13:24.353
  • into the plans thathe's given you.
  • 00:13:24.386 --> 00:13:27.723
  • I don't know any short cutfor this.
  • 00:13:27.756 --> 00:13:30.092
  • God guides his childrenas they learn the joy
  • 00:13:30.125 --> 00:13:33.329
  • of praying to him night and day.
  • 00:13:33.362 --> 00:13:36.832
  • So prepare your heart for God'splan and pray about your plans
  • 00:13:36.866 --> 00:13:42.037
  • day and night and then learnto practice spontaneous prayer.
  • 00:13:42.071 --> 00:13:47.943
  • It's wonderful to havea leisurely hour on the patio
  • 00:13:47.977 --> 00:13:51.780
  • for Bible study and prayeror to engage in a special
  • 00:13:51.814 --> 00:13:56.485
  • extended time in prayerwith friends at church,
  • 00:13:56.518 --> 00:13:58.954
  • asking God for his favors.
  • 00:13:58.988 --> 00:14:01.790
  • But sometimes, you haveto pray instantly.
  • 00:14:01.824 --> 00:14:05.261
  • Sometimes, you haveto pray urgently,
  • 00:14:05.294 --> 00:14:07.563
  • on the spur of the moment,and it's good to know
  • 00:14:07.596 --> 00:14:10.299
  • that the Lord hearsthose prayers as well.
  • 00:14:10.332 --> 00:14:12.968
  • I urge you to learnto pray quickly, silently,
  • 00:14:13.002 --> 00:14:15.537
  • and instantly.
  • 00:14:15.571 --> 00:14:17.139
  • No one in the Bible masteredthat skill better than Nehemiah.
  • 00:14:17.172 --> 00:14:20.809
  • His book is pepperedwith short little prayers
  • 00:14:20.843 --> 00:14:23.746
  • that were injectedinto his narrative.
  • 00:14:23.779 --> 00:14:26.015
  • He knew how to prayspontaneously.
  • 00:14:26.048 --> 00:14:29.218
  • For example, one day the kingwanted a glass of wine
  • 00:14:29.251 --> 00:14:32.521
  • so Nehemiah prepared itand here is Nehemiah 2:1-2:
  • 00:14:32.554 --> 00:14:37.760
  • "I took the wine andI gave it to the king.
  • 00:14:37.793 --> 00:14:40.129
  • Now I had never been sad inthe presence of the king before,
  • 00:14:40.162 --> 00:14:45.167
  • and so the king said to me,'Why is your face sad,
  • 00:14:45.200 --> 00:14:48.671
  • since you are not sick?
  • 00:14:48.704 --> 00:14:50.239
  • This is nothingbut sorrow of heart.'"
  • 00:14:50.272 --> 00:14:52.641
  • Now, a littleinterpretation here.
  • 00:14:52.675 --> 00:14:54.977
  • Nehemiah knew these words couldhave reflected genuine concern
  • 00:14:55.010 --> 00:14:58.414
  • or they could have beenhis death sentence.
  • 00:14:58.447 --> 00:15:00.616
  • Believe it or not, in that dayit was a capital offense
  • 00:15:00.649 --> 00:15:04.353
  • to be sad in the presenceof the king.
  • 00:15:04.386 --> 00:15:07.389
  • So watch carefullywhat Nehemiah did.
  • 00:15:07.423 --> 00:15:09.792
  • He senses the urgencyof the moment,
  • 00:15:09.825 --> 00:15:11.860
  • verses 2 through 5: "So I becamedreadfully afraid,
  • 00:15:11.894 --> 00:15:15.597
  • and I said to the king,"good move,
  • 00:15:15.631 --> 00:15:18.534
  • "'May the king live forever!
  • 00:15:18.567 --> 00:15:21.003
  • Why should my face not be sad,when the city,
  • 00:15:21.036 --> 00:15:23.639
  • the place of my fathers' tombs,lies waste,
  • 00:15:23.672 --> 00:15:26.608
  • and its gates are burnedwith fire?'
  • 00:15:26.642 --> 00:15:28.210
  • And then the king said to me,'What do you request?'"
  • 00:15:28.243 --> 00:15:32.514
  • Now watch this. "So I prayedto the God of heaven.
  • 00:15:32.548 --> 00:15:35.150
  • And I said to the king,'If it pleases the king,
  • 00:15:35.184 --> 00:15:38.320
  • and if your servant has foundfavor in your sight,
  • 00:15:38.354 --> 00:15:40.589
  • I ask that you send me to Judah,to the city of my fathers,
  • 00:15:40.622 --> 00:15:44.126
  • that I may rebuild it.'"
  • 00:15:44.159 --> 00:15:46.395
  • I'm sure you noticed,here's the phrase:
  • 00:15:46.428 --> 00:15:48.731
  • "I prayed to the God of heaven,and I answered the king."
  • 00:15:48.764 --> 00:15:52.334
  • In the twinkling of an eye,Nehemiah had his opportunity
  • 00:15:52.368 --> 00:15:55.604
  • but he had to say exactlythe right thing in the right way
  • 00:15:55.637 --> 00:15:58.741
  • to move the king to his cause.
  • 00:15:58.774 --> 00:16:00.676
  • His life was on the line,not to mention the desires
  • 00:16:00.709 --> 00:16:03.645
  • of his heart.
  • 00:16:03.679 --> 00:16:05.280
  • It was critical for him to speakwisely and for the king
  • 00:16:05.314 --> 00:16:08.150
  • to react positively so Nehemiahshot up an arrow to heaven.
  • 00:16:08.183 --> 00:16:12.154
  • Maybe it was just,"Help, Lord, help."
  • 00:16:12.187 --> 00:16:14.656
  • Most of us know that prayer.
  • 00:16:14.690 --> 00:16:18.027
  • We've prayed it on occasion.
  • 00:16:18.060 --> 00:16:20.195
  • The Lord answered and soonNehemiah was on his way
  • 00:16:20.229 --> 00:16:22.598
  • to rebuild the wallsof Jerusalem.
  • 00:16:22.631 --> 00:16:24.767
  • When you know how to earnestlypray day and night,
  • 00:16:24.800 --> 00:16:28.137
  • then you will find outthere's great power
  • 00:16:28.170 --> 00:16:31.473
  • in spontaneous prayer as well.
  • 00:16:31.507 --> 00:16:34.543
  • One fateful day back in 2001,Lieutenant Colonel Dan Hooton
  • 00:16:34.576 --> 00:16:38.080
  • was working on the first floorin the C Ring of the Pentagon.
  • 00:16:38.113 --> 00:16:42.684
  • That's sort of in the middleof the building.
  • 00:16:42.718 --> 00:16:45.087
  • He was preparingfor a 10 o'clock meeting
  • 00:16:45.120 --> 00:16:47.489
  • when a co-worker cameinto his office with news
  • 00:16:47.523 --> 00:16:50.259
  • that the World Trade Centerwas on fire in New York.
  • 00:16:50.292 --> 00:16:53.896
  • Hooton went to his boss's officewhere the television was on.
  • 00:16:53.929 --> 00:16:57.266
  • He watched events unfold,then had a feeling down deep
  • 00:16:57.299 --> 00:17:01.437
  • that he should get upand return to his own office.
  • 00:17:01.470 --> 00:17:05.074
  • Along the way, he stoppedto talk to someone
  • 00:17:05.107 --> 00:17:07.342
  • in a nearby cubicleand suddenly,
  • 00:17:07.376 --> 00:17:09.278
  • the whole roomburst into flames.
  • 00:17:09.311 --> 00:17:11.747
  • And Hooton was thrown20 feet forward.
  • 00:17:11.780 --> 00:17:15.050
  • His left leg was pinnedto the floor beneath rubble
  • 00:17:15.084 --> 00:17:17.386
  • and the walls were on fire.
  • 00:17:17.419 --> 00:17:19.621
  • He yelled for his co-workerbut heard no response.
  • 00:17:19.655 --> 00:17:23.158
  • He recalls, "At that moment,I said a short prayer,
  • 00:17:23.192 --> 00:17:28.030
  • asking God to show methe way out."
  • 00:17:28.063 --> 00:17:31.366
  • He pried his leg loose and sawsome light in the distance and,
  • 00:17:31.400 --> 00:17:35.504
  • crawling through an opening,he found he was trapped again
  • 00:17:35.537 --> 00:17:38.640
  • and the room was full of smokeand so were his lungs.
  • 00:17:38.674 --> 00:17:41.009
  • He said, "The room was likean oven and, at that moment,
  • 00:17:41.043 --> 00:17:44.146
  • I thought I was going to dieof smoke inhalation."
  • 00:17:44.179 --> 00:17:47.082
  • He climbed over more rubble,saw a hand reaching out to him,
  • 00:17:47.116 --> 00:17:50.552
  • and at once he wason the helicopter pad
  • 00:17:50.586 --> 00:17:52.888
  • outside the Pentagon.
  • 00:17:52.921 --> 00:17:54.790
  • He began helping others,not realizing he was bleeding
  • 00:17:54.823 --> 00:17:57.292
  • from multiple shrapnel wounds.
  • 00:17:57.326 --> 00:17:59.328
  • When he shares his story now,he credits his survival to God
  • 00:17:59.361 --> 00:18:03.699
  • answering his simple words,"God, show me a way out."
  • 00:18:03.732 --> 00:18:08.670
  • Did you know that Godanswers prayers like that?
  • 00:18:08.704 --> 00:18:11.173
  • When you're in the midstof following your dream
  • 00:18:11.206 --> 00:18:13.475
  • and God has given you a plan andyou're on your way to the goal,
  • 00:18:13.509 --> 00:18:16.912
  • sometimes there are problems.
  • 00:18:16.945 --> 00:18:19.181
  • There's no such thing as lifewithout any challenges.
  • 00:18:19.214 --> 00:18:22.050
  • There's the old statementthat says:
  • 00:18:22.084 --> 00:18:23.886
  • "If there's no friction,there's no traction."
  • 00:18:23.919 --> 00:18:26.989
  • Every major dreamI have ever had,
  • 00:18:27.022 --> 00:18:29.057
  • everything God hasever done in my life,
  • 00:18:29.091 --> 00:18:30.993
  • has been fraughtwith trouble and often,
  • 00:18:31.026 --> 00:18:34.062
  • in the midst of it,you have to pray,
  • 00:18:34.096 --> 00:18:36.198
  • "Lord, help me.
  • 00:18:36.231 --> 00:18:37.866
  • Help me to know what to do.
  • 00:18:37.900 --> 00:18:39.468
  • I don't know what to dobut my eyes are on you."
  • 00:18:39.501 --> 00:18:43.272
  • So prepare your heartfor God's plan, through prayer.
  • 00:18:43.305 --> 00:18:46.642
  • Pray about your plansday and night,
  • 00:18:46.675 --> 00:18:48.977
  • practice spontaneous,momentary prayer,
  • 00:18:49.011 --> 00:18:51.713
  • and here's number four: preparefor God to do things his way.
  • 00:18:51.747 --> 00:18:57.653
  • As God drops his seedsof aspiration into your mind
  • 00:18:57.686 --> 00:19:00.656
  • and you pray over them,whether in quiet,
  • 00:19:00.689 --> 00:19:03.358
  • extended prayer or quick,in-the-moment prayer,
  • 00:19:03.392 --> 00:19:07.763
  • you're gonna have to learnto trust him
  • 00:19:07.796 --> 00:19:10.065
  • for his own brand of success.
  • 00:19:10.098 --> 00:19:12.834
  • You have to expect himto do things his way.
  • 00:19:12.868 --> 00:19:17.472
  • Proverbs 16:3 says: "Committo the Lord whatever you do,
  • 00:19:17.506 --> 00:19:22.211
  • and he will establishyour plans."
  • 00:19:22.244 --> 00:19:25.314
  • The word "commit"means to trust.
  • 00:19:25.347 --> 00:19:27.649
  • God can be trustedwith your dreams,
  • 00:19:27.683 --> 00:19:29.618
  • to divulge them, develop them,sometimes delay them,
  • 00:19:29.651 --> 00:19:32.654
  • and always drench themwith his blessings.
  • 00:19:32.688 --> 00:19:35.557
  • So you have to understand Godopens doors and he closes doors.
  • 00:19:35.591 --> 00:19:38.660
  • He arranges circumstancesand sometimes
  • 00:19:38.694 --> 00:19:40.829
  • he creates trajectoriesyou didn't even expect.
  • 00:19:40.862 --> 00:19:44.900
  • In Nehemiah's case,the king granted him letters
  • 00:19:44.933 --> 00:19:48.103
  • of safe conductthrough the empire,
  • 00:19:48.136 --> 00:19:50.005
  • along with provisionsfor the walls and the gates.
  • 00:19:50.038 --> 00:19:54.176
  • Nehemiah said, "And the kinggranted them to me according
  • 00:19:54.209 --> 00:19:57.145
  • to the good hand of my Godupon me."
  • 00:19:57.179 --> 00:20:00.048
  • And Artaxerxes sent a militaryconvoy to accompany Nehemiah
  • 00:20:00.082 --> 00:20:04.186
  • to Jerusalem because the Jewshad a lot of enemies in Judah.
  • 00:20:04.219 --> 00:20:08.890
  • When Nehemiah gotinto Jerusalem,
  • 00:20:08.924 --> 00:20:10.525
  • Nehemiah wanted to keephis dream a secret until
  • 00:20:10.559 --> 00:20:13.195
  • it was time to rally the Jews,so he saddled his horse
  • 00:20:13.228 --> 00:20:16.765
  • in the darkness and inspectedthe ruins of the city
  • 00:20:16.798 --> 00:20:20.636
  • by moonlight.
  • 00:20:20.669 --> 00:20:21.970
  • And the next day, he gatheredthe people and he said,
  • 00:20:22.004 --> 00:20:24.406
  • "'You see the distressthat we are in,
  • 00:20:24.439 --> 00:20:27.509
  • how Jerusalem lies waste andits gates are burned with fire?
  • 00:20:27.542 --> 00:20:31.780
  • Come, let us build the wallof Jerusalem that we may
  • 00:20:31.813 --> 00:20:35.117
  • no longer be a reproach,'and I told them
  • 00:20:35.150 --> 00:20:38.754
  • of the hand of my Godwhich had been good upon me."
  • 00:20:38.787 --> 00:20:42.557
  • Nehemiah declaredwith confidence:
  • 00:20:42.591 --> 00:20:44.526
  • "The God of heavenwill help us."
  • 00:20:44.559 --> 00:20:49.498
  • I believe with all of my heartthat the God of heaven
  • 00:20:49.531 --> 00:20:52.601
  • will grant successto his children
  • 00:20:52.634 --> 00:20:55.270
  • who seek for his willin their lives.
  • 00:20:55.304 --> 00:20:58.407
  • Remember,success doesn't mean health,
  • 00:20:58.440 --> 00:21:01.410
  • wealth, fame, or fortune.
  • 00:21:01.443 --> 00:21:03.245
  • When God uses the term"success," it means
  • 00:21:03.278 --> 00:21:05.781
  • the fulfillment of his planfor your life.
  • 00:21:05.814 --> 00:21:09.651
  • And you have to trust him,however that unfolds,
  • 00:21:09.685 --> 00:21:12.321
  • if you want to move forward.
  • 00:21:12.354 --> 00:21:14.156
  • So prepare your heartfor God's plan,
  • 00:21:14.189 --> 00:21:16.758
  • pray about your plansday and night,
  • 00:21:16.792 --> 00:21:19.227
  • practice spontaneous prayer,and prepare for God
  • 00:21:19.261 --> 00:21:23.065
  • to do things his way.
  • 00:21:23.098 --> 00:21:25.701
  • And then I want to add this:plead for overcoming strength
  • 00:21:25.734 --> 00:21:30.038
  • in overwhelming moments.
  • 00:21:30.072 --> 00:21:32.708
  • Have you had any overwhelmingmoments lately?
  • 00:21:32.741 --> 00:21:35.277
  • If you're praying your waythrough what God wants you
  • 00:21:35.310 --> 00:21:37.646
  • to do, that doesn't meanyou won't have any trouble,
  • 00:21:37.679 --> 00:21:40.682
  • that doesn't mean youwon't have any problems.
  • 00:21:40.716 --> 00:21:42.617
  • The devil will hurl his forcesagainst God's unfolding work
  • 00:21:42.651 --> 00:21:46.688
  • in your life, but let metell you something, friends.
  • 00:21:46.722 --> 00:21:50.325
  • Don't be bullied.Don't be intimidated.
  • 00:21:50.359 --> 00:21:52.961
  • Never let yourselfbe discouraged.
  • 00:21:52.994 --> 00:21:55.063
  • The devil will try to push youoff the road but the one
  • 00:21:55.097 --> 00:21:58.066
  • to whom you pray is the onebefore whom the devils tremble.
  • 00:21:58.100 --> 00:22:02.003
  • God will give youovercoming strength
  • 00:22:02.037 --> 00:22:05.607
  • for overwhelming moments.
  • 00:22:05.640 --> 00:22:08.977
  • That's what he didfor Nehemiah and, get this,
  • 00:22:09.010 --> 00:22:11.713
  • he and the residentsof Jerusalem finished the wall
  • 00:22:11.747 --> 00:22:14.883
  • in 52 days.
  • 00:22:14.916 --> 00:22:17.452
  • They rebuilt the wallsof Jerusalem in 52 days.
  • 00:22:17.486 --> 00:22:20.922
  • Only God could have done that.
  • 00:22:20.956 --> 00:22:23.358
  • Believe me, you can't go forwardin life without drenching
  • 00:22:23.392 --> 00:22:26.461
  • every step in prayer.
  • 00:22:26.495 --> 00:22:29.131
  • One of the greatest ships ofall time was the RMS Mauretania,
  • 00:22:29.164 --> 00:22:33.402
  • built in 1906.
  • 00:22:33.435 --> 00:22:35.303
  • It had a distinguished career,captured the world record
  • 00:22:35.337 --> 00:22:38.573
  • for crossing the Atlantic,served the British Navy
  • 00:22:38.607 --> 00:22:41.576
  • during World War I,and even today,
  • 00:22:41.610 --> 00:22:43.712
  • many of the furnishingsof the Mauretania are woven
  • 00:22:43.745 --> 00:22:47.149
  • into the interiors of someof the world's
  • 00:22:47.182 --> 00:22:49.418
  • most exclusive buildings.
  • 00:22:49.451 --> 00:22:51.853
  • Hidden away in historyis this interesting fact:
  • 00:22:51.887 --> 00:22:54.723
  • The Mauretania was builtby prayer.
  • 00:22:54.756 --> 00:22:57.893
  • The naval architect whoconstructed it would not put in
  • 00:22:57.926 --> 00:23:00.962
  • a single piece of that greatship without definitely
  • 00:23:00.996 --> 00:23:04.399
  • asking God to help him, and hewould not receive any part
  • 00:23:04.433 --> 00:23:07.869
  • of the machinery withouthaving the consciousness
  • 00:23:07.903 --> 00:23:10.472
  • that it had to be receivedfrom divine acceptance.
  • 00:23:10.505 --> 00:23:14.075
  • Thus the greatest shipin the world has been built
  • 00:23:14.109 --> 00:23:16.611
  • by making prayer a workingprinciple of life.
  • 00:23:16.645 --> 00:23:20.615
  • So let me ask you to do that.
  • 00:23:20.649 --> 00:23:22.684
  • Make a working principlein your life your prayer.
  • 00:23:22.717 --> 00:23:26.188
  • Ask God for overcoming strengthin overwhelming moments.
  • 00:23:26.221 --> 00:23:29.291
  • Go forward in his power.
  • 00:23:29.324 --> 00:23:31.493
  • Remember, it's not your dreamGod wants, it's you.
  • 00:23:31.526 --> 00:23:35.297
  • Then could I just addthis final kind of postscript
  • 00:23:35.330 --> 00:23:38.500
  • to all of this?
  • 00:23:38.533 --> 00:23:40.669
  • Praise God for what he does.
  • 00:23:40.702 --> 00:23:43.638
  • You have one more opportunityto make prayer a part
  • 00:23:43.672 --> 00:23:46.374
  • of your future.
  • 00:23:46.408 --> 00:23:48.743
  • You have the privilegeof praising God
  • 00:23:48.777 --> 00:23:50.679
  • for his work in your life.
  • 00:23:50.712 --> 00:23:52.814
  • Nehemiah and the Jews inJerusalem finished the walls
  • 00:23:52.848 --> 00:23:56.051
  • so quickly they had timeon their hands so what's next?
  • 00:23:56.084 --> 00:24:00.522
  • Well, let's havea Bible conference.
  • 00:24:00.555 --> 00:24:02.724
  • With the securityof a walled city,
  • 00:24:02.757 --> 00:24:04.493
  • the Jewish settlers felt safegoing about their lives and,
  • 00:24:04.526 --> 00:24:07.429
  • furthermore, one section ofthe wall near the water gate
  • 00:24:07.462 --> 00:24:10.265
  • formed like a new public square.
  • 00:24:10.298 --> 00:24:13.368
  • So the word went out.
  • 00:24:13.401 --> 00:24:14.736
  • All the people are to cometo the water gate and Ezra
  • 00:24:14.769 --> 00:24:16.938
  • the priest stood on a platformbuilt for the occasion
  • 00:24:16.972 --> 00:24:19.474
  • and he praised the Godof heaven, and the crowd
  • 00:24:19.508 --> 00:24:21.877
  • lifted their hands upwardand shouted, "Amen, amen."
  • 00:24:21.910 --> 00:24:25.881
  • And when the wall was dedicated,great choirs marched
  • 00:24:25.914 --> 00:24:29.417
  • along the parapets leadingin worship and "on that day,
  • 00:24:29.451 --> 00:24:32.921
  • they offered great sacrifices,and rejoiced,
  • 00:24:32.954 --> 00:24:35.590
  • for God had made them rejoicewith great joy;
  • 00:24:35.624 --> 00:24:38.293
  • the women andthe children rejoiced,
  • 00:24:38.326 --> 00:24:40.462
  • so that the joy of Jerusalemwas heard afar off."
  • 00:24:40.495 --> 00:24:44.866
  • There's not anythingin the world like the joy
  • 00:24:44.900 --> 00:24:47.369
  • of watching God form andfulfill his plans for your life.
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  • And it only happens as we steptoward our dreams
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  • in his presence through prayer.
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  • I began this messageby telling you about
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  • the inimitable Leonora Wood.
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  • Let me end with a special prayercomposed by her daughter,
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  • Catherine Marshall.
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  • This prayer was inspiredby her mother and was included
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  • in Marshall's book,"Adventures in Prayer."
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  • Both Catherine and Leonora arein heaven now,
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  • but I'm sure they'll be thrilledif you make their prayer
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  • your prayer.
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  • Here it is: "Father, once,it seems so long ago now,
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  • I had such big dreams, so muchanticipation of the future.
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  • Now, no shimmering horizonbeckons me.
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  • My days are lackluster.
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  • Where is your planfor my life, Father?
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  • You have told us thatwithout vision we perish,
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  • so, Father in heaven, knowingthat I can ask in confidence,
  • 00:25:44.726 --> 00:25:47.729
  • what is your expressedwill to give me?
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  • I ask you to deposit in my mindand heart the particular dream,
  • 00:25:50.665 --> 00:25:54.469
  • the special vision,you have for my life.
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  • And along with the dream,will you give me whatever graces
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  • and patience and staminait takes to see the dream
  • 00:26:00.742 --> 00:26:05.413
  • through to fruition?
  • 00:26:05.447 --> 00:26:07.248
  • I sense that this may involveadventures I have not
  • 00:26:07.282 --> 00:26:09.284
  • bargained for, but I wantto trust you, God.
  • 00:26:09.317 --> 00:26:12.721
  • I want to trust you enoughto follow,
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  • even if you leadalong new paths.
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  • So, Lord, if you have to breakdown any prisons of mine
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  • before I can see the starsand catch the vision,
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  • then, Lord, beginthe process now.
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  • In joyous expectation, amen."
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  • And I guess I would say to youas they would say to you,
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  • "I dare you to pray that prayer.
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  • I dare you to bring Godinto your life and make him
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  • the focus of what you doand who you are.
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  • He's your Creator andwhen he gives you a dream,
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  • you have to consultwith your Creator
  • 00:26:44.619 --> 00:26:46.988
  • and he will lead youto the realization of everything
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  • God puts in your heart to do,amen."
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  • I feel these principlespulling me back into line.
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  • That's what a priority will do.
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  • When you choose something andmake it number one in your life,
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  • The future God has plannedfor you shouldn't be
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  • a haphazard approach to life.
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  • You might feel stuck,but you don't have to be.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: There are so manythings that are unprecedented.
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  • Sometimes we don't even knowhow to pray.
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  • But you can be sure of this:if you pray and you're sincere
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  • he hears your prayerand he will answer it.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: In 1909 youngLeonora Wood volunteered to go
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  • to the Appalachian Mountainsto teach
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  • in a one-room mission school.
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  • There, in the impoverished townof Del Rio, Tennessee,
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  • she became somethingof a living legend,
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  • thanks to her commitmentto prayer.
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  • Leonora knew how to turn dreamsinto prayer,
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  • and prayer into dreams.
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  • Raymond Thomas was a foster teenwho often stopped at
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  • Leonora's cabin in his knee-highclodhoppers and talked
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  • with her as she saton the front porch,
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  • shelling peas or darning socks.
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  • Raymond's seemingly impossibledream was to go to college.
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  • "But how could I manage it?"
  • 00:34:02.023 --> 00:34:03.658
  • he said, "I haven't gotany money.
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  • I don't have any prospects.
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  • I've not saved anything."
  • 00:34:06.627 --> 00:34:08.563
  • "Raymond," Leonora replied,"whatever you need,
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  • God has the supply readyfor you.
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  • The money will be there forany dream that's right for you,
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  • every dream for whichyou're willing to work."
  • 00:34:17.371 --> 00:34:20.908
  • Raymond asked Leonora to offera dreaming prayer for him
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  • and her prayer went like this:
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  • "Father, you've given Raymonda fine mind.
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  • We believe that you wantRaymond's potential to be used
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  • to help you lift and lightensome portion of your world.
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  • Since all the wealthof the world is yours,
  • 00:34:36.724 --> 00:34:39.627
  • please help Raymond findeverything he needs
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  • for an education."
  • 00:34:42.296 --> 00:34:45.133
  • Raymond Thomas did make itthrough college in four years,
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  • working 12 jobs to supporthimself and graduating
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  • with a bachelor of sciencedegree cum laude.
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  • He also servedin World War II and later
  • 00:34:55.977 --> 00:34:58.279
  • settled in Vienna wherehe earned a PhD in physics.
  • 00:34:58.312 --> 00:35:01.749
  • He went on to visit60 countries,
  • 00:35:01.782 --> 00:35:04.185
  • master multiple languages,and network with some
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  • of the most important peoplein Europe through his job
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  • with the USAtomic Energy Program.
  • 00:35:10.224 --> 00:35:13.728
  • Looking back on his life,Raymond said,
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  • "The fact that I could dreamof going to college
  • 00:35:17.465 --> 00:35:20.434
  • and achieve itproved something to me.
  • 00:35:20.468 --> 00:35:24.505
  • Very simply, any right dream canbe realized and prayer helps you
  • 00:35:24.539 --> 00:35:28.976
  • know if it's right and gives youthe power to stay with it."
  • 00:35:29.010 --> 00:35:33.981
  • In other words,listen carefully:
  • 00:35:34.015 --> 00:35:36.951
  • the way forward isto pray forward.
  • 00:35:36.984 --> 00:35:41.055
  • I think that's what Nehemiahwould say too.
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  • He was one of the mosteffective leaders in the Bible,
  • 00:35:43.858 --> 00:35:46.928
  • and his story unfoldsin the Old Testament book
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  • that bears his name.
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  • Executives and entrepreneursstudy his book endlessly
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  • because of the leadershiplessons that are found in it.
  • 00:35:55.403 --> 00:35:59.440
  • Nehemiah was a Jewish official,serving the Persian king
  • 00:35:59.473 --> 00:36:03.878
  • in the city of Sousa,a thousand miles from Jerusalem.
  • 00:36:03.911 --> 00:36:07.782
  • The Babylonians had destroyedIsrael and Jerusalem in 586 B.C.
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  • and several thousand Hebrewsettlers had gone back
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  • to rebuild the templeand reestablish
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  • a Jewish presence there.
  • 00:36:18.259 --> 00:36:20.695
  • This was a deep burdenfor Nehemiah.
  • 00:36:20.728 --> 00:36:23.397
  • He knew God's plan of redemptiondepended on the continuity
  • 00:36:23.431 --> 00:36:26.467
  • of his people in their land.
  • 00:36:26.500 --> 00:36:28.769
  • He understood that it wasa matter of heartfelt prayer
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  • to make this happen.
  • 00:36:33.007 --> 00:36:35.176
  • One day, Nehemiah's brotherand a few other men arrived
  • 00:36:35.209 --> 00:36:39.547
  • from Jerusalemwith this grim message:
  • 00:36:39.580 --> 00:36:43.718
  • "The survivors who are left fromthe captivity in the province
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  • are there in great distressand reproach.
  • 00:36:47.355 --> 00:36:50.992
  • The wall of Jerusalem is alsobroken down,
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  • and its gates are burnedwith fire."
  • 00:36:53.928 --> 00:36:58.466
  • This news hit Nehemiahlike a blast.
  • 00:36:58.499 --> 00:37:01.469
  • Slumping into his chair,he started sobbing,
  • 00:37:01.502 --> 00:37:04.238
  • but out of his deep tearscame earnest prayers
  • 00:37:04.272 --> 00:37:07.408
  • and out of his prayers camea fervent dream.
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  • With God's help, Nehemiahwould return to Jerusalem
  • 00:37:11.445 --> 00:37:14.949
  • and rebuild the wallsof the ancient city of his God.
  • 00:37:14.982 --> 00:37:18.252
  • It seemed an impossible featbecause Nehemiah was
  • 00:37:18.286 --> 00:37:21.922
  • the king's cupbearerand a trusted advisor.
  • 00:37:21.956 --> 00:37:25.293
  • The likelihood ofKing Artaxerxes releasing him,
  • 00:37:25.326 --> 00:37:29.597
  • let alone financing the trip,seemed very far-fetched.
  • 00:37:29.630 --> 00:37:34.935
  • But God, he'd already plantedthe dream in Nehemiah's heart
  • 00:37:34.969 --> 00:37:39.106
  • just as he is planting freshdreams in your heart today.
  • 00:37:39.140 --> 00:37:43.911
  • So you have to prepareyour heart for God's plan.
  • 00:37:43.944 --> 00:37:47.315
  • God's desires flourishin prepared hearts,
  • 00:37:47.348 --> 00:37:51.786
  • just like seedsin a fertile ground.
  • 00:37:51.819 --> 00:37:54.088
  • In the last message, I urged youto imagine your future.
  • 00:37:54.121 --> 00:37:58.192
  • If you're saying, "Yeah, I wannado that," but you're not certain
  • 00:37:58.225 --> 00:38:01.262
  • what your dream is or whatthe next step forward is,
  • 00:38:01.295 --> 00:38:04.231
  • then prayer iswhere you should start.
  • 00:38:04.265 --> 00:38:07.468
  • Nehemiah saw a needthat burdened his heart
  • 00:38:07.501 --> 00:38:11.072
  • and he started to pray about it.
  • 00:38:11.105 --> 00:38:13.474
  • I've studied the bookof Nehemiah many times
  • 00:38:13.507 --> 00:38:15.676
  • and there are two verses thattell us something about dreams,
  • 00:38:15.710 --> 00:38:18.779
  • not the kind you have at nightbut the kind
  • 00:38:18.813 --> 00:38:21.148
  • that guide you forward.
  • 00:38:21.182 --> 00:38:23.684
  • Notice these two tellingphrases: Nehemiah claimed
  • 00:38:23.718 --> 00:38:27.455
  • that "God put it in my heart torebuild the walls of Jerusalem."
  • 00:38:27.488 --> 00:38:32.893
  • Later, he said: "My God put itin my heart to organize
  • 00:38:32.927 --> 00:38:36.997
  • the people."
  • 00:38:37.031 --> 00:38:38.599
  • Nehemiah didn't come up withhis dream for Jerusalem's wall
  • 00:38:38.632 --> 00:38:41.702
  • by himself.
  • 00:38:41.736 --> 00:38:43.204
  • His heart was receptive tothe impressions God sent him.
  • 00:38:43.237 --> 00:38:47.608
  • Let me tell youwhat I've learned.
  • 00:38:47.641 --> 00:38:49.410
  • A prayerful heart isfertile ground for divine ideas.
  • 00:38:49.443 --> 00:38:54.248
  • How can you be sure the dreamin your heart is God's will
  • 00:38:54.281 --> 00:38:56.717
  • and not yours?
  • 00:38:56.751 --> 00:38:58.386
  • Well, you must humblyand specifically ask God
  • 00:38:58.419 --> 00:39:01.856
  • to place his ideas for your lifeinto your heart and mind.
  • 00:39:01.889 --> 00:39:05.793
  • You do that through prayer.
  • 00:39:05.826 --> 00:39:07.161
  • You pray and you ask the Lordto help you be sensitive
  • 00:39:07.194 --> 00:39:09.530
  • to what he's telling you to do.
  • 00:39:09.563 --> 00:39:11.432
  • And then you prayabout the plans
  • 00:39:11.465 --> 00:39:13.033
  • that he gives you day and night.
  • 00:39:13.067 --> 00:39:15.169
  • No matter the houror circumstances, pray.
  • 00:39:15.202 --> 00:39:18.472
  • As God begins to give youimpressions and thoughts
  • 00:39:18.506 --> 00:39:20.808
  • about your future,continue to pray.
  • 00:39:20.841 --> 00:39:23.577
  • Commit them to him in seriousongoing prayer.
  • 00:39:23.611 --> 00:39:26.580
  • And as soon as Nehemiah sensedthe need for rebuilding
  • 00:39:26.614 --> 00:39:29.283
  • the walls of Jerusalem, listen,he sat down and he wept
  • 00:39:29.316 --> 00:39:33.454
  • and he mourned for many daysand he was fasting and praying
  • 00:39:33.487 --> 00:39:37.024
  • before the God of heaven.
  • 00:39:37.057 --> 00:39:39.193
  • As his thoughts clarifiedand he better understood
  • 00:39:39.226 --> 00:39:41.662
  • what needed to happen,he wrote out an earnest prayer.
  • 00:39:41.695 --> 00:39:45.299
  • It's preserved for us inthe book that bears his name.
  • 00:39:45.332 --> 00:39:48.536
  • Here it is: "I pray,Lord God of heaven,
  • 00:39:48.569 --> 00:39:52.706
  • O great and awesome God,you who keep your covenant and
  • 00:39:52.740 --> 00:39:55.776
  • mercy with those who love youand observe your commandments,
  • 00:39:55.810 --> 00:39:59.213
  • please let your ear be attentiveand your eyes open,
  • 00:39:59.246 --> 00:40:03.284
  • that you may hear the prayerof your servant which I pray
  • 00:40:03.317 --> 00:40:07.154
  • before you now, day and night."
  • 00:40:07.188 --> 00:40:10.791
  • Nehemiah went on to confess hissins and those of his people.
  • 00:40:10.825 --> 00:40:14.929
  • He reminded Godof the biblical promises
  • 00:40:14.962 --> 00:40:16.630
  • involving the children of Israeland he ended by saying,
  • 00:40:16.664 --> 00:40:20.434
  • "O Lord, I pray, let your earbe attentive to the prayer
  • 00:40:20.468 --> 00:40:24.905
  • of your servant,and to the prayer
  • 00:40:24.939 --> 00:40:26.507
  • of your servants who desireto fear your name;
  • 00:40:26.540 --> 00:40:28.642
  • and let your servantprosper this day, I pray,
  • 00:40:28.676 --> 00:40:32.012
  • and grant him mercyin the sight of this man."
  • 00:40:32.046 --> 00:40:35.483
  • Who was this man?
  • 00:40:35.516 --> 00:40:36.984
  • Oh, it was King Artaxerxes, themost powerful man on the earth.
  • 00:40:37.017 --> 00:40:40.688
  • And even though Nehemiahwas his cupbearer,
  • 00:40:40.721 --> 00:40:42.957
  • he couldn't approach the kingwithout risking his life.
  • 00:40:42.990 --> 00:40:47.027
  • Only God could arrangethe right moment,
  • 00:40:47.061 --> 00:40:48.996
  • so Nehemiah prayed.
  • 00:40:49.029 --> 00:40:51.332
  • Prayer is the divine energythat brings the power of God
  • 00:40:51.365 --> 00:40:56.270
  • into the plans thathe's given you.
  • 00:40:56.303 --> 00:40:59.640
  • I don't know any short cutfor this.
  • 00:40:59.673 --> 00:41:02.009
  • God guides his childrenas they learn the joy
  • 00:41:02.042 --> 00:41:05.246
  • of praying to him night and day.
  • 00:41:05.279 --> 00:41:08.749
  • So prepare your heart for God'splan and pray about your plans
  • 00:41:08.782 --> 00:41:13.954
  • day and night and then learnto practice spontaneous prayer.
  • 00:41:13.988 --> 00:41:19.860
  • It's wonderful to havea leisurely hour on the patio
  • 00:41:19.894 --> 00:41:23.697
  • for Bible study and prayeror to engage in a special
  • 00:41:23.731 --> 00:41:28.402
  • extended time in prayerwith friends at church,
  • 00:41:28.435 --> 00:41:30.871
  • asking God for his favors.
  • 00:41:30.905 --> 00:41:33.707
  • But sometimes, you haveto pray instantly.
  • 00:41:33.741 --> 00:41:37.177
  • Sometimes, you haveto pray urgently,
  • 00:41:37.211 --> 00:41:39.480
  • on the spur of the moment,and it's good to know
  • 00:41:39.513 --> 00:41:42.216
  • that the Lord hearsthose prayers as well.
  • 00:41:42.249 --> 00:41:44.885
  • I urge you to learnto pray quickly, silently,
  • 00:41:44.919 --> 00:41:47.454
  • and instantly.
  • 00:41:47.488 --> 00:41:49.056
  • No one in the Bible masteredthat skill better than Nehemiah.
  • 00:41:49.089 --> 00:41:52.726
  • His book is pepperedwith short little prayers
  • 00:41:52.760 --> 00:41:55.663
  • that were injectedinto his narrative.
  • 00:41:55.696 --> 00:41:57.932
  • He knew how to prayspontaneously.
  • 00:41:57.965 --> 00:42:01.135
  • For example, one day the kingwanted a glass of wine
  • 00:42:01.168 --> 00:42:04.438
  • so Nehemiah prepared itand here is Nehemiah 2:1-2:
  • 00:42:04.471 --> 00:42:09.677
  • "I took the wine andI gave it to the king.
  • 00:42:09.710 --> 00:42:12.046
  • Now I had never been sad inthe presence of the king before,
  • 00:42:12.079 --> 00:42:17.084
  • and so the king said to me,'Why is your face sad,
  • 00:42:17.117 --> 00:42:20.588
  • since you are not sick?
  • 00:42:20.621 --> 00:42:22.156
  • This is nothingbut sorrow of heart.'"
  • 00:42:22.189 --> 00:42:24.558
  • Now, a littleinterpretation here.
  • 00:42:24.592 --> 00:42:26.894
  • Nehemiah knew these words couldhave reflected genuine concern
  • 00:42:26.927 --> 00:42:30.331
  • or they could have beenhis death sentence.
  • 00:42:30.364 --> 00:42:32.533
  • Believe it or not, in that dayit was a capital offense
  • 00:42:32.566 --> 00:42:36.270
  • to be sad in the presenceof the king.
  • 00:42:36.303 --> 00:42:39.306
  • So watch carefullywhat Nehemiah did.
  • 00:42:39.340 --> 00:42:41.709
  • He senses the urgencyof the moment,
  • 00:42:41.742 --> 00:42:43.777
  • verses 2 through 5: "So I becamedreadfully afraid,
  • 00:42:43.811 --> 00:42:47.514
  • and I said to the king,"good move,
  • 00:42:47.548 --> 00:42:50.451
  • "'May the king live forever!
  • 00:42:50.484 --> 00:42:52.920
  • Why should my face not be sad,when the city,
  • 00:42:52.953 --> 00:42:55.556
  • the place of my fathers' tombs,lies waste,
  • 00:42:55.589 --> 00:42:58.525
  • and its gates are burnedwith fire?'
  • 00:42:58.559 --> 00:43:00.127
  • And then the king said to me,'What do you request?'"
  • 00:43:00.160 --> 00:43:04.431
  • Now watch this. "So I prayedto the God of heaven.
  • 00:43:04.465 --> 00:43:07.067
  • And I said to the king,'If it pleases the king,
  • 00:43:07.101 --> 00:43:10.237
  • and if your servant has foundfavor in your sight,
  • 00:43:10.270 --> 00:43:12.506
  • I ask that you send me to Judah,to the city of my fathers,
  • 00:43:12.539 --> 00:43:16.043
  • that I may rebuild it.'"
  • 00:43:16.076 --> 00:43:18.312
  • I'm sure you noticed,here's the phrase:
  • 00:43:18.345 --> 00:43:20.648
  • "I prayed to the God of heaven,and I answered the king."
  • 00:43:20.681 --> 00:43:24.251
  • In the twinkling of an eye,Nehemiah had his opportunity
  • 00:43:24.284 --> 00:43:27.521
  • but he had to say exactlythe right thing in the right way
  • 00:43:27.554 --> 00:43:30.658
  • to move the king to his cause.
  • 00:43:30.691 --> 00:43:32.593
  • His life was on the line,not to mention the desires
  • 00:43:32.626 --> 00:43:35.562
  • of his heart.
  • 00:43:35.596 --> 00:43:37.197
  • It was critical for him to speakwisely and for the king
  • 00:43:37.231 --> 00:43:40.067
  • to react positively so Nehemiahshot up an arrow to heaven.
  • 00:43:40.100 --> 00:43:44.071
  • Maybe it was just,"Help, Lord, help."
  • 00:43:44.104 --> 00:43:46.573
  • Most of us know that prayer.
  • 00:43:46.607 --> 00:43:49.943
  • We've prayed it on occasion.
  • 00:43:49.977 --> 00:43:52.112
  • The Lord answered and soonNehemiah was on his way
  • 00:43:52.146 --> 00:43:54.515
  • to rebuild the wallsof Jerusalem.
  • 00:43:54.548 --> 00:43:56.684
  • When you know how to earnestlypray day and night,
  • 00:43:56.717 --> 00:44:00.054
  • then you will find outthere's great power
  • 00:44:00.087 --> 00:44:03.390
  • in spontaneous prayer as well.
  • 00:44:03.424 --> 00:44:06.460
  • One fateful day back in 2001,Lieutenant Colonel Dan Hooton
  • 00:44:06.493 --> 00:44:09.997
  • was working on the first floorin the C Ring of the Pentagon.
  • 00:44:10.030 --> 00:44:14.601
  • That's sort of in the middleof the building.
  • 00:44:14.635 --> 00:44:17.004
  • He was preparingfor a 10 o'clock meeting
  • 00:44:17.037 --> 00:44:19.406
  • when a co-worker cameinto his office with news
  • 00:44:19.440 --> 00:44:22.176
  • that the World Trade Centerwas on fire in New York.
  • 00:44:22.209 --> 00:44:25.813
  • Hooton went to his boss's officewhere the television was on.
  • 00:44:25.846 --> 00:44:29.183
  • He watched events unfold,then had a feeling down deep
  • 00:44:29.216 --> 00:44:33.353
  • that he should get upand return to his own office.
  • 00:44:33.387 --> 00:44:36.990
  • Along the way, he stoppedto talk to someone
  • 00:44:37.024 --> 00:44:39.259
  • in a nearby cubicleand suddenly,
  • 00:44:39.293 --> 00:44:41.195
  • the whole roomburst into flames.
  • 00:44:41.228 --> 00:44:43.664
  • And Hooton was thrown20 feet forward.
  • 00:44:43.697 --> 00:44:46.967
  • His left leg was pinnedto the floor beneath rubble
  • 00:44:47.000 --> 00:44:49.303
  • and the walls were on fire.
  • 00:44:49.336 --> 00:44:51.538
  • He yelled for his co-workerbut heard no response.
  • 00:44:51.572 --> 00:44:55.075
  • He recalls, "At that moment,I said a short prayer,
  • 00:44:55.109 --> 00:44:59.947
  • asking God to show methe way out."
  • 00:44:59.980 --> 00:45:03.283
  • He pried his leg loose and sawsome light in the distance and,
  • 00:45:03.317 --> 00:45:07.421
  • crawling through an opening,he found he was trapped again
  • 00:45:07.454 --> 00:45:10.557
  • and the room was full of smokeand so were his lungs.
  • 00:45:10.591 --> 00:45:12.926
  • He said, "The room was likean oven and, at that moment,
  • 00:45:12.960 --> 00:45:16.063
  • I thought I was going to dieof smoke inhalation."
  • 00:45:16.096 --> 00:45:18.999
  • He climbed over more rubble,saw a hand reaching out to him,
  • 00:45:19.032 --> 00:45:22.469
  • and at once he wason the helicopter pad
  • 00:45:22.503 --> 00:45:24.805
  • outside the Pentagon.
  • 00:45:24.838 --> 00:45:26.707
  • He began helping others,not realizing he was bleeding
  • 00:45:26.740 --> 00:45:29.209
  • from multiple shrapnel wounds.
  • 00:45:29.243 --> 00:45:31.245
  • When he shares his story now,he credits his survival to God
  • 00:45:31.278 --> 00:45:35.616
  • answering his simple words,"God, show me a way out."
  • 00:45:35.649 --> 00:45:40.587
  • Did you know that Godanswers prayers like that?
  • 00:45:40.621 --> 00:45:43.090
  • When you're in the midstof following your dream
  • 00:45:43.123 --> 00:45:45.392
  • and God has given you a plan andyou're on your way to the goal,
  • 00:45:45.425 --> 00:45:48.829
  • sometimes there are problems.
  • 00:45:48.862 --> 00:45:51.098
  • There's no such thing as lifewithout any challenges.
  • 00:45:51.131 --> 00:45:53.967
  • There's the old statementthat says:
  • 00:45:54.001 --> 00:45:55.803
  • "If there's no friction,there's no traction."
  • 00:45:55.836 --> 00:45:58.906
  • Every major dreamI have ever had,
  • 00:45:58.939 --> 00:46:00.974
  • everything God hasever done in my life,
  • 00:46:01.008 --> 00:46:02.910
  • has been fraughtwith trouble and often,
  • 00:46:02.943 --> 00:46:05.979
  • in the midst of it,you have to pray,
  • 00:46:06.013 --> 00:46:08.115
  • "Lord, help me.
  • 00:46:08.148 --> 00:46:09.783
  • Help me to know what to do.
  • 00:46:09.817 --> 00:46:11.385
  • I don't know what to dobut my eyes are on you."
  • 00:46:11.418 --> 00:46:15.189
  • So prepare your heartfor God's plan, through prayer.
  • 00:46:15.222 --> 00:46:18.559
  • Pray about your plansday and night,
  • 00:46:18.592 --> 00:46:20.894
  • practice spontaneous,momentary prayer,
  • 00:46:20.928 --> 00:46:23.630
  • and here's number four: preparefor God to do things his way.
  • 00:46:23.664 --> 00:46:29.570
  • As God drops his seedsof aspiration into your mind
  • 00:46:29.603 --> 00:46:32.573
  • and you pray over them,whether in quiet,
  • 00:46:32.606 --> 00:46:35.275
  • extended prayer or quick,in-the-moment prayer,
  • 00:46:35.309 --> 00:46:39.680
  • you're gonna have to learnto trust him
  • 00:46:39.713 --> 00:46:41.982
  • for his own brand of success.
  • 00:46:42.015 --> 00:46:44.751
  • You have to expect himto do things his way.
  • 00:46:44.785 --> 00:46:49.389
  • Proverbs 16:3 says: "Committo the Lord whatever you do,
  • 00:46:49.423 --> 00:46:54.127
  • and he will establishyour plans."
  • 00:46:54.161 --> 00:46:57.231
  • The word "commit"means to trust.
  • 00:46:57.264 --> 00:46:59.566
  • God can be trustedwith your dreams,
  • 00:46:59.600 --> 00:47:01.535
  • to divulge them, develop them,sometimes delay them,
  • 00:47:01.568 --> 00:47:04.571
  • and always drench themwith his blessings.
  • 00:47:04.605 --> 00:47:07.474
  • So you have to understand Godopens doors and he closes doors.
  • 00:47:07.507 --> 00:47:10.577
  • He arranges circumstancesand sometimes
  • 00:47:10.611 --> 00:47:12.746
  • he creates trajectoriesyou didn't even expect.
  • 00:47:12.779 --> 00:47:16.817
  • In Nehemiah's case,the king granted him letters
  • 00:47:16.850 --> 00:47:20.020
  • of safe conductthrough the empire,
  • 00:47:20.053 --> 00:47:21.922
  • along with provisionsfor the walls and the gates.
  • 00:47:21.955 --> 00:47:26.093
  • Nehemiah said, "And the kinggranted them to me according
  • 00:47:26.126 --> 00:47:29.062
  • to the good hand of my Godupon me."
  • 00:47:29.096 --> 00:47:31.965
  • And Artaxerxes sent a militaryconvoy to accompany Nehemiah
  • 00:47:31.999 --> 00:47:36.103
  • to Jerusalem because the Jewshad a lot of enemies in Judah.
  • 00:47:36.136 --> 00:47:40.807
  • When Nehemiah gotinto Jerusalem,
  • 00:47:40.841 --> 00:47:42.442
  • Nehemiah wanted to keephis dream a secret until
  • 00:47:42.476 --> 00:47:45.112
  • it was time to rally the Jews,so he saddled his horse
  • 00:47:45.145 --> 00:47:48.682
  • in the darkness and inspectedthe ruins of the city
  • 00:47:48.715 --> 00:47:52.552
  • by moonlight.
  • 00:47:52.586 --> 00:47:53.887
  • And the next day, he gatheredthe people and he said,
  • 00:47:53.921 --> 00:47:56.323
  • "'You see the distressthat we are in,
  • 00:47:56.356 --> 00:47:59.426
  • how Jerusalem lies waste andits gates are burned with fire?
  • 00:47:59.459 --> 00:48:03.697
  • Come, let us build the wallof Jerusalem that we may
  • 00:48:03.730 --> 00:48:07.034
  • no longer be a reproach,'and I told them
  • 00:48:07.067 --> 00:48:10.671
  • of the hand of my Godwhich had been good upon me."
  • 00:48:10.704 --> 00:48:14.474
  • Nehemiah declaredwith confidence:
  • 00:48:14.508 --> 00:48:16.443
  • "The God of heavenwill help us."
  • 00:48:16.476 --> 00:48:21.415
  • I believe with all of my heartthat the God of heaven
  • 00:48:21.448 --> 00:48:24.518
  • will grant successto his children
  • 00:48:24.551 --> 00:48:27.187
  • who seek for his willin their lives.
  • 00:48:27.220 --> 00:48:30.324
  • Remember,success doesn't mean health,
  • 00:48:30.357 --> 00:48:33.327
  • wealth, fame, or fortune.
  • 00:48:33.360 --> 00:48:35.162
  • When God uses the term"success," it means
  • 00:48:35.195 --> 00:48:37.698
  • the fulfillment of his planfor your life.
  • 00:48:37.731 --> 00:48:41.568
  • And you have to trust him,however that unfolds,
  • 00:48:41.601 --> 00:48:44.237
  • if you want to move forward.
  • 00:48:44.271 --> 00:48:46.073
  • So prepare your heartfor God's plan,
  • 00:48:46.106 --> 00:48:48.675
  • pray about your plansday and night,
  • 00:48:48.709 --> 00:48:51.144
  • practice spontaneous prayer,and prepare for God
  • 00:48:51.178 --> 00:48:54.982
  • to do things his way.
  • 00:48:55.015 --> 00:48:57.617
  • And then I want to add this:plead for overcoming strength
  • 00:48:57.651 --> 00:49:01.955
  • in overwhelming moments.
  • 00:49:01.989 --> 00:49:04.624
  • Have you had any overwhelmingmoments lately?
  • 00:49:04.658 --> 00:49:07.194
  • If you're praying your waythrough what God wants you
  • 00:49:07.227 --> 00:49:09.563
  • to do, that doesn't meanyou won't have any trouble,
  • 00:49:09.596 --> 00:49:12.599
  • that doesn't mean youwon't have any problems.
  • 00:49:12.632 --> 00:49:14.534
  • The devil will hurl his forcesagainst God's unfolding work
  • 00:49:14.568 --> 00:49:18.605
  • in your life, but let metell you something, friends.
  • 00:49:18.638 --> 00:49:22.242
  • Don't be bullied.Don't be intimidated.
  • 00:49:22.275 --> 00:49:24.878
  • Never let yourselfbe discouraged.
  • 00:49:24.911 --> 00:49:26.980
  • The devil will try to push youoff the road but the one
  • 00:49:27.014 --> 00:49:29.983
  • to whom you pray is the onebefore whom the devils tremble.
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  • God will give youovercoming strength
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  • for overwhelming moments.
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  • That's what he didfor Nehemiah and, get this,
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  • he and the residentsof Jerusalem finished the wall
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  • in 52 days.
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  • They rebuilt the wallsof Jerusalem in 52 days.
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  • Only God could have done that.
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  • Believe me, you can't go forwardin life without drenching
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  • every step in prayer.
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  • One of the greatest ships ofall time was the RMS Mauretania,
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  • built in 1906.
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  • It had a distinguished career,captured the world record
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  • for crossing the Atlantic,served the British Navy
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  • during World War I,and even today,
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  • many of the furnishingsof the Mauretania are woven
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  • into the interiors of someof the world's
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  • most exclusive buildings.
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  • Hidden away in historyis this interesting fact:
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  • The Mauretania was builtby prayer.
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  • The naval architect whoconstructed it would not put in
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  • a single piece of that greatship without definitely
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  • asking God to help him, and hewould not receive any part
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  • of the machinery withouthaving the consciousness
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  • that it had to be receivedfrom divine acceptance.
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  • Thus the greatest shipin the world has been built
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  • by making prayer a workingprinciple of life.
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  • So let me ask you to do that.
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  • Ask God for overcoming strengthin overwhelming moments.
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  • Go forward in his power.
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  • Remember, it's not your dreamGod wants, it's you.
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  • Then could I just addthis final kind of postscript
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  • to all of this?
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  • Praise God for what he does.
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  • You have one more opportunityto make prayer a part
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  • of your future.
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  • You have the privilegeof praising God
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  • for his work in your life.
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  • Nehemiah and the Jews inJerusalem finished the walls
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  • so quickly they had timeon their hands so what's next?
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  • Well, let's havea Bible conference.
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  • With the securityof a walled city,
  • 00:51:30.904 --> 00:51:32.639
  • the Jewish settlers felt safegoing about their lives and,
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  • furthermore, one section ofthe wall near the water gate
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  • formed like a new public square.
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  • So the word went out.
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  • All the people are to cometo the water gate and Ezra
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  • the priest stood on a platformbuilt for the occasion
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  • and he praised the Godof heaven, and the crowd
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  • lifted their hands upwardand shouted, "Amen, amen."
  • 00:51:50.056 --> 00:51:54.027
  • And when the wall was dedicated,great choirs marched
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  • along the parapets leadingin worship and "on that day,
  • 00:51:57.597 --> 00:52:01.067
  • they offered great sacrifices,and rejoiced,
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  • for God had made them rejoicewith great joy;
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  • the women andthe children rejoiced,
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  • so that the joy of Jerusalemwas heard afar off."
  • 00:52:08.642 --> 00:52:13.013
  • There's not anythingin the world like the joy
  • 00:52:13.046 --> 00:52:15.515
  • of watching God form andfulfill his plans for your life.
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  • And it only happens as we steptoward our dreams
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  • in his presence through prayer.
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  • I began this messageby telling you about
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  • the inimitable Leonora Wood.
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  • Let me end with a special prayercomposed by her daughter,
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  • Catherine Marshall.
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  • This prayer was inspiredby her mother and was included
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  • in Marshall's book,"Adventures in Prayer."
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  • Both Catherine and Leonora arein heaven now,
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  • but I'm sure they'll be thrilledif you make their prayer
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  • your prayer.
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  • Here it is: "Father, once,it seems so long ago now,
  • 00:52:51.251 --> 00:52:57.057
  • I had such big dreams, so muchanticipation of the future.
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  • Now, no shimmering horizonbeckons me.
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  • My days are lackluster.
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  • Where is your planfor my life, Father?
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  • You have told us thatwithout vision we perish,
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  • so, Father in heaven, knowingthat I can ask in confidence,
  • 00:53:12.872 --> 00:53:15.875
  • what is your expressedwill to give me?
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  • I ask you to deposit in my mindand heart the particular dream,
  • 00:53:18.812 --> 00:53:22.616
  • the special vision,you have for my life.
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  • And along with the dream,will you give me whatever graces
  • 00:53:26.152 --> 00:53:28.855
  • and patience and staminait takes to see the dream
  • 00:53:28.888 --> 00:53:33.560
  • through to fruition?
  • 00:53:33.593 --> 00:53:35.395
  • I sense that this may involveadventures I have not
  • 00:53:35.428 --> 00:53:37.430
  • bargained for, but I wantto trust you, God.
  • 00:53:37.464 --> 00:53:40.867
  • I want to trust you enoughto follow,
  • 00:53:40.900 --> 00:53:43.169
  • even if you leadalong new paths.
  • 00:53:43.203 --> 00:53:45.705
  • So, Lord, if you have to breakdown any prisons of mine
  • 00:53:45.739 --> 00:53:48.508
  • before I can see the starsand catch the vision,
  • 00:53:48.541 --> 00:53:51.845
  • then, Lord, beginthe process now.
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  • In joyous expectation, amen."
  • 00:53:54.147 --> 00:53:57.584
  • And I guess I would say to youas they would say to you,
  • 00:53:57.617 --> 00:54:01.921
  • "I dare you to pray that prayer.
  • 00:54:01.955 --> 00:54:04.024
  • I dare you to bring Godinto your life and make him
  • 00:54:04.057 --> 00:54:06.626
  • the focus of what you doand who you are.
  • 00:54:06.660 --> 00:54:09.162
  • He's your Creator andwhen he gives you a dream,
  • 00:54:09.195 --> 00:54:12.732
  • you have to consultwith your Creator
  • 00:54:12.766 --> 00:54:15.135
  • and he will lead youto the realization of everything
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  • God puts in your heart to do,amen."
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  • right after this.
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  • for today's program,here is Dr. Jeremiah.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: If you're seriousabout moving forward,
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  • there is one crucial stepto complete first.
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  • It's step one of this process:knowing Christ
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  • as your personalLord and Savior.
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  • I hope you're walking stronglywith Christ because faith
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  • in Christ is the starting blockthat will keep
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  • propelling you forward.
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  • But perhaps youdon't know Christ.
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  • If that's the case, I would liketo introduce you to him today.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: WheneverI find myself straying,
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  • I feel these principlespulling me back into line.
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  • That's what a priority will do.
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  • When you choose something andmake it number one in your life,
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  • it will constantly be thereand when you walk away from it
  • 00:57:07.574 --> 00:57:10.810
  • a little bit, it'll be likea magnet pulling you back.
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  • Join us next time asDr. Jeremiah challenges you
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  • to diminish your distractionsand choose
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  • that which is most important,
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  • here on "Turning Point."
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