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Why Don’t My Prayers Get Answered?

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September 11, 2020
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During this message discover some reasons why God may not be answering our prayers.

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Why Don’t My Prayers Get Answered?

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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: "Why don'tmy prayers get answered?"
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  • Hello, I'm David Jeremiahand on today's edition of,
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  • "Turning Point,"I'm going to give you
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  • go unanswered,but something else
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  • is gonna happenin today's message as well.
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  • We will learn how to praymore biblically.
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  • Does a parent say yesto everything a child asks for?
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  • Well, neither does Godand there are reasons why.
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  • When we discover those reasons,we will begin to pray
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  • more effectively.
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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: "Why don'tmy prayers get answered?"
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  • I've had a lot of people ask methat question.
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  • There once was a pastor who hada five-year-old daughter
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  • and the girl noticed thatevery time her dad
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  • stood behind the pulpitand was getting ready to preach,
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  • he would bow his headfor a moment
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  • before he began to preach.
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  • And the little girl noticed thathe did this every single time.
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  • So, one day after the service,the little girl went to her dad
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  • and she said,"Dad, why do you
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  • bow your head right beforeyou preach your sermon?"
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  • "Well honey," the preacher said,"I'm asking the Lord to help me
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  • preach a good sermon."
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  • And the little girl looked upat her father and asked,
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  • "Then how comehe doesn't do it?"
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  • Unanswered prayer.
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  • Everybody who knows anythingabout prayer and praise
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  • has a little different takeon it,
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  • and here's a young ladywho's a teenager.
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  • Here's where her thoughtsare on prayer.
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  • She said God answers prayerfour ways,
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  • "Yes," "No," "Wait a while,"and "You've got to be kidding,"
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  • which tells yousome of the things
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  • she asked forthat she didn't get.
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  • I remember years ago,I read a story about a man
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  • who was being pursuedby a roaring, hungry lion.
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  • Feeling the beast's hot breathon his neck and knowing
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  • his time was short,he began to pray as he ran.
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  • He cried out in desperation,
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  • "Oh Lord, please make that liona Christian."
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  • Within seconds,the frightened man
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  • became aware that the lionhad stopped the chase.
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  • When he looked behind him,he found the lion kneeling,
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  • his lips movingin obvious prayer.
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  • Greatly relieved atthis turn of events,
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  • the young man went to jointhe lion in his meditation
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  • and as he approachedthe king of the jungle,
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  • when he was near enough,he heard the lion praying,
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  • "And bless, O Lord,this food
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  • which I'm exceedinglygrateful for."
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  • There's always somethingwith a little humor in it
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  • but let's be honest,there's nothing really funny
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  • about praying and not feelinglike you're getting answered.
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  • The problem of unanswered prayeris not something
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  • that started withour generation.
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  • In the Old Testament,Habakkuk struggled
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  • with his unanswered prayer.
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  • He cried out," Oh Lord,how long shall I cry,
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  • and you will not hear?"
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  • Job struggled withunanswered prayer.
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  • In job 31:35,we have his words,
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  • "Oh, that I had one to hear me.
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  • Oh, that the Almightywould answer me."
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  • King David struggledwith unanswered prayer.
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  • In Psalm 13 we read his words,"How long, O Lord,
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  • will you forget me, forever?
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  • How long will you hideyour face from me?"
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  • Habakkuk, Job, and Davidall echoed the frustrations
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  • that many of us have hadat one time or another
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  • when it seems as if God is notanswering our prayers.
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  • Now, let me be right up frontwith this.
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  • The Bible says that God does nothear and answer the prayers
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  • of those who do not belongto his family.
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  • Praying is a family exercise.
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  • It belongs to those who arein the family of God.
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  • The only prayer that God hearsfrom someone
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  • who's not a Christian is, "God,be merciful to me, a sinner."
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  • But even after we becomemembers of the family,
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  • we began to realize thatsometimes when we pray,
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  • it doesn't seem likeour prayers are working.
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  • There are several places in theWord of God that simply say that
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  • under certain circumstances,God will not answer our prayer,
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  • And this is what I want usto explore
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  • in these next few moments.
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  • I hope we can use thisas a sort of checklist,
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  • "If my prayers are notbeing answered,
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  • could the reason be foundon this list?"
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  • Let's begin.
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  • Sometimes our prayersare not answered
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  • because of unprayedthe prayers.
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  • James 4, verse 2 says,"You have not
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  • because you ask not."
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  • It's amazing to mehow many people say,
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  • "God doesn't answer my prayer."
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  • When I began to talk with them,I find out they have
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  • never specifically asked Godfor the thing they say
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  • they have not received.
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  • God is not gonna answeryour prayer
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  • for some specific thing becauseyou pray at the dinner table.
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  • You're to ask him.
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  • The Bible says,"Ask and you shall receive.
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  • Seek and you shall find.
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  • Knock, and it shall be openedunto you," Matthew chapter 7.
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  • The biggest reason why prayersaren't answered,
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  • and this is probably bigger thanall of the other reasons,
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  • is they're just not offered.
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  • We have not because we ask not.
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  • And then the Bible says thatsometimes our prayers
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  • are not answered becauseof unconfessed sin.
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  • I used to think there wasjust maybe one verse
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  • about this in the Bible butduring this particular study,
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  • I have found out thatthis is a prevalent truth
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  • in the Word of God.
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  • Here's the most famous versethat says that,
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  • Psalm 66:18, "If I regardiniquity in my heart,
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  • the Lord will not hear."
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  • Or Proverbs 15:29, "The Lord isfar from the wicked,
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  • but he hears the prayerof the righteous."
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  • Or proverbs 28, verse 9,"One who turns away his ear
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  • from hearing the law, even hisprayer is an abomination."
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  • Or Isaiah 1:15, "When youspread out your hands,
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  • I will hide my eyes from you.
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  • Even though you makemany prayers, I will not hear.
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  • Your hands are full of blood."
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  • Isaiah 59:1 and 2, "Behold,the Lord's hand is not shorten
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  • that it cannot save, nor his earheavy that it cannot hear.
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  • But our iniquities haveseparated you from your God,
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  • and your sins have hiddenhis face from you
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  • so that he will not hear."
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  • Or 1 Peter 3:12, "For the eyesof the Lord are on the righteous
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  • and his ears are opento their prayers,
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  • but the face of the Lord isagainst those who do evil."
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  • Sometimes,as followers of Christ,
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  • our prayers don't get answeredbecause we're harboring
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  • unconfessed sin in our lives.
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  • Go back with me tothe first verse, Psalm 66:18.
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  • Read it again, "If I regardiniquity in my heart--"
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  • Notice, it doesn't say,"If I sin,
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  • the Lord will not hear me."
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  • It says, "If I regard iniquityin my heart."
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  • In other words, if I knowthere is a sin in my life
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  • and I'm not doinganything about it.
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  • A person who regards iniquity isone who holds a particular sin
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  • in his heart, and he loves it,and he makes an alibi for it,
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  • and he excuses it,and he covers it up.
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  • It is not primarily, therefore,the fact of sin that keeps us
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  • from getting our prayersunanswered,
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  • it is the love for itand the excusing of it
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  • that pushes God away from us.
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  • The prayer God wants to hearfrom us when we have sin
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  • in our lives is 1 John 1:9,"If we confess our sin,
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  • he is faithful and justto forgive us our sins
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  • and to cleanse usfrom all unrighteous."
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  • All of us, as believers, sin.
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  • The Bible says,"If a person says,
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  • 'I do not sin,' he is a liarand he doesn't do the truth."
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  • But it's what we do with it whenit happens that God cares about.
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  • He's opened a way for us tohave instantaneous forgiveness,
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  • but if we harbor somethingthat we know is evil,
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  • something that's sinful,and then we try to pray,
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  • we will often find itto be very difficult.
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  • Sometimes our prayers are notanswered because of unprayed
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  • prayers, and unconfessed sin,and sometimes our prayers
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  • are not answered becauseof unbelieving minds.
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  • It says in James chapter 1,"Let him ask in faith
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  • with no doubting.
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  • For he who doubts is likea wave of the sea driven
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  • and tossed by the wind.
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  • For let not that man supposehe will receive anything
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  • from the Lord.
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  • He is a double-minded man,unstable in all his ways."
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  • What does it meanto be double-minded?
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  • It means to trust God,and then not to trust him.
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  • To trust him over here,not to trust him over here.
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  • To believe him here,to not believe him here.
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  • Someone has written thisin a little free verse.
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  • It goes like this, "As childrenbring their broken toys
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  • with tears for us to mend,I brought my broken dreams
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  • to God because he was my friend.
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  • But instead of leaving himin peace to work alone,
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  • I hung around and tried to helpwith ways that were my own.
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  • At last I snatched themback and cried,
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  • how could you be so slow?
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  • My child, he said,What could I do?
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  • You would never let them go."
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  • To be double-minded is notto let the request go,
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  • not to be able to give them upcompletely to God,
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  • to give them to Godand take them back.
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  • Sometimes our prayers aren'tanswered because we pray them,
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  • and then we take them back,and we try to work out
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  • the solution ourself insteadof trusting God.
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  • And then number four, sometimesour prayers aren't answered
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  • because of unrighteous motives.
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  • James 4, verse 3 says, "You askand you do not receive because
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  • you ask amiss that you mayspend it on your pleasures."
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  • Now, let's just be honestabout this, men and women,
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  • God is not the big geniein the sky.
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  • He is not the sugar daddyjust waiting for you to come
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  • and tell him all of the fluffy,little,
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  • wonderful things you would like.
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  • Maybe we do thatwhen we're little kids,
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  • but grownups need to knowbetter than that.
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  • God is not there in heaven justwaiting for you to ping him
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  • so he can give you everythingyou ever dreamed of,
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  • no matter what you've heardon television or on radio.
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  • 1 John 5:14 says,"This is the confidence
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  • that we have in Godthat if we ask anything
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  • according to his will,he will hear us."
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  • Matthew 6:9 and 10 says,"Hallowed be Your name,
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  • Your kingdom come,Your will be done."
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  • Psalm 37:4 says,"Delight yourself in the Lord,
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  • and He will give you the desiresof your heart."
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  • We must remember that God'sultimate concern is not with
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  • our team winning the ball game,but in himself being glorified
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  • in the process."
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  • His ultimate concern is notthat we all have perfect health,
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  • but that we lift every ounceof our health up
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  • to his honor and glory.
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  • His ultimate concern is not thatwe have a high-paying job,
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  • but that we praise him and arethankful for what he provides.
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  • His ultimate concern is thatwe are consumed with his glory
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  • in whatever state we are in,and I believe that God delights
  • 00:14:42.398 --> 00:14:46.969
  • in giving even the smallestof things to his children.
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  • But we must weigh the motivesof our hearts
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  • against the substanceof our requests.
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  • We must ask, "Is my desirein this to see God glorified
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  • in my life, or am I just wantingthis so that it's for me?"
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  • Sometimes we don't pray right.
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  • Listen to me now.
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  • Sometimes we pray,"Thy will be changed,"
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  • not "Thy will be done."
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  • Do you ever pray that prayer?
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  • Maybe not in those words but,
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  • "Lord, can we talk aboutthis once more?
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  • Thy will be changed."
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  • Someone said, "When you pray,do you give instructions,
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  • or do you report for duty?"
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  • Sometimes, number five,our prayers aren't answered
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  • because of unresolved conflicts.
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  • The Bible says inMark chapter 11,
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  • "When you stand praying, if youhave anything against anyone,
  • 00:15:36.618 --> 00:15:39.088
  • forgive him that your Fatherin heaven may also forgive you
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  • your trespasses.
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  • But if you do not forgive,neither will your Father
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  • in heaven forgiveyour trespasses."
  • 00:15:45.627 --> 00:15:48.197
  • Again, in Matthew chapter 5,it says,
  • 00:15:48.230 --> 00:15:50.299
  • "Therefore, if you bringyour gift to the altar and there
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  • remember that your brotherhas something against you,
  • 00:15:52.835 --> 00:15:54.903
  • leave your gift there beforethe altar and go your way.
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  • Be reconciled to your brotherand come and offer your gift."
  • 00:15:58.307 --> 00:16:02.044
  • The Bible says if youare harboring resentment,
  • 00:16:02.077 --> 00:16:06.048
  • or unforgiveness,or anger in your heart
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  • toward another brotheror sister,
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  • it may not shut downyour prayer life.
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  • It just says it will hinder it.
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  • It'll get in the way.
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  • It's almost like you're comingto the Lord with your prayer,
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  • and you hear him in the backof your mind saying to you,
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  • "Have you taken careof that yet?"
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  • And it takes the edge off of it.
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  • Nothing is so importantas maintaining
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  • the right relationshipsthat you have with others.
  • 00:16:29.605 --> 00:16:33.742
  • And then number six tells usthat our prayers
  • 00:16:33.776 --> 00:16:36.278
  • are not answered becauseof uncompassionate hearts.
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  • Proverbs 21:13 says,"Whoever shuts his ears
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  • to the cry of the poor will alsocry himself and not be heard."
  • 00:16:41.850 --> 00:16:47.623
  • Wow, this is not about tryingto feed the world's hungry,
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  • although we ought to beconcerned about that.
  • 00:16:51.794 --> 00:16:54.363
  • This prayer barrier is aboutfailing to have compassion
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  • for those we knowwho are in need.
  • 00:16:57.199 --> 00:16:59.368
  • The Bible says when you harboran uncompassionate spirit,
  • 00:16:59.401 --> 00:17:02.504
  • when you don't ask Godto make you sensitive to people
  • 00:17:02.538 --> 00:17:05.140
  • you can help, then it will behard for you to have
  • 00:17:05.174 --> 00:17:10.079
  • the relationship in prayerthat you desire.
  • 00:17:10.112 --> 00:17:13.515
  • And then finally, the last one,and I have to tell you,
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  • this is for men only.
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  • All you womencan't listen to this.
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  • I'm fooling with youa little bit
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  • because y'all needto listen to it.
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  • But I'll never forget whenI first understood this.
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  • And I read the verse andI read it and I thought,
  • 00:17:34.169 --> 00:17:37.639
  • is that really true?
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  • And I read it again,and every time I've read it,
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  • I've come back with this.
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  • So, I'm gonna readthis verse to you,
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  • and you see if you havethe same response I do.
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  • 1 Peter 3:7,"Husbands, likewise,
  • 00:17:48.050 --> 00:17:52.221
  • dwell with them, your wives,with understanding,
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  • giving honor to the wife,as to the weaker vessel,
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  • and as being heirs togetherof the grace of life,
  • 00:17:59.061 --> 00:18:03.665
  • that your prayersmay not be hindered," wow.
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  • Men, what that says to us,if we're Christian husbands
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  • and we havea Christian wife,
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  • our relationship with our wifecan often be the reason
  • 00:18:15.544 --> 00:18:21.583
  • why God isn't listeningcarefully to our prayers.
  • 00:18:21.617 --> 00:18:25.287
  • This passage of Scripture saysthat men that are not having
  • 00:18:25.320 --> 00:18:29.892
  • the right kind of relationshipswith their wives can,
  • 00:18:29.925 --> 00:18:32.628
  • at the very least,find their prayers hindered.
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  • It makes it hard to pray foryour wife when you haven't been
  • 00:18:36.865 --> 00:18:39.268
  • loving her and meeting her needsand living with her
  • 00:18:39.301 --> 00:18:42.037
  • according to the teachingof the Word of God,
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  • according to knowledge.
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  • On the other hand, just think ofthe potential that is wrapped up
  • 00:18:45.741 --> 00:18:49.178
  • in the two of you prayingtogether for something because
  • 00:18:49.211 --> 00:18:52.314
  • the Bible says that if two ofyou agree on earth concerning
  • 00:18:52.347 --> 00:18:55.250
  • anything that they ask,it will be done for them
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  • by the Father.
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  • When you praywith your wife, men,
  • 00:18:59.454 --> 00:19:02.591
  • you open up an incrediblepotential before God.
  • 00:19:02.624 --> 00:19:08.297
  • I know that for most of uswho are 'A' personalities,
  • 00:19:08.330 --> 00:19:15.103
  • I confess, praying with yourwife may be a difficult thing.
  • 00:19:15.137 --> 00:19:22.878
  • But praying with your wife isan important thing.
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  • The Bible says if you don'tcherish and honor the woman
  • 00:19:28.517 --> 00:19:32.154
  • in your life, who is your wife,if you don't try to serve her,
  • 00:19:32.187 --> 00:19:39.094
  • if your relationshipwith her is not right,
  • 00:19:39.127 --> 00:19:41.396
  • it will affect the way you prayand what happens when you pray.
  • 00:19:41.430 --> 00:19:46.902
  • So, there you have it,unprayed prayers,
  • 00:19:46.935 --> 00:19:49.972
  • unconfessed sin,unbelieving minds,
  • 00:19:50.005 --> 00:19:52.474
  • unrighteous motives,unresolved conflicts,
  • 00:19:52.507 --> 00:19:54.776
  • uncompassionate hearts,and unresponsive husbands.
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  • I want to give youone final little paradigm
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  • that wraps all of this upin four statements.
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  • This is what this is all about.
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  • I've written this downin the front of my Bible
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  • and here's what it says.
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  • "When you pray, if the requestis wrong, God says, no."
  • 00:20:12.394 --> 00:20:20.035
  • How many of you knowno is an answer?
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  • We try to teach our kids that,but we don't like it
  • 00:20:22.504 --> 00:20:25.507
  • when it comes to us.
  • 00:20:25.540 --> 00:20:27.709
  • Yes, is the answer we want,but no is an answer,
  • 00:20:27.743 --> 00:20:30.779
  • and I am so thankfulfor the times over my life
  • 00:20:30.812 --> 00:20:33.849
  • as I look back over my shoulderwhen I have prayed
  • 00:20:33.882 --> 00:20:36.551
  • for somethingand God has said no,
  • 00:20:36.585 --> 00:20:39.388
  • I didn't like it at the time,but oh, do I see it now.
  • 00:20:39.421 --> 00:20:45.027
  • So, if the request is wrong,God will just say no
  • 00:20:45.060 --> 00:20:47.829
  • and you'll get it.
  • 00:20:47.863 --> 00:20:50.065
  • If the timing is wrong,God will say slow.
  • 00:20:50.098 --> 00:20:55.637
  • How many of you knowGod isn't on our schedule?
  • 00:20:55.671 --> 00:20:57.973
  • God doesn't work offof our calendar app.
  • 00:20:58.006 --> 00:21:00.976
  • God doesn't work offof our time schedule.
  • 00:21:01.009 --> 00:21:03.211
  • God works totally offof his time schedule
  • 00:21:03.245 --> 00:21:05.781
  • and when we ask for something,he's not obligated
  • 00:21:05.814 --> 00:21:08.383
  • to give it to usby next Thursday.
  • 00:21:08.417 --> 00:21:11.687
  • So sometimes, we ask Godfor something
  • 00:21:11.720 --> 00:21:13.655
  • and it's a good request,and it's a legitimate request,
  • 00:21:13.689 --> 00:21:16.124
  • but the timing for the receptionof it is just not right.
  • 00:21:16.158 --> 00:21:21.063
  • Sometimes we ask Godfor something
  • 00:21:21.096 --> 00:21:23.098
  • and if the request is wrong,he says no.
  • 00:21:23.131 --> 00:21:25.400
  • And if the timing's wrong,he says slow.
  • 00:21:25.434 --> 00:21:29.504
  • And sometimes, and this has beenthe bulk of the message today,
  • 00:21:29.538 --> 00:21:33.175
  • we ask God for somethingand we are wrong,
  • 00:21:33.208 --> 00:21:36.545
  • something's going on in our lifethat needs to be fixed.
  • 00:21:36.578 --> 00:21:39.581
  • And when that happens,God says,
  • 00:21:39.614 --> 00:21:41.550
  • "Grow, grow up, get it right."
  • 00:21:41.583 --> 00:21:46.888
  • And the good news is thatif the request is right,
  • 00:21:46.922 --> 00:21:49.991
  • and the timing is right,and you are right,
  • 00:21:50.025 --> 00:21:51.993
  • God says, "Go."
  • 00:21:52.027 --> 00:21:55.163
  • I want you to knowthat God answers prayer.
  • 00:21:55.197 --> 00:21:57.899
  • He's answered a lotof prayers for me,
  • 00:21:57.933 --> 00:22:00.669
  • continues to answer themfor me every day.
  • 00:22:00.702 --> 00:22:03.638
  • But I'm like you,I know I can do better
  • 00:22:03.672 --> 00:22:06.675
  • with this prayer thing.
  • 00:22:06.708 --> 00:22:09.244
  • And I'm sure when we get donewith our lives
  • 00:22:09.277 --> 00:22:10.912
  • and we look over our shouldersand somebody says,
  • 00:22:10.946 --> 00:22:12.848
  • "If you could do somethingbetter, what would you do?"
  • 00:22:12.881 --> 00:22:14.916
  • Somebody asked Billy Grahamthat question and he said,
  • 00:22:14.950 --> 00:22:17.319
  • "If I could do anything better,I would pray more.
  • 00:22:17.352 --> 00:22:20.322
  • I would have prayed morein my life."
  • 00:22:20.355 --> 00:22:22.958
  • All of us feel that.
  • 00:22:22.991 --> 00:22:24.493
  • You know, someone said ifyou want to empty an auditorium,
  • 00:22:24.526 --> 00:22:26.461
  • announce that you're gonnapreach on prayer 'cause nobody
  • 00:22:26.495 --> 00:22:29.731
  • will come 'cause everybodyhas a bit of a sense of guilt
  • 00:22:29.765 --> 00:22:33.201
  • in our hearts that we don't prayas we ought.
  • 00:22:33.235 --> 00:22:34.936
  • Can I get a witness?
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  • Kind of somber,but it's a good witness.
  • 00:22:36.638 --> 00:22:42.411
  • So, you know what?
  • 00:22:42.444 --> 00:22:43.879
  • This is not to make usfeel guilty about prayer.
  • 00:22:43.912 --> 00:22:45.714
  • This is to help us find outhow we can be
  • 00:22:45.747 --> 00:22:47.783
  • more effective in praying.
  • 00:22:47.816 --> 00:22:50.085
  • I got some things in my liferight now that I really need
  • 00:22:50.118 --> 00:22:51.920
  • God for, how about you?
  • 00:22:51.953 --> 00:22:54.556
  • I want to make sure that I don'thave anything in the way of God
  • 00:22:54.589 --> 00:22:57.325
  • being able to hear my prayerand answer it.
  • 00:22:57.359 --> 00:23:00.061
  • I hope you feel the same way.
  • 00:23:00.095 --> 00:23:01.663
  • A lady came up to me she said,"I've been praying
  • 00:23:01.696 --> 00:23:03.198
  • for my father, and he's gettingclose to the end of his life,
  • 00:23:03.231 --> 00:23:08.103
  • and God doesn't seemto be hearing."
  • 00:23:08.136 --> 00:23:10.372
  • And I told her,Howard Hendricks,
  • 00:23:10.405 --> 00:23:12.307
  • who was a good friend of mine,once told me that he prayed
  • 00:23:12.340 --> 00:23:14.276
  • for his father for everysingle day for 72 years and at
  • 00:23:14.309 --> 00:23:18.713
  • the very end of his life beforehe died, he became a Christian.
  • 00:23:18.747 --> 00:23:23.852
  • All I can say to you isif you're praying,
  • 00:23:23.885 --> 00:23:25.821
  • and it seems Godisn't answering,
  • 00:23:25.854 --> 00:23:27.789
  • remember, God's noton your time schedule, and so,
  • 00:23:27.823 --> 00:23:30.125
  • you're to pray continually,faithfully, every day,
  • 00:23:30.158 --> 00:23:32.594
  • no matter what.
  • 00:23:32.627 --> 00:23:36.364
  • Don't give up.Don't quit.
  • 00:23:36.398 --> 00:23:39.234
  • Keep praying.
  • 00:23:39.267 --> 00:23:41.002
  • He loves you,he cares about you.
  • 00:23:41.036 --> 00:23:43.104
  • He wants you to getyour prayers answered.
  • 00:23:43.138 --> 00:23:48.109
  • And let's make sure weunderstand that the one reason
  • 00:23:48.143 --> 00:23:50.412
  • most of us don't get themanswered
  • 00:23:50.445 --> 00:23:51.913
  • is just 'causewe don't ask them.
  • 00:23:51.947 --> 00:23:53.748
  • We have not because we ask not.
  • 00:23:53.782 --> 00:23:55.851
  • ♪♪♪
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  • Dr. Jeremiah:If you are like me,
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  • 00:24:12.334 --> 00:24:14.603
  • And then much later,you understand why.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah:So, he says to them,
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