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Let's Pray: Improving Vision

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July 21, 2019
27:33

Allen Jackson Ministries

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  • Allen Jackson: It's good to be with you again.
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  • I'm really excited about our topic in these weeks,
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  • this idea of let's pray.
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  • We've been working on this in our congregation here and
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  • thousands of us have found that we can integrate prayer into our
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  • daily lives in a meaningful way.
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  • Not in an obtrusive way or a time-consuming way, but a single
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  • sentence will make a difference in God's involvement with us
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  • and the people around us.
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  • Now, the biggest hurdle when we talk about prayer is the reality
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  • most of us just don't.
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  • That we kinda leave it.
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  • It's kinda like the nuclear option.
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  • If all else fails pray.
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  • Well, I wanna suggest a different approach.
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  • Let's pray before anything else.
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  • Let's let prayer become a part of our lives, an integral part
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  • of how we interact with people and how we talk to them, and so
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  • that when they think of us they'll imagine us to be a
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  • person who would pray with them if the opportunity presented.
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  • You can do this.
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  • I promise you I have done this with many, many people,
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  • and I've seen the outcomes in hundreds of lives.
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  • God is anxious to be involved with you and with me and if
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  • we'll just open our hearts to him in the slightest space God
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  • will help us in ways we can't imagine.
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  • Enjoy the lesson.
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  • Allen: Said, "I tell you the truth, unless you change and
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  • become like little children, you'll never enter
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  • the kingdom of heaven.
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  • Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is
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  • the greatest in the kingdom of heaven."
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  • Jesus used a child as the doorway to significance
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  • in the kingdom of God.
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  • I wanna use that image with you for just a minute, if you'll
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  • allow me, 'cause I think it opens many things to us about
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  • understanding what we can become in the kingdom of God.
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  • Jesus, he's speaking to his disciples on this day.
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  • He's not speaking to a group of rebellious, ungodly, stubborn,
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  • recalcitrant people.
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  • He's talking to the people who've already left
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  • to follow him.
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  • They're all in, and their question is, "All right, how
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  • does--how do we achieve significance in your kingdom?"
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  • And he said, "I'll show you, but it's gonna require you to
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  • change, so the fact that you're all in is not enough.
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  • The fact that you've chosen to follow me, to be publicly
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  • identified with me is not enough."
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  • He said it's a lifelong expression.
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  • It's not a singular event.
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  • It's not just one decision.
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  • He said unless you change to become more childlike and you
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  • can model the humble learning characteristics of a child.
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  • Now, please note he didn't say to be childish.
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  • We got enough childish folks, don't we?
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  • We don't need any more of that, but he said there is a value to
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  • a childlike characteristic.
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  • One of the things I love about children and kids
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  • is their capacity to learn.
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  • They are hungry learners, aren't they?
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  • They will wear you out with why, all right?
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  • And you can use big words, and they'll just keep saying why.
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  • They wanna know everything.
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  • "How does it work? Let me do it.
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  • Why?"
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  • "God, make 'em stop."
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  • There are some descriptive terms that are used often with the way
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  • we learn, native and immigrant.
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  • I see them most frequently used in terms of technology, and I'm
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  • not using 'em in the context of international migration and
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  • people moving from one place to another, but simply as terms
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  • that are descriptive of how we learn.
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  • That we're either--when it comes to an idea or a set of ideas
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  • that we're either native to those ideas or we're immigrants
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  • with respect to those ideas.
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  • It's used most frequently, when I see it, with technology.
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  • That all the kids that were on the stage a few minutes ago,
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  • they are native to the technological digital world.
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  • It's normal to them.
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  • They've never lived--the crew that was up here just a second
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  • ago, weren't they amazing?
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  • Wow!
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  • They're digital natives.
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  • They have never lived in a world without an iPhone.
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  • They cannot imagine life without a smartphone.
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  • See, I try to imagine life without one, but it's just
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  • normal to them, and it's--they--now, they have no
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  • imagination of a television set that requires you to walk across
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  • the room to change the channel.
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  • You can use it in other context: language.
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  • You're born with a language. It's the language you're native.
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  • I'm a native English speaker.
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  • Now, I've learned some other languages in academic settings,
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  • but I would stress the academic part of that.
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  • You would not wanna depend upon me to do any high-level
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  • negotiations for you in a language other than Southern,
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  • 'cause I might get every fourth word, but that's not really
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  • great help if you're negotiating something of any significance.
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  • I studied Hebrew at Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
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  • Hebrew is an ancient language, has a completely different
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  • alphabet, so it means you can't guess at words.
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  • And the alphabet, it uses different sounds,
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  • consonant sounds.
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  • One of the Hebrew letters is chet, C-H-E-T, if you write it
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  • out in English, but that's not how it sounds when they
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  • pronounce it.
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  • It's pronounced like het.
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  • Well, in the South if I walk up and go [gagging sound],
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  • that's not a letter.
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  • That's a warning, and I wasn't sure they were telling me the
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  • truth in class when they were trying to get me to say
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  • [gagging sound].
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  • You know, I used to get whipped for that back home, and it was
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  • not a native language to me.
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  • I was very much an immigrant.
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  • You know, we read from left to right.
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  • Hebrew is just the opposite.
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  • You read from right to left, which means we all understand
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  • this is the front of the book for us, but in Hebrew this is
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  • the front of the book.
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  • That will mess you over if you come to it later in life.
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  • Now, you could take children and put--I have friends who have
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  • children, and the parents come from two different places.
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  • They speak different languages as their native tongue, and so
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  • the father speaks to the children in one language, and
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  • the mother speaks to the children in another language,
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  • and they've got three-year-olds that are bilingual.
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  • Y'all act like that's normal.
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  • I'm still working on English.
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  • Those little fellas are amazing learners, so when Jesus brings a
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  • little child and says, "Unless you change--"
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  • They're already devoutly religious.
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  • They're already following him.
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  • They've already been willing to publicly align
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  • themselves with him.
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  • He says, "Unless you have the humility of a child and the
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  • hunger to understand the kingdom of God, significance in that
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  • kingdom will never come to you."
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  • I wanna suggest to you that this whole prayer initiative has a
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  • great deal to do with humility and a willingness to learn and,
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  • at least in passing, I wanna suggest you have a tremendous
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  • opportunity if you still have children at home.
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  • You have an opportunity for faith and spiritual things to
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  • become as much a part of their life as anything else that they
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  • learn from the earliest days of their memory.
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  • We want them to be native people of faith.
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  • We want prayer to be as normal to them as chicken nuggets.
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  • We want spiritual things to be as familiar to them as
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  • "Rocky Top."
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  • Let the children in your sphere of influence know that there is
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  • a God, that Jesus is his son, that the Bible is true and
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  • trustworthy, and that God is worthy of respect, and his
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  • people are worthy of respect.
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  • Let the children around you, in whatever nature those
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  • relationships come, let them see you as a person that they look
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  • up to, a person of influence.
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  • Let them know.
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  • There's really two layers to our agenda this year
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  • with let's pray.
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  • One is we wanna make prayer a more common part of our
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  • everyday life.
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  • We wanna introduce prayer to--in a broader, more friendly, more
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  • normative way to the expression of life as we live in community,
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  • but we don't wanna stop with that.
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  • We recognize that there is much about prayer that we don't know,
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  • and we're asking God to help us become a people who
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  • learn to pray.
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  • We've been asking that for a while.
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  • We've gained a little traction in that.
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  • We pray together with some routine now.
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  • We pray out loud without embarrassment.
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  • You pray for one another.
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  • There is a momentum in prayer around us, but we recognize we
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  • have a lot to learn.
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  • We're back to Jesus's image of the child and unless we humble
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  • ourselves and become like little children, with a hunger to
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  • learn, we will never find significance in
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  • the kingdom of God.
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  • And so, one of the things we're gonna do throughout this year is
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  • keep drilling down a little bit on this notion of prayer, and I
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  • wanna do that in, kind of, an introductory way this morning, I
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  • suppose, and it's with a simple idea, but it's fundamental to
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  • the story, and it's that spiritual matters matter.
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  • Spiritual matters matter.
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  • Spiritual things make a difference.
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  • You know, we live in a post-enlightenment Western world
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  • where there's an emphasis on the rational, and I'm pretty much at
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  • home in that world.
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  • I like both sides of the equation to balance and if we're
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  • making a trip I wanna know the plan, but the reality is
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  • spiritual things are as real as the physical world
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  • in which we live.
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  • John 4 and verse 24 says, "God is a spirit, and his worshipers
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  • must worship him in spirit and in truth."
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  • In fact, the Bible tells us from the introduction in the Bible.
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  • In Genesis chapter 1 it says that the Spirit of God hovered
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  • over the face of the earth, and God spoke order into our world.
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  • The whole creation narrative is about God, a Spirit, bringing
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  • order to the chaos that was present on planet Earth, so the
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  • spiritual gave rise to the physical.
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  • Spiritual things aren't fuzzy and distinct.
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  • They're not the stuff of your imagination.
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  • They are real.
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  • Now, again, when most of us come to that we're behind the
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  • learning curve, so it feels a little awkward, and one of the
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  • things I've been telling you repeatedly about prayer is that
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  • there is a workman-like quality to prayer.
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  • A workman-like quality means you show up every day, and you do
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  • your part.
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  • It means you go when you don't feel like it and you--and
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  • when you do.
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  • It means you may interact with people that you wouldn't
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  • normally interact with, but that's work.
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  • It means you're responsible for the part you're responsible for,
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  • but the outcome is not always entirely under your influence,
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  • but if you don't do the part you're responsible for you can
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  • know for certain the outcome won't take place.
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  • All of those things characterize work.
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  • There is a workman-like quality to prayer.
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  • It's not a "Hail Mary," hope-so, last-chance, last-ditch effort.
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  • When nothing else works let's try God.
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  • A meaningful prayer life is a life of consistency.
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  • It's a life of relationship.
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  • It says, "This world in its present form is passing away."
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  • New Testament is written in Greek, and there is more than
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  • one word that's used for "world."
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  • The word used in this context isn't talking about this mass
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  • that's hurtling through space.
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  • It's talking about the present world order, the systems of
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  • authority that are in place on planet Earth, and it says that
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  • those systems of authority are temporary.
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  • They're not permanent, so the way we understand authority, the
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  • things that provide boundaries for life and define behavior as
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  • we witness it on planet Earth, are not permanent.
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  • There is a greater power than the power that is currently in
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  • play on planet Earth.
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  • In fact, Satan is referred to as the prince of the power of the
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  • air, but his authority on planet Earth is temporary.
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  • One of the reasons there is an intensification of ungodliness
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  • as we approach the end of the age, the Scripture says that
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  • Satan understands his time is short.
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  • The judgment is coming, and he's gonna forfeit his place of
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  • authority, so there is an intensification.
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  • He's as busy as he can be in the season he has left.
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  • In Isaiah chapter 11 we're given a window into what it will look
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  • like when Jesus returns and there is a new authority
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  • expressed in the earth.
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  • It's not just poetic language about the sweet by and by.
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  • It's a description of life on planet Earth.
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  • It's Isaiah 11, verse 6.
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  • "The wolf will live with the lamb," not as a chop, "and the
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  • leopard will lie down with the goat, and the calf with the lion
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  • and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them.
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  • And the cow will feed with the bear, and their young will lie
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  • down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox.
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  • The infant will play near the hole of the cobra, and the young
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  • child put his hand into the viper's nest.
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  • They'll neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the
  • 00:14:05.140 --> 00:14:08.180
  • earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the
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  • waters cover the sea."
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  • Wow!
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  • That the knowledge of the Lord will be as widespread and
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  • apparent in the earth as the oceans are today.
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  • That the way we behave will be different.
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  • The way that creation responds will be different.
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  • See, we live in a fallen world.
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  • We live in a world that's dominated by the presence of sin
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  • and carnal, fallen human beings, but there is a day coming when
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  • the current world order will have passed away.
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  • It's why the Bible says to us that we're in the world, but
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  • we're not of the world.
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  • It's why we're counseled to behaviors and life choices that
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  • separate us from the--from a viewpoint that is completely
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  • grounded in the systems of this world.
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  • Our distinctiveness isn't because we're weird or strange.
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  • It's because we are investing in another order, another kingdom,
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  • and prayer is an important part of that.
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  • I'll give you one more example. Revelation 21.
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  • It's very near the end of your New Testament.
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  • It's the next to the last chapter in your Bible, and it's
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  • the culmination of judgment after Jesus has come back, and
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  • we get just a glimpse of what is ahead.
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  • It says, "I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first
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  • heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no
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  • longer any sea."
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  • "And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes and
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  • there'll be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for
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  • the old order of things has passed away."
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  • No crying or pain or tears or death 'cause that age has passed
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  • away.
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  • Sound good to you? Sound good to you?
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  • Now, we're immigrants to that, folks.
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  • We've got a lot to learn, and we--it will take some humility
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  • and a desire, but know this: spiritual matters matter, and we
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  • wanna increasingly learn to align ourselves with the kingdom
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  • of God.
  • 00:16:12.230 --> 00:16:14.020
  • Again, this is not the lunatic fringe of Christianity.
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  • When Jesus taught us to pray, he said, "Pray this way: our Father
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  • who's in heaven, hallowed be your name.
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  • Your kingdom come.
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  • Your will be done on Earth as it is in heaven."
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  • When he told us, instructed us to pray, "Your kingdom come,"
  • 00:16:31.180 --> 00:16:35.020
  • it's he's clearly communicating the kingdom of God has not fully
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  • arrived.
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  • "And your will be done on Earth as it is in heaven."
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  • How many of you think the will of God is pretty much carried
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  • out in heaven?
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  • Well, our prayer is let God's will be expressed in the earth
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  • as fully as it is in the heavens.
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  • That's our prayer, so Jesus was saying to us the present world
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  • orders are temporary.
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  • Don't get too invested.
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  • "Let your kingdom come and your will be done."
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  • We are the facilitators of that.
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  • As awkward as it seems, we're the delivery system.
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  • In all of our brokenness and inconsistency, in all of the
  • 00:17:10.060 --> 00:17:13.220
  • things we're trying to get alignment with and sort out, God
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  • will use us.
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  • Room full of skeptics on a cold Sunday morning.
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  • One other note about spiritual things, and it has to do with
  • 00:17:28.110 --> 00:17:32.140
  • this unseen nature.
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  • The fact that we don't see it doesn't make it less real.
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  • God designed us with five senses with which we interact with our
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  • world.
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  • We can see and hear and smell and taste and touch and through
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  • those amazing tools that God's given us we interpret the world
  • 00:17:46.250 --> 00:17:50.000
  • that we live in.
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  • Not wrong, but very normal, and it's amazing set of tools.
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  • The only thing about it is those tools have limits.
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  • Your dog has better hearing than you do.
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  • He can hear things you can't hear.
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  • He has a sense of smell that exceeds your own, so the fact
  • 00:18:07.030 --> 00:18:10.080
  • that you can't hear it doesn't mean there's not a noise out
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  • there, or you can't smell it doesn't mean there's an odor.
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  • It means there's limit to your senses.
  • 00:18:14.270 --> 00:18:17.250
  • Now, this doesn't violate our intellect in many areas of our
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  • lives, but when it comes to spiritual things we kinda ball
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  • up on this.
  • 00:18:24.200 --> 00:18:26.070
  • We go, "You know, I just don't much believe in all that
  • 00:18:26.080 --> 00:18:28.010
  • spiritual mumbo-jumbo stuff."
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  • You mean like God is a spirit, or the resurrection of Jesus
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  • from the dead, or the ascension back to heaven?
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  • Which one of these spiritual mumbo-jumbo things are you stuck
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  • on?
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  • 'Cause we really need to sort it out.
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  • God is a spirit and the spiritual world is the
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  • fundamental reality beneath the story of Scripture.
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  • Now, I don't want you to check your brain at the door.
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  • I'm a rational creature.
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  • I'm grateful for education and learning, but there are things
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  • that my senses are not equipped to perceive that influence my
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  • life.
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  • I don't feel great this weekend.
  • 00:19:06.120 --> 00:19:08.090
  • My joints are achy.
  • 00:19:08.100 --> 00:19:10.160
  • My thermostat's messed up.
  • 00:19:10.170 --> 00:19:12.020
  • On about a 45-minute schedule I vacillate between freezing and I
  • 00:19:12.030 --> 00:19:15.210
  • can't stop shivering or sweating like I'm running.
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  • It's the reason I've been avoiding most of your
  • 00:19:20.150 --> 00:19:22.000
  • handshakes.
  • 00:19:22.010 --> 00:19:24.030
  • I saw a doctor yesterday, just in a friendly interaction, and I
  • 00:19:24.040 --> 00:19:29.050
  • described how I was feeling.
  • 00:19:29.060 --> 00:19:30.170
  • He said, "Oh, sounds like you picked up a virus."
  • 00:19:30.180 --> 00:19:32.290
  • I said, "No, I didn't go to Walmart and buy a virus."
  • 00:19:33.000 --> 00:19:40.040
  • And I didn't drive through Mickey D's, "I'll have an
  • 00:19:40.050 --> 00:19:41.150
  • extra-large virus.
  • 00:19:41.160 --> 00:19:43.010
  • Just supersize it."
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  • In fact, I've never seen a virus.
  • 00:19:44.200 --> 00:19:48.240
  • Well, I did--I've studied science in college, and I've
  • 00:19:48.250 --> 00:19:52.040
  • seen a picture of an electron microscope photograph of a virus
  • 00:19:52.050 --> 00:19:56.180
  • that some geeky person said to me, "That's a virus," but it
  • 00:19:56.190 --> 00:20:00.240
  • just looked, kind of, like a little weird picture to me.
  • 00:20:00.250 --> 00:20:02.100
  • I don't know.
  • 00:20:02.110 --> 00:20:03.210
  • I've never seen a virus, but I have felt the effects.
  • 00:20:03.220 --> 00:20:06.180
  • I said to my educated friend--he has years and years of
  • 00:20:06.190 --> 00:20:08.200
  • postgraduate education.
  • 00:20:08.210 --> 00:20:10.040
  • "How do you think I got that?"
  • 00:20:10.050 --> 00:20:13.120
  • He looked at me like I had three heads.
  • 00:20:13.130 --> 00:20:16.090
  • He said, "Your job, you interact with a few hundred people on a
  • 00:20:16.100 --> 00:20:18.010
  • weekend.
  • 00:20:18.020 --> 00:20:19.110
  • What do you mean how did you get it?"
  • 00:20:19.120 --> 00:20:21.200
  • He said, "You go to the gym?" I said, "Occasionally."
  • 00:20:21.210 --> 00:20:23.120
  • He said, "You pick up all those weights that everybody else
  • 00:20:23.130 --> 00:20:25.040
  • touches.
  • 00:20:25.050 --> 00:20:26.170
  • How did you get it?"
  • 00:20:26.180 --> 00:20:28.080
  • He didn't help me a bit, 'cause he didn't help me have any idea
  • 00:20:28.090 --> 00:20:30.140
  • how to not get it.
  • 00:20:30.150 --> 00:20:33.050
  • Well, maybe all of his education is good for something.
  • 00:20:33.060 --> 00:20:34.210
  • He helped me how to get over it.
  • 00:20:34.220 --> 00:20:36.010
  • "What can I do?"
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  • He said, "You have to live this one out."
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  • I'm glad you went to school.
  • 00:20:41.100 --> 00:20:42.280
  • You're about as helpful as a screen door on a submarine.
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  • I'll call you next time.
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  • Doesn't diminish his training.
  • 00:20:54.220 --> 00:20:56.290
  • Something we can't see, something we can't knowingly
  • 00:20:57.000 --> 00:20:59.230
  • hold in our hand impacts how we feel.
  • 00:20:59.240 --> 00:21:02.270
  • We don't know how we got it or when it's gonna go away, and
  • 00:21:02.280 --> 00:21:07.110
  • we're reluctant to say spiritual things influence our lives.
  • 00:21:07.120 --> 00:21:12.050
  • I don't--again, I think we're coming to it as immigrants.
  • 00:21:12.060 --> 00:21:16.130
  • We're trying to learn.
  • 00:21:16.140 --> 00:21:18.010
  • It's hard to believe that [gagging sound] means something
  • 00:21:18.020 --> 00:21:20.010
  • in some languages.
  • 00:21:20.020 --> 00:21:22.090
  • In Tennessee it just means back up.
  • 00:21:22.100 --> 00:21:28.150
  • We're coming to it as immigrants.
  • 00:21:28.160 --> 00:21:30.060
  • Let me give you one more passage, and I'll quit.
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  • Luke 13.
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  • It's the last one in your notes.
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  • I've been telling you that prayer matters.
  • 00:21:36.090 --> 00:21:37.190
  • That when the--when we fail to pray we leave a door closed that
  • 00:21:37.200 --> 00:21:40.110
  • God wouldn't necessarily leave closed.
  • 00:21:40.120 --> 00:21:43.130
  • He said he's given us the keys on heaven and Earth to open and
  • 00:21:43.140 --> 00:21:47.200
  • unlock.
  • 00:21:47.210 --> 00:21:49.070
  • Prayer matters.
  • 00:21:49.080 --> 00:21:50.190
  • In Luke 13 he says, "On a Sabbath Jesus was teaching in
  • 00:21:50.200 --> 00:21:52.290
  • one of the synagogues, and a woman was there who had been
  • 00:21:53.000 --> 00:21:54.270
  • crippled by a spirit for eighteen years."
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  • He's in a synagogue on a Sabbath day.
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  • It's the equivalent of being in church on a Sunday.
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  • He's at a place of worship on the day of worship and there is
  • 00:22:01.260 --> 00:22:04.060
  • a woman who for 18 years has been--had a physical problem.
  • 00:22:04.070 --> 00:22:11.000
  • The next sentence says, "She was bent over and couldn't
  • 00:22:11.010 --> 00:22:12.200
  • straighten up at all."
  • 00:22:12.210 --> 00:22:14.020
  • Now, Luke, before he wrote gospels was a physician, and he
  • 00:22:14.030 --> 00:22:18.010
  • writes with the eye of a diagnostician.
  • 00:22:18.020 --> 00:22:19.220
  • Remember, he wrote this gospel long after the events happened,
  • 00:22:19.230 --> 00:22:23.010
  • so you get the benefit of hindsight.
  • 00:22:23.020 --> 00:22:25.070
  • You get the benefit of the discussions he may have had with
  • 00:22:25.080 --> 00:22:27.170
  • Jesus or the other disciples after the fact.
  • 00:22:27.180 --> 00:22:31.010
  • The first sentence kinda sets the tone.
  • 00:22:31.020 --> 00:22:32.220
  • There was a woman in the synagogue who had been crippled
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  • by a spirit for 18 years.
  • 00:22:34.270 --> 00:22:36.120
  • Now, when Luke saw her he didn't know that at first, not on that
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  • day.
  • 00:22:40.000 --> 00:22:42.290
  • He gives you the viewpoint he had.
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  • She was bent over, and she couldn't straighten up at all,
  • 00:22:45.120 --> 00:22:48.180
  • and when Jesus saw this woman who was stooped over he called
  • 00:22:48.190 --> 00:22:51.230
  • her forward and said to her, "'Woman, you're set free from
  • 00:22:51.240 --> 00:22:54.020
  • your infirmity.' And he put his hands on her and immediately she
  • 00:22:54.030 --> 00:22:57.160
  • straightened up and praised God."
  • 00:22:57.170 --> 00:22:58.260
  • Wow!
  • 00:22:58.270 --> 00:23:01.210
  • Now, what happens in the synagogue on this day if Jesus
  • 00:23:01.220 --> 00:23:04.150
  • hadn't been there to pray for that woman?
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  • She's been coming for 18 years.
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  • She'd go away the way she came.
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  • I assure you in the synagogue there have been prayers every
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  • Sabbath day for 18 years, but on this day there is a difference
  • 00:23:13.130 --> 00:23:17.270
  • because there was somebody with a different understanding of
  • 00:23:17.280 --> 00:23:19.190
  • prayer.
  • 00:23:19.200 --> 00:23:20.290
  • They brought a different kind of prayer this day.
  • 00:23:21.000 --> 00:23:25.030
  • Now, Jesus said you could do the same things he did.
  • 00:23:25.040 --> 00:23:30.130
  • Now, the Bible doesn't say that every person who's bent over is
  • 00:23:30.140 --> 00:23:33.180
  • bent over by an unclean spirit.
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  • It's not a fair conclusion to draw from this passage, but in
  • 00:23:36.230 --> 00:23:42.020
  • this passage that certainly seems to be the case.
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  • Her problem wasn't dominated by some physical misalignment.
  • 00:23:46.040 --> 00:23:49.270
  • That whatever physical challenge she had was created by a
  • 00:23:49.280 --> 00:23:52.170
  • spiritual force acting upon her.
  • 00:23:52.180 --> 00:23:55.090
  • The Bible very clearly tells us that spiritual forces impact how
  • 00:23:55.100 --> 00:23:58.180
  • we feel.
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  • Don't be offended by that. You believe it about a virus.
  • 00:24:00.040 --> 00:24:02.020
  • Why not believe it about something spiritual?
  • 00:24:02.030 --> 00:24:05.090
  • Doesn't make you weird or anti-intellectual.
  • 00:24:05.100 --> 00:24:09.280
  • We are learners.
  • 00:24:09.290 --> 00:24:11.140
  • Allen: This is such an exciting topic to work
  • 00:24:12.250 --> 00:24:14.090
  • through together.
  • 00:24:14.100 --> 00:24:15.210
  • When we talk about prayer, we're talking about the reality of
  • 00:24:15.220 --> 00:24:17.230
  • spiritual things impacting our physical world.
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  • It takes a step of faith, a step of confidence, but it doesn't
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  • mean you have to check your brain at the door.
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  • God is capable of withstanding the scrutiny of our intellect
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  • I promise.
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  • You know, I began my academic career many years ago in the
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  • basic sciences, so I'm a rational creature.
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  • I like both sides of the equation to balance.
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  • I like to know the plan at the beginning of a process.
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  • I don't want you to check your IQ or to check your rational
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  • part of you at the door, but I don't want you to lead your life
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  • only from an intellectual perspective.
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  • Spiritual things are real.
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  • Spiritual things matter.
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  • They influence your life just as much as a virus or a bacteria or
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  • any other unseen force that acts upon you.
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  • You believe in gravity, but you can't go to Walmart and buy a
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  • box and if you could we'd buy something that was a little less
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  • forceful, perhaps.
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  • But spiritual things matter and when you and I take the time to
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  • pray, when we invest ourselves in becoming a people of prayer,
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  • we make room for the power of God to be involved in our lives,
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  • to make physical changes in the world in which we live.
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  • It's a tremendous opportunity.
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  • Don't fail to pray, even if it's a single sentence.
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  • I wanna pray for you before we go.
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  • Father, thank you for every person, for this time together,
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  • for the privilege of making this journey together, and I pray
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  • that you'll open our hearts and minds to your reality beyond
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  • anything we've ever imagined before.
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  • Thank you for it in Jesus's name.
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  • Amen. God bless you.
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