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Episode 128 · 3 weeks ago

The Power Of Prayer

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In our zeal to serve the Lord we can forget one of the most important weapons that God has given us, prayer. Of course, prayer can also be used as an excuse for inaction. In this episode, we talk about the power of prayer and share some Biblical insights that will encourage and challenge you in light of the Biblical command to “Pray without ceasing”.

And you know what. I've saidthat to the MOM's that I encounter. Also remind them right now, youfeel that you are in an impossible situation, but pray this prayer. I don'tknow what to do, but our eyes are on you, because Goddoes know what to do. I Am Yours, I am yours, Iam yours, and me Lord, I am yours, I am yours.I'm welcome to the Gospel Center Pray Life Podcast, a podcast designed to equip, encourage and challenge you in pro life ministry, and always with a focuson the Gospel. Stay tuned. I felt show Passih, touch your heart. Use Me. Welcome back to the Gospel Center pro life podcast. Appreciateyou guys joining us as always and as always, we'd appreciate if you guyswould share this podcast episode with others. We hope that it will be ablessing and encouragement in a challenge to you guys, and we hope that youhad a good Christmas. We hope that you guys have a happy new yearand with this, I guess we'll be our last podcast episode of Two Thousandand twenty one. Wow. We hope that this will set the tone fortwo thousand and twenty two sis a good subject for that. Yeah, yeah, and so what we're going to be talking about is the power of prayer. It is probably one of the most neglected things in the lives of Christians. We like our Christian teaching and our Christian music worship services and preaching andall that stuff, but sometimes we neglect the power of prayer. It's amatter of fact. One preacher said some years ago. He said, ifyou want to see how popular a church is, you come on Sunday,Sunday morning. If you want to see how it popular the pastor is,you come on Sunday night see how many people are there. And if youwant to see how popular God is with the Church, come to their prayermeeting and then you'll see that's good, that's true. That's true. Yeah, prayer meetings are not in many churches, not very well attended, which isa sad commentary on modern Christianity. Yeah, but really I believe Godis calling us, he's calling me, I know personally, back to theprayer closet. Yeah, and really just seeking him in prayer and trusting inthe power of prayer, that it's really not the power of prayer, ourwords. It's really the power of God on behalf of his people that pray. Yeah, was specifically Jesus said my father's house will be called a houseof prayer, not a house of worship, not a house of preaching, althoughthose things are important, absolutely biblical, biblically they are important. But Jesusdid say my father's house shall be called a house of prayer. Yeah, and so thereby, I think, the people that are in God's house, because the church is the people of God, God's house, and inthis New Testament Age, if you want to say it that way, weshould be a people of prayer. If God's House is a house of prayer, we should be a people in God's house of prayer. That's right.Yeah, yeah, well, that that is a good way to introduce thewhole idea of of of this topic. And what does God say about theimportance of prayer? Yeah, and he obviously said pretty important. Yeah.And then, of course, we're speaking in a particular context. This isthe Gospel centered pro life podcast and in particular we talk about ministry at theabortion centers. That's really our focus on this podcast. Right, a lotof what we cover can apply to many other pro life scenarios and many otherChristian ministry scenarios. So hopefully other people are listening. You're not, maybedoing sidewalk ministry. Maybe there's missionaries and other countries. They listen to thispodcast because a lot of what you cut, what we covers at applicable right.But we're going to be focusing on the power of prayer and in particularthe power of prayer in the ministry on...

...the sidewalk. Yeah, and youguys who are listening, who've been out there on the sidewalk for any lengthof time, you're going to be absolutely picking up what we're throwing down becauseyou understand the need for prayer. You've experienced the spiritual warfare out there.It's unlike any other ministry likely you've ever been involved in. Every ministry thatwe do in the name of Jesus, there's going to be spiritual warfare,but this ministry in particular, because it's right there on the front line ofthe battle between light and darkness, life and death. There's an intense amountof spiritual warfare. So you're going to be picking up what we're laying downbecause you know, and you've likely been led to prayer yourself, being outthere on the sidewalks. Those who are brand new, hopefully we'll give yousome principles and some encouragement to employ the power of prayer if you're not yetdoing that. Yeah, and touch on some scriptures at talk about prayer.Right, right, so, so, yeah, so we are really focusingin this article, in this podcast. We have an article that accompanies thepodcast, as we usually do, but focusing on that. We are ina battle. We are on a spirit any spiritual battle, and the spiritualweapon that God has given us, one of the most important is, isprayer. Yeah, and so we can't, can't neglect that. So effesian twelveis is a great passage. Never that reminds us about that, forour struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against theauthorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forcesof evil in the heavenly realms. Yeah, this is that Ephesians armor of Godpassage. That's right. And actually, if you guys haven't listened, Ididn't, a teaching podcast episode, man, I don't know, maybea year or more ago, about putting on the armor of God it's somethingI do on a regular basis when I go out to the sidewalk. Ipray through the armor of God and like use my imagination to put on thearmor of God right and I'm doing that, of course, in prayer and oneof the main weapons that God has given us. Of course, weknow we have the sword of the spirit, but really prayer is what I usepersonally, and I think what we use personally to put on that armorof God. We're praying put on that armor of God because we realize thatwe're in a spiritual battle exactly, and and the power of prayers so greatthat it can literally defeat the power of Satan over us, and that's whatwe need as we're about to enter such a strong battle is as being onthe sidebook. So so we've got this big battle that we're going to face, the spiritual battle, and we know that we're to pray, and Ithink it's really important to just go to the basics first. Will. Whyare we praying? What is the purpose of our prayer? And many people, I think maybe Christians that are sort of new to faith, will say, well, so that we can express our needs, yeah, to God. And while we can do that. You know, there's certainly is scripturalbasis for that. Yes, sir, but it is not the main purposeof prayer. We are not the main purpose of prayer. So another thingI hear all the time. We pray not so that our prayers will changeGod, but so that our prayers will change us. Yeah, and again, that's cute, it's nice. I also don't think that's the primary purposeof prayer. I think that the focus is not on us at all,honestly, other than it certainly is developing a relationship. Sure, that's howwe talk with God, but when, when we pray to God, ourchief purpose is that God would be glorified. Yeah, absolutely, and that that'strue almost any question you could ask about the Christian life. Why dowe do anything we do? Is that God would be glorified. Yeah,but I think having that, keeping that...

...in our focus as the main purposeis that God would be glorified, I think we'll make our prayers less likepraying to Santa Claus and more like praying to the holy creator that made everything. Yeah, that holds every breath we take is in is because of him. Yeah. Well, the reality is, biblically, God is unchangeable. Right, right, so it's not going to change God. Right. Doesprayer change circumstances and situations? Well, no, prayer itself does not necessarilyGod does that, but God acts on behalf of his children. We haveto understand the position that we pray from as believers in Jesus, are theposition of children appealing to their father. Yeah, and so, in asense, prayer, you know, the Bible says this is in James Chapter. For God resists the proud. He gives grace to the humble. Therefore, submit to God, resist the devil. He'll for you, flee from you. So yeah, prayer essentially is a posture of humility. Yeah,we're humbling ourselves, we're confessing and recognizing that we don't have this, thatwe ain't got this, we ain't got it figured out. And God,we need you to intervene. In a lot of times when we lift upprayers to the Lord, it's kind of like I think about it's back inI think it's first chronicles chapter twenty. Gosh, I could be wrong aboutthat, but it's when Jehoseph fat it's second chronicles two thousand and twenty one. And the reason that I know that is because I memorize that, becauseit's one of the best verses in the Bible. When Johassa fat right,that's way say, says we he's up against this incredible battle and impossible whoardagainst him, an impossible enemy, and he says, we do not knowwhat to do, but our eyes are on you. Yeah, and that'sthat's if you boil prayer down to its very essence, that prayer itself.Yes, essence of prayer. Yes, God, I don't know what todo, right, but my eyes are on you. It's it's a release, yeah, it's a surrender, it's a humbleness, it's a recognition ofsome recognition, yeah, yeah, of God and his supremacy, yes,and our reliance on him. Yes. And so out there on the sidewalkwhen you encounter situations you don't know the solution to this. Mom just toldme she's got this situation and I don't know. I don't have a resourcefor that and blah, blah, blah, blah, whatever. We go inour minds on all kinds of directions. We can't do anything. Let's breatheout that prayer. God, I don't know what to do. Inthis situation, but my eyes are on you. Yeah, yeah, andyou know what, I've said that to the MOM's that I encounter. Alsoremind them right now you feel that you are in an impossible situation, butpray this prayer. I don't know what to do, but our eyes areon you, because God does know what to do. Yeah. So,so now you kind of alluded to this point that there are many reasons forwhy we prayer, and they're legitimate. I'm not saying that we shouldn't bepetitioning God, because there is clearly biblical sure, admit will, not admonition, but allowance whatever, that we are to petition our father. Yeah,for our needs. So I kind of wrote down, thinking over, whatare the the main things from a biblical perspective, that we can we doand can pray for. And so this is not at all an exhaustive list, but but one of them is to strengthen our relationship with God. Yep, you can't have a relationship with someone if you're never talking to them.Yeah, right, he talks to us through the Bible. Yeah, wecan look at that every day. Sure, but are we talking to him?And prayer is the way that we express to God. Yeah, absolutely, asking for guidance. Jesus himself asked ask God for guidance. Ask.Well, I think of a passage just...

...came to mind. Yeah, James, Chapter One. If any of you at lacks wisdom, let him askof God, who gives to all liberally. How you going to ask of Godfor Wisdom? Through prayer. Right, if you're going to ask anything fromGod, it's going to be through prayer, and so that speaks tothat guidance, that wisdom. Yeah, that really prayer. Prayer helps usto appeal to God for that. Yeah, and then appealing to God for forgiveness, recognizing our sin before him and then praying to him asking for forgiveness, and that is a an incredibly freeing thing for us to do it.One of the authors that I read said it on. Prayer is what unlocksfaith in our lives. Okay, and I don't know if they were referringto I suspect this is that when we pray to God very specifically and wesee an answer very specifically, it does build our faith. That doesn't alwayshappen. God doesn't always answer prayer in the way that we wish he would. Yeah, and I'm not saying that then our faith should be destroyed ifthat happens, but it does increase our faith, I think. Yeah,we do see a specific answer. Well, I mean I think certainly does.If we see an answer, yeah, like I've seen answers to prayer whereit's like direct answer the prayer. No doubt that God intervened in whateversituation. Yeah, a couple of situations have to mind. I want toget into those. But it also unlocks our faith in the sense that,again, we don't know what to do, but our eyes are on you,because a lot of times, as human beings are, propensity is thatour faith is towards us. Like we have faith, we have confidence,and there's a balance. We should have confidence in the gifts that God hasput in us. I don't I'm not trying to discount that, but thereis a carnal confidence that we have in our own ability, in our ownstrength, even confidence that we have in other people. In prayer kind ofredirects that confidence, yeah, and ultimately says again, I don't know whatto do, but my eyes are on you. I don't have the answerin myself, my friends don't have the answer. My pastor don't have theanswer. My eyes are on you. So it kind of redirects our confidence, or redirects our faith back to the one who is ultimately faithful above all. And Yeah, it helps direct our faith, put our faith in,unlock our faith. Yeah, yeah, it's okay also to pray for somethingwe want. That is okay. I actually prayed about this new bike thingthat I yeah, I did. It was fairly big expense and I prayed, you know, show me Lord, should I do this and and it. You know, it was funny that I got validation from other people becauseI would go and say, is this ungodly, or is is this okay? But Um, but you know, there's that passage about where if youask your father for a fish, will he give you a stone? Weare to ask our father for I don't think we're supposed to be praying reallyfor like a Mercedes or you know, I'd be real careful. Mercedes.I think a private yet, you know, I think okay, the so youcan pray for that and let me know if you get a specific answer. I'll pray for the private jet. You pray for the pilot. We'llget someone else to pray for the fuel. There you go. Spread that aresaying. Like, I mean if, again, if our posture of prayerand our position of prayer is one of sonship or daughter ship, right, yes, say that, then certainly, like my kids ask me for things. Yeah, and sometimes they're asking me for selfish reasons and sometimes they'rejust asking me because I have the desire. I mean, yeah, if theywant it will bring them joy. Sometimes there are things that will bringthem joy and the father rejoices in in giving them things that bring them joy. So I just want to make the point. It's okay. It's okayto ask for things you want. What is not okay is if you don'tget them at the answer is no right...

...to then get angry at God.Yeah, and that happens a lot. Yeah, and and so we haveto be very careful about if he doesn't give us what we say we need, even or want, we have to trust that he does know better.Yeah, absolutely. So that speaks to the humility. Sure you so we'renot talking about a name that claim it like your Mercedes and you go toa Mercedes been dealership and you go walk around your favorite right lady seven timesand you claim it right. I mean, I guess God could do that andput it not likely. Think that's what the Lord is is into.When we're talking about asking God for things us, I think specifically, yeah, we can ask God for tangible things and even pray through God. ShouldI by this bicycle or whatever? He can give us wisdom on tag alongit, us in the bike itself. Okay. Yeah, so things likethat, tangible things, but also specifically, like for intervention in situation. Yeah, I god, I need you to move in the situation. Yeah, me, at the end of the day. I was I did astudy about prayer a couple of months ago and just kind of getting back toprayer and the essence of prayer and what is this thing, just meditating onit, bring the question before the Lord, listening a couple of messages and things, listening through a book about prayer and really came to the conclusion becausewe can get real mystical with prayer, we can get really thinking about it'skind of this super spiritual experience and certainly in God can do that stuff andwe can have a super super spiritual experience with the Lord in Prayer and getthat. But really I think prayer is asking for God to do for uswhat we cannot do for ourselves. Yeah, and it does start with the prayerof salvation. I don't believe necessarily in the sinner's prayer that the sinner'sprayer certainly doesn't save just in that situation. Right, saying the sinner's prayer doesnot save you. Right, but what does save you? God?Yeah, God, by His Holy Spirit, saves you. And if you prayin sincerity, confessing your sins to the Lord and asking him to saveyou from your sin, he will save you. Right, in the sameway, if you pray and you bring a relationship situation to the Lord,then God can intervene in that situation. If you pray and you're out thereon the sidewalk and there's been some kind of I don't know, I'll justthink practically standing out there on the sidewalk praying for God to shut that abortionclinic down, that's something we can't do. Yeah, Can God do it?Yeah, he can do it. We've seen him do it. Imean we've seen some miraculous answers to prayer out there. I mean I've seenthe Lord literally shut the place down for several hours. Yeah, because ofpeople praying. Now why God answers that prayer sometimes and other times he doesn't. I don't know, I don't I don't get that. I don't understandhow all that stuff works, but I do think we certainly can appeal toGod ask him to do things that we ourselves cannot do. Yeah, yeah, and you are not going to give up on God because maybe he doesn'tdo it in your timing. Yeah, he may do it in his owntiming. So some of the other things are discerning God's will. That's avery important and valuable thing to pray for, to discern his will. Yeah,like and for like Solomon Praying for wisdom. You know that that thathe wanted to he wanted to be wise and judging God's people. Yeah,so thanking God and praising and glorifying God or two other really important. Yeah, absolutely, that that we pray for. But as I was thinking through thewhole subject of prayer, I was thinking about again on the sidewalk,when when thinking now, when we've kind of talked about what we should prayfor the main purpose of prayer. But when should we pray? And alwaysis the the bottom line. But, but, but, specifically we shouldpray be for the trial that we are...

...going to enter. I'm thinking interms again of trials, the trials, because again I'm thinking from the sidewalkperspective before we enter that arena where that trial is going to take place.Yeah, during the struggle or the trial. Yeah, and then after those arethe three mat which means always. Yeah. But what I thought wasinteresting was, as I was thinking about that, I was thinking about,okay, are there biblical examples in each of those areas? And there are, there's plenty, and they were so interesting to me as I was thinkingabout the people that prayed in each of those segments of time. So,for example, godly servants praying before a trial. One that came to mymind was Ester. Yeah. Now, esther is an interesting book, isit, the book of Esther? It is right, never is prayer orGod mentioned. Yeah, it's going in the book of Esther. And yetthey're clear. God is clearly working behind the scenes in the book of Esther. And when esther is told by her uncle Mordecai how she needs to goabout saving her people, she at first she resists and then she said,and Mordecai tells her, but you know, we knows that you're the only hope. It's you, it's you or no on. Well, God willbring about whatever God wants. But who knows that you have not been calledto such time as this? And she tells him, okay, I'll doit, basically, and she tells him to go and tell the people togo fast for three days and then she's going to go do what she needsto do before the king, which she could have lost her life for,going to the king on summoned. So, but fasting for three days was alwaysassociated with prayer. Yeah, of course, so she was. Shewas clearly calling the people before she endures this what could be the end ofher life, going before the king unsummoned. That was not allowed. That wasagainst the law, apparently. Yeah, before she did that scary trial,she asked for prayer. Yeah, so we should too. Yeah,before we walk on, I'll tell our counselors before you walk on that sidewalk, not only should you be in prayer, ask others for prayer. Yeah,that's others to be praying for for you and for the team. Absolutely. Yeah, you have social media. put it out on social media,start a text group, whatever, but have folks praying? Yeah, beforeyou even go out. Of course, you yourself, you want to bepraying, you want to spend time in prayer. Yeah, before you goout, because you need the armor of God. Right, if you thinkabout kind of in line that you have this here in the article, inline with this, before the trial. Yeah, the most prominent example,an important example, praying before the trial is Jesus, right even before hiscrucifixion, that we're talking about God and human flesh. Yeah, appealing tothe Father in heaven in prayer before His crucifixion. Now, this is something, of course, we knew that Jesus came to do. He came tolay his life down. It's the purpose for which he came. And yethe still appeals to his father in prayer before this trial and even asks forfather, if it be possible, let this Cup pass from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but your will be done. And so he's it'sa prayer of surrender. Yeah, it's a prayer of travail really, becauseit says he's sweat drops of blood, and some folks say that that wasbecause of the travail, and I agree that because of the travail and inprayer because of the reality of what he was about to face. Yeah,Jesus is praying. If Jesus had to pray before his trial, how muchmore so do we need to be praying before we step onto that sidewalk orbefore we face whatever trial right that we know is ahead of us? Weneed to be praying. This is why we need to be always in prayer, we need to be praying daily, we need to be we need tobe a people of prayer, because Jesus...

...was a man of prayer. Yeah, and I love that passage about Jesus praying. Father, if it bepossible, let this Cup pass from me, because there's so many times that Iknow what I need to do before God, but it's so frightening.Yeah, and I really don't want to do it. Well, it's notthat Jesus didn't want to do it. I don't want to, you know, presume that, but it certainly was not pleasant what he was about toendure and he knew that and that he appealed to the father and expressed thatto me makes me feel less alone when I feel like I don't know ifI can do this, what you're asking me to do. Yeah, butthen Jesus surrenders to that will, that your will, not my well,yeah, and that such a great model for for us in our prayer.Yeah, I know sometimes not want to get too much in the weeds withthis, but sometimes our theology can get in the way of a biblical attitudeto prayer. So we can have a mentality. Well, God knows theend from the beginning. He knows all the stuff that's going to happen.He knows him as far as like asking God for things, he knows whatI need are. Therefore I don't need to pray for those needs. Yeah, all that can be true. Yeah, but did he know? Of courseJesus knew he was going to be crucified. He told his disciples he'sgoing to be crucis right. Yeah, he was going to be resurrected.Yeah, Daniel, you have here as an example. Damn, when theLions did I did God know what the result of Daniel Situation was going tobe? To God know what the result of EST situation was going to be? Yeah, he knows the in from the beginning. Yet still we seethese examples of men and women of God praying because it's a principle in God'sword that we need to employ to let our theology get in the way ofprayer, because this idea that God knows everything anyway, so I don't needto tell him anything, is just unbiblical. Yeah, we need to be apeople of prayer again, because Jesus was a man of prayer, right, he knew this whole situation, how is going to play out and everything. Yeah, and yet still he was a man of prayer. Yeah,how about during a trial? One one of the I mean Jesus is agreat example of that also, but another one that isn't God is Steven.He's in the middle of he you know, he this is in acts seven,specifically verses nine to sixty. Is what I focused on, when he'sbeing stoned, right, it's been stoned after being in the midst of atry, exactly. I mean he's being stoned to death and after sharing theGospel and they didn't want to hear it. They didn't want to hear it andthey said it was blasphemy, what what he was proclaiming, which ofcourse it was not. But so they're stoning him and in that verse,this, this is his prayer. Lord Jesus received my spirit. Then,falling on his knees, he cried out with a loud voice, Lord,do not hold this in against them. And then, having said that,can you imagine that? Yeah, I mean when you think about someone inthe middle of being stoned by his persecutors and he's praying in the midst ofit, and he's not praying stop the stones, he's not praying beat meup, Scottie's yeah, he's saying forgive them, yeah, for give them. I that to me is like that's an inspiring care for what we shouldbe praying, because we face that on the sidewalk. We are not we'renot getting stoned, hopefully in any way on out on the sidewalk, butwe are facing persecution of quite often on the sidewalk and our natural tendency isto fight back, to flee. But I think we should be modeling Stephen. Yeah, I mean I just came to mind. We need to trainourselves that in trials and difficult situations, we need to be a people ofprayer. May they practically. This may be a funny example, but ifyou're running now on the road and you someone veers into your lane and youswerve. What's the first reaction is?...

Is it a curse word? Isit saying a bad thing about them? You Idiot, you fool, oris it prayer? Like what's our reaction? Think about Steven? Yeah, hisreaction could have been a lot of stuff, right and justifiably. Yeah, you guys are wicked. Why are you doing this to me? Hecould have that could have been his reaction. Yeah, was reaction? Was Oneof prayer, and so I even search my own heart. Right,I'm being cursed out on the sidewalk. Yeah, when a man is comingover to me like he's going to punch my face in because I've just askedhis girlfriend to come over and talk with us so we can help her.Yeah, is my first reaction one of prayer, like Lord, help meto handle this situation and a way that honors you, or is it justto react to him and say you're a coward, or whatever it might be? Gosh, I want to train myself and let the Holy Spirit train me, to be a man of prayer in all things, especially in the midstof the trial. And I think what this illustrates is the main purpose ofprayer, because you can bet there are the people stoning him that saw that. Yeah, and that changed their heart. It has to have changed, yeah, some of their hearts towards God. So that was a prayer that wasnot at all selfish. It was fully to glorify God. Yeah,and I know who was right there in that moment. Was The apostle Paulright all that time? And you know, the Bible Don specifically set say that. That's what God used. ME. Of course, God knocked him offhis donkey and blinded him. So certainly God use that. Yeah,but I have to believe that at least that situation with Stephen was a seedthat was being planted. That's right, the Apostle Paul's heart and his mind. That's right, Jesus God. Yes, Steven, guys praying too. Yeah, yeah, so we're always being watched. Not that we should prayto be watched. The Bible tells us don't do that. But but weare being watched in our prayers, our prayer life can reflect where we arewith God and others what they see. But then finally, after a trial, after you've been through the ringer, yeah, should we be praying?Well, we should pray without ceasing and we should pray in all things.Yeah, certainly. Yeah, and that. What do you think the prayer shouldbe following you have emerged from a trial? Yeah, I mean tome it should be a prayer of gratitude version foremost, God, thank youfor taking me through that trial. The Bible doesn't say thank God for everything, but it does say in everything, thank God, and I think bythat same notion, after everything we can thank God. We can thank Godafter the trial is over. And I think you know I do this thingif I've gone through a trial and in the scenario for me, as I'vebeen at the abortion center, have been cussed out by some pro borders,some angry dad or angry mom or something like that. Of course, byGod's grace I'm praying in the midst of that. I got Amy Strength Helpme not to react in the flesh right. But when it's all set and doneand I'm driving home from the abortion center, I'm kind of running backthrough my mind the whole scenario. You know how it is. Yes,gotten this scenario and your kind of all should have said this. I can'tbelieve they did this whatever, but I like to try to turn that inprayer to God and kind of what I called debriefing with Jesus. Yeah,where I'm debriefing, I'm talking through. God saw the whole thing. Heknows all the INS and outs of it, so he doesn't need to be informedof information. But I think voicing it back to the Lord is reallyimportant and it it kind of gets it out of our psyche, out ofour mind, and it's that dynamic of castor cares on the Lord, right, for he cares for you. Yeah, so, God, you know thatthey were falsely accusing me. You know that that situation was wrong.You know I reacted wrong and and I need your gray. So thankfulness,maybe just kind of again debriefing and thinking how you could have handled it better. But ultimately, after a trial, bringing it to the Lord and ifyou messed up, you messed up. Bring it to the Lord. Ifyou did well, you did well. Bring it to the Lord. Youknow, and I think that's a good way to kind of wand down froma trial. Right. One of the verses that that I saw was inEzra verse three eleven they the he and...

...his people had laid the foundation forrebuilding the temple and that had been a major there was all kinds of trialsleading up to to coming out of Babylon and the captivity and getting permission togo and do that and finally doing it. And the prayer. I don't knowthat it's necessarily quite a prayer, but sort of in Ezra three hundredand eleven, with praise and Thanksgiving, they sang to the Lord, heis good, his love toward Israel endures forever, and all the people gavea great shout of praise to the Lord because the foundation of the Lord waslate. So that goes back to what you said right away. Is Thanksgiving, just gratitude. What no matter how the trial ended, that you're stillbreathing after it. Maybe you're not still breathing, then you'll be praising Godand praying right to his face. Yeah, you know, in in all eternity. I know we need to wrap up, but there is I dowant to make the point about what prayer should not be. Yeah, I'masn't important. I think it's really critical because this is just kind of apet peeve of mind. When there is action that should be taken, Iknow it should be taken and people of God say I'll pray for you.Yeah, when I've laid out a list of needs or things that need tobe done or whatever, and no one offers to take active, make doanything active to help that situation. But they say, I'll pray for prayer, for pray for you. You don't want prayer to become a substitute forobedience to God. Yeah, when he calls you to action. And soI think we should be in a lot of prayer. Regarding abhorean. Yeah, there are literally baby's dying every day and if you look at the versusa support prolife ministry in front of an abortion center, things like speak forthose who cannot speak for themselves, rescue though led away, the slaughter,their action verbs we are to be doing. Yeah, it doesn't just say prayfor those who are being led away. Right, prayers not important, exactly, exactly. And so I thought again, I was I was thinking, this has been so heavy on my heart because I see it all thetime, that prayer is a substitute, and I thought it is this?Is this something wrong with me? Yeah, but I found a scripture that Ithought just really is the perfect illustration of this. And this is thestory of Moses. Hey, he's let his people out of slavery. Andand then God turns Pharaoh's heart back to I'm going to go get them back. What have I done? And he chases them and and the Egyptian armyis coming from one side of the people and they come up to the RedSea. They're trapped right, they're in a they're in a trap and theydon't see rescue. Well, what on Earth are they going to do?So Moses praise to God, as do the people. And Moses praise withfaith. He knows God will rescue them, but the people pray mostly with withdoubt and fear. And then God does the miraculous. He parts theRed Sea. And then here's the verse. And the Lord said to Moses,why do you cry to me? Tell the children of Israel to goforward, but lift up your Rod, stretch out your hand over the seaand divide it, and the children of Israelsho go on dry ground through themidst of the sea. So he's saying there's a time to stop crying outto me. Yeah, there is a point at which action must be taken. Yeah, and prayer is is not the primary thing necessary at this moment. You can pray maybe as you're going through, partying the Red Sea,going through. So there's a I don't...

...know, maybe up a proverb thatthe Lord gave me. Well, I won't. It's not a proverb equalistscripture, but I think the principle is biblical. So you guys weigh thisout. Oh, this is your own prophets home. First Proverb. There'ssomething revelation about adding said words, adding to the proverbs, but just generouslysure on kind of statement. In my mind it's kind of proverbial. Okay, and it's you're a fool if you go without praying. So go intothe mission field or whatever without praying. Yeah, you're a hypocrite if youpray without going. Yeah. And so we're praying God, I pray thatyou bring abortion to an end. We certainly should be. We'd be foolsnot to be appealing to the God of Heaven, right. We need tobe praying for God to end this thing. We need to be praying for thosemoms that use life, for God to intervene and all that. Butthat's all we do and we don't go. It's hypocritical. So we're appealing toGod to do something. Whenever God, in his word, has actually toldus. We can do something, and that is proverbs. Thirty oneversus eight nine. Open your mouth for the speech, listen the calls ofall who are appointed to die. Yeah, and so I don't want to bea hypocrite, and so I definitely want to be praying. I wantI don't want to be a fool. So I'm going to prepare myself,my heart before the Lord and the ground, so to speak, spiritually in prayer. And then I don't want to. So I'm not gonna be a fool. I'm going to I'm going to pray before I go, and thenI'm not going to be hypocrite. I'm not just going to pray about somethingI'm not willing to go and do something about. So challenge. I'll challengeyou guys with that statement. You process it, pray about that statement.And if you're listening to this podcast and you've not yet put your feet onthe sidewalk out an abortion center, here's a here's an idea. Go outthere and pray there. You got pray about abortion coming to an end.Do It from your house. Absolutely praise God for that. I'm glad youguys are doing that. Pray for our teams nationally. Pray for the lovelife teams around the nation. It's growing and growing and amazing what God isdoing. But also show up up to your at your local abortion center andjust show up and pray, just be a presence there. See what Godwill do. I believe he'll bring you out of your comfort zone. Nextthing you know, you'll be taking some of these podcasts where we talk aboutcalling out and some of the things you can call out. You'll be employingthat and just step out in faith. Yeah, see what God'll do,see how God will stretch you and how God will grow you, and wehope this episode was encouragement for you guys to pray. We hope that wasa blessing to you enough so that you would share with other people. Soplease share this episode with other people. If you have questions or comments orsubjects you'd like for us to cover, you can reach out to meet Danielat Love Life Dot Org. You can reach her Vicky at Love Life DotOrg. We'd love to hear from you, but until next time, God blessthat. That's Shaw Ove for love. Give me our love for gratitude.I know it will cost me my life, nothing's too precious, andsome you.

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