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DVD#534 Only You Can Stop You - Praying God’s Sayings - Ministry Videos(00h40m30s-01h00m46s)

PART 3
“Only You Can Stop You” {Praying God’s Saying’s}

Q. Can Jesus Christ be trusted? Is HE a liar? - “THEN LIVE LIKE IT!”

*TEXT: Matthew 7:7-8 - The first letters of Ask, Seek, and Knock spell "A-S-K." It is God's will that we ask and get! As you can tell our key thought in tonight’s message is "A-S-K."! There is no gray areas about receiving - B&W – we ask we will receive but we must first ask! Remember Christ is speaking – YTEACHING on the mount to HIS disciples!

Illustration: A Chicago company is one of the world’s largest magazine fulfillment firms. That means they handle subscription mailings by computer. Among other things, they send out renewal and expiration notices. - One day the company’s computer malfunctioned. Soon after, a rancher in Powder Bluff, Colorado, got 9,734 separate mailings informing him that his subscription to National Geographic had expired.

This got the rancher’s attention. He dropped what he was doing and traveled 10 miles to the nearest post office, where he sent in money for a renewal -- along with a note that said, "I give up! Send me your magazine!" - There is something about multiple requests that brings answers.

Food 4 Thought: John Wesley on prayer: "Pray as if it all depends on God; act as if it all depends on you."

#1 NO PRAYER = NO Answer

*READ James 4:2-3 - V.2 ask not then have not!
V.3 note “ask amiss” – this takes us to praying God’s sayings:

Illustration: C.S. Lewis put it: "The prayer preceding all prayers is 'May it be the real I who speaks. May it be the real Thou that I speak to.' Infinitely various are the levels from which we pray. Emotional intensity is in itself no proof of spiritual depth. If we pray in terror we shall pray earnestly; it only proves that terror is an earnest emotion. Only God himself can let the bucket down to the depths in us."

#2 Know the Word to Pray

*READ John 15:7 – note “if” ye abide in Jesus and HIS Word abide in you – V.3 it’s HIS Word that cleans – prunes us!

2nd witness:
*1John 5:14-15 says And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: 15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

#3 Know the God Head is on Our Side

Jesus -*READ John 14:13 – note “I will do it”

God -*READ John 16:23 – note “God will do it”

Holy Spirit -*READ John 16:13-15 – note “Holy Spirit will do it” – think about what Jesus said in V.15 – “MINE””

*Matthew 11:27 says ALL THINGS ARE DELIVERED UNTO ME of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.

#4 NO PRAYER Limit Vision

READ Ephesians 3:20 – note – it’s in HIS name - One of God's names tells us that He is able to do whatever He pleases, a name He first revealed to Abraham. He had promised to make Abraham the father of a great nation, and naturally Abraham needed a son in order for that promise to come true. He thought Hagar's child, Ishmael, was to be that son, but God told him that Sarah would bear a son named Isaac through whom the promise would be fulfilled. Abraham was ninety nine years old and Sarah was ninety, and humanly speaking there was no possible way they could have a son. But God helped them to believe it by the way He introduced Himself that day.

***Martha, Mary, and their brother, Lazarus, were close friends of Jesus. He often would spend time in their home in Bethany. When Lazarus became sick, Martha and Mary sent word to Jesus. No doubt they thought that Jesus would drop whatever He was doing and rush back to Bethany. But Jesus intentionally delayed His arrival.

In fact, Jesus didn’t show up until much later. By the time He hit town, not only had Lazarus died, but he had been dead four days. Martha walked up and said, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.” Loose paraphrase: “Jesus, you blew it. You had the perfect situation here. You could have healed him, but you didn’t show up.”

Jesus told her, “Your brother will rise again.”

Martha replied, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”

Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” Martha didn’t quite get it, so Jesus said, “Lazarus, come forth!” and her brother came out of the tomb. Martha wanted a healing. Jesus wanted a resurrection.

Sometimes we limit God. Sometimes we think God must work on our schedules. But God will not be bound by time. God will not be bound by our schedules. God will work when He chooses and with whom He chooses. Therefore, there will be times when our circumstances don’t make sense. Even then, we need to trust Him.

*Romans 8:32 says He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

The first road block that we find in the Word of God to prayer is the lack of faith...

*Matthew 21:22 says And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, BELIEVING, YE SHALL RECEIVE.
Closing thought – remember our opening text, *Matthew 7:7 says Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
Illustration: The greatest sales woman in the world today doesn't mind if you call her a girl. That's because Markita Andrews has generated more than eighty thousand dollars selling Girl Scout cookies since she was seven years old.

Going door-to-door after school, the painfully shy Markita transformed herself into a cookie-selling dynamo when she discovered, at age 13, the secret of selling.

It starts with desire. Burning, white-hot desire.

For Markita and her mother, who worked as a waitress in New York after her husband left them when Markita was eight years old, their dream was to travel the globe. "I'll work hard to make enough money to send you to college," her mother said one day. "You'll go to college and when you graduate, you'll make enough money to take you and me around the world. Okay?"

So at age 13 when Markita read in her Girl Scout magazine that the Scout who sold the most cookies would win an all-expenses-paid trip for two around the world, she decided to sell all the Girl Scout cookies she could - more Girl Scout cookies than anyone in the world, ever.

But desire alone is not enough. To make her dream come true, Markita knew she needed a plan.

"Always wear your right outfit, your professional garb," her aunt advised. "When you are doing business, dress like you are doing business. Wear your Girl Scout uniform. When you go up to people in their tenement buildings at 4:30 or 6:30 and especially on Friday night, ask for a big order. Always smile, whether they buy or not, always be nice. And don't ask them to buy your cookies; ask them to invest."

Lots of other Scouts may have wanted that trip around the world. Lots of other Scouts may have had a plan. But only Markita went off in her uniform each day after school, ready to ask - and keep asking - folks to invest in her dream. "Hi. I have a dream. I'm earning a trip around the world for me and my mom by merchandising Girl Scout cookies," she'd say at the door. "Would you like to invest in one dozen or two dozen boxes of cookies?"

Markita sold 3,526 boxes of Girl Scout cookies that year and won her trip around the world. Since then, she has sold more than 42,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies, spoken at sales conventions across the country, starred in a Disney movie about her adventure and had co-authored the best seller, "How to Sell More Cookies, Condos, Cadillacs, Computers ... And Everything Else."

Markita is no smarter and no more extroverted than thousands of other people, young and old, with dreams of their own. The difference is Markita has discovered the secret of selling: Ask, Ask, Ask! Many people fail before they even begin because they fail to ask for what they want. The fear of rejection leads many of us to reject ourselves and our dreams long before anyone else ever has the chance - no matter what we're selling.

And everyone is selling something. "You're selling yourself everyday - in school, to your boss, to new people you meet," said Markita at 14. "My mother is a waitress: she sells the daily special. Mayors and presidents trying to get votes are selling...One of my favorite teachers was Mrs. Chapin. She made geography interesting, and that's really selling...I see selling everywhere I look. Selling is part of the whole world."

It takes courage to ask for what you want. Courage is not the absence of fear. It's doing what it takes despite one's fear. And, as Markita has discovered, the more you ask, the easier (and more fun) it gets.

Once, on live TV, the producer decided to give Markita her toughest selling challenge. Markita was asked to sell Girl Scout cookies to another guest on the show. "Would you like to invest in one dozen or two dozen boxes of Girl Scout cookies?" she asked.

"Girl Scout cookies?! I don't buy any Girl Scout cookies!" he replied. "I'm a Federal Penitentiary warden. I put 2,000 rapists, robbers, criminals, muggers and child abusers to bed every night."

Unruffled, Markita quickly countered, "Mister, if you take some of these cookies, maybe you won't be so mean and angry and evil. And, Mister, I think it would be a good idea for you to take some of these cookies back for every one of your 2,000 prisoners, too."

Markita asked.

The Warden wrote a check.

Consider this fact: Ask . . . seek . . . knock: We see a progressive intensity, going from ask to seek to knock. Jesus tells us to have intensity and passion in prayer

Illustration: In July of 1994, Cindy was confronted in her home by a pistol-wielding burglar. The unknown man who surprised her when she came in to answer the phone, ripped the cord from the wall and ordered her into a closet. She was obviously fearful for her life, but didn’t panic. To the shock of the gunman, Cindy immediately fell to her knees and began to pray for God’s Help. Even more stunned was he when she boldly asked if she could pray for him! She proceeded to tell him about Christ’s love and expressed her forgiveness for his actions.

Apparently this was more than the robber bargained for, and began to break into tears as he knelt and prayed with her. To her relief, the man then yelled out the window to a woman waiting in a pickup: “We’ve got to unload all of this stuff. This is a Christian home and we can’t do this to them.” Mrs. Hartman remained on her knees in prayer, while her furniture was being returned. The man then used a shirt to wipe off his fingerprints, apologized and departed, leaving his gun behind!

This true story is especially inspiring as it vividly illustrates how willing God is to intervene in the behalf of His children when asked. The Bible says, “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Heb. 4:16). Regardless of the challenges that may confront you, prayer is the key that opens the door to God’s solutions for every need or problem.

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