THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE – 10-19-14

LESSON TITLE: “WHY SHOULD WE PRAY?”

WELCOME

ANNOUNCER: TODAY WE ARE BLESSED WITH A WONDERFUL GIFT FROM GOD, THE BIBLE. THIS BOOK IS GOD'S LIVING WORD. IN ITS PAGES WE ARE TOLD “FOR THE WORD OF GOD IS LIVING AND POWERFUL AND SHARPER THAN ANY TWO-EDGED SWORD.” IT IS IN THIS BOOK OF BOOKS THAT WE FIND THE ANSWERS TO ALL OF MAN'S QUESTIONS AND NEEDS. THIS MORNING YOUR AREA CHURCHES OF CHRIST WELCOME YOU TO A PROGRAM COMMITTED TO THAT PERFECT LAW OF LIBERTY. AS WE PRESENT THE LIVING WORD. NOW HERE IS YOUR HOST RAY SULLINS.

RAY: THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD I SHALL NOT WANT! WHO IS YOUR SHEPHERD ON THIS WONDROUS LORD’S DAY? WE HOPE AND PRAY THAT IT IS GOD AND THAT YOU’VE JOINED US TODAY AS HIS CHILD - TO WORSHIP BEFORE HIS THRONE. AS FOLLOWERS OF GOD, HOW BLESSED WE ARE TO HAVE OPPORTUNITIES LIKE THIS TO PRAISE OUR GOD AND TO DO THOSE THINGS ACCORDING TO THAT WHICH HE HAS ASKED OF US THROUGH HIS WILL. ARE YOU WILLING TO DO YOUR PART THIS MORNING TO MAKE THIS TIME SUCCESSFUL IN THE SERVICE OF GOD? NOW, AS WE BEGIN OUR OFFERING TO GOD, WILL YOU BOW WITH ME IN PRAYER!

PRAYER: OUR GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN, WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS DAY AND THE MANY BLESSINGS OF LIFE. WE THANK YOU FOR THE MANY, MANY PLEASURES THAT WE HAVE AND JUST SO MANY THINGS THAT YOU HAVE DONE JUST TO BRING US JOY AND HAPPINESS IN THIS LIFE. BUT FATHER, HELP US TO REALIZE THAT THE MOST IMPORTANT THING WE CAN DO IS TO KNOW YOU AND TO OBEY YOUR WILL, REALIZING THAT THERE ARE GREATER THINGS AFTER THIS LIFE THAT AWAIT THE FAITHFUL. THANK YOU FOR THE GIFT OF JESUS WHICH MAKES ALL OF THESE THINGS POSSIBLE. IN HIS NAME WE PRAY, AMEN.

WHEN WE THINK OF THE “CALL OF GOD,” WE GENERALLY FOCUS ON THE FACT THAT JESUS CALLS ALL MEN TO REPENT AND SERVE HIM. HOWEVER, WE ALSO READ OF ANOTHER CALL FROM GOD IN THIS LIFE. SOMEDAY, IF WE ARE FOUND FAITHFUL, WE WILL BE CALLED HOME BY GOD TO AN ETERNAL PARADISE. WHAT A WONDROUS PROMISE THIS IS FROM GOD. SO, AS WE CONSIDER THESE THOUGHTS, WON’T YOU JOIN IN WITH THE CONGREGATION AT THIS TIME AS WE SING A SONG ABOUT THIS REDEMPTION! IT’S NAME, “REDEEMED.”

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

YOU KNOW, WE ALL HAVE SO MUCH TO BE THANKFUL FOR IN THIS GREAT COUNTRY IN WHICH WE LIVE. ALL THE MORE REASON WE SHOULD BELIEVE IN GOD AND DESIRE TO FOLLOW IN HIS PRECEPTS. I LOVE WHAT PAUL SAID IN PHILIPPIANS 4:4, THERE WE READ, “REJOICE IN THE LORD ALWAYS. AGAIN I WILL SAY, REJOICE!”

LET ME REMIND US TODAY THAT WE HAVE EVERY REASON TO REJOICE IN THE LORD, FOR WHAT HE HAS DONE FOR EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US. HOWEVER, ALSO CONSIDER ALL OUR GOD CONTINUES TO DO ON A DAILY BASIS FOR THOSE WHOM HE LOVES. WE HAVE OUR BRETHREN, OUR FAMILIES, OUR HEALTH, OUR JOBS AND ALL THE THINGS THAT WE NEED IN THIS LIFE - BUT WHY? BECAUSE OF OUR LOVING AND CARING GOD. ISN’T THIS WHAT JAMES WAS TALKING ABOUT IN CHAPTER 1:17, OF HIS BOOK? THERE WE READ, “EVERY GOOD GIFT AND EVERY PERFECT GIFT IS FROM ABOVE, AND COMES DOWN FROM THE FATHER OF LIGHTS.”

FURTHERMORE, NOTICE WHAT PAUL ADDS CONCERNING THIS TOPIC IN ROMANS 8:28. THERE WE READ, “AND WE KNOW THAT ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR GOOD TO THOSE WHO LOVE GOD, TO THOSE WHO ARE THE CALLED ACCORDING TO HIS PURPOSE.” ISN’T THIS A WONDROUS PROMISE FOR THOSE OF GOD. AND DOESN’T IT SHOW US JUST HOW MUCH GOD DOES FOR THOSE WHO FOLLOW HIM?

THANKS BE TO GOD FOR ALL THAT HE HAS DONE, ALL THAT HE IS DOING, AND ALL THAT HE HAS PROMISED TO DO IN OUR LIVES AND EVEN THEREAFTER! WE TRULY DO SERVE A GLORIOUS, WONDROUS AND MARVELOUS GOD!

TODAY WE WILL BE CONTINUING OUR NEW SERIES ENTITLED, “LORD TEACH US TO PRAY.” OUR SPECIFIC LESSON THIS MORNING WILL DEAL WITH THE QUESTION, “WHY SHOULD WE PRAY?” SO STAY WITH US AND AFTER OUR NEXT SONG TOGETHER, OUR GUEST SPEAKER WILL LEAD US IN THESE THOUGHTS FROM GOD’S WORD. AS FAR AS OUR GUEST SPEAKER, WE ARE HAPPY TO HAVE BROTHER CHUCK NORTHROP WITH US TODAY. BROTHER CHUCK IS A FULL TIME INSTRUCTOR AT THE BIBLE INSTITUTE OF MISSOURI. WE THANK THIS GOOD BROTHER FOR AGAIN BEING WITH US. BUT FOR NOW LET’S JOIN TOGETHER IN OUR SECOND SONG OF THE MORNING. THE NAME OF THIS HYMN, “SAVIOR LEAD ME.”

LESSON

BY CHUCK NORTHROP

WE'RE SO GRATEFUL TO YOU FOR BEING WITH US TODAY AND WE ARE HAPPY THAT YOU HAVE DECIDED TO JOIN US ON THIS DAY. WE LOVE TO HAVE YOU, WE APPRECIATE YOUR INTEREST IN SPIRITUAL MATTERS, AND WE APPRECIATE YOUR INTEREST IN THE STUDY OF GOD'S WORD. AS WE CONSIDER PRAYER THERE'S REALLY MANY THINGS THAT WE COULD CONSIDER. BUT AS I THINK ABOUT PRAYER, WE COULD GO ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD AND WE COULD FIND PEOPLE THAT ARE PRAYING PEOPLE. AND IT REALLY MATTERS NOT WHICH CONTINENT YOU GO. IT MATTERS NOT WHETHER YOU GO TO EAST WEST, GO TO THE NORTHERN AND SOUTHERN, YOU'RE GOING TO FIND PRAYING PEOPLE. AND IT EVEN MATTERS IN THE NATION TO. GO TO NATIONS OF THE NORTH AND NATIONS OF THE SOUTH AND AGAIN OF THESE AND NATIONS OF THE WEST AND YOU'RE GOING TO FIND PRAYING PEOPLE. YOU CAN EVEN GO TO THE REMOTEST PLACES ON THE EARTH AND YOU'RE GOING TO FIND PRAYING PEOPLE. YOU CAN GO TO THAT ISLAND OUT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE PACIFIC OR THE ISLAND IN THE MIDDLE OF THE OF THE ATLANTIC AND YOU'RE GOING TO FIND PRAYING PEOPLE.

I FIND IT INTERESTING HAVING BEEN TO THE FORMER SOVIET UNION AND KNOWING THAT THE SOVIET UNION TAUGHT THEIR PEOPLE NOT TO BELIEVE IN GOD. AND YET THE NUMBER OF TRIPS I HAVE BEEN ON NEVER HAVE I ONCE - NOT EVEN A SINGLE TIME - FOUND PEOPLE NOT TO BE A PRAYING PEOPLE. IN FACT WE HAD NO TROUBLE IN FINDING FOLKS WHO WERE PRAYING. AND AS I THINK ABOUT OUR WORLD IN WHICH WE LIVE HERE IN THE UNITED STATES AND EVEN THOUGH THE LAW HAS PROHIBITED PRAYER IN SCHOOL AND YET YOU FIND PEOPLE PRAYING IN SCHOOL ALL THE TIME. NOW, THEY MIGHT NOT BE PRAYING PUBLICLY BUT YOU STILL FIND PEOPLE WHO BOW THEIR HEADS IN PRAYER TO GOD ALMIGHTY. WHO PRAY TO GOD FOR STRENGTH AND FOR COMFORT. WHO PRAY TO GOD THANKING HIM BECAUSE OF ALL THAT HE HAS DONE FOR THEM. I'M REMINDED OF PSALM 42:1, “AS THE HEART PANETH OUT TO THE WATERBROOK SO PANETH MY SOUL AFTER THEE O'GOD.” AND IT IS JUST AS NATURAL FOR MAN TO SEEK GOD IN PRAYER AS IT IS FOR A DEER TO GO AND LOOK FOR WATER. AND IT IS THE CASE THAT MAN DO SEEK GOD AND WE DO TRY TO SEEK HIS WILL AND WE DO TRY TO PRAY BEFORE HIM. AND EVEN THOUGH WE CAN GO BACK TO ALL KINDS OF CULTURES AND ALL KINDS OF CIVILIZATIONS WHEREVER WE GO WE'RE GOING TO FIND A PRAYING PEOPLE.

BUT THE QUESTION THIS MORNING REALLY BECOMES THIS: WHY DO WE PRAY? YOU KNOW, WE UNDERSTAND THAT PEOPLE ARE A PRAYING PEOPLE BUT WHY DO WE PRAY? I'M REMINDED OF A MAN THAT CAME TO ME AND HE SAID I BELIEVE THAT GOD IS OMNISCIENT, THAT HE KNOWS EVERYTHING, AND HE KNOWS OUR EVERY CARE. HE KNOWS OUR EVERY NEED. HE KNOWS US SO WHY DO WE NEED TO PRAY BEFORE HIM? I GUESS THE SIMPLE ANSWER WOULD BE SOMETHING TO THE EFFECT OF WELL, BECAUSE GOD INSTRUCTED US TO DO SO. BUT I BELIEVE THERE'S ALSO OTHER REASONS WHY WE SHOULD AND OUGHT TO PRAY TO GOD. AND SO CONSIDER WITH ME THEN SOME REASONS TO PRAY TO GOD OR SOME REASONS WHY WE PRAY TO GOD.

THE FIRST THING THAT CAME TO MY MIND IS THAT WE PRAY BECAUSE GOD IS. WHEN I'M TALKING ABOUT GOD IS WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THE FACT THAT GOD IS THE ETERNALLY EXISTENT ONE. HE IS JEHOVAH AND THAT'S WHAT THE NAME JEHOVAH MEANS. AND AS WE THINK ABOUT HIM BEING THAT ETERNALLY EXISTENT ONE WE KNOW THAT - WELL, AS PAUL STATED IN ACTS THE 17TH CHAPTER TO THOSE THAT HAD GATHERED IN THE AREOPAGUS ON MARS HILL, HE SAID WE LIVE AND MOVE AND HAVE OUR BEING. BUT LISTEN TO THE WRITER OF THE BOOK OF HEBREWS. HE SAYS, “BUT WITHOUT FAITH IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO PLEASE HIM. FOR HE THAT COMETH TO GOD MUST BELIEVE THAT HE IS AND THAT HE'S A REWARDER OF THEM THAT DILIGENTLY SEEK HIM.” NOW LISTEN AGAIN TO WHAT THE HEBREWS WRITER SAYS. HE THAT COMETH TO GOD. HOW DO WE COME TO GOD? WE COME TO GOD IN PRAYER. “HE THAT COMETH TO GOD MUST BELIEVE THAT HE IS. AND THAT HE IS A REWARDER OF THEM THAT DILIGENTLY SEEK HIM.” YOU KNOW, IF YOU THINK ABOUT PRAYER AND YOU DON'T BELIEVE THAT GOD EXISTS THEN YOUR PRAYER IS REALLY EMPTY. IT'S LIKE GOING TO A ROOM TALKING TO THE FOUR WALLS AND THEN THE PRAYER NOT GOING ANY FURTHER THAN THE WALLS THEMSELVES. BUT I DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU BUT I WANT MY PRAYER TO GO BEFORE THE GOD OF HEAVEN BECAUSE HE IS MY CREATOR. BECAUSE HE IS THE ONE THAT'S GIVING ME LIFE. BECAUSE WITHOUT HIM I AM NOTHING.

WHICH LEADS US THEN TO THE SECOND IDEA THAT WE HAVE AND THAT IS WE PRAY BECAUSE WITHOUT GOD WE'RE NOTHING. WE NEED GOD. THAT'S WHY WE PRAY. AGAIN, THINK ABOUT THE WORDS OF THE APOSTLE PAUL AS HE ADDRESSES THOSE PHILOSOPHERS ON THAT OCCASION IN ACTS 17. WE LIVE AND MOVE AND HAVE OUR BEING. WE ARE BECAUSE GOD IS. WE ARE BECAUSE WE ARE IN NEED OF GOD. JESUS SAID IN JOHN THE 15TH CHAPTER AND VERSE FIVE, HE SAID I AM THE VINE. YE ARE THE BRANCHES. HE THAT ABIDETH IN ME AND I IN HIM THE SAME BRINGETH FORTH MUCH FRUIT FOR WITHOUT ME YE CAN DO NOTHING. NOW LISTEN AGAIN TO OR THINK ABOUT WHAT JOHN RECORDED THERE OF JESUS' WORDS. WITHOUT HIM YE COULD DO NOTHING. NOW I REALIZE THAT CONTEXTUALLY JESUS IS ADDRESSING THE DISCIPLES AND HE'S TALKING ABOUT SPIRITUALLY BUT ISN'T IT TRUE MATERIALLY AND PHYSICALLY AS WELL THAT WITHOUT GOD WE CAN DO NOTHING.

NOW, WE NEED GOD. WHEN WE THINK ABOUT A WORLD WITHOUT GOD, WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT? WELL, YOU KNOW I'M NOT TALKING ABOUT A WORLD WITHOUT RELIGION BECAUSE MEN HAVE ALWAYS CORRUPTED RELIGION AND THAT'S NOT REALLY WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT. I'M TALKING ABOUT A WORLD WITHOUT GOD. A WORLD WITHOUT GOD IS A WORLD OF NOTHINGNESS. A WORLD WITHOUT GOD IS EMPTY, MEANINGLESS, HAS NO MEANING FOR LIFE AT ALL AND IS REALLY, AS WE THINK ABOUT IT, IS LIFELESS. IN FACT, A WORLD WITHOUT GOD - IF YOU REALLY THINK ABOUT WHAT THE CONCEPT IS - SINCE GOD CREATED THE WORLD AND HE'S THE CREATOR OF THE UNIVERSE THEN IT MUST BE THE CASE THAT A WORLD WITHOUT GOD IS NONEXISTENT. IT CANNOT EXIST. WE GO BACK TO GOD AND EVERYTHING THAT WE DO, EVERY BREATH THAT WE TAKE IS BECAUSE OF GOD. SEE, A WORLD WITHOUT GOD IS NOTHING AND SO THEREFORE WE NEED GOD. AND BECAUSE OF THAT REASON, BECAUSE WE NEED HIM, WE PRAY TO HIM.

BUT GOD ALSO, IN ADDITION TO THAT, LISTENS TO OUR PRAYERS OR HEARS OUR PRAYERS. PETER WROTE IN 1 PETER CHAPTER 3:12, “FOR THE EYES OF THE LORD ARE OVER THE RIGHTEOUS AND HIS EARS ARE OPEN TO THEIR PRAYERS. BUT THE FACE OF THE LORD IS AGAINST THEM THAT DO EVIL.” AS WE THINK ABOUT THIS PARTICULAR VERSE, PETER IS ACTUALLY QUOTING FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT. BUT HE'S GIVING SOME OPPOSITE THOUGHTS THERE. YOU HAVE THE RIGHTEOUS ON ONE HAND - THAT GOD WATCHES OVER THE RIGHTEOUS, HIS EYES ARE UPON THEM, THAT HE HEARS THEIR PRAYERS AND THEN ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE HE'S TALKING ABOUT THE WICKED. HE'S TALKING ABOUT THOSE THAT DO EVIL. AND SO ON THE ONE HAND, WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THE RIGHTEOUS. ON THE OTHER HAND, THOSE THAT DO EVIL. BUT THERE'S MORE THAN THAT. HE SAYS, BUT HE SAID THE FACE OF THE LORD IS AGAINST THEM THAT DO EVIL. THE EYES ARE UPON HE'S ALWAYS WATCHING OVER THE RIGHTEOUS. HE HEARS THE PRAYERS OF THE RIGHTEOUS. HIS EARS ARE OPEN UNTO THEIR PRAYERS. BUT ON THE OTHER HAND, HIS FACE IS AGAINST THEM THAT DO EVIL.

SO HE HEARS OUR PRAYERS. “O' THOU THAT HEAREST OUR PRAYERS. UNTO THE WILL ALL FLESH COME,” SAID THE PSALMIST IN PSALM 91:2; 65:2. IN THAT PARTICULAR PASSAGE NOTICE IT REALLY GOES BACK TO WHAT WE SAID AT THE VERY BEGINNING OF THE LESSON. IT REALLY GOES BACK TO THE CONCEPT OF GOING THROUGHOUT ALL THE WORLD AND YOU'RE GOING TO FIND PEOPLE WHEREVER YOU GO THAT ARE A PRAYING PEOPLE. SO THE PSALMIST SAID ALL FLESH WILL COME BEFORE THEE IN PRAYER - UNTO THEE ALL FLESH SHALL COME BEFORE THEE, SAID THE PSALMIST. AND SO SINCE ALL FLESH COME BEFORE THEE, WHY DO THEY COME? BECAUSE THEY BELIEVE THAT GOD HEARS OUR PRAYERS. BUT WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT HEARING THAT PRAYER, WE UNDERSTAND THAT GOD IS OMNISCIENT. THAT HE'S OMNIPRESENT, WHICH MEANS THAT HE'S ALL-KNOWING AND THUS HE HEARS ALL PRAYERS. AND FURTHERMORE HE'S ALL PRESENT - WHEREVER YOU GO HE'S GOING TO BE THERE. AND SO IN ADDITION TO NOT ONLY HEARING, WHEREVER WE GO HE'S GOING TO BE ABLE TO HEAR. AND SO GOD HEARS PRAYERS AND FOR THAT REASON WE COME BEFORE HIM TO PRAY BEFORE HIM.

BUT YOU KNOW, WHEN WE THINK ABOUT THAT PRAYER THERE'S ANOTHER STEP THAT WE MUST TAKE. NOT ONLY DOES HE HEAR THE PRAYERS BUT HE ALSO ANSWERS THE PRAYER. LISTEN TO WHAT THE PSALMIST SAID IN PSALM 91:15. “HE SHALL CALL UPON ME AND I WILL BE WITH HIM IN TROUBLE, I WILL DELIVER HIM AND HONOR HIM.” NOW, THE PSALMIST OBVIOUSLY WAS BESEECHING THE THRONE AND MANY PEOPLE BELIEVE THIS PARTICULAR PSALM WAS WRITTEN BY MOSES. BUT WHOEVER WROTE THE PSALM, HE WAS INSPIRED OF GOD AND HE UNDERSTOOD PRAYER. THAT PRAYER WAS SUCH A THING THAT GOD NOT ONLY HEARS BUT HE ALSO PROMISES THAT HE WILL ANSWER THOSE PRAYERS.

NOW, THE ANSWER OF A PRAYER CAN BE IN A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT WAYS. WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT PRAYER - YOU THINK ABOUT THE ANSWERING OF THOSE PRAYERS - WELL, GOD CAN SAY YES ON OCCASION, OBVIOUSLY. AND GOD SAY NO ON OCCASION, OBVIOUSLY. AND GOD SAY WELL, YOU KNOW NOT RIGHT NOW BUT I'LL DO LATER ON OR MAYBE GOD CAN SAY ALSO, AND I THINK IT IS THE CASE, THAT HE CAN SAY ALSO WELL, THAT'S REALLY NOT THE BEST FOR YOU. I'M GOING TO ANSWER THIS PRAYER IN A DIFFERENT WAY. THINK ABOUT IT THIS WAY. THE YOUNG BOY - HE'S DATING A YOUNG LADY AND THEY'RE GETTING VERY SERIOUS AND HE PRAYS TO GOD FOR A GOOD WIFE. AND HE PRAYS TO GOD THAT LITTLE SUSIE THERE WILL BE HIS WIFE. WELL, THEN AS THE PROCESS OF TIME GOES HE CONTINUES TO PRAY THAT PRAYER. BUT HE ENDS UP NOT MARRYING SUSIE BUT HE ENDS UP MARRYING PEGGY. AND AS LIFE GOES ON HE THANKS GOD BECAUSE HE DIDN'T CHOOSE SUSIE BUT HE CHOSE PEGGY BECAUSE PEGGY FITS HIS NEED BETTER. NOW, THE PRAYER WAS ANSWERED JUST WASN'T ANSWERED IN THE WAY THAT HE THOUGHT AT THAT PARTICULAR TIME. GOD STILL GAVE HIM A GOOD WIFE BUT GOD GAVE HIM A BETTER WIFE BETTER FITS HIS NEEDS, BETTER FITS THE THINGS THAT HE DESIRES. YOU SEE, GOD NOT ONLY SAYS YES, NOT ONLY SAYS NO, NOT ALWAYS IS NOT NOW, BUT SOMETIMES HE SAYS THIS IS A BETTER WAY FOR YOU. SO AS WE THINK ABOUT PRAYER THERE'S A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT WAYS THAT GOD CAN ANSWER.

BUT THE FINAL POINT THAT WE WANT TO REALLY GIVE IS THE FACT THAT GOD IS LOVE. WE PRAY BECAUSE GOD IS LOVE. NOW..SOMEONE SAYS WELL, WHAT DOES THAT HAVE TO DO WITH PRAYER? WE UNDERSTAND THAT GOD IS LOVE, FIRST JOHN 4:8 AND ALSO VERSE 16, “HE THAT KNOWETH NOT LOVE KNOWETH NOT GOD FOR GOD IS LOVE.” GOD IS LOVE. BUT AGAIN, WHAT DOES THAT HAVE TO DO WITH PRAYER? WELL, IT HAS EVERYTHING TO DO WITH PRAYER. YOU SEE, JESUS IN THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT TALKED ABOUT THE FATHER. THE FATHER WHO HAS A SON. THE SON COMES TO THE FATHER AND REQUESTS A LOAF. BUT NO FATHER THAT CARES WILL GIVE HIM A STONE. THE FATHER, WHO THE SON REQUESTS FOR A FISH AND GIVES HIM A SERPENT, NO FATHER THAT CARES FOR THE SON WILL GIVE HIM A SERPENT. AND SO IT IS WITH GOD. GOD KNOWS WHAT'S BEST FOR US AND GOD'S GONNA PROVIDE WHAT'S BEST FOR US. HE IS LOVE, IN THAT HE HAS THE ESSENCE OF LOVE AND HE PORTRAYS LOVE AND HE ACTS OUT OF LOVE. AND BECAUSE HE ACTS OUT OF LOVE, WHATEVER OUR NEED IS, HE'S GOING TO PROVIDE THAT FOR US. IT MIGHT NOT BE THE WAY THAT WE THINK IT OUGHT TO BE DONE. IT MIGHT NOT BE THE WAY IN WHICH THAT WE HAVE PRAYED BUT NONETHELESS HE'S GOING PROVIDE FOR US.

WE CERTAINLY UNDERSTAND THAT AS PARENTS. WE UNDERSTAND THAT BECAUSE AS A PARENTS WE HAVE CHILDREN THAT COME TO US AND THEY MAKE REQUESTS OF US THAT SOMETIMES IT'S NOT BEST FOR THEM. AND AS A PARENT WE MUST SAY NO. BUT THEN SOMETIMES WE'LL SAY WELL, NO NOT NOW BUT LATER ON. AND THEN SOMETIMES WE'LL SAY WELL, THIS IS REALLY NOT BEST FOR YOU. HERE'S WHATS BETTER FOR YOU. GOD DOES THE SAME THING. GOD ANSWERS OUR PRAYER. THAT'S WHY WE PRAY BEFORE HIM. GOD IS. WE PRAY BEFORE HIM BECAUSE MAN IS IN NEED OF PRAYER. WE PRAY BEFORE HIM BECAUSE GOD LISTENS TO OUR PRAYERS. BECAUSE GOD ANSWERS OUR PRAYERS, AND BECAUSE GOD IS LOVE WE PRAY TO HIM.

WE'RE SO GRATEFUL TO YOU FOR BEING WITH US TODAY. WE HOPE THAT YOU HAVE ENJOYED OUR STUDY. AND WE HOPE THAT THESE THINGS WILL BE SOMETHING THAT YOU CAN THINK ABOUT AND ALWAYS MEDITATE UPON. WE SO APPRECIATE YOU AND APPRECIATE YOU BEING WITH US TODAY. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

CLOSING COMMENTS

WHAT A BLESSING IT HAS BEEN TO JOIN TOGETHER IN THE THINGS OF GOD THIS MORNING. THANK YOU FOR DOING YOUR PART IN MAKING ALL THESE THINGS TO BE ACCORDING TO HIS WILL. AS ALWAYS, WE INVITE YOU BACK EVERY LORD’S DAY MORNING AT 7:30, AS WE COMMIT OURSELVES TO THIS OFFERING FOR GOD!

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MY HOPE AND PRAYER THIS DAY IS THAT YOU’RE A TRUE BELIEVER IN PRAYER! FOR GOD ALWAYS HEARS THE PRAYERS OF THE FAITHFUL AND ANSWERS THEM ACCORDING TO HIS PERFECT WILL. WE ARE TRULY BLESSED AS CHILDREN OF GOD!