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Better Together LIVE | Episode 97

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September 1, 2020
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Can we really ask God for anything? We're talking about persistent; bold prayers! | TBN Prayer Line: 1-888-731-1000

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Better Together LIVE | Episode 97

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  • - Jesus told his disciples,
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  • "If you ask anything inmy name, I will do it."
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  • This promise applies to us.
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  • Today we're learninghow to pray,
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  • with boldness and authority.
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  • Come on, join us.
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  • ♪ Ooh ooh ooh ooh
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  • ♪ Ooh ooh ooh
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  • ♪ Ooh ooh ooh ooh
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  • ♪ Ooh ooh ooh
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  • ♪ Ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh
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  • - Y'all let me tell you,I am living in the middle
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  • of some bold prayersthat have been answered.
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  • I love that James5:16 says that,
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  • it is the persistentprayers of a righteous man,
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  • woman, person, thatavaileth much, okay?
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  • And let me tell you something,
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  • I am so excited toshare it with you,
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  • 'cause we're just livingin the newness of it.
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  • But my husband and Iembarked on church planning,
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  • which as some of y'allknow about two years ago.
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  • And we have been homeless.
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  • We've been like thewandering tribe of Israel.
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  • I mean, we've been goingto different venues,
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  • and in the pandemic coronavirus,
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  • I mean, Rona justkicked our butt.
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  • So, we were freaking out,and I remembered this prayer.
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  • And I think that Godanswered my prayers
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  • because he was tiredof hearing me, okay?
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  • So, my prayers availeth much.
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  • But let me tell you something,
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  • we, God has blessed our church,
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  • The Father's House,Orange County,
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  • with 50.000 square feet inOrange County California,
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  • and I firmly believe,
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  • it is because when Ms. Lauriekicked off this episode,
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  • she said that, "We havenot, because we ask not."
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  • Or Jesus even said, hey,"Ask and ye shall receive."
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  • You guys, I don't know whyI'm like King James today,
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  • but all these, theesand thous, I don't know.
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  • (laughing)
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  • But let me tell you something,
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  • we have not, because we ask not.
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  • And I am, I want us tojust put a praise on it.
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  • I want us to testifywhat God is doing,
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  • when we polled, whenwe pray bold prayers.
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  • So Janice, will youplease be a witness,
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  • up in the house of God today?
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  • What are youpraying that's bold?
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  • How has God answeredyour bold prayers?
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  • - You know what it is,
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  • the Lord has beenanswering bold prayers,
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  • just by getting me todo them first of all.
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  • Even talking aboutboldness this week,
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  • like I am naturallya risk averse person.
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  • I am not the personwho takes risks at all.
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  • Like, I want thingsto be predictable,
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  • (laughing)
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  • and that's justhow I like to live.
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  • And so, the Lordsaying those things,
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  • already draws me into thisplace of boldness to say,
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  • "Hey, listen, I said, ask me.
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  • "And there are somethings you won't have,
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  • "unless you ask me."
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  • And just that thought, justarrests me sometimes like,
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  • "Oh my goodness, I willmiss out on some things,
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  • "if I don't pray for them."
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  • And so in this season of,
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  • it will, actuallyhonestly, in our nation,
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  • this season of racial tension,
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  • there've been somevery tangible things,
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  • that I've been thinking about,
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  • that's just beenmissing in my family,
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  • just because of history.
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  • And it's like, not mad about,not mad at anybody about it,
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  • but it's just like,
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  • "Lord, just like landand housing for myfamily and parents,
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  • "and siblings and things
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  • "that would not havegotten passed down to us."
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  • I'm like, "Do that for us Lord."
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  • Like, "If you aretruly our provider,
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  • "it does not have to matter,
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  • "what has transpiredin this country.
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  • "I want to see you moveboldly in our lives,
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  • "and fill the gap, that'sbeen created through sin."
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  • And so, that's just somethingI've been praying about.
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  • And I know that that's weighty,
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  • but, here's the thingabout praying boldly
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  • in the name of Jesus.
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  • Then when you start to say it,
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  • and you think about askingfor something in his name,
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  • that's a realfilter right there.
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  • (laughing)
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  • You're like, let mepray in his name though.
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  • 'Cause let me see, whyam I asking for this?
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  • What exactly am I asking for?
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  • Is this somethingthat the Lord has?
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  • And all of these things come,all of these questions come
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  • with this filter that encourage,
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  • more conversation with the Lord.
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  • So, even in praying boldly,
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  • the Lord issearching your heart,
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  • knowing your heart, just sothat he can see what's in it.
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  • You know what I'm saying?
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  • And really show us what's in it.
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  • So, that's a part of what I love
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  • about praying boldly is that,
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  • it really brings to thetable, all of this stuff
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  • that you may not haveeven been thinking of.
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  • And the Lord's like,
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  • "Ah, huh, that spot right there,
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  • "I wanna get that,I wanna wipe that."
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  • (laughing)
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  • You know, get tothat really fast.
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  • And I just, so I love it.
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  • And I'm coming into aseason, especially as a mom,
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  • I think being a mommakes you do things,
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  • that you didn't do before.
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  • And so, just praying boldly,about things of the past,
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  • things that I can leave tomy kids in a brand new way.
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  • So, that's whatI'm praying about.
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  • What about you Mo?
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  • - You know, it's very, veryapplicable to this season,
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  • because it's the same way,
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  • that we've prayedin this season.
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  • But I remember when hefirst started teaching me,
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  • so specificallyabout bold prayer,
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  • and it was in great adversity.
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  • It was in the midstof trauma, really.
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  • Where I had, I havethree kids right now.
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  • And when my middle child, Asher,was just three months old,
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  • she came down withRSV bronchiolitis,
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  • and bacterial pneumonia.
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  • And I mean, in a snap,
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  • she was literally hangingby a thread for her life.
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  • And we're in the ICU,and I'm there alone,
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  • and other people are with kids,
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  • and my husband'strying to get there,
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  • and just praying thatshe'll continue breathing,
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  • long enough untilwe can get her care.
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  • And I remember sittingin that waiting room,
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  • and I came to Christthrough adversity.
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  • And so, you know,suicide of my father,
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  • and identity issues,horrific car accident,
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  • I wasn't unfamiliar with it,
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  • but my prayer changed.
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  • Having known Christ,walking with him,
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  • being in faith,in that ICU room,
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  • for whatever reason,I just cried out,
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  • "Lord, I do not pray youwill remove this fire,
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  • "I pray that youwill refine me in it.
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  • "Use this, use this, use this."
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  • And most, I think our kneejerk would often be like,
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  • "Get me out of the fire."
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  • This is, we say that right now.
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  • "What is going on?
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  • "It's so disorienting, all ofthis chaos, just get me out."
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  • But in that moment,the boldest prayer
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  • that just overcame me was,
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  • "I won't, I won't run fromthis, but you use this.
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  • "Your will be done."
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  • And y'all, it wasin that ICU room,
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  • that I received morefluently my prayer language.
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  • We were getting
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  • prophetic revelation.- Come on.
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  • - It was visionscoming, warfare.
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  • I even mean the hospital room,
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  • we were put into the number,
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  • tied to the very scripturesthat were being prophesied over.
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  • It was disorienting, and divine.
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  • And it grew, andexploded my faith,
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  • in a way that if myprayer had just been,
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  • "God, fix this,"
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  • and it wasn't happeningat the pace I wanted,
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  • I would have been in a pit.
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  • But because it was, "No, youare God, your will be done.
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  • "You are sovereign, use this."
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  • I had a peace thatsurpasses all understanding,
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  • seeing my little newborntubed up, and pale as a ghost.
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  • And we said, "You knowwhat, you'll do it.
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  • "You will do it."
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  • And she's full of energyand wild and wonderful now.
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  • So, she's just fine.
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  • She made it through.
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  • But, my faith wasnever the same,
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  • after finding that bold prayer,
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  • of not my will,but yours be done.
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  • And he will everythingfor his glory,
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  • if we will pray inalignment with his heart.
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  • And so, yeah, it'spowerful, it's powerful.
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  • And I don't know Havilah,
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  • I'm sure, your prayersgirl inspire me
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  • even watching from afar,
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  • and learning on byyour faithfulness.
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  • So, what's thatlooked like for you?
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  • - Back at you Mo, Imean, I think if anybody,
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  • I've had crisis with my kidsas well and in emergency rooms,
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  • I mean, that'll bringus to our knees.
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  • I was thinking though, what yousaid, God will use anything.
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  • And I grew up in a hole,
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  • where my dad would prayreally crazy prayers,
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  • but I remember one time,he was praying for...
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  • he saw somebody prayingfor a parking spot.
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  • And he goes,
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  • "God, why do I need topray for a parking spot?"
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  • Like, is it that big of a deal?
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  • And he said, "Well, all thepeople that are praying,
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  • "are getting your parking spot."
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  • And he kinda laughed like,
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  • oh my gosh so we, Iremember being in a car,
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  • growing up my dad wouldpray for parking spots,
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  • and we would get them, like,no joke, two or three spaces.
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  • And you think, God isn'tin those little things,
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  • but he's so is.
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  • And I remember one time,and I'm probably gonna push
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  • all of you people, thatare like Havilah, really.
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  • But I have to share this story
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  • because, it seems like certainthings are really spiritual,
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  • and other things arelike secular, likesacred and secular.
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  • We can get kind of mixedup, but God is in all of it.
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  • I remember hearingone of my friends
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  • talk about how she had askedthat God would fill her home,
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  • with furniture froma specific store.
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  • And I was like, "That isridiculous, God is not in that.
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  • "There is no waythat God is concerned
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  • "about our homes beingfilled with certain things
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  • "and from certain stores."
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  • And as I walked intothat store one day,
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  • I remembered, thestory and I kinda like,
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  • internally rolled myeyes, and God said,
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  • "Well, the reason herhouse is full of that,
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  • "is because she asked me."
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  • And I said, "Okay God, fine.
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  • "Lord I love this store,
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  • "fill my home with thisfurniture from this store.
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  • "If you're gonna do it,"like the Bianca said,
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  • "Give me a six pack, fine."
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  • And so, I went on,
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  • it was months later,
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  • I went on a musictour, I wasn't singing,
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  • but I was just speaking,
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  • and I get a picture from myhusband, and this is so wild.
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  • And he says, "Honey, wegot this in the mail.
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  • "Is there a reason whywe got this in the mail?"
  • 00:09:32.228 --> 00:09:35.264
  • And he shows me this picture.
  • 00:09:35.264 --> 00:09:37.400
  • And it is eight gift cards,
  • 00:09:37.400 --> 00:09:40.603
  • from that store,
  • 00:09:40.603 --> 00:09:42.972
  • resulting in $8.000,in this store.
  • 00:09:42.972 --> 00:09:47.843
  • And I'm like,
  • 00:09:47.843 --> 00:09:49.612
  • "No, I don't knowwhere this came from."
  • 00:09:49.612 --> 00:09:51.747
  • So I call up thecompany and I say,
  • 00:09:51.747 --> 00:09:53.582
  • "What is this company?"
  • 00:09:53.582 --> 00:09:54.850
  • They said, "No, no,it's in our records.
  • 00:09:54.850 --> 00:09:56.352
  • "This money is yours, I don'tknow, but we don't want it.
  • 00:09:56.352 --> 00:09:59.655
  • "It's not ours, thisis on your account."
  • 00:09:59.655 --> 00:10:02.224
  • And so, I went home and Ibought my boy's bunk bed,
  • 00:10:02.224 --> 00:10:05.661
  • and I bought the couchthat we desperately needed.
  • 00:10:05.661 --> 00:10:08.097
  • And all the thingsthat we needed,
  • 00:10:08.097 --> 00:10:09.465
  • it wasn't like frivolousalone could have been.
  • 00:10:09.465 --> 00:10:11.901
  • It was all the things Iwas hoping I could get,
  • 00:10:11.901 --> 00:10:14.837
  • and needed for a family of six.
  • 00:10:14.837 --> 00:10:17.173
  • And all of a sudden, aftereverything was delivered,
  • 00:10:17.173 --> 00:10:19.341
  • I look around myhouse and God said,
  • 00:10:19.341 --> 00:10:20.876
  • "You asked me, Itold you I'd do it."
  • 00:10:20.876 --> 00:10:23.546
  • And I, I hate sharingthat, cause I'm like,
  • 00:10:23.546 --> 00:10:26.449
  • it doesn't feel very spiritual.
  • 00:10:26.449 --> 00:10:29.351
  • But to me as his daughter,
  • 00:10:29.351 --> 00:10:31.454
  • I feel like the Lordwanted me to know,
  • 00:10:31.454 --> 00:10:34.256
  • that he cares aboutthe little things.
  • 00:10:34.256 --> 00:10:35.958
  • Like it's everything.
  • 00:10:35.958 --> 00:10:37.460
  • Bold prayers are sometimesabout the little things,
  • 00:10:37.460 --> 00:10:39.695
  • and the big things to us.
  • 00:10:39.695 --> 00:10:41.163
  • And Janice, you weresaying that, like,
  • 00:10:41.163 --> 00:10:42.465
  • "God, I pray for homes,I pray for prop."
  • 00:10:42.465 --> 00:10:46.235
  • You know you didn't say this,but we pray for property.
  • 00:10:46.235 --> 00:10:48.270
  • We pray for inheritance.
  • 00:10:48.270 --> 00:10:49.672
  • You know, I'm nota trust fund kid.
  • 00:10:49.672 --> 00:10:51.440
  • Everything that we have,
  • 00:10:51.440 --> 00:10:52.942
  • we, I've had to kind of, Icleaned homes for six years.
  • 00:10:52.942 --> 00:10:55.978
  • I'm not afraid of the hard work,
  • 00:10:55.978 --> 00:10:57.146
  • but there are timeswhen I'm like,
  • 00:10:57.146 --> 00:10:58.347
  • "Lord, gosh, itwould have been nice
  • 00:10:58.347 --> 00:11:00.149
  • "to, for you to havepassed these things down."
  • 00:11:00.149 --> 00:11:02.118
  • And now I'm like,
  • 00:11:02.118 --> 00:11:03.652
  • "Okay God, give us things thatwe can pass down to our kids,
  • 00:11:03.652 --> 00:11:07.389
  • "and our grandkids.
  • 00:11:07.389 --> 00:11:08.524
  • "Give us things that wow, us.
  • 00:11:08.524 --> 00:11:10.760
  • "That God, you can showus that we have a good,
  • 00:11:10.760 --> 00:11:13.262
  • "good father that givesgood gifts to his children."
  • 00:11:13.262 --> 00:11:16.098
  • And those can be health,
  • 00:11:16.098 --> 00:11:17.566
  • those can be relationships,so many other things.
  • 00:11:17.566 --> 00:11:19.235
  • But for me, it happened tobe the furniture in my house.
  • 00:11:19.235 --> 00:11:22.104
  • (laughing)
  • 00:11:22.104 --> 00:11:23.372
  • - You know that'sso cool Havilah,
  • 00:11:23.372 --> 00:11:24.840
  • because, yourexperience doesn't have
  • 00:11:24.840 --> 00:11:27.209
  • to be everybody's experience.
  • 00:11:27.209 --> 00:11:29.044
  • And I, what I love aboutGod is that Janice,
  • 00:11:29.044 --> 00:11:32.581
  • in one moment, in one instant,(snaps finger)
  • 00:11:32.581 --> 00:11:35.251
  • God can change something,and he has his way.
  • 00:11:35.251 --> 00:11:39.955
  • And he changes all of it.
  • 00:11:39.955 --> 00:11:41.991
  • Because the word of God isfor every single person.
  • 00:11:41.991 --> 00:11:45.728
  • And I believe thatwith all my heart.
  • 00:11:45.728 --> 00:11:47.997
  • As we're talking here,
  • 00:11:47.997 --> 00:11:50.299
  • I see just past the camera here,
  • 00:11:50.299 --> 00:11:53.002
  • a big window that lookslike the window behind me,
  • 00:11:53.002 --> 00:11:55.204
  • and I see my husband,out there on the phone.
  • 00:11:55.204 --> 00:11:57.773
  • And my husband spends alot of time on the phone.
  • 00:11:57.773 --> 00:12:01.310
  • He is, managing 31international networks,
  • 00:12:01.310 --> 00:12:06.315
  • and he's constantlyon the phone.
  • 00:12:08.684 --> 00:12:12.288
  • But I remember one day,in the last few months,
  • 00:12:12.288 --> 00:12:16.792
  • and he just walks.
  • 00:12:16.792 --> 00:12:18.327
  • I mean, he can walk 15 milesa day talking on his phone.
  • 00:12:18.327 --> 00:12:21.497
  • He has done it many times.
  • 00:12:21.497 --> 00:12:23.098
  • And he, so he paces.
  • 00:12:23.098 --> 00:12:25.734
  • So, there's like tracks aroundthe house and it's crazy.
  • 00:12:25.734 --> 00:12:29.104
  • But he, I was with him,
  • 00:12:29.104 --> 00:12:31.841
  • and he's just makinga deal on the phone.
  • 00:12:31.841 --> 00:12:36.278
  • And he hangs up, and helooks at me and he says,
  • 00:12:36.278 --> 00:12:38.180
  • "Well," he says,"that's impossible,
  • 00:12:38.180 --> 00:12:40.816
  • "so let's just seewhat God does."
  • 00:12:40.816 --> 00:12:43.118
  • And I think that's whatGod wants us to do.
  • 00:12:43.118 --> 00:12:45.454
  • God wants us to askfor the impossible.
  • 00:12:45.454 --> 00:12:49.225
  • Sometimes praying about things.
  • 00:12:49.225 --> 00:12:51.927
  • I think, "Oh man, I'mnot asking big enough."
  • 00:12:51.927 --> 00:12:56.866
  • Because he wantsto do exceeding,
  • 00:12:56.866 --> 00:12:59.768
  • abundantly above all, we canask, or imagine, or pray for.
  • 00:12:59.768 --> 00:13:04.773
  • And I believe, this isthe season for that.
  • 00:13:05.941 --> 00:13:08.477
  • Everyone listening right now.
  • 00:13:08.477 --> 00:13:10.045
  • Normally it's justthe five of us.
  • 00:13:10.045 --> 00:13:11.780
  • We are talking aboutasking big from God.
  • 00:13:11.780 --> 00:13:16.018
  • And I think this is thetime to do it Bianca.
  • 00:13:16.018 --> 00:13:19.121
  • This world has changedsuch dramatic ways.
  • 00:13:19.121 --> 00:13:22.258
  • I think it's time toget bold in our faith,
  • 00:13:22.258 --> 00:13:24.894
  • bold in our prayers, bold withour speaking the word of God.
  • 00:13:24.894 --> 00:13:29.899
  • - And I think thatthat desperation,
  • 00:13:31.100 --> 00:13:32.601
  • allows us to attune ourear to the things of God.
  • 00:13:32.601 --> 00:13:35.271
  • Even listening to Janiceand Mo and Havilah, and you,
  • 00:13:35.271 --> 00:13:39.942
  • like, I don't want this tofeel like it's far removed
  • 00:13:39.942 --> 00:13:43.145
  • from most of us.
  • 00:13:43.145 --> 00:13:44.613
  • So, I started the show with Godanswering some bold prayers,
  • 00:13:44.613 --> 00:13:47.116
  • which has been amazing.
  • 00:13:47.116 --> 00:13:48.651
  • But the day that we got intoour new church building,
  • 00:13:48.651 --> 00:13:51.654
  • we also discovered that thehouse that my husband and I rent
  • 00:13:51.654 --> 00:13:55.557
  • here in Orange County,
  • 00:13:55.557 --> 00:13:56.825
  • is being sold, and theowners didn't tell us.
  • 00:13:56.825 --> 00:13:59.728
  • So, we're at church celebrating.
  • 00:13:59.728 --> 00:14:01.096
  • Then we get a phone call saying,
  • 00:14:01.096 --> 00:14:02.264
  • "Hey, there'speople at the house,
  • 00:14:02.264 --> 00:14:03.532
  • "at your house foran open house."
  • 00:14:03.532 --> 00:14:05.401
  • And we were just confused.
  • 00:14:05.401 --> 00:14:06.902
  • So, we, it's this tensionof like, God's gonna answer,
  • 00:14:06.902 --> 00:14:11.040
  • God's gonna answer hisprayers in his timeline,
  • 00:14:11.040 --> 00:14:13.642
  • but I never wanna be,
  • 00:14:13.642 --> 00:14:14.843
  • I never wanna stopasking and believing.
  • 00:14:14.843 --> 00:14:16.979
  • So, even listeningto Havilah's story,
  • 00:14:16.979 --> 00:14:19.081
  • about God providingin supernatural ways,
  • 00:14:19.081 --> 00:14:21.317
  • this is the beautyof bold prayers.
  • 00:14:21.317 --> 00:14:22.985
  • It's not just that Godanswers our prayers,
  • 00:14:22.985 --> 00:14:25.788
  • is that our stories,our testimony,
  • 00:14:25.788 --> 00:14:28.324
  • inspired the faith of others.
  • 00:14:28.324 --> 00:14:29.992
  • So, I sit in the wakeof your guys' stories,
  • 00:14:29.992 --> 00:14:32.995
  • and it bolsters my faith.
  • 00:14:32.995 --> 00:14:35.164
  • And I wanna know,
  • 00:14:35.164 --> 00:14:37.166
  • as we are seeking God,
  • 00:14:37.166 --> 00:14:38.434
  • and the topic todayis on bold prayers,
  • 00:14:38.434 --> 00:14:40.636
  • what have you learned?
  • 00:14:40.636 --> 00:14:42.204
  • What have you learned inthe process of waiting,
  • 00:14:42.204 --> 00:14:44.406
  • or the process of seeking,or the process of asking?
  • 00:14:44.406 --> 00:14:47.009
  • What have you discovered aboutwho God is in that process?
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  • Janice, talk to me alittle bit about that.
  • 00:14:49.712 --> 00:14:51.547
  • - Yeah, I think, well,first I have to say,
  • 00:14:51.547 --> 00:14:55.584
  • yes Havilah, tothe parking spaces.
  • 00:14:55.584 --> 00:14:57.453
  • My husband has taught me that.
  • 00:14:57.453 --> 00:14:59.855
  • (laughing)
  • 00:14:59.855 --> 00:15:01.323
  • I got married to a man who praysfor the best parking spots,
  • 00:15:01.323 --> 00:15:03.959
  • and he always gets them.
  • 00:15:03.959 --> 00:15:05.661
  • And so, yes, that thingis true and it works.
  • 00:15:05.661 --> 00:15:09.765
  • But you know, I, there'sthis story when I was a kid.
  • 00:15:09.765 --> 00:15:14.770
  • I was riding with my dad,and my dad when I was a kid.
  • 00:15:16.205 --> 00:15:19.241
  • Well, he is a Bishop,
  • 00:15:19.241 --> 00:15:21.510
  • in the Christian MethodistEpiscopal church.
  • 00:15:21.510 --> 00:15:24.480
  • And so, he, as a Methodist,as an itinerary pastor.
  • 00:15:24.480 --> 00:15:29.184
  • So, we traveled a loton the road as kids.
  • 00:15:29.184 --> 00:15:32.054
  • And so, this oneparticular time,
  • 00:15:32.054 --> 00:15:33.856
  • it was just me withhim traveling throughprobably Alabama
  • 00:15:33.856 --> 00:15:37.926
  • and Mississippi,back to Memphis.
  • 00:15:37.926 --> 00:15:40.696
  • And my dad would pridehimself on having,
  • 00:15:40.696 --> 00:15:44.633
  • cars that were, I wouldsay on their last leg,
  • 00:15:44.633 --> 00:15:49.038
  • but he would say cars,
  • 00:15:49.038 --> 00:15:50.439
  • he didn't spendtoo much money on,
  • 00:15:50.439 --> 00:15:53.008
  • that were running well,
  • 00:15:53.008 --> 00:15:54.676
  • and that he could gettons of miles out of.
  • 00:15:54.676 --> 00:15:57.746
  • And so, we're in this car, likethis old Ford station wagon,
  • 00:15:57.746 --> 00:16:02.084
  • which, well, I don't evenknow a station wagon,
  • 00:16:03.485 --> 00:16:05.421
  • some kind of wagon.
  • 00:16:05.421 --> 00:16:06.655
  • I had never seenthe thing before,
  • 00:16:06.655 --> 00:16:07.890
  • that's how obscure it was.
  • 00:16:07.890 --> 00:16:09.558
  • And he loved this car,
  • 00:16:09.558 --> 00:16:10.926
  • because he only paidlike $400 for it,
  • 00:16:10.926 --> 00:16:13.662
  • which is why I was not surprisedon a rainy, rainy night,
  • 00:16:13.662 --> 00:16:17.032
  • as the road was flooding,that this thing stopped,
  • 00:16:17.032 --> 00:16:19.902
  • in the middle of the road,
  • 00:16:19.902 --> 00:16:21.403
  • in the middle of nowhere,in the middle of the night.
  • 00:16:21.403 --> 00:16:23.972
  • And I was petrified.
  • 00:16:23.972 --> 00:16:26.008
  • I was kinda like, "Daddy,what are we gonna do?"
  • 00:16:26.008 --> 00:16:29.611
  • So, I start flipping out, like,
  • 00:16:29.611 --> 00:16:31.814
  • "What are we gonna, (mumbles),asking all these questions.
  • 00:16:31.814 --> 00:16:34.616
  • And my dad lookedat me and he said,
  • 00:16:34.616 --> 00:16:36.852
  • "Have a little faithin me, Janice."
  • 00:16:36.852 --> 00:16:39.688
  • And I fell asleep.
  • 00:16:39.688 --> 00:16:42.124
  • And when I woke up,we were home safely.
  • 00:16:42.124 --> 00:16:45.360
  • And that's what the Lordreminds me of, every time
  • 00:16:45.360 --> 00:16:48.163
  • when he's like, "Pray,ask the impossible."
  • 00:16:48.163 --> 00:16:51.266
  • Like you said, "Have alittle faith in me Janice."
  • 00:16:51.266 --> 00:16:53.969
  • Like, "I am good, Iknow what I'm doing."
  • 00:16:53.969 --> 00:16:56.839
  • Like, "I'm a good father,you get your kid good gifts.
  • 00:16:56.839 --> 00:17:00.742
  • "What do you thinkI want to give you,
  • 00:17:00.742 --> 00:17:02.678
  • "being such abetter father then,
  • 00:17:02.678 --> 00:17:05.214
  • "because I'm yourheavenly father."
  • 00:17:05.214 --> 00:17:06.849
  • And so, that's what I've learned
  • 00:17:06.849 --> 00:17:09.384
  • in asking bold prayersto just bolster my faith,
  • 00:17:09.384 --> 00:17:13.122
  • and remember, that I canhave faith in my God,
  • 00:17:13.122 --> 00:17:16.058
  • because he is good.
  • 00:17:16.058 --> 00:17:18.093
  • He is good.
  • 00:17:18.093 --> 00:17:19.761
  • And that means goodthings for me, you know?
  • 00:17:19.761 --> 00:17:22.898
  • So, I'm definitely gonna bepraying about filling mine,
  • 00:17:22.898 --> 00:17:25.334
  • the house that I'm asking for,
  • 00:17:25.334 --> 00:17:26.468
  • with the furniture that I want,
  • 00:17:26.468 --> 00:17:28.103
  • and the parking spotswhen I go around.
  • 00:17:28.103 --> 00:17:29.872
  • But all the other things aswell, you know what I mean?
  • 00:17:29.872 --> 00:17:32.374
  • Because he is goodand I can trust him.
  • 00:17:32.374 --> 00:17:36.211
  • - I have learned so muchlately too in prayer,
  • 00:17:36.211 --> 00:17:40.382
  • about the power of specifics.
  • 00:17:40.382 --> 00:17:42.751
  • We kind of spoke in to it,on the very specific things
  • 00:17:42.751 --> 00:17:45.687
  • that we're desiring,
  • 00:17:45.687 --> 00:17:46.922
  • but I found it really,really powerful too,
  • 00:17:46.922 --> 00:17:50.626
  • in prayers of repentance,and prayers for deliverance,
  • 00:17:50.626 --> 00:17:54.630
  • and prayers for freedom.
  • 00:17:54.630 --> 00:17:56.532
  • The specifics, identifyingthe specific sin struggle,
  • 00:17:56.532 --> 00:18:01.537
  • is so powerful.
  • 00:18:02.137 --> 00:18:04.373
  • It breaks very specific chains.
  • 00:18:04.373 --> 00:18:08.143
  • And a lot of the time,
  • 00:18:08.143 --> 00:18:09.678
  • I know I have spent a lotof my life as a believer,
  • 00:18:09.678 --> 00:18:13.849
  • navigating, well for awhile really just thinking,
  • 00:18:13.849 --> 00:18:17.386
  • this is all incredibleand amazing,
  • 00:18:17.386 --> 00:18:18.887
  • but also I guess Christiansjust learn how to cope.
  • 00:18:18.887 --> 00:18:23.125
  • How to cope with anger,
  • 00:18:23.125 --> 00:18:24.793
  • or how to cope with X, Y, or Z.
  • 00:18:24.793 --> 00:18:27.095
  • I guess we just learn howto modify our behavior.
  • 00:18:27.095 --> 00:18:29.665
  • I think especiallyaround the sexual stuff,
  • 00:18:29.665 --> 00:18:31.567
  • that was kind of early on like,
  • 00:18:31.567 --> 00:18:33.268
  • how do I just modify my behavior
  • 00:18:33.268 --> 00:18:34.937
  • to kind of obey therights and wrongs.
  • 00:18:34.937 --> 00:18:36.705
  • And, one day hejust opened my eyes
  • 00:18:36.705 --> 00:18:39.875
  • to the power ofspecific prayers,
  • 00:18:39.875 --> 00:18:43.679
  • when it comes to deliverance.
  • 00:18:43.679 --> 00:18:45.814
  • Why I am desiring freedom for,
  • 00:18:45.814 --> 00:18:47.583
  • and applying thepower of his blood,
  • 00:18:47.583 --> 00:18:50.085
  • to that very specific thing.
  • 00:18:50.085 --> 00:18:52.588
  • And when I startedpraying that way,
  • 00:18:52.588 --> 00:18:54.790
  • of Lord, I needto be transformed.
  • 00:18:54.790 --> 00:18:56.658
  • We're not meant to beChristians who cope,
  • 00:18:56.658 --> 00:18:58.660
  • He comes to setthe captives free.
  • 00:18:58.660 --> 00:19:00.929
  • And so, what chainsare around me,
  • 00:19:00.929 --> 00:19:03.799
  • and what freedom am I missing,
  • 00:19:03.799 --> 00:19:05.667
  • because it's a lot morecomfortable to be like,
  • 00:19:05.667 --> 00:19:08.503
  • "Oh Lord just helpedme with my lust."
  • 00:19:08.503 --> 00:19:11.240
  • Well, no, I need to bedelivered from a porn addiction.
  • 00:19:11.240 --> 00:19:13.575
  • So, let me get very specificon what I am struggling with.
  • 00:19:13.575 --> 00:19:18.547
  • And wow, the way he will answer.
  • 00:19:19.448 --> 00:19:21.750
  • The way he will answer.
  • 00:19:21.750 --> 00:19:23.652
  • When we have had eyes to see.
  • 00:19:23.652 --> 00:19:25.587
  • And he helps us in that.
  • 00:19:25.587 --> 00:19:27.122
  • But also when we believe himfor freedom and these things,
  • 00:19:27.122 --> 00:19:30.125
  • and specifically identify them.
  • 00:19:30.125 --> 00:19:32.361
  • I mean, it's one of,
  • 00:19:32.361 --> 00:19:33.428
  • I've experienced,
  • 00:19:34.463 --> 00:19:35.931
  • it's one of the quickestprayers he answers as well.
  • 00:19:35.931 --> 00:19:37.532
  • 'Cause he wants usfree, fully free.
  • 00:19:37.532 --> 00:19:39.935
  • And activated, and empowered.
  • 00:19:39.935 --> 00:19:41.837
  • And so, man, it's hard.
  • 00:19:41.837 --> 00:19:44.506
  • It's hard, but it's Holy.
  • 00:19:44.506 --> 00:19:46.074
  • And the specifics have beenreally helpful in that way.
  • 00:19:46.074 --> 00:19:48.810
  • - Yeah, I was thinkingabout how you said,
  • 00:19:50.045 --> 00:19:52.681
  • when we asked specifically,Mo, this is so good,
  • 00:19:52.681 --> 00:19:55.384
  • that we have to actuallylook for the specifics,
  • 00:19:55.384 --> 00:19:57.653
  • how God actually healsus, sets us free.
  • 00:19:57.653 --> 00:20:00.622
  • Like sometimes wecan ask, ask, ask,
  • 00:20:00.622 --> 00:20:02.724
  • and then we forget to even look,
  • 00:20:02.724 --> 00:20:04.726
  • to see like, "Oh God,you actually did this."
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  • Instead of just likeonto the next thing.
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  • Onto the next prayer,on the next deliverance,
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  • versus just seeing it.
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  • And Bianca, I wasthinking about this,
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  • not to like throw youlike at to this moment,
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  • but, I was reading about the,you were praying for rain,
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  • and then you getinto your lobby,
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  • of your new buildingand you see,
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  • and I don't wannatell the whole thing,
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  • but will you share that story?
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  • 'Cause I was like, that isso, that's the eyes to see
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  • what you prayed for.
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  • - It totally was.
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  • And sometimes weask God for a sign,
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  • and then we use itmetaphorically like,
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  • "Oh please God give you a sign."
  • 00:20:39.861 --> 00:20:41.396
  • And then there's sometimes,he actually gives us a sign.
  • 00:20:41.396 --> 00:20:44.599
  • And so to, to whittledown the story,
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  • I shared this, thechurch planning journey,
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  • has just been an adventure,especially in a pandemic.
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  • But when we were at the heightof like not having a venue
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  • and people in our churchwe're getting COVID,
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  • and it was just areally rough season.
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  • One Sunday night, Ijust felt very defeated.
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  • And I went to bed, I'm gonnatry not to get emotional.
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  • (sighs)
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  • When you hear thepain of God's people,
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  • and nothing lookshopeful, you've gotto be people of faith.
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  • I believe that God cares,that he sees, and he knows.
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  • Just like he promised tothe children of Israel
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  • when they were under theoppression of Pharaoh.
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  • And so, I went to bedthat night, and I said,
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  • "God, I'm gonna believethat you're gonna make a way
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  • "where there is no way."
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  • And on Monday morning, Iwanna say that I woke up,
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  • filled with the spiritand totally chipper.
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  • But I was just sad.
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  • I had a bad attitude,
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  • and I rolled over ontomy husband's chest,
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  • and I just started crying.
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  • And I said, "It's notfor lack of effort,
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  • "it's not for lack of trying.
  • 00:21:39.154 --> 00:21:40.389
  • "It's not for the lackof preaching the gospel,
  • 00:21:40.389 --> 00:21:42.424
  • "and explaining the gospel,and expounding on the gospel,
  • 00:21:42.424 --> 00:21:44.459
  • "and worshiping the Lord,and giving and tithing.
  • 00:21:44.459 --> 00:21:46.528
  • "We have sown, we have tilled,we have uprooted the weeds.
  • 00:21:46.528 --> 00:21:49.431
  • "We have done everythingas church planters
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  • "that we are called to do.
  • 00:21:51.433 --> 00:21:53.168
  • "And yet, if there is norain, our labor is in vain.
  • 00:21:53.168 --> 00:21:56.338
  • "We have, we cannotmanufacture a move of God.
  • 00:21:56.338 --> 00:21:59.608
  • "You cannot manipulatea move of God.
  • 00:21:59.608 --> 00:22:01.710
  • "Man can not manufacture.
  • 00:22:01.710 --> 00:22:03.478
  • "So Spirit of God, you'regonna have to send rain.
  • 00:22:03.478 --> 00:22:06.281
  • "Because in this season,it is a proverbial drought.
  • 00:22:06.281 --> 00:22:08.617
  • "And we need to know,
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  • "that you are a Godwho hears our cries."
  • 00:22:10.218 --> 00:22:12.988
  • And so we prayedprayers, and that day,
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  • y'all, I can't makethis up, hand to heaven,
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  • I cannot make this up.
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  • That day, my husbandwent to go see a venue,
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  • and he texted me from the venue,
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  • and he said, "B, I thinkthat this is a place
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  • "that we can likeput in a bid for."
  • 00:22:25.767 --> 00:22:27.636
  • And I went to the natural,we can't afford it.
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  • We don't have the money.
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  • The rent is four timeswhat we can afford.
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  • But I went there to the venue,
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  • and I walked into theliving room, the lobby,
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  • it was a movie theater.
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  • So, I walked into what wereferred to as living room.
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  • And as I'm looking aroundat this amazing space,
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  • I turned to, Iturned to the right.
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  • And there's this beautifulpainting of Gene Kelly,
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  • in the 1952 Americanclassic, singing in the rain.
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  • And you guys, I did nothear an audible voice,
  • 00:22:54.963 --> 00:22:57.365
  • but I heard a voice in myheart say, "This is the rain."
  • 00:22:57.365 --> 00:23:00.602
  • And I just feel like,when we pray bold prayers,
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  • God is so faithfulto answer them.
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  • Whether it's parking spots,whether it's home decor,
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  • whether it's children's health,
  • 00:23:09.544 --> 00:23:11.179
  • or whether it's achurch building, Godis a God who answers.
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  • And we have not,because we ask not.
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  • So, let's be womenand men of faith,
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  • who are daring to believe God,
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  • is who he says he is, cando what he says he can do.
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  • And we'll keep the promises'cause our God is faithful.
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  • I just, I love gettingto share that story Hav,
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  • thank you for bringing thatto memory and to mindset,
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  • 'cause that just happenedjust this week, so.
  • 00:23:32.634 --> 00:23:35.737
  • - Why don't you pray Bianca,
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  • and just pray that, pray thatrain on all of our lives.
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  • I know people are watching
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  • around the world right now.- Absolutely.
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  • - That need the boldprayers and rain
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  • right now in their lives.
  • 00:23:48.149 --> 00:23:49.518
  • - Yes, Spirit of the living God,
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  • we ask that youfall afresh on us.
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  • No, matter what area in ourlife feels dry and barren,
  • 00:23:55.824 --> 00:23:59.427
  • and arid and cracked.
  • 00:23:59.427 --> 00:24:00.896
  • I am believing right nowGod, that your living water,
  • 00:24:00.896 --> 00:24:04.165
  • will fall into the darkest anddeepest places of our hearts.
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  • Will you fall afreshon your people.
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  • Will you prove yourselffaithful yet again.
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  • God, I claim, Iclaim 1 Kings 18,
  • 00:24:13.275 --> 00:24:16.545
  • where the prophet Elijah says,"I hear a heavy rain coming."
  • 00:24:16.545 --> 00:24:21.550
  • There is an abundance of rain.
  • 00:24:22.417 --> 00:24:23.685
  • So God, I speak to, Ispeak life over those,
  • 00:24:23.685 --> 00:24:26.988
  • whose life feels completelydry, arid and barren.
  • 00:24:26.988 --> 00:24:29.457
  • And we believe.
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  • We believe thatharvest is coming.
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  • We believe that rain is falling.
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  • So, may we be people of faith,
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  • that walk aroundwith an umbrella,
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  • because we believe,that rain is gonna fall.
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  • We thank you, we loveyou, we praise you,
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  • in Jesus mighty name, Amen.
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  • - Thank you Jesus.
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  • - [All] Amen.
  • 00:24:46.074 --> 00:24:47.309
  • - Amen, you know what?
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  • God loves to do the impossible.
  • 00:24:49.144 --> 00:24:52.347
  • He said, "With man, itmight seem impossible,
  • 00:24:52.347 --> 00:24:55.183
  • "with God, allthings are possible."
  • 00:24:55.183 --> 00:24:58.853
  • Ask those bold prayers.
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  • Even if you've askeda thousand times,
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  • and God maybe hasn't answeredyou like you think you should,
  • 00:25:03.124 --> 00:25:06.428
  • you just keep praying boldprayers because he hears us,
  • 00:25:06.428 --> 00:25:09.297
  • he says, "You call on meand I will answer you."
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  • He's gonna answer you,better than you ever hoped
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  • or prayed for or dreamed of.
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  • I just believe that.
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  • (laughing)
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  • You know, our BetterTogether Community
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  • is always here for you.
  • 00:25:19.674 --> 00:25:21.276
  • You can connect with us onsocial media and let us know,
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  • how we can pray for you.
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  • Thanks for joiningall of us today.
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  • God calls each one of us byname, and nudges at our hearts.
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  • But what does obeyingour heavenly fatherreally look like?
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  • That's what we're gonnabe talking about tomorrow.
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  • You don't wanna miss it, we'llsee you soon, we love you.
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  • God bless you, bye bye.
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  • (upbeat music)
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