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August 9, 2020
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Fr. Cedric Pisegna is a Catholic priest. His program will inspire and encourage you to Live with Passion.

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  • - Prayer is a vital necessity,prayer really matters.
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  • (inspirational music)
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  • Welcome to "Live with Passion,"I'm Father Cedric Pisegna.
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  • I'm so glad that you'vetuned into the program.
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  • I want you to know that I'mpreaching about a series
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  • called What Really Matters, andI wanna talk about something
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  • that really matters, andthat's our prayer life.
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  • Let me share with you fromthe gospel of Luke chapter 22.
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  • "Jesus came out, andwent, as was His custom,
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  • "to the Mount of Olives.
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  • "His disciplesfollowed Him there,
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  • "and He came to the placewhere He usually went,
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  • "and He said, 'Pray that youmay not enter into temptation.'
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  • "And He withdrew from themabout a stone's throw,
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  • "knelt down, and He prayed,'Father, if you are willing,
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  • "'remove this cup from me.
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  • "'Nevertheless, not my will,but your will be done.'
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  • "And that moment, there appearedto Him an angel from heaven
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  • "who strengthened him,"and I love that story,
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  • because it talks somuch about prayer,
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  • and I wanna tell you thatyour prayer life matters.
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  • It's very important to God.
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  • I remember, I wentto visit a young man
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  • in the hospital one time.
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  • He had a drug overdose,and he actually
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  • got infected because of thedrugs that he was taking,
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  • and he was in the hospital,and he was hooked up
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  • to all these different tubes
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  • and all thesedifferent machines,
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  • machines that werekeeping him alive,
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  • they were feeding him andgiving him the medication
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  • that he needed, and ifanyone were to disconnect him
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  • from any of thosemachines, he would've died.
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  • So in other words, itwas vitally important
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  • for this young man to beconnected to those machines.
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  • In the same way, it'svitally important for you
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  • to be connected,connected to God,
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  • connected through prayer.
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  • Jesus said, "Abide in me,and I will abide in you."
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  • In other words, He wassaying, "Be connected to me,
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  • "stay on the vine, abidein me, remain in me,"
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  • and that's really,really important.
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  • This prayer is so crucial,and I want you to get that.
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  • Don't disconnect from God.
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  • I know, at times,it can be hard,
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  • but don't disconnect from God.
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  • It's vitally importantthat you pray
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  • and that you pray always,the Scripture says.
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  • So I wanted to sharewith you a little bit
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  • about what's hangingabove my bed.
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  • There's a lithographthat a friend of mine,
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  • she stitched it for me, andit's that scene of Jesus
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  • in the garden, theGarden of Gethsemane.
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  • Now remember what'sgoing on here,
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  • it's the night before He'sabout to be crucified,
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  • and Jesus is doing what Healways did throughout His life,
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  • He prayed, Hereached out to God.
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  • Prayer, of course, iscommunication to God,
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  • but it's alsocommunion with God.
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  • It's communicationand it's communion.
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  • We're not just saying things.
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  • We're trying to develop ourpersonal relationship with God.
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  • So here's Jesus, andthe lithograph shows it,
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  • He's kneeling, it'sin a dark garden,
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  • and at that moment, an angelcomes to strengthen Him,
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  • and I love that, because oneof the benefits of prayer
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  • is to be comforted,to be strengthened,
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  • to have this help fromGod, and that's so crucial.
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  • You may not feel it rightwhen you're praying,
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  • but something supernaturalhappens when we pray,
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  • and we can't alwaysput our finger on it,
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  • but God is at work in our life.
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  • When we invite God in,God is working in our life
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  • to strengthen, to help,to empower us to do
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  • whatever it isthat we need to do.
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  • So I love that portrait, andI put it right above my bed,
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  • to always remind methat in the hard times
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  • of life especially,and in the good times,
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  • but especially, remember,
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  • it was Jesus' mostdesperate moment,
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  • and He turned to prayer.
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  • Even on the cross, He prayed,"Father, forgive them,
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  • "they don't knowwhat they're doing.
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  • "My God, my God, whyhave you forsaken me?"
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  • So in the midst ofHis suffering, and Iwanna share with you
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  • in the midst of your suffering,even when it doesn't seem
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  • like God's there, evenwhen you feel desolate,
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  • when you have hardthings ahead of you,
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  • when life is difficult,turn to God in prayer.
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  • That's why the Scripturesays, "Pray always."
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  • Remember, it's vitally importantthat you stay connected.
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  • A lot of people wannalive on their own,
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  • their own independent strength.
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  • They're self-made people.
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  • You can live thatway if you want,
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  • but you won't live successfully,you won't have a life
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  • of any significance.
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  • You wanna develop yourpersonal relationship with God.
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  • And the Bible is replete withall these different theologies
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  • of Lamentations, for example.
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  • Whenever Israel's goingthrough hard times,
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  • Jeremiah and other prophetsare always praying to God
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  • for help, for strength, forwisdom, for understanding,
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  • and it's the sameway in your life.
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  • The Scriptures teachus how to pray.
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  • I remember the storyabout Paul the Apostle,
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  • Paul the Apostle, of course,the great missionary,
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  • the great evangelist, he wentthroughout the modern world
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  • at that time, andproclaimed the gospel
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  • in places where the gospel hadnever been proclaimed before.
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  • Well, he went through amultitude of sufferings
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  • because of his witnessfor Jesus Christ,
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  • and one time, hewas in Jerusalem,
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  • and they almosttore him to bits.
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  • He was put in prison, andsomething beautiful happened.
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  • While he was in prison,as he was praying,
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  • the Lord stood byhim and told him,
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  • "Paul, take courage,"and I love that verse,
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  • "Take Courage."
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  • That's the same thingJesus said when He came
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  • walking to theapostles on the sea.
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  • It was stormy, it was hard,
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  • it was a toughsituation for them.
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  • They thought theywere gonna die.
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  • He said, "Takecourage, it is I."
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  • That's one of the insightsthat you get in prayer.
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  • You can hear thevoice of Jesus saying,
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  • "Take Courage, be strong,you can do whatever it is
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  • "that you need to do, don'tgive up, I am with you,
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  • "I will help you," andso, it's said that,
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  • that Jesus stood by Paul,and that's one of the things
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  • that we come torealize in prayer,
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  • that we're not alone, that GodAlmighty is standing by us,
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  • and that's so important,that's exactly how Jesus
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  • was helped, by the way,when that angel came
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  • to strengthen Him,it was the fact
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  • that there was an angel there,
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  • and the fact that God ispresent, God is in our life,
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  • God is right there with us,is empowering, strengthening.
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  • I can't tell you how many times
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  • that I've gone through something
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  • and just the factthat God is there
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  • gives me the courageto take the next step,
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  • and you can, too.
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  • There was a song on theradio, I used to love to hear.
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  • It was by Ben E. King,and it's simply entitled,
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  • "Stand by Me" andit goes like this.
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  • When the night has come,and the land is dark,
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  • and the moon is theonly light you'll see,
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  • no, I won't be afraid,no, I won't be afraid
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  • just as long as you stand by me.
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  • Wow.
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  • As you're watching theprogram, I want you to know
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  • that Jesus is standing by you.
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  • Now maybe you'regoing through a night,
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  • the dark night ofthe soul, grieving,
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  • some anxiety, physicalsufferings, growing older.
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  • We all know what night is,we all go through hardships.
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  • We all have difficultiesin our life.
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  • Do you sense that He'sstanding by you right now,
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  • that He's right there with you?
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  • And because He's withyou, He's always there
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  • to help you, to strengthenyou, to empower you.
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  • You see, Jesus knows what it is
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  • to be in a desperate,hard situation.
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  • He was in that situation inthe Garden of Gethsemane.
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  • So He knows whatyou're going through,
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  • He knows how hard lifecan be, and just like God
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  • stood by Him, He'sstanding by you right now.
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  • I was recently in Los Angeles.
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  • We have a retreat center there.
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  • It's called Mater Dolorosa,Our Lady of Sorrows,
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  • Our Mother of Sorrows,and I was there
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  • for a big meeting thatour community had.
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  • And so, while I wasat the monastery,
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  • somebody, through Facebook,found out that I was there,
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  • that watches my TV program,she wanted to meet with me,
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  • and we set up a meetingat the monastery,
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  • and there she came, andturns out that it was a woman
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  • who had not been tochurch for many years,
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  • going through a hardtime in her life,
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  • she watches my program,she likes the encouragement
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  • that I give, and shewanted to go to confession.
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  • She wanted to get right withGod and rejoin the church.
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  • We celebrated a verybeautiful confession,
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  • and she is now right with thechurch, and right with God.
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  • She has come backto the church fully.
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  • It was a beautifulconfession, and as she left,
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  • she gave me a little picture,
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  • and when I saw it, Ihad seen it before,
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  • but it's a very movingportrait of Jesus
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  • walking on the water,bent over the water,
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  • with His hand submergedinto the water,
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  • and the scene islooking up at Jesus
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  • from underneath the water.
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  • So in other words, it'sfrom somebody like Peter,
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  • who is drowning, ormaybe somebody like you,
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  • that feels like you're drowning
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  • at a certain point in your life,
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  • and it's looking up atJesus from underneath,
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  • and as you look up at Jesus,
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  • you see His hand plungedthrough the water,
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  • reaching out to you and me,with a smile on His face,
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  • because He's in adangerous situation.
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  • He's walking on the water,He's in the same situation
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  • that the personthat's submerged is,
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  • yet, He's the onethat can help us,
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  • His hand plungingthrough the water,
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  • no matter how deep you are,
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  • and no matter whatsituation you're in.
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  • All He wants is for you tograb a hold of His hand,
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  • and He will raise you up.
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  • It's exactly whatHe did to Peter,
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  • when he got out of theboat, and Peter, of course,
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  • he focused on the wavesand the wind and the storm
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  • and the hard and thedesperation, and you know,
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  • the stuff of life, andhe started to sink.
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  • And we can all sink at times,but that's what prayer is.
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  • Prayer is reachingout to the hand
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  • that's reaching outto you. (chuckling)
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  • And you grab ahold of that hand,
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  • and it strengthensyou and lifts you up,
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  • and gives you power, andof course, when I talk
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  • about prayer, we're talkingabout prayer to God.
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  • It's not just prayer of itself.
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  • It's who you're praying to.
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  • God is able to help you.
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  • I'm reminded of the storyof Father Jim Willig.
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  • Father Jim Willig was apriest in Cincinnati, Ohio,
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  • and in his early 40s, hecontracted renal cancer.
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  • He ended up passingaway at a young age,
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  • but during his bout,and his struggle
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  • with renal cancer,he wrote a book
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  • called "Lessons from theSchool of Suffering,"
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  • and in that book, hetalks about prayer,
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  • and what a comfort, whatstrength he gained from prayer,
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  • and his words were, "Prayerwas the greatest source
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  • "of strength, and hisgreatest weakness."
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  • And he even said this.
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  • "It gave him greatconsolation," he said that,
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  • "it gave him more reliefthan the medicines
  • 00:12:51.216 --> 00:12:53.952
  • "from the doctorsthat he was taking."
  • 00:12:53.952 --> 00:12:56.254
  • I love that, becauseprayer is better
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  • for us than medicine is.
  • 00:12:59.124 --> 00:13:01.426
  • It can bring healing and grace.
  • 00:13:01.426 --> 00:13:04.062
  • The whole point thatI'm trying to make here
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  • is that whatever youmay be going through,
  • 00:13:06.064 --> 00:13:08.366
  • a physical suffering,a relationship problem,
  • 00:13:08.366 --> 00:13:11.670
  • a trial, an obstacleof some sort,
  • 00:13:11.670 --> 00:13:14.306
  • when you pray to God,there is new power.
  • 00:13:14.306 --> 00:13:19.010
  • There is help, thereis strength, andthe point of prayer
  • 00:13:19.010 --> 00:13:24.015
  • isn't that we were madeto live on our own.
  • 00:13:25.183 --> 00:13:28.220
  • The point of prayeris that we would rely
  • 00:13:28.220 --> 00:13:31.089
  • and depend on and lean uponGod, who is our strength.
  • 00:13:31.089 --> 00:13:36.094
  • And the beautiful thing aboutprayer is you don't have to go
  • 00:13:37.562 --> 00:13:39.931
  • to a church to be able to pray.
  • 00:13:39.931 --> 00:13:41.299
  • You can do it rightthere in your home,
  • 00:13:41.299 --> 00:13:43.835
  • you can do it outside.
  • 00:13:43.835 --> 00:13:45.337
  • That's one of my favoriteplaces to pray, is out of doors,
  • 00:13:45.337 --> 00:13:48.540
  • or you can do it withother people, if you want.
  • 00:13:48.540 --> 00:13:51.509
  • But the bottom line isis that when you do pray,
  • 00:13:51.509 --> 00:13:54.512
  • God hears you, soI'm inviting you
  • 00:13:54.512 --> 00:13:57.616
  • to lean upon God rightnow, to trust Him,
  • 00:13:57.616 --> 00:14:01.353
  • to depend upon Him.
  • 00:14:01.353 --> 00:14:03.321
  • I remember, years ago, Jesusappeared to a Polish nun,
  • 00:14:03.321 --> 00:14:08.293
  • Sister Faustina, and toldher to paint a portrait
  • 00:14:08.293 --> 00:14:12.764
  • of the risen Jesus, andunderneath, to paint the words,
  • 00:14:12.764 --> 00:14:16.701
  • "Jesus, I trust in you."
  • 00:14:16.701 --> 00:14:18.970
  • And I love that.
  • 00:14:18.970 --> 00:14:20.405
  • I've seen that in so manychurches that I go to preach in,
  • 00:14:20.405 --> 00:14:22.774
  • that beautiful, DivineMercy, devotion,
  • 00:14:22.774 --> 00:14:25.644
  • "Jesus, I trust in you," andI think that's such a word
  • 00:14:25.644 --> 00:14:29.481
  • for our generation, Jesusinviting us to rely upon Him,
  • 00:14:29.481 --> 00:14:33.785
  • to trust in Him, andoftentimes, I don't understand
  • 00:14:33.785 --> 00:14:36.454
  • what's going on in my life.
  • 00:14:36.454 --> 00:14:38.456
  • There will be hard situationsand difficulties with people,
  • 00:14:38.456 --> 00:14:42.027
  • uncertain future,physical sufferings,
  • 00:14:42.027 --> 00:14:45.063
  • the different thingsthat happen to everybody,
  • 00:14:45.063 --> 00:14:47.065
  • and what I like to prayis I go into my room,
  • 00:14:47.065 --> 00:14:49.768
  • and I pray, "Jesus,I trust in you.
  • 00:14:49.768 --> 00:14:52.070
  • "I don't understand,but I trust in you."
  • 00:14:52.070 --> 00:14:55.507
  • So trust begsunanswered questions,
  • 00:14:55.507 --> 00:14:58.877
  • and when we cometo Jesus in prayer,
  • 00:14:58.877 --> 00:15:01.413
  • really, what we're doingis we're trusting in Him,
  • 00:15:01.413 --> 00:15:04.616
  • and I invite you todo that right now,
  • 00:15:04.616 --> 00:15:06.651
  • to give your heart to theLord, to trust in Him,
  • 00:15:06.651 --> 00:15:09.521
  • no matter whatyou're going through.
  • 00:15:09.521 --> 00:15:11.423
  • So I want you to stay connected,
  • 00:15:11.423 --> 00:15:14.192
  • and one of the ways thatwe can stay connected,
  • 00:15:14.192 --> 00:15:16.294
  • the Bible actuallytells us to pray always.
  • 00:15:16.294 --> 00:15:20.165
  • We can't be always praying,but if we're somehow
  • 00:15:20.165 --> 00:15:24.202
  • trying to be awarethat Jesus is with us,
  • 00:15:24.202 --> 00:15:27.238
  • even when we gothrough difficulties,
  • 00:15:27.238 --> 00:15:29.808
  • one of the ways we stayconnected is simply by speaking,
  • 00:15:29.808 --> 00:15:33.912
  • speaking words out of our mouth.
  • 00:15:33.912 --> 00:15:36.214
  • Prayer doesn't have to bereal long or very verbose
  • 00:15:36.214 --> 00:15:40.852
  • or have all these fancywords or Old English.
  • 00:15:40.852 --> 00:15:45.023
  • Just speak from your heart,little short sayings.
  • 00:15:45.023 --> 00:15:48.193
  • Saint Paul of the Cross,founder of the Passionists,
  • 00:15:48.193 --> 00:15:50.628
  • he called them ejaculations.
  • 00:15:50.628 --> 00:15:52.497
  • You just say things like,"Jesus, I trust in you,
  • 00:15:52.497 --> 00:15:55.300
  • "Jesus, I love you, Jesus,I know that you're with me,
  • 00:15:56.735 --> 00:16:00.839
  • "Jesus, I know that you'rerisen from the dead,
  • 00:16:02.207 --> 00:16:05.543
  • "Jesus, I know thatyou go before me,
  • 00:16:05.543 --> 00:16:07.946
  • "Jesus, I know thatyou are gonna help me,"
  • 00:16:07.946 --> 00:16:10.315
  • and I always like tosay the name Jesus.
  • 00:16:10.315 --> 00:16:13.084
  • You know, there's no other name
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  • by which people can be saved.
  • 00:16:14.753 --> 00:16:16.855
  • That comes rightfrom the Scriptures,
  • 00:16:16.855 --> 00:16:18.456
  • from Acts of the Apostles.
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  • The name of Jesusis so important.
  • 00:16:20.258 --> 00:16:23.561
  • That's the name thatthe angel Gabriel gave
  • 00:16:23.561 --> 00:16:26.431
  • to Joseph and Mary.
  • 00:16:26.431 --> 00:16:28.566
  • The word, the nameJesus means God saves.
  • 00:16:28.566 --> 00:16:33.571
  • And so that name is precious.
  • 00:16:34.439 --> 00:16:36.007
  • People are healed inthe name of Jesus.
  • 00:16:36.007 --> 00:16:38.877
  • People come to eternallife in the name of Jesus.
  • 00:16:38.877 --> 00:16:42.547
  • So the name of Jesusis really important.
  • 00:16:42.547 --> 00:16:44.716
  • We don't just tack it onat the end of the prayer,
  • 00:16:44.716 --> 00:16:46.317
  • and say, "In Jesus'name, I pray."
  • 00:16:46.317 --> 00:16:48.186
  • Rather, it's thatprecious, powerful,
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  • I live at a retreat centercalled Holy Name Retreat Center.
  • 00:16:52.590 --> 00:16:56.594
  • It's a precious,holy, powerful name.
  • 00:16:56.594 --> 00:17:01.599
  • I remember, in theScriptures, Bartimaeus,
  • 00:17:02.700 --> 00:17:04.102
  • the blind man, one ofthe only ones who ever
  • 00:17:04.102 --> 00:17:06.704
  • called out the name ofJesus, Bartimaeus cries out,
  • 00:17:06.704 --> 00:17:10.008
  • "Jesus, Son of David,have mercy on me,"
  • 00:17:10.008 --> 00:17:12.110
  • and Jesus stopped.
  • 00:17:12.110 --> 00:17:14.212
  • See, Jesus respondedto His own name.
  • 00:17:14.212 --> 00:17:16.581
  • Another person in theScriptures that called out
  • 00:17:16.581 --> 00:17:20.218
  • the name of Jesus,remember the thief
  • 00:17:20.218 --> 00:17:22.020
  • that was crucified with Jesus?
  • 00:17:22.020 --> 00:17:23.988
  • He's there on the cross,and he looks at Him,
  • 00:17:25.123 --> 00:17:26.491
  • and he says, "Jesus, remember me
  • 00:17:26.491 --> 00:17:28.993
  • "when you comeinto your kingdom."
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  • Wow.
  • 00:17:30.962 --> 00:17:32.497
  • And Jesus answered,Jesus answered the prayer
  • 00:17:32.497 --> 00:17:35.033
  • of a thief being executed,
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  • Jesus answered theprayer of a blind man,
  • 00:17:39.037 --> 00:17:42.207
  • when everybody wastelling him to shut up.
  • 00:17:42.207 --> 00:17:45.143
  • How much more willJesus answer your prayer
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  • when you call on Him by name?
  • 00:17:48.146 --> 00:17:50.949
  • So just simply praythroughout the day,
  • 00:17:50.949 --> 00:17:54.385
  • Jesus, I believe inyou, Jesus, I love you,
  • 00:17:54.385 --> 00:17:59.390
  • Jesus, you're with me,
  • 00:18:00.125 --> 00:18:01.726
  • Jesus, thank you thatyou're there for me,
  • 00:18:01.726 --> 00:18:04.229
  • Jesus, I know that you'regonna take me through,
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  • Master, you are glorious.
  • 00:18:06.931 --> 00:18:09.834
  • In the catechism, this isthe Catholic catechism,
  • 00:18:09.834 --> 00:18:14.439
  • they talk about prayerin many different ways.
  • 00:18:14.439 --> 00:18:17.542
  • In fact, there's awhole section dedicated
  • 00:18:17.542 --> 00:18:19.711
  • to pray in theCatholic catechism.
  • 00:18:19.711 --> 00:18:21.846
  • And it talks about how prayeris a battle. (chuckling)
  • 00:18:21.846 --> 00:18:25.383
  • Let's talk aboutthat for a minute,
  • 00:18:25.383 --> 00:18:26.584
  • because I wantyou to understand,
  • 00:18:26.584 --> 00:18:28.086
  • and I think you alreadyknow, that it's not easy.
  • 00:18:28.086 --> 00:18:29.888
  • That's why Jesus wouldalways give these parables
  • 00:18:29.888 --> 00:18:32.757
  • about prayer, He'd say, "Bepersistent, and keep at it,
  • 00:18:32.757 --> 00:18:36.694
  • "and don't give up,and if an unjust judge
  • 00:18:36.694 --> 00:18:40.698
  • "would answer theprayer of a widow,
  • 00:18:40.698 --> 00:18:42.867
  • "knocking at his door, howmuch more will your Father,
  • 00:18:42.867 --> 00:18:46.638
  • "who is a just judge,answer your prayer,
  • 00:18:46.638 --> 00:18:48.873
  • "as long as you don't give up?"
  • 00:18:48.873 --> 00:18:50.341
  • So Jesus understood that prayercan get hard to do at times,
  • 00:18:50.341 --> 00:18:55.313
  • and there are difficulties,and it doesn't seem
  • 00:18:56.648 --> 00:18:58.783
  • like God's there at times,
  • 00:18:58.783 --> 00:19:00.151
  • but He said to be persistent,and to keep at it.
  • 00:19:00.151 --> 00:19:03.454
  • So the catechismtalked about prayer
  • 00:19:03.454 --> 00:19:05.190
  • as being a battle,and it talked about,
  • 00:19:05.190 --> 00:19:07.058
  • there are distractions,there are temptations,
  • 00:19:07.058 --> 00:19:11.629
  • there's dryness.
  • 00:19:11.629 --> 00:19:13.398
  • Sometimes, we don't havethe comforting feelings.
  • 00:19:13.398 --> 00:19:16.668
  • We don't always feellike we wanna pray.
  • 00:19:16.668 --> 00:19:18.636
  • It's easier just tosit there and watch TV.
  • 00:19:18.636 --> 00:19:21.105
  • I feel empty, I feellike God's not there.
  • 00:19:21.105 --> 00:19:24.242
  • Well, in the midst of allthose feelings and distractions
  • 00:19:24.242 --> 00:19:27.212
  • and temptations, I wannatell you that God is there.
  • 00:19:27.212 --> 00:19:32.217
  • Prayer is a battle,it can be hard,
  • 00:19:33.618 --> 00:19:36.221
  • but I want you to keep at it.
  • 00:19:36.221 --> 00:19:37.822
  • I wanna tell you thestory about Exodus,
  • 00:19:37.822 --> 00:19:40.625
  • the book of Exodus, chapter 17,
  • 00:19:40.625 --> 00:19:44.195
  • the Hebrews had justmade their long journey
  • 00:19:44.195 --> 00:19:48.366
  • from Egypt intothe Promised Land,
  • 00:19:48.366 --> 00:19:51.135
  • but lo and behold, theyget to the Promised Land,
  • 00:19:51.135 --> 00:19:54.939
  • and there's all thesedifferent tribes there,
  • 00:19:54.939 --> 00:19:57.308
  • coming against them,that didn't want them
  • 00:19:57.308 --> 00:20:00.345
  • to enter their land,and one of the tribes
  • 00:20:00.345 --> 00:20:03.715
  • were the Amalekites,and so, the Hebrews
  • 00:20:03.715 --> 00:20:06.784
  • got into a big battlewith the Amalekites,
  • 00:20:06.784 --> 00:20:08.886
  • trying to get intothe Promised Land,
  • 00:20:08.886 --> 00:20:10.655
  • and isn't that theway it is in our life,
  • 00:20:10.655 --> 00:20:12.257
  • as we're going onin our journey,
  • 00:20:12.257 --> 00:20:13.891
  • trying to live our destiny,the plan that we believe
  • 00:20:13.891 --> 00:20:17.228
  • that God has for our life,we face the Amalekites,
  • 00:20:17.228 --> 00:20:20.665
  • and who are the Amalekites?
  • 00:20:20.665 --> 00:20:22.166
  • You know, it could be healthproblems, as I was saying,
  • 00:20:22.166 --> 00:20:25.503
  • or grieving or neighbors.
  • 00:20:25.503 --> 00:20:28.539
  • So they're facingthe Amalekites, theyget into the battle,
  • 00:20:28.539 --> 00:20:30.675
  • and Moses goes upto the mountaintop,
  • 00:20:30.675 --> 00:20:33.511
  • and he overlooksthe battle scene,
  • 00:20:33.511 --> 00:20:36.080
  • he's there withhis brother, Aaron,
  • 00:20:36.080 --> 00:20:37.849
  • another man named Hur, and asthey're watching the battle,
  • 00:20:37.849 --> 00:20:41.753
  • whenever Moses hadhis hands raised,
  • 00:20:41.753 --> 00:20:45.089
  • of course you knowwhat that means,
  • 00:20:45.089 --> 00:20:46.524
  • whenever he's praying, theHebrews were winning the battle,
  • 00:20:46.524 --> 00:20:49.994
  • but Moses got tired and sodo we, when we're praying,
  • 00:20:49.994 --> 00:20:54.165
  • and the hands would droop down,
  • 00:20:54.165 --> 00:20:56.367
  • and whenever thehands were down,
  • 00:20:56.367 --> 00:20:58.069
  • they would lose the battle.
  • 00:20:58.069 --> 00:21:00.071
  • So what happened was,his brother, Aaron,
  • 00:21:00.071 --> 00:21:03.775
  • took one of the hands,Hur took the other hand,
  • 00:21:03.775 --> 00:21:07.345
  • they held them up, and as theywere holding up his hands,
  • 00:21:07.345 --> 00:21:11.382
  • the Hebrews won the battle,
  • 00:21:11.382 --> 00:21:14.152
  • and I love thatallusion to prayer
  • 00:21:14.152 --> 00:21:15.853
  • because it tellsme that number one,
  • 00:21:15.853 --> 00:21:19.223
  • you can pray alone whenyou have your hands up
  • 00:21:19.223 --> 00:21:21.559
  • and it'll work, but oftentimes,the support of the community
  • 00:21:21.559 --> 00:21:26.564
  • holding up our handsis very important.
  • 00:21:27.732 --> 00:21:30.368
  • That's one of the reasonswhy the Scriptures tell us,
  • 00:21:30.368 --> 00:21:32.270
  • don't go off on your own.
  • 00:21:32.270 --> 00:21:35.106
  • Rather, gather together,gather together with others.
  • 00:21:35.106 --> 00:21:38.810
  • To me, when I go to church,
  • 00:21:38.810 --> 00:21:40.712
  • whatever denominationyou attend,
  • 00:21:40.712 --> 00:21:42.413
  • the music, the community,the others praying,
  • 00:21:42.413 --> 00:21:47.418
  • it really helps.
  • 00:21:48.052 --> 00:21:49.554
  • If you're not going tochurch, we miss your presence,
  • 00:21:49.554 --> 00:21:54.559
  • and your presence in theassembly, your participation
  • 00:21:55.960 --> 00:21:59.430
  • helps everybody to pray.
  • 00:21:59.430 --> 00:22:01.799
  • So prayer is abattle, it is hard,
  • 00:22:01.799 --> 00:22:04.769
  • but more than anythingelse, I wanna tell you,
  • 00:22:04.769 --> 00:22:07.505
  • it's a time ofgentleness and tenderness
  • 00:22:07.505 --> 00:22:12.410
  • and intimacy with God.
  • 00:22:13.144 --> 00:22:14.812
  • There's a beautifulstory in Mark chapter 8,
  • 00:22:14.812 --> 00:22:17.682
  • Jesus meets a blind man, andHe takes him out of the village
  • 00:22:17.682 --> 00:22:22.687
  • to an undisclosed place.
  • 00:22:23.421 --> 00:22:24.856
  • It was at Bethsaida,and get this,
  • 00:22:24.856 --> 00:22:27.291
  • takes him by the hand,picture the scene.
  • 00:22:27.291 --> 00:22:30.828
  • Here's Jesus walkingwith this blind man,
  • 00:22:30.828 --> 00:22:33.931
  • holding his hand, bringshim out of the village,
  • 00:22:33.931 --> 00:22:37.502
  • then He spits on hiseyes, touches his eyes,
  • 00:22:37.502 --> 00:22:41.205
  • and He says, "Doyou see anything?"
  • 00:22:41.205 --> 00:22:43.307
  • And the blind man said,"Well, I see people,
  • 00:22:43.307 --> 00:22:45.443
  • "but they look like trees."
  • 00:22:45.443 --> 00:22:47.044
  • And then, He touched hiseyes again, and he came
  • 00:22:47.044 --> 00:22:49.580
  • to see the people clearly.
  • 00:22:49.580 --> 00:22:51.482
  • What I want you to get isthat this is what prayer is.
  • 00:22:51.482 --> 00:22:55.153
  • Jesus holding your hand,and walking with you,
  • 00:22:55.153 --> 00:23:00.158
  • no matter where you are,in this stage of your life,
  • 00:23:01.559 --> 00:23:03.728
  • He's holding your handand walking with you.
  • 00:23:03.728 --> 00:23:06.464
  • And prayer is a gradualprocess of awakening.
  • 00:23:06.464 --> 00:23:10.868
  • Blindness, in theScripture always refers
  • 00:23:10.868 --> 00:23:12.870
  • to something physical,but it always refers
  • 00:23:12.870 --> 00:23:14.806
  • to something spiritual, and so,
  • 00:23:14.806 --> 00:23:17.275
  • prayer is a gradual awakeningof intimacy with God,
  • 00:23:17.275 --> 00:23:22.280
  • God walking with us, Godclose to us, being our friend.
  • 00:23:23.648 --> 00:23:27.318
  • I love what itsays in Psalm 139.
  • 00:23:28.453 --> 00:23:30.688
  • Whenever we sit or when westand, God knows it altogether.
  • 00:23:30.688 --> 00:23:33.724
  • That's how close God is to us.
  • 00:23:33.724 --> 00:23:35.726
  • All the hair on ourhead is counted by God,
  • 00:23:35.726 --> 00:23:38.663
  • so that means thatGod is near to us,
  • 00:23:38.663 --> 00:23:40.998
  • God is close to us, andthen, I love what it says
  • 00:23:40.998 --> 00:23:44.302
  • in Psalm 125, "As themountains surround Jerusalem,
  • 00:23:44.302 --> 00:23:48.306
  • "so the Lordsurrounds His people,"
  • 00:23:48.306 --> 00:23:51.175
  • and so, as we cometo a conclusion,
  • 00:23:51.175 --> 00:23:53.678
  • I want you to sense thatyou can pray deeply,
  • 00:23:53.678 --> 00:23:57.782
  • God hears your prayers,He surrounds you,
  • 00:23:57.782 --> 00:24:00.918
  • He holds your hand, andHe wants to give you help,
  • 00:24:00.918 --> 00:24:04.322
  • strength and power.
  • 00:24:04.322 --> 00:24:06.757
  • Don't just live,live with passion.
  • 00:24:06.757 --> 00:24:08.993
  • (inspirational music)
  • 00:24:08.993 --> 00:24:11.195
  • I hope you liked mymessage about prayer.
  • 00:24:11.195 --> 00:24:13.464
  • Prayer is so vitally important.
  • 00:24:13.464 --> 00:24:15.500
  • It really doesconnect you with God,
  • 00:24:15.500 --> 00:24:17.502
  • in communication and communion.
  • 00:24:17.502 --> 00:24:20.771
  • I received a letter froma woman in Illinois,
  • 00:24:20.771 --> 00:24:24.408
  • and she said, "Thankyou, Father Cedric,
  • 00:24:24.408 --> 00:24:26.944
  • "for your programs.
  • 00:24:26.944 --> 00:24:28.646
  • "Because of your teaching,I have found Jesus again."
  • 00:24:28.646 --> 00:24:33.484
  • Oh, that is exactly why I have
  • 00:24:33.484 --> 00:24:37.355
  • "Live with Passion"on television.
  • 00:24:37.355 --> 00:24:39.524
  • I want you to find Jesus again,
  • 00:24:39.524 --> 00:24:42.293
  • and that's exactlywhat prayer does.
  • 00:24:42.293 --> 00:24:44.195
  • It helps you to grasp His hand,
  • 00:24:44.195 --> 00:24:46.964
  • and He grasps your hand,
  • 00:24:46.964 --> 00:24:49.033
  • and you can haveintimacy with Jesus
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  • and I wrote a book called"The Sacred Quest,"
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  • all about prayer,and in this book,
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  • I talk about how Jesusprayed, and I believe
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  • that if you can understandhow Jesus prayed,
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  • that you can pray evenbetter in your life.
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  • But the whole goal ofprayer isn't just to pray
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  • as Jesus prayed, it's to havecommunion with the Father,
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  • to have communion with Jesus,
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  • to have communionwith the Holy Spirit.
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  • So prayer really does lead
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