4 Steps to Strengthen Your Prayer Life | Bayless Conley

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TODAY ON ANSWERS WITH BAYLESS CONLEY: EVERYONE, EVERYONE WORSHIPS SOMETHING. EVERYONE IS A WORSHIPER. IT IS IN US TO WORSHIP. ALRIGHT, YOU WANT TO STOP THE ADVANCE OF THE
WICKED ONE? WORSHIP. IT BRINGS THE ORDAINED STRENGTH OF GOD ON
THE SCENE… THERE ARE MANY QUESTIONS YOU ARE FACED WITH
EVERY DAY. WE ARE ALL SEARCHING FOR ANSWERS THAT WILL
MAKE A REAL DIFFERENCE IN OUR LIVES. IT’S HARD TO IMAGINE THAT THESE ANSWERS
MIGHT BE RIGHT IN FRONT OF US. GET READY TO DISCOVER ANSWERS IN THE BIBLE
WITH BAYLESS CONLEY. HELLO FRIEND, HAVE YOU EVER HAD THE DESIRE
TO HAVE A BETTER PRAYER LIFE; TO HAVE A MORE FRUITFUL PRAYER LIFE; TO HAVE A MORE REAL
PRAYER LIFE? WE ARE GOING TO BE TALKING IN VERY SIMPLE
TERMS TODAY ABOUT HOW TO PRAY. I’M GOING TO GIVE YOU SOME EXTREMELY SIMPLE
STEPS THAT YOU CAN PUT INTO PRACTICE; THAT WILL HELP YOU HAVE A FRUITFUL PRAYER LIFE. I USE THESE STEPS MYSELF, AND I THINK IT WILL
BE A GREAT BLESSING TO YOU. AND NOW HERE’S BAYLESS WITH AN INSPIRATIONAL
THOUGHT YOU CAN APPLY TODAY. WELL, I WANT TO USE THE WORD PRAY JUST AS
A SIMPLE ACRONYM TONIGHT, P-R-A-Y. WE’RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT FOUR THINGS: PRAISE,
REPENTANCE, ASKING, AND YIELDING. PRAYER IN ITS SIMPLEST DEFINITION IS JUST
COMMUNICATING WITH GOD. IF YOU HAVE A BIBLE, LOOK WITH ME AT PSALM
100, AND THAT SHOULD START, I THINK, THE BEST WAY TO ALWAYS COME TO GOD IS, TO BEGIN WITH,
PRAISE. WE START OUR TIME TO PRAY EVEN IF YOU HAVE
PRESSING ISSUES. IT WILL BE WORTH YOUR WHILE TO SPEND SOME
TIME THANKING GOD, WORSHIPING GOD TO START WITH. PSALM 100 AND VERSE 1, IT SAYS, MAKE A JOYFUL SHOUT TO THE LORD, ALL YOU LANDS! SERVE THE LORD WITH GLADNESS; COME BEFORE
HIS PRESENCE WITH SINGING. KNOW THAT THE LORD, HE IS GOD; IT IS HE WHO
HAS MADE US, AND NOT WE OURSELVES; WE ARE HIS PEOPLE AND THE SHEEP OF HIS PASTURE. ENTER INTO HIS GATES WITH THANKSGIVING, AND
INTO HIS COURTS WITH PRAISE. BE THANKFUL TO HIM, AND BLESS HIS NAME. IT TALKS ABOUT SHOUTING AND SINGING AND ENTERING
HIS COURTS WITH PRAISE, ENTERING HIS GATES WITH THANKSGIVING. I LIKE THE MESSAGE BIBLE. IT SAYS, “ENTER WITH A PASSWORD, THANK YOU.” IN SOME OF THE OFFICES, DIFFERENT PLACES IN
THIS BUILDING AND OTHER BUILDINGS, THERE’S A KEYPAD OUTSIDE OF SOME OF THE OFFICE AREAS,
AND FRANKLY, UNTIL THE OTHER DAY, I NEVER KNEW THE CODE. I HAVE A LITTLE KEY. I ACTUALLY GOT ONE ON ME NOW. I JUST SWIPE MY KEY, AND IT OPENS UP. BUT I’M WALKING OVER TO OPEN IT, MY 6-YEAR-OLD
GRANDSON RUNS UP, SAYS, “I’LL OPEN IT FOR YOU, PAPA.” I THOUGHT, HOW ARE YOU GOING TO OPEN IT? HE PUTS IN THE CODE AND OPENS THE DOOR. HE KNEW THE PASSWORD, AND I DIDN’T EVEN KNOW
THE PASSWORD. I HAD TO ASK MY 6-YEAR-OLD GRANDSON WHAT THE
PASSWORD WAS. HE GOES, “PAPA, THAT’S SO EASY.” I SAID, “WHERE DID YOU LEARN?” HE SAID, “I JUST WATCHED SOMEBODY.” BUT YOU KNOW, THE PASSWORD TO ENTERING INTO
GOD’S PRESENCE IS THANK YOU, AND THERE’S A LOT OF THINGS ALL OF US CAN THANK GOD FOR
IF WE THINK ABOUT IT. I THINK WE SHOULD TAKE TIME, AS THE OLD SAYING
GOES, TO COUNT OUR BLESSINGS. THE FACT THAT YOU’RE HERE TONIGHT IN YOUR
RIGHT MIND, SOME OF YOU, IT MIGHT BE DEBATABLE, BUT MOST OF YOU HERE IN YOUR RIGHT MIND, YOU
CAN THANK GOD FOR THAT. EVEN IN THE LORD’S PRAYER, AS WE CALL IT,
WHEN JESUS TAUGHT HIS DISCIPLES TO PRAY IN MATTHEW 6, “AFTER THIS MATTER, THEREFORE,
PRAY OUR FATHER WHO ART IN HEAVEN, HALLOWED, HOLY BE YOUR NAME.” HE STARTED IT WITH A NOTE OF WORSHIP. HE STARTED IT WITH A NOTE OF PRAISE. NUMBER ONE, WE WORSHIP GOD, WE SHOULD WORSHIP
GOD BECAUSE HE IS THE ONLY BEING THAT IS WORTHY OF OUR WORSHIP. HE HAS MADE US AND NOT WE OURSELVES. HE IS OUR GOD. PSALM 18:3 SAYS, “I WILL CALL UPON THE LORD
WHO IS WORTHY TO BE PRAISED.” REVELATION 4:11, “YOU ARE WORTHY, O LORD, TO RECEIVE GLORY
AND HONOR AND POWER; FOR YOU CREATED ALL THINGS, AND BY YOUR WILL
THEY EXIST AND WERE CREATED.” HE ALONE IS WORTHY OF WORSHIP, WHICH BRINGS
ME TO THE SECOND REASON WE SHOULD START WITH WORSHIP AND WHY IT’S SO IMPORTANT. IT’S BECAUSE ALL OF US WERE CREATED AS WORSHIPERS. IT IS A PART OF OUR DNA. EVERY HUMAN BEING IS A WORSHIPER. IT’S IN EVERY PERSON. IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER, EVERYONE WORSHIPS. SAINT AND SINNER ALIKE, EVERYONE IS A WORSHIPER. EVERYONE, EVERYONE WORSHIPS SOMETHING. EVERYONE IS A WORSHIPER. IT IS IN US TO WORSHIP. BUT THERE’S ONLY ONE BEING IN EXISTENCE
THAT IS WORTHY OF OUR WORSHIP, AND THAT IS OUR GOD. THEN THIRDLY, IT’S IMPORTANT TO WORSHIP
BECAUSE IT HONORS GOD. THERE’S ALSO SOME SIDE BENEFITS TO US. THESE ARE NOT THE MAIN REASONS WE WORSHIP,
BUT THESE THINGS HAPPEN. WHEN WE WORSHIP, IT BRINGS, AND IT STOPS. CAN YOU SAY THOSE TWO THINGS? IT BRINGS, AND IT STOPS. NUMBER ONE WHEN WE WORSHIP, IT BRINGS GOD’S
PRESENCE. IN ISAIAH 64:5, SPEAKING OF GOD, IT SAYS,
“YOU MEET HIM WHO REJOICES.” IN PSALM 22:3 IT SAYS, “GOD INHABITS THE
PRAISES OF ISRAEL, THE PRAISES OF HIS PEOPLE.” LITERALLY, GOD IS ENTHRONED UPON THE SINGING
PRAISES OF HIS PEOPLE. THE AUTHORITY AND THE MAJESTY AND THE PRESENCE
OF GOD COMES AND FILLS UP THAT ATMOSPHERE IN WHICH WE PRAISE. THE BOOK OF JAMES USES THIS PRINCIPLE; IT
SAYS, “DRAW NEAR TO GOD, AND HE WILL DRAW NEAR TO YOU.” THE BEST WAY I KNOW TO DRAW NEAR TO GOD IS
THROUGH WORSHIP AND THROUGH PRAISE. FRIEND, WHEN GOD’S PRESENCE COMES, THERE’S
LIBERTY. 2 CORINTHIANS 3:17 SAYS, “WHERE THE SPIRIT
OF THE LORD IS, THERE IS LIBERTY.” I WAS THINKING TODAY ABOUT A FRIEND THAT HAD
CALLED ME YEARS BACK ON THE PHONE, AND HE CALLED IN AN ABSOLUTE PANIC. HE HAD GOTTEN HIMSELF INTO A PICKLE. HE’D MADE SOME WRONG DECISIONS, AND NOW
HE WAS HAVING TO EAT THE BITTER FRUIT OF THE CHOICES HE MADE, AND HE WAS ABSOLUTELY AT
THE END OF HIMSELF WHEN HE CALLED. I NEVER HEARD … THIS GUY, HE’S USUALLY COOL
AND COLLECTED, ABSOLUTELY PANICKING. “BAYLESS, WHAT DO I DO? WHAT DO I DO? THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED, AND I’M RESPONSIBLE,
BUT WHAT DO I DO?” I DIDN’T KNOW WHAT TO TELL HIM TO DO EXCEPT
ONE THING. I SAID, “BRO, THE ONLY THING I KNOW TO TELL
YOU TO DO IS RIGHT NOW, YOU NEED TO WORSHIP GOD. YOU NEED TO WALK BACK AND FORTH IN YOUR KITCHEN,
LIFT YOUR ARMS, YOU NEED TO SHOUT AND YOU NEED TO SING PRAISES TO GOD, AND YOU NEED
TO BEGIN THANKING GOD VOCALLY OUT LOUD.” HE SAID, “OKAY.” I’M SURE WHEN HE STARTED TO DO IT, HE PROBABLY
FELT LIKE THERE WAS A 50-POUND DEMON SITTING ON TOP OF HIS HEAD BUT HE DID IT ANYWAY. I TALKED TO HIM THE NEXT DAY; HE SAID, “AS
SOON AS I HUNG UP THE PHONE, BAYLESS, I STARTED TO PRAISE GOD. I JUST STARTED WALKING BACK AND FORTH WITH
MY HANDS UP, SPEAKING THE NAME OF JESUS AND WORSHIPING GOD.” HE SAID, “AND THAT CONFUSION LIFTED OFF OF
ME, AND THE PEACE OF GOD CAME.” HE SAYS, “AND GOD SHOWED ME WHAT TO DO.” IT BRINGS GOD’S PRESENCE AND SECONDLY, IT
STOPS. IT STOPS THE WORK OF THE ENEMY. WE’RE HERE IN THE BOOK OF PSALMS, LOOK AT
PSALM 8 WITH ME. WHEN WE PRAISE GOD, IT BRINGS GOD’S PRESENCE,
AND IT STOPS THE WORK OF THE ENEMY. PSALM 8:2, IT SAYS, OUT OF THE MOUTH OF BABES AND NURSING INFANTS
YOU HAVE ORDAINED STRENGTH, EVERYONE SAY ORDAINED STRENGTH. YOU HAVE ORDAINED STRENGTH, BECAUSE OF YOUR
ENEMIES, THAT YOU MAY SILENCE THE ENEMY AND THE AVENGER. OUT OF THE MOUTH OF BABES, YOU’VE ORDAINED
STRENGTH BECAUSE OF YOUR ENEMIES THAT YOU MAY SILENCE THE ENEMY AND THE AVENGER. JESUS QUOTED THIS VERSE FROM PSALM 8. THE CHILDREN WERE WORSHIPING JESUS OUT LOUD,
VOCALLY. THE RELIGIOUS LEADERS OF HIS DAY BECAME VERY
UPSET. DO YOU HEAR WHAT THESE KIDS ARE DOING? JESUS QUOTED PSALM 8:2, BUT HE DIDN’T JUST
QUOTE IT, HE INTERPRETED IT. BEING THE LIVING WORD, JESUS CAN INTERPRET
THE WRITTEN WORD. LOOK WITH ME AT MATTHEW 21, IF YOU WOULD,
MATTHEW’S GOSPEL. CHAPTER 21, WHERE THIS TOOK PLACE. MATTHEW 21:15, BUT WHEN THE CHIEF PRIESTS AND SCRIBES SAW
THE WONDERFUL THINGS THAT HE DID, AND THE CHILDREN CRYING OUT IN THE TEMPLE AND SAYING,
“HOSANNA TO THE SON OF DAVID!” THEY WERE INDIGNANT AND SAID TO HIM, “DO
YOU HEAR WHAT THESE ARE SAYING?” AND JESUS SAID TO THEM, “YES. HAVE YOU NEVER READ,
‘OUT OF THE MOUTH OF BABES AND NURSING INFANTS YOU HAVE PERFECTED PRAISE’?” JESUS INTERPRETED ORDAINED STRENGTH AS PERFECTED
PRAISE. RONALD KNOX TRANSLATION JUST SAYS VOCAL PRAISE. LISTEN, ACCORDING TO JESUS, PRAISE IS THE
ORDAINED STRENGTH OF GOD. PRAISE IS THE ORDAINED STRENGTH OF GOD. WHY? BECAUSE OF YOUR ENEMIES THAT YOU MIGHT SILENCE
THE ENEMY AND THE AVENGER. THAT WORD SILENCE IN THE HEBREW DOESN’T JUST
MEAN TO MAKE QUIET. IT INCLUDES THAT, BUT IT MEANS TO CAUSE TO
CEASE FROM ALL ACTIVITY. SOMEBODY SAYS, “THE DEVILS ATTACKING ME,
IT’S LIKE THIS IS GOING WRONG, AND THAT’S GOING WRONG, AND EVERY TIME I TURN AROUND,
THIS IS HAPPENING. FOR NO REASON, THIS PERSON ATTACKED ME AT
WORK, AND I GOT THIS GOING WRONG. ALRIGHT, YOU WANT TO STOP THE ADVANCE OF THE
WICKED ONE? WORSHIP. IT BRINGS THE ORDAINED STRENGTH OF GOD ON
THE SCENE, AND IT CAUSES THE ENEMY TO STOP HIS ACTIVITY, CAUSES HIM TO CEASE AND TO BE
STILL. IT BRINGS THE PRESENCE OF GOD. IT STOPS THE WORK OF THE ENEMY. THERE WAS A GIRL IN CHURCH; HER NAME WAS CATHY. SHE USED TO ACTUALLY RUN SOUND FOR US AS WELL
AS A NUMBER OF OTHER THINGS. ONE DAY, I NOTICED CATHY JUST LOOKED REALLY,
REALLY PALE. SO JANET AND I WENT AND TALKED TO HER AND
SAID, “LOOK CATH, IS ANYTHING GOING ON? YOU LOOK REALLY, REALLY PALE.” SHE SAID, “WELL PASTOR, I JUST GOT BACK FROM
THE DOCTOR AND HAD A WHOLE BATTERY OF TESTS RUN, THEY DID X-RAYS, AND THEY FOUND A WHOLE
CLUSTER OF TUMORS INSIDE OF ME,” SHE SAID. I LOOKED AT THE X-RAYS, IT LOOKED LIKE A BIG
BUNCH OF GRAPES. SAYS, “THAT’S WHY I LOOK THIS WAY,” SAID,
“I’M TRUSTING GOD.” I SAID, “WE’RE GOING TO TRUST GOD WITH YOU. YOU WANT TO GET SOMEBODY ELSE TO DO THE SOUND?” SHE SAID NO, “I’M GOING TO KEEP DOING SOUND.” I REMEMBER IT WAS A SUNDAY MORNING, A FEW
DAYS AFTER WE HAD THAT CONVERSATION WITH HER AND PRAYED WITH HER, SHE’S BACK DOING THE
SOUND, AND I DIDN’T THINK A LOT ABOUT IT. AFTER SERVICE, I NOTICED HER COLOR HAD CHANGED,
AND SHE LOOKED NORMAL AGAIN. I DIDN’T SAY ANYTHING. SHE HAD ANOTHER DOCTOR’S APPOINTMENT, WENT
BACK, CAME BACK AND SAID, “PASTOR, YOU KNOW THE OTHER DAY DURING WORSHIP TIME, I’M WORKING
THE BOARD DOING THE SOUND. I HAD ONE HAND LIFTED UP, I WAS WORSHIPING
GOD,” SHE SAID, “SUDDENLY, GOD’S PRESENCE CAME UPON ME AND MY KNEES BUCKLED FOR A MOMENT.” SHE SAYS, “I WENT BACK TO THE DOCTOR YESTERDAY. THAT ENTIRE CLUSTER OF TUMORS HAS DISAPPEARED. THEY HAD NO EXPLANATION. I SAT WITH THE DOCTOR, AND I LOOKED AT THE
X-RAYS SIDE BY SIDE. ONE WAS COMPLETELY CLEAN, THE OTHER THERE
WAS A WHOLE CLUSTER THAT LOOKS LIKE GRAPES.” SAID, “JESUS HEALED ME, AND HE DID IT WHILE
I WAS WORSHIPING.” I’M JUST TELLING YOU, FRIEND, WORSHIP IS
NEVER EVER WASTED TIME. IT’S NEVER WASTED TIME. NOW, I’M NOT MUCH FOR THIS BUSINESS ABOUT
WARFARE WORSHIP, AND WE’RE GOING TO WAR. LISTEN, GOD ALONE IS THE FOCUS OF OUR WORSHIP. STOPPING THE ENEMY, THAT’S JUST A SIDE BENEFIT. I’M NOT EVEN CARING ABOUT HIM. I’M JUST PUTTING MY FOCUS ON GOD WHO’S MY
ANSWER, WHO’S MY SOURCE, WHO’S MY MAKER. AND AS I WORSHIP HIM, HIS PRESENCE COMES. I DRAW NIGH TO HIM; HE DRAWS NIGH TO ME. HE MEETS ME WHEN I REJOICE. WHEN HIS PRESENCE COMES, SO DOES HIS ORDAINED
STRENGTH AND IT STOPS THE WORK OF THE ENEMY. SO WE ENTER WITH PRAISE. EVERYONE SAY PRAISE. ALL RIGHT, R, OUR SECOND LETTER STANDS FOR
REPENT. REPENTANCE IS JUST AN INWARD CHANGE OF HEART
RESULTING IN AN OUTWARD CHANGE OF DIRECTION. QUOTE TO YOU, I BET YOU’VE HEARD THIS. 2 CHRONICLES 7:14, GOD SAYS, IF MY PEOPLE WHO ARE CALLED BY MY NAME WILL
HUMBLE THEMSELVES, AND PRAY AND SEEK MY FACE, AND TURN FROM THEIR WICKED WAYS, THEN I WILL
HEAR FROM HEAVEN, AND WILL FORGIVE THEIR SIN AND HEAL THEIR LAND. THAT TURNING HAS TO DO WITH REPENTANCE. AS WE COME TO GOD, WE MAY HAVE NEEDS. IT’S IMPORTANT TO GET OUR HEARTS CLEAN FIRST. IT’S IMPORTANT TO DO A LITTLE SELF-EXAMINATION. PSALM 66:18 SAYS, IF I REGARD INEQUITY IN MY HEART, THE LORD
WILL NOT HEAR. SO THE SECOND PART OF PRAYER, WORSHIP GOD
FOR A LITTLE WHILE AND THEN INVITE THE SEARCHLIGHT OF GOD TO ILLUMINATE YOUR OWN HEART. GOD, IS THERE ANYTHING IN MY LIFE THAT’S
HINDERING YOUR WORK? IS THERE ANYTHING THAT MAYBE I NEED TO CHANGE? I REMEMBER ONE DAY, I WAS IN THE CAR WITH
JANET. I WAS MAD AT HER. I DON’T EVEN REMEMBER WHY, BUT I WAS MAD. SO SHE GETS MAD, SHE WANTS TO TALK ABOUT THINGS,
MUCH HEALTHIER THAN MY WAY. ME, I GO QUIET. IT’S PROBABLY LIKE MOST GUYS, I’M GETTING
MUCH BETTER AT THAT, AND SHE’S HAD TO BE PATIENT WITH ME WHILE I’VE BEEN GROWING. BUT I WAS DOING ONE OF THOSE THINGS, MAN I’M
GIVING HER THE SILENT TREATMENT. WE’RE IN THE CAR, I’M JUST LIKE, “YEAH,
YOU DON’T EVEN EXIST TO ME RIGHT NOW.” AND I FELT LIKE THE HOLY SPIRIT WHISPERED TO ME,
HE SAYS, “BAYLESS, IF YOU’RE OUT OF FELLOWSHIP WITH YOUR WIFE, YOU ARE OUT OF FELLOWSHIP
WITH ME.” I SAID, “BABY, I’M SORRY.” BUT I THINK SOMETIMES WE’D DON’T EVEN
REALIZE WHEN WE SLIP INTO AN ATTITUDE THAT’S DISPLEASING TO GOD. YOU KNOW, THE PSALMIST TALKED ABOUT PRESUMPTUOUS
SINS AND SECRET FAULTS. I THINK WE NEED TO SAY, “GOD, IS THERE ANYTHING?” NOW, YOU DON’T WANT TO BELABOR THIS POINT. IF YOU PRAY EARNESTLY AND THERE’S NOTHING
THERE, MOVE ON. DON’T MAKE A BIG DEAL OUT OF IT. DON’T MAKE SOMETHING UP. BUT IF YOU DO HAVE THIS SENSE THAT SOMETHING’S
NOT RIGHT, IT’S LIKE YOU’RE WASHING YOUR FEET WITH YOUR SOCKS ON OR SOMETHING, IT’S
LIKE GOD, WHAT IS IT? IF HE SHOWS YOU, REPENT. IF SOMETHING THAT YOU KNOW THAT YOU’RE UP
TO, THAT’S NOT RIGHT OR NOT CONSISTENT WITH GODLY LIVING OR CONSISTENT WITH THE PRINCIPLES
OF SCRIPTURE, REPENT, CHANGE. IT’S AN IMPORTANT PART OF PRAYER. AND THEN WE COME TO THE PART THAT EVERYONE
LIKES, THAT’S OUR THIRD LETTER. ‘A’ STANDS FOR ASK. WE’RE HERE IN MATTHEW. LOOK IN MATTHEW CHAPTER 7. I HONESTLY DON’T THINK WE SHOULD JUST RUSH
TO ASKING. I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT TO WORSHIP AND TO
MAKE SURE OUR HEARTS ARE CLEAN FIRST, AND THEN WE ASK. MATTHEW 7:7, JESUS SAID, “ASK,” AND YOU’LL
GET IT ONE OUT OF FIVE TIMES. ASK, AND IF GOD IS IN A GOOD MOOD. NO, “ASK, AND IT WILL BE GIVEN TO YOU; SEEK,
AND YOU WILL FIND; KNOCK, AND IT WILL BE OPENED TO YOU. FOR EVERYONE WHO ASKS RECEIVES, AND HE WHO
SEEKS FINDS, AND TO HIM WHO KNOCKS IT WILL BE OPENED. OR WHAT MAN IS THERE AMONG YOU WHO, IF HIS
SON ASKS FOR BREAD, WILL GIVE HIM A STONE? OR IF HE ASKS FOR A FISH, WILL HE GIVE HIM
A SERPENT? IF YOU THEN, BEING EVIL, (SPEAKING IN COMPARISON
WITH GOD, “IF YOU) KNOW HOW TO GIVE GOOD GIFTS TO YOUR CHILDREN, HOW MUCH MORE WILL YOUR
FATHER WHO IS IN HEAVEN GIVE GOOD THINGS TO THOSE WHO ASK HIM! EVERYONE SAY ‘ASK.’ ASK. JESUS SAID IN MATTHEW 21:22, AND WHATEVER THINGS YOU ASK IN PRAYER, BELIEVING,
YOU WILL RECEIVE.” WE MUST BE CAREFUL NOT TO WATER DOWN THE WORDS
OF JESUS TO SOMEHOW BRING OUR THEOLOGY DOWN TO THE LEVEL OF OUR EXPERIENCE. WELL, I ASKED, AND IT DIDN’T HAPPEN, AND SO
HE REALLY DIDN’T MEAN THAT, AND WE NEED TO QUALIFY IT. JESUS MEANT WHAT HE SAID. I THINK SOMETIMES WE HAVEN’T TAKEN CARE OF
SOME OF THESE OTHER ISSUES. WE FRANKLY HAVEN’T USED THE PASSWORD. WE HAVEN’T EVEN ENTERED IN. WE’RE JUST IN A HURRY. WE’RE NOT IN A PLACE WHERE WE’VE GOT A
REALLY CLEAN HEART. WE’VE GOT ROAD DUST ON OUR HEART JUST FROM
DAILY LIVING. WE NEED TO TAKE TIME TO DUST THAT OFF AND
GET CLEAN BEFORE GOD, AND THEN WE NEED TO ASK. YOU KNOW, WE HAD A GUY IN THE CHURCH YEARS
AGO THAT WE DID A WHOLE SEMINAR ON PRAYER FOR A WEEK. EACH NIGHT, HE WOULD COVER A COUPLE OF DIFFERENT
TYPES OF PRAYER AND THIS ONE NIGHT, THE FIRST HALF, HE WAS TALKING ABOUT PRAYING FOR SOMETHING
JUST FOR YOURSELF. JESUS TALKED ABOUT, ASK THAT YOU MIGHT RECEIVE,
THAT YOUR JOY MAY BE FULL. I THINK IT’S JOHN 16. HE SAID, “GOD’S INTEREST IN YOU BEING HAPPY.” SO RIGHT NOW, HE SAID, “WE’RE GOING TO STOP,
AND WE’RE GOING TO PRAY. JUST ASK FOR SOMETHING CONSISTENT WITH A GODLY
LIFESTYLE, THAT’S NOT OUTLANDISH, BUT SOMETHING THAT WOULD BRING YOU JOY. JUST A PERSONAL PRAYER THAT WILL BRING YOU
JOY.” SO EVERYBODY IS PRAYING. I’M STANDING IN THE FRONT, AND I’M THINKING
FOR A MINUTE AND SAID, “I’D REALLY, REALLY LIKE A LITTLE FISHING BOAT.” SO I PRAYED A PRAYER. I SAID, “GOD, I WOULD LIKE A LITTLE FISHING
BOAT THAT HAS TWO SWIVEL CHAIRS IN IT, SO YOUR BACK DIDN’T GET SORE FROM SITTING ALL
DAY LONG. TWO SWIVEL CHAIRS, NOT REAL BIG BUT SOMETHING
THAT I COULD TRAILER TO SOME OF THE LOCAL LAKES AND FISH IN AND JUST BIG ENOUGH TO PILE
THE WHOLE FAMILY.” THE KIDS WERE REALLY SMALL AT THE TIME. SOMETHING BIG ENOUGH TO PILE THE WHOLE FAMILY
IN. SO I PRAYED THAT PRAYER. NO ONE ON PLANET EARTH KNEW WHAT I HAD PRAYED. NO ONE. A FEW DAYS LATER, MY DAD CALLS ME. HE SAYS, “I WANTED TO GIVE YOU A RING.” HE SAID, “I WAS JUST READING IN THE PAPER
TODAY, AND I SAW THIS AD, THIS GUY IS SELLING A BOAT AND I THOUGHT I MIGHT GO OVER AND CHECK
IT OUT. YOU WANT TO COME.” I GO, “SURE.” NOW YOU NEED TO UNDERSTAND, THIS IS TRUE. UP TO THAT POINT, IT HAD PROBABLY BEEN 40
YEARS SINCE MY FATHER HAD USED THE WORD BOAT IN A SENTENCE WITH ME. HE’S NOT A BOAT GUY. HE DOESN’T LIKE BOATS. HE DOESN’T TALK ABOUT BOATS. HE NEVER WENT ON BOATS. JUST LIKE, BOATS ARE NOT IN HIS WORLD AT ALL. SO IT WAS BIZARRE. SO WE GO OVER, THERE’S THIS OLD GUY, HE’S
GOT THIS LITTLE BEAUTIFUL ALUMINUM BOAT ON A TRAILER WITH TWO SWIVEL CHAIRS, LITTLE NINE
AND A HALF HORSEPOWER MOTOR ON THE BACK. HE’S SELLING IT FOR A REALLY, REALLY GOOD
PRICE. TRAILER’S IN GREAT SHAPE. THE BOAT IS IMMACULATE. I LEAN OVER TO MY DAD; I SAID, “DAD, I WANT
TO BUY THIS BOAT.” HE LOOKS AT ME AND SAYS, “YOU CAN’T.” I SAID,
“WHY?” HE SAYS, “I’M BUYING IT AND GIVING IT TO YOU.” SO WITHIN 72 HOURS OF PRAYING THIS PRAYER,
VERY SPECIFIC PRAYER, I’VE GOT THIS BOAT ON A TRAILER ON MY DRIVEWAY, AND IT ACTUALLY
DID BRING ME A LOT OF JOY. IN FACT, IT BROUGHT SOME OTHER GUYS IN THE
CHURCH JOY, TOO. I LOANED IT TO SOME GUYS FOR A LONG TIME,
AND THEY GOT A LOT OF MILEAGE OUT OF IT. I REALIZED THAT IN THE GRAND SCOPE OF ETERNAL
THINGS, WITH PRICELESS SOULS HANGING IN THE BALANCE AND WORLD EVENTS GOING ON, HAVING
A LITTLE BOAT, IT’S REALLY A PRETTY NICE LUXURY. IT’S NOT THAT IMPORTANT IN THE SCALE OF
THINGS, BUT I THINK IT ILLUSTRATES THAT OUR FATHER REALLY IS, DESIRING TO ANSWER OUR PRAYERS. HOW MUCH MORE WILL YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER GIVE
GOOD THINGS TO THOSE WHO ASK HIM? AND LET’S NOT PUT GOD IN A BOX AS TO HOW
HE ANSWERS. GOD DOES NOT FIT WELL INTO ANYONE’S BOX. IN FACT, HE REFUSES TO GO INTO THE BOXES THAT
WE MAKE. AND THEN OUR FINAL LETTER IN PRAY IS ‘Y.’ THAT STANDS FOR YIELD, JUST LIKE YOU’RE DRIVING,
YOU SEE A YIELD SIGN. THAT MEANS THE OTHER CAR HAS THE RIGHT OF
WAY. THAT’S WHERE WE GIVE GOD THE RIGHT OF WAY. WE YIELD, WE GET QUIET, AND WE LISTEN. THIS IS WHERE GOD GETS WHAT HE WANTS. PRAYER IS A TWO-WAY STREET. IT’S NOT JUST US READING OFF A PRAYER LIST
TO OUR CELESTIAL SANTA CLAUS. THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF PRAYER IS LISTENING
TO WHAT HE WANTS TO SAY TO US. PSALM 37:4. IT SAYS, DELIGHT YOURSELF ALSO IN THE LORD, AND HE
SHALL GIVE YOU THE DESIRES OF YOUR HEART. THAT DOESN’T JUST MEAN BE HAPPY IN GOD, AND
YOU’LL GET WHATEVER YOU WANT. DELIGHT YOURSELF ALSO IN THE LORD. THE PHRASE DELIGHT YOURSELF IS A TRANSLATION
OF THE HEBREW WORD THAT LITERALLY MEANS TO BECOME SOFT OR PLIABLE, BECOME SOFT OR PLIABLE
BEFORE THE LORD, AND HE WILL GIVE YOU THE DESIRES OF YOUR HEART. THE IDEA IS WHEN I ASSUME THIS POSTURE OF
YIELDEDNESS THAT GOD, I’M NOT ASKING FOR ANYTHING RIGHT NOW. I JUST, I’M HERE. SHAPE ME, MOLD ME. IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT
TO SAY TO ME? AND WHEN WE ASSUME THAT YIELDED POSTURE OF
SUPPLENESS BEFORE GOD, IT SAYS HE’LL GIVE US THE DESIRES OF OUR HEART. I DON’T THINK THAT MEANS THAT GOD GIVES YOU
WHATEVER YOU WANT. I THINK IT MEANS THAT GOD GIVES YOU DESIRES
AND THAT HE WILL THEN GUIDE YOU THROUGH THOSE DESIRES. I GET BEFORE GOD; I’M QUIET. WHATEVER YOU WANT GOD, SUDDENLY I HAVE A DESIRE. GOD GIVES US THE DESIRE, SO HE CAN GIVE US
THE DESIRE. HE GUIDES US THEN THROUGH THOSE IMPRESSIONS,
THROUGH THOSE DESIRES THAT HE PUTS IN OUR HEARTS. AND I JUST THINK IF YOU ASK SOME SIMPLE QUESTIONS
AT THIS POINT WHERE YOU’RE YIELDING, AND YOU’RE JUST QUIET AND LISTENING, JUST ASK SOME SIMPLE
QUESTIONS LIKE, “LORD, IS THERE ANYTHING IN MY LIFE THAT YOU WOULD LIKE ME TO CHANGE?” BE QUIET AND LISTEN. YOU’LL PROBABLY GET AN ANSWER PRETTY QUICK,
PROBABLY HAVE AN IMPRESSION PRETTY QUICK. OR LORD, WHAT’S THE NEXT STEP I NEED TO TAKE
IN MY WALK WITH YOU? WHAT’S THE NEXT STEP I NEED TO TAKE IN OUR
RELATIONSHIP? THE LORD MIGHT SAY, YOU JUST MIGHT HAVE THIS
FUNNY IMPRESSION. READ THE BOOK OF HOSEA. SPEND MORE TIME PRAISING ME. GET UP EARLY IN THE MORNING AND HAVE SOME
QUIET TIME. I DON’T KNOW WHAT HE MIGHT SAY, BUT I THINK
GOD DOES HAVE NEXT STEPS FOR US TO TAKE. I THINK THERE ARE THINGS THAT HE WANTS US
TO CHANGE AND SHIFT, BUT WE TEND TO NEVER GET THERE BECAUSE WE DON’T TAKE THE TIME TO
LISTEN. IT’S IMPORTANT THAT WE YIELD. HELLO FRIEND, I HOPE THAT THE BROADCAST TODAY
WAS A BLESSING TO YOU, WHETHER YOU WATCHED ON TV, YOUTUBE, A PODCAST, OR THROUGH SOME
OTHER MEANS. WE’RE JUST GRATEFUL THAT YOU’VE JOINED
US. AND LISTEN, IF TODAY’S MESSAGE HELPED YOU
WOULDN’T YOU WANT TO HELP SOMEONE ELSE WITH IT? I THINK WE NEED TO GIVE AWAY THE BLESSINGS
WE HAVE IN OUR LIFE. SO I’D LIKE YOU TO CONSIDER BEING A PARTNER
WITH US. HELP SUPPORT WHAT WE DO SO WE CAN BRING THE
SAME BLESSING TO OTHER PEOPLE. THANK YOU FOR WATCHING ANSWERS WITH BAYLESS
CONLEY. FOR MORE INFORMATION AND INSPIRATION VISIT
ANSWERSBC.ORG.

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    " Thanks so much for sharing this with your viewers, beloved brother, Bayless; God bless you, and yours, in Jesus' precious name. Amen ! "

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  3. Even if the mountains are removed and the hills displaced, my devotion will not be removed from you, nor Will my covenant of friendship be disposed, " says the Lord, the one who has compassion on you (psalms 54:10)
    SHALOM! !!

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  4. Love the topic, I love that before we come to God and ask or request for things that we should come with a thanksgiving heart and a heart that's right with no bitterness or grudges. Every morning I have made it a thing to ask God to renew my heart, cleanse it and renew my spirit and thank him for Jesus and for forgiving me of my sins whereas before I would go straight to asking for this and that. I will definitely watch this video more over to get a better grip of the topic. Great service, keep coming with the Word pastor, what a blessing.

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