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Bring It On-Line: Testing God with Prayers

The more I pray the worse things seem to get in my life. Why won't God listen to me? Has He given up on me? I often fall asleep before I finish praying. Does this mean that my prayers never get to God because I don't say "in Jesus' ... Read Transcript


Terry: WE WANT TO

ANSWER SOME OF THE E-MAIL

QUESTIONS YOU'VE SENT IN.

PAT, THIS FIRST ONE COMES

FROM DELORES, WHO SAYS, "THE

MORE I PRAY, THE WORST

THINGS SEEM TO GET IN MY

LIFE.

I PRAY AT LEAST THREE TIMES

A DAY FOR THINGS TO GET

BETTER, BUT MY LIFE

CONTINUES TO FALL APART.

I'M SO OVERWHELMED.

I'VE DETERMINED THAT GOD

ISN'T LISTENING TO MY

PRAYERS BECAUSE I WAS A BAD

GIRL BECAUSE I BECAME A

CHRISTIAN.

WHY WON'T GOD LISTEN TO ME?

HAS HE GIVEN UP ON ME?"

Pat: DELORES, GOD HAS

NOT GIVEN UP ON ANYBODY.

BUT WHEN YOU'RE PRAYING,

YOU'RE PRAYING THE WRONG

WAY.

STOP ASKING FOR THINGS TO

GET BETTER BECAUSE THAT

MEANS YOU'RE FOCUSING ON

THINGS THAT ARE BAD.

START THANKING THE LORD.

JUST WORSHIP HIM.

JUST WORSHIP HIM.

TELL HIM YOU LOVE HIM AND

THANK HIM FOR WHO HE IS.

AND STOP WORRYING ABOUT YOUR

LIFE GETTING BETTER OR WHAT

YOU DID WHEN YOU WERE

YOUNGER.

SO YOU WERE A BAD GIRL, SO

BIG DEAL.

HE HAS FORGIVEN YOU.

GET OVER IT AND GET ON WITH

LIFE.

BUT DON'T BE PRAYING, OH,

GOD, I PRAY THAT THE

TERRIBLE THINGS I'VE BEEN

GOING THROUGH WILL CHANGE.

SO WHAT ARE YOU FOCUSING

ON?

YOU'RE FOCUSING ON THE

TERRIBLE THINGS THAT HAVE

BEEN GOING ON.

JUST LOVE HIM.

FOCUS ON HIM AND WATCH WHAT

HAPPENS.

Terry: GOOD WORD.

THIS IS BECKY WHO SAYS, "I'M

GROWING VERY CONCERNED OVER

MY DAUGHTER'S BEHAVIOR THE

LAST FEW WEEKS.

SHE AND HER FRIENDS ARE

STUDYING A BOOK ABOUT WICCA

AND WITCHCRAFT.

IT CLAIMS THAT WITCHES

FOLLOW THE TEACHES OF JESUS

BETTER THAN CHRISTIANS DO.

I TRIED ERASING IT FROM HER

KINDLE, BUT I THINK HER

FRIEND HAS IT ON

HER iPHONE.

I CAN GROUND HER, BUT CAN'T

KEEP HER HOME FROM SCHOOL.

HOW DO I HANDLE THIS

SITUATION?"

Pat: YOU PRAY, AND YOU

BIND THE SPIRITS.

LORD WILLING, YOUR DAUGHTER,

IF YOU BROUGHT HER UP

PROPERLY, SHE'LL GET OVER

THIS.

THIS IS JUST A PASSING

PHRASE.

LITTLE GIRLS WANT TO HAVE

SEANCES AND LEVITATION AND

THEY WANT TO PLAY WITH THE

OCCULT.

IT IS JUST ONE OF THE THINGS

THAT KIDS DO.

IT IS WRONG, BUT YOU COME

WITH A HEAVY HAND AGAINST

HER, SHE'LL JUST REBEL AND

GO DEEPER INTO IT.

IF I WERE YOU, THOUGH, I

WOULD SEE IF YOU COULDN'T

GET HER TO A YOUNG LIFE

CAMP.

THEY HAVE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO

LOVE JESUS, AND THEY'RE

FILLED WITH GOD'S LOVE AND

POWER.

AND THAT'S WHAT SHE NEEDS, A

WHOLE NEW ENVIRONMENT OF

FRIENDS.

SHE HAS A FRIEND WHO HAS

TAKEN HER INTO THIS STUFF.

GET HER SOME POSITIVE.

AND THE POSITIVE IS

DIFFERENT FRIENDS.

ALL RIGHT.

Terry: THIS IS BECKY

WHO SAYS, "I'VE BEEN TAUGHT

THAT THE REASON WE PRAY IN

JESUS' NAME IS BECAUSE JESUS

IS THE BRIDGE THAT CARRIES

OUR PRAYERS TO GOD.

I OFTEN FALL ASLEEP BEFORE I

FINISH PRAYING.

DOES THIS MEAN MY PRAYERS

NEVER GET TO GOD BECAUSE I

DON'T SAY "IN JESUS' NAME?"

Pat: WE HAVE THIS

THOUGHT THERE IS A GREAT

GAP, AND WE HAVE TO SEND OUR

PRAYERS UP THERE.

I WENT TO SLEEP AND THEY

WERE HALF WAY UP.

ACCORDING TO WHAT JESUS

SAID, THE FATHER IS IN US.

WE ARE IN THE FATHER.

IN A SENSE, WE ARE TALKING

TO HIM.

AND IT DOESN'T GO AWAY.

BUT JESUS IS LIKE A POWER OF

ATTORNEY.

IN THE NAME OF JESUS, HE IS

THE POWER OF ATTORNEY

BECAUSE HE DIED AND THAT'S

OUR ACCESS TO THE FATHER.

BUT YOUR PRAYERS WILL BE

ANSWERED.

Terry: THIS IS MARIAH

WHO SAYS, "I'M 15 YEARS OLD,

AND MY MOM TELLS ME THAT

PRAYERS WORK, BUT I DON'T

BELIEVE HER.

CAN I TEST GOD ON THIS?

I WANT TO ASK GOD FOR

SOMETHING AND SEE IF HE

GIVES IT TO ME?"

Pat: YOU KNOW, TEST

GOD -- THE BIBLE SAYS OUR

GOD IS A CONSUMING FIRE.

HE IS AWESOME IN POWER.

THINK OF THE SUN.

THE SUN IS A PART OF A SOLAR

SYSTEM, WHICH IS PART OF A

GALAXY, WHICH IS A PART OF A

MUCH LARGER UNIVERSE, AND

GOD CREATED ALL OF IT.

THE SUN -- IF YOU GOT CLOSE

TO THE SUN, YOU'D BE BURNED

UP.

DON'T PLAY WITH GOD.

HONOR HIM AND WORSHIP HIM.

HE IS GOD ALMIGHTY.

HE IS THE AUTHOR OF LIFE AND

THE AUTHOR OF THE UNIVERSE.

AND PRAY WITH HIM AND LOVE

HIM.

AND SAY, GOD, REVEAL

YOURSELF TO ME.

SHOW ME.

SUBMIT YOURSELF TO HIM.

DON'T SAY YOU'RE GOING TO

TEST HIM.

I WANT THAT $100 TO COME ON

THE DOOR STEPTOMORROW STEP

TOMORROW.

AND IF HE DOES, I'LL BELIEVE

IN HIM, AND IF HE DOESN'T,

I'M GOING TO GO SOMEWHERE

ELSE.

DON'T TEST GOD.

Terry: WOW, LOTS OF

QUESTIONS ABOUT PRAYER.

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