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there’s something about you and the Lord

Jesus by yourself has nothing in the

world to match that nothing nothing so

powerful as that

because remember who you talking to you

talking to the sovereign god of the

universe who has all power can do

anything that needs to be done in your



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InTouch the prayer life of Jesus where

is prayer in your life is it first place

second place someplace a no place so we

ask the question what place did it have

in Jesus life that ought to say

something to us about where it ought to

be in our life and oftentimes people

will say well I pray once in a while

that means they don’t pray hardly at all

oh they may say I pray when I get in

trouble I pray when I’m having a hard

time and most people pray when there’s a

need or a want not simply because they

love God not simply because they enjoy

being in this presence not simply

because they love to love him and adore

him with words of Prayer what about the

prayer life of Jesus where did prayer

did in his life well here’s worth it and

that is prayer was number one with Jesus

it was where he began his day and if you

turn for example to mark and just look

at a couple of verses here look if you

will in mark the first chapter and we

found that quickly where prayer had its

place in Jesus life it says in the early

morning while it was still dark Jesus

got up left the house went away to a

secluded place and was praying there

his companions search for him they found

him and said to him everyone’s looking

for you and he said to them let us go

somewhere else to the towns nearby so

that I may preach there also for that is

the purpose for which I came now one of

the things that’s so evident about Jesus

you think about his prayer life he got

up early

he began his prayer early in the morning

getting ready so let me ask you this how

many of you naturalist is private to you

how many of you start your day early in

the morning and the first thing you do

is pray in the morning in fact maybe

some of you do I certainly hope so I got

in the habit of that because and when I

was growing up I delivered newspapers

and so I started early in the morning

about 5:30 of their bouts and nobody on

the street but me and sometimes I was a

little bit scared say you through and so

I started pretty early well it was a

good habit for me because I prayed all

those years delivering newspapers and in

the afternoons of course I watched the

traffic because I had to go in and out

across a very very busy street but it

taught me a great lesson and that is you

start the day with the father before you

do anything else and the truth is none

of us can give an acceptable excuse for

starting it in the other way you sleep

all night

you even if you had to get up early in

the morning or maybe you didn’t sleep

very good but starting the day with the


that’s what Jesus did because he got up

early in the morning left the house and

went to a solitary place to talk to the

Father now when I think about Jesus and

what he had to do and what every day for

him call for how did he get up early

each morning and begin the day how he

did it is determination on his part he

knew that in all of him to accomplish

what he had to accomplish that day

he had to start early so I wouldn’t ask

you the question is is your relationship

to God

is it important enough that you put that

first in your life each day you say well

I have a big family

well you have a small family a big

family watch this

this is how big a family it isn’t that

convenient it is the issue is what’s the

most important thing in your life if

your relationship to Jesus is the most

important thing in your life you’re

going to start with him you’re gonna be

willing to allow the Lord Jesus Christ

to speak to you early in the morning

getting the day started off right and I

wonder how many times you have been

driving down the expressway or maybe you

and your job or something and nothing’s

going right you stop to think you know

what I didn’t I didn’t even pray this

one and fall left the house in Atlanta

it’s dangerous not to pray before you

leave your house if you’re gonna get on

the expressway I put it that away and so

Jesus made it his priority and think

about this he was the son of God but he

knew that for him to accomplish what the

father wanted him to accomplish he had

to start the day with the father and I

believe therein is the key to ever

accomplish anything or much in life

that’s really worthwhile that has

lasting value that we start off with

with the Lord Jesus Christ surrendering

in life to him for the day asking for

direction making it sensitive and making

it sensitive to people around us

whatever the situation may be that’s the

way he began the day early in the

morning he got up but it’s interesting

in Matthew 14 23 it says he went away to

a secluded place now this is very

important that is when Jesus began early

pray he went somewhere he wouldn’t be


so let me ask you this if you start your

day off of the Lord is there place at

your house you won’t be disturbed

probably most people will have some


why did he not want to be disturbed

because he was asking for the father’s

direction he knew every day for him

counted somebody said I don’t have a

place in my house there must be some

place in your house some somebody says

well I have a closet but it’s full of

clothes move them aside in other words

there so here’s the important thing

there’s something about a place and I’ve

always had a place and it hasn’t been

away from everybody

it was place of on my living room over

in the corner and my study over in this

corner but I had a met that I lay on and

talked to the Lord and here’s what I

discovered after a season of time every

short period of time I didn’t have to

get ready because the only thing I did

in that place was to talk to the Lord

and so everybody can have a place

somewhere because if that’s all you do

there there’s something about getting

there getting down on your knees of your

face whichever you choose and here’s

what happens after a while your mind

your spirit and your body adjust quickly

this is where the only thing you do is

you talk to God everybody needs a place

they can talk to the father

there’s something about a place were you

and God what happens is it becomes a

holy place and you may just have to have

a man or something that’s it and I

remember when I first got married we

just had one bed small bedroom in the

bath and a living room and a little

small kitchen so the only place I had to

pray was over in a corner of the living

room but I could tell you some things

that God spoke to my heart over by

myself in the living room on my mat I

remember one night I was praying and

asking the Lord to give me direction of

my life and I remember the Lord saying

to me crystal clear whatever you

accomplish in life Gila and I was in

seminary first year so I was in my early


whatever you accomplish in life you have

to accomplish on your knees you can’t

depend upon your abilities your talents

your skill anything the only thing you

can depend upon is prayer on your knees

I’ve never forgotten it

I couldn’t possibly forget it I couldn’t

ever take any credit if anything God’s

done but something about your place God

will speak to you and give you direction

and encouragement for your life then I

can think about many times I’ve knelt on

that same old mat and that mat happened

to be an African that my mother’s

crocheted I guess that’s what you call

it crocheting them for me and that’s

what I always prayed on I still have it

there’s something about a place that you

and the father can talk about the most

intimate things in your life where

you’ll find out that he gave you

direction and the wonderful thing about

having a place is this you’ll remember

things that God says to you there that

if you just prayed any old place more

than like you’d forget it but there’s

something about you and the Father and

your place it’s a private place it’s a

holy place it’s a place where you get

direction and guidance and encouragement

and assurance and where you get

conviction and where you have to weep

sometimes and why you have to cry out to

God and confess sin but it’s your place

when you and God only meet together it’s

your place just you and Jesus meet there

but you look at this light he began

early he went to a secluded place and I

say oftentimes on his knees now the

scripture says that he he fell down to

the ground I don’t know the Jesus prayed

on his knees like you and I would or not

he probably did that would be more

likely than it’s just stretching that on

the ground somewhere somebody says well

I don’t have to get on my knees no you

don’t have to but just think about this

who you talking to you’re talking to

holy God you gotta stand up face-to-face

and talk to him you can but in the

privacy of your home wherever you are

kneeling before him if at all possible

sometimes people can’t kneel understand

that but there’s something about bowing

in the presence of Almighty God that

says something about our spirit about

our attitude and here’s the son of God

and what does he do he falls to the

ground or he kneels before the father

and in Gethsemane he fell to the ground

began to pray well the Bible doesn’t say

he knelt Oh stretch there but more than

likely he knelt before the father this

that there’s something about that

there’s something about kneeling in the

presence of Almighty God talking to him

about your life and about your day and

about the things that concern you if you

want to accomplish the most in life he

started with him and you started with

him by yourself you say well I pray with

my husband and my wife or my children or

my parents there’s something about just

you and God because the truth is you

can’t you can’t pray about everything in

front of somebody else we all have those

things in life that we have to deal with

that we have we need privacy

and certainly Jesus did that and so ask

yourself the question how much time do

you spend with him in a given day and

that and Jesus didn’t go ahead healing

and preaching and then decide he was

gonna pray but that’s the way he began

his day what did he pray one of the

things he prayed was to know the

father’s will listen he says not that I

will but what you will that’s what jesus

prayed so ask yourself the question when

you pray let’s just let’s just take it

for granted for a few months you pray

every morning what do you pray that you

begin your prayer with a list of things

that you’re concerned about or do you

stop to think about yet I want your will

to be not today

watch this there’s something about your

own personal

private prayer life that you surrender

yourself every morning to the Lord Lord

not my will but your will be done

there’s something about laying

everything bare before him all alone

just you and the Lord God does something

in your heart I’ll tell you what he does

he’s growing you up he’s growing you

spiritually something’s happening in

y’all right you said I don’t feel

anything that’s not the issue the issues

you have said to him I acknowledge use

my heavenly father before I begin this

day with anybody else I’m beginning it

with you I know I need you for this day

I need correction I need help I need

support I have needs for this day and I

want you and I our Lord to talk about

this Lord Jesus

Here I am this morning and Lord Here I

am again this month talking about what I

talked to you about yesterday morning

and Lord I’m just as concerned today as

I was just and God I didn’t have an

answer in other words when you have a

private prayer life you can tell them

you’re disappointed he didn’t answer

your prayer you want to you can thank

him for what he’s done here’s what I

want you to realize there’s something

about you and the Lord Jesus by yourself

there’s nothing in the world to match

that nothing nothing so powerful as that

because remember who you’re talking to

you’re talking to the sovereign god of

the universe who has all power can do

anything that needs to be done in your

life and think about this you can’t ask

him anything that he doesn’t have the

power to do and all of us have brought

things to him in our prayer life we

thought god I’m desperate Lord and Danny

I desperately need you I have God Jesus

guy you just got to come through with me

Lord about this he doesn’t get upset

he’s always available and always ready

and always capable of dealing with

anything you and I bring to him then the

scripture says that he spent the whole

night in prayer to the Father I don’t

want you to raise your hand naturally

but if you ever spent all night in

prayer to God

probably in 99.9% of the people have not

because some other would say well I

can’t think of that much to say that’s

not what motivated him what motivated

Jesus to pray all night what motivated

him to pray well different things for

example when he was praying for his

disciples and asking the father to show

him who they were and they were starting

the minister together and so think about

it here’s the son of God they prayed all

night because of his relationship to the

father think about how absolutely

awesome that relationship was no sin

perfect relationship

perfect intimacy with one another and

when you’re not kneel before him and

asked for direction for our life bring

before him the things that concern us

Lord what is your will what would you

have me to do now watch this you and I

have some promises in the Word of God

ask and what it should be given you seek

and what knock and it should be open to

you he promises to answer our prayer he

doesn’t promise to give us everything we

ask for but he watch this he promises to

be there and he promises to listen and

he promises to answer our prayer

according to what he knows is best for

us he knows all of our needs he’s ready

to help us in every single situation in

life we don’t have to plead with him to

listen to us we don’t have to plead with

him to answer our prayer he’s ready and

willing to help us in every circumstance

then he prayed in that 17th chapter John

that the father would protect his

followers and every parent should be

praying for God to protect their

children that’s exactly what he was

doing who do you pray for is there

anybody in your life that’s valuable

enough that you pray for them every day

do you know what their needs are well

why would you be can

about praying for them every day we live

in a world that is dangerous wicked vile

sinful hostile you name it we all need

each other’s prayers and we certainly do

pray for our children and we need to

pray for her parents everywhere you turn

there is evil jesus prayed for his

disciples and he prayed that God would

protect them he said keep them from the

evil one all of us if we prayed very

much you wrestle with the devil because

here’s what he’ll do his best to divide

your mind while you pray he’ll get you

thinking about something else

haven’t you been praying at some point

in your life next thing you know you

think about something had nothing to do

what you started with because Satan will

disrupt your pray he’s their enemy he

doesn’t want us spending time in the

most valuable place during the most

valuable thing we could possibly do and

so Jesus had to deal with him then of

course the Bible says he agonized in

prayer that is when he and the father

were talking about the crucifixion he

was in agony

somebody says for what has agonized me

here’s what it means it means the

trouble is so troubling and the burden

is so heavy you think God I don’t know

how to handle this that Jesus didn’t

have to say I don’t know how to handle

it but sometimes we have to say that you

god you’re gonna have to help me I don’t

know what to do at this point but the

Lord you promise to listen to them and

you promise to answer my prayer God and

you’ll find yourself weeping wondering

what God’s gonna do this God always

answered your friend when you ask him

not always not just because you ask him

then he’d watch this whatever we ask he

listens and he’s gonna answer it when

he’s ready when he knows we’re ready and

the time is right for him to be

glorified and honor than answering that


and if you afraid very much you’re gonna

come to a place in your life and

situations and circumstances

that’ll be agonizing things will happen

that you have no control over the only

place you can go for help is to God I

think about people and they a wife or

husband comes home in the afternoon they

have a little note I’m leaving this

marriage is over or a son or daughter

says I don’t want to live at home any


whatever it might be all of us have

heard bad news at some point in our life

all of us have heard bad news that we

just felt Lord what do I do at this


maybe I sense some desperation one thing

about it in your place to pray wherever

that is it’s like God’s waiting for you

and then I think about this the

scripture says that he went up into the

mountain by himself to pray and when it

was evening he was there alone somebody

says well I usually pray with somebody

listen to me carefully you need to

become such a friend to God you don’t

need anybody to pray with you now

there’s one it’s fun to have somebody to

pray with you and having a prayer

partner is a wonderful thing but you and

God need to be such friends you don’t

need anybody God will show you what to

do you said well I’m praying but I’ve

asked my friend well yes we all have

friends but your Heavenly Father loves

you enough and it’s so committed to you

he says ask and it should be given you

seek you will find knock and it will be

open to you this is the confidence that

we have in him that if we ask anything

according to his will he hears us and if

we know that he hears us we know that we

have the petition we desired of him

that’s who he is

you know what he’s waiting for he’s just

waiting for us to give him time

they listen to him carefully and to do

whatever he says there that here’s

what’ll happen if you praying to him and

God shows you what to do and you don’t

do it

I take exactly what happened next time

you show up to pray in your place

Heavenly Father I want to thank you God

silent he loves us too much to answer

our petitions when we living

disobedience to him and oftentimes

people say well I prayed and I’m still I

have sin in my life and God seems to be

blessing me you know it’s not God listen

to you you’re smart enough to manage

things for me for example people will

say well I prayed about buying this

house or buying this car and and I asked

the Lord about it and he didn’t tell me

not to do it so if he didn’t tell me not

to I guess it’s okay no it’s not God

more than likely would tell you this is

what you should do and God may tell you

and not to but if he tries to point you

to a better way until a later time

listen this is why your place and you

and God become such good friends there’s

no argument about it

in other words he’s going to listen he

watched this God does not mumble he

makes it very clear what we’re to do

does they tell me the first time I’ll

tell you the first time maybe not

because watch this sometimes he has to

get some stuff out of our life before we

listen to him so we may have to pray and

know it’s true you show me if there’s

anything that keeps me from getting the

truth and so sometimes we have to be

sifted a little bit before we listen

then he’ll show us what to do the most

valuable place in your house is for you

in the Lord meet the most valuable time

you spend or invest that’s what it is

an investment of your time it’s when you

and the father together you’ll be amazed

what he’ll tell you you’ll be amazed at

when he’ll start doing in your life and

you’ll be amazed how that place becomes

the most valuable place in your home now

you may not listen to another sermon for

this very casual friendly chat

it’s what this is if you’ll take it to

heart God will do something awesome in

your life but you have to choose that

your love God enough to give him time

amen father we thank you for loving us

thank you for loving us enough to listen

to us and never say that you’re in a

hurry always have time to listen thank

you for being willing to intervene into

our life at any moment to help us

strengthen us enable us to become the

person you want us to be I pray that you

will not I love this message to be lost

in traffic and all the things that

happened the rest of this day

we love Him we praise you Lord in Jesus

name Amen

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