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Alright, let’s give the Lord one more hand, clap today, one more hand, clap it for those of you that missed last week we started last week on Monday, a 21-day fast as a charge corporately. So off we been doing that and a lot of people been using the model we had tons of people that committed to do something over the next 21 days, where they were going too fast meal a day. Some people are doing total fast, just liquid fast. Some people to take in 21 days and doing the Daniel Fast, which can be found in Daniel chapter 10, Daniel ain’t, no meat, he ate no Pleasant. Bread is what the scripture says and he drink. No wine, no good drinks, so people are some. Owensboro Church people are land that, aside for 3 weeks and we’re just devoting the beginning of January to God, so that we might grow spiritually and I believe that people are making giant giant steps ahead in the spirit as a pastor. It’S one of the proudest moments of my life to walk through my church and hear about what people are giving up corporately for Jesus Christ of Nazareth, and I just stuff wanted courage you I’m pumped, but here’s something I don’t know. I don’t know why they call it a fast when it goes so slow. You know what I mean. It’S like a week is a month when you’re fasting and it just it just creeps along and cream Salon creeps along, but I’m telling you eventually it comes to an in and out when I think about fasting. I’M reminded of a story that I heard a pastor friend of mine he had associate on his staff and the associate. You know how it goes. Here’S go on and you pick up a few pounds every year and before long a few pounds becomes a lot of pounds and I’ve wrestled with that kind of thing in the past. So I know I know about that kind of world, but this guy had gained a bunch of white and the pastor some pie if it is real health-conscious, and so she started talking about the associate for for health, think the guy was getting older. He was having some health problems due to that and she was encouraging. You know him that he could. He could turn over a new Leaf. It was the beginning of hear it and he asked her will tell me: how do you do it? Owensboro Church How do you stay in such good shape and she said well, it’s like this number one I eat like a for breakfast and then she said I eat like a prince for lunch. You have y’all heard somebody say this before and I eat like a popper for dinner. Owensboro Church so I eat like a king for breakfast. I eat like a prince for lunch and I eat like a popper for dinner in the associate symbol. That sounds like a good idea. I think I’ll. Try that try that on King Prince popper, and so he started that for about a month, but she went back a month later and she checked on him. She said tell me: how are you doing on the on this new eating plan? How’s it working did. He said you know what’s great in the morning I eat like a king and at lunch I eat like a prince and then it’s up or I eat like a popper, but then for some reason about 10:00 at night every night I hear this voice. That says long live the king and it just it just message my whole deal up, and so here’s what we’re learning to do on a 21-day fast, we’re learning to silence the voice that says long live the king, because our King’s Jesus, not our stuff somebody, say Amen To that it’s just the way. It is so that that’s one of the first ways you can grow second week. I know you got to hand out in front of you and I will preach for just 10-15 minutes and then we’ve got a video testimony. I want you to see end up. The second thing that I know that’ll help you grow so much in life is that is, that is the principle of prayer. The principle of prayer that the first appoint I have here to share with you today is that prayer has the power to change your world. Everybody say this out loud say prayer can change. My world come on.
Let’S say it again: prayer can change my world driver Bible on you. I want you to open it up to James Chapter Five James Chapter: Five we’re going to go to verses 13 through 18 James 5:13 through 18th, and I just want to show you how prayer can change your world in even practical ways. Now one thing I know that their prayers going to grow me spiritually prayers, going to make me more like Jesus. What is prayer prayer is communing or talking or having a relationship with God? Prayer is talking to God. I mean we all know when should pray. We’Ve all heard about prayer and when you coming to the kingdom of God you just don’t really know, you know you should pray, but you don’t know how to pray. And so how do I pray? Those are things we have to discover as Christians and one of the first things I can tell you about. Prayer of this is just all free, not in your notes, but we pray to the father hears how you pray. We pray in the name of Jesuscome off in the name of Jesus Jesus. Our access to the father Bible says, he’s the open door that gets us in the presence of God’s. When I pray, I pray in the name of Jesus by but hear something that the Apostle James wrote to the early church about how praying can really change so much of our world even right, where we are even our health. James chapter 5, verse, 13. Here’S what it says screw their Gordon say on today is anyone among you suffering. Let him pray is anyone cheerful? Let him sing songs is anyone among you sick. Let him call for the Elders of the church and and let them pray over him. Annoying him with oil, in the name of the Lord and the power of faith, will save the sick and the Lord will raise them up and if he has committed, since he will be forgiven, Owensboro Church confess your trespasses to one another and pray for one another that you May be healed, the effective fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much Elijah was a man. That’S the Prophet. Elijah Elijah was a man with an a you’re like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain and it did not rain on the lam for 3 years and six months and he prayed again in the heaven gave her a and the Earth produced its fruit Change starts talking about people in specific situations. He says it if you’re, if you’re happy sing songs. If your, if you got this going on, do this and then he says, if you’re sick, you pray and there’s a specific way. You said you rape your to call for the Elders of the church.
If you got a real physical illness, that’s life threatening. You should call for the Elders of the church Elders in the Bible. Lots of people come from church government systems that are not biblical, but Elders in the Bible are five-fold Ministry gifts. There preachers teachers of the word of God to be an elder, biblically, urine Apostle, Prophet evangelist, Pastor or teacher Elders. Aren’T just old people in the church. Biblically their Ministry gifts, so the scripture says call for the ministry gifts, let them pray for you, they’re, going to anoint with oil and if that prayers offered in faith, that’s I believe, every party believe in the person being prayed the person praying everybody believing the prayer offered In faith, what will save the sick and the Lord will raise him up come on? We got a healing Jesus. We got to God that that’s not dead. We got a goblet still alive, we’ve seen him he’ll people of all kinds of things he’s still in the healing business. Owensboro Church after that he says this. The effective fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much now that’s some kind of tuft language of the effective fervent prayer of a righteous man. It’S not a lot of words we use here. It is here it is in the New Living Translation. It says this: the earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results. Owensboro Church The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results. The second thing I’d say is this: it says a righteous person, the oldest pair of a righteous person, has great power and produces wonderful results. Here’S the deal you are a righteous person number to. You are a righteous person. If you believe call Jesus for salvation the Christ, is your savior repented on your sins called on his name. Let me see your hand from one mama. You believe that you can say this, but you can say I am righteous. That’S not anything. We’Ve done the Bible says in 2nd Corinthians 5:21. He made him who knew. Owensboro Church No sin became sin for us that threw him through Jesus. We might become the righteousness of God in Christ. Jesus, I can say I’m right just because Jesus made me righteous on the cross. I didn’t deserve it, I didn’t earn it, I didn’t fight for it, I’m not a good enough boy or girl to be righteous. He died for me and now I am righteous, because Christ traded his spot. For me, there was a great exchange. He took my Sam and he gave me his righteousness so now I’m righteous the effective fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much here’s the deal. That’S me so now number 3: your prayers have great power, Owensboro Church come on somebody say my prayers have great power and they produce wonderful results. I like that my prayers have great power and they produce wonderful results. That’S that’s encouragement to present it. When I print it doesn’t mean that but nothing’s happening when I’m praying I’m connecting to God when I’m connected went out when I’m praying great Powers being released in the earth, when I’m praying, I’m having wonderful results in the earth, Owensboro Church see my prayers change thing things not Because I’m special, but because Jesus was special and he brought me into his kingdom and so now what an invitation to pray.
It’S not just a duty. It’S not just something religious! I have to do it’s not something if I don’t do God’s going to get mad at me about it. He’S just inviting me saying: hey Brian he’s, saying: hey son, hey daughter, come spend time with me, it’ll release great power and you will have wonderful results. Open up your Bible and see what what Jesus said in Matthew, chapter 6, Matthew, chapter 6, turn over to the New Testament. First book in the New Testament were already there, but go to Matthew. Chapter 6: your ears ears, one of the ways you can learn to pray and you all to read. I got this on on some suggested reading for later this week at the ba to read the whole chapter of Matthew 6. But let’s just look at Matthew. Chapter 6, verse, 5, won’t read a couple versus here and and here’s what it says: Matthew 6, verse 5. And when you pray, you should not be like the Hypocrites for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corner of the streets that they may be seen by men, a Shirley I say to you: they have their reward. But you, when you pray, go into your room and when you have shut your door, pray to your father, who is in the secret place and your father, who sees in secret will reward you openly. Here’S what Jesus said. You said when you pray, you don’t have to pray just like the the Hypocrites he’s talking about the Pharisees and the Sadducees, because they just really love for somebody else to hear them. Pray you ever been in the presence of somebody when it’s for somebody to pray. Maybe it’s a meal or maybe it’s a social Gathering or something like that, but it’s time for them to pray and they get to pray and it becomes like a different person talking. You know, I’m talking about the voice goes down lower and the language becomes strange. You know it and it’s like this formal, ritualistic, weird prayer and nobody’s looking around like what happened to our cousin or Uncle. He just left the building and somebody invaded his body. What’S up with that, will somewhere along the way he was trained it. When you pray, you become really stuffy. All the sudden, you know without me, know: Jesus knows the real you not just the stuff. Again. Jesus knows that you that done talking, King James, English, somebody say Amen to that. Jesus knows the real you. Owensboro Church so when you pray, you don’t have to pray and I’m not saying over by the does – that wants to be heard by people some of that just what they they learned, the model they hadn’t passed bubba. Some people want to be seen as super spiritual. So we don’t want to be like that. Somebody say Amen to that. We don’t to be like that. Jesus said, but don’t be like them. But when you pray here’s what you do. He said you going to your room. You go in the Old King James. I think it said you going to the closet, how do you shut your door and then you pray in secret and your father, who sees you in secret, will reward you openly? Listen your prayer. Not only does it have great power and produce wonderful results, but your prayer is something that brings you great reward. Number for prayer is a living practice that has great reward. Prayer is a living practice. Owensboro Church That’S great reward. It’S not just a rich. Owensboro Church what’S not just something dead, it’s a living practice! It’S a practice that brings life. I’M going to tell you that prayer is a source of life, and I can tell when I’m praying went when I’m spending time with Jesus. I feel more alive as a Christian than any other time that that I’m around and whenever I stop praying and my prayer life isn’t as strong.
I feel more of the death of this world attaching itself to me like this in the world that we live in. That’S pulling us towards the world all the time. You noticed that there’s like this living in this Fallen world is always pulling us down and whenever we pray, I believe, instead of this gravity pulling us down, we get an infusion of God Spirit, which begins to pull us in a more Heavenly Direction. Owensboro Church so I’ve got I’ve got a choice whether or not I’m going to go into the closet shut my door and I’m going to take some of the gravity off this world. That’S making me more worldly, making me more carnal, making me more Flash Lee and let the spirit of God come in and left me a fresh and a new and make me more Heavenly. Make me more like him. / has that kind of power. It brings great rewards number five dab, consistent, spiritual growth. We must have consistent fellowship with God. Do I have consistent spiritual growth, you’re going to have consistent fellowship with God and if you want to live in a consistent Blast Zone where it, where stuff’s really happening, and I’m not saying that there are never any trials in life because come on? We live in a fallen World, we’re going to fight our way through some stuff, but I found them more. I pray the luckier I get in line. If you know what I mean, I don’t even believe in luck either. I believe it’s the favor and the blessing and the anointing of God, because when you’re in his presence, it makes things different see, the presence of God is like until like a water or like an oil in the Bible, it just makes things go smoother when we Spend time with God that water you get in the water and you can travel Downstream easy, Owensboro Church you just put your feet up and you ride the water. You got oil in the car. You know the engine runs well. If the engine it has that oil in a butt without it stubs going to go, awry, listen, we can get in there and we can have a ritual or living practice that has great reward and we can have consistent prayer time that can change our world. Whenever I first began to cure in to be taught about prayer, I heard this the scripture and I was living out in Amarillo Texas. I was a new convert and I made the decision map. The word says it to the best of my ability: I’m just going to try to do it and it said it said I was reading in the King. James version back then, and it said, go into the closet and shut the door see you know what I did. I went and I got one of my chairs from my kitchen table now. I don’t one bedroom apartment out there, which was trashed, because I was like this 20 year old Bachelor.
You know and I took my I took my chair and I put it in my closet now we’re going that check. I would go on that close. I would shut that door. That was my place, I’m at with God. I would sit in that chair and I will talk to Jesus. I’M telling you Jesus became more alive to me in that closet it, but here’s the key there anything Supernatural about that closet. Owensboro Church It’S just at a time I had a place, not an expectation that God was going to meet me there. If you have a time, you have a place and you have an expectation that God’s going to meet you there me to tell you your prayer. Life can change and go to another level. Prayer can change your world. I remember my mom came out and back then come and stay with me for a little while in the first thing she would do and she would come to my house and she would clean it. Cuz turn on stand. That house, like I stayed in that house. You know for Amana house is like somewhere to hang your clothes in the lay down at night. That’S about it, but but so she would come November. She found that chair in the closet and she’s, like hey you’ve, learned to take the word of God. Literally, I see right here, I believe it. I believe it we’re going to learn to take the word of God and apply it to ever air of our life. Listen, perk and change your world. I’Ve got a good friend, but it’s actually here in the congregation day. Somebody we love very much, but I want to show you how God for 9 minutes, there’s a 9-minute testimony, show you how God changed his world through prayer check this out this golden courage, e hi and Pat Donohue, I’m better known to a lot of people at Rcc is Patrick’s father, father-in-law of Tiffany Donahue and soon to be very proud, grandfather of baby Donahue, great opportunity and 2008 presented itself to me on the week of September 16th through the 21st was Ryder Cup weekend and it’s an international Norfolk event. It was at Valhalla in Louisville, which is a rarity to have a major worldwide event so close to home. I had volunteered for and been selected to serve as our marshal at the Ryder Cup on hole 18, which is a big deal. We have gone through several months of training had been to Louisville to meet with officials from the PGA. Owensboro Church I was not feeling well and became ill was diagnosed with cancer, something that we had to deal with surgically and the surgery happened to be on that weekend. September of the week of September 16th, instead of being in Louisville, I was in the Anderson Hospital having surgery, and so I watch the watch. The golf tournament from hospital bed, rather than in person on hole. Number 18: on the diagnosis of kidney cancer, sarcomatoid renal cell carcinoma. It was decided to remove that kidney during surgery here at home. That surgery went well because the cancer was diagnosed to be in the lymph system and possibly in my bladder, we were referred to MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. The prognosis was, you have a fighting. You have a good fighting chance. We certainly believed that our chances were a great deal better. Owensboro Church a good Fighting Chance that came on went very well to the point where late 2008, dr. Millican, decided that the lymph nodes had reduced and the cancer was at a point where we could do surgery. The surgery was called debulking, which is where they take out everything that looks like it’s affected by cancer except major organs. In your chest, we had a great report: no no cancer, your cancer-free! You can go home with the explanation that there is the potential that the cancer could reoccur. If it reoccurs within 5 years could be, could be a problem if it doesn’t return in five years.
Chances are very, very good that it won’t return October 2013 after 4 years and some odd monster testing. I was on my last hospital last dr. visit last test last CT scan the last one and I expected that it would be the same as every other one that I’d had over the last four years. Good clean result, you’re doing fine. Owensboro Church You look great no cancer to clean test, no problem and really it almost become passive about the test, because everyone had been so good and I just felt like with this Abby. Owensboro Church This is just going to be another good report and everything’s going to be great. The report report, which was not what I wanted to hear, and it was that the cancer was back – there – was a spot on my left lung. That was one of the places that dr. Milliken and told us that if it comes back that that’s that’s where it would be so that were seven different opinions. That said, we believe it’s cancer and we need you. We believe you need to have surgery right away, and so we schedule that with dr. shefali that day, I hate to admit it, but fear really grabbed hold of me just like it did on the first diagnosis 5 years ago. Disbelief anger. What’S really about my family not going through this again, but we always have to remember that what we here in the flesh is not what we believe in the spirit, even though the bad news was 90 % chance, the cancer is back. We told the doctor in his office 10 % with God’s better than 90 % with you, and we just don’t believe this and we’re not going to accept this report.
We obviously alerted people in our church and ask for prayer people at River City Church we’re praying as well. Many people called us and told us that, but they’re also times that we would visit at River City and people would say we’re praying for you, we’re lifting you up. God knows where you are all those things that we needed to hear and in immediately we knew that prayers are going up on our behalf that things are going to be okay, that doctors from a good decisions that right choices would be made Patrick and asked us To visit River City, which we do cash landfall and service, we went Patrick and tell that to the offices of Mount Pastor, Jesse Pastor, Brian back there Jesse started to pray over some said that she felt the Lord had given her word that she was to share With us some, so she showed that board with us, and she said it’s like you’ve been in a great battle, and this one is, as God for. I will give it to you and I will give it to you and gift form says the word for sometimes. According to your faith, that is unto you, but today I will bless. You says the Lord in your body, will be home from the top of your head to the bottom of your feet, and it will be said that only the Lord has done this thing. My wife share with me later that dr. shefali had told her that he had called Doctor Who had originally given us the report that the spot was back was there that the cancer was back and he called him from the alarm. Setting need to talk to him about an unusual circumstance that there’s nothing there. The spot that had shown up on the original Satan had shown up on the Pet Scan later. Owensboro Church That confirmed that he said it’s not there. I can’t find it. I remember Susan and Pastor Jackson telling me after that, when I woke up that when he came out to explain that to them that he had this funny look on his face, like I don’t know, what’s going on here, just disbelief. You know this. This great thing is happened here and even though the doctor can’t explain it, we know what it is. It’S an answer to prayer, and that’s God I mean he had taken care of me. One more time and taking care of me come on. Let’S give Lord a handclap pick up on. Somebody ought to stand up and praise the Lord, and we think it came Jesus you’re, a healing Jesus. We believe that you love chorus and never against us. We’Ll just stand up on your feet for one moment. How many know that are God’s? Still in the healing business amen, we got a God that answers prayer he hears and answers. Mr. and mrs. Donna. You are right out here: y’all give them a hand, clap. We love. Owensboro Church you guys Union County friends incredible to have you here, their son, Patrick’s running to class, but but it’s Patrick’s birthday today and then what a birthday present to have up whole dad healed of cancer Supernatural about the power of God, man, it’s it’s it incredible incredible! I want you to know that the same way prayer changed his world prayer can change your world. Let me say it again. The same way: prayer change, his world prayer can change your world. The Bible says that God is no respecter of of mankind. He doesn’t respect one person more than the other, he’s a God that anybody who come by faith and believe he does miracles for them changes their situation.