The Dead Zone - Unanswered Prayers - Part 1 (3 of 4) by Jeff Strite

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The Dead Zone - Unanswered Prayers - Part 1 (3 of 4)
Series: Cell Calls To God
Jeff Strite
Psalm 32:1-6

OPEN: About 3 years ago Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono had an idea! He was eager to get in touch with the people of his country so he gave out his personal cell phone number during a speech and urged Indonesian people to contact him directly with any complaints about the government's administration.
The Indonesian people took him at his word.
Over the next four days, his phone line crashed repeatedly as constituents had sent over 15,000 text messages and thousands of phone calls.
(www.channelnewsasis.com, Indonesian President Creates New Hotline After Cell Phone Crashed June 16, 2005)

APPLY: With so many people trying to contact President Yudhoyono it's little wonder his phone line crashed. It wasn't that he didn't want to answer their pleas… it was simply that he couldn't.
The system broke down.
And when the system broke down - no one could contact him.
Their calls went unanswered

The past couple of weeks we've been dealing with prayer.
The first week we dealt with Outgoing calls: How to make our prayers go out to God.
Last week we examined IN-coming Calls: How we could rec' God's answers to our prayers.

For the next 3 weeks we're going to deal with "Dropped Calls"
Reasons why our prayers might not be answered.

ILLUS: Scott Meneely - the preacher at the Kewanna Church of Christ - says that he has some problems with his cellular service once in a while. He says there's an area up his way near St. James Cemetery where he always loses his signal.
He calls it the "Dead Zone"
(Get it? Cemetery - Dead zone).

Isaiah 59 tells us God has no problems answering our prayers
"Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear."
God's got the best equipment around - He can hear you anytime.

But there is a pesky dead zone.
What dead zone is that?
Well, God says: I can hear you…
"But your ...


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