Taking It Deeper

Lyrics

Late one night she started to cry and thought "He ain't coming home"
She was tired of the lies, tired of the fight
But she didn't wanna see him go
She fell on her knees and said
I haven't prayed since I was young
But "Lord above I need a miracle"
 
(Chorus)
Well no matter who you are  
And no matter what you've done
There will come a time  
When you can't make it on your own
And in your hour of desperation
Know you're not the only one
Prayin' "Lord above, I need a miracle"
I need a miracle
 
He lost his job and all he had in the fall of '09
Now he feared the worst, that he would lose his children and his wife
So he drove down deep into the woods and thought he'd end it all
And prayed, "Lord above, I need a miracle"
 
Chorus
 
He turned on the radio to hear a song for the last time
He didn't know what he was looking for even what he'd find
And the song he heard it gave him hope and strength to carry on
And on that night, they found a miracle
They found a miracle
 
And in your hour of desperation
Know you're not the only one
Prayin' "Lord above, I need a miracle"
Lord above, I need a miracle

TID-bits

 

When I think about Jesus’ first miracle - where He turned water into wine at a wedding, I think of how that was more of a want, instead of a need.   You see, there are times that we want a miracle, and then there are times that we need a miracle.  

One thing I love about Jesus is that He will bring miracles both when we need them, and when we just want them.   Water into wine is a want.   However, all the instances of healing that Jesus performed were all meeting people at times of their deepest needs.

This song talks about people needing miracles, but the last verse has them finding something small - a song on the radio - basically a cup of cold water to refresh them at the right moment.   You can find encouragement by knowing that God is working behind your scenes to bring you a miracle, and He does it both at times of deepest needs and deepest wants.

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  • Mac Powell from Third Day says that this song came about from a story they heard at one of their concerts.
  • It was from a mom and dad who told them about their son - a man who was addicted and depressed and ready to end his life,
  • However he turned on his radio and heard their song “Cry Out to Jesus.”
  • and his life was drastically changed at that moment.
  • So much so that the man wasn’t with his parents at the concert, he was on a mission trip.

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  • I heard a story of a divorced woman named Barbara.   She was 54, on a fixed income, with a calling on her heart to take in foster kids.   She lived in a tiny apartment with three teenage foster girls.
  • She prayed for the Lord to give her a house with a big enough kitchen where they could all cook together.
  • She even put specifics on the prayer:   Like a certain school district, a big yard, even a heat pump!
  • You know the ending to this story - God provided everything she needed and more than she could imagine.
  • The people who sold her the house were so moved by her story that they financed the loan themselves, and they started adopting foster kids!
  • You may need a miracle today.   Pray for the specifics.   Keep praying, and know that God likes to give everything you need and more than you can imagine.

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  • When we’re driving we always see the signs that warn us of a curve ahead.
  • When we’re in deep trouble we often pray for a sign that God is coming to our rescue.
  • This song is not so much a song as it is a sign.   It was written because of a true story of how God intervened in a person’s life.  
  • And it’s to remind you that He will do the same for you.
  • Start by talking about driving and how we naturally look for and read the signs.
  • Compare that to how we look for signs of God working in our own lives (a.k.a. miracles).
  • Finish with this quote from the theologian A.W. Tozer:  "To be entirely safe from the devil's snares the man of God must be completely obedient to the Word of the Lord.  The driver on the highway is safe, not when he reads the signs but when he obeys them."  Remind the listener that often times the biggest miracles in life come about when our heart is changed, and that happens when we obey God's Word.

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  • A publisher issues a book
  • It’s because a publisher has the authority to do so.
  • And you’re probably dealing with “Issues” today, right?
  • It might be best to give it over to the one who has authority.
  • See, when you take a look at the miracles that Jesus performed in the Bible, you’ll find the common thread is “authority”.
  • Miracles happen because God has authority over issues.
  • And If you’re needing a miracle today, you might try recognizing that authority first.
  • It’s always a good idea to let the publisher of your life deal with the issues of your life.

    Scripture References

    John 16:33

    “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.   In this world you will have trouble.   But take heart! I have overcome   the world.”

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    Matthew 12:22

    Then they brought him a demon—possessed man who was blind and mute, and Jesus healed him, so that he could both talk and see.

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    John 14:12-14

    I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith   in me will do what I have been doing.   He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.   And I will do whatever you ask   in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father.   You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

    Your Own Experiences

    Talk about being in an “hour of desperation” and how the only thing you could do at that time was pray.

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    When in life did you try to “make it on your own?”   Did you find that it is pretty impossible?

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    Talk about a time in life when you couldn’t sleep because of an issue you were dealing with.   What was the prayer that you prayed at that time?

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