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Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

Conflict With Unanswered Prayer Part 2

September 20, 2022

When God chooses to not answer our prayers, we may think He’s forgotten us. When David appealed to God to build a temple, God’s answer gave him so much more. In this message, we find three responses from God in place of David’s original request: new promises, new intimacy, and a new project. God has something better in mind for us. 

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We sometimes find it difficult to keep on believing when God doesn’t do what we ask. When David wanted to build a temple, God’s answer was surprising. In this message, we ponder the mystery of God’s ways. Could God have something bigger in mind for us than what we originally requested? 
September 19, 2022
What can we do when God allows circumstances that confound us? When the Lord killed a man helping get the ark to Jerusalem, King David found that God is not a manageable deity. In this message, we discover three lessons to help manage our anger, rather than the Almighty. God can handle whatever we bring to Him. 
September 16, 2022
Is it ever okay to be angry with God? We are usually angry at God because we know that behind our difficult circumstances, there is God. In this message from 2 Samuel 6, we consider two truths to help us process our anger like King David. Bitterness only separates us from the help we need.
September 15, 2022
God often uses stressful situations to get our attention and set us back on track. In Israel, David’s hometown was destroyed by fire and his family captured. In this message from Psalm 18, we consider two lessons from David’s return to God. Anyone who’s strayed from the path can turn back to God.
September 14, 2022
We sometimes look to our most dangerous enemy to meet a need only God can. David fell so far that he joined Israel’s enemy army for a time. In this message, we review key narratives of David’s flight from Saul from 1 Samuel 24-27. What happens when we run from God to other fortresses instead?  
September 13, 2022
We’d like to think that our Christian leaders always walk on the mountaintop and never have times far from the Lord. But it’s not so. Like King David, they fail. In this message, we take away three lessons from David’s experience of doubt and despair. We too can come out of a deep spiritual ditch. 
September 12, 2022
When we fail to trust God, sin tightens its grip on us. While on the run for his life, David lied, starting a cycle of turmoil. In this message from Psalm 34, we see two pictures of David—one in a panic and another in prayer. Rather than sliding into despair, let’s face our doubt and win.   
September 9, 2022
Relational conflict steals our peace and even our sleep. David’s long road to the throne was blocked by Saul, who attempted to kill him with a spear. In this message, we recognize three traits of a spear-thrower. While Saul tried to hold onto his kingdom, David humbly waited and trusted that God’s promises would come to pass.
September 8, 2022
Too often, we cling to our lives and our possessions as if they belong to us, not God. This was Saul’s posture towards the kingdom God had entrusted to him. In this message, we distinguish three contrasts between King Saul’s character versus David’s. David begins to endure a long period of conflict, running as a fugitive while Saul burns with jealousy. 
September 7, 2022
The giants we face can make us feel utterly outmatched. Why was it that David was able to withstand his giant when nobody else was? In this message, we find three lessons to help us face our giants with a God-sized imagination. Whether ours is a decisive victory or a drawn-out battle, no giant is bigger than God.
September 6, 2022
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About Running To Win

Running the race of life is hard. But with the Bible front and center and a heart to encourage, Pastor Erwin Lutzer presents clear Bible teaching, helping you make it across the finish line. Since 2011, this 25-minute program has provided a Godward focus and features listeners’ questions.

About Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer is Pastor Emeritus of The Moody Church where he served as the Senior Pastor for 36 years (1980-2016). He earned a B.Th. from Winnipeg Bible College, a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary, a M.A. in Philosophy from Loyola University, and an honorary LL.D. from the Simon Greenleaf School of Law (Now Trinity Law School).

A clear expositor of the Bible, he is the featured speaker on two radio programs: Running to Win—a daily Bible-teaching broadcast and Songs in the Night—an evening program that’s been airing since 1943. Running To Win broadcasts on a thousand outlets in the U.S. and across more than fifty countries in seven languages. His speaking engagements include Bible conferences and seminars, both domestically and internationally, including Russia, the Republic of Belarus, Germany, Scotland, Guatemala, and Japan. He has led tours to Israel and to the cities of the Protestant Reformation in Europe.

Pastor Lutzer is also a prolific author of over seventy books, including the bestselling We Will Not Be Silenced, One Minute After You Die, and the Gold Medallion Award winner, Hitler’s Cross. Pastor Lutzer and Rebecca live in the Chicago area and have three grown children and eight grandchildren. Connect with Pastor Lutzer on X (@ErwinLutzer) or moodymedia.org.

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