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Genesis 37

A Prayer Is Just A Wish Your Heart Makes

Gen 37:12   AND his brethren went to feed their father's flock in Shechem.

Gen 37:13   And Israel said unto Joseph, Do not thy brethren feed the flock in Shechem? come, and I will send thee unto them. And he said to him, Here am I.

Gen 37:14   And he said to him, Go, I pray thee, see whether it be well with thy brethren, and well with the flocks; and bring me word again. So he sent him out of the vale of Hebron, and he came to Shechem.

Gen 37:15  And a certain man found him, and, behold, he was wandering in the field: and the man asked him, saying, What seekest thou?

Gen 37:16  AND he said, I seek my brethren: tell me, I pray thee, where they feed their flocks.

Gen 37:17   And the man said, They are departed hence; for I heard them say, Let us go to Dothan. And Joseph went after his brethren, and found them in Dothan.

Gen 37:18   And when they saw him afar off, even before he came near unto them, they conspired against him to slay him.

Gen 37:19   And they said one to another, Behold, this dreamer cometh.

Gen 37:20   Come now therefore, and let us slay him, and cast him into some pit, and we will say, Some evil beast hath devoured him: and we shall see what will become of his dreams.

Gen 37:21   And Reuben heard it, and he delivered him out of their hands; and said, Let us not kill him.

Gen 37:22   And Reuben said unto them, Shed no blood, but cast him into this pit that is in the wilderness, and lay no hand upon him; that he might rid him out of their hands, to deliver him to his father again.


genesis 37:  12-22


we have a very famous scripture reading this morning and the young man joseph was in need of prayer but just didn’t realize it.

danger was lurking just ahead of him……


reminds me a lot of King david and the struggles he had to face being the apple of gods eye…..amen?


i can see where the young joseph was a good boy to his folks and as it stated in our scripture a man found him wondering around in a field looking for his brothers…..

I am sure joseph had many dreams for his brothers had called him the dreamer…..


have you ever been in need of prayer and did not recognize that you had a need until it was almost too late…

but thank god he  and he alone arms us with the strength we need. he does that to make your ways perfect…


many of us have stood in the need of prayer at different times of our lives… king david and the bathsheeba thing was in need….some have even stumbled because some prayer or other we felt not answered has let us down…


but here we find joseph’s brothers having gone off many miles from home with the sheep because they knew joseph would be sent to find them, and far away,  mischief in great numbers could be done….


I looked at the brothers and seen where they had just about had all they could put up with… in fact the whole family was feeling his dreams… the bible says they conspired to murder him……that’s tough dreaming…amen?


That’s a little heavy for todays wal-mart crowd… just think at the times you have made your siblings angry because you got the attention… paybacks sometimes are a hard payday back … amen?


Nothing stopped joseph from dreaming… he wanted a better place than what his allotted place was to be, but still you have to like joseph…. he honored his mother and father…


i want to tell you something this morning folks… don’t ever let anything stop you from dreaming……

they were in the contrivance of this mischief: when they saw him afar off…….. they conspired against him.


a little fella out trying to only love his brothers….. thinking he was doing good…… but they had different designs for his life….

it reminds me of the little dog named alice at nete’s where the big dogs don’t even want poor alice to eat…..

she does anyway….


there is one thing I always notice in scripture…no matter how bad its gets…god always has a plan for the good…

I like that song linda krick sings….

“god will make this trial a blessing “


So the Dreamer dreams, the young men and women prophecy and all have the blessed hope that jesus gives…..glory!


Sometimes you have to go places where people don’t like you much…that’s the price of a dreamer….anything you try to do… someone is always against it…..

That’s when its time to change your dreams into prayers…


dreams doesn’t have substance …… prayers takes dreams and turns them into something….. hasn’t god  promised to give you the desires of your heart?


so once again a prayer is what? a wish that your heart makes!

god has been involved with dreamers since the beginning  of time and maybe forever…


poor little brother joseph , it was his time to be the brunt of the crowds fury…. have you ever been there? the brunt of a crowds fury….. i have and believe me it is no fun….


they seen him afar off and started ploting against him….

awhile back, they seen nete afar off and started plotting against her at her school…….  that afternoon the people who counted were knocking on her door wanting to hunt…..

god sends the answer……amen



i know you have stood in those shoes at sometime or other…

funny how people are!

they don’t want to give others the same privileges that they themselves enjoy…

the right to fair treatment before being convicted….



when men come against a chosen one of god…. they may hate them, they may grind their teeth at them and they may even design bad endings for them……..

that brings a problem to them, then…


you see gods children are usually dreaming gods dreams and because of that his heart is bursting at the seams and when things aren’t going as they should…..

he turns to prayer….he knows prayer changes things…. amen?


and if god be for us…who can stand against? we don’t always see god working in the dream he has given us…… but he has already made plans for your dreams…..


god loves dreamers….. dreams allow people to see things that need to be changed and when they are not soon coming….

well you know what is going to happen…… he’s going to go to prayer…and prayer changes things….


i can well imagine that as joseph searched for his brothers, (to do them good, by the way) he asked the Lord to help him…


little did he know the help was going to be needed…aren’t you glad when things come against you… your prayed up….sometimes you are prayed up and don’t even know it…….


asking god for help in the little things will have you ready when the big things come up…..

when people plot to do you harm, god plots to do you good…


i have told a story many times about a young man in seattle wa. who had a dream for his life but things weren’t working out the way that he wanted…..



you see he was born with birth defects and it left him with not the right mussle fabrics in his body and he was the son of a poor older lady who worked in the big buildings of seattle as a cleaning lady….


as the child grew, she could no longer carry him around as she worked and she didn’t have money for him to be cared for….so she got a box, of which had to be replaced over and over…


she cut a hole in the box and would make a little rope out of twine and she would pull him from room to room as she cleaned. she loved the little fella and he gave her many hours of happiness…except for his problem he was like the other children in life….


as the child grew…he would see the other children playing and running and he wanted to join them so bad….


one day as he watched the children….. his heart had a dream that he would someday run and play like they did….

the odds were not good…but he dreamed anyway…..


he would watch the other children and yearn so bad.

 he would try to get out of his box…. but he was unable…

at the start anyway…


the kids ran past him one day and he tried to run after them but his box would just rock……………….. as he tried to escape…..

he tried and tried to get out of the box, especially once he knew he could rock it….


rocky, rocky, rocky he went until one day the box went over and there he lay on the floor…. free at last!

he no sooner got his bearings than his mother came running after him and replaced him in the box…


no son, she would tell him…it’s not safe for you out here…

she would put him in and he would rock out….

this went on for sometime….


stay in your box son, she would tell him, you’ll get hurt out here….but she couldn’t stop him from dreaming…


this went on for a few years and he actually got where he could almost crawl as fast as his mother could run, whenever he got the box over… but she always had her way…… back in your box son… you’ll get hurt out here….


she had a great love for the boy but one day when the kids came by he flipped that box and arose to his feet and started after the dream he had for so many years and this time no one was going to put him back in a box…..


he is a dreamer who had a dream, who had a prayer who had a victory……. he never went back to the box again…

it wasn’t needed…….


today he still lives in seattle and has a chain of clothes cleaning stores there and is quite successful..

he is a member of the full gospel business mens association and this is the testimony he gives to anyone who will listen….


be a dreamer…dare to get out of the box people, well meaning people, try to keep you in…..

they only have love to help you….

but god’s got a dream for you…..


helen keller once said “the best and most beautiful things in life; can not be seen or even touched; they must be felt with the heart…”


if your dream seems to have stopped or a vision you have been given; maybe even years ago; or maybe a path you have lost;

is still in your life today;

prayer is just a wish your heart makes…..


take advantage of what god has given you…….

jesus had a dream and that dream was you…….

when man failed…he turned that dream into prayer


“I pray for these father, that thou has given me,,,”

a prayer is a wish your heart makes.

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