The Power of Prayer
through the Word of God (10)
Praying in Jesus’ Name – (2)
And IN THAT DAY ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father IN MY NAME, he shall give it you.
Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.
I'm talking about prayer secrets or keys that unlock answers to our prayers. Notice that Jesus said, "And in that day ye shall ask me nothing…" (John 16:23). Jesus said this just before He went to the Cross. He was speaking of the day in which we now live under the New Covenant. Jesus is now our Mediator, our Intercessor, and our Lord (Heb. 8:6; 9:15; 12:24; 7:25; Phil. 2:9-11). He stands between the Father and us.
Jesus said, "…in that day…," referring to the day of the New Covenant when he would ratify a new and better covenant with His own blood. You see, the New Covenant or Testament was not yet in force when Jesus spoke these words because the blood of Jesus had not yet been shed for the remission of sins. The New Testament couldn't be put into effect until Jesus entered into the Holy of Holies with His own blood. He had to obtain an eternal redemption for us (Heb. 9:12).
When Jesus was here on earth, He personally told his disciples these things we read in John chapter 16 about using His Name. When Jesus was on the earth, the disciples could ask Him questions and talk to Him personally. But in John 16:23 Jesus was talking about another day. Another translation reads, "In that day you shall not pray to Me. But whatsoever you shall ask the Father in My Name, he will give it you."
JOHN 16:23,24 (Amplified)
We are to pray to the Father in the Name of the Lord Jesus.
Discovering Hindrances to Prayer
When we are praying and believing God, and we don't get answers to our prayers, we need to find out what is hindering our prayers and correct the problem.
Now, personally, I have never asked God for anything for myself that I didn't receive the answer. I usually receive my answer immediately except for such things as finances, for instance, which might take a few days to come in.
However, if someone else asks me to pray for his needs, then that means his will also comes into the picture. The Bible says we have to be able to agree together (Matt. 18:19). That person's will can override my will and block my faith for him. You see, we have authority over demons and evil spirits in our own lives, but we don’t have authority over human spirits. If we had authority over human spirits, then we could make everyone get saved.
So there's no such thing as my pushing something over on another person in prayer without that person’s co-operation. The Lord hears me, but that person's unbelief can nullify my faith when it comes to praying about something in his life.
If someone prays for someone else, particularly when it comes to healing, I know by the Holy Spirit what is standing between them and the answer to their prayers. If the Holy Spirit tells me to , I speak to the people I am praying for and tell them what is hindering them in their prayers.
In one of John G. Lake's books, Lake relates a story that is an example of how prayer can be hindered. Lake tells of a man he prayed for who had sugar diabetes.
The man had come to Dr. Lake's office and had asked for prayer. They got down to pray, but soon Lake got up off his knees and told the man to get up.
Lake asked the man about the $5,000 that kept coming up before Lake in his spirit. The man told Lake how he and his brother had been in business together years ago. When his brother died, his brother's wife wanted him to liquidate the business. He did, but since he felt he had put a lot of time into the business, he kept back $5,000 of her money.
Lake asked the man if he had $5,000 in the bank, and the man said he had much more than that. Lake told him to write a cheque out to his sister-in-law for $5,000 and then he would pray for him. The man wrote out the cheque and went down the street and mailed it. When he came back, he was healed.
Now, it won't happen exactly that way with everyone. But in this case, Lake could not pray for that man and get him healed because something this man had done was nullifying the effects of his own prayer.
One Hindrance to Prayer: Praying to Jesus
Instead of to the Father in Jesus' Name
I read a particular story about a minister who at one time had a real struggle in the area of prayer. He had been in the ministry for years, but he wasn't receiving answers to any of his prayers.
He was confused about what he was doing wrong.
He found out told by another minister that observed him and hearing him pray that he always prayed to Jesus, instead of to the Father in Jesus' Name. So I told him that praying to Jesus was not how the Bible instructs us to pray. I told him that I always pray to the Father in the Name of Jesus, for that was how Jesus said we are to pray: "… in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ASK THE FATHER in my name, he will give it you" (John 16:23).
Someone might say, "I believe that verse, but …" There is not a "but" in that verse, so don't put one in. There's not an "if" in that verse either, so don't put one in. Remember, Jesus said those words, so just take Him at His Word!
When we don't pray according to how the Bible teaches us to pray, we can block God’s answer to our prayers. This minister had been praying to Jesus instead of to the Father In Jesus' Name, and it had hindered his prayers from being answered.
Ask and You Shall Receive
Try to understand and practise these principles in your life. As I continue every week here on the Net www.sachristian.co.za to put them into prospective for you. If you do, you will surely grow in your fellowship with the Heavenly Father. You can also learn to allow the Word of God to abide in you so you can pray according to God's will, and your prayers will be answered. Then Jesus' words in (John 16:24) will be fulfilled in your life: Your Joy will become full!
Best Greetings to all of you, brothers in Christ, may God bless you much as you continue to walk, the walk of faith in Jesus' Name. Praise and Glory be to God.
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