The Power of Prayer
through the Word of God (18)
The Prayer of Faith
Moffatt’s translation of (Ephesians 6:18), says, "… praying at all times in the Spirit, with all manner of prayer …" Another translation says, "Praying with all kinds of prayer."
We now are examining the kinds of prayer that are illustrated in the New Testament. We are primarily interested in the New Testament because that is the Covenant under which we are living. We’re not living under the Old Covenant. Those under the Old Covenant were living under a shadow of what was to come. But why live under the shadow, when you can live under the light!
New Covenant Kinds of Prayer
Much damage has been done by taking some examples of prayer from that dispensation, the Old Covenant, and using them in this dispensation. We are living under a better covenant, in a better day. Those living under the Old Covenant didn’t have the Name of Jesus to use because Jesus had not yet come. Therefore, they had more of a struggle with evil spirits and demons than we do. But Jesus came, and (Colossians 2:15) says, "And having spoiled principalities and powers, he [Jesus] made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it."
Therefore, prayer is an entirely different matter with us living under the New Covenant because satan has been defeated. And Jesus has given believers the authority to use His Name in prayer.
MATTHEW 21:21, 22
Jesus is talking about prayer here. He is talking about believing prayer. He is talking about the prayer of faith.
Jesus said almost the same thing in the Gospel of Mark.
This is the prayer of faith. And it applies primarily to a person’s own life – to his own situations and circumstances. In other words, it applies to your desires. Mark 11:24 is talking about your praying. It is not talking about someone else praying with you. That would be the prayer of agreement (Matt. 18:19).
Mark 11:24 is not talking about someone agreeing with you. It says, "… when YE pray, [ye] believe that ye receive … and ye shall have them [what things so ever ye desire]" (Mark 11:24). Jesus is saying you can have what you desire if you pray according to His Word and believe you receive your petition.
We make the mistake sometimes of taking these different kinds of prayer and lumping them all together. When we do that, we miss out on some of the blessings of God. We need to realise that there are certain principles or rules or spiritual laws that govern certain kinds of praying. And each of those principles do not apply to every kind of praying.
For example, there are certain rules that govern certain games, which, generally speaking, would all come under the category of sports. Similarly, when we talk about prayer, all kinds of prayer, generally speaking, would come under the category of prayer. But there has to be more than one kind of prayer because Ephesians 6:18 says, "Praying always with ALL PRAYER [or all kinds of prayer ] and supplication in the Spirit…." All praying is prayer, but there are different kinds of prayer.
For example, there are many different games and they each have their own set of rules. There are some rules which apply to rugby that do not apply to football. If you used the same rules for different games, you would get terribly confused.
I heard a news story about someone who went to America, and for entertainment, he was taken to a baseball game in New York City. This person really didn’t know very much about baseball because it was not played in his country. He asked many questions and couldn’t understand some of the expressions used.
I think we are this way sometimes spiritually. Thus, people become confused if they don’t understand the rules which govern the different kinds of prayer. You see, although there are all kinds of prayer, the same rules don’t apply in each case. If you try to apply the same rules to all the different kinds of prayer, it will become confusing.
In the next teachings I will get more in depth about this important practice wish is prayer, for now I hope you have enjoyed all that has been written.
Continue to 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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