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    The Lord is nigh unto all them that call
    upon Him, that call upon Him in truth.
    Psalm 145:18

Die Here is naby almal wat Hom aanroep,
almal wat Hom aanroep in waarheid
Psalm 145:18
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TEACHING 19.

The Power of Prayer
through the Word of God (19)


The Prayer of Consecration vs. The Prayer of Faith



For example, some people think you ought to end every prayer with the phrase, “If it be thy will.” When you question them about it, they’ll say that Jesus prayed that way. But He didn’t pray this way every time He prayed. He just prayed that way on one occasion and for one kind of prayer
(Luke 22:42).

For example, when Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, Jesus didn’t stand at Lazarus’ tomb and say, “Lord, if it be Thy will, raise up Lazarus.” No, Jesus said, “…Father , I thank thee that thou hast heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always…”(John 11:41,42)

Then Jesus told Lazarus to come forth, and Lazarus came forth out of the grave. The prayer Jesus prayed was a prayer to change something. Anytime you are praying a prayer to get something or to change something, never put an “if” in it. “If” is the badge of doubt. Should you pray that way, you’re using the wrong rule, and your prayer won’t work. It’s that simple.

What kind of prayer did Jesus pray, using the phrase, “If it be Thy will”? It was the prayer of consecration and dedication. Then there are other kinds of praying that will require the use of the word “if“ when we don’t know exactly what the will of God is in that situation.

In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus knew the will of God. However, Jesus prayed a prayer of consecration to God’s will, “Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done” (Luke 22:42).

Jesus wasn’t praying a prayer to change something. He was praying a prayer of consecration and dedication. We use the phrase, “If it be Thy will” in our prayers because we want to be available to do what Jesus wants us to do. We should be willing to go anywhere and do anything God has called us to do, whether it is to pastor, to be a missionary, or to be anything else he wants us to be.

Therefore, in a prayer of dedication and consecration, we are to pray,
“Lord, if it be Thy will” or “Lord, Thy will be done.”
However, when it comes to changing things and receiving something from God according to His Word, we do not pray, “If it be Thy will.” We already know God’s will because we have God’s Word for it.

It is God’s will that our needs be met. God wants to give us what we need. And we receive our needs met by faith.

Receiving the Desires of Your Heart

Mark 11:24 24 Therefore I say unto you, What things so ever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.


Mark 11:24 has to do with receiving the desires of your heart. It has to do with things in the natural, like the fig tree that just dried up when Jesus cursed it (Mark 11:14,20,21)

Mark 11:24 also pertains to healing. The devil tried to tell me on the bed of sickness that Mark 11:24 wasn’t talking about physical things. The devil said that scripture only meant whatever I desired spiritually. Many people listen to the devil and are robbed of blessings that God intended for them to have in life.

The Bible says, “…What things SO EVER ye desire…” (Mark 11:24). We have God’s Word, his promise, that these desires can be met – that we can have those things we desire.

Someone might ask, “What if my desires are wrong?”

Well, if your desires are wrong, then why don’t you get saved? Or if you’re out of fellowship with God, then you will need to repent.
Those who are out of fellowship with God and those who are unsaved aren’t going to be able to make Mark 11:24 work for them anyway. But a man who is saved and walking in fellowship with God has the right desires in his heart.

You can’t tell me a believer’s desires will be wrong if he is walking with God and keeping his flesh under subjection to his recreated, human spirit! The Christian is supposed to crucify the flesh. But in Mark 11:24, God is talking about the desires of the heart. We must realise that it is God’s will that all of our needs be met – spiritual, physical, and financial or material.
We do not live under the Old Covenant, but you can understand something further about the nature of God by studying the old Testament. You’ll see from the Old Testament that God promised His people more than just spiritual things. He promised them that if they would obey him, they would prosper financially and materially (Deut.28;1-14)

God also told the Israelites that he would take sickness away from them and the number of their days they would fulfil (Exod.23:26). The Bible says in the Book of Psalms, in talking about delivering the Israelites from Egypt, that there were no feeble people among them (Ps. 105:37). That’s quite a statement when you realise that there were approximately two million Israelites whom God led out of Egypt!
God is interested in everything that touches our lives. He has made full provision for us for every area of our lives. He told His people in the Old Covenant that if they would keep His commandments, they would eat the good of the land (Deut.28:1-14;Isa.1:19). The phrase, “the good of the land” carries the implication that God’s people are to prosper materially.
Then over in the New Testament the Lord says almost the same thing, except in different words. The Holy Spirit says through John in Third John 2, “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou may prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.”

The Lord said that he would give good gifts to His children (Matt. 7:11). He is concerned about us (1Peter 5:7). And in Mark 11:242, Jesus is talking abut granting us the desires of our heart, and he tells us how to get them.

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.

Yours Sincerely

Nando



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