The Power of Prayer
through the Word of God (4)
The Scripture says, "Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything . . ." (Phil 4:6 Amp.)
. (Anything means anything
!) Therefore, you can let your request be known with thanksgiving because you know God is going to hear you.
When I come across situations which seem impossible, I just say that all things are possible to him that believes (Mark 9:23)
, and that I'm a believer. Sometimes the devil will tempt me with thoughts that try to hinder my belief, but I have the Word to stand on. And because God’s Word is true, I thank God for my answer before I ever see it come to pass!
Step number seven to receiving answered prayer is make every prayer relative to what you've asked a statement of faith instead of unbelief.
You can think and say words of faith just as easily as you can think and say words of doubt and unbelief. It is thinking faith thoughts and speaking faith words that leads the heart out of defeat and into victory.
Speaking about the prayer of faith, Smith Wigglesworth once said, "If you pray seven faith times for any one thing, you prayed six times in unbelief."
Andrew Murray said, "It's not in good taste to ask God for the same thing over and over again."
Andrew Murray also said that if what you've prayed for hasn't materialised, and you do pray again, don't pray for it again in the same way because that would be unbelief. He said to remind God that you asked for it and remind Him of what his Word says; put Him in remembrance of His promises (Isa. 43:26)
. Tell Him that you’re expecting it, and thank Him for it.
Don't Undo Your Prayers
Many times people undo their prayers. They get into unbelief and just stay there, and it is as if they are spinning their wheels in prayer. They need to get into faith and stay there
. They may have to stand their ground for a period of time. But if they stay in the arena of faith, the answer will
An example of people undoing their prayers was shown to me on a book I recently read written by an American pastor (K.E.Hagin) the incident occurred in a meeting that he held in another pastor's church, I will tell it the same way has in the book.
"(One night a woman came in to that church just before the service was turned over to me. When the minister turned it over to me, she jumped up and said that she had a special prayer request. She said she had just come from Sister Gray's house and that Sister Gray wasn't supposed to live past midnight.
My minister friend said he had been to see Sister Gray that day, and he confirmed that what this woman had said was true. So he told everyone to stand and pray for her. I thought we were standing to pray for her healing. So we all stood and prayed. Then we thanked God for the answer.
The next night this same woman came back again, and during the service she said she thought we ought to pray for Sister Gray again. She said the doctor had examined Sister Gray and that he couldn't understand why she hadn't died. In fact, he said she was going to live after all. They had gotten the woman up out of bed and she had been sitting in a chair, although she was still very weak. It is only natural that her body would be weak after being bedfast.
This sister said that it was evident God has touched
Sister Gray, but that now we should pray that God would heal
her! But that wouldn't be right because if we did that, we would not be making every prayer relative to what we've asked for – a statement of faith. Instead of making a statement of faith, we would be making a statement of unbelief.
We hadn't prayed the first time that God would touch
her; we had prayed that He would heal her! And He had answered our prayers! Therefore, for us to pray again that God would heal her would have been praying in unbelief.
While all of this was going on, I had a feeling I should get up and say something, but I hesitated. I knew that because Sister Gray had been healed by mass faith, that is, by the corporate faith of the congregation, that if the congregation kept praying that Sister Gray would be healed, their unbelief would be taking her out of God's hands and she would probably die. You see, by that time, Sister Gray was beyond using her own faith to receive her healing.
But I was reluctant to say anything. I knew on the inside of me that within three days she would be dead. Sure enough, three days later, she died)".
Many times we're cheated out of the blessings God wants us to have in this life because we're not co-operating with Him. Instead of praying again for Sister Gray's healing, the congregation should have raised their hands and thanked God that she had been healed.
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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