The Power of Prayer
Use the Faith You Have
through the Word of God (5)
God has dealt to every man the measure of faith. Therefore, every believer can receive answers to his prayers. If you say you don't have faith, then you are making God out to be a liar. You do have faith. Every man has faith if he is saved. But it's thinking faith thoughts and speaking faith words that lead the heart out of defeat into victory.
In other words, you need to use the faith you have in order for your faith to be effectual.
Follow these seven steps to answered prayer, and expect to receive answers to your prayers. Do not accept no for an answer and do not be denied! It's your family right in Christ, your redemptive right, your gospel right, and your right as a recreated blood-bought, child of God to have what God has promised you. By faith appropriate what belongs to you and it will come. It's yours now by faith. So accept God's Word and believe it and it will become a reality in your life!
Praying in Jesus' Name – Part 1
Jesus is our Mediator, Intercessor, Advocate, and our Lord. He stands between us and the Father.
No place in the Bible is it recorded that Jesus told His disciples to pray to Him. They were always to pray to the Father in Jesus' Name.
If we wish to be sure of reaching the throne of God with our prayers, we must come to God according to the rules laid down in His Word.
Notice Jesus said, "… in that day ye shall ask me nothing . . ." (v. 23). Jesus said this just before He died and rose again to sit at the right hand of the Father on our behalf. Jesus also said, "… Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father IN MY NAME
, he will give it you" (John 16:23).
Jesus was talking about His mediatorial position at the right hand of the Father where he would soon ascend and be seated (Heb. 1:3). Another translation of John 16:23 reads, "In that day you shall not pray to Me." Jesus said we are to ask the Father in His Name. There isn't any other way to approach God.
Certainly, we can worship Jesus, and worship is a type of prayer. We can tell Jesus how much we love and appreciate Him, but when it comes to praying and asking, we must ask the Father in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 3:14 and 15 also tells us that: "For this cause I bow my knees UNTO THE FATHER of our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named."
We are to bow our knees to our Heavenly Father in prayer, using the Name of Jesus. It’s not as important which church you belong to, as it is which family you belong to. Praise God, believers are in the family of God. And we can approach the Father God in prayer in the Name of Jesus!
Many people know about praying to God, but they don't know anything about praying to the Father. In other words, when they're praying they don't sound as if they really know God as Father. He's God to the world, but He’s Father to me. There is real joy in knowing that the Father will answer our prayers.
Ask, That Your Joy May Be Full
Smith Wigglesworth told of an incident which happened when he first started preaching. (His wife was really the preacher, and he was a plumber. In fact, Wigglesworth put plumbing in many of the houses in England which in that day had never had plumbing.)
Wigglesworth said that one day he was working, installing plumbing in a certain home for people of some nobility. He noticed the lady of the house would come time after time to the door where he was working, and stand looking at him. She would look, then go away and come back and look again at him. He couldn't figure out what was wrong with her.
After a while he needed more material, so he sent his apprentice back to the shop to get it. When the helper left, the woman came into the room where Wigglesworth was working and shut the door. He couldn't figure out what in the world was going on. She finally asked Wigglesworth what that wonderful light was on his face.
At this time Wigglesworth was a plumber; it wasn’t until later that he became a preacher. Wigglesworth was full of light because he was full of joy. You don't have to be a preacher to be full of joy. The Word will work for you, whoever you are.
Wigglesworth proceeded to tell that woman an incident that had occurred at breakfast time that morning.
He said that when he had come down for breakfast that morning, he sat down at the table and his wife told him that two of their children were sick, not even able to get out of bed. The illness had come upon them during the night. Before Wigglesworth even gave thanks for his food, he got up from the table, went upstairs with his wife, and they laid hands on the two children and prayed. The children were both instantly healed. They had contracted a children’s sickness that usually lasted for several days. But it left them instantly when Wigglesworth and his wife prayed.
We make a mistake by accepting sickness and adverse circumstances in our lives (John 10:10). I've done it before because I didn't know any better, but I've since learned better – I learned what the Word said! For example, our son, Ken, had the mumps for about forty-five minutes one time. But when we prayed, they left him and never returned. We make a mistake by accepting such things which are not from God.
So Wigglesworth's joy was full! And that joy was evident to those around him. God had healed his children and had answered his prayer! The children had gotten out of bed and had come to breakfast healed! That was the reason for this wonderful light on Wigglesworth's face.
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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