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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Prayer of Faith Gets the Job Done

Are all your needs met today? If not, why not? According to the Word of God, it’s either because you’re not praying about them at all or because when you do pray, you’re praying incorrectly.

So, what does it mean to pray incorrectly? In many cases it means to pray without expecting results. Many believers do that, you know. They use prayer as a kind of spiritual wishbone; in other words a ritual. “This probably won’t do much good,” they think, “but who knows? It won’t hurt to give it a try.”

If you want to test whether someone believes that God will answer the prayer they just offered on your behalf, ask them “what’s going to happen now?” If they respond, “We’ll have to wait and see.” Then you know it’s a futile prayer. But if they say, “God is going to answer” or “God is going to meet your need,” then you know, it was a prayer of faith (Heb. 11:6).

If uncertainty has been your attitude to prayer, then change it; else, you’re just wasting precious time beating the air! Start getting serious about prayer.
  • Stop praying just because it’s proper. 
  • Stop praying just because someone insisted you do when you were a child growing up.
Start praying to get results! Pray “in the Name of Jesus” according to the Word of God and begin expecting to receive what you ask for every single time. You may be thinking, “Isn’t that a little presumptuous?” No! But it’s bold, and you’ve a scriptural right to be bold. Let me tell you something I know about Prayer, if it doesn't change your circumstance, it will change you!

According to the Word of God, you have a standing invitation from your heavenly Father to “come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Heb. 4:16). Who would not take up that offer? I think you should do just that! Now having boldness by a new and living way, let’s draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith for He’s faithful that promised (Heb. 10:19-23).

So, did you know that, according to the Word of God, there’s no lack in the body of Christ? Everything we could ever need, every problem we could ever face has been covered by the blood of Jesus. His “exceeding great and precious promises” (2Pet.1:4) have supplied it all.

Why then do so many of us keep on suffering lack? Because we haven’t, as Hebrews 5:13 says, become skillful in the word of righteousness. It takes skill to apply the Word of God. Sometimes we just sling the word around and try to use it any old way.

According to Ephesian 6:18, prayer is a weapon for the believer. Who wants to be careless with a weapon? But isn’t that what we do? We must however; use the weapon wisely against the enemy to get results. Instead, we pray some ignorant prayer and then say, “Oh well, God knows what I mean” then expect it to be answered. Oh no, that kind of approach will not yield results!

Consider this, we live in an “instant” society where everything is quick and easy; and too many of us are letting that instant mentally penetrate into our walk with the Lord Jesus Christ. When someone needs healing, we dab a little oil on the forehead and say, “Glory to God!” then move on to something else. Often it doesn’t take any longer than “In the name of Jesus be healed!” But sometimes there’s something else that must be done.

The time has come for us to shake off that “instant” mentality and realize that there’re situations where we’re going to have to take some time to pray in the Holy Ghost; times when we’re going to have to sit and listen for God’s instructions.

So, if you’ve come up short in any area of life, whether it’s healing or finances or anything else, determine to develop your word skills where that area is concerned. Get out your bible,
  • Read through all the Healing scripture,
  • Read through all the Miracle scriptures.
  • Read through all the Promises of God.
  • Read through all the Blessings of Abraham.
Meditate on them. Ask God to speak to you through them and to enlighten you about the situation you’re facing. Don’t just sling the word around; dig into it. Fellowship with your Father over it and let Him show you how to apply it skillfully and faithfully, and eventually, you’ll lack no good thing.

Finally, when you go to God in full assurance of faith, with Spirit inspired prayer; you do know what He’s going to do, right? He’s going to answer you. He’s going to meet your need exactly as you asked Him. Start expecting Him to do it today. God bless!

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