Whatever You ask in Prayer, Believe…….

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

When you pray:

(1) Use your faith: William ward says: ” We stamp and address an envelope and send it on its way with complete confidence that it will reach its destination. Yet we wonder, and even doubt if our prayers will be heard by an ever present, ever loving God.” Wrap your prayer in expectation. God doesn’t respond to your need, He responds to your faith.

(2) Don’t worry about using the right words: Jesus said of the Pharisees, “They think they will be heard because of their many words” (Matthew 6:7). Ever heard the lawyer’s version of “Give us this day our daily bread?” (Matthew 6:11). “We respectfully petition, request and entreat that a due and adequate provision be made, this day and date first above and inscribed, for the satisfying of the petitioners’ nutritional requirements, and for the organizing of such methods of allocation and distribution as many deemed necessary and proper, to assume the reception by and for said petitioners of such quantity of cereal products (hereinafter and herein called bread), and shall in the judgment of the aforesaid petitioners constitute a sufficient amount.” THAT’S EIGHTY WORDS!!! Jesus used only seven! Sometimes the most effective prayer is brief and to the point.

(3) Be specific: Jesus said, “You will be given whatever you ask for in my name” (John 16:23). The great things about being specific is that whenever God answers, you know it. the loved one you prayed for got saved. The sickness got healed. The more specific you are, the more alert you’ll be for answers-which means you can be more specific with your thanks to God.

 

Taken from The Word for you Today: Saturday November 15, 2014

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3 thoughts on “Whatever You ask in Prayer, Believe…….

  1. Thanks Jance, for aother great post. In nearly 40 years as a pastor prayer has been a constant. My only frustration comes mostly from requests of members of the flock who seem ignorant of a firm scriptural concept. God is good ALL the time. Any prayer to Him should be sent with complete confidence that an appropriate result is pending – ALWAYS. However, certain seeming “qualifiers” often hinder sincere faith. Did I ask in proper faith? What is the significance of asking “in Jesus Name”? Is my prayer consistent with the will of God? In James chapter one we are given answers to these. We must have a properly preconceived understanding that God really wants to supply us with answers to our prayers, but we must accept the answers without doubting. James calls such doubts becoming “double-minded”. I’ve seen this response hinder many prayers. Did God really say? I know who authors such a question. Asking according to God’s will (the good), trusting in His ability, and in Jesus “name” (consistent with His reputation) we accept that God answers ALL prayers. Sometimes the answer is “NO”; other times it is “WAIT”. But it is ALWAYS for our good. Remembering that His ways are so much higher than ours, accepting an unexpected answer to prayer requires comprehension from a godly perspective. We can achieve this being seated in Heavenly places with Christ and the prayer accepting Christ as Savior appropriates such a position.

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    1. Good to see you my friend. May God continue to bless you and your ministry exceeding abundantly, above all that you could ever ask or think. According to the power that works in you.

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  2. In nearly 40 years as a pastor prayer has been a constant. My only frustration comes mostly from requests of members of the flock who seem ignorant of a firm scriptural concept. God is good ALL the time. Any prayer to Him should be sent with complete confidence that an appropriate result is pending – ALWAYS. However, certain seeming “qualifiers” often hinder sincere faith. Did I ask in proper faith? What is the significance of asking “in Jesus Name”? Is my prayer consistent with the will of God? In James chapter one we are given answers to these. We must have a properly preconceived understanding that God really wants to supply us with answers to our prayers, but we must accept the answers without doubting. James calls such doubts becoming “double-minded”. I’ve seen this response hinder many prayers. Did God really say? I know who authors such a question. Asking according to God’s will (the good), trusting in His ability, and in Jesus “name” (consistent with His reputation) we accept that God answers ALL prayers. Sometimes the answer is “NO”; other times it is “WAIT”. But it is ALWAYS for our good. Remembering that His ways are so much higher than ours, accepting an unexpected answer to prayer requires comprehension from a godly perspective. We can achieve this being seated in Heavenly places with Christ and the prayer accepting Christ as Savior appropriates such a position. Thank you Janice for another great post!

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