Here we go with our final look into the powerful and effective discipline of prayer. Check out Part 3, if you haven’t already: http://www.melindaknight.com/prayers-that-work-part-3/
Amen. So be it. When we say “Amen,” we are putting a declaration of agreement on something; we are saying “let it be,” “so be it” or “yes, that’s true.”
The bible tells us there is great power in agreement. When you “Amen” something that is said, you are bringing the power of agreement of what is said into your life.
Matthew 18:20, “For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” NIV
Ecclesiastes 4:12, “A person standing alone can be attached and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.” NLT
The bible also tells us that 1 can put a thousand to flight and 2 can put 10,000 to flight. When you say “amen,” you bring the power of 2 speaking it into your life. That’s a whole lotta power!
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Why don’t we pray (cont.)? (see part 1 & part 2)
As I mentioned earlier, this study on prayer comes from many different studies, books and wonderful men and women of God. The following questions about prayer were asked by my pastor, Pastor Gini.
5. We do not see instant results or the results we want.
(Isa. 55:8-9), Romans 11:33-36, Ps. 37:3-8)
The Bible says if we want to be a disciple of Christ that we must take up our cross daily and follow Him. Saying no to ourselves and saying yes to Him daily. This is called spiritual maturity. His will becomes our will and as a result, we become less and less demanding, asking for fewer things outside His will and more and more prayers get answered.
6. We have greater confidence in our ability to work things out on our own.
(1 Cor 10:12, Prov. 12:15, Romans 6:21, Eph. 5:6-10, James 1:22-25)
We are trained from a young age to make things happen, to figure things out and make a life for ourselves, on our own. In contrast, as we grow in God, the more we realize, the less we can do by ourselves. We can’t do anything of eternal value apart from Him. Everyday, we make an exchange, our weaknesses for His strength. His strength is made perfect in our weaknesses. This should take place in our daily prayers. Truly, we cannot do anything without Him.
7. We do not understand the significance of our investment in prayer.
(Ps. 133:1-3, Matt 18-16-20, Lev 26:7-8)
There is significance and value in our prayers. When we pray, we make an investment in eternity. However feeble, you will reap interest in your investment. It is not our efforts that create life. It is God’s anointing and grace on those prayers. Many times we feel inadequate, devalued, or the inability to speak the right words, but we will still reap interest from our prayers. We are a vehicle of the Holy Spirit. You are a vessel through which the prayer flows.
Proverbs 15:8, “The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, but the prayer of the upright is His delight.”
Matt. 21:22, “And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”
Even in your unbelief, ask God to help you and you will see the doubt dissipate.
Your prayers are necessary for God to move on the earth, your prayers are vital to your spiritual maturity. Your prayers are powerful for healing the sick and your prayers are effective in winning the pre-christian.
It’s time to pray BIG prayers. It time to begin praying those prayers you used to pray.
I’ll see you in my final prayer installment, part 4.
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Let’s continue our journey through victorious living and overcoming the enemy.
Check out Part One if you haven’t read it already.
One of the ways we overcome the enemy, protect our stuff (I mean our life) and gain revelation and grace, is through prayer. God has given us power in our prayer. God hears our prayer, He answers our prayer, He admonishes us to pray daily and He taught us how to pray.
If so, then why don’t we pray?
1. We do not feel worthy to ask God for anything.
(1 Timothy 2:1-3, 1 Peter 2:5, Ephesians 1:3-7)
It is not by our works that we are made worthy. Apart from Jesus, none of us are worthy. The Bible says “there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” God sees us as spotless through the blood of His son, Jesus. Stand up and pray!
2. We are not sure that God really hears us when we pray.
(Ps. 10:17, Ps. 34:15, Ps. 145:18-10, Prov. 15:29)
The Lord hears us when we pray. As times, when it seems we cannot break through with our prayers or have few answers to our prayers. It could be the consequences of asking amiss. The Bible says, “you have not, because you ask not, then when you ask you ask amiss.” When we pray, we must pray the will of God. How do we know His will? We read His word. It is His will. God hears our prayers, every one. He answers every one with either: yes, no, go or slow.
3. We do not know how to pray or feel we have anything to say to God.
(Jer. 33:3, Ps. 142:1-2, Matt 6:9-13)
This scripture in Matthew is what we could call a “blueprint” to prayer. It is not a magical phrase but a model Jesus taught for daily prayer. As we get more proficient with this model, the less we need it. Daily prayer is self-centered. Praying for ourselves initially sounds selfish but the truth is, we need to pray more for ourselves, not less. As we pray about our attitudes, circumstances, thoughts, relationships, etc. we are changed and our heart is aligned with the will of God and mind is renewed. We are free of personal burdens and sins so we can successfully pray for others. Unless we petition daily, we cannot be proficient in intercession for others. Unforgiveness and sin serve as blockages to our prayers. With unforgiveness and sin, God cannot hear us or answer prayer.
4. We fear we might become obligated to God not to sin.
(Eph 2:8-10, Heb. 12:28, Rom. 5:19-6:2)
We think that we must produce to be loved or accepted, therefore, if we pray and ask God for anything, we are then obligated to repay the debt or favor with religious activity. God doesn’t want religious activity, He wants our whole life. God gave wholly to us when He gave His only Son. We didn’t earn it. The same way, we ask by grace and He answers by grace.
If you have a prayer request you’d like to share in the comments, I’d love to include you in my prayers, this week.
See you in part 3
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