STEPS TO ANSWERED PRAYER 3

KEY SCRIPTURE: Proverbs 4:23 “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life”.

The next step to having answers to your prayers is to let every thought and desire affirm that you have what you asked for, or be positive in your thinking.

After you prayed in faith according to God’s word never permit a mental picture of failure in your mind. Don’t doubt for one minute that you have the answer. If doubt seem to show up refuse it with your mouth. Rebuke doubt and get your mind on the answer. This is done by putting your mind on the word.

Our key scripture tells us to guard our hearts with all diligence for out of it are the issues of life. If you allow doubt and negativity to dwell on your mind that is what you would have in your life. James 4:7 tells us…….. “Resist the devil and he will flee from you”

The apostle Peter also repeated this statement in another sense in 1st Peter 5:8, as follows “Be sober, be vigilant because your adversary, the devil as a roaring lion, walketh about searching whom he may devour “. The verse 9a says “Whom resist steadfast in the faith…..”

Your thought would ultimately influence your believing, so give no place to doubtful thoughts. Rebuke doubt each time it shows up and fix your thought or mind on the answer that is the word of God.

In order to receive answers to your prayers, you must eradicate every image, suggestion, vision, dream, impression, feeling and all thoughts that do not contribute to your faith.

Anything that contradicts the word of God must be rejected.

       CONFESSION

My heart is occupied with the word of God. There is no place for any word of the liar. I believe whatever God says about my situation. That settles it. I have my answer and living in the answer.

THOUGHT:   KEEP YOUR THOUGHTS CLEAN SO YOU CAN POSSESS YOUR ANSWER.

FURTHER STUDIES:

Romans 4:19″  And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb”:

Mark 11:23-24  “For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore, I say unto you, what things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them”.

STEPS TO ANSWERED PRAYER 2

KEY SCRIPTURE: Mark 11:24 “Therefore I say unto you, what things so ever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them”.

 The next step after asking your request is to believe that you have received your answer.

 The key scripture says when you pray believe that you have received.

God always does things spiritually before they manifest in the physical or natural. Believing is receiving the answer spiritually, then it would manifest itself physically

 There is no way it will come into natural if it has not first been received. This operates with the principle of sowing seeds and fruition. (Mark 4:26-27)

 This is where most people miss it. They want to see the answer before believing they have it. Things do not work out that way.

God always gives out what He has promised. This comes to us through the promise we have believed.

The answer may happen in an instant, this is called a miracle, or may take some moments to manifest which is the normal system of sowing and reaping. (Genesis 8:22a” While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, shall not cease”

When you pray, receive the answer which God has already promised.

 The challenge of having the manifestation is the lies that the devil raises in your mind. (John 8:44)

The devil is a specialist in communicating lies, in fact, he is a murderer and the father of liars. This is the reason you must know the word of God and stand on the promise declaring with your mouth that God has honoured His word and you have the answer.

 Declare to the devil as the Lord did during His temptation. Tell the devil” it is written” and speak out what God has promised.  Romans 3:4 ” God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; …….”

 Every contrary feeling or physical sign is a lie only what God has said is truth. Take a stand on the scripture and refuse to be moved. Your answer cannot be denied!!!

PRAYER

Lord your word is truth, I believe I have the answer as I prayed because your word said so. Every contrary feeling, condition or situation is a lie. I have what you have promised since I have believed it.

THOUGHT: WHAT YOU HAVE BELIEVED IS SURELY WITH YOU AND WILL SOON BE MANIFESTED.

FURTHER STUDY

1 Timothy 6:12 ‘ Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses”.

Numbers 23:19 ” God is not a man that he should lie; neither the son of man that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? Or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?”

STEPS TO ANSWERED PRAYER

KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 7:7 “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you”

This is our month of answered prayers and I would like to share a few thoughts on prayer with you.

Many Christians pray and pray but do not have tangible answers to their requests. Learning to pray effectively is very important for every Christian. No Christian would be successful if he or she cannot pray effectively.

We would be considering various steps to answered prayer.

Step One: Be specific about what you want and stand on the word of God. This means you must decide what you want and find the scriptures that support or assures you on those requests.

Our Lord Jesus always asked people what they would want Him to do for them, even if their condition was evident to all. In John 5:6, although the Lord knew he was impotent and need healing He asked “Wilt thou be made whole”. He always wanted to hear you say exactly what you wanted.

Some people pray and when they are asked what you are praying about, they say, I don’t know. Beloved brother or sister, if you want an answer from the Lord, then you better pray specifically.

Step two: You must pray according to the word of God. Faith begins when the will of God is known. The word of God is the will of God. If the scripture does not promise you what you are asking for then stop praying.

John 15:7 says, ”   If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.”

 The Bible says if the word abides in you, then you would ask what you want and receive; why?  When the word is abiding in you, you would ask in faith. The word of God is God presenting Himself to us in written form.

This is the reason the Lord spoke to Joshua in Joshua 1:8 as follows. You have good success as you meditate on the word. The word in your heart, spoken by the tongue is like God Himself making His declarations

Doubt is the main cause of unanswered prayers. The doubter cannot possess the answer. He is unstable. (James 1:6, 7)

Build the word into your heart through meditation.

 PRAYER

My father, thank you for your ears that is open to my prayers. Thank you that as I pray in faith you always answer and receive my request. Thank you for all your goodness unto me. Amen

FURTHER STUDIES:

John 5:14 “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask anything according to his will, he heareth us”.

 James 1:6-7 ” But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.”

MIRACLES ADVERTISES JESUS

KEY SCRIPTURE: John 9:10 KJV “Therefore said they unto him, How were thine eyes opened?”

Miracles are God’s acts among men. Miracles make men wonder. Miracles attract men to God. Even hard-core Atheists would believe in God when they encounter a miracle in their lives. In our key scripture, the people wanted to know how his eyes were opened because it was not possible for one in that condition to have His eyes opened. John 2:23 KJV “Now when he was in Jerusalem at the Passover, in the feast day, many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did.” Many would still believe in our time when they see miracles Jesus performs through His children.

Back to the question of the people, in our key scripture; they asked, how did he open your eyes? I believe this is a question many of us would want to know the answer to when we encounter one who has a miracle. Miracles, as much as it is a divine act, is a cooperation between man and God. God has revealed His part in His word, the bible. He has told us of His love for all mankind. He demonstrated his love by allowing our Lord Jesus, to take our place in bearing our shame, pain, diseases, and dying for us. Man is to believe all that the Bible has revealed about Jesus. Man demonstrates his belief by acting on the word of God. There are also times that God will move in to save a situation by virtue of sovereignty.

Cassidy Kalaugher (CK), is a young Austrian girl, who was an outright atheist, who made a mockery of Christians and God. She protested against a lot of the positions of the Christians. She went on a pride parade and was living to satisfy her pleasures. She was taken down with Crohn’s disease and was hospitalized. On one night when she knew she could not make it to the next day, a beautiful Jamaican lady came to her. This Jamaican asked her to allow her to pray for her (CK)but she refused it.CK said she was not ready for anything God. This lady insisted and prayed for her anyway and left. She did not believe in prayer. By the next morning, she woke up feeling stronger and completely well. She did not believe, yet God out of mercy healed her. (Please check on YouTube for her testimony). She later made a decision to give her life over to Jesus.

CONFESSION

God my father is still in the miracle business. I believe in His word. Miracles are happening all around me and right in my life. Miracles of divine healing, miracles of supernatural supplies. Thank you, Lord Jesus.

THOUGHT: BELIEVE IN MIRACLES, FOR EVERY NEW DAY IS AN ANNOUNCEMENT OF A MIRACLE

 FURTHER STUDIES

 Mark 9:23 KJV “Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.”

Luke 1:45 KJV “And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.”

A DIVINE ENCOUNTER CHANGES YOUR STORY.

KEY SCRIPTURE: John 9:8 KJV “The neighbours therefore, and they which before had seen him that he was blind, said, Is not this he that sat and begged?”

The Psalmist wrote Psalm 126:1 and said, “When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream”. Indeed, an encounter with the Lord will make you feel like you are in a dreamland. The people could not easily notice him after that encounter with Jesus. They wondered whether it was him or not. May the Lord give you an encounter that will change your story and your status forever.

Jesus our Lord, is the mighty changer of men’s stories.

The Lord loves to put a smile on everyone’s face. He actually seeks someone to show such kindness to.2Ch 16:9 KJV” For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.” Who is the man with that perfect heart? It is the man who would believe in Him. God justifies the man that believes in Him because to believe in God is a way of declaring that God is faithful. The blind man believed in the master. When the Lord asked him to go wash in the pool, he quickly set off ,because he counted the Lord faithful.

Dear one , it is your time for a change of story. What is the condition that demands intervention from the Spirit of God in your life.? At the tomb of Lazarus, the Lord told Martha, the sister of Lazarus that, Joh 11:40 KJV” Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God? You can also change your story. Believe in God, believe in His love for you, believe this is your hour, accept His love today, thank Him for His miracle and start rejoicing about it. The Lord assures us in His word that, He is able to do far more exceedingly, abundantly above all that we ask or think. Eph 3:20 Ask Him today.

PRAYER

Thank you, my dear heavenly father, for your love and kindness towards all men, and me in particular. I receive your intervention for my life today. Thank you, Lord, for that miracle in Jesus name.

THOUGHT: GOD WOULD SURELY VISIT THE BELIEVING ONE

FURTHER STUDIES

Rom 10:12 KJV ‘For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.’

1 John 5:14 KJV “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:”

DO WHAT THE LORD TELLS YOU

KEY SCRIPTURE: John” 9:7 KJV And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way, therefore, and washed, and came seeing.”

The Lord asked the man to go to the pool called Siloam and wash the sand from his eye lids This word Siloam also means sent. We learn from the bible that even names of places turned to play the role of their meanings in the lives of people in their times. This reveals the bible as naturally spiritual and also spiritually natural. The blind man who needed healing would have expected that after the Lord had smeared his dead eyes with the clay, He would have just said eyes open and it would have opened. The Lord rather gave him an instruction to do something which seemed to have nothing to do with his healing. This man had a very meek attitude. He obeyed.

I believe it was not easy to get to the pool, yet He managed to get there and did as the master instructed.

Faith in God always demands some amount of blind obedience and trust. It expects absolute trust knowing that God’s way is always the best, no matter how foolish it may seem. Trusting God in many cases seems foolish and ridiculous. God has chosen the foolish things of this would to confound the wise. You can never experience God if you always want to remain logical and reasonable. It takes meekness and lowliness to walk in the rest of God. Matt 11:29 KJV” Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.”

What made this blind man who never knew Jesus anywhere, to obey His instruction to go to the pool and wash. I believe his desire to gain his sight, made him to act against any natural reasoning to go and wash. There are millions of people today who have missed  the call  of the Lord, to experience  blessings or miracles of God.

 These people are sadly caged by their dignified reasoning, and so miss God.

It is always a blessing to believe God and to do what He tells you. The Syrian general, Naaman in 2 Kings 5:10 nearly missed God’s healing grace. He wanted to insist on how God should heal Him.

Now what are certain things God has instructed us to do, so we would enjoy His blessings and miracles

1. We should not be anxious about anything Phil 4:6,7

2. In all things we must give thanks to God.1 Thess 5:18

3. We should always be expectant of a good and favourable end. Jeremiah 29:11

4.  SEEK to put God’s interest first in all we do. Matt 6;33

If we do these things, we would experience His peace and blessings

CONFESSION

The Lord is ever present with me. He does all things for my good. I am ever joyful, knowing that all things are working out for my good. I am always thankful to Him Amen

THOUGHT: DO WHAT GOD SAYS TO END YOUR FRUSTRATIONS

FURTHER STUDIES

Jeremiah 29:11 KJV “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.’

Philippians 4:6 KJV “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”

MIRACLES = FAITH WORDS +ACTION

KEY SCRIPTURE: John 9:6 KJV “When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay,’

After making all the faith declarations Jesus had to go into action. The action motivated by faith is the vital step that would unlock the miracle you are anticipating. This is not trying your luck. There is no luck in relating with God. Luck is based on chance, and God does not function by chance. God will always come through for you if only you act in faith. In this very instant, the Lord did something different from His normal way of commanding the sick to be healed. He took some sand, spat on it and then placed it on the eye of the man.

Why did the master approach the healing of this man this way? Doing the works of God is always in partnership with the Holy Ghost. The Holy Spirit is our helper and leader. John 14:26. He shows us what to do, yet we must seek His guidance. In this particular event, the Lord asked Him what to do. He acted fully under the instructions of the Comforter.

One’s ability to effectively cooperate with the Holy Spirit depends on how he or she fellowships with Him. We fellowship with the Spirit as we;

1. Pray

2. Study the scriptures,

3. worship the Father

 4. Obey the general counsel of scripture,

 5.  Enquiring from Him, about what to do and how to do it.

The above are some of the ways a child of God may fellowship with the Spirit

Back to the healing of the man the Lord after smearing the dead eyes with the clay instructed him to go and wash. All these were done upon the instructions of the Holy Spirit. To be an effective minister of the gospel in various aspects, one must learn to hear from the Holy Spirit. The next is to obey every instruction he gives you. Any wild and outrageous instructions cannot come from Him. He will not ask you to do anything that contradicts the scriptures. As an example, He will not ask you to go and sleep in a cemetery for anything. 1Timothy 1:19 KJV” Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck:”

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, helps us to know the Holy Spirit, in a more intimate way. We pray to be more sensitive to the Holy Spirit. Grant us the wisdom to know any voice that does not come from the Holy Spirit, we have prayed in Jesus’ name.

THOUGHT:  We grow in knowing the Spirit through diligence in the things of the Spirit.

FURTHER STUDIES

Rom 8:14 KJV” For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.”

Mark 16:20 KJV “And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.”

ACKNOWLEDGE WHO YOU ARE

KEY SCRIPTURE: John 9:5 KJV “As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

Our Lord Jesus declared that “as long as He is in the world, He is the light of the world”. He was simply saying I am the answer to the world’s questions. He was not being proud at all. He was simply saying what is true about Him. Many Christians do not know who they are, and so their lives have become very ordinary. Psalm 82, has some amazing things to say about these things. Psalms 82:5 KJV “They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course.” The Psalmist went on to say that these people being children of the most high are gods, yet they would die like men. This is so because they do not acknowledge who they are.

The word of God has so much to say about who we are, and we must acknowledge it, just as the Lord Jesus did. Our present glorious state comes as a result of our place in Christ. Our Lord Jesus became our substitute (Isaiah 53:1-6, 2 Corinth 5;17-21) for our sins, our shame, our punishment, and our death, so we became: His holiness, glory, exemption from destruction, life and resurrection. He tells us in Matt 5:14, that we are the light of the world. We are a city set on a hill, that cannot be hidden. We must boldly say I am the light of the world. Please note, He did not say light for your world, but ‘the’ world. You are the solution to the world. Jesus said I am the light of the world. Say it , I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. Never bow to any deplorable condition, for it cannot change what God has made you.

Please note that your faith is made more effective as you acknowledge all the amazing wonderful things in you. Philemon 1:6 KJV” That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.”

The Lord had some problems with His Jewish audience for affirming what He was. Men would come at you when you make certain declarations. Some would say you are proud. For example, the scriptures said Himself took my infirmities and bore my diseases. If He took them then I can’t carry them any longer. I boldly say I can’t be sick. Others would definitely say, who are you to say such things? Well, I am a son of God. According to Psalm 82:6, I am a god and by the revelation of the scriptures, I am a partaker of the divine nature and have escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. According to Hebrews 6:5, we taste of the good word of God and so, we also taste of the powers of the world to come. This is the incorruptible life, living in the resurrection life. Dear child of God, believe and boldly declare what the word says you are. Indeed, that is what you are in Jesus’ name.

CONFESSION

Thank you, Father, for your blessed word. By my position in Christ, I am blessed with every blessing in the heavenly places, I am the righteousness of God, life functions in me, disease have no place in me, I am the light of the world, glory be to God

THOUGHT: GOD’S WORD IS A MIRROR, JUST REFLECT IT

FURTHER STUDIES

2Pet 1:4 KJV “Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”

2Corinth 3:18 KJV” But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”

TIME LIMITATIONS

KEY SCRIPTURE: John 9:4 KJV” I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.”

The Lord Jesus knew He did not have an unlimited time frame to complete His task. He used the term ‘day’ to refer to the period one could be active. The daytime is a moment when most people are awake for all kinds of activities. The day also meant when He was alive. The night is a moment most people go to rest. The night also meant when He had left the earth. Even if you may want to be awake during the night, you may not get others with whom you may have to relate with.

 The night gives you no option to do much.

From Jesus’ approach to duty, I believe He knew He had a very short time to complete so many tasks. The Lord had a lot to do in a period of three and a half years. Let’s take a look at His mission or task within these three and a half years.

1. He was to raise 12 apostles, and other disciples, train, teach and show them all that the Father would want them to know, so they could effectively carry on with His work after He had left for heaven. John 17:6 KJV “I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me, and they have kept thy word.”

2. Secondly, He was to travel to the regions of Jerusalem, Judea, some parts of Samaria, and even gentile regions of Tyre and Sidon ministering the good news of the kingdom, healing the sick and working diverse miracles to reveal to them God’s love for all. In a number of instances, people engaged Him, one on one as well. He did most of His journeys on foot and at times on a ship. John 3:1, Acts 1:1

3. Finally, He was to go through His passion of suffering, death, resurrection and ascension to heaven.

The Lord was to do all these in three and a half years. The one main part was to raise men who would carry on the work to the uttermost part of the earth. These men were sent as sheep among wolves and were to be as harmless as doves, yet as wise as serpents. This was a real paradox, yet they were to be excellent at it. Their success greatly depended on how effective He prepared them. He was to achieve this to please His father.

I also believe that a second reason why the Lord worked so hard within such a short time was to set an example for later generations of believers, that, diligent commitment to the work can enable disciples to achieve so much within a very short time.

Considering the level of success, the master attained in comparison to what most servants of God are doing these days, we realise most people are seriously wasting precious time. Apostle Paul cautioned the brethren in Ephesus to redeem the time, for the days are evil Eph 5:16. Everyone of us must ask ourselves, how effective are we using our time? What impact are we making on our generation?

CONFESSION

I have a very limited time to do so much for the master. I approach my task with a great strategy and a great degree of diligence. I make sure, no time is wasted in any way.

THOUGHT:  YOUR VALUE OF THE WORK INFLUENCES YOUR USE OF TIME

FURTHER STUDIES

Deut 3:4 KJV And we took all his cities at that time, there was not a city which we took not from them, threescore cities, all the region of Argob, the kingdom of Og in Bashan.

Prov 27:23 KJV “Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds.”

“HIM THAT SENT ME”

KEY SCRIPTURE: John 9:4 KJV” I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh when no man can work.”

In considering our key scripture, the Lord referred to the one who sent Him. He did His work with such urgency because of the knowledge of the one who sent Him. Good knowledge and an acknowledgement of who He is can help us make a stronger commitment to His great commission.

 Who is He who has sent us?

1. He is the creator of heaven and earth, who made us, so we would live for His pleasure. Rev 4:11 KJV” Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure, they are and were created.” We did not make ourselves but He created us for His pleasure. This means we only have a meaningful life when we do that which gives Him the pleasure

2. Jesus said all Authority has been given unto Him. Mat 28:18 KJV.  All power(authority) is given unto me in heaven and in earth.” Obeying his commission means living under a far superior authority on the earth. We can only exercise His authority when we are wholly yielded to Him( Compared to Matt 8:9)

3. God is the judge of everyone and will judge all with a righteous judgement.1Corinth 3:13 KJV “Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.” The motive, yieldedness   and how sacrificial you approach the work would determine whether your works would stand or you would be rewarded.

4. God who sent us must not only be obeyed but must be feared. Hebrews 10:31 KJV” It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”.

 Falling into the hands of the living God, means falling short of His expectations of us , or doing what goes against His ways.

He says we must work out our salvation with fear and trembling. Phil 2:12.

5. The depth of His love and investment in us demands that we give Him our all. The song writer wrote in the last stanza of the song ‘ When I surveyed the wondrous cross, that

 were the whole realm of nature mine,

 That’s were an offering far too small

 Love so amazing, so divine

 Demands my soul, my life, my all.

This love of Jesus, which has translated us from death into life, and made us kings and priests of God, indeed demands everything of us to please Him.

CONFESSION

God the only potentate one has saved and commissioned me to bring His works of love and power to humanity. In love for Him and His greatness in all aspects, compels me to diligently commit to His course without fail. Nothing is important compared to doing His bidding and doing it well.

THOUGHT:  GOD IS TOO GREAT TO BE IGNORED

FURTHER STUDIES

2 Corinth 5:11 KJV “Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.”

Phi 2:14 KJV” Do all things without murmurings and disputings:”

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