STEPS TO ANSWERED PRAYER IV

KEY SCRIPTURE: 2 Corinth 10:5 “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ”

In this series of teachings I would be making certain repetitions from our previous studies. This is intentional since repetition only establishes the truth received. Philippians 3:1 “Finally my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not grievous, but for you it is safe”. It is safe, to be established in the truth.

Once again I say guard against evil thoughts that comes into your mind to try to make you doubt God’s word.

Thoughts are governed by observation, association and teaching. Our key scripture tells us to cast down every imagination that exalts itself against the knowledge of God. That’s why you should stay away from all places and things that do not support your affirmation that God has answered your prayer. Remember your thoughts are governed by observations, associations and teaching.

This means that sometimes you will have to stay away from the kind of churches that can put more doubt and unbelief in you than anything else. Also be sure to fellowship with those who contribute to your faith.

The word of God shows us what we must think about in Philippians 4:8  “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things”.

The Bible tells us in Philippians exactly what to think on. Many people are thinking on the wrong things and are defeated in life as a result. But if you would guard against every evil thought and think only on the things which affirm that God has heard and answered your prayers. In this way you would be operating with God in faith. Guard your mind so you would develop your faith. Your faith would see you through. (1st John 5:4)

      CONFESSIONS

God always answers me as I pray according to His word. I therefore have my answer, even though it might not have manifested physically. I know God’s word is true and settled in heaven. I rejoice in my answers!!!

FURTHER STUDIES:

1 John 5:4 ” For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith”.

Psalms 119:89-90 “Forever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.

Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth”.

STEPS TO ANSWERED PRAYER III

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. 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 so ever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them”.

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”:

STEPS TO ANSWERED PRAYER II

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 it 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 the 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 does 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 honored 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.

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”

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 abide 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 opened 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:

  1. John 5:14 “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us”.
  2. 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.”

CHRIST OUR TESTATOR

KEY SCRIPTURE: Hebrews 9:17 “For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth”.

A testator is one who disposes off his belongings through a covenant or a will. It is the one who makes a testament. Our Lord Jesus has left us a will, or a covenant, and better still a testament. The whole Bible is the will, covenant or testament that has been be quitted to us.

The terms of the testament comes into force after the death of the testator. Hebrews 9:16 “For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator”.

Our Lord Jesus who is the testator of both testaments has died, and He is alive to enforce the terms of these testament. Note: the Old Testament was not ratified with His blood, yet He is Lord of both testament.

All believers must therefore be very bold in their prayers based on the provisions of the will, which is the bible. The strength backing the fulfillment of the request is very high, and can’t be denied, based on the following.

  1. The promise is a covenant. A covenant is an agreement or a pledge between two parties and is binding on both parties to fulfill their part of the pledge. God cannot deny Himself by failing to fulfill His part of the covenant. It is not in His nature to change (Malachi 3:6)
  2. The maker of that covenant or testament is alive, to enforce its fulfillment.

Human experience have encountered certain wills not fully executed to the letter, because the maker of the will is not there. This is not so with our master. He is alive to enforce the will He made i.e. the bible

When you pray on the bases of the word of God, be fully assured of its fulfilment.

CONFESSION

Thank you heavenly Father for Jesus Christ, who established the will, and died, but resurrected to enforce the fulfillment of the will. I always receive answers to my requests based on the word

FURTHER STUDIES:

Hebrews 9:15 ” And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance”.

1 Timothy 2:5 “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus”.

JESUS, THE AUTHOR AND FINISHER OF OUR FAITH

KEY SCRIPTURE:  Heb 12:2 “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God”.

Our Lord JESUS is the initiator of our faith. He is the focus of our faith. The key scripture tells us to look away from all other things, problems and learn from the example of our master Jesus.

He considered the joy, victory and fruits of the cross, despised the shame and pain of it, to endure it. Isaiah 53:11 “He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities”.

Our faith is called upon to rise up against many contrary situations .We must learn from the example of the author and finisher of our faith. Look away from the situation. It may be grave, demanding attention, but don’t attend to it. Fear and discouragement is a product of focusing on the contrary situations.

Faith is also alert and strong when the focus is on the word. This was the example of our master and as well as Abraham. 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”:

From the example of Jesus, the principle of strong faith is to look away from the problem. Trouble, or challenge to focus on the word of God. FAITH IS ALWAYS A PRODUCT OF THE WORD IN OUR HEARTS and miracles happen as the word in our heart is spoken out through the mouth. (Rom 10:9,10)

CONFESSION

Jesus has shown us the way of faith, I always focus fully on the word, bringing me outstanding results all the time. No matter how grave the condition may be I am victorious always.

FURTHER STUDIES

Proverbs 4:20-23 ” My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.

Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.

For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.

Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life”

Romans 10:10 “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation”.

WHY WAS JESUS SO SUCCESSFUL

KEY SCRIPTURE: John 19:30 “When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, it is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.”

The ministry of our Lord Jesus was an immense success. What are some of the things He did that made His ministry so successful?

Remember He walked on this earth as a man.

  1. He lived only to please the father: (Hebrews 10:7). The Lord Jesus said He came to do the will of the father. We as children of God have resurrected from the dead and are therefore alive unto the father. (Eph2:1) We have the ability to always please the father. All we have to do is to make up our minds to do so.

The apostle Paul said in Philippians 1:20 “according to my earnest expectation and my hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed but that with all boldness as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body whether it be by life or by death “. He sought to please the master always.

  1. The Lord Jesus knew who He was The Lord was not in doubt about who He was. John 3:11 “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, we speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness”.

This knowledge, made His faith very effective.

Philemon 1:6 “That the communication of your faith might be effectual through the acknowledgement of every good thing that is in you in Christ Jesus”

Acknowledging every good thing that is in you means to have an exact knowledge of what is in you. Your faith would only be effectual when you have perfect knowledge of what you have in you.

The Bible said he that is from above is above all. (Jon 3:31) Like Jesus we have been born from above and must have a superior mentality to the devil, sin and failure.

We are light like Jesus knew He was light and gave no place to the darkness.

 

By the knowledge of who you are, a right mindset would be established within you that would give you the right attitude to succeed.

From this moment always function from a perfect knowledge of who you are. And you would never be found wanting.

CONFESSION

I am an offspring of God. I live to please my heavenly father. I know who I am ,for the greater one lives in me. I am a bundle of success, and always make great strides in all I do.

FURTHER STUDIES:

John 3:31 ” He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all”

Galatians 1:10 “For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ”.

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