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”.

HOW JESUS HEALED THE SICK

KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 10:8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely you have received freely give

The Lord Jesus during His ministering years spent most of His time healing the sick. He commands us to also heal the sick, cleanse the lepers and raise the dead. How did He die this work?

In Luke 17:12-14 Jesus was met with ten lepers who requested for healing. The Lord did not pray for them but asked them to go and shoe themselves to the high priest. These men were healed as they went.

In Mark 2:5-11, the Lord asked the man sick of palsy to arise and take up his bed and go. In Mark 1:30-31, the Lord held the hand of Simon’s mother- in-law and lifted her up.

In John 5:1-9, the Lord after asking the impotent man if He would want to walk, the Lord went ahead and asked him to lift his bed and walk.

The Lord even commanded Lazarus to come out from the grave and he did.

Dear brother, I wish to iterate what I have been saying that, Jesus put aside His glory as God and did everything as a man who depended on the Holy Spirit. This is the reason he instructed us in our opening scripture to heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead and cast out the devils, The Lord was asking us to do as He did. This is what is called working of miracles.

He issued the command in faith and the candidate act on the word. It is the response to the word spoken in faith which causes the miracle to take place.

Many times we pray for the sick. This is not wrong any way, but there is a higher and better way that is the way of the master. Do as He did. He commanded the sick to do what they were supposed to do, but unable because of the sickness, and as they put their faith into action the Holy Spirit takes over and perfect restoration was evidenced.

       CONFESSION

I have received command to heal the sick, cleanse the lepers and raise the dead. I will do likewise to seek the helpless and invalid freed from all satanic and demonic oppression and aggression. I know who I am, and would give myself to setting men free.

FURTHER STUDIES:

Matthew 10:1 “And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease”.

JESUS OUR HIGH PRIEST

KEY SCRIPTURE: Hebrews 4:15 “For we have not a high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.”

The Lord Jesus as our High Priest is a very significant thing for us as Christians and for all humanity as a whole.

As the high priest he represents us in the, presence of the father, as we represent Him on the earth. (Hebrews 5:1)He is there as a man, mediating between God and men.1 Timothy 2:5 “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;”

His role as the high priest makes our actions on earth in His name very effective with a strong divine backing.

Because of Him we have a perfect standing before God. He is the apostle and High Priest of our confession. (Hebrews 3:1), this means all our declarations on earth which are in agreement with His words, are upheld by Him before the father on our behalf.

We must never grow weak in speaking or holding fast our confessions (Hebrews 4:14).

He has entered into heaven as a forerunner for us, giving us that strong assurance and an anchor for our hope of eternal place in heaven (Hebrews 6:20)

Our Lord Jesus as our High Priest is without infirmity, giving us a perfect representation (Hebrews 7:28)

The Lord Jesus is the testator of the testament. This means He is the maker of the will. He is now alive as the High Priest who enforces the will He has put in place which is His word (Hebrews 9:16)

Our Lord Jesus who is presently our High Priest gives us a very strong grounds to pray and get results. We should never feel helpless or victimized, no never!!!

So long as He remains our High Priest, He stands in the presence of the father solely on our behalf to see our claims, prayers, confessions on the earth in His name perfectly answered.

CONFESSION

The Lord Jesus is my High Priest, He represents me in the presence of the father, and whiles I stand for Him on the earth in His name. My impact is made stronger on the earth, because He upholds every declaration before the father.

FURTHER STUDDIES:

Hebrews 5:1 ” For every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins:”

HIS DEATH QUALIFIED US

KEY SCRIPTURE: Hebrews 2:10  “For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.”

The death and resurrection of our master brought us into glory. By His death and resurrection we have received the ability to live on this earth like He did. His death and resurrection took us from the pit of sin and made us righteous beings.

Romans 4:25 “Who was delivered for our offenses and was raised again for our justification”. In His death our sin and old man was slain (Romans 6:6).

Through His resurrection we received a new nature. A righteous nature. We became partakers of the divine nature. We have become sons of God. We have divine abilities residing in us. We can act like our master.

We have become saviors (Obadiah 1:21) “And saviors shall come up on Mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; …. You have been made a savior because Jesus died and resurrected. Don’t hide yourself, go out there and talk to the world about our master. He said, heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, and bring deliverance to the captives. You are qualified to do this because there is completely a new man in the inside of you.

Dear brother or sister the  Christian is a peculiar person, a holy nation, a chosen generation called out of the world to show the mighty works of our master(1st Peter2:9,).This is real today, because Jesus died and resurrected.

When Paul and Barnabas healed the impotent man at Lystra, they said, the gods have come to us in the likeness of men. (Acts 14:11b) It is the death and resurrection that has made us qualified.

CONFESSION

The death and resurrection of Jesus has qualified me to assume the divine nature of my Lord Jesus Christ to reveal Him to the world. I am one with Him. If you see me you have seen Him because it is He who lives through me.

FURTHER STUDIES:

1 Corinthians 6:17 “But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit”

Colossians 1:12 “Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light”

 

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