May 5th 2020 by Bernard Molek
Many religious leaders teach the power of prayer and the need to pray but some fall short in teaching us exactly HOW to have our prayers answered. Many simply state that you have to have faith ( and you do ) or that it is God's will and office to decide what prayers get answered and which ones do not.
By the very definition the last two points would be making answered prayer a random venture that could in some cases take faith completely out of the equation.
I would like to share MY insights and experiences on what I believe and have come to understand in the bible, to base my thoughts on at least several key components needed to see more of our prayers answered.
One is Knowing what God's Will already is for the prayer your requesting Luke 4:18 and that it qualifies: James 4:3 and Two, believing that He is able and willing to answer (or has already answered it*) Matthew 19:26 by way of His word/promises established in the Bible: Matthew 21:22 (notice the word "BELIEVING" near the end of that scripture) Romans 4:19-21
If you do not already KNOW that God desires to grant you your request, your standing in "guessville" and allowing doubt or wonder to accompany your petition. Therefore you could unknowingly be tying the Lord's hands in answering your prayer Matthew 13:58 since DOUBT and FAITH stand in direct contrast to each other: Hebrews 11:6 - Hebrews 11:1
Example, many people think it's a humble prayer to add to their prayer request: "Lord, IF it's your will for me to be healed" Stop! the Bible (God's Word) is very clear that it IS His will for you to be healed and made whole: John 5:6 So, adding "IF" to your prayer, is counterproductive to using faith and allows doubt and unbelief to hinder having your prayer request answered: Mark 5:35-36
*It is also, a possibility that God has already answered many of our prayers by way of the victory Jesus won for us on the Cross. Examples: Forgiveness of sins. When we come to Jesus by Faith we do not ask Him "IF" He WILL forgive us, we just ask Him "TO" forgive us. Another example is in asking Him to heal us, when the Bible tells us that, like our sins, he has already done this too, we simply need to pray BELIEVING He has by claiming we ARE healed. Isaiah 53:5 - 1 Peter 2:24.
...it is on this topic of already being healed that a better prayer when seeking a healing might be: "Lord I BELIEVE that you have Healed me by Jesus' stripes, help me with my Unbelief". Mark 9:23-24 And that verse proves that when we pray there is a battle going on between our faith and unbelief. A battle that the Lord is also willing to help us grow our faith to win.
So don't despair or accept yourself as having little or not enough Faith when prayers are not answered. Simply ask God to increase your Faith that you may be able to experience all that has been won for you.
Also, the Bible warns us that Ought or Unforgiveness can be prayer hinderances as well. So examine your own heart and pray that God would reveal any of those two issues they may be abiding in your life. Another simple but common mistake we make (in some prayers) is that God may have begun to move on answering your prayer by sending someone to do His work on your behalf or through a longer and more thorough way that you will not see instantly realize it. Be patient, as He knows the best solution and they are not always the fastest.
George W. Cooper used to say: "It may not feel good while it's working but it's working for your good" and "God is so smooth, that you'll think you did it".
So sometimes unanswered prayer is simply not, that it was not answered but that it is not readily apparent Hebrews 11:1 or we did not recognize or expect it to get answered as it did, or take as long. Be Patient. Trusting God means you want Him to do it His way, since obviously our way isn't working and that it may yet come to pass.
FAITH GROWTH TIPS:
So how can we GROW our faith in order to get more prayers answered? Well, since faith comes by hearing and by hearing the word of God, Romans 10:17 you can always increase your faith by reading or listening to the Bible. Another good way to grow your faith is through good bible study with other people. Their faith and testimonies will be a strong reminder of the power of God's word in the everyday lives of others, making your faith stronger by HEARING about their faith.
Also, keeping a journal of all the blessings and life changing things you have already experienced that could be and should be credited to God working in your life. Either directly or through others, because our brains (memories) are carnal by nature and subject to burying (forgetting ) some, most or all that God has already done for us through the new birth of our faith in Jesus Christ (born-again). Romans 12:2
Periodically going over the journal will keep your mind fresh with all the great things god has already done in your life and therefore prevent any doubt that your are alone and without hope the myth and lie that it is. Hebrews 13:5
-For it seems to me that it is only by OUR Faith (or the faith of others) alone that we will experience answered prayer. Furthermore it appears that it may also be that it is by the degree or AMOUNT of Faith we have or grown or developed, that determines how much or how far the Lord can go in answering our prayers. > Mark 6:5-6 - Matthew 8:26 - Matthew 8:10 Then, as believers and people who put our entire faith behind the God of creation, why not just continue to ask for and gain more faith by the word of God and prayer.
When I'm asked or it is revealed to me that a believer is in need of a healing in their body or spiritual sickness, Rather than just asking God to heal them I often pray that the Holy Spirit, will REVEAL more Faith in Jesus the Christ to them that they might believe that by THEIR Faith they ARE and can be healed.
There is also a third, more efficient and all powerful way to pray and that is by or in the Spirit (-often called praying in tongues). Romans 8:26 We will not address this subject here in this particular message due to it's own deserving length of teaching. But, it is a perfect communication (prayer) between the believer and the throne of God by the spirit obtained by the baptism of the Holy Spirit. A separate impartation of God unique and in addition to, the everyday dwelling of the Holy Spirit in every believer.
In review, we should also remind ourselves that in praying we are not informing God of our needs or trying to persuade Him into answering our prayers. He already knows what we are praying for: Matthew 6:7-8
So, if he already knows and loves us and wants us to be whole (healed and lacking nothing) why do we even need to pray?
I believe it's because down here, on earth and before the Physical return of the Lord Jesus, He must work (deliver miracles) strictly through OUR faith. And the best way to build that faith is to exercise it by praying: "We Pray ASKING because WE need to HEAR our Faith to build it up... -for Faith Come by Hearing and by Hearing the Word of God. Romans 10:17
[speculation]: If accurate, the last point of reference could explain how many of history's unexplainable horrors and tragedies, like 'The Holocaust" may have been able to both start and become defeated. For both the beginning and the end of them could have been brought on by either the lack of or by, persistant prayer.
In the following Bible passages, we find 3 powerful, but separate examples of Jesus applying His power according to the measure of faith each person had in seeking His help. We can reach this conclusion because in each case Jesus directly credited the person receiving the miracle, for the success of the petition:
#1 Jairius Daughter part1 (Mark -NKJV )21 Now when Jesus had crossed over again by boat to the other side, a great multitude gathered to Him; and He was by the sea. 22 And behold, one of the rulers of the synagogue came, Jairus by name. And when he saw Him, he fell at His feet 23 and begged Him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter lies at the point of death. Come and lay Your hands on her, that she may be healed, and she will live.” 24 So Jesus went with him, and a great multitude followed Him and thronged Him.
#2 Women With The Issue Of Blood (NKJV)25 Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years, 26 and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse. 27 When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment. 28 For she said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.” 29 Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the [a]affliction. 30 And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched My clothes?” 31 But His disciples said to Him, “You see the multitude thronging You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’ ” 32 And He looked around to see her who had done this thing. 33 But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth. 34 And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.”
Jairius Daughter part2 (Mark -NKJV )35 While He was still speaking, some came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?” 36 As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not be afraid; only believe.” 37 And He permitted no one to follow Him except Peter, James, and John the brother of James.
#3 The Centurion's Servant (Matthew-NKJV)5 Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him, 6 saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented.”
Bible Reffs: Mark 5:21-24 / Mark 5:25-34 / Mark 5:35-43 / Matthew 8:5-13
It is our prayer that you were blessed by the Holy Spirit to have received insightful and edifying knowledge from the above writings and scripture passages and that you will go on building your faith to overcome all things using Prayer that you may face in this life, until the return of the Lord.
Thank You Jesus!