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 Right There! The Bible (God's Word) is very clear that it IS His will for you to be healed and made whole, perhaps we need to ask ourselves if it is our will: 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 prayer requests by way of the victory Jesus won for us on the Cross. For instance: 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 had already done that and is merely waiting for us to receive that promise by Faith.
So when we pray for a request we KNOW he has already promised to us we simply need to confess that we BELIEV He has by claiming we ARE already healed and thank Him for it, instead of taking a "wait-and-see" position. Isaiah 53:5 - 1 Peter 2:24.
Notice the slight but significant difference in the last two verses that are otherwise exactly the same? ONe wa sa spoken prophecy by the prophet Isaiah five to six hundred years BEFORE Jesus was to be beaten for our healing while the second one was written by Peter AFTER Christs victory over that healing promise had been fulfilled. Thus that scripture editing the first by making it past tense or something we NOW already have.
Perhaps it is on the promise of ALREADY being healed, that we may need to consider a better prayer when seeking our healing such as: "Lord I BELIEVE that you have Healed me by Jesus' stripes, help me with my Unbelief". Mark 9:23-24 This verse reveals that when we pray there can be a battle going on between both our faith and unbelief at the same time. A battle that the Lord is also willing to help us grow out of any doubt in our faith to overcome.
-George W. Cooper
-Knowing The Will Of God
There is also a third, more efficient and all powerful way to pray and that is by or in the spirit, often referred to as your prayer language, heavenly language or 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 and as llong as it's wihtin his will He is more than ready to answer it if we can just believe. 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!