Matt 6:5 “¶And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.” 6 “But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.” 7 “But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.” 8 “Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.”
Matt 6:9 “After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.” 10 “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” 11 “Give us this day our daily bread.” 12 “And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.” 13 “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.” 14 “For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:” 15 “But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”
I am going to be dealing with this subject over the next 2 or 4 posts. Prayer is one of the most important things a believer can participate in. It is necessary for your proper stance with God.
Prayer is NOT a time to try to manipulate God into answering your prayer. You cannot beat God over the head with this contract and force Him to do you beck and call. God is not a mystical servant to do the bidding of you or anyone else. God’s will is what will be done. This is not a ‘contract’ being enforced by coercion, because if it is, you loose. You have way too many strikes against you and things you have not done to lecture God on what He must do.
Prayer is a time of communion with God. It is a time where you can speak directly to God, but more importantly, it is a time where God can speak directly to you. Will he tell you anything contrary to the scriptures? Never. Satan will come with some great sounding ideas and try to make them sound so ‘Godly’ to get you to follow them, but if you can’t back it up with scripture, be very careful, it probably isn’t God talking. Prayer is a time for you to align yourself with God’s Will for your life.
Prayer is also a time for you to Praise God and be thankful for all he has done. That is the reason we were created in the first place. God created man to commune with and to talk to and be friends with and to bless. All he asked was a bit of obedience and for Adam and Eve to praise Him for who He is.
Why are prayers not answered?
Unanswered prayers? Never
There was a country song a few years ago about ‘God’s Greatest Gift is Unanswered Prayers’. This, while a pretty song, sang very nicely, good music and sent tingly feelings up your spine is as unscriptural as is the Satanic Bible or the Quran. The GREATEST GIFT is Jesus Christ bearing your and my sins on the cross that we don’t have to answer to God for being a sinner. And only prayer can bring that about. If you have never prayed the sinner’s prayer, you must. Here you can find out how to be saved. If you don’t need it, share it with someone that does..
God answers every prayer that is asked according to his will. This puts the burden on us to know the Will of God for our lives. You can find this in Scripture and in prayer. This is when you align yourself to God’s will for you.
2 Chron 30:27 ¶Then the priests the Levites arose and blessed the people: and their voice was heard, and their prayer came up to his holy dwelling place, even unto heaven.
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:
15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.
As the Hebrew Boys in Daniel said when they would not bow and were threatened with being thrown into the fire, they told the king that ‘our God is ABLE, but just as important, our God is WILLING to keep us from burning’ and the entire face of a nation was changed on that once stance… the belief in the fact that God means what he says…..
Daniel 3:15 Now if ye be ready that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the image which I have made; well: but if ye worship not, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace; and who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands?
16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed–nego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter.
17 If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.
18 But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.
They just did what God had told them to do in his Word. God rewards obedience.
Mark 11:22 And Jesus answering saith unto them, “Have faith in God.”
23 “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.”
24 “Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” 25 “And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”
26 “But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.”
James 4:1 From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?
2 Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.
3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
From A.A. Allen’s book
God’s Guarantee to Heal You
“The prayer of faith shall save the sick and the Lord shall raise him up.”
“These signs shall follow them that believe… they shall lay hands on the sick and they shall
“I AM the Lord that healeth thee”
Gods Word should never be doubted, because God cannot lie. Whatever God has spoken He is
able to make good. Not only is God able to make it good, but Gods Word declares that He
SHALL make it good.
“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?
“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits; who forgiveth ALL thine iniquities:
who healeth ALL thy diseases.”
Whatever your sickness may be, it is one which God has promised to heal. God heals all manner of diseases. If God has promised to forgive your sins, He has promised to heal your diseases, and
GOD CANNOT LIE.
“Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivereth him out of them ALL.”
This is another glorious promise that comes from the lips of Him that sits in the heavens. Can God break a covenant, or alter the thing that has gone out of Hips lips? NO! A million times NO!
“My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that has gone out of my lips.”
God will never alter these promises to read, “Who healeth out of a FEW of his AFFLICTIONS.”
God will do exactly what His promise has said. He will deliver out of ALL afflictions. He will heal from EVERY sickness.
God has not changed. Yesterday, the Lord declared,
“I am the Lord that healeth thee.”
If the Lord healed His people yesterday, then He heals His people today.
“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.”
Christ has never changed. We know what He will do tomorrow, by the things that He did
yesterday. The Christ that healed yesterday is the Christ that heals today. –
When Jesus said, “These signs shall follow them that believe,” did He mean what He said?
Absolutely! Positively! He meant EXACTLY what He said! His promise was,
“In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up
serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; THEY SHALL LAY HANDS
ON THE SICK AND THEY SHALL RECOVER.”
God has promised that when the BELIEVER lays hands upon you, you shall recover. Recover from ALL your sickness, ALL your diseases! God means exactly what he says. Your shall RECOVER. It shall be done! IT SHALL BE DONE!
Can God lie?
Then , believe it. Receive it.
IT SHALL BE DONE.
Stand upon Gods promise. Memorize it. Quote it. Repeat it again and again to yourself, until it LIVES to you – until your actually believe it. And when you believe it, you will RECEIVE it.
God says, “I will hasten my word to perform it.”
Jeremiah 1:12. God stand behind His Word with all the power in heaven and earth.
The God who spoke this world into existence, hung it upon
nothing, says that He will hasten to perform His Word. He will stand behind His promises with all His mighty power. Nothing can prevent God keeping His promises, or standing behind the
word that He has spoken. This is literally a GUARANTEE from the lips of God! It is a guarantee to heal YOUR of ALL YOUR DISEASES, all your sickness, all your afflictions.
No guarantee was ever backed by more power nor greater faithfulness.
The promises are broad and free. They are for YOU if you will believe them, if you will accept them, if you will act upon them.
But no guarantee can be enforced unless the terms of the guarantee have been met. Nothing is ever guaranteed unless it is used according to directions – unless it is “taken as directed.”
May God Bless your study.