Prayer is our personal connection that we have to our Father in Heaven, to be able to ask Him to move on our behalf on earth, through Jesus.
Though He is in Heaven, He hears us and tells us in Philippians 4:6: Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
Also John 16:23-24 tells us; … Verily, verily, I say unto you, whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name (Jesus), He will give it you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name (Jesus): ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.
John 16:23-24 shows us that it is only through Jesus that we are able to have a relationship with our Father, to be able to take our concerns to Him. It is through our acceptance of Jesus in our lives that we become adopted sons and daughters of the Most High!
So ~ as sons and daughters of the Most High we should begin to learn how to effectively pray and not ask amiss, so that the Lord can move on our behalf. James 4:3: Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
As the days draw closer to the coming of Jesus, prayer has become a tradition or even an afterthought for many. In fact there are many who do not know that you are not to pray to Jesus or the Holy Spirit ~ Prayer is only to the Father.
For those who want to study and show themselves approved and learn who they are in Christ, prayer should become a way of life – a life line to our Father who is Life, Love and Light!
In 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 it tells us how we should act: Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
God has instructed us to pray so we may receive things, experience fullness of joy, and find help in times of trouble, to cast our care upon him (worry) and to be able to resist temptation.
Though our Father God is in Heaven, we have the Holy Spirit living on the inside of us – this is the spiritual connection that we have with Him. He knows exactly what is going on in our life and has chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world. (Ephesians 1:4).
We must seek Him out continually; and as we mature in Christ we learn that we have a God given right to accept the authority and promises that has been given to us through Jesus.
2 Peter 1:3-4 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
Types of Prayer
Confession and Repentance: Through the acceptance of Jesus, God (the Father) has given us the ability to go to Him and confess our sins, repent (ask for forgiveness) and He forgives us (our sin is gone, it is not covered or hidden, God has no memory of it).
Intercession: To intercede is to ask God to move on your behalf for another. Without asking God in the name of Jesus, He cannot act because He has given us (man) the authority on earth.
Worship & Praise: Sing a song – a hymn – declare verbally to your Father how much you love Him and that you give Him all the Glory, bow down to Him, lift your hands to Him, surrender to Him and let the Holy Spirit lead you!
As we come to the Lord through worship and praise we draw closer to Him and begin to build a relationship that is more intimate ~ a relationship of a loving Father to His child.
Supplication: We are to come to our Father and ask Him to help us with our needs and to walk with us in our daily life in the name of Jesus.
Thanksgiving: We are to give thanks and honor to God for John 3:16 tells us; For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son (Jesus), that whosoever believeth in him (Jesus) should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Up until we accepted Jesus in our lives, we were spiritually dead; but God in His mercy and grace made a way and it is time for us to know how to walk in the authority and power He has given us through Christ Jesus! (To find out “Who You Are In Christ!” read the Pauline Epistles)
The Effectual Fervent Prayer of a Righteous Man Availeth Much! (James 5:16)
First; let us remember that God knows what is going on in our lives – you DO NOT need to give long descriptions, nor beg your Father for help — nor, pray the same prayer more than once!
Why?, because He knows all things and He has given us the authority through Christ Jesus to make a request known unto Him; and as for praying more than once for the same thing — He hears us the first time.
If we continue going to our Father petitioning Him again and again on the same prayer, this is unbelief (lack of faith) in what the Word tells us. If you do not have faith in what the Word says – it is meaningless…
It is by our faith in Jesus that we receive our healing. Matthew 9:27-29 And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, Thou Son of David, have mercy on us. And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord. Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you.
As we look at Jesus in His ministry and see the examples of healing, it is always those who believe in Him that receive their healing.
It is our responsibility to know the Word, to have a renewed mind and believe and accept His Word in our hearts.
It is not the responsibility for God to make us believe. He does not make us do anything. God has given us a free will to choose; and choose and purpose we must, either for God or against God!
As Christians, it is very important to know the Word of God and have it abiding in us, so you may be specific in what you are asking for.
If we are in Christ and He lives in us, we are to have faith in the Word (Jesus) who has given us the same creative authority with words when asking in His name! Though no matter what the situation we must not pray a miss. Praying a miss would be praying that you may consume it upon your lusts (James4:3).
Praying amiss is when you pray for something that goes against the Word of God. That could be asking God to make your rich so you can use it for immoral things that have nothing to do with God. In fact if you love money it is idolatry, though there is nothing wrong with money, it is the love of money that is wrong.
John 1:1-4 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
We must have faith and confidence in the Word. When the Satan comes along and plants doubt and fear in our minds that goes against what the Word of God says —- We Must Stand On The Word!
Not just mentally, but we must verbally come against any doubt and fear! 2 Corinthians 10:3-6 talks about our weapons of warfare:
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 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; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.
Here is an example of what I would say if doubt or fear entered my mind: “Father, You are my source and my supply, Your word tells me that I should “fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me,” and I receive this and thank you for it, in the name of Jesus.”
Now there may be times when we find ourselves to being caught up in doubt and fear, and if we do ~ we must confess and repent for our sin in the name of Jesus, and get back on track with believing that we have received what the Word of God says.
We must know (not just consider) in our hearts that God will move on our behalf, because His Word tells us so; not the world, not our family, not our neighbor – but God. And when we have His Word abiding in our hearts we then can do all things in Christ!
1 John 2:14-17 I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one. Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
Here is a prayer for those you are asking for healing: Father, we give You all the glory and praise; and thank You for making the way through Your Son Jesus, so we may make our request known unto You. — Your Word tells us that Jesus healed every sickness and every disease among the people and that if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, and it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. — Father we call in healing for this disease that has no right or authority to be on me — we come together in agreement of what Your Word declares is truth. — In faith we receive her healing now and thank you that I am healed through the Blood of Jesus. Amen.
Now it is up to us to stand on the Word in faith to receive it and continue to press into the Word of God; and know what to do if fiery darts of the wicked come.
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