THE PRAYER THAT MUST BE ANSWERED
| James 4:1-3 |
“From whence comes wars and fightings among you? come thee not hence even of your lust that war in your members? 2. Ye lust and you 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”.
There is nothing as exciting as praying and getting up from praying and knowing that it is settled. And there is absolutely nothing as frustrating as praying and not receiving answers. As believers, one of the things you boast about is that you have a father with whom you have access and who answers whenever you talk to him. Praying and not having answers to your prayer can be very depressing and terrible. But there is a prayer that must be answered!
There is a way to have the answer to your prayers getting up with you when you kneel and approach the throne and altar of prayer! It is revelational knowledge to pray the prayer that guarantees answers. The prayer you pray and you are confident that you’ve got the attention of God is the desire of every believer. It is great to go before God in prayer and you know that you have gotten through and that your break-through is as sure as the Word of God that can never return unto Him void.
Here are 5 KEYS FOR ANSWERED PRAYERS.
Look at what James said there! Why are there wars? Why the fightings? Why all the struggle? Why all the hit and miss? Why so many ups and downs and heat in people’s lives? He says it ought not be so! He says the reason why there are so many prayer failures in the family of Christ is that many people don’t even ask anything from God; and so if you have asked nothing, you get nothing.
When you come before God and you say, ‘bless me generally’, you have not prayed any prayer! Don’t pray laid-back prayers. When you go before God, you need to be straight before Him. You need to be specific and tell God exactly what you want. You need to tell God where your pain is. You need to take God to where your confusion is. Point Him to that need in your life and tell Him to solve it for you. That was what blind Bartimeus did. Blind Bartimeus never told Jesus, ‘You can bless me anyhow’. No. Jesus asked him, ‘what do you want me to do for you?’ In order words, ‘in specific terms, tell me what you want. Tell me what your needs and desires are’.
Prayer that is not straight to the point and targeted at anything should not expect an answer; and this is one of the areas where a lot of believers are missing it. They come to Church; probably, some of them may be workers in Church but there is no deliveries and results because they really have not engaged God properly. Specify in clear terms that you know what your needs and desires are, and table them before the God of all possibilities and failure will never tag along with you, in the name of Jesus!
2. LET NOT COMPARISON AND COMPETITION BE THE BASIS OF YOUR PRAYERS TO GOD
The bible says apart from not asking, many ask and they receive not because they want to consume it on their lusts. That is why a lot of people fight. That is the reason for the bitterness and strife. Prayer that is instigated by you comparing yourself with your neighbor will never receive an answer; and that is the theme of majority of people in the Church. They size themselves up. ‘How did they come to Church this morning? What kind of car did they come in? I ought to have that, and because I ought to have that? I must bang the gates of Heaven and call Heaven to give me that thing”.
Heaven will never listen to you. Covetousness is not a basis for answered prayers. Many people are collapsing today because they are getting disappointed on all sides because they are trying to compare themselves with other people that they know not, out of lust and greed and selfishness. You now go to God on the basis of what somebody else has; not even on the basis of what God promised you! God says that’s why you are where you are.
So, it is not that you are not praying. There are people who don’t sleep; they never give sleep to their eyes; but in all those prayers, we want to see the evidence that you are touching God. All this sleeplessness, where is God? Because when I see God answer one of your prayers, it will motivate me to stay awake too.
The reason why there is no result is that you are not asking on the basis of your Convenant relationship with God. You are asking on the basis of lust and covetousness. You are not bringing God to look at what He promised you; instead, you are looking and telling God what He did for another man. You think that because He did it for another man, He must, as a matter of necessity do it for you. That, is not a strong basis for answered prayers. Covetousness does not open the windows of Heaven to you. Never make another man the basis of your approach to God. Never compare yourself with anybody else. Everybody may be in the same church, but you don’t know where some people go to after Church. You don’t know how long that result will last in their hand, because if Satan gives one thing, he turns around and takes ten!
May you receive something from God that will last in your hands, in the name of Jesus!
Do not pray to consume in your lusts. God is not a waster of resources. God is a very diligent God. He is an accountable God. He can account for everything he created – where they are being allocated, how they are being put to use. He knows to the minutest details. Your tears at the altar will not turn Him to a waster! You better know this. Anything that does not constitute a need should not form part of your prayer; otherwise, you will waste your time, or you will give an impression that you are spiritual; meanwhile you are the biggest carnal enterprise before Him.
PRAY THE WORD OF GOD BACK TO GOD
If you want to pray the prayer that must be answered, pray the Word of God back to Him. His word cannot return to Him void. When you pray in this manner, there is absolutely no way that those words will be disregarded in Heaven because God’s word is like God speaking NOW. God’s word is God himself. The word of God represents the totality of who God is. You know a man by the words that come out of his mouth. If you want to know the integrity of God, go to His word and check Him out in His word! The bible says, “Thy word, O Lord is settled in Heaven for ever’! (Psalm 119:89). The word of God must always accomplish every intent for which it is sent!
When you pray and you send the word of God into your situation and into your circumstances, it would be like God speaking and saying, ‘Let there be light’! And there surely must be light! Nothing can resist the word of God! The word of God is like the sledge hammer. It breaks in pieces, mountains and stones and every hard places. Every opposition against your destiny and against your interest will fall at the word of God in your mouth. So if you are looking at praying the prayer that must be answered, you are talking about praying the word of God. The Word is guaranteed. It doesn’t fail.
When you are facing all manner of attacks and oppositions, instead of crying, why don’t you just stand and declare Psalm 23: “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want….” Declare that 20 times in a day and see if you will see those oppositions anymore. The devil knows the power in the word; and I have come to let you know that there is power in the word! He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High. God shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty (Psalm 91).
There is absolutely nothing that hell can do against me because I am so safe and secured under the shadows of the Most High God! I know who I am. I know what I have. I declare the word of God, and a two-edged sword and fire comes out of my mouth to destroy every evil that operates around me! And that is who YOU are in God!
Philippians 4:19 – “My God will supply all my needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus”, is God’s word that is also a prayer. But if it is not in your spirit, there is absolutely nothing to be quickened that your mouth will speak out. That is why you must ensure that you are full of the word of God. When you are full of the word of God, you are like a loaded gun. When you pull the trigger, your enemies are in trouble! Why? Because the bullets will begin to rain on them like missiles from Heaven! You will conquer your enemies! Any mocker around you will bow to you! Anyone that ever asked you, ‘where is your God?’ you will feed them on your table! Why? Because you have the word of God in your mouth!
Release the word! In the noon time, let the word of God be your power. In the night time, let the word of God never depart out of your mouth. Can you imagine that Jesus Himself, our example, defeated every satanic assault by the word of God? He had just gone into the ministry, fasting 40 days and 40 nights and the bible says, the tempter – the devil, the arch enemy of God, came to tempt Jesus. Why? He came because he knew that Jesus was tired and hungry. After you have fasted for 40 days and 40 nights, you become hungry; except for those funny spiritists. They lie to you about everything. They pretend about their spirituality? If Jesus was hungry after fasting 40 days and 40 nights; you, my friend will be hungry after fasting for 2 days and 2 nights! You will know that virtue has gone out of you. Don’t let nobody pretend before you.
Satan came to Him and questioned His audacity: ‘If you say you are the son of God, command these stones to be made bread”. Jesus could have done that, but it should not take the devil manipulating you to start performing miracles. There are some devils in Church that want to put you under pressure to perform. No! I ain’t performing for no man! If God has not told me to, I won’t do no miracle. You don’t have anything to prove to the devil! I have got no time for Satan and all his children!
Jesus rose up and said, “It is written: man shall not live by bread alone; but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God”. You will live by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God! Jesus quoted the word from Deuteronomy! What if He didn’t know it? Did the devil leave Him immediately? No! He took Him to a high pinnacle and showed him the whole world and said, ‘see the glory and glamour of the whole world. I will give this to you if you bow to me’. If Jesus didn’t know the word of God that was written, He would not have conquered the devil. When you are full of the word of God, Satan will crawl before you! You will be amazed at how he will leave you alone and walk away from you. Never ever fight your battles as a novice. Fight with the Word of God, and you will have instant results!
Again, the bible says Satan took Jesus to another level of trial and tempting, and again Jesus rose up and said to him, ‘get thee behind me Satan’! Jesus said to Satan, ‘Get out of here’! The bible says that Satan left Him alone and angels came and ministered to Him.
Pray the word of God if your prayers must be answered. Let me tell you, some days I carry the bible in my hands, and I pray the bible – raw! Sow raw nuclear missiles at the camp of your enemy! Sow the word of God out of your mouth because Satan cannot stand it. He cannot handle it. He cannot conquer the word of God. If he cannot conquer the word of God, he cannot kill you before your time!
But the question is: Have you searched the scripture to know what is written about you? That’s exactly why when you have any need in your life, crying shouldn’t be the first thing you do. The first thing to do is to carry your bible and search for the scripture that guarantees you victory. If it is your health, search for healing scriptures. If it is money problem, search for scriptures on finances. If it is marital issues, go and search the scripture for marriage matters. And fight according to the rules of God, not your carnal mind.
There are many people who are trying to heal their marriages by their small sense. Your sense will soon get tired and worn out because you find that you have no capacity as a human being against the devil. The bible says “it’s not by power, nor by might but by my spirit, saith the Lord” (Zechariah 4:6b). Go, search and fight your battles according to the scriptures. You are guaranteed to win.
Revert to new methods that work. Don’t use the same mind that you used to cause your problem to try to solve it. Change your mind. Use bible sense. Use bible strategy and beat the enemy hands down!
PRAY YOUR PRAYER IN FAITH
Anything you want to do with God must be done by faith. We walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). The bible says, “the just shall live by his faith” (Romans 1:17 |Hebrews 10:38 |Galatians 3:11. Get up from prayer believing that God has heard you and that He has answered. Walk on your faith before you pray at all! That’s what I do. Generate faith for the answers you desire and expect. If you come to me for prayers and I tell you to come back on a certain date, it is because I want to generate faith for the prayer that I want to pray because if I keep praying and there are no answers, I would build a foundation of hopelessness. I must set my faith in focus to pray. You connect to the desires of your heart by faith.
Let’s look at Mark 11:22-24:
“And Jesus answering, said unto them, Have faith in God; for verily I say unto you that whosover 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; those thin s which he saith shall come to pass. He shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore, I say unto you that whatsoever things ye desire when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them”.
Isn’t that powerful enough? Whosoever means anyone! It means You, rich, poor, big, small, tall, short, thin, fat, black, white – whosoever! When I tell you to say: ‘I believe, I receive’, this is where it is coming from. You are just quoting the word of God. That is how to release your faith. And if you really believe you have received, begin to act as though you have received. Everything about you will line up with your new status because the word of God can never return unto God void.
Faith is the key to praying the prayer that must be answered. What is the use praying and shouting and not believing what you have prayed? Many people pray 10 hours of prayer but they don’t have one minute of believing to support what they are doing. After they have prayed, their action says they didn’t believe what they have prayed. That’s why people stay on the same prayer for years. They never generated enough faith to know and believe that God heard them in the first place. They keep recycling doubt and unbelief. And what they get is emptiness; no result.
Do you believe yourself the first time you pray? I believe myself in God that if I pray death, it is done! Did you read about when Jesus spoke to the fig tree and he said, ‘no man will eat out of thee henceforth”. Did he go back to say it again? No! He didn’t need to because the first time He said it, those words affected the root of that fig tree. By the next day, the fig tree was dry dead! That was God speaking. The word of God in your mouth is God speaking. If you don’t know, know it now. Stop acting like the worst unbeliever on earth. The reason why you act like nothing is happening is because you don’t know the enormity of the power that you contain. If you know a little bit of who you are in God, you will say things and stand by them without shaking until they come to pass. And you are asking, ‘what if it takes 2 weeks to come?’ ‘Be giving thanks to God!’
After I have prayed any prayer, it doesn’t matter to me if it takes 6 months, I move on to giving thanks. The bible says ‘after you have done all, stand’! (Ephesians 6:13). Stand in the place of your faith until you receive the answer that you prayed. Noise making is not necessarily praying. There are too many noise makers in the Church of God. They put up a façade as prayer warriors and heavy intercessors and people of influence with God. No. It’s not in name and it’s not in title. No! It is in results! If God gives attention to your prayer, let’s see what you’ve done with it. The days when people intimidate others in Church by their ‘spirituality’ is over! Everybody is becoming knowledgeable in God! Nobody is remaining in ignorance anymore. You can’t terrorize anybody! Praise the name of the Lord!
The three Hebrew boys were the sort of people who demonstrated enormous faith in the God they serve. They were about to be thrown into a fire that has been heated 7 times, yet they stood their ground and ‘O King, we are not even careful to answer you in this matter because we know that the God we serve will deliver us from your hand. Let us also tell you that even if He fails to deliver us, we will never bow to your God’. They said. ‘WE KNOW’. That is the highest level of faith talk. These boys were talking from their spirit, not from their mind. All that most people have as faith is mental assent.
They threw the boys into the fire! Did you see instantaneous answer? They spoke words that are like praying prayer that must be answered – by their faith! They that know their God (not man) shall be strong and shall do exploits! (Daniel 11:32b). We want such people in the Church, not people who scatter Church. Where do you stand? Some pick and choose who should be in Church and who should not be in Church Why do you do that? Are you the one who died for them? I tell you! In these present times, there are hoodlums in Church!
You don’t need to know any man to make it in life. God is all you need to know! Don’t let anybody threaten you; unless you don’t know God! Don’t let anybody treat you as if you are not important to God. No, No, No! These boys had faith in their hearts and audacity in their bones; so they confronted every confrontation and came out.
Faith is expecting God to do what He said He would do. The power of expectant prayer is a key instrument that demonstrates your faith. Don’t bother praying if your faith is not already set because it will not work.
Jesus says in Matthew 19:26, ‘With man, this is impossible but with God, all things are possible’! Was it not last Saturday here, that a woman of 62 years got married? That was faith in action! It doesn’t matter how long; the key issue is that she placed her expectation before God and she announced it. She said, ‘I am not going to end my life like this, I am going to be married again”. And she got married.
You are the one that talks about impossibility but the bible says, ‘With God, all things are possible’! ALL things means ALL things! Whatever attracts your interest. If it is God, then it is possible. Don’t go after small things. Go after God things! God things are big things!
In the book of Acts of the Apostles 3: from verse 1, the cripple at the gate called ‘Beautiful’ has been sitting in a beautiful environment yet there was nothing beautiful about his situation. He has been crippled from his mother’s womb. One day suddenly changed this man. At the hour of prayer, two of the apostles of Jesus (Peter and John) were going into the temple to pray! Prayer is your entrance to a kingdom of rejoicing!
Peter and John gave this man something much more than the alms he was looking for! Instead of alms, they said, ‘Rise up and walk”! The bible says Peter stretched out his hands and the man stretched out his own hands to Peter expecting to receiving something! God never fails any expectation! Every positive expectation towards God is always met with affirmation. Expectation ended the cripple’s reproach! Make up your mind about your day! If you are not sure of where you want to go, don’t start the journey! If you say you are going to a destination, face that destination or you will run around in a circle of defeat.
PRAY IN LOVE.
Love is everything. Without love in your prayer, you have wasted your time. This is one reason why a lot of people are on the same spot. They only know how to pray acidic prayer; no love. Galatians 5:6, the bible says “For in Jesus Christ, neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision but faith, which worketh by love”. He that loveth not, knoweth not God. Faith can only work by love. Without love in your heart, faith is powerless. Do you know why? It is because the bible says the God you are calling and talking to is LOVE.
Let us look more about THE POWER OF LOVE AND HOW LOVE CAN BE A TONIC FOR YOUR ANSWERED PRAYERS.
1 Corinthians 13: from verse 1 says:
“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing”. (NIV)
The bible says you are just making sound. Are you in this world to make only sound? I am not in this world to make sound. I must go beyond making sound to impacting my generation; and you cannot get to that level without having the love of God in your heart. You cannot go before God and say you love him and hate His creation. You cannot operate like that because you won’t have been better than Satan. The bible says you are nothing without love. Some believers are so arrogant and puffed up because they have revelation knowledge. If you have revelation knowledge that is not cocooned in love, the bible says you are nothing, zero, empty!
Whatever you do or are in this life, you better have some love in your heart for you to be relevant before God. We are talking pure, agape love, not carnal love. Even if you are raising the dead every minute of the day; without love, the bible says you are zero. It takes you to nowhere; so says the bible, authored by the Holy Ghost.
Don’t be a mere sound and don’t be a zero. I do not want to be any of those. I would love what God loves. I would hate what God hates. I would do what God wants done. I would go where God wants me to go. 1 Corinthians 13 says love is kind, patient, not puffed up, believes all things, endures all things and so on. So, can you measure yourself? Are you patient? Are you kind? Are you believing? Are you enduring? Can you present yourself before your Maker and say, ‘Lord, look at how far I have gone in the journey of love? Will you receive an applause in Heaven?
Are you willing to apply all the keys enumerated from the bible? God will hear you when you call and your answers will come speedily, in the name of Jesus Christ, the son of the living God! Amen and Amen!
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