Answered Prayer

In this letter I will discuss why answered prayer becomes a powerful testimony for God and to man. What is prayer and the reason for prayer? Through answered prayer, praying becomes real and divine.

  • Answered prayer is our assurance that God heard our prayer. For answered prayer brings forth positive results.
  • Answered prayer is the sure test that you have a connection with Jesus Christ. The Lord himself spoke about this connection with Him. John 15:7 “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.”
  • Answered prayer is the very proof that God lives and that there is a God who is interested in his creation. Throughout the Bible there are stories of answered prayer and answers to prayer is the convincing proof of our right relationship to God.

The promise and the will of the Father are connected. The promises of God are so many times conditional. Meet the conditions and the promise will come forth. Yes, God’s will consist of His sovereignty and consists of our obedience to His Word. In one instance, you might say when you are obedient to God’s decrees and commands, that of right living, you will be fulfilling His will.

In so many cases the promises in the Bible and God’s will are intertwined, worketh together. Praying the will of the Father in many cases comprises of praying the promise; in other words, allow the promise to take root in your spirit as we believe and pray. As the promise takes root it becomes a seed in which will grow as you pray the promise. Many times there will be a waiting period, being patient will bring the results in many cases. When praying the promise you are praying the will of the Father.

True prayer ascends to God by the will of the promise, and the very presence of God. It is assuring to know that our prayers come back to earth answered by the promise, the truth, the power, and the love of God. True prayer for things needed always looks directly to securing an answer…for this is truly the purpose of prayer.

True purpose of prayer will find the promise and be answered by the will of God, the promise. Prayer is the very channel by which God and man communicate. When communicating with God through prayer we are thankful and grateful for His Word and what it means to us. His Word is alive and active to the believer.

Answered prayer is that of “hitting the mark” with God, a right relationship with God. We give our prayers and receive something in return, that of divine blessing; and God accepts our prayer through the atoning blood and gives himself, his presence, and his grace in return. The Lord Jesus Christ gave us authority to use his name, in asking. When we ask in His name our Lord unites with the Father and secures the answer to prayer.

The Lord is committed to answered prayer when that answer is to glorify God the Father. As the Lord stated in John 14:13, “Whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” “If ye shall ask anything in my name, I will do it.” “Ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.”

It is God that has committed himself to us by his Word in our praying. When we give our all (the whole of us) (our will) to him we can have all of him. “Not my will, but God’s will.”

Yes, the promises are ours for the asking, in faith we believe “whatever” “anything” and “whatsoever ye ask” you may have that your joy may be full. God is specific in the scriptures which assure us that the answer the very thing for which we pray will be given.

When our will becomes God’s will we will have God’s perfect will…allow your spirit to bear witness with His spirit. In other words, when you can say, I know that I know…His will, will become a reality. God will give this peace and rest in our spirit when we are in His will. Be assured, God will answer those that are following Godly ways.

What is it that you are in need of? Pray it according to the scriptures and you will receive it. “Ask, seek, and knock”.

Our Lord teachings were and are, today, that we receive that for which we ask, and obtain that for which we seek, and have that door opened at which we knock.

Just as God has commanded us:

  • to pray always,
  • to pray everywhere, and
  • to pray in everything;

so he will:

  • answer always,
  • everywhere and
  • in everything.

There are NO limitations through prayer which can or will hinder the answer to prayer. God’s grace can never fail.

If I could leave you with a bit of wisdom that I used in my own life in the need for an immediate answer to prayer, would be to pray until you feel an assurance or release in your spirit of the request you have asked for. There will be a peace and rest, yes, an assurance in your spirit that the answer is on it’s way. All is left to do is wait patiently for the answer to be fulfilled.

God will fulfill his promises for His Word is at stake and His Word will not go void. Where His Word is involved He will continue to answer prayer to him who truly prays. It was recorded in Acts chapter four that they recited some things to the Lord ( they prayed) ; “when they prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together, and they were filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.”

Yes, the very answer to prayer responded to their faith and prayer. When the Spirit came in; the fear was gone and the power to speak the word of the Lord with boldness was in their midst.

Jabez called on the God of Israel and God granted him the things which he had requested. Another example of answered prayer was when Hannah was childless and requested in prayer for a man child, her request was answered as was stated in the scriptures: “For this child I prayed, and the Lord hath given me the petition which I asked of him.”

The certainty of the father’s giving is assured by the father’s relationship, and by the ability and goodness of the father. It’s time we as Christians put God to the test in prayer; as stated in Malachi, “Prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts.”

The prayer of the believer has in it an element of the supernatural, miraculous divine power of God which when put to work brings about the fulfillment of the very promises of God. It’s time we pray expecting the very thing we ask for, the very promises of God for today; for our families, friends, fellow workers and city.

Yes, prayer that moves the hand of God which moves the mountains and circumstances AROUND US.

  • Prayer is simply, that of communion and fellowship with God.
  • Prayer is a privilege and is to be sacred, from the heart.
  • Prayer is a duty, a solemn service due God, an obligation most binding and most crucial to that of our everyday living.

Let me say, prayer is not a mere form, a child’s play.

  • Prayer is serious, difficult work, the manliest, and mightiest and yet the divinest work which man can do.
  • Truly prayer lifts men out of earthliness and links them with the heavenly.
  • Prayer must never become that of a formality; such as official praying, state praying, mere habit praying. God detest that of formal praying; for with it comes a strong hold and a strong following.
  • True prayer, that out of a sincere, from the heart prayer, is where answered prayer is formed.

The secret to answered prayer simply lays in this statement: God has given us the standards to praying, “pouring out the soul before God” and “seeking with all the heart,” as James says about Elijah, that he “prayed with prayer.”

Prayer is the avenue through which God supplies man’s wants (needs). In James 1:5 we have “asking” set forth as prayer: “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, who giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not, and it shall be given him.”

What is Prayer? Prayer is: asking of God and receiving from the Lord –direct application to God, immediate connection with God – that is prayer!

  • In John 5:13 we have this statement about prayer: “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that if we ask anything according to his will, he hearth us. And if we know that he hearth us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.”
  • In Philippians 4:6 we have these words about prayer: “Be careful for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be known unto God.”

Prayer is God’s life-giving breath…the breath of prayer in man is from God. The promises in God’s Word are for us today but it will take true praying from the heart, our mind soul and spirit; to see them fulfilled in one’s life. A promise is like the unsown seed, the germ of life in it, but the soil and culture of prayer are necessary to germinate and culture the seed.

Let’s began to cultivate our promise by using God’s way, communication to God with prayer; through faith believing and praying the promises of God. Meet the conditions of the promise; for God will be moved by “the earnest prayer of the righteous one.”

The answer to prayer is assured not only by the promises of God, but by God’s relationship to us as a Father. Matthew 6:6, “But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou has shut thy door, pray to thy Father, which is in secret; and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.”

Again we have these words: “If ye, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father, which is in heaven, give good things to them that ask him?”

By prayer God gives us the vast and matchless inheritance which is ours by virtue of his Son. Throughout the Bible God has promised to answer prayer.

  • Second Psalm: the purposes of God to Christ are decreed on prayer, all dependent on prayer, “Ask of me.”
  • Seventy-second Psalm: an insight of the mighty possibilities of prayer, you might say, as the “force” which God moves on the conquest of Christ: “prayer shall be made for continually.” Continual prayer for continual needs.
  • Ephesians chapter three: Paul reminds those believers of the eternal purposes of God, and how he was bowing his knees to God so that eternal purposes might be accomplished and that they “might be filled with all the fullness of God.”
  • Revelation chapter eight: the relation and necessity of prayers to God‘s plans and operations of executing the salvation of men wherein the angels have to do with the prayers of the believers.

The very bases of prayer rest not simply on a promise but A RELATIONSHIP.

Love in Christ Jesus,
Paul

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