Monday, April 13, 2015

Devotion: Believe You Receive When You Pray

Do you believe in the power of prayer?  Most believers would answer this question with a big “YES.”  However, the problem for most believers who pray is that they do not know how to pray.  Did you know that God intends for you to always pray and for you to get all your prayers answered?  Contrary to popular beliefs and some teachings, if God did not want to answer all of your prayers, he would not have told you to “pray without ceasing” (I Thessalonians 5:17) and more importantly, he would not have told you how to pray (Luke 11:1).  When you pray, you should expect to have your prayers answered (I John 5:14-15).  But to get the answers that you seek you must be aware of the many types of prayer.  Then you must know the right type of prayer to use for your situation and the proper procedure for using that prayer.

We know that many believers are not familiar with the different types of prayer that God has made available and this is the reason many of their prayers go unanswered.  In order to have your prayers answered, you must be aware of the many types of prayer, you must know the right type of prayer to use for your situation, and you must know the procedure for using that prayer.  Because we lack the needed knowledge about prayer and its purpose, there are more prayers that go unanswered than are answered.  “Praying always with all prayer and supplication” (Ephesians 6:18), implies that there are different kinds or methods of prayer.  On the surface, these prayers seem to be identical to each other, sharing many similarities, which would account for the confusion by so many, but a more thorough examination yields the different attributes of each type.

The primary prayer that the average believer will pray, most of the time is “The Prayer Of Faith or The Petition Prayer.”  When you pray this prayer, you are praying for you and no one else.  This prayer is just between the heavenly Father and you.  It does not involve anyone else.  Here, you are relaying on your faith, which “is the substance of things hope for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1) and standing on the promises of God (Hebrews 8:6-13), where you are fully convinced that he is able to do all that he has promised (Romans 4:21).  When you pray this prayer, you believe that those things which you say will come to pass and you will have whatever you say, provided that there is no doubt in your heart.

“Truly I say to you, Whoever says to this mountain, Be taken up and be put into the sea; and has no doubt in his heart, but has faith that what he says will come about, he will have his desire.  For this reason I say to you, Whatever you make a request for in prayer, have faith that it has been given to you, and you will have it” (Mark 11:23-24 BBE).  “And all things, whatsoever you shall request for in prayer, having faith and believing, you will get” (Matthew 21:22).

Simply put, if you do not believe that you already have it, then you will not be getting it.  Believe in the power of prayer, “if you can believe, then anything is possible to him that has faith” (Mark 9:23).

We pray that today’s message will bless you, inform you, and that you will be the better for having read it.  If blessed by this message please share so that others may be blessed as well.  Amen.

Enjoy your blessings - KW

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