Prayer 2021 - May 11 - The Prayer of Petition pt 3
Scripture For Today:
“And he said to Jeremiah the prophet, ‘Please hear our petition and pray to the Lord your God for this entire remnant. For as you now see, though we were once many, now only a few are left.”
The Prayer of Petition pt 3
We have been studying about Prayer of Petition. Yesterday, I emphasized the example of having to go to work for a living. For a paycheck. And most people today live, “paycheck to paycheck.” I also related how that is a modern day form of slavery. It may not be a popular term today, but is true.
Hebrews 11:1 says, "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." Your faith is substance—it is something real, something tangible. It is evidence of things you cannot see.
Mark 11:24 says, “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe you receive it and you shall have it.”
Notice that Mark 11:24 does not say when you will actually see the result of your prayer. It does not tell you how long it will take for that prayer result to appear, and this is where many Christians get hung up.
God lives in one eternal time called NOW. There is no past or present for Him. But we are temporal beings who live in the context of natural time.
When you pray in faith, God immediately gives you what you prayed for—in the spirit realm. But in the natural world, due to a number of factors, it may take time for the answer to manifest itself.
God answers prayers, and He will answer your specific prayer in line with His Word. But it is your faith that brings that answer out of the spiritual world and into the physical world. How many times in Scripture does Jesus say to someone, "According to your faith"?
He referred to peoples' faith constantly, and even though it was His power that healed them, He always credited their faith with being the catalyst. In fact, when Jesus went to His hometown, we are told that "He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief" (Matt. 13:58).
Did Jesus suddenly lose His power on that visit to Nazareth? No!
His power never changed. What changed? It was the people's level of faith mixed with His power.
There is a simple spiritual explanation for this. God will not do something against your will. God cannot violate free will. If you don't have faith to do something, He won't arbitrarily override your lack of faith.
Which means, if you want to see quick actions on your prayers, according to “your faith, be it done unto you.” How does this apply to you, your prayers and your situation?
Easy – you need to INCREASE the POWER of YOUR FAITH! And you do that by the Word of God. The amount of the Word you have inside of you.
This is why I said before, go through the Bible and make a list of scriptures that speak directly or indirectly to whatever situation you are going to Petition God to answer. Amen!
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