Topic: PASSWORD TO ANSWERED PRAYER.
And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever 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 that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, what things so ever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. Mark 11:22-24 (KJV)
In this teaching we are going to look at the major ingredient that powers our prayer for an answer. The truth remains that religion and activities have taken over our prayer system as believers today. It is time we un-learn to re-learn so as to get better result as a believer. Let us look at the word of God to learn the principle of an effective prayer. James in chapter four and from the first three verses said a lot do not receive simply because they did not ask and some do ask but still do not receive, why? They ask wrongly. They pray wrongly. Prayer is simply asking.
How else could someone ask wrongly than asking without faith or asking God to do what he can never do, like asking God to kill? Not everyone will get answer to prayers, OK! This is not because God selects prayers for an answer, No! It is because we do not pray an effective prayer. Prayer that have power to take or receive whatever it asks for. James in Chapter 5:13-16 talked about prayer for healing oppression, sickness and affliction etc. He said one should pray for this to be healed, However in verse 15 (Fifteen) he said what will heal the sickness or affliction is not oil or prayer as mentioned but but the Faith displayed in the prayer.
What? I thought it has been said that a prayerful Christian is a powerful Christian? Actually that statement is not spiritually and scripturally correct. In the first place what is Prayer? It is simply saying what you desire – Mark 11:24. But saying it with faith makes it potent – James 1:5-8, 5:15-16. It is true that a Faith-full person is a powerful person not a prayerful person. This was the preaching of Jesus throughout his earthly ministry… “If you believe all things are possible to him or her that believes” not the one that prays, fast, sow seeds, use anointing oil or holy water, etc. Mathew 9:29, Mark 9:23, 11:22-24, Luke 1:45, John 11:40, Hebrews 11:6, Galatians 5:6
Have you ever prayed and the answer was not there? Your expectation was high, you are committed to God’s assignments the way you have been thought by the preachers. You fast and even do night prayers, may be you have visited different solution Prayer Mountains or services, you are a regular tither and sacrificial giver, You wear cloth that covers the whole of your body and cover your hair as lady and there and then nothing happened? I know you have got many of such experience. I am here to let you know that answer does not come because of either of these things mentioned but only faith grants the answer. Those are religion activities that can not hinder your answer if He sees your faith – Mark 2:5, Luke 2:20.
But who is to be blamed for prayer without answer? You or God? Of course you! The main text we read at the introduction of this teaching answered that clearly read it again now. From that Mark 11:22-24 Jesus said when you see mountain you do not need to cry, call for prophet or who? You don’t need to go to another mountain to pray, shout or scream, sow seed or pour oil on it or use abcd to get rid of the mountain. All you need to do is to believe and speak your faith to the mountain.
He said one or two words are enough if your faith is at work. Just say Move, go away! And the mountain will disappear. Long prayer does not get answer than short prayers. It is the measure of faith that grants the answer. Is getting miracle that easy? Yes! Jesus will not lie to us. The longest of His prayer that worked the greatest miracle of raising a stinking four days dead man was like that. He only said Lazarus come forth and He that was dead came out alive – John 11:40-45.
Surely the password to an answered prayer is Faith. It is time we begin to learn faith than we have learnt about prayer, fasting, dressing, and the use of so many other stuff to get answer to prayer. God requires nothing from us other than our faith to receive from whatever His grace through Christ has made available unto us. The limitation we set to the move of the power of God that renders us vulnerable to the attacks of the witches, failure, disappointments etc. is unbelief. Stop limiting God! Stop limiting yourself! Check your actions, your thoughts and your faith today and aligned them to the will of God.
I declare that I am born of God, I have faith and I am empowered to pray and get answer in Jesus name. Every limitation to my prayer with unbelief is overcome to day and forever in Jesus name. Amen
I pray for you in the name of Jesus Christ: Receive grace to behave, think and speak with strong faith every moment of your life for supernatural result according to your desire from today and forever. Amen
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By Pastor Bakare Stephen