Back to the Basics – Part 5

Hebrews 2:1 TPT This is why it is so crucial that we be all the more engaged and attentive to the truths that we have heard so that we do not drift off course.

  • In week four, we looked at Mark 11:23 where Jesus said we could speak to the mountain and if we believed what we would say would come to pass, we could have what we say.

Mark 11:22-24 NKJV (22)  So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. (23)  For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. (24)  Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.

The Prayer of Faith

  1. Your prayer must be in line with God’s will.

1 John 5:14-15 NKJV (14) Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. (15) And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.

      • God’s Word and His will are one in the same.

John 15:7 AMP (7) If you live in Me [abide vitally united to Me] and My words remain in you and continue to live in your hearts, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you.

The implication of this verse is that your life is so founded on the Word of God, that your will is now being conformed to the will of God.

God has attached Himself to His Word and you will never get Him to do anything apart from His Word.

John 1:1 NKJV (1) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

      • You must have the Word in your heart because there will be a fight that must be waged for what you are praying for.

Notice Jesus used the same thing that we have in our arsenal to defeat the enemy. He did not use something that we don’t have access to.

      • It may take time for you to receive the answer to your prayer.

Be prepared to stand and fight for what you have prayed and believed for with the Word of God.

      • If in whatever scripture you are standing on, you have a part to play in obedience, make sure that you are doing your part.
  1. When you pray the prayer of faith, believe that you receive the answer at the time that you pray.

Mark 11:22-24 NKJV (22) So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. (23) For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. (24) Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.

      • We are to believe that we receive (take hold of) the answer to our prayer.

Don’t try and do your part and God’s part. We don’t have to believe for the manifestation. That is God’s job. We are to believe that we receive!

      • See yourself in possession of what you’ve asked from and make plans accordingly as if it were already a reality.

(Example of promise from your boss about a pay raise and we will go out and buy something based on that promise BEFORE we have seen one dime of the increase.)

      • Faith says that God has heard and answered my prayer even when nothing has changed in my circumstances. You cannot wait for the circumstances to change before you start believing that your prayer has been answered; that is not faith.
  1. Take control of your thoughts with the power of the Word of God and pull-down thoughts that are contrary to God’s Word.

2 Corinthians 10:3-5 NKJV (3) For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. (4) For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, (5) casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,

Do not accept thoughts of failure and defeat.

Satan will try to keep you in the arena of the mind where he is a master at controlling. You must stay in the arena of faith where he has no control and does not know what to do with that.

      • Thoughts come by observation, association, and teachings.

Stay away from places and things that do not support your affirmation that God has heard and answered your prayer.

Philippians 4:6-8 NKJV (6) Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; (7) and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (8) Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.

  1. Fill your mouth with continuous praise and thanksgiving to the Lord that the answer is yours.

Psalms 34:1-4 NKJV I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. (2) My soul shall make its boast in the LORD; The humble shall hear of it and be glad. (3) Oh, magnify the LORD with me, And let us exalt His name together. (4) I sought the LORD, and He heard me, And delivered me from all my fears.

Psalms 103:1-5 NKJV A Psalm Of David. Bless the LORD, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! (2) Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: (3) Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, (4) Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, (5) Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

  1. Don’t undo your Prayer of Faith!
      • Don’t undo your prayer of faith by words that are contrary to what you have prayed.
      • Don’t keep asking the Lord for the same request. This negates your prayer of faith.

Smith Wigglesworth said, “If you have prayed seven times for any one thing, you prayed six times in unbelief.”

Andrew Murray said, “It is not good taste to ask God for the same thing over and over again.”

Murray also said, “If, when you do pray again, what you’ve prayed for hasn’t materialized, don’t pray for it again in the same way because that would be unbelief. Remind God that you have already asked for it, and what His Word says, and tell Him that you’re expecting it and thank Him for it.”

      • It is thinking faith thoughts and speaking faith-filled words that lead the heart out of defeat into victory.