We do not accept anything but answered prayer because we know how to pray.
Bible faith stays with it until you get the manifestation.
If we have not or are not receiving answers to our prayers, let’s be students of our past and learn why things are not working. The Holy Ghost will reveal to you any adjustments that you need to make if you give time and effort to allowing Him to reveal that to you.
Don’t be OK with “Oh well, that did not work this time so better luck next time…”
Take time before you pray about something and find out what the Word of God says about the matter.
It is also important to understand the type of prayer that you are praying and for whom. If you are praying for something that involves other people, their will is involved. For instance, the salvation of a loved one or the meeting of a financial need. People must be involved as God moves on their hearts and sometimes that can take time or even delay the answers to the prayer.
But understand this, God moves the moment you pray in faith!
Daniel 10:12-13 NKJV Then he said to me, “Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words. (13) But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; and behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left alone there with the kings of Persia.
There can also be opposition to your prayers in the realm of the spirit, especially when interceding for people or nations.
Do not think for one moment that the kingdom of darkness is going to stand by and let us gain territory without some type of opposition. But if we stand in faith on God’s Word and enforce Satan’s defeat won by Jesus, we will triumph!
Ephesians 6:10-14 NKJV Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. (11) Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. (12) For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. (13) Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. (14) Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness,
We can either speed up or hinder the manifestation of our prayers.
- The answer can come faster if the Word is rooted in us.
How we treat the Word of God determines the speed of our answer.
Bro. Hagin – “The answer to our prayer can come faster if the Word is strongly rooted in you. The more of the Word that is in you, the stronger your faith will become.”
(Romans 10:17 NKJV) So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
The ”Word of God” in this verse is “Rhema” which means “a revealed spoken word” Another word in the Greek for the Word of God is “Logos” which means and expression of thought or intent.
Faith arises in our hearts as God’s Word becomes revelation to us as it is spoken to our spirits by the Holy Spirit.
The manifestation is dependent on the strength of our faith.
Feeding on the Word of God means staying with a Scripture that the Holy Ghost stirs your heart towards. Meditate on that Scripture. When you need healing, you don’t need to be studying the Book of Revelation.
If the Holy Ghost directs you to a specific Scripture, you need to camp on the Scripture.
Let the Holy Ghost guide your meditations.
John 15:7 NKJV If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.
It’s not enough for us to be alive in Him, His Word needs to be alive in us. The Word must be a living thing in us.
John 15:7 AMPC 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.
John 15:7 GNB If you remain in me and my words remain in you, then you will ask for anything you wish, and you shall have it.
John 15:7 NLT But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted!
Spending time in the Word is the same thing as having a conversation with Jesus. Talk with God about His Word.
Colossians 3:16 NKJV Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
Richly (GREEK) – in abundance, in a great measure.
We must be full of the Word of God.
Abraham was fully persuaded that God was able to perform what He had promised. We cannot be persuaded on empty.
When we give an all-out effort to the Word, we speed up the manifestation.
Mark 4:23-25 AMPC If any man has ears to hear, let him be listening and let him perceive and comprehend. (24) And He said to them, Be careful what you are hearing. The measure [of thought and study] you give [to the truth you hear] will be the measure [of virtue and knowledge] that comes back to you–and more [besides] will be given to you who hear. (25) For to him who has will more be given; and from him who has nothing, even what he has will be taken away [by force],
- With consistency lies victory.
Hebrews 6:11-12 NKJV And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, (12) that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
Hebrews 6:12 MSG Don’t drag your feet. Be like those who stay the course with committed faith and then get everything promised to them.
James 1:2-4 NKJV My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, (3) knowing that the testing of your faith produces (works) patience. (4) But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
James 1:2-4 TPT My fellow believers, when it seems as though you are facing nothing but difficulties see it as an invaluable opportunity to experience the greatest joy that you can! (3) For you know that when your faith is tested it stirs up power within you to endure all things. (4) And then as your endurance grows even stronger it will release perfection into every part of your being until there is nothing missing and nothing lacking.
The Greek word translated “patience” in Galatians 5:22 is remaining consistent where people are concerned.
Galatians 5:22-23 NKJV But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, (23) gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
We must develop this consistency if you want to see victory at all and then as is grows, it can help speed things up.
Hebrews 12:1-2 NKJV Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, (2) looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Endurance – the fact or power of enduring or bearing pain, hardships, etc; the ability or strength to continue or last, especially despite fatigue, stress, or other adverse conditions; stamina:
Hebrews 10:35-36 AMPC Do not, therefore, fling away your fearless confidence, for it carries a great and glorious compensation of reward. (36) For you have need of steadfast patience and endurance, so that you may perform and fully accomplish the will of God, and thus receive and carry away [and enjoy to the full] what is promised.
Galatians 6:9 NLT So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.
- Never underestimate the power of your praise and worship.
Acts 16:25-27 AMPC But about midnight, as Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the [other] prisoners were listening to them, (26) Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the very foundations of the prison were shaken; and at once all the doors were opened and everyone’s shackles were unfastened. (27) When the jailer, startled out of his sleep, saw that the prison doors were open, he drew his sword and was on the point of killing himself, because he supposed that the prisoners had escaped.
2 Chronicles 20:20-25 NKJV So they rose early in the morning and went out into the Wilderness of Tekoa; and as they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Hear me, O Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem: Believe in the LORD your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper.” (21) And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to the LORD, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying: “Praise the LORD, For His mercy endures forever.” (22) Now when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated. (23) For the people of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of Mount Seir to utterly kill and destroy them. And when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, they helped to destroy one another. (24) So when Judah came to a place overlooking the wilderness, they looked toward the multitude; and there were their dead bodies, fallen on the earth. No one had escaped. (25) When Jehoshaphat and his people came to take away their spoil, they found among them an abundance of valuables on the dead bodies, and precious jewelry, which they stripped off for themselves, more than they could carry away; and they were three days gathering the spoil because there was so much.
Ephesians 5:18-20 KJV And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; (19) Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; (20) Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
- Be quick to repent if you sin as sin can hinder your faith.
1 John 1:5-10 NKJV This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. (6) If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. (7) But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. (8) If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. (9) If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (10) If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.
- Be quick to forgive!
Mark 11:23-26 NKJV 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. (25) “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. (26) But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.”
Notice that Jesus added the necessity for us to forgive others right after He teaches on faith and receiving answers to prayer. That is because they are so closely related to one another.
- Walk in love!
Galatians 5:6 KJV For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.
Galatians 5:6 AMPC For [if we are] in Christ Jesus, neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith activated and energized and expressed and working through love.
Galatians 5:6 TPT When you’re placed into the Anointed One and joined to him, circumcision and religious obligations can benefit you nothing. All that matters now is living in the faith that is activated and brought to perfection by love.
- Get involved with being the answer to someone else’s prayers.
In other words, be someone else’s miracle by serving or giving.
So far, we’ve learned that prayer that brings results is fueled by faith. And now, we see that faith works by love. In other words, if we want our faith to be at a level that will bring results in our prayer life, we’ve got to express that faith through love to others.
Our faith is strengthened as we reach out to others. So, if you’re standing and believing for something in prayer, get involved helping someone else. Tell someone else what Jesus has done for you. When you do, all your problems will seem to fold up and roll away.
True prosperity is the ability to use the power of God to meet the needs of mankind in every realm of life—spirit, soul, body, financially and socially.