Prayer – Part 4

Today, we are going to continue our look at the Prayer of Faith which is the prayer of petition or the prayer to change things. 

Remember, prayer is all about your two-way communication and fellowship with God. 

Always remember when we are talking about faith, we are talking about faith in God.

Our faith must be based in a Person, not in things, or whether something will happen or not.

Our faith must be based on the simple truth that God is true to His Word and what He has said He has either already done through Christ’s redemption or He will do for you.

How do we pray the Prayer of Faith: 

  1. You must base your prayer on the Word of God.

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

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

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.

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

1 Timothy 6:12 NKJV (12)  Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

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.

During this waiting period, allow God to do whatever work in your heart that may need to be done to get you prepared.

In whatever scripture you are standing on, if you have a part to play in obedience, make sure that you are doing your part. 

Philippians 4:19 NKJV (19)  And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. 

Philippians 4:15 NKJV (15)  Now you Philippians know also that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church shared with me concerning giving and receiving but you only.

  1. When you pray the prayer of faith, believe that you receive the answer at the time that you pray, not when the answer shows up. 

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.

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 heard and answered; that is not faith.  

See yourself in possession of what you’ve asked from God 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.)

  1. Learn to deal with your mind and those thoughts that will try and talk you out of your answer.

2 Corinthians 10:5 NIV (5)  We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

You take those thoughts captive by opening your mouth and speaking what God’s Word has already said.

Keep the vision of victory before you all the time.

Do not accept thoughts of failure and defeat. 

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

Philippians 4:6-8 NLT (6)  Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. (7)  Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (8)  And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

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. Thank Him that you have the answer.

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