- Decide what you want or need from God and get the Scripture that definitely promises you these things.
You must base your prayer on the Word of God.
You cannot pray beyond your faith and you cannot have faith beyond the Word that you know and have in your heart.
(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 an 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.
John 15:7 NKJV (7) If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.
John 1:1-3 NKJV (1) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (2) He was in the beginning with God. (3) All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.
God has attached Himself to His Word and you will never get Him to do anything apart from His Word.
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.
Luke 4:4 NKJV (4) But Jesus answered him, saying, “It is written, ‘MAN SHALL NOT LIVE BY BREAD ALONE, BUT BY EVERY WORD OF GOD.’ “
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.
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.
- Meditate constantly on the promises upon which you based the answer to your prayer.
Don’t be in such a hurry to pray unless it is an emergency situation.
Take time to get that Word down into your heart by meditating on it and confessing it to yourself.
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.
How we treat the Word of God determines the speed of our answer.
The answer can come faster if the Word is rooted in us.
The more of the Word that is in you, the stronger your faith will become.
Meditating on the Word is how you get it rooted deeper in your heart.
Mark 4:13-20 NKJV And He said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables? (14) The sower sows the word. (15) And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown. When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts. (16) These likewise are the ones sown on stony ground who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with gladness; (17) and they have no root in themselves, and so endure only for a time. Afterward, when tribulation or persecution arises for the word’s sake, immediately they stumble. (18) Now these are the ones sown among thorns; they are the ones who hear the word, (19) and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. (20) But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word, accept it, and bear fruit: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.”
They endure for a time (GREEK) their belief is transient and temporary, for a season
We want faith that endures until the answer comes!
Keep your attention on the Word!
Proverbs 4:20-27 NKJV My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. (21) Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart; (22) For they are life to those who find them, And health to all their flesh. (23) Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life. (24) Put away from you a deceitful mouth, And put perverse lips far from you. (25) Let your eyes look straight ahead, And your eyelids look right before you. (26) Ponder the path of your feet, And let all your ways be established. (27) Do not turn to the right or the left; Remove your foot from evil.
If you don’t see yourself with the answer, then the Word is no longer before your eyes.
Joshua 1:8 NKJV This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
If you don’t stand by the Word, as much as God wants to stand by you, He can’t.
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.
- Pray and believe that you receive them.
Mark 11:24 NKJV Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.
When you ask you MUST believe that you receive the answer at the time that you pray.
Manifestation is not our responsibility. That is God’s part. Our part is to believe that we receive the answer.
There are two kinds of truth that we deal with:
- Sense knowledge truth that is based on what can be perceived with the five physical senses.
- Revelation truth from God’s Word.
These are OK with each other until they contradict. When they do contradict, you must get to the place that you automatically default to the revelation truth of God’s Word.
Romans 4:17 KJV (17) (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.
A mistake that people tend to make is that they want to call things that are as though they are not INSTEAD OF CALLING THOSE THINGS WHICH BE NOT AS THOUGH THEY WERE.
- Never permit a mental picture of failure to enter your thinking.
Failure is not an option!
Uproot every thought, image, dream, impression, or feeling that is contrary to what you have prayed and believed that you received the answer.
All thoughts, dreams, images, impressions or feelings that do not contribute to your faith must be destroyed.
The enemy will try and get you to keep checking to “see” if the thing or situation has changed.
- Guard against every evil thought that comes into the mind.
Thoughts are governed 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.
- In your waking moments think on the greatness of God and His goodness and count your blessings and your faith will increase.
Lift your heart to God constantly in gratitude and increasing praise for what He has done and for what He is doing for you now.
Philippians 4:6 NKJV Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;
Psalms 103:1-5 NKJV (1) 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.
Psalms 34:1-4 NKJV (1) A Psalm of David When He Pretended Madness Before Abimelech, Who Drove Him Away, and He Departed. 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.
- Make every prayer relative to what you’ve asked, a prayer of thanksgiving for the answer.
You can say that you do have faith as easily as you can think thoughts of doubt and unbelief.
It is thinking faith thoughts and speaking faith-filled words that leads the heart out of defeat into victory.
Don’t undo 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.”