God does not answer every prayer, in fact, He ignores a lot of what we call “prayers”. One day His disciples came to Him and asked Him to teach them how to pray. I believe Jesus was impressed by their request because prayer is a matter of life and death for a believer.
Luke 11:2 And Jesus said, when you pray say, Our Father which art in heaven, Holy is Your Name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done as in heaven so in earth.
In order to pray effectively we need to know the Father’s will for us in the earth. How do we find out what His will is? His word is His will. As a young Catholic boy I would pray all the prayers listed in my catechism. I would say the rosary, the Our Father, the hail Mary, novenas and acts of contrition. Then whatever happened good or bad I laid it all on God. Needless to say, I had a very negative view of the Lord, it was impossible for me to please Him. God can only deal with prayers that are His will, He is not responsible for words prayed amiss!
Ephesians 6:17-18 And take the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God: praying …
Now remember what he taught the disciples, thy will be done in the earth. If it’s not His will He can do nothing but stand aside, His Word is His will. How can a Christian have an effective prayer life if they don’t know God’s will? Sometimes I will hear a person pray this: Dear Lord Jesus be with me today. This isn’t a prayer, it’s a request that is embalmed with doubt and unbelief! Jesus said that we must direct our prayers to the Father, not Him. Before He was taken up the last thing He said was this: I am with you always even unto the end of the world. No believer has any business asking Jesus to be with them unless they don’t believe Him!
Jeremiah 1:12 KJV Then the Lord said to me, I will hasten My Word to perform it.
Jeremiah 1:12 MSG I’m sticking with you, I’ll make every Word I give come true.
I don’t want to complicate this, God spoke it, had it recorded, we read it, we believe it, we confess it and He brings it to pass. One day Kenneth Copeland asked the Lord several times, what He did with all the doubt and unbelief His people were praying in. Finally, the Lord responded, He said what doubt and unbelief? He doesn’t hear it, He doesn’t hear anything. I like to cook and bake things using new recipes and sometimes it will call for one of my favorite ingredients so I will add more than what it calls for. I always end up ruining the finished product because I didn’t follow the instructions.
God’s Word is a recipe for salvation, peace and prosperity, we just need to follow the instructions. If we add something it doesn’t call for or omit something it does call for, we end up with an Ishmael. I wasted a lot of food and time because I didn’t follow the directions. Our prayers are a matter of life and death, we can’t afford to waste our supplies that were given to us to succeed.
Jesus Redeemed me from the curse, no poverty, no lack in my house.
Wealth and riches in my home, the devil is rebuked for my sake.
Father daily loads me with benefits, He takes pleasure in my increase.
I love being redeemed,
and I give my Lord all the glory.
We are about to embark on the greatest adventure and outpouring of God’s Spirit! This month the Holy Spirit is asking us to examine ourselves/take inventory so as God’s Vessels we can take our part and place in the Body of Christ!
Scriptures to meditate on:
Hebrews 12:1 Therefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily besets us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.
Psalm 26:4 Lord you can scrutinize me. Refine my heart and probe my every thought. Put me to the test and you will find it is true.
2 Cor 10:6 It is written, and having a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.
1 Peter 4:17 For judgement begins at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?
Psalm 139: 23, 24 Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me of unbelief and lead me in the way everlasting.
2 Timothy 2:4 No soldier when in service gets entangled in the enterprises of (civilian) life: his aim is to satisfy and please the one who enlisted him (God)! DO ALL FOR THE GLORY OF GOD!