That's the believing that you receive part of this kind of praying. Because there is a period of time between the time that we believe we receive and when the answer is manifested, it is important to stand fast, and, as much as possible, demonstrate that you believe that God has answered the request. One of the best ways to stand in faith is to praise God each time you think of the thing you have asked for of the Lord. That means that Abraham praised God even before he could see the answer to his request.
A strong praise life reveals a strong faith life! I have prayed the prayer of faith hundreds, perhaps thousands of times over the 33 plus year period that I have known the Lord, and have found that He always brings the answer to my personal requests when I stand in faith after I pray! This prayer is a past tense or present tense prayer.
Keep it in the past or present, and never in the future tense. You must believe that God has answered - or is answering - for this kind of prayer to work. To say that you believe that God will answer is to put this kind of praying in the future tense. And the future tense is associated with hope and not faith. It's not hope that receives answers to prayer, it is faith. And faith is always now! Let's continue discussing the different kinds of prayer for the different needs we have in life.
Notice that this verse mentions supplication for all saints. There is a type of prayer called the prayer of supplication. To supplicate means to ask a favor of someone. Usually the prayer of supplication is prayed for someone else. You're asking God on their behalf for their needs to be met. We need the prayer of supplication when praying for others because the prayer of faith see Part 1 may not work when prayed for another. I can always pray the prayer of faith for myself, but I can't always pray it for others.
For the prayer of faith to work for someone else, he or she must agree with what you're praying, or at least remain neutral about the problem you're praying about. If a person is believing that they are going to die, and are talking like they are going to die, and you are praying the prayer of faith that they will live and not die, then their unbelieving words and actions will short-circuit your faith and believing, and will keep the prayer from being answered. The prayer of faith is primarily prayed for you yourself, and the prayer of supplication is primarily prayed for others.
The prayer of supplication is a prayer that is prayed over and over again for others. Yes, faith must be exercised, but it's a different application of your faith than the prayer of faith that is prayed only once. Many people get confused with what they read in scripture about prayer because they don't understand the different ways to apply faith when they pray. For instance, Jesus said in Luke For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.
So these verses could be correctly translated 'ask, and keep on asking, and it will be given you; seek, and keep on seeking and you will find; knock, and keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks and keeps on asking receives, and he who seeks and keeps on seeking finds, and to him who knocks and keeps on knocking ' it will be opened.
I've had people ask me why Jesus said in the above verses to ask and keep on asking, etc. The reason He said seemingly two different things is because there is a difference in the way you manifest your faith when praying for yourself and when praying for others. The 'ask and keep on asking' in Luke 11 is what you do when praying the prayer of supplication for someone else and their needs.
It is often necessary to pray over and over again a similar prayer when praying for others. And there are two main reasons we need to supplicate for others by 'going over the same ground' so to speak in prayer. First of all when praying for another person, we many times have to deal with an obstinate, stubborn will. And when praying the prayer of supplication we are allowing the Holy Spirit to bring conviction that will remain at the 'door' of a person's will until they make the decision to yield to God. Supplication keeps pressure on the will to bend to God's will. Understand that God will not violate or force a person's will.
He will woo and deal with a person and allow them to make a decision themselves. And the prayer of supplication allows conviction to stand at the 'door' of the will until a person yields. A person's deliverance and victory in some area of life may hinge on your obedience to God in praying the prayer of supplication for them regularly. The second reason we need to pray the prayer of supplication over and over again for others is because through this type of prayer, we can stop the hindrances of Satan in a person's life. Ephesians 6 tells us that we don't wrestle against human beings only, but against principalities, powers, the rulers of the darkness of this world, and against wicked spirits in the heavenlies.
And as we pray the prayer of supplication for another we can command the forces of Satan to stop hindering a person from receiving from the Lord. Jesus has given us the ability to 'bind' and 'loose' in prayer see Matthew Satan and his emissaries blind the minds of those who do not believe 2 Corinthians 4: We have the authority as we pray in the name of Jesus to bind these satanic forces and command them to stop their harassment of an individual.
And we often must do this on a regular basis for those we are praying for to come to the Lord and to obey Him in various areas of life. The forces of darkness often work unceasingly in seeking to hinder a person's life. Because of this, we must be persistent in prayer! Many times through the years I have prayed this prayer of supplication over and over for a person, reminded the Lord of what I have asked, thanked Him for hearing and answering; and also reminded Satan and his demonic cronies that they are bound from hindering this person. I have seen amazing answers to prayer for others as I have persisted in supplication for them.
The Lord wants to use you to pray the prayer of supplication for others. I want to encourage you to begin to pray for others and expect God to answer. Remind the Lord and your enemy that you are standing your ground in prayer and in faith for the person you're praying for to be delivered. As you persist in prayer, you'll be amazed at how the Lord is able to work in another's life. That person's deliverance and victory in some area of life may hinge on your obedience to God in praying the prayer of supplication for them regularly.
In Part 1 and 2, we discussed the prayer of supplication, and I mentioned that the prayer of supplication is usually prayed for someone else. We also found that the prayer of supplication is a prayer that is prayed over and over again for an individual, whereas the prayer of faith is a prayer prayed primarily for yourself, and is only necessary to be prayed once. I also mentioned that the prayer of supplication affects two areas: And because of the stubborn will of man, and the tenacity of the enemy's attack, you may find it necessary to pray this prayer over and over again, and to remind the Lord of what you are believing that He is doing in the person's life.
It's a little different style of releasing your faith than is the prayer of faith, but faith must be exercised for the prayer of supplication to work. In Luke 18, Jesus illustrates the need for persistence in prayer with the parable of the persistent widow. We read in verses , 'Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart.
The unjust judge in this parable is Satan, for he neither fears God nor regards man. And because the widow applied continual pressure, the unjust judge carried out her request. And this is exactly what happens when in the prayer of supplication we keep continual spiritual pressure exerted against the forces of the enemy that are hindering a person, and we keep that same spiritual pressure exerted to challenge their will to bend to God's will. We also find an excellent example of the prayer of supplication in Abraham's prayer for Sodom and Gomorrah in Genesis He just kept going over the same ground in prayer, 'pleading together' with the Lord on behalf of these two cities.
There is another element of the prayer of supplication that I want to mention here, and that is supplication in the spirit. Notice that we just read in Ephesians 6: And during that time, the Holy Spirit showed Him some things. We can likewise get 'in the spirit' by praying for a period of time with other tongues. Paul said in 1 Corinthians Praying in tongues will enable us to become more sensitive to spiritual realities, and to the Holy Spirit who dwells within us.
And when we get 'in the spirit' in prayer, it is possible for the Holy Spirit to take the lead and to direct us as to what and how to pray for a person or a situation. Paul also said in 1 Corinthians This type of praying is a great benefit to us and will cause us to deepen our level of intimacy and closeness with the Lord. It will also cause us to become more effective in prayer. Back in the early 's, Kenneth Hagin exposed me to 'being in the spirit' in prayer in seminars that I attended that were taught by him when I lived in Tulsa.
I was so moved by these experiences that I determined that I needed to pursue this in my personal times of prayer. My greatest challenge was disciplining my flesh to allow me to pray for an extended time. Back then, I would take some time on my day off from work and spend several hours, 3 hours or more, just simply praying in the spirit, in other tongues.
It was a difficult thing to stick with, because there were no feelings of excitement or ecstasy while praying in this manner. The only feeling I got was of being really tired and thirsty from so much praying! But I continued, and eventually I had the experience that I did in the prayer meetings with brother Hagin, and that perhaps John had there on the Isle of Patmos. I became aware of the Holy Spirit within me! As I prayed with other tongues, it would seem as though I knew what I was saying at times in other tongues. Words would seem to float up from within me, from my spirit, to my mind, and I would find myself saying them out loud.
As I continued to pray this way, I found that the Holy Spirit would help me pray about a matter or person by taking the lead! I would feel an inspiration to pray about a certain thing a certain way, and the words would seem to float up from within me. This is supplication in the Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit taking the lead in your praying about matters. It is a wonderful experience with the Lord, and this type of prayer is available to all of us!
I still pray this way at times, and it now takes me about 30 to 40 minutes to get 'in the spirit' when I'm praying.
As I continue, I'm sure the length of time it takes will lessen. I want to encourage you to pay the price for this kind of supplication in the spirit. God is looking for those who are willing to take time out of their busy lives to pray and to be involved in His business in people's lives. This will not be easy, and the enemy and the flesh will fight your spiritual advances in prayer. There is so much work to be done for the kingdom of God before Jesus returns. And the prayer of supplication is so necessary to be prayed for God's kingdom to advance and His will to come to pass in people's lives.
Invest your time in the kingdom of God in prayer. Allow Him to take the lead as you pour your heart out to Him on behalf of others. The prayer of supplication is a powerful tool in the hand of a yielded child of God. Yield and pray with supplication in the spirit today!
Someone's eternal future may rest on your obedience! In this segment, I want to discuss the prayer of intercession. To intercede is to take another's place. We never intercede for ourselves! This is a prayer for others only! When we intercede, we literally take another's place in prayer. This is only done by the power of the Holy Spirit. You can't make yourself intercede for someone. Last month, we discussed the prayer of supplication, which is also a prayer primarily prayed for others. And sometimes, when you're praying for someone else, you may start out praying the prayer of supplication, and end up in intercession.
Intercession is what Jesus is doing for us right now as He sits at the right hand of the Father. He 'ever lives to make intercession for us. He has literally taken our place in sin so that we can be free! Hebrews tells us that we have a high priest that was 'touched with the feelings of our infirmities. He feels our need, has taken our place, and stands in the gap to represent us before the Father.
The Holy Spirit helps us to 'make intercession for the saints according to the will of God' Romans 8: And we must depend on Him to help us intercede. There are two basic kinds of intercession. One kind is for the unsaved to come to salvation, and the other is for the new believer. This is an Old Testament reference to a New Testament, Holy Spirit inspired, prayer experience the believer has for the unsaved.
When the Holy Spirit moves you to pray in intercession for someone, you often feel the way the person feels on the inside. If they are lost, oppressed, or fearful, etc. Many times, I as a pastor, have that sense of heaviness upon me before I preach. I have learned that when I sense this, the Holy Spirit is seeking to have me intercede for the people attending the service I will be conducting.
God alone knows their true needs, and He places a sense of their burden upon my spirit so that I will pray. Lives hang in the balance waiting on your willingness to be used of God in this way. In reading from the memoirs of Charles Finney, we find that a man by the name of Father Nash would accompany Finney as he traveled from city to city in the northeastern United States.
He would arrive a few days before Finney, check into a hotel, and groan and travail in prayer for the upcoming meetings. Sounds of guttural groaning and travail, much like a woman in the throes of childbirth, could be heard coming from the room. Hotel attendants would voice their concern to Charles Finney when he arrived for the meetings, and would tell him of the unusual sounds heard coming from Father Nash's room.
Finney would tell them that Nash was praying and all was well. And there would be a great move of the Holy Spirit in the conviction of the lost in the meetings. Many would be born again. This is true intercession, and we need to bring it back into the church today! There is also intercession for new believers. Paul mentions this in Galatians 4: God wants the change that the new birth brings to our spirits to affect our daily lifestyle.
And intercession and travail are necessary to help a new believer grow up in Christ and change habits and lifestyle. I remember how God used me to minister to a Bible school friend years ago. We had both graduated from the same Bible school several years earlier, and I had seen him while shopping with my wife. He had fallen away from the Lord, and as we talked, he was flippant in attitude towards spiritual things. It grieved me inwardly to see my friend in such a condition.
A few days later, I was in my place of prayer early one morning, and while praying I began to think of my friend. I began to pray for him and was shocked by what occurred. As I prayed for him, I was suddenly overcome by a sense of desperation and a sense of being severed from fellowship with the Lord. At the same time, I could sense how God felt about my friend turning his back on his faith. It was a feeling of hurt mixed with a yearning and longing for my friend to return to the Lord.
I found myself literally groaning and travailing out loud, wailing and crying profusely for my wayward friend. I prayed that way for maybe ten to fifteen minutes, and then the travail and burden of prayer lifted, and I sensed a peace come over me about his condition. Some time later, I received a call from him, and he told me that he had moved to another city, had come back to the Lord, and was faithfully attending a local church. I knew when he told me, that God had used me to help him get back into fellowship.
This was intercession for my friend, who was a fairly new believer. I want to encourage you to develop your prayer life, and to tell the Holy Spirit that you are available to be used in intercession for others as He wills it. If you are sincere, on occasion, the Holy Spirit may use you to make intercession! Open yourself up to be used in intercession today! We're continuing to discuss the different kinds of prayer in this writing. As mentioned in previous segments, there are different kinds of praying for different kinds of issues we face in life.
And there are rules to follow when praying, much like the different rules that are followed when playing the different kinds of sports. The Lord delights in one taking time to fellowship with Him, and He longs to answer our prayers. And although prayer is an intimate fellowshipping with the Lord, to be effective and to receive answers, we must also learn to follow the guidelines of the scriptures concerning our prayer life. In the past segments, we have discussed the prayer of faith, the prayer of supplication, and the prayer of intercession.
In this lesson, I want to discuss the prayer of consecration. Jesus prayed the prayer of consecration in the garden of Gethsemane just before He went to the cross. In that prayer, He prayed for the will of God to be done in His life See: He was consecrating Himself to do the will of God, regardless of His personal feelings or desires. If Jesus needed to consecrate Himself to do the will of God, how much more do we need to consecrate ourselves! But we only qualify for the best that God has when we choose to obey His will for our lives.
When we pray the prayer of consecration, we are committing our whole being to do the will of God. And in this kind of prayer, the phrase 'if it be Thy will' is a good thing! The prayer of consecration causes us to flow into the purposes of God for our lives. It brings us into harmony with God's highest call for our lives. Instead of asking God to bless our plans, we are choosing to find out what His best is for our lives and are committing to follow Him fully. We receive the best that God has for us only when we choose to pursue and obey His will and purpose for life.
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I came to a personal crossroads in my life when I was 18 years old concerning the path that my life was to follow. At the time, I had opportunities for lifelong careers in two different fields of endeavor. Those avenues of life looked favorable to me at the time, and it seemed as though following them would bring me the desired financial security and success I needed to raise a family. But as I prayed and sought God about His plans for my life, I began to see that He wanted me to take a different path, and that He had called me into the ministry of the gospel.
Had I chosen my will instead of His will for my life, I would not be able to 'eat the good of the land,' that is, I would not be able to claim God's highest and best for my life now. We must be willing to yield to God's will for us if we want to have the best He has for all of life. As a boy walking in the forest on a Sunday afternoon, I would come upon what looked like a clear-cut path through the trees.
As I followed it, I would sometimes be disappointed by finding that the path ended at a boggy swamp. Sometimes what we think is best for us in life may find its eventual end in a life of hardship and unending tests and difficulties. I have had the experience of praying with people who chose the wrong path in life, and it seemed that a favorable answer was not to be given.
It was as though I had prayed up against a brick wall, and I didn't know why. Later I would find that decisions were made by the individual that opposed God highest and best for them. And those decisions hindered them from receiving God's best for their lives. God's instructions to the Israelites still stand as His instructions for us today:.
Pressing Forward Into All God Has For Us!
A number of years ago, when I was pastoring a church in South Carolina, I received a call late one evening from the wife of one of my church members. He had been rushed to a hospital emergency room and was gravely ill. When I arrived at the hospital, he was unconscious, and his wife asked me to pray for him. As I leaned over and laid hands on him to pray for healing, I had the most difficult time saying the word heal. I felt an inward impression not to pray that way.
I seemed to be restrained from praying for the man's healing, and I had never had that happen to me before. I repeated my efforts to pray for him several times, and each time I sensed a restraint from the Lord about praying for healing. I looked up at his wife, who had noticed my hesitation. And she asked me if I could talk to her privately. We went into a chapel in the hospital, and she began to share with me what had happened to her husband.
He had smoked all his life, and his friends had regularly encouraged him not to smoke; yet he continued. She told me that two weeks earlier his doctor had advised him to quit smoking immediately if he valued his relationship with his wife and family. The doctor had told him that if he did not quit, he would die. And his wife told me that was the reason I could not pray for him to be healed. He had refused to listen Later that night with tears I watched as his family gathered around his bed and he breathed his last breath and entered into eternity.
He really was a good man and exhibited wonderful fruit as a believer, but he refused to heed God's voice in this one area of life, and it cost him his life.
I'm sure He's with the Lord today, but his life with his family was cut short due to his disobedience. We all want God's best both for our families and our own lives. But we only qualify for the best that God has when we choose to obey his will for our lives. I encourage you to pray the prayer of consecration on a regular basis. This is not a one-time prayer. It must be prayed over and over again throughout your life.
Be willing to do whatever God says to you. Make yourself willing to perform any change or make any adjustment in any area of life. His will is that we all 'eat the good of the land! The greater your obedience, the greater the blessing. In this segment, I feel to examine the prayer of consecration in a more personal context. One major goal we should have as believers is to become like Jesus in our personal character and conduct. The older we get in the Lord, the more we should act, think, speak, and behave like Jesus.
Paul gave us all an excellent ambition for our spiritual lives when he stated, 'I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus' Philippians 3: The personal prayer of consecration helps us begin this journey to become like the Son! The prayer of personal consecration is a prayer that opens our lives to be examined by the standard of God's Word. It raises the bar of conduct and allows the Lord the opportunity to help us grow and change into His image and likeness in how we live life. Our best witness is not just our words, but our lifestyle that shows others what we really believe!
Remember that Jesus said, 'Let your light so shine among men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven' Matthew 5: And the prayer of personal consecration will set us on the road toward personal change that will glorify God!
Insight into Prayer
This personal prayer of consecration is found in Psalm With this prayer, we give God permission to speak to us, and to deal with us and show areas that need His loving hand of guidance and change. Remember that God is a perfect gentleman, and He will not force Himself or His purposes on us. He will explain the correct values, and you may learn how to improve your life. This is why the Talmud says, "If one is sick, go to a wise man.
Why a wise man? As we said, only he can look carefully at your life and analyze your character and your desires. He can then see what flaw exists in your nature, leaving you either unprotected or deserving of punishment by God, causing illness to befall you. Then you may incorporate this knowledge into your life and save yourself. So too in all areas, not just illness. Don't wait until you are ill to analyze introspect - do so now.
What else do we learn from the institution of prayer? It also reminds us that God is the One who created the system of morality. Therefore, we come to Him alone to ask forgiveness. This is one of the 13 requests in our Shemona Esray prayer. How do we learn that God created morality? It is via our request for forgiveness from only Him. We are reminded of His omniscience, as He says He will not recall one's sins when one repents.
He alone sets the standards of good and evil, so from Him alone do we request forgiveness. Only He can forgive, because only He determines morality. Only He has the ability to wipe away our sins, as only He can hold man accountable. Nothing aside from God can punish. We learn our halachic formulation of prayer from Channa, when she prayed for a child.
She moved her lips with no emanating voice. We see that prayer requires a concretization of our wishes, otherwise left in the realm of blurred thoughts. This concretization in the form of articulation transfers our abstract thoughts into a solidified reality, and we are confronted more clearly with our own wishes, allowing us to examine desires otherwise left unnoticed. Again, we see how useful prayer is.
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Our self examination is enabled by converting inner, silent feelings into articulated structures of our lips. This very act brings our thoughts into a perceptible light, from their normally, hidden state. Prayer means that God is a reality - He is the One with Whom we converse. This is so vital, as most of our days may be spent intercoursing with our fellow man. We forget the reality of God's existence as a truth. Do we think of Him as real as our friend? Our friend responds when we talk. In prayer, although we do not hear a response, this in no way alters the truth of God's knowledge and interaction in our lives.
By praying, we admit His participation in our dialogue of prayer. Their is a Recipient of our prayers. But here, this once, God granted a man knowledge other than by natural means. My deduction is that God would not give King Solomon knowledge without his request.
Why would God not give something without a request? Perhaps this teaches that man must approach God for his needs. This act of request imprints on man the idea that man's good can only be a good, if man realizes his fortune as emanating from God. Only a request from God will teach man this essential concept. Had good befallen man with no prior request, he may not attribute his good fate to God. Prayer teaches that man's fate comes from God.
God therefore requested that King Solomon think into his request, and then he gave him that gift of knowledge afterwards. This taught two lessons to King Solomon: God said, "Ask what I can give to you". What "I" shall give, and no other. For this reason, God did not initially reveal what e was offering King Solomon. He required him to examine himself, and only then respond. Also, King Solomon was directed to asking for knowledge per se, as God intimated that He was offering something that only He could provide.