THE POWER AND MIRACLE OF PRAYER
Part 9: Praying and Believing In God
In the name of God Master, of the Universe, Ruler of the earth
Editors Note: Beloved I believe as all believers know and believe that we come not praying for a Rolls Royce when a Ford will carry us over. However some looked to God as a Lottery Banker as they twisted the heart of giving to a commandment that no longer exists. As the priesthood faded so did the gifts and sacrifices to God and the priesthood end. Money beloved brethren is a more contemporary phenomenon as the people of Old had more need for grain, crops and livestock. John meanwhile prayed for Spiritual Healing for in this he could see all things especially Peace and Golden Paradise.
Peace be unto you. To the Church and believing Christians everywhere. To those that believe in the Bible as the supreme authority that governs all of humankind. In this we give thanks to God the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit that leads and guides us the straightway.
Beloved believing in God is very important. However as we come in the flesh we act in a human fashion. Therefore we pray for strength, faith and patience and that our faith will grow. Through prayer our faith in God resting and abiding in belief will come to a reality. So as we pray without ceasing we continue to be rooted and grounded in the knowledge that God is the Creator and we surely believe in His Word. So in the Word is where we find scripture that tells us about praying and believing. Follow us to this scripture and receive a blessing.
At Matthew 21: 18-22 Jesus teaches the disciples to pray for anything. Although we will review all of the prayers of Jesus and his teachings on prayer our primary verse here is verse 22.
Matthew 21: 22: “And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” (Also see Matthew 17 especially verse 21 for a corresponding thought here. We will also revisit this chapter later in this series).
At Matthew 17 we see that faith was connected to the season of fasting and praying. This is also true here as always in our prayer life faith is important. Thus faith moves with belief and faith is accomplished in belief. Now follow us to several prominent cross references that tells us more of what God has revealed on belief and prayer.
At the New Testament Book of James at the 5th Division James teaches about faithful prayer at the bracket of scriptures 13-18 however our primary verse here is verse 16.
James 5: 16: “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”
In an act of confession of sins one must do more than say they confess. The specific sins must be noted thus our faults are to be noted. “One to another” means we have to confess our faults against another. But the sins known only to God we confess only to Him. The phrase “that ye may be healed” is noted in direct connection with faults. However we strive for a spiritual cure for all of the things that cause us a need for healing. Thus the word healed here is used in a figurative sense and relates to a spiritual cure. We cannot perform another man’s praying however we can pray together for God to forgive the one at fault. Meanwhile the effectual prayer is one that is active it also represents someone that not only prays to God but also serves Him. The prayers from this humble man will be heard by God.
John teaches about love at I John 3. Follow us there for another important scripture as we re-confirm our faith and belief in God.
I John 3: 22: “And this is his commandments, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.”
When we strive to keep the commandments of God if is God’s will we will receive what we ask of Him. For example many so-called believers look to man to tell them what God has noted in His word. However we must read for ourselves. Thus we must look to the scriptures to learn about the right things to pray for. A proper request reveals a proper answer. We also must abide by the Word in order to please God. You cannot always please God and man at the same time. Beloved please do not look for obedience to God as a weight around your neck and body. Following God’s commandments is not a futile exercise in the impossible. Remember we are all human and in the flesh. No one is perfect however we must strive with a sincere heart to move with love as we walk and crawl upon the planet earth.
At I John 5 we also find several more verses that continue to reveal the word of God to us about belief. Here our primary verse is 14 however we will include the verse prior and the verse after to get an even better meaning of this scripture.
I John 5: 13-15: “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the son of God.”
“And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:”
“And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.”
Belief in the 13th verse allows our faith in eternal life to be confirmed. Meanwhile at verse 14 we are not allowed to make just any request of God. Thus asking God for things unscriptural are not heard by God. Verse 15 lets us know that God has heard our prayers when our petitions are granted. Therefore we know that we made scriptural requests or God would not have granted them.
Again in the Gospels we see another scripture where Jesus is teaching the disciples about praying for anything. At Mark 11: 20-26 we see similar scriptures found at Matthew 21. Here our primary verse is verse 24 however we will include for your thought and mediation the two following verses.
Mark 11: 24-26: “Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”
“And when ye stand praying forgive, if ye have aught against any; that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”
“But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.”
Our over-all discussion is entitled “The Power and Miracle of Prayer.” However even miracles that are good regarding the mission of the saints cannot be performed without faith. (For more on this see Matthew 17: 19-21). So as we ask for things we desire we must have faith. The word standing in verse 25 has no real reference to the position of the body. The things Jesus teaches about prayer are necessary in any position of the body when one prays. Meanwhile a very important component of prayer is our duty to forgive others. This we must do in order to allow God to forgive us.
Now turn with us to the Gospel of John for several more scriptures that are noted as cross-references for Mark 11: 24. Here we will find additional scripture regarding belief and ask and ye shall receive. At John 14 Jesus teaches about the way to get to the Father at the beginning of the chapter and verses 1-14. However our primary verses are 12-14 we will start there.
John 14: 12-14: ”Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than thee shall he do; because I go unto my Father.”
“And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”
“If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.”
As Jesus went back to the Father the apostles were not to perform any greater miracles than Jesus had performed while he walked the earth. However the church as an institution did not exist while Jesus walked the earth. So with the church coming into existence when He went back to the Father the apostles could now bring men, women, boys and girls into the church. These acts of conversion are noted as the greater works that Jesus had promised. Thus the apostles after He had gone to His Father were able to perform these acts of conversion and the various miracles that Jesus had performed regarding healing etc.
Meanwhile as we pray believing we also ask in the name of Jesus while we pray to the Father. Therefore we ask in His authority. The record also shows that Jesus never asked any of His disciples are anyone else to do something that would have displeased God. (For more on this see John 8: 29). Therefore God granted his wishes when He came for assistance or favors for the brethren.
In the next chapter of John Jesus is still teaching the brethren. At John 15 verses 1-16 Jesus is teaching about the vine and the branches. Once more we see that our trust in God and Christ and our belief is necessary in prayer. Look with us as we digest the 7th verse.
John 15: 7: “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.”
One cannot request are ask God for anything in prayer. For example we can pray for anything however the requests must be according to the words of Jesus. Thus they become lawful and have a scriptural base and then will be granted. Good fruit comes from Christ. Therefore we cannot ask Christ to grant us wishes that defy the Bible and the laws of God.
Now as we turn to Chapter 16 of John we see where Jesus is teaching about using His name in prayer. We suggest that you study all of the verses found here especially 17-33. However our primary verse is verse 24.
John 16: 24: “Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.”
Prior to Jesus going back to the Father the apostles could ask Jesus what they wanted. However when He went back to the Father the Holy Spirit would guide them in prayer.
Turn with us now back to the Book of James and the 1st chapter. Here we will find still more on the importance of belief in prayer.
James 1: 5-8: “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”
But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.”
“For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.”
“A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways.”
The word wisdom is used throughout the New Testament. At least 51 times we see this word used however it has various meanings. But we must look to the context of the scripture to see how wisdom is applied in each instance. Surely God will not change the physical attributes of one’s brain. Thus wisdom here means that we ask God to help us to use our God created faculties to acquire useful knowledge and information. Also at verse 5 the phrase “upbraideth not,” means that God will never become tired of hearing the requests of his children, amen.
As we pray and ask in faith we request things that are in harmony with the Word. We remember that faith comes by hearing the Word (Romans 10: 17). We also must believe the Word when we hear it. But if we don’t believe the Word when we hear it our faith is wavering. James associates this wavering spirit and mind to a wave that is unsteady as the wind is not predictable and changes each time the wind blows.
At the 7th verse we are reminded that God will not grant a wish to the person that is unstable and wavering as noted in verse 6. Nor will a request be granted to those that are double-minded or filled with doubt. You cannot be divided in your interest. Thus we often hear the phrase you cannot serve two masters. To be rewarded by God you must keep your mind on God and not man or something that contradicts the goodness of God.
Our final scripture is taken from Luke. Here Jesus continues to teach about prayer. So once again we see similar scripture in the Gospels where Jesus teaches the disciples about praying for anything. At Luke 11: 1-13 Jesus resumes His teaching on prayer. However our primary verse is verse 9 but we will first note verse 1 and then proceed to our primary verse.
Luke 11: 1: “And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto Him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples. “
It is not appropriate to try to teach a certain kind of prayer as one’s prayers although they include certain elements such as belief are unique. For example an old preacher once told me, “Son just say what God has laid on your heart.” But here we see Jesus endorsing the request. Thus we learn that if followers of Christ would take the time to study and prepare themselves for prayer there may be less things that are not Bible included in their prayers.
Luke 11: 9: “And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. “
(Additional scriptures: Matthew 7: 7).
Peace and Golden Paradise, Carl A. Patton a willing slave and servant of Almighty God and Christ Jesus writing for the FreedomJournal Press a God Fearing Free Press 21 July 2009 in the year of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus.
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