Principle no. 5
Pray with An Expectant heart and with faith
1 Cor. 15:58: Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, for as much as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
Let us examine again the first sentence in the above passage: therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord.
So, always pray to God with an expectant heart and faith.Principle no 6
Present Your Case Systematically before God
Do not pray vagabond prayer points. Ask for one thing at a time. Do not pray like this: “O Lord, I thank You for keeping and saving me from the wicked. I ask that You lay Your hands upon me, and that my work should prosper. I pray for our Church. I pray that my pastor would live long and grow old. I also pray for my town and village, in Jesus’ name”. This is nothing but vagabond prayer. It has no focus.
A good prayer warrior takes up a prayer point and would pray it to a level of assurance before he or she moves on to the next one. In fact, as that person prays, he or she feels the assurance of answered prayer; as the prayer goes on.
Isaiah 41:21: Produce your cause, saith the LORD; bring forth your strong reasons, saith the King of Jacob.
The above passage is telling us to present our reason(s) systematically.
Isaiah 43:26: Put me in remembrance: let us plead together: declare thou, that thou mayest be justified.
This means you should tell the Lord your reasons systematically, and without wavering.
Do Not Be Selfish in Your Prayers
Job 42:10: And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.
James 4:3: Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
PRINCIPLES OF PRAYER PART THREE
Be Serious with Prayer
It is a warfare, and not a joking matter: you want to talk with the creator of heaven and earth, it is warfare, a bend or break, make or mar affair – not a joking matter at all. And the Bible says we should come boldly to the throne of grace.
Fast Along with Your Prayer
Fasting beats down the flesh and this allows the spirit man to arise. However, fasting does not force God. Fasting has to be done purposefully and not compulsively or competitively.
Do not dictate to God how He should answer your prayers.
Just let Him do it His own way – after all, He is God. Do not try to help Him answer your prayers. If you go through your Bible very well, you will see the various kinds of ways that God used in answering prayers – amazing kinds of ways.
Moses at the Red Sea thought that was the end of the road, for there was nothing he could do. He called unto God and He answered saying.
Principle No. 11
Your prayer must be persistent.
God’s delay is not God’s denial; each day brings you closer to the realization of your dreams.
Deut. 3:25-26: I pray thee, let me go over, and see the good land that is beyond Jordan, that goodly mountain, and Lebanon. 26But the LORD was wroth with me for your sakes, and would not hear me: and the LORD said unto me, Let it suffice thee; speak no more unto me of this matter.
Principle No. 12
Pray to a Level of Assurance
Finally, you must pray to a level of assurance and then begin to praise God for the answer.
But if you pray and doubt is still in your heart, then go back and continue.
I. Learn The Basic Principles Of Prayer
1Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.
2So He said to them, When you pray, say: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your Kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. 3Give us day by day our daily bread 4And forgive us our sins, For we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And do not lead us into temptation But deliver us from the evil one. 5And He said to them, Which of you shall have a friend, and go to him at midnight and say to him, Friend, lend me three loaves; 6for
a friend of mine has come to me on his journey, and I have nothing to set before him¡ 7and he will answer from within and say, Do not trouble me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give to you¡ 8I say to you, though he will not rise and give to him because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will rise and give him as many as he needs. 9So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 11If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? 12Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? 13If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!¡¨A. There must first be a desire to learn what you think you already know. (vs. 1)
1. The disciples had prayed previous to asking Jesus to teach them the power and serenity of prayer.
2. But as they circled around Jesus that day, they realized that there was something different about the way He prayed.
3. He would not give them that day a sacred formula to be repeated over and over but He would give them a consistent pattern for prayer.
B. I am convinced that most Christians learned to pray in one of these ways:
1. By some other person¡¦s example.
2. By our own definition.
C. Now! Look at the principles Jesus laid out for powerful prayer.
1. “Our Father” I find it interesting here that Jesus would teach us this phrase because Jesus Himself never uses that form. He is heard referring to God as, “The Father”, “My Father”, or “Your Father” because He is the true Son of God but you and I are to refer to Him at least as “Father” and at best as “Our Father” since we are adopted into that royal family. It is a term likened to daddy or poppa.
Principle No.1 We are instructed to approach Him with tenderness.
2. “In heaven” Jesus reminds us here that we are not approaching an earthly father that is limited in his capabilities or his presence. We are approaching the very Father of all creation. He is our heavenly Father and because of that we are created in His image (Gen 1:26).
Principle 2 We are instructed to approach Him with reverence.
3. “Hallowed be Your name” Not many could claim this title although it is given to us the task of being set apart (sanctification) for service to the glory of God. Jesus is certain to remind us that our Father is free from all impurities. He is totally separated from all evil.
Principle 3 We are instructed to approach Him with respect.
4. “Your kingdom come” It is a difficult thing to go to God in prayer knowing that you are at odds with the ministry of the kingdom. We are then simply laying before Him a monstrous hypocrisy if every day of our lives we are hindering and thwarting the advance of His kingdom.
Principle 4 We are instructed to approach Him with devotion.
5. “Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” In one sense the will of God is done whether we like it or not. Yet in another real sense, all believers do not always carry out the will of God. The interesting fact is that we cannot see His will done without first letting Him rule in our day-to-day lives. He must be Lord and King and we must seek to enlarge His kingdom. The whole concept then, seems to be one that is quite foreign to us. It is an appeal for us to voluntarily give up our wills here on earth so that His heavenly will might be accomplished. Philippians 2:5 ¡§Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus¡¨
My people have asked for wisdom. And, because they have asked I am revealing to them the process of my purposes, in these days, so that they can indeed be who they are called to be. So they can rise to the occasion; so they can rise up to that which I have called them to be; so that I can reveal Myself to them more completely in the process as they go forth to carry the nature of My character into this world. They shall know Me more fully and not only will they know Me fully, but those around them will know Me more fully because they have walked on the path of life and they have opened a way for people to see My goodness in their lives, says the Lord.
You have come a long way. Don’t stop. Keep pushing through to the next thing. You will know the next thing because it will appear like a guest at your door, and you will take one step at a time, one day at a time, until you accomplish what I have set you to do, says the Lord. At the end of this process you will know yourself better than you ever have before. Job 23:11 My foot has held fast to His steps; I have kept His way and not turned aside.
1. God has a plan for your life – Jeremiah 29:11
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
2. There is a battle going on, right now, for your life – John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”
3. Too many of God’s people are losing the battle – Marriages are falling apart, children are falling away, finances are in shambles, life sometimes seem too hard.
To have God’s abundance in every area of our life we have to answer 4 of life’s most important questions.
a)Who are you? (b) What are you? (c)Where are you? (d)What do you really want?
1) Who are you? -When I ask you that question you may say “ wao” that’s an easy one.” But the question really isn’t easy at all.
I am not asking you for your name – that’s easy. I am asking who are you.
Most people can’t answer that question because they don’t really know who they are.
• We wear so many masks.
• We want people to think we ARE something or are NOT something.
• Often we get lost in the rolls we play and don’t really know who we are anymore.
• Life gets easier when you discover who you are and you begin to like you.
• What I mean by that is that you begin to see yourself for who you really are, the good and the bad.
• When you understand better who you really are you can begin to work out that life to make things happen.
God knows you, Psalm 139 1-5 “O Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; You understand my thought from afar.
You scrutinize my path and my lying down, and are intimately acquainted with all my ways.
Even before there is a word on my tongue, Behold, O LORD, You know it all. You have enclosed me behind and before, and laid your hand upon me.”
The first step to make it happen have an abundant life is figuring out who you are – that means we to ask God a question.
• “God, since you know me better than I know myself, who am I?”
• Show me who you made me to be.
• I need to know both the good and bad.
• Help me embrace the good and purify the bad for your glory.
Not only do you need to know “Who you are” You need to know…
• 2) What are you?
This question also seems easy on the surface but too many miss it.
The question really is,
“What did God make me to be?”
Again in Psalm 139 13-16 David declares, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”
• Some of us may not have a clue what you were created to be. You need to find out otherwise you will never make anything happen.
• Some of you know exactly what God created you to be but for some reason you still aren‘t there.
• Fear, frustration, bad decisions, laziness, compromise, and sometimes even success can keep us from being what God made us to be.
• Some people dropped out of school, some quit looking, some are afraid to give up what you’ve got for what you were made for.
• Sometimes our decisions in life may make it harder to become what God made us to be but never give up on your dream. You are the only one who can make it happen
We figure out “who we are” “What we are”
3) Where are you?
This is an important self evaluation question.
• As I journey through life where am I?
• What “tools” do I have to work with?
• My responsibilities? My resources?
• With each age and stage in life come new possibilities and new opportunities if we are willing to accept them.
• We need to stop talking about what we can’t do and start embracing the possibilities that each age and stage of life present us with.
In I Cor. 13:11, Apostle Paul says “When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things.”
• Maybe it’s time to put away childish things and childish excuses and embrace the power of God to be what He made you to be.
Who are you? What are you? Where are you? And finally
4) What do you really want?
This may be the most difficult question and the one least answered.
• What do you want your life to look like?
• What do you want your marriage to look like?
• What do you want your kids to look like?
• What do you want to do?
Most people don’t know what they want – they just take what they get. People need to “Stop letting life happen to you!” “You are the one to make life happen” You dictate life but not otherwise. Proverbs 18:-21 The power of life and death is upon your tongue.
Most people don’t what they want but if you can, let me ask you this.
“What have you done in the last few hours to make this place look this way?”
We may talk about this all night but the question to answer today is, “What do you really want?”
Psalm 37 gives us this advice “Trust in the LORD and do good; … Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart… Commit your way to the LORD… Trust also in Him, and He will do it“.
These four questions are the heart of finding a more abundant life – they center on who God made you and what His plan is for your life.
Abundant life is not found in money or stuff –
It’s found in becoming what you are made to be.
Friend you will never find abundance in life until you become what you were made to be.
Nobody can fulfill your dream. God has given it to you and so you will make it happe