"Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them."
Your needs, dear reader, move God's heart like no other being in this universe, but it's your prayer that moves God into action. It's your consistent prayer based on faith that gets God's attention every time, and He's waiting to hear your petitions today.
Jesus explains prayer this way: "Which of you shall have a friend, and go to him at midnight and say to him, Friend, lend me three loaves; for a friend of mine has come to me on his journey, and I have nothing to set before him;' and he will answer from within and say, Do not trouble me; the door is now shut...I cannot rise and give to you. I say to you, though he will not rise and give to him...yet because of his persistence he will rise and give him as many as he needs," Luke 11:5-8.
Every born again believer is hard wired in, their spirit, to pray. It is the persistent prayer of the believer that God will answer, so keep praying and believing! God is a covenant keeping God, which means He will answer all your prayers based on that covenant.
You may feel like God doesn't really care to much about your situation, and prayer for you has become just a motion you go through. Well, that can change today because all you need to do is pray believing and you're going to see some wonderful things happen in your life because God is on the throne!
The order in which prayer works is this:
When you pray about something it's really important to understand that you must first believe before you pray. Hebrews 11:6 says, 'But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.' Faith first, then prayer.
Prayer based on faith is powerful. Once you're faith is in place, prayer is easy because you know in your heart that God is listening and He's going answer you. Jesus said this about prayer, "...whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them," Mark 11:24.
Now forgiveness is one of the terms of being in covenant with our heavenly Father. Jesus said these sobering words in Mark 11:25-26. "And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses."
The wonderful thing about being a Christian is that we are truly forgiven by a benevolent God through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. It's because of this forgiveness that we can enter God's throne and make our petitions known, and receive answers to our prayers.
Notice the condition here however: We must forgive any that have wronged us while we are standing in prayer. Wow this is serious stuff! We must forgive from our hearts otherwise we are not getting our prayers answered.
Dear reader, unforgiveness is the leading cause for unanswered prayers among Christians today. Is there anyone you're holding a grudge against? You must forgive that person from your heart, so that God can forgive you this trespass and answer your prayers. Yes, holding a grudge is a sin that needs to be repented from.
God loves you so much, so be quick to obey Him; repent for holding a grudge and forgive that person. The bottom line is this: The God you serve is just, full of compassion, able, and willing to meet your needs, so keep praying, believing, and forgiving.
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