I’ve been receiving some positive comments from a friend who heard the sermon about praising and thanking God before we receive what we’re asking, and I thought I should encourage you to hear that message as well. It was given in March 2014.
We all know about Yeshua’s (Jesus) instructions about receiving from God and when we pray. If not, this will be a good little scripture study for all of us to review on the topic of answered prayer:
- Diligently seek our Father, for He does reward those who do so (Heb.11:6)
- Remember your own private prayer is to be private (Matthew 6:5-6). There ARE times for group prayer, such as we read in Acts 12:1-19 when the believers prayed for Peter and their prayer was answered. It’s interesting that there’s no record of the group coming together in prayer to pray for James – and he was beheaded by King Herod.
- We must ask according to God’s will (1 John 5:14).
- We will have more confidence of a positive answer when we are pleasing to our Creator (1 John 3:22). 2 Chronicles 7:14-15 “… if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
- We need to ask more. “You have not for you ask not” (Matthew 7:7-11).
- We should always ask in faith, believing. (James 1:5-8; Mark 11:22-24). If your faith is weak, acknowledge it, and make that part of your prayer. Ask Him to strengthen your faith.
- We should pray in Yeshua’s name (John 14:13-14; 15:16; 16:24).
- We know we should ask unselfishly. (James 4:2-3)
- We know we should be persistent and not give up when we don’t see an answer right away, like the persistent widow parable (Luke 18:1-8)
We know we should ask for similar things – like healing – for others, if we wish to be healed (James 5:16). Notice it says to pray for others “that YOU may be healed”.
- The same verse in James 5:16 says the fervent prayer of the righteous man is the effective prayer. “Fervent’ does not have to mean loud. It just means to put your heart into it.
- Mark 11:25-26—if we want God to hear our prayers, we need to be sure we are at peace with everyone. We need to have forgiven those who have offended us and ask their forgiveness if we have offended them.
- We pray from our hearts; not speaking just rote, repetitive prayers (Matthew 6:7).
- We know sometimes God’s “answer” to our prayers can sometimes be “not yet”, or “no” or “OK, I’ll answer, but it will be somewhat different than what you asked.” Paul experienced this when our Father told him he would not remove the “thorn in the flesh” but would give him strength to bear it.
I could keep going with more points on “answered prayer”. But I hope this much has been helpful -- but it’s still not my main point today.
Have you made a conscious practice of applying the March 2014 sermon about praising our Father for having already answered your prayers BEFORE you even see any results? And be sure you do so in Yeshua’s name, as if Yeshua is the very one asking our Father. In that sermon I give many examples of Yeshua himself doing this, as well as many examples from the prophets. Yeshua taught us this when he says when we pray, believe we have already received it (Mark 11:20-24, especially verse 24). Hear the sermon, it will have much more. I recommend you hear the sermons in audio while having the Notes printed out ahead of time. My “Notes’ are not a complete “transcript”. Sometimes I have bonus points in the notes, sometimes there’s more in the audio, but either way you’ll get more out of the messages if you hear them AND have the notes in hand.
Remember that faith is the evidence of things NOT YET seen (Hebrews 11:1). So if we have faith we’re going to receive a wonderful answer from our so-loving Abba, why NOT start thanking him for having already done it, even when we don’t yet see His answer? The sermon explains fully how and why this is such a hallmark of believers. If you haven’t heard and read the sermon, I recommend you do. It can change your life.
I also hope you will enjoy the series I am starting on our loving Abba – and the next sermons, God willing, will be on what happens when we, as children of Abba, sin? Does that put us outside his love? We certainly must deeply repent and turn from the evil we got involved with – but does that put us outside Abba’s love? It will be coming soon. Then I’ll be talking about experiencing the real JOY of salvation, as King David described it in his very prayer of repentance in Psalm 51. So a lot is coming, and I hope you will benefit from the messages. I enjoy hearing any feedback or suggestions or even questions. May our loving Abba in heaven bless you and watch over you.