Many years ago I
owned a landscape and tree care business. I have planted and
transplanted many trees and shrubs in my lifetime.
Once a tree was properly
planted, it was time for heavy watering. This was to make sure the
soil settled properly around the tree roots and that the tree received
laying out the hoses for watering, I would notice that there was no water
flowing through one of them. I would walk the length of that hose
until I found the problem area. Almost always it was because there
was a kink in the hose blocking the water flow. As soon as I would
straighten out the kink the water would begin to flow proficiently again.
This reminds me of many people at
prayer.They wrongly believe that
there is only one type of prayer. They pray the same prayer over
every need or problem.
As a result the majority of their prayers go
unanswered. There is a kink in their prayer hose that needs to be
straightened out in order for the power to flow proficiently. That
kink is usually praying the wrong type of prayer over their specific need.
This series of lessons on supernatural
Biblical prayer is intended to get the kinks out of your prayer hose,
causing the power to flow once again. By the time you have finished
this series, you will have moved up multiple rungs on the prayer
Let’s look at something the Apostle Paul said about prayer.
“Praying always with all prayer and
supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance
and supplication for all saints;” (Ephesians )
Notice the Apostle Paul made reference to
“all prayer,” meaning “all types of prayer.”
There are many types of
prayer. We will cover the eight primary types of prayer in this
series. Individuals who remain ignorant of
all eight types of prayer see limited results, end up discouraged and quit
praying altogether. That is not the will of God. God wants us to
persist in prayer and to be effective.
This is why He raises up Pastors and Teachers to help us. Without the
help of Pastors and Teachers doing their job properly, Believers cannot
pray properly. (Ephesians 4:11-14) I am one such Pastor/Teacher and I
am persuaded that you will be much more effective in prayer by the time you
complete these eight prayer lessons.
We will begin with the Prayer of
Faith. We will begin with this type of prayer because it is quite
possibly the type that is used more than all of the others. Every one
is constantly in need of something from God,
therefore, I believe that every one must become established in effectively
praying the Prayer of Faith. This prayer could also be called the
Prayer of Petition. (Matthew 6:8; 7:7)
What It Is You Need from God
“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.” (James 1:5-7)
Here James is talking about asking God for
wisdom. However, the principle that he shares can be used to ask God
for anything, as long as the request is legal, moral and Scriptural.
James said the man who asks, not expecting
to receive, is not going to receive anything. Some people are
compulsively indecisive. They never can seem to make up their mind
Indecisiveness is a prayer killer and will keep you
from expecting to receive. Make up your mind as to what it is you
need from God. Wishy-washiness in prayer is unacceptable.
Decide what you need and stick with your decision.
God's Scriptural Promise to Meet Your Need
“If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you,
ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” (John 15:7)
Here Jesus is revealing the importance of
spending time in God’s Word in order to know what God has agreed to do for
you. Only people who take the time to study God’s Covenant promises
know what they can and cannot ask. Learning God’s Covenant promises
is crucial to praying the Prayer of Faith effectively. You must know
where it is in the Bible that God has agreed to help you. I will
illustrate this for you.
If you need healing in your
body, you simply go to Matthew 8:16 and 17. There you will find that
it is indeed God’s will to heal your body. You take that verse and
you say, “Father, according to Matthew and 17, I ask You
to heal me, in Jesus’ Name.”
If you need financial help and have been faithful
to pay your tithes and offerings, you can go to Philippians . With that verse you pray, “Father,
according to Philippians , I ask You to meet
this need, in Jesus’ Name.”
If you need a loved one to come to Jesus,
you can go to Acts 16:31. With that verse you can remind God that He promised to save your
entire household, in Jesus’ Name.
This is so simple that even
children the world over do it every day.
Read the Scriptural Promise to Yourself Softly
This is called
meditating on God’s Word. You do not have to sit cross-legged in a
basket of fruit, with your arms out to the side, palms up and your eyes
rolled back in your head to meditate. To “meditate” simply means, “to
speak softly over and over.” You can meditate on God’s promises
driving your car or flying an airplane.
“This book of the law shall not depart out
of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day
and night, that thou mayest observe to do
according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt
make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have
good success.” (Joshua 1:8)
Here Moses is instructing Joshua to keep
the Law coming out of his mouth softly to where he could hear himself
Notice how Moses referred to it as “meditate.” The
more you hear yourself softly speak God’s promise to help you, the more faith comes into your spirit enabling you to
believe. (Romans 10:17) It is a Spiritual Law.
God’s Word is the only thing that will cause more faith to come into your
You cannot pray for faith. Faith for
whatever you need comes only by hearing, over and over, God’s promise to
meet your need. (Proverbs 4:20-22) Skipping this essential step
almost always leads to prayer failure.
Actually, you are not ready to
pray the Prayer of Faith until you have spent some time meditating on God’s
promise to help you.
God One Time & One Time Only to Help You
“And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in
prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” (Matthew 21:22)
Here Jesus said, “Whatsoever ye shall ask …
believing …”. If you really believe that God
heard you when you approached Him with His written promise, you will not
keep asking over and over. Asking over and over is
not believing. Asking over and over is
If you called me on my cell phone, asking
for $200 and I agreed to give it, you would not keep asking me over and
over, would you? Of course you wouldn’t.
You would take me at
my word, knowing that the $200 is on the way because I gave you my
promise. You would even say “Thank you” before hanging the phone up,
rejoicing that your need has been met.
If you continued to call me,
asking for the same $200, over and over, I would think you were nuts.
I would block your incoming calls and even run when I saw you coming.
You would not deal with me in this manner because you know it is
inappropriate, potentially offensive and obnoxious. You would not
behave this way because you would know that I gave you my word.
This is how our faithful Father must be
approached in prayer as well.
He does not appreciate it when one of
His children keeps calling Him, asking for the same thing, over and over,
as if His Word is no good.
Once you have found God’s Scriptural
promise to help you, ask Him for it one time and then hang up and leave Him
alone. You don’t want Him to think you’re nuts, do you?
He would help you, now give Him half a chance to do so. Trust
His love. Trust His Word. He has integrity. He
heard you and He will respond. (1John ,15)
Satan's Audio Visual Presentations of Failure
“Casting down imaginations, and every high
thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge
of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of
Christ;” (2Corinthians 10:5)
Once Satan sees you take these steps,
praying the Prayer of Faith boldly, he is going to start showing you mental
images of yourself failing at prayer. His mental images are not like
those old silent movies either. His are “talkies.” He is going
to show you pictures of yourself failing and he is even going to talk to
you about failing.
When he talks to you about failing, he will
use pronouns so you will not know he is doing the talking. He will
say things like, “God’s not going to answer me. If He really cared,
He’d have done so by now. I’m out of my mind thinking God’s going to
Satan will use words like “me” and “I” instead of “you”
just so you will think it was you thinking, not him talking. If he
can convince you that those are your thoughts, you will not take authority
over them and tell them to go away. That is when he really gets a
foothold in your prayer life.
You can say, “Satan,
I bind your thoughts and images of failure. I cast them down.
Stop talking to me now. Cease and desist in Jesus’ strong
Name.” You will be surprised at how quickly those thoughts, images
and words will stop.He’ll back
off.He recognizes your position of authority above him.
Then you can get back to meditating on God’s Word, building faith while you
are waiting for your answer.
Your Father for Answering as Promised
“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing
by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made
known unto God.” (Philippians 4:6)
The way some people pray, you would think
they were interpreting the above verse as follows. “Be anxious about everything
when you pray. It’s important to be uptight. Keep hammering
away at the Gates of Heaven, praying and supplicating until you’re blue in
the face. Don’t bother with thanksgiving. There’s no time for
that. Keep letting God know what your requests are, over and
over. Sooner or later He’ll wake up and get the message.”
There is no room for private interpretation
of Scripture. The simple fact of the matter is that you will never
see the blessings of God until you release the power of thanksgiving and praise.
Jehoshaphat and the children of Israel were faced with
the crisis of their lives, but the power of thanksgiving and praise turned
their enemies on their heads. (2 Chronicles 20:1-25)
Paul and Silas were bound hand and foot,
deep in a dark, cold, hopeless dungeon. The power of thanksgiving and
praise sent an earthquake that literally set them free. (Acts 16:16-31)
Jesus prayed for a group of ten
lepers. The leprosy immediately stopped eating away at the flesh of
all ten lepers. They were all cleansed. However, only the one
who came back and said “thank you” had his missing body components restored
to original condition with factory-authorized parts. He was made
whole again. (Luke 17:11-19)
So, here’s the drill on praying the Prayer
Decide what it is that you need. Go to the Bible and
find where God promises to help you. Meditate on the promise of
God. Ask God for the promise one time and one time only.
Satan’s DVD’s (Demonic Visual Displays) of failure. Talk to him and
tell him to back off in Jesus’ strong Name.
Praise God and thank Him
for answering you even before you see the answer.
People who practice praise receive far more
proficiently than people who pummel God with perpetual petitions.
Pray the Prayer of Faith. Live in
victory and frustrate Satan and demon powers every time.