Praying In Confidence
Because…God Has Already Heard Me!
“14 And this is the confidence (the assurance, the privilege of boldness) which we have in Him: [we are sure] that if we ask anything (make any request) according to His will (in agreement with His own plan), He listens to and hears us. 15 And if (since) we [positively] know that He listens to us in whatever we ask, we also know [with settled and absolute knowledge] that we have [granted us as our present possessions] the requests made of Him.” I John 5:14 & 15 Amplified Version
Two of the most prevalent strategies that our adversary has used for years among the members of the body of Christ, is number one - to get us to doubt God and number 2 - to get use to waste time. He (the enemy) knows that for the most part; as leaders; we are too wise to go back out into the world. He also knows that we love the Lord too much to steal His tithe and/or offerings. The enemy also knows that most Christians are not very knowledgeable concerning the Word of God! We can quote it; but don’t truly understand it enough to apply it to our daily lives.
Hosea 4:6 tells us that we are destroyed for the lack of knowledge. Therefore, although we love the Lord, we are not advancing and maintaining our stamina in the realm of the spirit. This is simply because we are not in possession of the proper concepts and precepts concerning the application of the Word of God. One of the areas of our lives where this is prevailing is in our prayer life.
According to our text, whenever I pray, God hears what I’m saying. Therefore, to me this denotes that because God is neither deaf, nor void of understanding concerning my intentions; I don’t need to pray the same request over and over and over and over again. When we pray, the enemy has us so consumed with fear, doubt, unbelief or just plain ignorance – that we feel as though when we don’t SEE (with our physical eye), the immediate manifestation of our request… we begin to panic. Listen, and listen to me well…. God is saying….I heard you the first time! (And please don’t refer to Matthew 7:7 or Luke 11:9). We must remember that God’s timing is usually not in accordance with ours. If I stop praying for something when I can see the manifestation of what I’ve prayed for….. is that walking by faith or by sight?
So, after I’ve prayed, I need to now walk in faith – denouncing the spirit of fear, tearing down every road block and hindrance that would prevent the manifestation (in this realm) of my petition. I also need to become mature enough…. To the extent…. that I can maintain my focus regardless - and pray God’s promises – and not my problems! I need to not negate the manifestation of my request, by releasing from my mouth words that are contrary to my spoken request of the Lord.
God HAS Already Heard Me! Therefore, I will stand and realize that, if there has been a delay in the physical manifestation to the response of my request; that there’s a principle that the Lord is attempting to bring to my awareness. So again I ask: “If I stop praying when I physically see the manifestation - am I not really walking by sight and not by faith????”.
I’ve heard many say P.U.S.H. meaning Praying, Until, Something, Happens. However, as for me; whenever I pray… something has already happened! I’d rather say that P.U.S.H. means Persevering, Under, Satanic, Harassment!
Because God HAS already heard me; I won’t waste precious time walking in unbelief and presenting the same request to Him again as though He is ignorant, deaf or void of understanding! I’ll walk in faith and begin to praise Him in advance, before I even SEE…in this realm, the manifestation of my request….because I know, that I know, that I know….. IT’S ON THE WAY!!! Therefore…I can shout NOW!!!!! HALLELUJAH!!!
(Remember …..Our prayers must be in accord with God’s written Word if we desire for Him to positively answer them!)