Prayer that Gets Results – Every Time
Prayer that Gets Results – Every Time
Hebrews 7:25b (TPT)
25 So he is able to save fully from now throughout eternity,[a] everyone who comes to God through him, because he lives to pray continually for them.
Romans 8:27b (AMPC)
27 … because the Spirit intercedes and pleads [before God]
in behalf of the saints according to and in harmony with God’s will.
Every believer wants to have their prayers answered. The Bible promises in more than one place that they will be answered; Matthew 21:22, Mark 11:24, John 16:23, James 5:16, to name a few. Yet, for many believers, prayer is hit or miss at best. How can we improve our track record concerning answered prayer?
The answer is found in Hebrews 7:25b and Romans 8:27b. It is revealed in the second part of those two scriptures that both Jesus and Holy Spirit are interceding for us: Jesus “lives to pray continually for them,” and Holy Spirit is interceding “in behalf of the saints according to…God’s will.” Think of the implication of those scriptures – two-thirds of the Godhead are praying at all times for us. What are they praying? For God’s will to come to pass.
How would our prayer life change if we prayed in a manner which would align itself to what Jesus and Holy Spirit were praying? There would be no more, “God, please do this or don’t do that.” Our prayers would be simply to say, “Jesus, Holy Spirit, I want to join with You and come into agreement with what you are praying about for my loved ones.
How can we be sure we are praying in line with what Jesus and Holy Spirit are praying? There are two ways to get our prayers in alignment with them. First, the most effective way to pray in agreement with Jesus and Holy Spirit is to pray in the spirit (sometimes called praying in tongues), which means to use the prayer language we received when we were baptized in the Holy Spirit. I Corinthians 14:2 says, “He who speaks in an unknown tongue is not speaking to men, but to God; for no one understands him; but in the spirit he speaks mysteries and divine secrets.” When praying in our prayer language the Word assures us that we are praying God’s perfect will. (If you have not received your prayer language and would like to learn more about it go to Anchor of Hope’s home page and click on the link, “Why You Need the Holy Spirit”)
The second way to come into agreement with Jesus and Holy Spirit is to line our prayers up with the Word. To pray God’s Word is to pray His will. To do this it is necessary to find scriptures that deal with the issues you want to address in your prayer time. If you want to pray about finances, then find scriptures that reveal God’s will concerning prosperity. Declare Psalm 35:27 KJV: “Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant…” If someone’s health is of concern to you, find scriptures about healing. Take the scriptures and lift them up in prayer by declaring the Truth of the Word. For instance, use 1 Peter 2:24 and speak the scripture out loud… I lift up _ (fill in the name of the person you are praying for) and declare that “by Jesus stripes _ is healed.
If Jesus and Holy Spirit are both praying on our behalf, why do they need us to join in? Because God has put the earth under the authority of man. Our words are needed to bring God’s will to pass in the earth (not because Jesus and Holy Spirit don’t have the power to do it, but rather, because that is the way God created things to operate on earth – Genesis 1:26-28). Ecclesiastes 4:12 creates a beautiful picture of the power of prayer when we are praying in agreement with Jesus and Holy Spirit: (NLT) “A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.”
The essence of all prayer is a time of communion with God. Being aware of the two scriptures above allows us to focus our hearts on His desire to supply us with answers to our prayers. As we do, our prayer time becomes “sweatless effort.” And, that is a simple definition of what the Word calls GRACE.
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