Thank God, for the privilege of prayer. For communing with the creator of the universe and the lover of our souls. I suppose God could have done anything He wanted to do. Perhaps, He could have chosen to be unapproachable, but He didn’t!
How marvelous it is that the creator has invited us to draw near to Him. Isn’t it wonderful that we can draw near to Him in time of trouble? And much more importantly, the Bible says, “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4: 16).
God’s Word reveals that God hears and answers prayer. Therefore it is important that we learn how to pray.
Earlier this month I discussed part one of this lesson. I shared that there are different kinds of prayer therefore the rules are different. Today, I will proceed with part two. I will be discussing the Prayer of Petition.
The Prayer of Petition
The Prayer of Petition is the kind of prayer where one prays asking God to do something. This prayer is primarily effective in one’s own sphere of authority. In other words, I can pray this prayer for myself, my house, my children that are living in my house, and expect by faith to receive what God promised in His Word. I cannot pray this prayer for my next-door neighbor and push off my will on him and on his children.
It is a prayer of faith and it is governed by Mark 11:24.
MARK 11: 24
24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
Notice it is your desire. When you pray, and you believe that you receive them, and you shall have them.
I call this, just for my own thinking, the prayer of faith. For it must be prayed in faith.
Before I learned this law of faith governing the prayer of petition, I prayed many prayers for my family in a hit-and-miss fashion. It seemed that Elder Prescod and I and our four children at home at the time had our fair share of financial needs.
But thank god he led us to hear the preaching of a great man of God by the name of Kenneth E. Hagin. I heard him say, “God is not moved by your need. God is moved only by faith. Satan is the one who creates the need. If God were moved by needs, Satan, who creates needs would be leading God. And God will never follow the devil. God has set up a system of faith whereby all can legally receive through faith in His Word what He has promised there.”
After I heard that word, understood it, received it and act upon this principle my prayers of petition has never been the same. Faith always works. Prayer always works that is, when one works them according to the rules revealed in His Word.
John G. Lake called this the inevitable law of faith, “According to your faith be it unto you…” (Matthew 9:29).
Word for Today: "The Forces of Words"
Job 22: 28 says, “Thou shalt decree a thing, and It shall be established unto thee…” The words of your mouth are more than just carriers of meaning and concepts. The Bible makes it clear the words you speak today are framing the kind of life you will experience tomorrow.