Therefore, I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted to you. (James 5:16)
God is a good Father. Nothing good will He withhold from those who love Him...
We must work on our love towards Him, we must work on our relationship with God and determine to
LOVE HIM WITH ALL OUR HEART
LOVE HIM WITH ALL OUR MIND
LOVE HIM WITH ALL OUR SOUL
LOVE HIM WITH ALL OUR MIGHT
God will not grant things that will harm or hinder His great plan for our lives. "And this is the confidence that we have before Him: If we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we already possess what we have asked of Him" 1 John 5:14-15
James tells us that "all things you pray and ask for..." All things means those things which are according to God's will because believers should never ask or pray for anything that is not the will of the Father
- When you pray the will of God, you must
cast out all doubts and believe. God guarantees that when you ask believing and trusting Him, it will be granted to you.
- God is not a son of man that He should lie, so we must trust God 100% that His word is absolute truth. Absolutely GOD WILL ANSWER US WHEN WE PRAY CORRECTLY.
Only Pray a Prayer Which is the Will of God
Today the Holy Spirit would like to remind us to be a people who only pray a prayer that is the will of God. Believers should never pray for something that's against God's will. "Let your kingdom come, let your will be done" We should never engage into prayers that serve only our interest and not God's. We should never pray controlling prayers, forcing God to do things that will serve "me, I and myself". Those are charismatic witchcraft prayers. God is not a fortune teller, nor a psychic nor a soothsayer to bribe asking and begging to give us according to the desires of our own flesh and interest.
When we pray a prayer that is God's will, faith arise and doubts find no room because we are united in our prayers with God. We are more confident when we pray the will of God and such a confidence is a foundation of our Great Faith.
As You Pray the Prayer of Faith, Remember:
God will answer you when the time comes
God will answer using the way and methods that you were not expecting
Write down your requests and even the promises God has given you
When you pray a prayer which is the will of God, pray with perseverance, trusting to the very end and giving God the glory. No matter how long it takes, do not let go of the string of prayer (Luke 18:1-8)
The Lord once asked me, "What will happen if you serve your children ice cream before they eat vegetables?" We all know the answer. They would not eat vegetables at all. As a good father, the Lord knows when to answer us. He answers in order. He does not give you ice-cream first. Humble beginnings, step by step and then from glory to glory. He is a good shepherd who goes before us and knows the way very well. Sometimes, He would not answer at certain times if it could cause us to stumble. He waits until we are prepared first. Someone might ask for a wife but God might give them a job first so they have means to support the family when time comes. When He answer you, it must be a blessing not a curse. So while waiting, prepare yourself, draw closer to Him. Know Him. Faith flows naturally when you pray to the God whom you have come to know!
Also often times, He wants to give you something bigger that will not only bless you and your families but something that will bless many people, nations and for many generations to come. Such was the case when He raised Lazarus from the grave.
Delay Is Not Denial
For example, in John Chapter 11 - when Jesus was told Lazarus is sick, He decided to stay two more days longer in the place where He was. While Lazarus family might have been worried that Jesus was not showing up in time, Jesus knew what He was doing. God is God, He does not think like we do and is not moved by what moves us. God knows what He is doing at all times. He stayed for two more days and in the end when He arrived at Lazarus's home, he had been dead for four days.
Though delayed according to human standard, when He arrived, He performed not just healing but a greater miracle than He would have done if he had gotten there when Lazarus was alive. He was going to just heal him but behold now He raised Him from the dead.
If you have prayed His will and it takes longer, know that when He responds, it will be fireworks, God's great show. Not only will you be amazed but all who hear about your testimony will be amazed! Many people will give Him the glory.
God Delivers as God Not as a Man
There are times you might ask God to give you money but He might respond by bringing someone in your life who blesses you with a new car or a new home and vice versa. When this happens, remember that God has answered your prayer requests (this is why it is good to write them down) so that you do not forget to give Him thanksgiving for answered prayers, delivering using a different method.
When you ask your friends to give you such and such a thing, they surely do according to their ability to do it. When our children need school supplies or fees, there is no doubt we provide for them. Our children have no doubts that dad or mom won't give supply their needs. They never question whether their parents will feed them or not. They always trust the parents. See my friend, we need to have such a child like faith. Not only do children trust parents will give them essential things but they trust wholly that parents will even give them toys and so much more; will then our heavenly Father, who has no lack whatsoever; who loves us more than our earthly parents not give us the desires of our hearts and what we ask for? This example should forever remove doubts from our hearts.
My beloved friend, from today forward, let us go to God in confidence and pray a prayer of faith. His word tells us "let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold resolutely to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful. " Hebrews 10:22-23