Have you ever talked to yourself when no one was around or listening? Some call it thinking out loud but nevertheless, it’s something we do, some more frequently than others! This is okay because it’s a way of hearing our own thoughts and it helps us to organize what’s on our minds.
But, this is not the way we are to communicate with others. Communication should be a two-way street, not a monologue. However, this is the way most people approach God and call it prayer. They tell Him all that’s on their minds but then get up from their time of prayer and go about their daily business. When does God have chance to respond? Give Him time to speak to you and lead you. It will make your life a whole lot better!
Prayer should be a two-way street, not a one-lane alley! Yes, we have issues and problems, but if we’re ever going to get God’s help, we need to give Him time to respond and then listen to what He has to say.
And just for the record, knowing how to pray is essential if you’re going to receive anything from God. Just as in athletics there are different rules for each sport, so it is with prayer. If you’re sick, you don’t prayer a prayer of dedication! Let’s look at some scriptures.
John 14:13-14 (KJV) 13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
John 16:23-24 (KJV) 23 And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.
24 Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.
Notice that when we have a petition, we pray to our Heavenly Father in the Name of Jesus. But when we’re standing against the devil and his evil ways we take our authority in the Name of Jesus and speak directly to the problem.
And then there’s Mark 11:23-24 where we speak to the mountain in Jesus’ Name, doubt not in our heart, but believe that those things which we say will come to pass, and then we shall have them. We believe that we receive the answer before we see the manifestation.
Remember, when you got born-again and baptized with the Holy Spirit, you now have all that you need residing inside you. If you need peace, release it. If you need healing, release it. You have the fullness of the Godhead residing in you and you’re a powerhouse!
The problem is that most Christians haven’t been taught this because most people teaching the Bible don’t believe it themselves. But thanks the Lord, there are Bible teachers who are speaking out boldly, proclaiming the Good News of our redemption and what Jesus purchased for us!
Glory to God!
Mark 11:23-24 (KJV)
23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
James 5:16b (AMP) 16 The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].
Colossians 2:9-10 (KJV) 9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:
Romans 8:11 (KJV) 11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.